The Underrated Defensive Season of Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel missed the 2013-14 season with a torn ACL, so his rookie season was pushed back a year. It did not disappoint. Lost in Philadelphia’s 18-win season was a 6-foot-11, 228 pound defensive wizard who turn 21 years old with a week left in the season. While offensively challenged, Noel turned in the defensive season of a veteran. [Read more…]

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PODCAST: Talking all things NBA, including next dynasty: Sixers

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Everyone is focused on the NBA Finals, and with good reason. But there are 28 other teams in the NBA, each with a plan to get where the Cavs and Warriors are right now. And if I told you the Sixers had the best plan of them all, would you believe me? Vinny DelNegro and Joel Meyers of Sirius XM NBA Radio were skeptical when the subject came up in the radio interview you can listen to below, especially when I

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Sheridan: My Postseason Awards Ballot; Toughest MVP Vote Ever

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There is a reason why I always wait until the 82nd game of the season is in the books before deciding on my postseason awards choices. Three words: What’s the hurry? This is a lesson I learned way back in 1999 when I was covering a late regular-season game at the Alamodome during the lockout-shortened 50-game season. There were still three of four games left, and I was sitting alongside a veteran reporter from USA Today and asked him which way he

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Rookie Rankings, Week 21: Get a Grip, People. Wiggins is Rookie of the Year

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In recent weeks, there have been a number of folks advancing the theory that someone other than Andrew Wiggins deserves Rookie of the Year. There was a piece that said Nikola Mirotic was more deserving. There was another that said the award should go to Nerlens Noel. There was even one that said the top rookie is Elfrid Payton. Get a grip, people. Mirotic, Noel and Payton all have had fine rookie campaigns. All three are putting together strong finishes to their season. And

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Rookie Rankings, Week 20: April Fool’s Jokes and Rookie Mistakes

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NBA players aren’t the only ones susceptible to rookie mistakes. NBA writers and editors are, too. I spent nearly 20 years in newsrooms, and every year in late March, we received a staff-wide email warning us of April Fool’s jokes masquerading as news releases. At a later point in my career, I became the one writing these emails, cautioning the staff. Be careful. Don’t assume, no matter how innocuous the release may be. Make a phone call. If something sounds hinky, it

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Fantasy Spin: Only One Game? Try A 2-Day Contest

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There’s just one NBA game tonight, but our friends at DraftKings have created Turbo contests that include the three earliest starts on Friday. It’s the first two-day event of the season; those become common — and are great fun — during the later rounds of the playoffs. [Read more…]

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Fantasy Spin: Daily NBA Contests Have Three Start Times

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A very busy Sunday starts at 3:00 EDT, with five matinees, three of them excellent matchups. Early-Only and All-Day contests revolve around the Russell Westbrook $13200 decision. Contradictory arguments can be made that he’s too good to leave out of lineups, and too expensive to use. [Read more…]

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