Tagged Zach LaVine

PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Central Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Duncan Smith (@duncansmithnba) of Forbes preview the Central Division ahead of the 2019-20 season. How will the Chicago Bulls’ point guard rotation shake out? Are Cleveland Cavaliers guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland compatible? Will this be Andre Drummond’s…

How Each Young Chicago Bull Takes the Next Step

Although the Chicago Bulls lack a (current) top-shelf superstar or the depth to be an Eastern Conference contender, they have an intriguing stable of young talent. If they stay healthy, these up-and-coming prospects can grow into a legitimate core to build upon. Chi-town has 12 players under contract who are 25-and-under, and some of them…

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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Central Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll continue today with the Central Division, where the…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Lauri Markkanen & Wendell Carter Jr.

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier than ever to be a guard. The trends are certainly changing towards skill and versatility over size and strength. So, why are teams still investing in high-caliber frontcourt tandems? This piece is the final installment in a five-part series here…

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Chicago Bulls May Finally Have Something to Build on

While they spent most of the last few years as laughingstocks across the league, the Chicago Bulls have found their way back and may just compete for the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. It’s been a while since the Bulls had so many good options that their head coach might have trouble finding…

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The Psychology of Tanking, Part 1: Can Winners Survive That Much Losing?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran March 5, 2019, but is so awesome we wanted to give more people a chance to read it. It’s a simple equation: tanking = top draft pick = NBA championship. The math satisfies the sensibilities of franchise owners, fans and Spike Lee alike… But what about the players? How much…

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Lauri Markkanen’s Breakout Should Alter Chicago’s Plans

If the month of February is any indication of what’s to come, Lauri Markkanen should get ready to represent the city of Chicago in next year’s All-Star game. The seven-foot power forward finished the month averaging 26 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists on a true shooting percentage of 62.0%, an absolute elite number. Markkanen’s…

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Nov 30, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) dribbles defended by Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) in the second half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Good and Bad of Zach LaVine

Known for his high-flying antics, Zach LaVine is a professional scorer with a self-professed penchant for improvement. “You work hard, you expect good things,” he told the Star Tribune’s Kent Youngblood after the Chicago Bulls lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-96 on Nov. 25. LaVine had scored 28 points, with eight rebounds and four assists, but…

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