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Picking the 2020 NBA All-Rookie Team (So Far)

With the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA regular season in doubt, now is as good a time as any to release our All-Rookie First and Second Teams. Even if the league somehow finishes the schedule, there may not be enough games left to dramatically change the list of honorees. This crop of neophytes delivered star…

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NBA Film Study: How the Pelicans Run Football Actions for Zion Williamson

At this point, it’s pretty well known: coaches all steal stuff from each other. Few are complete innovators, but most just take concepts from elsewhere and incorporate it into their own system. The NBA has become so cut-and-paste in many ways that the offenses we watch are hardly discernible from one another. Then a talent…

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NBA Players, Teams Stepping Up During Coronavirus Pandemic 

COVID-19 unexpectedly forced the NBA season to a screeching halt. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive, and the league and other sports leagues immediately shut down to protect players, coaches, employees and their fans’ health. The coronavirus’ specter continues its spread nationally and abroad, stressing hospitals, economies and communities to the brink. Without basketball,…

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6 NBA Questions: What Will it Take to Stop Giannis Antetokounmpo?

Hey all, back again this week with another check-in on the evolving stories from around the NBA.  This week kicked off with an amusing comment from Houston Rockets guard, James Harden, who essentially labeled leading (and rival) MVP candidate Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘a seven-foot-run-and-dunk-guy’.   What Harden is defining as “skill” in regards to…

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PODCAST: Willie Cauley-Stein Trade, Zion First Impressions & Clippers Chemistry

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Willie Cauley-Stein trade, Zion Williamson’s regular-season debut and behind-the-scenes drama with the Los Angeles Clippers. How much will Cauley-Stein help the Mavericks in the wake of Dwight Powell’s injury? How concerned should Clippers fans be about reported behind-the-scenes tension?…

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10 NBA Questions: How Obnoxious is the ‘Giannis Leaving Milwaukee’ Chatter?

How much more obnoxious can this made-up storyline get? The answer is none. None more obnoxious. (But it somehow will.) And thus the reason why so many people hate the “big boys” of sports media and its talking heads who typically have no idea what they’re talking about. Instead of analyzing the games using anything…

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New Orleans Pelicans Right to Be Overly Cautious with Zion Williamson

It’s now been nearly eight weeks since 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson underwent surgery on the torn meniscus in his right knee, which puts him toward the end of his estimated 6-8 week timetable to return. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are playing it safe with their star rookie, according to Kristen Ledlow…

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Ranking Each NBA Team’s Prospect Cores for 2019-20, Part 4

Our rankings of each team’s young prospects conclude with teams 1-5. Remember, we only consider players entering their third season or younger. Players with a proven NBA track record are weighted quite heavily along with those who have strong collegiate production. While some rankings might seem surprising on the surface, this list’s criteria are weighted…

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