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

Rookie Power Rankings: January

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Although it's been a while since the last set of rankings, I wanted to revisit this year's rookie class. Luka is the clear favorite for ROTY and, in my opinion, Ayton has been the 2nd best rookie this year. After those two things get much more interesting. Some rookies have recently played much better, propelling themselves into the top 5 of my power rankings. Here's my January Rookie Power Rankings: 1. Luka Doncic - Dallas Mavericks Season Stats: 20.2 PPG (44/38/73), 6.7 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.1 SPG As previously mentioned, Doncic is leading the ROTY race by a mile. Not only is he averaging over 20 points a game and a borderline All-Star, but he's led the Mavericks into the playoff race. His

Trade Finder: Dennis Smith Jr.

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The trade rumors that surround Dennis Smith Jr. have persisted for weeks. Reports claim executives around the league are certain that the Mavericks will trade the second-year point guard. The questionable fit of 2 ball-dominant players in the backcourt has prompted these reports and rumors. With Luka Doncic quickly emerging as a star, DSJ seems to be the odd man out. Both are most effective with the ball in their hands, so having them play together would be a waste of talent. I personally believe they are young enough to develop into a stellar backcourt and the Mavericks should be patient. Still, there is a chance the Mavs are set on trading him. If Dennis Smith Jr does end up

Rookie Power Rankings: November

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This season the NBA has been blessed with multiple talented rookies, prompting me to create a November rookie power rankings. After last years heated rookie of the year competition between Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell, I didn't expect another crop of rookies to have an immediate impact. So many rookies have been incredible, but for now, let's just look at the top 5. As a side note, I fully expect this list to change over time as certain rooks get more playing time, but for now, it is what it is. 1: Luka Doncic - 19.2 PPG (45/38/77), 6.8 RPG, 4.1 APG Despite his incredible play overseas, some NBA fans expected Doncic to be a bust. I had worries after opening night,

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: NBA Rookie Debuts

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After the expectations and excitement for the new rookies entering the NBA, we have finally gotten the chance to see them play. Every rookie had a different experience game one, some were great, some disappointed, and others crumbled under the pressure. Given it was their first regular-season game in the NBA, the nerves were understandable. But, there were also a handful of rookies did not appear phased at all by the bright lights. The Good Deandre Ayton, Pheonix Suns Debut Stats: 18 PTS (8-11 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK Undoubtedly the best rookie debut this season, Ayton wowed the league in his first game. Even though he's my pick for rookie of the year, I didn't expect this