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NBA / Dec 26, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The Top 10 Candidates For NBA Most Improved Player

Anthony Davis

Tony Wroten (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

In a way, the Most Improved Player award is almost a pre-MVP award. It forecasts the next generation of superstars. Paul George won the Most Improved Player award last season and now he’s a leading candidate for MVP. Previous winners of the award also include Kevin Love, Danny Granger, Monta Ellis and Zach Randolph. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 24, 2013 / 1:40 am

Miles Plumlee Reaches Way Back To Finish The Allley-Oop Slam

Pau Gasol, Miles Plumlee

Pau Gasol, Miles Plumlee (Jennifer Stewart/USA TODAY Sports)

Nets rookie Mason Plumlee is having a lot tougher time of it than his older brother Miles Plumlee of the Suns. Going into the season, everyone thought it was the inverse. But the Suns — after their 117-91 win over the Lakers on Monday night, in which the elder Plumlee had 20 boards and 17 points — have won three straight and eight of their last nine. They also currently hold the No. 5 seed in the tough Western Conference. Read More »

NBA / Dec 20, 2013 / 3:45 pm

Which Team Has Been The Bigger Surprise: Portland Or Phoenix?

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers teammates

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers teammates (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

If we ask this question again in May, the answer might be lopsided. Portland is fighting for a top seed in the West, and possible homecourt advantage, where their crazed fans have pushed them out to a 10-2 record. They have two likely All-Stars and at 22-5, are a sure bet to make the playoffs. And yet they might not be the Western Conference’s biggest surprise so far. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Dec 17, 2013 / 5:00 pm

The NBA’s 50 Biggest Sneakerheads On Instagram

Damian Lillard adidas Crazyquick PE

Damian Lillard adidas Crazyquick PE (photo. Instagram.com/damianlillard)

It’s no surprise that NBA players are some of the biggest sneakerheads in the world. You can see them rocking the most exclusive kicks on a daily basis, in part because they’re always around the culture and, more importantly, because they can get basically anything they want. And thanks to Instagram, we’re getting a better look now at what’s on their feet than ever before. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 14, 2013 / 12:00 am

Suns Swat & Nutmeg DeMarcus Cousins In 4th-Straight Win

DeMarcus Cousins, Miles Plumlee

The Phoenix Suns are the second-hottest team in basketball. While Oklahoma City has won five-straight, the Suns have won their last four, and many people were predicting before the season they wouldn’t win that many before 2014. On Friday night, three different Suns took turns abusing poor DeMarcus Cousins on the way to Phoenix’s fourth victory, 116-107, in as many games. Read More »

NBA / Dec 12, 2013 / 12:45 pm

Sink Or Swim? Breaking Down The NBA Playoff Chances For 10 Potential Tanking Teams

Michael Carter-Williams

DeMar DeRozan (photo. Gary Land)

In basketball, one thing is guaranteed: someone will win and someone will lose. This season, it appears the entire Eastern Conference (save Indiana and Miami) are playing Twisted Metal and driving tanks, trying to see which team can blow up the quickest. That wasn’t anymore evident than when Toronto shipped away Rudy Gay and received a McDonald’s value meal in return. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Dec 11, 2013 / 11:45 am

The Top 50 Fantasy Basketball Players Right Now

John Wall

Jrue Holiday (photo. adidas)

Player values are officially set in stone now, so it’s time to update the Top 50. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting.

The biggest jump, once again, goes to Anthony Davis, who’s up 18 spots since the preseason edition, and Andre Drummond, who’s up an incredible 25 spots. You’ll notice that I came around on ranking injured players. It still leaves too much up for debate in my mind, but Anthony Davis’s needed presence was the deal breaker. Read More »

NBA / Nov 27, 2013 / 11:00 am

Who’s Better: Eric Bledsoe Or Ty Lawson?

Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe (photo. Instagram.com/ebled2)

As we noted in the past, it’s possible Eric Bledsoe has already locked up the league’s Most Improved Player award. He’s been that good, that surprisingly good. We all knew he’d put up numbers in Phoenix for a team that was blatantly tanking (and yet now is somehow 7-7 after 14 games). But 20.4 points and 6.8 assists per game good? That’s big time. Read More »

NBA / Nov 22, 2013 / 12:00 pm

The Top 20 Players In The NBA Right Now

Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook

Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook (photo. Instagram/kevinlove)

ESPN, Sports Illustrated and many other outlets usually rank the best players in the NBA each preseason. But like the game itself, player rankings fluctuate almost on a week-by-week basis. A highly touted All-Star might suddenly fall off, and a role player might undertake a high usage within his team, reaching heights that appeared impossible earlier in the year. That’s why we’re ranking the top 20 NBA players right now. Read More »

NBA, Video / Nov 11, 2013 / 10:30 am

Eric Bledsoe’s Insane Block On 6-10 Anthony Davis

Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe might’ve already wrapped up this year’s Most Improved Player award. Most figured he’d put in work as a Phoenix starter after spending three seasons primarily as a backup with the Clippers. But the Suns are 5-2 (also thanks to people like Gerald Green) and Bledsoe’s line reads like something out of James Harden‘s playbook: 20.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game on 52 percent shooting and 81 percent from the stripe. Read More »