1. Playing Keep or Trade with Every Lottery Pick in the NBA Draft

    Apparently, the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics got out ahead of us and played their own game of "Keep or Trade" leading into the 2017 NBA draft. Spoiler: They decided to trade ...

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  2. Smart but Heartless Moves NBA Teams Should Make This Offseason

    It's a cold world out there, and it only gets colder during NBA free agency. Or, at least it should. Sentiment is the enemy of optimal roster construction...

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  3. Way-Too-Early 2017-18 NBA Title Odds

    It's right there in the headline: These 2018 NBA title odds are way too early. But what better way to assess where all 30 teams stand after the official conclusion of the 2016-17 ...

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  4. 2017 NBA Playoff Awards: Postseason's MVP, Top Defender, Best Rookie and More

    The 2017 NBA Finals are a wrap, and the titanic talent on display between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers was enough to make you forget there were 14 other teams involved in the playoffs at one point...

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  5. 2018 NBA Free Agents Who Will Shape Summer of 2017

    The long view is always best, so we have to look all the way to 2018 to get the full picture of what might happen in NBA free agency this summer...

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  6. 2017 NBA Finals: Grading Every Star Player's Performance Through 3 Games

    Role players are nice to have around when you need a quaint little ball screen or a spot-up jumper once in a while, but the 2017 NBA Finals are proving superstars determine the outcomes of the games that matter most...

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  7. Key Adjustments Needed for Cavs and Warriors Heading into Game 3

    The Cleveland Cavaliers' biggest adjustment heading into Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals is simple: win. Dredge up all the 3-1 jokes from 2016 you like, but understand that no historical ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 34,214 reads 0 comments

  8. Free-Agency Rankings: Top Available Power Forwards

    Post-up power forwards used to get paid in NBA free agency. Not anymore. In fact, if a scoring 4 wants to cash in nowadays, he'd better be doing the bulk of his damage from beyond the arc...

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  9. Why the Cavs-Warriors Collision Course Is Anything but Boring

    The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are on a catastrophic collision course, barreling toward one another like locomotives in the world's most terrifying word problem...

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  10. NBA Free Agents Who Could Thrive in New Roles

    Almost every NBA free agent who isn't chasing a ring will be on the hunt for more minutes, touches and a larger role. Oh, and more money. But stepping into a high-responsibility gig isn't for everyone...

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  11. Free-Agency Rankings: Top Available Small Forwards

    Small forwards get asked to do a lot in today's NBA , so the most desirable free-agent options are the ones who can make impacts in several ways...

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  12. B/R's NBA Playoff 'Small Sample Size' All-Stars

    The biggest stars determine the course of every NBA postseason, but desperate times and the strategic intricacies of a playoff series mean less-heralded contributors always make an impact, too...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 52,173 reads 0 comments

  13. NBA Free-Agent Ranking: Top RFAs Most Likely to Stay Put in Free Agency

    Restricted free agency may not have the same wide-open appeal of its unrestricted cousin, but in several ways, it's more intriguing...

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  14. John Wall Is Proving He's NBA's Purest Point Guard

    John Wall has a lot riding on Wednesday's Game 5 matchup with the Boston Celtics. A win in that contest would give his Washington Wizards a massive 3-2 edge in the series, putting ...

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  15. NBA Free Agency Rankings 2017: Top Available Shooting Guards

    The days of the high-volume, moderate-efficiency shooting guard are dead, and the top free agents at the position had better be able to knock down threes while defending several positions...

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  16. Next Steps for Each 1st-Round NBA Playoff Loser

    The sting of losing may have subsided for teams eliminated in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, but the dull ache of defeat lingers as a reminder, throbbing with a critical question...

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  17. Biggest Takeaways from Last Night's NBA Playoff Action

    Wednesday's NBA playoff action proceeded according to plan...as long as your plan included the Cleveland Cavaliers hammering the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs sharpening up after a Game 1 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 34,330 reads 0 comments

  18. The Play That Defines Every Remaining NBA Playoff Team

    How do you capture the essence of each remaining NBA playoff team? With highlights! You've already seen a few of these looped and gif'd and shared ad nauseam , but some others won't be so familiar...

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  19. NBA Free Agency Rankings 2017: Top Available Point Guards

    This summer, two legitimate point guard superstars hit free agency, joined by a handful of excellent starting-caliber options...

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  20. NBA Power Rankings: Who's Flexing After 2 Weeks of NBA Playoffs?

    With the first round of the NBA playoffs nearly over, we've swept the power-ranking field of the lottery flotsam and four teams already bounced from the postseason...

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  21. 10 Things Happened Last Night We Never Expected

    Tuesday's three-game Western Conference slate was loaded with surprises, proving that even after six months of regular-season games and a nearly complete first round, it's still best to expect the unexpected...

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  22. 2017 NBA Free Agent Stock Watch: Playoff Edition

    Potential buyers on the NBA free-agent market will always consider a player's full resume, but everyone's guilty of succumbing to a little recency bias now and then...

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  23. NBA Free Agency: Regrading Biggest Moves from 2016 Offseason

    Is there anything better than hindsight? Exercising it makes you feel smart, and everything seems so obvious. It's a real self-esteem booster, and we'll deploy it here to retroactively grade the biggest free-agent signings of the 2016 NBA offseason..

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  24. NBA Devil's Advocacy: The Argument for Top 10 Free Agents Bolting This Summer

    With the financial incentives being what they are, it's tough to steer NBA free agents away from their current teams. But there's always an argument to be made if you're willing to stretch a little...

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  25. NBA Power Rankings as Playoffs Begin

    This will be the last set of power rankings that includes all 30 NBA teams for a while. Shed a tear if you need to. For the most part, the 82-game schedule sorted things out...

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