1. The NBA's Best Backups at Every Position

    NBA reserves have a more-guts-than-glory gig that often features changing work conditions and an evolving responsibility list...

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  2. Tyler Johnson Has Made Stalwart Mario Chalmers Expendable for Miami Heat

    MIAMI — If actions speak louder than words, the Miami Heat are nearing the point of bellowing their belief in sophomore Tyler Johnson from atop a South Beach high-rise...

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  3. Each NBA Team's Most Likely All-Star in 2015-16

    Every year, the NBA All-Star Game brings a smattering of fresh faces and a handful of surprises. But shrewd observers can often foresee what's ahead...

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  4. 'Ignitable' Gerald Green Finally Gets the Green Light with Miami Heat

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat , like the seven other NBA teams that have employed Gerald Green , are focusing on Green's shot selection. But the feedback on this frustratingly familiar topic is different than what he's heard in the past...

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  5. Who Has the Better Streetball Recipe: Chef Curry or Chef Harden?

    How do you prefer your NBA chef: bearded or baby-faced? The answer might depend on the venue. On the hardwood, Stephen Curry and James Harden turned as many heads as anyone during the 2014-15 campaign...

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  6. Dwyane Wade: 'We're Behind the 8-Ball' as Critical Season Begins for Miami Heat

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat are racing against the clock and preaching the importance of patience. The NBA 's second-oldest team has no time to waste. Whatever potential this core holds, it needs to be realized now...

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  7. Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis Are Perfect Next-Generation Rivals

    Who better to lead the NBA into an era of positionless basketball than a point guard with the surest shot in league history and a near 7-footer with perimeter skills? Stephen ...

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  8. The Biggest Individual Winners and Losers of the 2015-16 NBA Preseason

    The NBA preseason isn't meaningless. It might be long and perhaps a bit deceptive at times. And the overall goal is, in fact, to get through it without encountering any injury issues...

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  9. Everything You Need to Know About the Orlando Magic's 2015-16 NBA Season

    The Orlando Magic are stuck between rebuilding and relevance, too talented to dwell in the NBA 's cellar but perhaps not polished enough to crash the playoff party. For a club with this many young prospects, patience would seem to be a necessity...

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  10. Everything You Need to Know About the San Antonio Spurs' 2015-16 NBA Season

    Gregg Popovich's machine is smoother and more productive than any in the NBA . It manufactures 50-win campaigns with clockwork consistency and crowds the AT&T Center rafters with championship banners...

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  11. Everything You Need to Know About the Milwaukee Bucks' 2015-16 NBA Season

    The Milwaukee Bucks were one of the most surprising stars of the NBA 's 2014-15 campaign, storming out of the cellar and into an unlikely playoff berth. Following a 15-win season with a 41-41 record is impressive enough...

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  12. Everything You Need to Know About the Detroit Pistons' 2015-16 NBA Season

    The Detroit Pistons have chased relevance for years, failing to post a winning record since their streak of six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals berths was snapped in 2009...

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  13. Everything You Need to Know About the Indiana Pacers' 2015-16 NBA Season

    The 2015-16 Indiana Pacers bear little resemblance to the squad that limped to the 2014-15 finish line. For one, they have a healthy Paul George this time around...

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  14. Everything You Need to Know About the Charlotte Hornets' 2015-16 NBA Season

    The Charlotte Hornets are attempting to simultaneously gain relevance and make up for lost time, all while dealing with the loss of their most important player for the future (and quite possibly the present)...

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  15. Everything You Need to Know About the Memphis Grizzlies' 2015-16 NBA Season

    While the NBA transforms around them, the Memphis Grizzlies refuse to budge from their time-tested approach. Bucking contemporary trends could be seen as either savvy or stubborn, but there's a clear reward for Memphis' methods...

    Zach Buckley Written by Zach Buckley about 9 months ago 4,438 reads 12 comments

  16. Everything You Need to Know About the Washington Wizards' 2015-16 NBA Season

    After rubbing elbows with the NBA 's elite, the Washington Wizards still find themselves on the outside looking in...

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  17. Early Predictions for Every NBA Award Winner in 2015-16

    After a long, but eventful offseason, the NBA is back. The games and stats don't actually count yet. Premier players and even some coaches are still soaking up the final opportunities ...

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  18. Everything You Need to Know About the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2015-16 NBA Season

    The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the 2015-16 NBA campaign with more pressure than this franchise has ever felt. They're looking to make up for lost time after watching last season get torn apart by the injury bug...

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  19. Everything You Need to Know About the Toronto Raptors' 2015-16 NBA Season

    The past two seasons have netted the Toronto Raptors a pair of Atlantic Division titles and two franchise-record win totals. But they also produced two first-round exits, exposing problems with experience and imbalance...

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  20. Everything You Need to Know About the Miami Heat's 2015-16 NBA Season

    Last summer, the Miami Heat lost the best NBA player on the planet. This offseason, they gave themselves a chance to rejoin the championship picture...

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  21. Tristan Thompson Saga Shows Fine Line Cavaliers Face in Title Chase

    There are arguments to be made for Tristan Thompson eyeing a max deal and the Cleveland Cavaliers instead attempting to save every possible penny. But that doesn't mean this situation makes any sense...

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  22. The First Face of the Grizzlies Franchise and a Big Country

    The Memphis Grizzlies weren't always masters of the NBA 's grit-and-grind game. They weren't even always Bluff City residents...

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  23. Road Map to the 2016 NBA Finals for All 30 Teams

    You won't find a more refreshing point on the NBA calendar than where we're currently at. Basketball is so close you can almost smell it and far enough away you don't actually smell it ...

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  24. Power Ranking All 30 NBA Head Coaches Heading into 2015-16 Training Camp

    The importance of a good NBA coach can be hard to decipher. And the line separating mediocre ones from the elites isn't always the easiest to quantify. The job itself is often an all-guts, no-glory profession...

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  25. Always a Warrior: Festus Ezeli Has Battled His Way into Golden State's Future

    Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli had dreams when he left his native Nigeria for the United States in July 2004 —but they weren't of the hoops variety...

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