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Las Vegas Summer League 2015: Top 6 Takeaways from Friday’s Action

July 17th, 2015
Day 8 of the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League produced some unexpected heroes, head-turning plays and a surplus of intense competition. It was "consolation day," as all the teams that were bounced from the playoff bracket squared off against one another. But even though the games didn't have title implications and ...

Nemanja Bjelica Is Minnesota Timberwolves’ ‘Other’ Prized Rookie

July 17th, 2015
Minnesota Timberwolves fans have heard and seen a lot of much-heralded No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns in recent weeks. Duke point guard and hometown hero Tyus Jones is another exciting addition. But there's a third rookie joining the pack who will also turn heads. Serbian forward Nemanja Bjelica, who was drafted ...

How Every NBA Lottery Pick Can Win 2015-16 Rookie of the Year

June 30th, 2015
As each 2015 NBA lottery pick settles into his new destination, it's time to map out their ideal rookie campaigns. There's a clear-cut top tier of Rookie of the Year contenders—only four or five players may actually vie for the prestigious award. But we're here to break down how each one ...

Ranking the Chicago Bulls’ Biggest 2015 NBA Draft Needs

June 23rd, 2015
We're approaching the first NBA draft of the Fred Hoiberg era, and the Chicago Bulls have a handful of pressing needs to fill. Former coach Tom Thibodeau turned the Derrick Rose-led squad into a perennial playoff team and contender in the Eastern Conference, but it's a flawed unit. Top executives John ...

Could Los Angeles Lakers’ Other Draft Picks Be Key to Quick Turnaround?

June 19th, 2015
Armed with the No. 2 overall draft pick, Mitch Kupchak's Los Angeles Lakers have a golden opportunity to enhance the roster on their quest to reclaim NBA glory. But their other draft picks might the real key to resurgence. Obviously, they're aiming to add a talented commodity with that top-five spot, and ...

Ranking the Dallas Mavericks’ Biggest 2015 NBA Draft Needs

June 16th, 2015
A roller-coaster 2015 campaign has set the stage for an entertaining, unpredictable offseason for head coach Rick Carlisle's Dallas Mavericks.  First up on the docket is the NBA draft, where the club will aim to enhance their playoff rotation while building for the future. The 50-win squad will probably see several ...

Ranking the Best 2015 NBA Draft Lottery Fits for Fast-Rising Kristaps Porzingis

June 16th, 2015
As the top NBA lottery teams peruse their options in the 2015 draft, Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis continues to gain favor in front offices across the league. His name will be called early on June 25, but how quickly? The 7-foot teenager was a mid-first round pick last year before ...

Predicting the Biggest 1st-Round Steals of the 2015 NBA Draft

June 9th, 2015
Every year, fans, media and front offices alike search for the biggest NBA draft steals. The depth of the 2015 crop will yield some diamonds in the rough, and there are several mid-to-late first-round picks who will surprise the Association. Many upperclassmen or older candidates often slide in the draft because they ...

Whom the Denver Nuggets Should Target in the 2015 NBA Draft

June 2nd, 2015
Thanks to a turbulent 2014-15 campaign, the Denver Nuggets are in flux this offseason. Sure, the likes of Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari are still on the roster, but much of the team's future is up in the air. The late-season firing of Brian Shaw gave way to the current ...

The Case for Kristaps Porzingis as a Top-5 Pick in the 2015 NBA Draft

June 2nd, 2015
The name Kristaps Porzingis has generated a ton of excitement, awe and fascination in NBA draft circles. That's often what happens when a prospect emerges as a candidate for the one of the top five selections, and Porzingis is no different in that regard. He's also evoked a boatload of wariness. Latvia's 7'1" star ...