Tagged Zach LaVine

10 NBA Questions: End-of-the-Decade Edition

We like to get granular here at TBW, digging into the players and trends that help shape the NBA, WNBA, eSports and FIBA games we love so much. We also believe that irresponsible, clickbaity speculation is both out of control over the past few years and also not helping the game in the long run.…

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NBA Film Study: Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Chicago Bulls Pressure Defense

What does it mean to be aggressive? As with any adjective, too much or too little can be a detriment. Balance is necessary to ensure productivity and health. On a basketball court, the same can be said for a team’s philosophy. Coachspeak gets thrown around without regard for balance. “We want to be the most…

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Where We Hit and Missed on NBA Season Predictions So Far

Before the first game of the season, I threw out 50 fairly bold predictions for the NBA season, all of which were rooted in optimism and belief. As always, one subtle action can change how the dominos fall, whether it’s an injury (here’s looking at you, Stephen Curry) or the unforeseen ascension of talent. We’re…

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Chicago Bulls’ Growing Pains Are Getting Painful

The Chicago Bulls’ start to the season has been __________. Go ahead and fill in the blank with whatever adjective you want because it’s been such a roller coaster ride, virtually any of them work. Promising, frustrating, disappointing, hilarious… Take your pick. Not to worry, though, because what we’ve been seeing is a  team experiencing…

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Why Are NBA Analytics and Mid-Range Jumpers Fighting Each Other?

Twitter is an interesting world. The long-time debate regarding analytics informing shot selection jumped to the forefront once again on Tuesday, as two drastically different worlds chimed in from their respective camps. Matt Moore, (also known as Hardwood Paroxysm and a writer for the Action News Network), responded to a video debate about Zach LaVine…

Will This Be Zach LaVine’s Breakout Year?

The Chicago Bulls are in the phase of their rebuilding where things either start to pay off or they start to fall apart. They’ve won just 49 games in the last two seasons as they rebuild. To take that next step, they’ll need Zach LaVine to go from “player on the rise” to “franchise player.”…

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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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