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Grading Every 2017 NBA All-Star Game Starter Selection

January 19th, 2017
The NBA's fans, players and media members have spoken, and the results are in: We have our official starting lineups for the 2017 All-Star Game. Keep the cork in those champagne bottles, though. You can celebrate later; We have important business that needs tending first. Blatant and unified sabotage is the only ...

10 NBA Players Most Deserving of Their 1st All-Star Nods

January 19th, 2017
To paraphrase the Blink-182 song "Dammit": To earn your first NBA All-Star bid, well, I guess this is growing up. Snagging that initial spot in the Association's annual February showcase is a rite of passage for stars, so this cornily butchered lyric isn't wrong. The All-Star exhibition has become a glorified ...

Ranking the NBA’s Best Current Feuds

January 18th, 2017
As Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook prepare to square off for only the second time in their careers, we're reminded that the NBA needs more totally awesome player and team feuds. Don't get this twisted; there are plenty of good beefs to go around. Durant forged another one with the Oklahoma ...

Ranking the Most Underrated 2017 NBA All-Star Game Candidates

January 16th, 2017
Some NBA All-Star candidates don't receive enough love. This is a bizarre concept to ponder: Merely being considered for February's showcase implies a player is near the top of his game. How could the league's household names want for more recognition? Fan voting is a part of it. This yearly popularity contest ...

Ranking the Most Overrated 2017 NBA All-Star Game Candidates

January 16th, 2017
Assembling an indefensible NBA All-Star roster is ridiculously hard. Even when people call out snubs, they struggle to name who those snubs should replace. And the field of worthy players is so vast that All-Star voters would have to completely sabotage their ballots in order to fill rosters with utterly undeserving ...

How DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento Kings Can Renew Their Vows and Make It Work

January 11th, 2017
DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings were supposed to enter the 2016-17 NBA season on divergent timelines.  Cousins was the 26-year-old superstar—equal parts savior and enfant terrible—gearing up for 2018 free agency. The Kings were the inept franchise—10 straight lottery finishes deep—refusing to trade a player they've failed and been failed by. The dissolution ...

NBA Offseason Review: Looking Back at the Biggest Deals and Signings

January 11th, 2017
Already forgotten all the mayhem from the NBA's offseason? Probably, but you shouldn't have. Yesterday is critical to whatever you see today. We've had a half-season to monitor the league's most lucrative free-agent signings. Now it's time to hunker down and see how the most expensive pacts are panning out. Finding new digs ...

2017 NBA Trade Deadline: 10 Early Predictions

January 11th, 2017
Never let anyone tell you it's too early to dream about the intrigue and bedlam that await at the NBA's trade deadline. More than a month stands between us and the league's Feb. 23 cutoff. A lot can and will change that zero hour. New rumors will arise. Unreported trades will ...

Report Card Grades for Every NBA Team Entering 2016-17 Season’s Midway Point

January 10th, 2017
Sometimes, it's hard to believe the 2016-17 NBA season is roughly halfway gone. But then you realize how many hot takes we've all developed since opening night, at which point it becomes totally believable. This revelation is followed by the sudden, irrepressible urge to pass judgment on everything we've seen. And there's ...

NBA Trade Deadline 2017: Ranking the 10 Most Coveted Players on the Trade Block

January 6th, 2017
It's important not to waste time when journeying down trade-machine rabbit holes. Rather than randomly tinkering with the NBA's competitive landscape prior to the Feb. 23 trade deadline, you need to have a central focus. Finding new homes for the league's most desirable chopping-block members is the best place to start. These ...