Sixth Man Rankings: Will Barton, Darren Collison lead Top 5

Darren Collison

Some people perform best when there’s not as much pressure. You know, like when they’re not hearing their name and educational history shouted by an overzealous announcer in front of thousands of screaming fans. When they aren’t expected to “dab” or “quan-quan” as they greet their teammates after said introductions. Or when they don’t have to high-five the mascot on their way out to the center court, dap up their homies on the opposing team and listen to confrontational non-sequitors from Joey Crawford before tip-off. Don’t start

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Scotto: 2016 NBA New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolution Calendar

The Golden State Warriors’ historic start, led by Stephen Curry’s MVP campaign, and Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour have captured the headlines so far this season. We saw LaMarcus Aldridge become the biggest free agent to change teams and Kevin McHale became the first coach to get fired in Houston. Will Kevin Durant leave the Thunder this summer? Will Jeff Hornacek become the first coach fired in 2016? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. A new calendar year will bring more coaching changes,

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Sprung: Joe Johnson’s Sudden, Precipitous Decline Haunts Nets

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When asked recently about the trade value of Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, one Western Conference scout summed it up in six brutally painful words: “He makes a lot of money.” After 15 NBA seasons and seven All-Star appearances, the 34-year-old Johnson has turned from a very good basketball player into just another contract a team can’t wait to get off its books. Mercifully for Brooklyn, Johnson’s contract expires at the end of this season. When it’s all said and done in Brooklyn—

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Towns, Porzingis, Okafor lead most impactful rookie class in 5 years

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If you’ve noticed that this year’s rookie class is being talked about and praised around the league and in the media, there’s good reason for that.  This year’s top five picks— Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis and Orlando’s Mario Hezonja— are making a larger early impact than any top-five group in at least a half decade. A detailed statistical analysis of top five picks over the last five years shows that over the first two

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Sprung: Porzingis Drawing Praise But Still Has Weaknesses

Kristaps Porzingis

For all the brilliant performances, jaw-dropping athletic feats and impressive double-doubles we’ve seen from New York Knicks 20-year-old rookie Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-3 Latvian still has a lot to improve upon as he navigates through his first NBA season.  There will be growing pains for Porzingis along the way – no pun intended – including the rough patch he is currently enduring. In New York’s last three games— a road trip to Utah, Sacramento and Portland— Porzingis had a total of 17 points, 13 rebounds

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Tweet of the Night: Rudy Gobert frustrated about sitting out due to injury

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The Utah Jazz suffered a tough overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, and things only got worse when they were forced to face the San Antonio Spurs away from home on Monday. Finishing their 5th game in seven nights, the Jazz were clearly fatigued and had little fight left against the Spurs, who remained undefeated at home with a 13-0 record and led by as many as 46 points in the lopsided contest.  [Read more…]

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Tweet of the Night: Rudy Gobert reacts to alleged disrespect from Curry and Green, both players respond to writer responsible for the report

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The Golden State Warriors continued their winning ways on Monday when they beat the Utah Jazz on the road 106-103 for their 19th consecutive victory, but as the score indicates, there was nothing easy about this particular game as things came down to the wire. With the Warriors up by a single point, the Jazz had the final possession with 16 seconds left in the contest for a chance to walk away with a game-winning shot. Rodney Hood missed a 3-point try

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Gambling Guru Picks Over/Unders for all 30 Teams

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It’s go time. The NBA season finally opens up tonight and it has snuck up on me more than any season I can remember. Anyway, here are my over/under picks for the win totals for each team based on the numbers set at Pinnacle Sports.Atlanta Hawks, 49.5 wins: UNDER  This team was simply lights out against the spread last season, and they’ll be a solid team again, but I’m projecting them to fall slightly under 49 wins.Boston Celtics, 45.5 wins: UNDER  I love Brad

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