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Minnesota Timberwolves X-Factor: Andrew Wiggins

The 2016-17 Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be one of the most exciting stories in the NBA, but with a dozen stories to choose from, the defense of Andrew Wiggins will be the most important factor for the Wolves when looking to take the next step as a franchise.

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 03:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Denver Nuggets contests Carl Landry #24 of the Sacramento Kings for an inbounds pass at Pepsi Center on November 3, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Kings defeated the Nuggets 110-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Wake Me Up When September Ends, One Last Trip to ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine

October is right around the corner. We’ve made it. Training camp, preseason, and the regular season tipoff are rapidly approaching dates on the calendar. It may be unlikely that anything is set to happen on the trade front at this time, but here are seven potential swaps that promote change of scenery for players who, for […]

TORONTO, ON - MAY 27:  Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors controls the ball in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 27, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Toronto Raptors: Jurassic Park Edition

Last year the Toronto Raptors won 56 games, made the Eastern Conference Finals and were two wins away from reaching the NBA Finals. Will last season be the pinnacle of the franchise, or is there room for improvement and a chance for them to make the next step forward towards dethroning the NBA champion Cavaliers in […]

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 05: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls falls to the floor after being fouled by Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center on January 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 117-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

TLM Roundtable: Which Ballers Would Thrive in the NFL?

The arrival of football season has Jimmy Butler (and the basketball community) jealous. There’s still another five-plus weeks until the NBA regular season tips off; and while the short break from competitive hoops is necessary for recuperation and relaxation, we’re all getting a little antsy. And so, The Lottery Mafia held a meeting to discuss which […]

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21:  Jeremy Lin #7 of the Charlotte Hornets shoots against Chris McCullough #1 of the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on February 21, 2016 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

14 Lineups I’m Hoping to See in 2016-17

It’s still the offseason, but many coaches are already thinking about constructing lineups and rotations and considering what their depth charts might look like come opening night. This is in no way an article suggesting starting lineups or declaring depth charts, but rather one identifying intriguing five-man rotations that we should see at some point […]

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 22:  Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets tries to control the ball against the defense of Andrew Bogut #12 of the Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center on November 22, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 118-105 to start the season 15-0. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Nikola Jokic is Denver’s X-Factor

The Denver Nuggets enter the 2016-17 season as a potential playoff candidate. If the Nuggets are going to reach that feat, Nikola Jokic will need to continue his meteoric rise to superstardom. 

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25:  The Brooklyn Nets logo adorns center court prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Barclays Center on November 25, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Justin Hamilton is Brooklyn’s X-Factor

The Nets are bound to be among the bottom handful of teams again in 2016-17, with only Boston’s first round pick at the end of the tunnel. However, Justin Hamilton has the goods to survive and thrive as a stretch-5.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26:  A video screen shows the selection of Joel Embiid of Kansas as the #3 overall pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Jo Jo: Philly’s First True X-Factor Since “The Answer”

On November 1st, 1996, a young brash kid out of Georgetown University played his first NBA game in a 76ers uniform. Childhood friends knew him as “Bubba Chuck,” the kid from Hampton, Virginia who could have gone pro in any sport he wanted to. The NBA would come to know of him as Allen Iverson and […]

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