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

NBA Power Rankings: December

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With the midway point of the NBA season nearing, it's time to examine the best teams of last month in the December power rankings. This month teams have battled their way back into the playoffs, or gained ground on the top of their conference. If you haven't read the October or November power rankings you should know the stats are from this month (December) only, not the entire NBA season. By focusing on one month at a time there is more variety in the ranking and you see which team is hot right now. Anyways, here's the December power rankings: 1. Houston Rockets (11-4) Offensive Rating: 113.4 (3rd of 30) Defensive Rating: 109.3 (18th of 30) Team MVP: James Harden - 35.9 PPG (45/40/89), 7.5

Trade Finder: Jabari Parker

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After Jabari Parker recently fell out of the Bulls' playing rotation, the next step for both sides is to part ways via trade. From the start, Parker didn't fit in well Bulls. Since Bobby Portis has played well and Lauri Markkanen has just returned from injury the Bulls' forward position is full. Now the question for Parker is where would he fit. He is a great scorer, but an awful defender. Also, his injury history is concerning. Still, there should be plenty of teams willing to take a gamble on Parker. He is only 23 and has shown signs of being a future star. So, what team should make a move for him? First up, the Miami Heat. Bulls Recieve: Tyler Johnson, 2023 Miami

Who Wins the Proposed Jimmy Butler Trade?

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The Houston Rockets have recently shown renewed interest in trading for Jimmy Butler. According to Woj, they are willing to offer 4 first-round picks to get him. This trade has not actually happened, yet, but if it's true the Timberwolves need to accept it. There is no way they will find a better offer at this point of the Butler drama. The proposed trade would likely be Brandon Knight, Marquesse Chriss, and 4 first round picks for Jimmy Butler. The deal can't happen until October 31st if it involves Knight because of NBA trade rules. But, assuming Thibodeau doesn't mess up the deal, which side would win the Butler trade? Minnesota Timberwolves For Minnesota, this is a great deal. Quite frankly they