DeMar DeRozan Still a Winner in the Kawhi Leonard Trade

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Although he's currently sitting on the couch watching his former team compete with the Golden State Warriors for an NBA Championship, DeMar DeRozan is still a winner in the infamous trade that occurred last July. It may not seem like it, given his former team is in the Finals and he's simply a spectator, but DeRozan couldn't have wished for a better situation. If he had stayed in Toronto, he would have faced the same fate. A great regular season then another failure in the playoffs, crushing the spirit of Raptors' fans once again. DeRozan could have never succeeded in Toronto. He is, quite frankly, not good enough to lead that team. With San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan now has the

Is it Time to Worry About the Los Angeles Lakers?

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Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered an embarrassing double-digit loss to the Pelicans without Anthony Davis. This loss caused them to fall 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the merciless West. I already pointed the Lakers out as a team to watch after the All-Star break to see if they could make a playoff push. So far, I have been optimistic about this team's chances but things seem to be falling apart. The failed AD trade has done a number on the team's chemistry and they haven't been able to stay healthy. It seems as if either LeBron James, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, or Lonzo Ball always injure themselves. Waiting for them to suddenly

5 Teams to Watch after the NBA All-Star Break

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With games returning this Thursday after the NBA all-star break, teams will have to quickly refocus in order prepare for the playoffs. The most interesting teams will not only be those on the playoff bubble but those attempting to prove whether or not they are legitimate contenders. After the madness of the trade deadline, many new-look teams will have to prove themselves. Which team should you keep your eye on as the playoffs approach? Here are 5 teams you won't want to ignore: 1. Los Angeles Lakers This may not be a surprise to any NBA fan, but the Lakers are still in the spotlight. This season we've already witnessed the Anthony Davis fiasco and now LeBron James might miss the playoffs for

The OKC Thunder: Basketball’s Most Confusing Team

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The OKC Thunder just witnessed their 4 game win streak snapped to the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that was 3-8 in their last 11 games. This was in no way a good loss for the OKC Thunder. Anthony Davis only played 15 minutes due to injury. Kenrich Williams and Darius Miller, below average bench players, started and played 34 minutes a piece. Julius Randle and Jrue Holiday had their way with the Thunder's defense. Randle had 33-11-6 and Holiday had 32 points and 7 assists. This wasn't the first embarrassing loss for the Thunder either. In fact, it's become a trend. Of their 20 losses, the Thunder have 10 to teams below .500. Pacers have 20 losses with 8 coming to sub-500

Trae Young and John Collins: The Hawks’ Saviors

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Although they are headed for another lottery pick this season, Trae Young and John Collins seem destined to save Hawks fans from their misery. The Hawks will miss the playoffs for the second time in as many years after 10 straight playoff appearances, but their future is bright. The 19th pick in last years draft, John Collins, alongside their 5th overall pick this year, Trae Young, look like stars in the making. Last night, they each scored 22 points in a win over the Lakers. These wins may be rare, but they give a glimpse of the Hawks' promising future. These players are both young and talented, but they share few similarities. Optimistic fans compare Trae Young and Stephen Curry, yet others consider

Post-Trade Deadline NBA Power Rankings

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After the most active trade deadline in NBA history, let's take a look at the post-trade deadline power rankings. Some teams didn't even make a move and are still top 10 because they're simply that good. Still, most of the top teams in the East made moves that should guarantee an exciting finish to the season. 1. Warriors Acquired: None Lost: None The Warriors may have not made a move, but their still the most talented team in the NBA. They are still the heavy favorite to win the NBA finals according to oddsshark. Even after all of the 76er's moves, the Warriors starting 5 is simply too talented. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins all together is too

The Impact of the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline

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The NBA trade deadline marks an exciting time for many NBA fans, but sometimes the trades simply don't make sense. Now that the trade deadline has passed, I want to explain every NBA trade over the last week. So many trades have already happened and the trade deadline is still a day away, so I decided to split this into two parts. The last 24 hours of the trade deadline will be covered in the second part. Anyways, here are the last few days of NBA Trades Explained: Kristaps traded to the Mavericks Knicks receive: Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Two First Round Picks Mavericks receive: Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke The Knicks landed a young point guard

Teams to Watch During the NBA Trade Deadline

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With the NBA trade deadline approaching, there are teams that should be very active on the trade market. The Kristaps Porzingis trade has shocked NBA fans, but more are sure to come. These teams are all competing for a playoff spot, but need another push to be taken seriously. All of these teams are being reported to have interest in making a move before the NBA trade deadline. In this article, I break down what players they should be looking for and what affect trades could have on these teams. Charlotte Hornets As the Hornets remain on the edge of the playoffs, they look to add pieces to bolster their chances. The biggest move they're trying to make is a Marc Gasol

How the Kristaps Porzingis trade affects the NBA

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After writing about Anthony Davis' trade request yesterday (read here), I did not expect another major star to be involved in a trade. This most recent trade, the Kristaps Porzingis trade, was a shock to most of the NBA. Porzingis met with the Knicks ownership and just a few hours later the Knicks sent him to Dallas. For many fans, this was an unexpected turn of events for Knicks' injured star. The trade sent Porzigis as well as Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee to the Mavericks. In return, the Knicks received Dennis Smith Jr, two first round picks, and the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews.  This trade should have a profound effect on both

The 3 Most Exciting Anthony Davis Trade Destinations

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Although Anthony Davis trade rumors are full of Lakers and Celtics news, there are more destinations that are far more interesting. It may be inevitable that AD ends up with LeBron James in LA or Kyrie Irving in Boston, but Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were also once destined to be Lakers. Each dark horse team on my list has enough pieces that there's a slight chance they could trade for Davis. It may be unlikely, but not impossible. 1. Milwaukee Bucks In theory, the Bucks could send a package of Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker, and draft picks to the Pelicans. This isn't the best package possible, but NBA GMs can be unpredictable in their decisions sometimes. Anyways, let's focus