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Bleacher Report Staff Picks for 2017 NBA All-Star Game Reserves

January 20th, 2017
The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will take place Feb. 19 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, and now we know who'll be on the floor for the opening tip. Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been named starters for the Eastern Conference based ...

Wednesday NBA Roundup: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry Perfecting 1-2 Punch

January 19th, 2017
This had to be what Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors had in mind when they added Kevin Durant over the summer.     It's taken half a season to reach this point—and head coach Steve Kerr still constantly uses the word "process" and various synonyms to describe it—but the ...

7 Questions the Golden State Warriors Must Answer Before 2017 NBA Trade Deadline

January 17th, 2017
The Golden State Warriors don't need much, and tinkering with a team that owns the NBA's top record and net rating feels a little risky. (i.e., Adding a racing stripe to the Batmobile might sound cool in theory, but sometimes addition is really subtraction.) Nonetheless, the Dubs have to take the ...

NBA Power Rankings Halfway Through the 2016-17 Season

January 13th, 2017
The league's hierarchy is showing no signs of stabilizing halfway through the 2016-17 NBA season. Good. Who'd want a second half of foregone conclusions? The Philadelphia 76ers keep climbing with stunning wins and delightful celebrations, and Joel Embiid is talking playoffs. He might even be serious. Elsewhere, every team in the top seven lost this week, ...

Wednesday NBA Roundup: Joel Embiid, Kristaps Porzingis in Disparate Situations

January 11th, 2017
After T.J. McConnell's buzzer-beating game-winner lifted the Philadelphia 76ers over the New York Knicks on Wednesday, it officially became impossible not to trust the process. Not because the Sixers' 98-97 triumph produced win No. 11 on the season, one more than they amassed in all of 2015-16, and not because Joel Embiid ...

Re-Drafting the 2016 NBA Draft Class at the Midseason Mark

January 11th, 2017
Halfway through the 2016-17 NBA season, it's time for some revisionist draft history. Let's do the whole first round over. First things first: If you're picking at the top of the lottery, you're almost never in a position to consider need. (What would have happened to the San Antonio Spurs over the ...

NBA Power Rankings: Elite Jump-Shooting Teams Continue Making Their Mark

January 6th, 2017
The latest NBA Power Rankings are here, and if you thought stability was on the menu as we near the halfway point of the 2016-17 season, brace yourself. It's only getting nuttier. We've got shifts in the top five, bottom five and everywhere in between. The Atlanta Hawks contributed to the chaos by ...

Wednesday NBA Roundup: Giannis Antetokounmpo Is a Different Kind of Superstar

January 4th, 2017
Giannis Antetokounmpo snapped a streak of seven straight games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists Wednesday, but he's probably cool with that. All he has left now is a game-winner in Madison Square Garden to sink the New York Knicks, 105-104, not to mention (clears throat): The cover of Sports Illustrated this ...

Monday NBA Roundup: Jimmy Butler Proving What We Knew About Bulls All Along

January 2nd, 2017
Unconstrained by high-usage veterans or ball-dominant curmudgeons, Jimmy Butler led the Chicago Bulls to a 118-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. And throughout the transcendent performance, it was impossible to avoid a troubling thought: This is how it should have been all along. Butler pumped in a season-high 52 points to ...

NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Stacks Up to Start 2017

December 29th, 2016
A new year brings major changes to the latest edition of NBA Power Rankings, as a fresh No. 1 rises to the top and a consistent top-five staple falls all the way out of the top 10. Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards continue their climb from the bottom third of the league ...