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Red-Hot Brown Purple Patch Continues with Cambier Parc & Dunbar City

Chad BrownCambier Parc and Dunbar City proved worthy favorites in the Del Mar Oaks on August 18 and Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on August 17 respectively. They maintained the momentum of a sensationally successful sequence for handler Chad Brown in top level contests.

Cambier Parc was sent off more …

NBA Player Rankings 2019-20: Top 10 Players in the League

Giannis AntetokounmpoHow does one go about ranking NBA players? It’s definitely not easy. There are so many talented basketball players in the league right now, and it is impossible to watch every player on every night.

With a combination of statistical evaluation and just purely watching players for their impact on each end of more …

NBA’s Top Five Overrated Players for 2019-20

Kyle KuzmaEvery NBA player is a fantastic basketball player. Obviously, you don’t get one of the 500 or so spots in the world’s best basketball league without a whole lot of skills. However, there are some misconceptions about how certain players rank compared to their peers within the league.

Last week, we focused on more …

NBA’s Top Five Underrated Players for 2019-20

Aaron GordonA player’s reputation is tied to lots of different factors: the team he plays for, his style of play, his statistics, his personality and various other circumstances. Many times, NBA teams or the general basketball public significantly miss the mark when evaluating players.

Now, I obviously have more …

Our Predictions for the NBA All-Star Teams for 2019-20: Who Will Be Chosen?

Kyrie IrvingNBA fans are spoiled right now. The skill level and athleticism in the league have never been better, and every single game you watch features entertaining, top-tier talent.

Picking the players who will represent their conferences in the annual All-Star Game is a difficult task. Even though the format is no longer East vs. West, each conference still sends 12 players. It’s not more …

NBA Offseason Signings: Top Under-the-Radar Moves

J.J. RedickThis NBA offseason was one of the craziest in the league’s history. From massive signings to blockbuster trades, a good portion of the top stars have changed teams in the past month.

There were some moves, however, that fell through the cracks. Some people noticed them, but the general consensus may more …

NBA: Five Young Breakout Players for the 2019-20 Season

Lonnie WalkerTo succeed in the NBA, two key things are needed: a lot of talent and an opportunity. Sometimes, players with a lot of talent aren’t able to live up to their potential because they land with the wrong team or the team isn’t willing to invest in their development.

A lot of new players are going to burst into NBA relevance in 2019-20 due to their improving talent and/or a more …

Ranking the Top 10 NBA Teams After First Week of Free Agency

Paul GeorgeThe first week of NBA free agency has been crazy. A whopping seven All-Stars from the 2018-19 season have already switched teams this offseason and that doesn’t include Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who should be on the move soon.

Naturally, the landscape of the league has drastically shifted in recent days. How do teams stack up at more …

NBA Free Agency 2019: Winners & Losers From First Two Days

Kevin DurantThe NBA free agency period got off to a wild start on June 30 at 6 p.m. ET. In the first few hours, the league’s 30 teams had already agreed to more than $2 billion in contracts with players.

Most of the dominoes have fallen already, except for reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard’s decision. We are starting to more …

NBA Draft 2019: Best & Worst First Round Picks

Sekou DoumbouyaThe first main event of the NBA offseason occurred last Thursday, as the 30 teams combined to select 60 new players in the 2019 NBA Draft.

It is too early to make sweeping conclusions about which teams fared well and which teams didn’t. That will need to wait a few more years. Based on what we know right now about the players and more …

NBA Playoffs Overall Player Ratings: Best & Worst Postseason Performers

Montrezl HarrellCongratulations to the 2018-19 NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors! Toronto edged out the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in a tight, entertaining series that unfortunately saw much injury-related disappointment for the Warriors.

Now, it’s time to look back at the playoffs as a whole. Which postseason players have made significant moves up or more …

Player Ratings for Past Week of NBA Finals: Kawhi On Fire

Kawhi LeonardIs the Golden State Warriors’ reign above the NBA finally over? The Toronto Raptors have them just one away from a non-championship season, something that hasn’t happened in Golden State since 2016.

Toronto’s 3-1 lead is heavily on the shoulders of a superstar performance from Kawhi Leonard, but a variety of more …

NBA News, Form Trends & Playoffs Week 7 Player Ratings: Siakam Can

Pascal SiakamThe climax of the NBA season has finally arrived, just eight months after training camp started in the fall.

The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors are the only teams left standing from their conferences and are now locked in a fierce competition for the 2018-19 NBA title. Toronto defended its more …

NBA Player Risers & Fallers for Playoffs Week 6: VanVleet Plays His Role

Fred VanVleetOne of the NBA’s conference finals series ended pretty quickly. The Golden State Warriors played without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, but they still dismantled the Portland Trail Blazers in a four-game sweep earlier in the week.

The other series, fortunately, has provided loads of entertainment value. The Toronto Raptors currently lead the more …

NBA Playoffs Week 4 Player Risers & Fallers: Explosive George Not Over Hill

George HillThe NBA playoffs have blessed us some great basketball so far, especially in the current second-round series. The Milwaukee Bucks did take care of the Boston Celtics in only five games, but the other three series are all still in progress.

The Portland Trail Blazers-Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers-Toronto Raptors are both going to more …

NBA Playoffs Players’ Form for Week 3: Iggy Popping & Hood Good

Andre IguodalaOnly eight teams remain in the NBA playoff bracket. All four series have had at least two games played thus far and we have seen some great basketball. A lot of stars have risen to the moment and every team remaining seems to be playing defense at a very high level.

It’s time to focus on more …

NBA Playoffs: Who’s Hot & Cold in Week 2?

Damian LillardThe NBA’s first-round series are slowly coming to a close. Two Western Conference matchups are still going, but the other six series all wrapped up in five games or fewer.

Some of the quick series weren’t surprising, like the Milwaukee Bucks sweeping the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors beating the Orlando Magic in five games. However, I think most people assumed the more …

Who’s Hot & Not? NBA Player Risers & Fallers for Playoffs Week 1

Kevon LooneyThe NBA playoffs are where legacies are made. The regular season matters and is certainly still fun, but we see players show their true colors when the pressure is turned up a few notches.

Throughout the playoffs, we are going to see players have ups and downs. Some of them are going to be more …

NBA Week 25 Review: Risers & Fallers For Last Week Of Regular Season

Nikola VucevicAnother NBA regular season is in the books. It was an exciting year where battles for playoff seeding took place up through the last night of the season. Surely, more intrigue will come when the postseason starts on Saturday.

Only 16 of the 30 teams remain but we will consider all 30 squads as we look at three risers and fallers from more …

NBA News: Ups & Downs of Week 24 of the NBA Season

Chris PaulThe NBA regular season has just one week remaining. Predictably, the best teams in the league are ramping up their level of play with the playoffs just around the corner. The league’s weaker teams have mostly struggled to win games during this time of year as they vie for spots in the NBA draft lottery that will take place in May.

Let’s decide which teams are more …

This Week’s NBA Trends & Latest News: The Risers & Fallers for Week 23

Eric BledsoeAre you ready for the playoffs to start? The race for seeding is in full swing for both conferences.  Outside of the East’s 4-5 matchup (likely the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers) there isn’t a single playoff matchup that is remotely set in stone right now.

On the other end of the standings, there are several teams looking forward to the playoffs, but for more …

NBA News & Latest Form: Positives & Negatives in Week 22

Jonathan IsaacMost NBA teams have only about 10 games remaining. Even so, the playoff seeding in both conferences is still very much up in the air. About 18 teams in the league are definitely gunning for wins at this point.

Every little stretch of extreme play, either positive or negative, can mean a big move in the standings. A few teams stood out on more …

NBA Latest News & Form: Week 21 Risers and Fallers

LaMarcus AldridgeLast week, much of the NBA was on a stretch of extreme play. This week, though, competitive balance was restored and caused a lot of teams to regress to the mean. Only four teams in the league are now on a winning or losing streak of more than two games.

The relative lack of more …

NBA News & Form Guide: Risers & Fallers for Week 20

Andre DrummondThis was an NBA week of extreme play. In the past eight days of play, five teams went undefeated. Three other squads failed to register a win. There was certainly no shortage of potential candidates for Week 20’s lists of risers and fallers.

So with about one month remaining in the NBA season, let’s examine the recent changes in the more …

NBA Week 19 Form Trends: The Risers & Fallers

Jake LaymanWe’ve now gotten to see more than one week of play since the All-Star break. Any adjustments that coaches or players made during the break have shown themselves.

Some teams have benefited from those adjustments, while others have taken a step back. Three teams stick out as making a positive move in the past week, while three others have taken a clear step more …

NBA Latest Form & Trends: Risers and Fallers for Week 18

Paul MillsapBecause of the NBA All-Star break, there were only two days’ worth of regular NBA games in the past week. However, because of all the preparation time that teams had, these games were definitely a good barometer for the sort of play we can expect to see from all 30 teams.

With some background information on more …

Week 17 NBA Trends: Pure Magic as Hornets Stung

Nikola VucevicIt’s NBA All-Star Weekend time, which means we are already around 70 percent done with the 2018-19 regular season. Teams have made their final trades of the season, yet some squads still have some shopping to do on the buyout market.

A lot of teams have solidified their identities this season. Others are more fickle and have had recent hot or more …

NBA Risers & Fallers for Week 16: Bucks The Trend

Eric BledsoeThe NBA trade deadline on Thursday had a tremendous impact on the league. It affected teams who made moves as well as others who may have attempted moves, but failed.

However, we are also coming to the end of another regular week of play in the NBA. Most teams played two, three or more …

NBA Latest Trends: Risers and Fallers for Week 15

Collin SextonThe trade deadline isn’t for another six days, but the past few days have been packed with updates on two very important situations.

First, Anthony Davis made a formal trade request from the New Orleans Pelicans. Second, the New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster move that looks to more …