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NBA Week 5 Form & News: Portland Bounce Back as Pelicans Sink

Carmelo AnthonyThis week was more balanced from a competitive standpoint in the NBA. No team stood out as completely dominant or completely inept and we got a lot of entertaining games because of it.

As a result, picking the week’s risers and fallers was tough. However, six teams still stood out, three on more …

NBA Week 4 Review: Risers & Fallers, Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Luka DoncicThis week’s Risers and Fallers list was difficult to choose. Seven different NBA teams won all of their games this week and six teams lost all of their games. Teams are settling into very clear habits, it seems.

However, three teams stood out as improving their stock the most and three other teams dropped their more …

NBA Latest Form & News: Week 3 Duds & Improvers

James HardenWhile the 2019-20 NBA season is still young, it is clear that the parity in the league is going to be good this year. Twenty of the NBA’s 30 teams have records between 4-7 and 8-3, and no team has been absolutely dominant or completely inept so far in terms of net rating.

Even so, certain teams have more …

NBA News Update: Risers & Fallers for Week 2 of the 2019-20 Season

Nikola JokicThe sample sizes are still small in this young NBA season, but patterns are starting to form after two and a half weeks of basketball.

There has been a good balance of surprises and unexpected performances from teams so far. As we’ll be doing every week this season, let’s check in with some of the squads that are more …

NBA Week 1 Risers & Fallers In Spotlight: Heat Neat, Warriors Weak

Kendrick NunnWe are a bit more than a week into the NBA season, but it is not too soon to take stock of the league. Certain teams are playing way above expectations, and other teams are way below.

Let’s dive into the seasons of three teams on opposite sides of that same coin so far this season, as well as more …

NBA 2019-20: Predicting Top Candidates for Most Improved Player Award

Bam AdebayoOne of the most intriguing NBA awards each year is for Most Improved Player. There are always so many legitimate candidates and lots of stimulating discussion about how good each player is in the current year compared to how good he was previously.

Generally, voters like to reward players who take advantage of a significantly increased opportunity. Guys who improve from more …

NBA Preseason 2019-20: Highlighting Early Standouts from Game Action

Zion WilliamsonThe NBA preseason isn’t good for making sweeping judgments about players or teams, but it is interesting to see who is playing well and who isn’t after an offseason away to work on their games.

This preseason, five players have especially stood out with their play so far. Whether or not their level of more …

Introducing Some of the NBA’s New Rotation Players for 2019-20

Robert WilliamsEvery year, the players who see significant NBA court time are a little bit different. Some players retire, some enter through the draft and some are just released to free agency or signed from free agency.

This 2019-20 seasons will be no different. We all know about the big-time rookies entering NBA rotations, such as more …

Predicting the NBA’s Top Players in Three Years

Giannis AntetokounmpoPredicting the future in sports is always fun, whether it’s predicting something that’s going to happen in a few minutes or something that’s going to happen in a few years.

The level of play in the NBA is always improving, and I’m excited to see how the league’s players continue to develop their skills in the future. Today, I’m looking deep into the future and more …

NBA Season Preview 2019-20: Which Players Face Most Pressure?

Russell WestbrookThe pressure is always on in the NBA. Coaches, fans, media members and teammates are constantly monitoring players around the league to see whether they are doing their job as well as they should be.

However, some players are especially under the microscope this season. Whether fairly or unfairly, the stakes are more …

Who Are The NBA’s Top League Pass Teams for 2019-20?

Trae YoungThe NBA makes it very clear heading into every season which teams it thinks will bring in the most revenue through television ratings. When the league puts together its national television schedule, certain teams make a lot more appearances than others.

This season, the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and more …

NBA Title Contenders’ Biggest Weaknesses

Paul GeorgePart of what makes the NBA so entertaining is that no team is perfect. Every squad has at least one key weakness that it tries to mask and that opponents try to exploit. The weaker teams have plenty of those failings, while the stronger teams may have very few of them.

I’ve decided on more …

NBA Talking Points for the 2019-20 NBA Season: The Main Storylines

Anthony DavisEvery NBA season brings several new points of league-wide intrigue. You probably have your favorite team that you follow no matter what, but there are just some league storylines that you can’t escape from.

This season, there seems to be even more intrigue than normal. Numerous star players switched teams this offseason, creating a more …

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 …