1. Orlando Magic Complete 2016-17 Preview

    Most NBA cores dissolve eventually and over time, but the Orlando Magic 's cracked in a matter of weeks. 2015-16's version carried a 19-13 mark into the new year, good enough for fifth in the Eastern Conference...

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  2. Charlotte Hornets Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    The visiting locker room inside AmericanAirlines Arena was nearly silent on May 1, save for the bursts of elation echoing through the hallways every time the door opened...

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  3. Portland Trail Blazers Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    The Portland Trail Blazers ' surprise 2016 playoff run was littered with asterisks. They unexpectedly climbed an uncharacteristically watered-down Western Conference featuring a ...

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  4. Utah Jazz Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    The 2015-16 Utah Jazz learned two critical lessons on March 30. First, never leave Klay Thompson unattended...

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  5. USA vs. Serbia: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

    Sunday's gold-medal game between Team USA and Serbia will be a David vs. Goliath clash. The Serbians are playing Olympic men's basketball for the first time as an independent nation...

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  6. Team USA vs. Spain: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

    Recent history and on-paper potential both predicted Team USA and Spain would collide in the gold-medal matchup. That's where they met in the past two Olympics and what their respective rosters looked capable of this time around...

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  7. USA vs. Argentina: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

    It's perhaps unfair to label Team USA as vulnerable when it produced group play's only unblemished record and an unmatched plus-117 point differential...

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  8. USA vs. Serbia: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

    Team USA didn't pass its first true 2016 Olympic test with flying colors, but its win streak reached 71 games nonetheless. Extending it to 72 shouldn't be an issue because its next opponent, Serbia, isn't as threatening as its last one...

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  9. USA vs. Venezuela: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

    One game into its quest for gold, Team USA has already transformed its Olympic trek into a personal tour de force. The Americans met little resistance during their Olympic-opening 119-62 thrashing of China on Saturday...

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  10. Team USA Setting Noble Challenge for Itself with Defensive Identity

    Even before Team USA tipped off its Olympic debut against China on Saturday, the Americans already had the gold medal secured on paper...

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  11. 5 NBA Teams That Can Take the Next Step with One More Deal

    NBA championship contention usually isn't the result of one offseason; rather, it comes from years of incremental progress. That can make for tough sledding and scant optimism during the early stages of roster building...

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  12. 5 NBA Rookies Who Should Be Starters in 2016-17

    There's a rush to judgment with everything in today's sports world, and NBA rookies often get the worst of it...

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  13. Realistic Expectations for Phoenix Suns Rookie Tyler Ulis in 2016-17

    The Phoenix Suns feel they won big by going small and grabbing Tyler Ulis with the 34th pick of the 2016 NBA draft. Physically, he's as unimposing as a hoops prospect gets...

    Zach Buckley Written by Zach Buckley about over 1 year ago 36,169 reads 45 comments

  14. Realistic Expectations for New Orleans Pelicans Rookie Buddy Hield in 2016-17

    Four years of college hoops transformed Buddy Hield into "Buddy Buckets" and skyrocketed his draft stock...

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  15. Realistic Expectations for Minnesota Timberwolves Rookie Kris Dunn in 2016-17

    Patience and perseverance pushed Kris Dunn into the 2016 NBA draft lottery. Elite physical tools, mental toughness and some Tom Thibodeau -approved defensive nasty made him the No...

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  16. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 16 in Las Vegas

    Quarterfinal Saturday at the 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League featured three upsets. The second-seeded Chicago Bulls were the lone exception, but that's not why the Windy City crew emerged as the day's biggest winner...

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  17. Predicting Which NBA Teams Will Have Biggest Win Increases in 2016-17

    The NBA may sometimes seem like a league in which parity is hard to find and the haves hold seemingly insurmountable advantages over the have-nots. There's a certain truth to that, but it's not as simple as it sounds...

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  18. 10 Takeaways from NBA's 2016 Orlando Summer League

    After seven days and 25 games, the 2016 NBA Orlando Summer League quietly came to a close Friday. With a playing field light on familiar faces—only two first-rounders from ...

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  19. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 7 in Orlando

    The 2016 NBA Orlando Summer League championship-day schedule is set after Thursday's three-game slate. But let's be honest: That's probably not why you're here. (If you are, it'll be the Detroit Pistons vs...

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  20. Cold but Rational, Miami Heat Made Painfully Right Call on Dwyane Wade

    The Miami Heat lost franchise icon Dwyane Wade at the intersection of business and emotion, on the verge of an organizational overhaul. It's a jarring twist to this tale, given their storied past together...

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  21. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 6 in Orlando

    The early portion of 2016 NBA Orlando Summer League's Day 5 lacked recent prized draft picks, which opened the door for lesser-known prospects to grab some radar placement...

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  22. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 5 in Orlando

    Day 4 of the 2016 NBA Orlando Summer League packed intrigue, foreseeable dominance and surprise production into its three-game schedule...

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  23. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 4 in Orlando

    As Kevin Durant 's free-agency bombshell elicited a deafening response from the hoops world, the 2016 NBA Orlando Summer League quietly continued. Rather fittingly, Monday's action in Disney's home belonged to unheralded players...

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  24. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 3 in Orlando

    Day 2 of the 2016 NBA Orlando Summer League came and went without a dramatic finish on its three-game docket. But the best summer-circuit info isn't gleaned from the final score...

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  25. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 2 in Orlando

    While most of the NBA 's attention remained glued on free agency, a small portion of the hoops world quietly kick-started the new basketball calendar year on Saturday...

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