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How can we measure Luka Doncic’s greatness against expectations when he just keeps smashing them each season? Much of an NBA player’s reputation rests on what is expected of them, and whether or not they meet those expectations. If fans assume a player will offer very little and they then display consistent competence, it may
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With the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum has already cemented himself as one of the best players in the league. What happens next may be out of his control. Jayson Tatum has been places. Not just any places. Members-only, behind-the-velvet-rope, you-must-be-this-tall-and-successful-to-enter places. He’s been to so many places it’s hard to remember he’s still only 23.
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Already a generational scoring talent, Zion Williamson may only be scratching the surface of his potential as a player. Even in an era when young stars take less time than ever to ascend, Zion Williamson’s rise is exceptional. With fewer than 100 NBA games under his belt, the 21-year-old has already established himself as one
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Karl-Anthony Towns is undeniably great, but there are still two big questions about his future with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns is unquestionably very good. He’s a 23-year-old seven-footer who can score from anywhere on the floor and do anything he’s asked to do on that end. That includes 3-point shooting, where three seasons’ worth
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Entering his third NBA season, De’Aaron Fox is on the cusp of the stardom with the Sacramento Kings. What’s in store for the electric guard? Many of the individual talents who govern today’s NBA brand their superstardom with a signature play. Steph’s relocation 3. Harden’s step-back. LeBron’s chase-down block. Giannis’ Eurostep dunk. They are the
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Myles Turner has arrived as a floor-spacing, rim-protecting cornerstone. Can he build on a career-year and keep adding to his game? Expectations for Myles Turner have been on a yo-yo for his first four seasons as a pro, careening up and down with the incorporation of each new data point. His freshman season at Texas
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Once considered a throw-in piece for the massive Jimmy Butler trade, Lauri Markkanen has the makings of a foundational piece for the Chicago Bulls in the present and future. The Chicago Bulls have been searching for an identity ever since they lost Derrick Rose to a disastrous knee injury in his prime. Some of that
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It’s time to accept that Aaron Gordon is not going to reach that hypothetical ceiling. The good news is that his floor is looking more useful every day. When asked about “individual progress” in his exit interview last season, Magic forward Aaron Gordon said, with earnestness and genuineness, “I thought I played the game better
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