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Lottery Player Spotlight: Shabazz Muhammad

With his off-court issues behind him, Muhammad is beginning to display the skills that made him one of the nation’s best high school talents. In 2012, ESPN ranked Shabazz Muhammad second on its list of the nation’s top basketball prospects, trailing only Nerlens Noel. As a high school athlete, Muhammad received praise from scouts for his ability to both attack the basket and...
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Post-Smoove Pistons: What is the next step for the Detroit Pistons?

Josh Smith has been waived, but Stan Van Gundy has plenty of decisions left to make to turn the Pistons around. Stanley Alan “Stan” Van Gundy exercised his dual powers as President of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday by waiving former All-Star forward Josh Smith. If you want to absorb the move, you can read more about it In Monday’s piece...
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Draft Profile: Kevon Looney

Looney has burst onto the college basketball scene and is rapidly ascending draft boards. Will he be a top-10 pick in June? TeamUCLA YearFreshman PositionSmall Forward/Power Forward Age18 Height6-9 Weight220 Big Board Ranking14 Draft ProjectionLottery Pick Strengths Elite rebounder on both ends Versatile offensively, scores inside and out Capable shot blocker Good ball handler...
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Powerless Rankings, 12/23: No hope in New York; the 76ers keep getting worse

Two teams currently in the playoffs make this week’s Powerless Rankings. Yes, it’s that bad in the East. Previous rankings: 11/17 12/1  1. | Philadelphia 76ers | (3-23) Previous Ranking: 1 (-) The 76ers made themselves part of the Corey Brewer to Houston Rockets trade, and were able to come out even worse through it, sending Alexey Shved to the Rockets and receiving Ronny...
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Josh Smith Waived by the Detroit Pistons

Smith had two years, $26 million remaining on his contract after this season. Josh Smith, the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball, has been waived by the Detroit Pistons. In doing so, the Pistons will have to pay off the guaranteed money owed to Smith, but can do so in installments of roughly $5 million a year over the next five years. Smith has been a disaster...
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Draft Profile: Willie Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein is a potential All-NBA defender at the next level. How high can he go on draft day? TeamKentucky YearJunior PositionCenter Age21 Height7-0 Weight240 Big Board Ranking13 Draft ProjectionLottery Pick Strengths: Elite shot blocker Double-double potential in the NBA Terrific offensive rbeounder Sets good screens Good team defender Size and length Runs the floor well...
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Corey Brewer Trade Reaction

The Rockets get Brewer, the Timberwolves get Try Daniels, and the 76ers get worse. Trade season is getting off to an early start this season. Friday, the Dallas Mavericks swung a big trade sending several pieces to the Boston Celtics for All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. You can read all about it right here. A few days later we have more movement, this time a three-way trade. The...
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Help Me, Rondo

Analyzing the Rajon Rondo trade, and what’s Boston’s next move? Four-time All Star point guard Rajon Rondo was traded to Dallas on Thursday along with Dwight Powell in exchange for Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, a protected first-round pick, and a second round pick in 2016. During Rondo’s 8-¼ seasons as a Celtic, he averaged 11.0 points (47.3 FG, 25.2 3Pt, 61...
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TLM Podcast Ep. 48 – Mike Malone’s Firing, and Trade Scenarios!

What to make of Mike Malone’s firing, playing 4 on 5, and the liklihood that some of the NBA’s bigger names on the trade block will be dealt. In what was the most quickly put together episode in the history of the TLM Podcast, James and I recorded Tuesday night on the subjects of Mike Malone, the Kings future, and potential trade scenarios for Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas,...
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Where Might Lance Land?

Will someone take a chance on Lance, or are the Hornets stuck with him? Though Rajon Rondo trade rumors sent ripples through the Twitter-sphere and Lance Stephenson suffered a groin injury that forced him out of the game during the Hornets’ fourth straight loss on Wednesday, on Thursday morning at 1:53 am EST Adrian Wojnarowski provided the latest Stephenson scuttlebutt, tweeting...
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Lottery Player Spotlight: Tobias Harris

An improved jump shot has elevated the 22-year-old’s game. Entering this season, Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris cashed in on just 28 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also struggled from 3-point range in college. In his lone season at Tennessee, he shot only 30.3 percent from 3-point land. But his rebounding skills and his ability to get high-percentage shots near...
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Mike Malone’s firing, and the future of the Sacramento Kings

Mike Malone’s firing was surprising, but also suggests that he had no place in the Sacramento Kings of the future. Checking Twitter at one in the morning is a nightly occurrence that takes place before I go to bed. Sitting in the glow of the screen of my iPhone, I try to cull the last information of the day that may be of value before I shove off into the calm of sleep. On Sunday...
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Draft Profile: Kelly Oubre

Still adapting to the flow of college hoops, can a strong second half of the season vault Oubre back into top-10 consideration? TeamKansas YearFreshman PositionShooting Guard Age19 Height6-6 Weight204 Big Board Ranking12 Draft ProjectionLottery pick Strengths: Excels with the ball in his hands Good set shooter Terrific athlete Good ball handler and passer Great size and length...
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12/13 Lottery Links: Pelicans, Lance, and highlights

Another week of the NBA season has come and gone, and here are this week’s lottery links. On Friday night the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Cleveland Cavaliers despite Anthony Davis suffering a chest contusion in the first half that forced him to miss the remainder of the game. During a week in which countless regurgitated “Impatient Pelicans have failed to build around Anthony...
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Draft Profile: Mario Hezonja

Hezonja is one of the best young scorers in Europe. Stuck on the bench at Barcelona, how high can Hezonja’s upside take him? TeamFC Barcelona Year1995-born PositionShooting Guard Age19 Height6-8 Weight200 Big Board Ranking11 Draft ProjectionLottery Pick Strengths: All-around two-guard Gifted Scorer Great size and length for his position Good 3-point shooter Quick first step...
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TLM Podcast Ep. 47 – All About that Jazz

The Lottery Mafia crew is joined by SLC Dunk’s AllThatAmar to talk all things Utah Jazz. This week’s edition of The Lottery Mafia podcast features the return of AllThatAmar of SB Nation’s SLC Dunk, to discuss the Utah Jazz’s season so far. The Jazz just snapped a nine game losing streak on Wednesday with their win over the San Antonio Spurs. They are now 6-16, but despite...
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Lottery Player Profile: Lance Stephenson

Through a quarter of Lance Stephenson’s first season in Charlotte, he and the Hornets are struggling. The Charlotte Hornets were not supposed to be here. Before the season began, there was talk the Hornets (Bobcats) of old were gone. The “Hornets” name and branding was set for a return, along with a great new court design. Enter offseason acquisition Lance Stephenson. Yes...
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Draft Profile: Caris LeVert

LeVert is the next Michigan guard to make a run at the lottery. How high can he go? TeamMichigan YearJunior PositionShooting Guard Age20 Height6-7 Weight200 Big Board Ranking10 Draft ProjectionLottery Pick Strengths: All-around two-guard Great size and length for his position Creates his own shot Terrific 3-point shooter Good ball handler, great assist rate for a SG Rebounds well...
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LGoTW: New Orleans Pelicans earn home win against the New York Knicks 104-93

The Pelicans got back to .500, while the Knicks’ losing streak is now at nine in a row. The New Orleans Pelicans, lead by 27 points on 11-15 shooting by Tyreke Evans, picked up a win over the New York Knicks 104-93. The Pelicans entered the game looking to get back to .500, and with a tough stretch of games coming up, they couldn’t afford a loss to the struggling Knicks. The...
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Advocating for the Abolition Of Conferences Without Overhauling the Schedule

In response to Zach Lowe’s “Searching for Balance: The NBA’s Lopsided Conference Problem,” in which Lowe continues his deep diving of the league’s decade-long debacle, he suggests exactly what I was set to propose—namely, that the league get rid of conferences, but without changing the traditional NBA regular season schedule. As Lowe said, the schedule imbalance already...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

TLM Podcast Ep. 46: The Sixers finally win, the Bucks are rising, the Hornets are falling

The podcast has returned just in time to discuss the 76ers first win. After a long hiatus, the podcast has returned, and we’ve got a good one for you. James and I discussed the Philadelphia 76ers first win, and played a little game of “Real NBA Player or Not?” which is exactly what it sounds like. We also discussed the Milwaukee Bucks surprising start, along with why the...
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2015 NBA Mock Draft

Though the 2015 NBA Draft is still six months away, who goes number one when projecting today? Is there a transcendent, franchise-changing prospect at the top of the 2015 NBA Draft? Maybe. Jahlil Okafor has been incredibly impressive to begin his freshman season, showing poise on both ends of the court that many top incoming players lack. In today’s NBA, more than half the...
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Lottery Game of the Week: Los Angeles Lakers win on the road against the Detroit Pistons 106-96

Lead by a team high 22 points from Jordan Hill, the Lakers picked up a road win over the struggling Detroit Pistons. Welcome to the Lottery Game of the Week! Two teams enter, two teams leave. One team will be a little closer to that coveted No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, the other will drift ever closer to the ether between the playoffs and irrelevance. Pregame: Our contestants...
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Draft Profile: Kristaps Porzingis

Porzingis has all of the tools to be an elite NBA player. How high will he go on draft day? TeamSevilla (Spain) Year1995-born PositionPower Forward Age19 Height7-0 Weight220 Big Board Ranking9 Draft ProjectionLottery Pick Strengths: Very good athleticism Tremendous size and length for the PF position Skilled like a wing at 7-feet Tools to be an elite shot blocker Range out to...
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Powerless Rankings: It’s Code Red in Charlotte

A nine game losing streak has the Hornets in crisis mode. Previous Rankings: 11/17 The Charlotte Hornets were supposed to be one of the better teams in the East this season. That hasn’t been the case, in fact they currently sit 13th in the Eastern Conference after nine straight losses. However, because the East continues to be the East, they sit only 3 1/2 games out of the eighth...
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