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John Wall: The Place Beyond The Peers

We live in a golden age of point guard talent, part of the reason why the NBA has fared as well as it has over the course of the past decade. It’s a time when the sport’s biggest heroes come in its smallest packages, when the beloved role models of our youth are no taller or bigger than the very adults that they’ll one day become (provided that they eat their greens, of course). We just witnessed…

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Rookie Monster: Julius Randle Tries Again

While there were a concerning number of future NBA stars once considered legitimate alternatives to Andrew Wiggins for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 Draft that quickly fell out of the Rookie of the Year conversation altogether due to unforeseen circumstances, the one that we’re most excited about heading into the 2015-16 campaign is Julius Randle. Randle, a thick big with soft hands and a nose for the ball, came up limping less than 15 minutes…

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Most Viewed NBA Profiles of 2014-15

Perhaps the best thing to come out of The Good Point’s merger with Sports.ws – yes, even better than the exponentially larger platform for us to ramble on about Darko Milicic – is that the fantasy giant has given the online magazine a first class ticket into the inner-psyche of a hoops fan. Consider this, while outlets like Reddit, Twitter and blog comment sections give journalists an idea of what NBA junkies want to talk about, through…

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What to expect from Karl-Anthony Towns

The Minnesota Timberwolves were one of the most intriguing teams in basketball last season even before the arrival of Karl-Anthony Towns, but the addition of the second (wait, third) consecutive first overall pick makes the northern franchise that much more appealing. This isn’t an article about Andrew Wiggins‘ development or the highlight reel production value of Zach Lavine‘s mere existence, it’s not a treatment for a buddy cop film starring Kevin Garnett and Anthony Bennett either (although…

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The Political Afterlife of Darko Milicic

Darko Milicic is a memorable personality for reasons other than being one of the least productive second overall draft picks in NBA history. He’s always been a little bit more bold and more brash than we’d expect a bust to be. Imagine if we watched Kwame Brown rip his jersey apart in the middle of a game or Michael Olowakandi unload on an international officiating team in a profanity-laced tirade. But that’s just it, we…

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Trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love is a terrible idea

I like Kevin Love as much of the next guy. Really, I do. But it’s been a while since I’ve seen the NBA media get so protective of a player and his value. I think they’re wrong. The most recent Love trade rumors circulating the internet revolve around Love heading to Cleveland in exchange for Andrew Wiggins. The Cavs are reluctant to deal the No. 1 overall pick and yet people can’t seem to understand why….

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When 61 Tops 62: The LeBron-Carmelo Phenomenon

LeBron James topped the 60-point plateau for the first time in his illustrious career this season, and it got me thinking about 2007. It doesn’t feel that long ago, but it’s been nearly seven years since LeBron dropped 48 points on the Pistons in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference playoff series that could have very well gone either way had the King not chose then and there to officially come out as an NBA…

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Jason Collins and the Historical 10-Day Contract

Ten days ago, the Brooklyn Nets signed Jason Collins to a ten-day contract – on Wednesday they’re expected to sign him to a second. This is the time of year for those: the post-trade deadline stretch as the season draws to a close, contending teams making their final push to get into the playoffs. On that level, Collins’ signing isn’t any bigger than, say, Glen Davis signing with the Clippers. But, for reasons I’m sure…

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What now? The 2013-14 Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are trapped in a whirlwind of hopelessness. While they’d spent the better part of the past half decade dwelling in the Eastern Conference basement, slowly acclimating themselves with what’s been a stark contrast to their previous decade, this year is different. This year the Pistons have genuine expectations to succeed, the NBA equivalent of an unspoken obligation to drag themselves out of bed in the morning and actually put on pants. “Obviously…

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What’s wrong with the Cavs?

Last Tuesday, Jan. 28, Anthony Bennett scored 15 points in a loss against New Orleans. It might have been his best game of the season: he shot 5-of-10, including two three-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds. He also played 31 minutes, by far the most he’d played all season. That’s the positive. The negative: it came in yet another Cleveland Cavaliers blowout loss. Indeed, since LeBron James went to Miami, the Cavs have been among the…