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2014-15 NBA Preview: Toronto Raptors

Toronto set a franchise record in wins — one win better than what they had in the Vince Carter era and one win better than what they had in the Bosh era — and with steady, wise management from Ujiri the future is still bright. With the rewritten history books, Charlotte was given its Hornets […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

After years of toiling through a Jail Blazer era and the collapse of the Brandon Roy-Greg Oden team, Portland broke through with a trip to the second round thanks to an all-star season from Damian Lillard and a starting lineup that clicked immediately. Forgotten was Portland’s rich history with the sixth best winning percentage among […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Miami Heat

Inertia is a powerful tool in the NBA. Even with all the forces at play, stars usually make boring decisions and stay with their teams or sign a contract with the highest bidder. But LeBron turned heads and signed with Cleveland, leaving Miami confused and apoplectic. It’s the dawn of a new era, but at […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors

The Warriors haven’t had this kind of consistent success since the days of Rick Barry in the 70′s, and the fans have been tortured long enough; they deserve this, regularly being one of the loudest arenas in the league. Turning down Kevin Love, Golden State is riding their current core, all following the coattails of […]

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2014-15 NBA Previews: Washington Wizards

There has been little wizardry in Washington over the past few years. The Arenas-Butler-Jamison core failed, and Arenas went into a tailspin. Washington got so bad they were granted the first pick, and finally after a few tries they made it to the post-season. After paying premium to make it there, there’s a question of […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Dallas Mavericks

Dallas has rarely missed the playoffs in the Dirk-era, but they’ll have another tough fight on their hands. Dallas should be in the mix for one of the lower seeds and the fight is so close that one wrong move or one injury at the wrong time could knock them out. They’re bringing in a […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta has an unfortunate off-season with insensitive remarks from General Manager Danny Ferry, but I hope this won’t dissuade people from the team, which is subtly unconventional and the highest paid player, Horford, is only getting 12 million dollars a year. Atlanta has had trouble finding relevancy for years, but there’s an opportunity here to […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Houston Rockets

In the process of trying to land a third star, Houston saw some of its talent drift away, and they scrambled to replace them without losing a season. Morey has infamously flipped his players quickly and used them like assets, never worrying about the role players who got away. This led to a rich cache […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Charlotte Hornets

The Bobcats have been transmogrified into the Hornets, complete with a makeover of their arena floor into a honeycomb. After making the playoffs and picking up a well-known free agent, spirits are high, but the bar is set awfully low in the east. As one of the more bizarre teams we’ve seen, they’re an all-defense […]

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Are DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond Top Five Players?

It is no secret that from a pure talent perspective and all-around game that LeBron James and Kevin Durant rank No. 1 and No. 2 in some order. However, what if I told you that a rebound was more valuable than an assist or steal? If I did so, then you would proceed to reweight […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

We don’t know when a team’s reign is done until it’s done. That’s not a trivial truism, full of cliches and signifying nothing; it’s a conclusion reached after considering cognitive biases and the history of the league. Memphis may have already peaked when they reached the western conference finals and Marc Gasol won Defensive Player […]

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How Often do Pass Rushers Affect the Quarterback?

As J.J. Watt has shown us in the first half of the seasons, pass rushers can have a major impact on opposing offenses, but their entire defense, too. That brings up this question: how often does a defensive end, tackle, or 3-4 or 4-3 outside linebacker affect the quarterback, per snap? Thanks to the guys […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Indiana Pacers

What’s distressing is how quickly the darkness can fall. With Paul George breaking out offensively and the Pacers playing some of the best defense ever along with Hibbert as a lock for Defensive Player of the Year, while remaining the Kryptonite for the Miami Heat, the future was bright. But in just a few months, […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Phoenix Suns

Quietly one of history’s best franchises, the Suns rose from the ashes again and found success in the post-Nash era for the first time with a quick-hitting attack flanked by three-point shooting and a international dynamo of a point guard. The unfairness of the league is apparent because there’s a real chance they could miss […]

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2014-15 NBA Preview: Detroit Pistons

After decades of involvement with Joe Dumars, the Pistons have gone their separate way and will bring in Stan Van Gundy as both the coach and president of basketball operations, a rare double-duty that’s difficult to properly cover objectively. The roster is a mess, and they invested heavily in selfish players who don’t mesh well. […]

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