1. Updated Trade Packages and Landing Spots for Suns Guard Eric Bledsoe

    Eric Bledsoe is effectively done as a member of the Phoenix Suns, but his next destination is unusually hard to peg. A veteran point guard in a market short on demand, Bledsoe , the asset, is in a tough spot...

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  2. NBA Power Rankings After 1st Week of 2017-18 Season

    The first rule of NBA Power Rankings is to never get carried away with short-term results. That's especially true in this edition, which comes after our first set of games in the 2017-18 season...

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  3. Finding the Weakest Link on Every NBA Contender

    Tagging vulnerabilities in NBA title contenders is an exercise in relativity. If you're in the contender club — meaning you could win a ring without stunning the world — your weaknesses aren't like everyone else's...

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  4. Ranking the NBA's Biggest Ankle Bullies

    Great ball-handling is equal parts creativity, skill and cruelty. You've got to adapt to the defender on a microscopic scale, adjust your attack to capitalize on the slightest lean ...

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  5. Every NBA Team's Most Promising Player Under 25

    Outside of a small number of title-chasers dialed in on the present, NBA teams are highly future-focused...

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  6. NBA Power Rankings as the 2017-18 Regular Season Begins

    Somehow, possibly owing to a time warp that zapped us all the way through August and September in a blink, we're here: The dawn of the 2017-18 NBA regular season...

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  7. Biggest Winners and Losers from 2017 NBA Preseason

    From this point on, we'll have literal NBA winners and losers. The 2017-18 regular season starts Tuesday, Oct. 17, and the games (finally!) count...

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  8. Top Storylines That Will Define 2017-18 NBA Season

    The table's set for a tantalizing 2017-18 NBA season, which means we'd better get familiar with the menu before it starts Oct. 17. Not so much in the sense of laying out title favorites and MVP candidates du jour but more in terms of narratives...

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  9. All About Buckets: Predicting Top 10 Scorers in 2017-18 NBA Season

    We're smarter for having embraced NBA analytics. We understand the game more deeply, and we appreciate it to a greater degree when we care about the process as much as the results...

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  10. Not Buying It: 5 Overhyped Teams Entering 2017-18 Season

    Fourteen NBA teams are going to miss the playoffs and 29 will fall short of a championship. Just a friendly reminder that even in these days of irrational exuberance just before ...

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  11. Selling Hope: ETAs for NBA Lottery Teams to Become Playoff Contenders

    The NBA is in a constant cycle of rejuvenation in which no team, no matter how crummy, stays that way forever. Eventually, everyone has a chance to ditch the lottery and make it back to the playoffs...

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  12. Spots Up for Grabs During NBA Training Camp

    The best NBA teams already know who's playing where, who's doing what and how long they'll be doing it on a night-to-night basis. Rotational certainty is a hallmark of quality around the league, a signal of good chemistry and a clear plan...

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  13. Top Candidates for 1st-Time NBA MVPs: How Far Can Giannis, KAT Leap?

    Russell Westbrook cracked the first-timers club last season, breaking a half-decade streak in which LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry retained possession of the NBA MVP award...

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  14. Ranking Every NBA Team's Starting Frontcourt Ahead of 2017-18 Season

    As shooting ranges stretch and skill trumps strength in a more free-flowing game, the NBA is increasingly a league dominated by guards and wings...

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  15. Would You Rather Have NBA's Youngest or Oldest Player at Each Position?

    The best NBA players tend to occupy a sweet spot between youth and experience. Still peaking athletically but seasoned enough to master the mental rigors of basketball played at the highest level, these guys, usually in their mid-20s, have it all...

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  16. Chris Paul, Golden State Warriors and the Ultimate 'What If?'

    Recall the Golden State Warriors as they once were. Before they became a dynastic monument to team-building genius—a cruel, competition-squashing symbol of what happens when ...

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  17. Sidekicks Wanted: Who Will Emerge to Support Solo NBA Stars?

    The modern NBA is built on individual stars. They have signature shoes, cultivated social media presences and #brands. They are singular, and we glorify their late-game takeovers...

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  18. 'Complacency' May Be Warriors' Biggest Concern, but It's Not Their Only Weakness

    Tiny weaknesses in otherwise unconquerable foes have always provided sources of hope amid despair. The Death Star's main reactor was a fatal vulnerability, killing the queen downed ...

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  19. Who Ya Got on Defense: Draymond Green or Kawhi Leonard?

    Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green own the last three Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and any conversation on the NBA 's top stopper starts with them...

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  20. The NBA Stints That Time Forgot

    There's great risk in defending hipster concert-goers, as few species are more deserving of scorn. But this trend-obsessed, "I'm cool because I'm cool with being purposely uncool" subset of humanity is the only faction performing a vital cultural task..

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  21. NBA Relationship Counseling: How Will New Star-Studded Duos Work?

    In the NBA , you can't just mash together top talent and assume it'll work. Chemistry matters. So does an established pecking order that dictates bus boarding protocol, crunch-time priority and who gets to yell at whom...

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  22. The NBA Auto-Fill Game: Answering the Internet's Biggest Kyrie Irving Questions

    Kyrie Irving might be the newsiest NBA player out there right now—the centerpiece of a massive trade between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers that could shift the balance of power in the Eastern Conference...

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  23. Vegas NBA Win Totals: Is 67.5 Actually Conservative for Golden State Warriors?

    The Golden State Warriors have the highest over/under win total for the 2017-18 NBA season with a historically ambitious 67.5, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook (via Ben Fawkes of ESPN...

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  24. Let's Look at the Bright Side for NBA Offseason's Biggest Losers

    For a few of the offseason's most disappointing teams, the 2017-18 NBA campaign can't come soon enough. Not necessarily because hopes are high, everyone's healthy and the entire ...

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  25. Road Maps for Teams Stuck in NBA Purgatory

    It's fine to win 35 games and miss the NBA playoffs...if it's part of a plan. But being stuck in the middle—rudderless and uncommitted to either abject failure or the pursuit of a championship—that's limbo...

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