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Detroit Pistons: 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

Could Detroit be the favorites to land the eighth seed in the East? Despite the continued improvement of Andre Drummond, disappointing is the only word that can accurately describe Detroit’s 2013-14 season—but with Stan Van Gundy at the helm and Andre Drummond continuing to rise, everything feels new and exciting in the Motor City. Coaching 25/25 Detroit head coach and President...
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Los Angeles Lakers 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

Even as Kobe Bryant returns to action, trouble remains in the City of Angels. I have been re-watching a lot of The Office lately, because A) it’s August, and B) I need something to cheer me up in between episodes of The Leftovers. One of my favorite episodes is “The Dundies,” where Michael Scott has the entire office meet at Chili’s for a company awards ceremony that no...
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Phoenix Suns 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

The Suns have risen in the West. If only the Suns rose in the Eastern Conference, then last year could have ended so much differently. Yet here we are after Phoenix landed 9th in the rigorous Western Conference with a record that would have been good for a tie for third in the somewhat downtrodden East. It’s a tough break for a team that was expected to flounder, and yet somehow...
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Minnesota Timberwolves: 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

The Timberwolves boast tremendous upside following the Love trade. What a roller coaster ride it’s been for Wolves fans over the last few months. One day, we’re hearing rumors about the Warriors’ reluctance to depart with Klay Thompson in a deal for Kevin Love – causing laughter at both teams [a*]. Weeks later, a trade idea that appeared to have been quickly squashed ...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

With the return of Lebron James and the trade for Kevin Love, the Cavaliers looked will be title contenders for the foreseeable future. Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers ended up with the top pick for the second straight season, but that was only the second best thing to happen to them this summer. With LeBron James back the Cavs have the best outlook of any lottery team of last...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Knicks 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

The Knicks made positive moves this offseason, but significant improvements were limited by the team’s cap situation. Coaching  - 15/25 The rating of Derek Fisher, a rookie head coach, gets a slight bump simply because I believe he will make a great Phil Jackson puppet. He will be using Jackson’s system, style and plays while coaching under the 13-time NBA champion. The system...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

TLM Podcast Ep. 40 – Eastern Conference Lottery Predictions

James and Nick predict which Eastern Conference teams are destined for the lottery this upcoming season. Making lottery predictions isn’t easy. Last season, James and I correctly predicted four of the seven lottery teams from the Eastern Conference (Philadelphia, Orlando, Boston, and Milwaukee). Not to be discouraged, we are at it again. Episode 40 focuses solely on which teams...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

Are the Pelicans ready to become a regular playoff contender or destined to return to the lottery for the fourth straight year? The Pelicans have gone all-in. With a roster revolving around All-Star Anthony Davis, the Pelicans made a flurry of moves that indicate the franchise is in win-now mode. In an already deep Western Conference, are the Pelicans ready to become a perennial...
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Sacramento Kings Franchise Outlook

The Kings continue to face a lot of questions about their roster and coaching staff as they look set for another season in the lottery. After finishing 28-54 last season, it has been eight years since the Sacramento Kings made the NBA playoffs. After another offseason with another lottery pick, are the Kings any closer to making a coveted return to the playoffs? Coaching – 13...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia 76ers 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

With great tanking, comes great responsibility. The City of Brotherly Love, it’s called. However, the city that loves its teams will have to be prepared to fall in love with losing yet again. After being teased with a brief stint of unfathomable success early in the 2013-14 season, the Sixers took their place in the cellar of the NBA as most analysts predicted they would. Playing...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruno Caboclo Summer League Evaluation

A video breakdown of what to expect from Brazilian rookie Bruno Caboclo, who was the 20th pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 2014 NBA draft.
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

After finishing at the bottom of the Western Conference, are the Jazz in a strong position going forward? The 2015 offseason was likely a tense one for the Jazz, with Charlotte offering restricted free agent Gordon Hayward a massive three-year, $45 million deal. Utah ultimately matched Charlotte’s offer, deciding it couldn’t let its best player leave for nothing. Have the Jazz...
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Milwaukee Bucks 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

With Parker as the potential cornerstone, can the Bucks turn their franchise around? Last season, the Bucks aimed to make the playoffs. To put it lightly, they fell short. Thanks to injuries, locker room fights, bar fights, and suspensions, the Bucks ended the season with the worst record in the NBA. Through the miserable, fifteen-win season, hope remained for a better future....
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Denver Nuggets 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

With a healthy roster, Denver could be a surprise team out West. Last season was in large part a wash for the Denver Nuggets, as injuries crippled a team capable of making the playoffs. It started with Danilo Gallinari’s torn ACL back in April 2013, which kept him out all of last season, and things got worse from there. JaVale McGee only played in five games due to a stress fracture...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

Orlando is banking on their youth movement to pay off. The Orlando Magic added veteran presence to a roster that was already stocked with young, budding talent. They swung for the fences in the draft and look to finally improve after several solid years of rebuilding. Coaching 20/25 Orlando head coach Jacque Vaughn has head a rough first two seasons, winning only 43 games and finishing...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

With Brad Stevens at the coaching helm, Boston has bright days ahead of them. Despite the likelihood that another losing season is on the horizon, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Celtics’ future. Coaching—25/25 The soon to be 38-year old Brad Stevens helped the Celtics get out to a 12-14 start in 2013-14, which was probably more than management wanted...
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TLM Podcast Ep. 39

Joined by Joe Dexter of PistonPowered to discuss Detroit’s offseason moves, the future of Greg Monroe, what to expect from Andre Drummond, and more. Yesterday James and I had the pleasure of being joined by Joe Dexter of PistonPowered.com to discus well, the Detroit Pistons. With Detroit’s offseason starting to wrap up, we discussed the moves Stan Van Gundy has made since taking...
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The NBA Should Impose an Auction-Style Draft

The current draft lottery system must go because it incentivizes tanking. In light of the news that the Philadelphia 76ers were fighting potential changes to the lottery system , I gave my take on tanking in the NBA last week, including why rules rewarding losing need to be reformed. An auction-style draft that promotes smart spending, however, would be an attractive alternative...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Spurs Offense 2014: Summer League Edition

Breaking down the Spurs offense in the 2014 Summer League.
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s Next For Michael Beasley?

At just 25, Michael Beasley could be looking at his last shot to make it in the NBA. In theory, Michael Beasley was supposed to be great. With super athletic ability, he dominated opponents in college at just 18 years old. With physical metrics that were off the charts, he possessed a body ready to compete in the NBA. He could score from the post and facing the basket. Everything...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Bargain Bin Free Agents

It’s about that time for NBA teams to begin shopping for players of the cheap variety. As the free agency season slows to a crawl, most of the best players have already found destinations. However, many valuable veterans remain ready to play for ultra-cheap rates. Here are some of the best values still on the market. Leandro Barbosa Last season, Barbosa signed with Phoenix at...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Whole Lotta Love Coming To Cleveland

A rare fair exchange for a star was agreed upon by Cleveland and Minnesota on Thursday. After a long summer of shopping and rumors, the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Miami’s protected 2015 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Shining Summer League Sophomores

Looking to take a step forward in year two, which sophomores excelled during the NBA Summer League? After missing the playoffs in their rookie seasons, playing in a variety of roles, many of the members of the sophomore class fought with vengeance in the NBA Summer League, both in Orlando and Las Vegas.  Touted as one of the worst draft classes in the past decade, the 2013 rookie...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Knicks Trade Ellington, Tyler to Kings for Acy, Outlaw

The Knicks and Kings made a trade yesterday, and our own Nick Denning analyzed it over at Sixth Man Journal. The New York Knicks have traded Wayne Ellington and Jeremy Tyler to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw, per Sam Amick of USA Today Sports. Additionally, the Knicks waived the protection (for picks 31-37) on the 2016 second round pick sent to...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pacers Headed for First Lottery Season Since 2009-10

Lance Stephenson’s departure to Charlotte, combined with Paul George’s horrific injury, will spell disaster for Indiana. The Indiana Pacers finished last season as the Eastern Conference’s top seed despite limping to the finish with only 12 wins in their last 25 games. After an unceremonious exit from the Conference Finals, the Pacers failed to re-sign assists leader Lance...
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