CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - DECEMBER 22:  Ivan Rabb #1 of the California Golden Bears takes a shot during a college basketball game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on December 22, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Draft Profile: Ivan Rabb

How high will the freshman from California go in the 2016 NBA Draft? Strengths:  Great size and length for an NBA post option  Terrific scoring touch around the basket  Shows good rebounding fundamentals  Runs the floor well, mobile defender  Good free-throw shooter  Shows good form on his jump shot  Solid post scorer, leans heavily on […]

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 22:  Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers makes a rebound against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on January 22, 2016 in Oakland, California. 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Indiana Pacers Getting Back On Track

The Pacers enter the 2016 All Star break at 28-25, second in the Central Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference. After a year lost to injury and regression in 2015, Indiana is back on track with star Paul George healthy.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 05:  Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks defends against Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 5, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

TLM Podcast: 2016 Pre-Trade Deadline Special

In anticipation of next week’s NBA trade deadline, James Plowright and I fired up The Lottery Mafia Podcast again to have some fun. In this special edition of TLM podcast, James and I proposed a number of deadline day trades, posing as various general managers of NBA teams (though with Brooklyn minus a GM right […]

TREVISO, ITALY - JUNE 07:  Dragan Bender in action during the adidas Eurocamp at La Ghirada sports center on June 7, 2015 in Treviso, Italy.  (Photo by Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Draft Profile: Dragan Bender

Will the Croatian sensation challenge Simmons and Ingram for the No. 1 pick in June? Strengths:  Versatile offensive threat  Terrific size and length for the power forward position  Great passer with high basketball IQ  Good set shooter with range to the NBA 3-point line  Runs the floor well in transition  Strong production playing against professionals […]

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Draft Profile: Furkan Korkmaz

Will the sweet-shooting guard from Turkey be the first international player selected in 2016? Strengths Elite 3-point shooter Creates his own shot from the outside and at the rim Good production playing against professionals, has earned spot starts Quickest shot release in the draft Good passer Great size and length for NBA shooting guard Plays passing […]

at Philips Arena on January 5, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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.

Swimming with the Fishers

Early Monday morning, Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks pulled the plug on Derek Fisher’s tenure as Knicks head coach, firing him after a combined record of 40-96 over the past two seasons. His firing, while not a huge surprise, brings into question what direction Phil Jackson wants the franchise he is in charge […]

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Where do the Pelicans go Next?

After an abysmal start to the season, the New Orleans Pelicans, slowly but surely, clawed their way back into relevancy in the West, drawing within a few games of the last playoff spot. But now six games out of eighth place and with four teams to jump ahead of them, the Pelicans must decide what’s […]

during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 19, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  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.

Figuring It Out in Phoenix

On Sunday, as January was winding to a close, so was the tenure of Jeff Hornacek as head coach of the Phoenix Suns. The handwriting was already on the wall long before the decision was made, however, the situation that Hornacek was in may not have been entirely his fault. The Suns, an interesting experiment […]

at Sleep Train Arena on April 3, 2015 in Sacramento, California.  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.

Boogie and the Boys: A Revival in Sacramento

For years the Sacramento Kings have been on the wrong side of too many jokes. Marked by ownership instability, inadequate coaching, and serious attitude problems with their players, it has been a long time since the Kings had anything to feel good about. But this season, on the shoulders of Demarcus Cousins, Sacramento is right in […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 25:  Jared Dudley #1 of the Washington Wizards reacts after a play during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena on November 25, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NBA - 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 Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Wittman’s Woes – Disappointment in the District

A strong run to the playoffs in 2015, featuring some clutch Paul Pierce and improvement from the John Wall and Bradley Beal combination, had the Washington Wizards flying high. There were some obvious deficiencies that surfaced throughout the year, including the coaching of Randy Wittman, but the relative strength of position in the Eastern Conference […]

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