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Watch Out Next Year For The Young Detroit Pistons

Watch Out Next Year For The Young Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons last made the NBA playoffs in 2019, capping Dwane Casey’s first year as head coach. In the years since, the Pistons immersed themselves in : They traded (Blake Griffin) and (Andre Drummond).Now, no one remains from the roster .This season, Detroit will probably finish behind only the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic for the . But the disappointing finish hasn’t dulled the growing optimism for the franchise’s long-term future. Its young core — led by 2021 top overall pick Cade Cunningham — has provided the promising upside Detroit has sought over the years. Despite their...

Apr 8
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Aaron Gordon Was Supposed To Be the Final Piece For Denver. Now, He’s The Key.

Aaron Gordon Was Supposed To Be the Final Piece For Denver. Now, He’s The Key.

After their and a solid start to this season, the Denver Nuggets were looking for the final piece of their championship puzzle — and at the trade deadline in Aaron Gordon. With Gordon in the fold, the Nuggets immediately won eight straight games, marking their longest win streak since their in 2012-13 and lifting their odds of winning the title, according to , to 14 percent.Gordon found cohesion with Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Michael Porter Jr. and MVP candidate Nikola Jokić. From March 26 to April 9, that five-man unit sported a net rating of +33.9 over 90 minutes together, . In that...

April 19, 2021
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Lonzo Ball Has Taken A Leap This Season. Will It Be Enough To Keep Him In New Orleans?

Lonzo Ball Has Taken A Leap This Season. Will It Be Enough To Keep Him In New Orleans?

There is no linear path to maximizing All-Star potential, especially without the comfort of a long-term home. In the case of Lonzo Ball, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason, the inability to last December looked like it could signal an end to his time in New Orleans. After of , he seemed destined for his third home in four years.But the trade deadline has come and gone, and Ball remains on the roster in New Orleans. And in his first season in Stan Van Gundy’s system, Ball has seemed to get over some of the hurdles that have held him back. He’s on track for his highest career...

April 1, 2021
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Can Tom Thibodeau Take A Defense-First Knicks Team To The Playoffs?

Can Tom Thibodeau Take A Defense-First Knicks Team To The Playoffs?

In the NBA, most turnarounds are credited to a star acquisition, a newly minted Big Three or a long-awaited return from injury. For the New York Knicks, who entered the All-Star break with a 19-18 record, much of their improvement can be attributed to someone who was out of the NBA a year ago.The seven seasons preceding Tom Thibodeau’s hire as Knicks head coach tie the franchise’s most between playoff appearances (). In the time since New York’s last postseason berth (2013), Thibodeau led both Chicago and Minnesota to the playoffs, snapping a 13-year drought with the latter. In both stops,...

March 11, 2021
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De’Aaron Fox Isn’t An All-Star, But He’s Taken The Leap

De’Aaron Fox Isn’t An All-Star, But He’s Taken The Leap

Beginning with the 2006-07 season, the Kings have wandered a toilsome road, owners of the second-longest playoff drought in NBA history. In that time, Sacramento has , finished fourth or worse in the and . This stretch has amounted to arguably the lowest point in the franchise’s existence.Enter fourth-year guard De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento’s speedy centerpiece.Leading the team with a , Fox has grown from fifth overall pick in 2017 to credible snub. Key to Fox’s rise has been his knack for timely buckets. Though he stands just 6-foot-3 and weighs under 200 pounds, he has cast a tall shadow...

February 25, 2021
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Draymond Green Isn’t Scoring, But He’s Doing Everything Else For The Warriors

Draymond Green Isn’t Scoring, But He’s Doing Everything Else For The Warriors

In the three seasons since Draymond Green was last an , Golden State has experienced both Finals victory and loss, posted one of the worst records in team history and retooled one of the most dominant lineups of all-time. Through it all, as the Warriors pursue a return to the playoffs, Green remains their ultimate catalyst.Green is off to arguably his toughest start to a season since becoming a full-time starter in 2014-15. But his team hasn’t suffered from his struggles: After finishing with in 2019-20, the Warriors are sitting through 21 games this season. Though they’re missing Klay...

February 4, 2021
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