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Devin Booker # 1 ของ Phoenix Suns แสดงปฏิกิริยาหลังจากยิงสามแต้มกับฟิลาเดลเฟีย 76ers ในช่วงครึ่งหลังของเกม NBA ที่ Phoenix Suns Arena ในวันที่ 13 กุมภาพันธ์ 2021 ในฟีนิกซ์รัฐแอริโซนา ดวงอาทิตย์เอาชนะ 76ers 120-111 Christian Petersen / Getty Images / AFP Devin Booker ทำคะแนนได้ 36 คะแนนเพื่อก้าวไปสู่ ​​Phoenix Suns ด้วยชัยชนะ 120-111 ในบ้านเหนือ Philadelphia 76ers ชั้นนำของการประชุมภาคตะวันออก คริสพอลเพิ่ม 18 คะแนนและ 10 แอสซิสต์และม้านั่งฟีนิกซ์ส่ง 56 คะแนนในขณะที่ดวงอาทิตย์ชนะในอันดับที่ห้าและแปดในเก้าเกม The Suns ยิง 60.8% จากสนามทำให้ Sixers โค้ช Doc Rivers คร่ำครวญถึงการเสียการป้องกันของทีมโดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งเมื่อหน่วยสำรองอยู่บนพื้น “ มันตลกดีแปดนาทีแรกที่ฉันคิดว่าการป้องกันทำได้ดีทีเดียวและตอนนั้นเมื่อเราไปที่ม้านั่งก็คือตอนที่การป้องกันของเราต้องดิ้นรน” ริเวอร์กล่าว Center Joel Embiid นำ Sixers ด้วย 35 คะแนน Ben Simmons และ Tobias Harris เพิ่มมา 18 คน “ ฉันคิดว่าโดยรวมแล้วเราไม่ได้กลับมาเปลี่ยนแปลงอีก” ซิมมอนส์กล่าว “ นั่นคือจุดเริ่มต้น พวกเขายิงได้ 61% ซึ่งสูงเกินไป เราวิ่งหนีเราได้ประตูนำแล้วเราก็ปล่อยมันไปเราไม่ได้ทำเกมรุกในช่วงท้ายเกม” Read Next อย่าพลาดข่าวสารและข้อมูลล่าสุด สมัครสมาชิก INQUIRER PLUS เพื่อเข้าถึง The Philippine Daily Inquirer และชื่อเรื่องอื่น ๆ อีก 70 รายการแชร์แกดเจ็ตได้สูงสุด 5 รายการฟังข่าวดาวน์โหลดเร็วที่สุด 4 โมงเช้าและแชร์บทความบนโซเชียลมีเดีย โทร 896 6000 สำหรับข้อเสนอแนะข้อร้องเรียนหรือสอบถามข้อมูลติดต่อเรา

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There is, within the team-building exercise that happens at all levels of the NBA discourse, much talk about “fit.” Sometimes this talk is explicit, with the word itself being used as a cudgel for or against various roster moves, however hypothetical. Other times, the word is thinly masked, often simply replaced with an ostensibly deal-breaking conclusion that a potentially signable, draftable, or tradeable-for player “can’t shoot.” There are other codes and phrases used to reject certain team makeups, but the subtext of this ever-going calculus is typically buried. What, exactly, is a team supposed to be?

The most common answer here tends toward the unrepeatable blueprint of the 73-win Golden State Warriors. Or, more specifically, toward their limited-use “death lineup,” which, five years later, seems to be a spectre that still haunts the league’s imagination. With its smaller front-court, the lineup maximized speed, switchability, and spacing on both ends of the ball, often running teams off the floor. But lost in the reverential sauce is how minimally this set was actually deployed, how much the Warriors juggernaut actually relied on über-traditional big men, and that three of the “death lineup” members were merely okay three-point shooters, enjoying career clips but mostly just benefiting from the peaking gravity of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. 
The logical endpoint of teams failingly trying to replicate this unicorn season was last year’s Houston Rockets, who went into the playoffs with zero actual centers on their roster. It will take a bit longer to see if this is the case, but the blind spots of that team—not enough size or rebounding, mostly—were likely demonstrated thoroughly enough in their hopeless battle against the super-big Los Angeles Lakers that the experimental, now-disassembled Rockets could, hopefully, mark the bookend of a specific era in team-building assumptions. That many of the statistical and analytical minds who most profoundly grew in audience and influence since that legendary Warriors squad wrongly expected the Rockets to challenge, perhaps even defeat LeBron’s Lakers, should help to reset the collective basketball imagination, as well. 

And in the 2020-21 season, we have a few teams, and developments, offering exciting new ways forward. The Philadelphia 76ers, a year removed from an iteration of their roster that might be seen as the over-correctional opposite of what those Rockets were doing, look to have struck a better balance and built a team that more effectively bets big on bigness. After trading Al Horford and Josh Richardson for Danny Green and Seth Curry, their team is still defined by the triple-jumbo frontcourt of Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid. Now with enough shooting to bring the team’s spacing somewhere near the league average, the Sixers’ big boys are freed to pursue bully ball with full gusto. The most important, thankfully ongoing part of this trajectory is Simmons more aggressively capitalizing on mismatches, which are easy to find at his size and skill-set, and use the extra reins that Curry and Green provide to barrel beast-like into the lane.
In their way to the top of this year’s Eastern Conference, the Sixers have increasingly staked out an identity as a suffocating crunch-time defensive team, often swinging games with Simmons’ active, turnover-creating hands. Questions about who will take their big, inevitable crunch-time shots persist, but if the defensive wall they make their opponents run into gets much stronger, those worries might be misplaced. One team they will probably have to reach historical and ridiculous defensive levels to shut down, though, is the Brooklyn Nets. The undying, basketball-brain chin-strokery that the Nets seemingly live to vanquish involves concerns about there “being only one ball”; too many elite-dribble, high-usage offensive superstars, the reasoning goes, leads inevitably to diminishing returns in scoring productivity, and in even starker ones in terms of team morale. 

Well, no one has tested that hypothesis as aggressively as this before. Not at the level of having three of the best isolation scorers of a generation, and one of the league’s best off-ball shooters to boot. And while the Nets might be undone by other kinds of variables, we’re likely on our way to seeing what the legs of the “too many cooks in the kitchen” way of thinking are really made of. Those who want to say the Nets project is failing will have ample evidence to work with, and already do. That the team is frequently a mess after massive roster turnover in a season already wracked by a pandemic and its often Kafkaesque protocols (endured, most recently, by the Josef K. that is Kevin Durant) was foreseeable, and the team’s defensive competence and overall cohesion are not quite even works in progress. Nevertheless, unpolluted human eyes watch the team for their occasional bursts of nascent brilliance, presaging what could become the most unguardable team ever. At far less than half-realized, they already have benchmark victories over a small collection of fellow contenders.

If you believe there is even a modicum of extra chemistry and fringe defensive help on the way, there is no reason to put any ceiling on this Brooklyn team. They are comically rich with untapped layers, ranges of possibility that can’t be accessed until a later moment, and in the meantime every hint we see at all of what they can one day do is a tantalizing taste for the hoopophiles of the world. The same, oddly enough, can be said for the way the reigning two-time MVP is playing. After two straight seasons of unchecked regular-season dominance followed by postseason flameout and indignity, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks are toggling around with their formula, so to make it less obsessed with the futurism of its center-sized point guard approach, and make better use of his gravity near the hoop.
Necessary for elevated Bucks success, goes the talking point that now seems converted into on-court strategy, is a more anachronistic approach to the space of the court. Effectiveness in tighter room has been their weak spot for two seasons in a row, so accustomed they are to using Antetokounmpo as a singular blade who slashes broadly through the whole hardwood. The micro-cutting required of Giannis and the Bucks, now, comes not from the sometimes-peddled idea that Antetokounmpo needs a better jumper (a lazy short-hand frequently used in reference to the aforementioned Simmons, as well) but in the form of more post-up and roll-man duties; different kinds of dynamics altogether, which the seven-footer has somehow not really developed while still steamrolling through the league. 

All in all, the emerging championship contenders of today seem not to be bent in any consistent direction. The Lakers, and the Toronto Raptors before them, do not appear to suggest an all-solving idea or direction that inspire copy-cat behavior like the Warriors did, and several different approaches to the top are in consideration during this liminal period, in which the Lakers have yet to assert themselves as the new dynasty—though, of course, they very well may. And maybe, in that event, the Lakers will be what others aspire to become, but probably not; LeBron’s irreplicable greatness is sure to stop lots of that thinking from getting off the ground. It is time, instead, to build different kinds of flying that make the sport a more marvelous stew of style.

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Image: Getty ImagesLowry, the Philadelphia native, the Villanova alum, returns home. The Sixers are currently first in the Eastern Conference with a 17-7 record in the Doc Rivers and Daryl Morey era, but no one NBA team has a stranglehold on this oddity of a season thus far. Joel Embiid has looked like an MVP frontrunner, Tobias Harris should command All-Star consideration at the absolute minimum, and Ben Simmons, for better or worse, still looks like the same guy he was as a rookie. While the team’s playmaking could improve, Simmons is averaging his usual 8.0 assists per game, but as great as Embiid has been, working with Lowry would decrease his offensive workload, give the Sixers someone who could create a shot in the game’s final two minutes, and give the roster a leader it needs. What people forget about the Embiid and Simmons pairing is that they were at their best in 2018-19 when Jimmy Butler was present to carry the load. You could see the semifinal stats against the Raptors that season for yourselves. Lowry could have a similar impact, and it appears that Embiid may be ready to shoulder the responsibility, but a true point guard (who is willing to shoot from the outside) would help. It will matter come playoff time, and Lowry is a proven champion. Regarding an actual deal, the Sixers have several expirings, most notably Danny Green’s $15.4 million. They have several young pieces, led by Matisse Thybulle, Tyrese Maxey, and Shake Milton, who are all making less than $3 million each this season, and they have most of their first-round picks going forward, which were discussed in the Harden deal before he went to Brooklyn. They also have Ben Simmons at nearly $30 million, and he’s maxed out through 2025. Again, just saying. .

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Joel Embiid #21 and Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers speak with Kyrie Irving #11 (C) of the Brooklyn Nets after their game at Wells Fargo Center on February 06, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/AFP
Joel Embiid tallied 33 points and nine rebounds to power the Philadelphia 76ers past the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets 124-108.
Tobias Harris added 21 points and 12 rebounds while Ben Simmons had 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Shake Milton contributed 15 points, Furkan Korkmaz added 13 while Danny Green and Seth Curry had 11 each.
The Nets were missing superstar Kevin Durant due to health and safety protocols and Kyrie Irving because of a sprained right index finger.

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ผู้เล่นลอตเตอรีของมิชิแกนถูกรางวัลแจ็กพอต 1.05 พันล้านล้านล้านดอลลาร์


Sports are a total shitshow right now and it’s time to stop putting money ahead of health.Image: Getty ImagesWe learned this week that the Biden administration wants the start of baseball season to be delayed, a desire that at this point stands to go unfulfilled because the Major League Baseball Players Association is not willing to let ownership link such a delay with a reopening of their collective bargaining agreement.The MLBPA is right about this. If the season is to be delayed because of COVID-19, it shouldn’t be connected to other labor issues like the universal designated hitter and expanded playoffs. It should be about doing the right thing.The right thing is a delay, not opening spring training camps in another week and a half. We’re still seeing more than 100,000 new cases of coronavirus on a daily basis in this country, and losing 3,000-plus people a day. The situation with the pandemic remains far worse than it was 11 months ago when sports shut down. Pushing back baseball season would allow for more time to get people vaccinated, in order to proceed with a safer summer game.But if we’re talking about delaying baseball because it’s really not safe yet to go ahead with a sport where the vast majority of the activity is outdoors, and a game that’s reasonable to play while wearing masks, well, what the hell are we doing with the indoor sports whose seasons are underway?Hockey is a total shitshow right now, which anyone could have seen coming since October. The cold air at ice level and heavy breathing of players are a recipe for trouble, and the slew of cancellations in hockey, from various NHL games to the scrubbing of the NWHL’s Isobel Cup playoffs, are nothing more than that recipe being followed by continuing to play.G/O Media may get a commissionBut what’s really galling right now is basketball, where not only is the NBA trying to futz its way through a season, with ludicrous results — such as Kevin Durant being held out of Friday night’s game, then allowed to play, then pulled — but planning to hold an All-Star Game.LeBron James wants nothing to do with it. Same for Giannis Antetokounmpo. And De’Aaron Fox. And Joel Embiid. Friday night, Kawhi Leonard offered the most blunt take on the situation, pointing out that the only reason to be going ahead with the All-Star Game is money.Money over health has been the story of far too much of the past 11 months, and even longer than that in America, if we’re being honest. It’s time for the NBA and NHL to hit pause again, and for the baseball season to be delayed. We did it last year, and we can do it again now, especially with the light visible at the end of the tunnel thanks to a ramping-up vaccination program. It didn’t have to be this way, of course, but the entire country endured a much worse situtation than we could have had thanks to completely incompetent leadership under the previous president.It’s time to finally put health over money. Call off the All-Star Game. Stop the seasons. Get it right and stop sending athletes around the country to keep spreading the virus in the name of collecting television dollars and putting on a charade that we’re closer to normal than we really are. The lesson we should be learning is that the longer you screw around with a pandemic, the longer it takes to beat it. It’s time to stop screwing around. .

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รูปภาพ: Getty Images🤷🏽‍♂️ Immanuel Quickley, PG, New York KnicksYahoo: 17 เหรียญ | DraftKings: 5,500 เหรียญ | FanDuel: 5,800 เหรียญ – ฉันรู้ฉันรู้ แต่ตอนนี้เราอยู่ที่นี่แล้ว เป็นที่ยอมรับว่านี่เป็นเรื่องหลับใหลมากกว่านรก แต่การตั้งกฎจะดีแค่ไหนถ้าคุณไม่สามารถทำลายมันได้ด้วยตัวเอง? ไม่เหมือนกับการบอกลูก ๆ ว่าอย่ากินคุกกี้ช็อกโกแลตชิปหลัง 18.00 น. 21 และคุณอยู่ที่นี่เติมหน้าและตูดสามชั่วโมงต่อมาใช่ไหม? ฉันคิดอย่างนั้น ไม่ว่าในกรณีใดผู้คนกำลังรอให้รองเท้าอีกข้างตรงกับ Quickley แต่เขามาสายอย่างน่าอัศจรรย์ เขาทำได้ดีมากแม้จะยิง 1 ต่อ 11 กับยูทาห์แจ๊สรอบแรกจากรัฐเคนตักกี้ทำคะแนนเฉลี่ย 20.6 คะแนน 4.2 รีบาวน์และ 3.6 แอสซิสต์ในห้าเกมหลังของเขาขณะที่ยิง 44 เปอร์เซ็นต์จากสนามและ 40 เปอร์เซ็นต์จากสาม Quickley ทำคะแนนได้ 31, 6, 25, 25 และ 16 คะแนนในการไล่ 5 ครั้งสุดท้ายของเขาและครั้งสุดท้ายที่เขาทำประตูได้ 7 แอสซิสต์นับได้ว่าสูงสุดเป็นอันดับสองของฤดูกาลและเทียบกับชิคาโกบูลส์คนเดียวกับที่เขาเผชิญในคืนนี้ หมายเหตุ: ค่าเฉลี่ยของ Quickley คือ 25.9 นาทีในช่วงห้าเกมนี้ในขณะที่จุดเริ่มต้น Elfrid Payton ลดลงถึง 21.4 ไม่ว่า Quickley จะแซง Payton เป็นผู้เริ่มต้นที่เขาควรจะเป็นหรือไม่ก็ตามมันเป็นเรื่องรองที่เขายังคงเหนือกว่าความเก๋าและการเล่นรอบสุดท้าย จับตาดูเขาในคืนนี้และโดยทั่วไป .

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The 2020-21 NBA trade deadline is a lot later than usual this season: March 25, 2021. And while the league has yet to release the schedule beyond the first couple of days in March, every team should have played around 40 games by that point and should have a better idea of whether they’re a buyer or seller at the deadline. With James Harden already having been dealt to the Nets, the crown jewel of this year’s deadline is Bradley Beal. If Beal is truly available, then we could have a very entertaining trade season as some of the game’s brightest young players could be offered to the Wizards. Even if Beal isn’t dealt, there are still plenty of intriguing young players on the move as well as some veteran role players who could potentially tilt the scale in the championship chase.  Here are 20 trade targets to get you primed for this March’s deadline.

 

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Bradley Beal, a 27-year-old superstar in his prime with at least another year left on his contract, is the ultimate prize now that James Harden is a Net. The Wizards are the worst teams in the NBA at 3-12, and with Russell Westbrook looking like he’s past his prime, likely have no chance at making the playoff this season. Beal’s done all he can do in Washington, but it’s time for the NBA’s leading scorer (34.7 PPG) to move on. The question is: Will a team be willing to offer the huge asking price Beal is expected to fetch. Will the Nuggets trade Michael Porter Jr. and a bunch of draft picks? Would they trade Jamal Murray? Would the Heat deal Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and some draft picks? Would the 76ers trade Ben Simmons? 

 

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We now know that Ben Simmons was on the table for James Harden earlier this season. So we’ve got to assume that he’s potentially on the table for Beal. With Joel Embiid playing at an MVP level, Simmons has been slightly less of a priority in Philly this season. That’s not to say he isn’t a great player – he’s still averaging 12.9 PPG., 8.3 RPG, and 7.9 APG while playing top-notch defense. In fact, he might be the only player on the trade market that the Wizards even consider worthy of dealing Beal for. If he isn’t dealt for Beal, he’ll probably stay put in Philly as they are still contenders with him as well.  

 

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If Bradley Beal is on the table, then Denver is at least having a meeting about offering Michael Porter Jr. for Beal. While Beal is miles better than Porter at the moment, if Porter stays healthy (a big “IF”), Porter could end up being the same kind of offensive dynamo Beal is right now…plus he’s 6-foot-10 and fits well with Nikola Jokic. MPJ has missed half of the season with coronavirus-related issues, but when he’s played (9 games), he’s been great, averaging 17.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and has 56-49-81 shooting splits in only 27.0 MPG. If he doesn’t get dealt for Beal, Denver is right to keep him as an “untouchable”. 

 

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Zach LaVine is a bit of a mix between Beal and Simmons in terms of being a trade prospect. Like Beal, he’s one of the best scorers in the NBA (26.9 PPG), but he’s in a situation where it’s probably time for him to move on. Like Simmons, he’s one of the only known potential trade targets that could potentially be the centerpiece of a trade for Beal. It would obviously take LaVine and Patrick Williams and a couple of draft picks to get Beal. 

 

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Will the Magic please just trade Aaron Gordon? This is probably the third or fourth straight year where he’s been a potential trade deadline target, and it’s getting to the point where it’d be ridiculous to not deal him. Gordon, who has the toolset to be a Draymond Green type of force as a small-ball four, has spent the majority of his tenure with the Magic playing alongside athletic teammates who cannot shoot (e.g., Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz), which, in turn, has caused Gordon’s offensive game to sputter as his points per game (13.8) is down for the third straight season. Gordon would be an excellent fit for teams with an excellent shooting backcourt like the Blazers.

 

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DeMar DeRozan is an elite offensive player (19.8 PPG, 6.7 APG, 4.8 RPG, 49-37-89 shooting splits) on a surprisingly competitive Spurs team. So why is he on this list? Well, for one, the Spurs are awful on defense when he’s on the court versus when he’s off the court – opponents’ offensive rating is plus-14.4 points per 100 possessions better when he’s on the court and the Spurs offense is only plus-3.0 points per 100 possessions worse when he’s on the court versus when he’s not on the court. Some of that blame goes on LaMarcus Aldridge too, but DeRozan’s splits are certainly problematic for a team that wants to win games. The other reason is that he’s an unrestricted free agent this offseason who almost certainly won’t be re-signing with San Antonio (unless they back up the Brinks’ truck for him). So why not try to get a mid-to-late first-rounder or younger rotation player for him from possible contender with a sputtering offense like the Heat? 

 

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Despite being deemphasized by the Hawks this season – his usage and PPG are the lowest they’ve been since his rookie season – Jumpin’ John Collins is still having an efficient season on the offensive end, averaging 16.7 PPG on 54-40-80 shooting. And whether it’s direct tied to him or other factors, the Hawks are distinctly better with him on the court than they are with him off the court as seen by his plus-16.9 points per 100 possessions differential. From his point of view, he should probably be playing more than 30.9 MPG and have a larger offensive role. That, combined with his frustration with Trae Young, which spilled over into a locker room dispute earlier this season, makes him a sneaky trade target for a team like the Mavericks that fancies itself a stealth contender, but can’t seem to recreate the offensive spark it had last year. 

 

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Andre Drummond is having a surprisingly good season across the board, averaging 18.1 PPG and an NBA-high 14.7 RPG while also being second in defensive rating, third in defensive win shares, and top-10 in steals per game, and top-20 in blocks per game. Oh, and he has a top-10 usage percentage, currently ahead of the likes of Kevin Durant, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Donovan Mitchell. He’s deserving of All-Star consideration, but at the same time, he’s an expiring free agent and somewhat redundant now that Jarrett Allen is a Cavalier. Thus, don’t be surprised if contenders like the Clippers and the Nets inquire into Drummond’s availability as the trade deadline approaches. 

 

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Remember when the Pistons could have traded Derrick Rose at peak value last season but didn’t? And Blake Griffin at peak value the season before? Folks, there’s a reason franchises like the Pistons have sucked for the past decade. Instead of getting a protected first-round pick for Rose at last year’s deadline, the Pistons will probably yield a couple of second-rounders this season as Rose’s game has declined a bit (14.2 PPG and 4.2 APG this year versus 18.1 PPG and 5.6 APG last year) and he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Keep an eye out for teams like the Clippers and Knicks with Rose. 

 

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Back in the 2005-06 season, Lou Williams was Allen Iverson’s “rookie”. Unfortunately for Lou Will, his career appears destined to have a very Iversonian-like end to it as he’s not only struggled immensely since the lemon-pepper wings fiasco in the Orlando bubble but has been completely deemphasized by the Clippers this season (his MPG are down from 28.7 to 19.6 and his PPG are down from 18.2 to 9.4 compared to last year). While this deemphasis of Lou Will has certainly hurt his trade stock, he could still be a valuable spark plug for a contending team, just not the Clippers. Because he’s an expiring contract and his salary ($8M) is easy to move, Williams could be a player who is dealt to a non-contender, then bought-out and scooped up by a team like the Sixers later this year. 

 

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Admit it, you forgot that Kevin Love was even in the NBA this season, didn’t you? Who’s to blame you though – he’s only appeared in two games and is out with a calf strain. He’s also on a fat contract that still has two years remaining after this season, so interest in the sweet-shooting, championship stretch-four is at an all-time low. With his trade value so low and the Cavs in the middle of an interesting rebuild, a team like the Nets or 76ers could swoop in a acquire him at a discount…that is, assuming they believe he can still be an impact player. 

 

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LaMarcus Aldridge is clearly past his prime, averaging the fewest points per game (14.2) since his rookie season and the fewest rebounds per game (4.5) of his entire career. His negative-13.4 points per 100 possessions on/off point differential makes it even more perplexing as to why Gregg Popovich continues to play in 27.2 MPG. At this point in his career, LMA would be much more productive being a 15-20 MPG bench big man who can hold the fort down on offense on the second unit and occasionally close games with the starters if he’s hot from the outside. A team like the Warriors could make sense with LMA as they’ll need to find ways to lessen the scoring burden on Steph Curry if they want to make any noise in the playoffs this season.

 

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This picture sums up Marvin Bagley’s career in Sacramento. It’s not Bagley’s fault that Vlade Divac selected him over Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Trae Young. It’s not his fault he’s been unable to stay healthy either. And it’s not really his fault that the Kings have shifted the direction of their team away from him as a centerpiece of their future. Some relationships just aren’t meant to be, and this is one of them. The Kings should try to salvage some of Bagley’s diminishing value and ship him to a team that’s willing to bet that a fresh start will revitalize his once-promising career. Teams that love to run-and-gun like the Bulls and Wizards should be sniffing around Bagley to see if they can strike gold on an undervalued asset with a frightening combination of height, speed, and athleticism. 

 

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JJ Redick began his NBA career sitting on the bench for Stan Van Gundy…if he doesn’t get traded before the deadline, he might end his career the way it started. For whatever reason – perhaps he hates spacing and good shooting around Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram – SVG has relegated Redick to the bench and slashed his minutes (only 19.9 MPG). It’s clearly having an impact on Redick’s ability to get in a rhythm as he’s shooting a career-low 29.8 percent from three at the moment. With the Pelicans likely missing the playoffs in the Western Conference, New Orleans should do right by Redick and send him to a contender who will happily utilize his elite shooting and floor spacing skill set. 

 

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Another well-known Pelican who could be on the move this trade deadline is Lonzo Ball. The eldest of the Ball brothers is having a miserable season (with the exception of his 27-point, 8-assist explosion this past Friday night against the Bucks). After shooting 37.5 percent from three last season, Ball has regressed to 32.1 percent. His assist (4.8) and rebounding (3.9) numbers are also as low as they’ve ever been during his four-year career. Ball simply doesn’t fit well around the likes of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram because he doesn’t trust his jump shot and he is most effective when he’s a focal point on offense, which he isn’t at all in NOLA. Teams have already started to inquire as to his availability, and not been turned away, so expect Ball to be playing in a new city by the end of March.

 

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PJ Tucker is basically all that remains of the micro-ball era in Houston. And he’s probably not very thrilled about it as his contract issues with the front office are well-documented. Hence, Tucker is ripe to be traded this deadline as Houston is a fringe playoff team, and Tucker is not a part of their long-term plans. What teams could utilize Tucker’s tough defense, deadly corner three-point shooting, and all-around bȧdass-ness? Answer: Every. Single. One. Of. Them. Tucker would be a great small-ball four for the Nets. He’d be a good fit for either of the LA teams. And he’d give the Bucks and Sixers some added toughness that they could certainly use come playoff time. 

 

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George Hill, OKC Thunder

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George Hill is a perfect complementary guard for playoff teams looking to solidify their rotations. He’s efficient (51-39-84 shooting splits). He can play off of superstar wings who need the ball in their hands. And he can defend both guard positions. While he does have some limitations to his game that start to get exposed the deeper a team gets into the playoffs, he’d be a perfect third guard for a contender. I couldn’t think of a better fit for George than the Clippers as he’d be perfectly content subbing in for the foul-heavy Patrick Beverley, playing hard defense and shooting wide open threes off of penetration from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. 

 

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While the Grizzlies are certainly trying to make the playoffs this season, they might be willing to sell on a player like Kyle Anderson at the deadline and maximize his trade value. Anderson is having a career-year this season, averaging 12.8 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 3.9 APG while posting an impressive plus-6.2 points per 100 possessions on/off stat line. Standing 6-foot-9 and having an off-beat playing style, Anderson’s playmaking and feel for the game would make him a very good bench player on a number of contenders. 

 

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If Wayne Ellington is still on the Pistons after the trade deadline, everyone in Detroit’s front office should be fired on the spot. Ellington, a free agent after the season, is having the best season of his career as a 33-year-old, averaging career-highs in PPG (12.5), field goal percentage (51.6), and three-point percentage (50.5). He’s actually playing so well that it’s going to cause Detroit to win too many games and get worse lottery odds if they aren’t too careful. Ellington should be a prime target for teams like the Lakers, Sixers, Nets, and Clippers. 

 

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Victor Oladipo is an interesting case for the Rockets. On one hand, he’s playing relatively well since arriving in Houston, averaging 22.0 PPG, 5.2 APG, and 5.0 RPG in five games. On the other hand, Oladipo is going to want a huge contract this offseason, and the Rockets clearly seem intent on reducing their payroll in the post-James Harden era. Is Oladipo a player that Houston wants to build around? If not, then there’s no reason to not trade him to a contender and/or team that believes they can re-sign him in the offseason and try to get some more draft capital in return. Oladipo is ineligible to be traded until March 4, 2021, which will give the Rockets exactly three weeks to move him before the trade deadline. 

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ไฟล์ – เพื่อนร่วมทีมของเขาโทเบียสแฮร์ริส (12) แสดงความยินดีกับฟิลาเดลเฟีย 76ers เชคมิลตัน (18) ที่ได้รับตะกร้าสามแต้มกับซานอันโตนิโอสเปอร์สในครึ่งหลังของเกมบาสเก็ตบอล NBA ในวันจันทร์ที่ 3 สิงหาคม 2020 ที่ Lake Buena Vista , Fla. (Mike Ehrmann / Pool Photo via AP) เป็นครั้งแรกในฤดูกาลนี้ที่ฟิลาเดลเฟียพบเส้นทางสู่ชัยชนะ 119-110 โดยปราศจากโจเอลเอ็มบิอิดด้วยการเอาชนะอินเดียนาเจ้าภาพในไตรมาสที่สี่ในอินเดียแนโพลิส โทเบียสแฮร์ริสจบด้วย 27 คะแนนและแปดรีบาวน์เพื่อช่วยซิกเซอร์กำจัดการขาดดุลในครึ่งหลัง 20 คะแนนและชนะสามติดต่อกัน Sixers แซงหน้า Pacers ซึ่งทิ้งห่างกันเป็นแถว ๆ 37-15 ในควอเตอร์สุดท้าย ฟิลาเดลเฟียแพ้ 0-4 ในเกมที่เอ็มบิอิดไม่ได้เล่น Malcolm Brogdon นำ Pacers ด้วย 25 คะแนนสำหรับการยิง 10 ต่อ 21 และ Damontas Sabonis รวมเป็น 21 คะแนนแปดรีบาวน์และสามแอสซิสต์ Doug McDermott (หลังส่วนล่าง) ไม่ได้เริ่ม แต่กลับไปที่รอบของ Pacers และทำแปดแต้มและห้ารีบาวน์ใน 21 นาที อ่านต่ออย่าพลาดข่าวสารและข้อมูลล่าสุด สมัครสมาชิก INQUIRER PLUS เพื่อเข้าถึงแบบสำรวจรายวันของฟิลิปปินส์และมากกว่า 70 รายการแชร์อุปกรณ์ได้สูงสุด 5 เครื่องรับฟังข่าวสารดาวน์โหลดเร็วที่สุด 16:00 น. และแชร์บทความบนโซเชียลมีเดีย โทร 896 6000 หากคุณมีข้อเสนอแนะข้อร้องเรียนหรือสอบถามข้อมูลโปรดติดต่อเรา

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22 มกราคม 2564; ฟิลาเดลเฟียเพนซิลเวเนียสหรัฐอเมริกา; ศูนย์ฟิลาเดลเฟีย 76ers Joel Embiid (21) กำลังเฉลิมฉลองการยิงสามแต้มของเขากับบอสตันเซลติกส์ที่ Wells Fargo Center บัตรเครดิตบังคับ: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Joel Embiid ไม่ปล่อยให้การแข่งขันทำให้การแสดงที่น่าประทับใจครั้งที่สองของเขาช้าลงในคืนวันศุกร์ที่มินนิโซตาในมินนิโซตากับเจ้าภาพมินนิโซตาที่ชนะการแข่งขันในมินนิโซตา 118-94 สองวันหลังจาก Lakers พัง , Embiid จบด้วย 37 คะแนน, 11 รีบาวน์และสามแอสซิสต์ในเวลาเพียง 27 นาทีและนำฟิลาเดลเฟีย 76ers ไปสู่ชัยชนะ 118-94 Sixers ชนะห้าเกมจากหกเกมล่าสุดและจะเดินทางต่อไปสามเกมในคืนวันอาทิตย์ที่ Indianapolis กับ Indiana Pacers “ คืนสุดท้าย (ปลายวันพฤหัสบดี) ของการรักษาของฉันคือเวลา 01.00 น. ดังนั้นแม้ว่าจะหมายถึงการไม่นอน แต่ก็ควรตรวจสอบให้แน่ใจว่าร่างกายของคุณถูกต้อง” เอ็มบิอิดผู้รายงานอาชีพโดยเฉลี่ยสูงถึง 28.3 คะแนน 11.1 รีบาวน์ต่อเกม เขายิง 54.4 เปอร์เซ็นต์จากสนามรวมถึง 40.4 เปอร์เซ็นต์จากระยะ 3 จุด “ เห็นได้ชัดว่าการนอนหลับยังช่วยได้มาก แต่การรักษาเป็นสิ่งแรก เรื่องเล็ก ๆ น้อย ๆ เช่นนั้น คุณต้องก้าวต่อไป มันยาก แต่เราได้รับค่าตอบแทนและคุณต้องทำงานของคุณ “สมมติว่าเอ็มบิอิดสามารถเอาชนะอินเดียนาได้ความท้าทายครั้งต่อไปของเขาคือต้องเจอกับโดมันตัสซาโบนี (20.5 คะแนนนำทีม 12.2 รีบาวน์ต่อเกม) แม้จะพยายามของซาโบนิส แต่ Pacers ก็ประสบความสูญเสียที่น่าผิดหวังถึง 5 ครั้งในฤดูกาลนี้โดยมี 5 แต้มหรือล่าสุด ในคืนวันศุกร์กับ Charlotte Hornets ปัญหาส่วนหนึ่งอยู่ที่การป้องกันซึ่งกลับกลายเป็นอีกครั้งเมื่อ Hornets ทำคะแนนหกแต้มด้วยคะแนนสองหลักที่ 108-105 ทำให้เราเจ็บปวดเช่นกันดูเหมือนว่าทุกครั้งที่เรา หายจากการฟื้นตัวพวกเขาตี 3 …นี่คือหนึ่งในเกมที่คุณเตะด้วยตัวเอง” การต่อสู้ของอินเดียนาในช่วงท้ายนั้นมาถึงแม้ว่าเทิร์นเนอร์จะปรับปรุงเกมในตอนท้าย เขามีการบล็อก 4.1 ที่ดีที่สุดต่อเกมใน NBA Pacers ยังยิงไปเพียง 7:26 จาก 3 คะแนนและ Doug McDermott ถูก จำกัด ให้เหลือเพียง 11 คะแนนใน 17 นาทีหลังจากทำคะแนนได้ 28 คะแนนเมื่อสองคืนก่อนหน้านี้ในนัดแรกของ Indiana กับ Charlotte . เป็นซีรีส์แบ็คทูแบ็คลำดับที่สามของ Pacers และแบ่งทั้งสามอย่างออกจากกัน “ พวกเขาไม่แก้ตัวอะไรเลย – ว่าพวกเขาไม่สามารถออกจากโรงแรมหรือใกล้ชิดกับผู้คนได้” Nate Bjorkgren โค้ช Pacers กล่าว “ พวกเขาปฏิบัติตามกฎ พวกเขาทำผลงานได้ดี เราอยู่ที่นี่ไม่กี่วันตามถนนมีเวลามากมายที่จะรวมกลุ่มกันเป็นทีม เราต่อสู้ในวันนี้ เราเพิ่งโดน “The Sixers ยังคงเป็นหนึ่งในทีมป้องกันที่ดีที่สุดในลีกโดยมีระดับการป้องกัน 106.7 ต่อ NBA Advanced Stats โทเบียสแฮร์ริส (8.6 บวก – ลบ) และเบ็นซิมมอนส์ (1.6 นัดต่อเกม) ยังคงรักษาประสิทธิภาพการป้องกันไว้ได้ในขณะที่พวกเขา แฮร์ริสยังเริ่มต้นการยิงที่ดีที่สุดในอาชีพของเขา (51.4 เปอร์เซ็นต์ของทั้งหมดและ 46.8 เปอร์เซ็นต์ของระยะ 3 จุด) Matisse Thybu (1.4 หุ้นต่อเกม) ยังให้ความช่วยเหลือในการป้องกันเนื่องจากสโมสรเสียไมค์สก็อตต์กองหน้า เนื่องจากอาการบาดเจ็บที่หัวเข่าเมื่อวันที่ 14 มกราคม“ เขาเป็นแค่ผู้พิทักษ์แห่งนรก” โค้ช Sixers Doc Rivers กล่าว“ ตอนนี้เขาอยู่ใต้เท้าของเขา เขารู้ว่าเราคาดหวังอะไรจากเขาและเขาก็เยี่ยมมาก “อ่านต่อไปอย่าพลาดข่าวสารและข้อมูลล่าสุดสมัครสมาชิก INQUIRER PLUS เพื่อเข้าถึงการสำรวจรายวันของฟิลิปปินส์และเนื้อหาอื่น ๆ อีกกว่า 70 เรื่องแชร์อุปกรณ์ได้สูงสุด 5 เครื่องฟังข่าวดาวน์โหลดเร็วที่สุด 4 โมงเย็นและแบ่งปันบทความ บนโซเชียลมีเดียโทร 896 6000 หากคุณต้องการความคิดเห็นข้อร้องเรียนหรือข้อสงสัยโปรดติดต่อเรา

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การแข่งขัน: รอบที่ 121 - 152 อันดับที่ 152

As most of the NBA approaches the quarter-season mark of what is supposed to be a 72-game season, the NBA’s awards races are starting to take form. In this exercise, I’ve ranked the top-five Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, and Most Improved Player awards race leaders and the top-three Sixth Man of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards race leaders. No coach or executive of the year rankings this early in the season – there’s just too little data for some of the teams that have had multiple games postponed for pandemic-related reasons.Enjoy!

 

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The only thing keeping Nikola Jokic from being the runaway favorite for league MVP at the quarter mark of the season is the Nuggets’ blah record (9-7). Assuming Denver gets back on track, expect Jokic to be on every MVP ballot when the season ends. Through 16 games, he’s averaging a near-triple-double (25.8 PPG, 12.0 RPG, and 9.6 APG) with 56-35-83 shooting splits. He has a chance to be the first big man since Wilt Chamberlain to lead the league in assists as well. The best part about Jokic is, unlike Russell Westbrook and Chamberlain, it doesn’t appear that he’s hunting for these rebounds and assist stats either. He’s just balling.

 

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He’s not 85 percent or 90 percent of what he used to be, Kevin Durant is 100 percent the same player he was before he tore his Achilles in the 2019 NBA Finals. In other words, he’s neck-and-neck with LeBron James for the “Best Player in the World” title and is a bonafide MVP threat. What kind of hindrance could hurt Kevin Durant’s MVP case, you ask? I don’t know, maybe the two other insanely gifted offensive talents (James Harden and Kyrie Irving) playing alongside him. In all seriousness though, KD is once again arguably the best player in the world, as he’s averaging 31.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 5.8 APG while shooting a scintillating 54-48-87 from the field.  

 

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Philadelphia fans have to be thrilled with Joel Embiid’s production and conditioning this season. Through 14 games, Embiid is dominating the paint, averaging 27.7 PPG, 11.5 RPG, and shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from three. He’s second in the NBA in free-throw attempts and free throws made. And second in Player Efficiency Rating (31.0), third in Win Shares Per 48 Minutes, and fourth in Defensive Rating. He clearly took his offseason seriously, got into the proverbial “best shape of his life” and is doing everything in his power to make Philly a contender. 

 

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4) Most Valuable Player: LeBron James, LA Lakers

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What can you say about this guy at this point? After everyone prematurely declared Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo the two best players in the league last year, LeBron James destroyed everything in his path last season and took his game to an even higher level in the Orlando Bubble. After everyone assumed that he’d take it easy this season after the shortest offseason in NBA history, he came out and set the tone for the Lakers’ championship defense. Despite playing a career-low 32.4 MPG, he’s still averaging 23.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 7.5 APG. He’s also shooting 38.9 percent from three on decent volume (6.4 attempts per game) as well. If he continues to play this efficiently and productively, and the Lakers finish with the best record in the league, he’ll absolutely have a legitimate MVP case. 

 

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5) Most Valuable Player: Paul George, LA Clippers

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The Paul George Vengeance Tour is off to an excellent start. In fact, he’s playing so well that he, not Kawhi Leonard, is getting the nod to represent the Clippers in this MVP list. George is averaging 23.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 5.4 APG on 52-48-91 shooting. That’s right, he’s shooting nearly 50 percent from three on 7.8 attempts per game. If he continues to play this way, the Clippers should be the team we thought they were last season. 

 

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Tyrese Haliburton is already a good NBA player. That alone makes him the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.  LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman have the elite skills and the name recognition, but they’re both still inefficient players with obvious holes in their respective games (which is completely normal for rookies, by the way). Haliburton has a solid stat line (11.4 PPG and 4.9 APG) for a third guard, but it’s his efficiency that separates him from the rest of his class – he’s shooting an excellent 50.4 percent from the field and even more impressive 47.0 percent from three-point land. He also has the best Player Efficiency Rating (17.8) amongst all rookies. 

 

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If you watch LaMelo Ball play for even a quarter of basketball, you’ll be able to see that he’s special. He has the combination of court vision, height, and love for playmaking that only the likes of LeBron James and Luka Doncic possess. He’s a joy to watch. He’s also producing at a nice level for a rookie, averaging 11.4 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 6.0 APG. 

 

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James Wiseman is another special rookie from a surprisingly good rookie class. The no. 2 pick from the 2020 Draft is one of the most athletic seven-footers you will ever see and has the potential to become a DeAndre Jordan-type rim-protector and lob threat with a sprinkle of Anthony Davis’ offense skill set (just a sprinkle). He’s averaging 11.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 1.4 BPG, and seems to be improving now that Draymond Green is back and mentoring him on both ends of the court. 

 

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Drafted with the 25th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Immanuel Quickley, the Greek God of Floaters, might end up being the steal of the draft. Quickley has exploded onto the scene in New York with his surprisingly good pick and roll game, rangy defensive ability, and incredibly accurate floater game. Despite playing only 17.8 MPG, Quickley is averaging 11.0 PPG and 2.6 APG and has swung a couple of games for the surprisingly solid Knicks. The Knicks appear to have struck gold in this draft with Obi Toppin and Quickley as their two first-round picks. 

 

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Speaking of steals of the draft, the player drafted one spot after Quickley, Payton Pritchard, has been a godsend for the Celtics with his mature game as the team’s backup point guard with Kemba Walker out. Pritchard plays a highly efficient brand of basketball, averaging 7.7 PPG and 2.6 APG with 49-43-90 shooting splits. Not to make lazy comparisons based upon stereotypes, but Pritchard’s game projects to be a better shooting version of TJ McConnell. It’ll be impressive if he’s still in the Rookie of the Year running now that Walker is back, but Pritchard at least deserves a shoutout through the first quarter of the season.

 

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1) Most Improved Player: Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

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Jaylen Brown has been the best player on the Celtics this season. That is by no means a knock on Jayson Tatum, who is enjoying an excellent start to the season. Brown has just been that good. Through 15 games, Brown is averaging 27.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 3.5 APG with 53-43-78 shooting splits. Increasing his points per game by more than five points and nearly doubling his assist totals, Brown has placed himself front and center in the early season’s Most Improved Player award race.

 

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So it turns out that Christian Wood is, in fact, a certified All-Star caliber player. Houston must be absolutely thrilled by Wood’s performance thus far this year as he’s averaging 23.5 PPG, 10.8 RPG, and 1.8 BPG while shooting 52.8 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from three. Get familiar with Wood’s game because he’s a stud – unless you want to get called a “casual”.

 

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After making his first All-Star team last season, Domantas Sabonis might be too good in many voters’ eyes to elicit a Most Improved Player vote. And that’s a shame because he deserves to be considered for the improvements he made this offseason. Sabonis is averaging a career-high in points (20.9), rebounds (12.9), assists (5.8), and free throw attempts (5.8) per game this season. The Pacers (9-7) run their offense through Sabonis in the half-court in a way that isn’t so different from the way the Nuggets use Nikola Jokic as their primary offensive facilitator, making his continued development all the more impressive. 

 

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Sabonis’ teammate, Malcolm Brogdon, has also made a sneak leap this season, improving his points per game by over five points (16.5 PPG to 21.9 PPG) and tying a career-high in assists per game (7.1). He’s realized this increase in production while remaining a highly-efficient player (45-40-89 shooting splits). If the Pacers finish with a top-five record in the East, and his teammate Sabonis doesn’t steal the award from him, Brogdon should be right in the running for the Most Improved Player award. 

 

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As bad as the Pistons are this season (and they’re baddd), we all owe Jerami Grant an apology for mocking him when he decided to leave the Nuggets because he wanted to be a go-to guy of an offense. Brace yourself for these numbers, Grant is averaging career highs in points per game (24.3) and rebounds per game (6.4) to go along with 44-38-85 shooting splits!! If Grant continues to play like this, he’ll definitely be a strong Most Improved Player candidate at the end of the year – especially when you look and see that his previous career-high in points per game was 13.6.

 

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When Jordan Clarkson was an inefficient volume scorer on the Cavs, I would have never guessed that a couple of seasons later, he’d be the front-runner for Sixth Man of the Year. But he is. Clarkson is scoring in bunches this season, averaging 17.4 PPG with super-efficient shooting numbers (49-41-96 splits). Best of all, he’s a winning player as seen by his career-high (by far) 21.1 Player Efficiency Rating.

 

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Who?? The latest hidden gem developed by the Toronto Raptors is Chris Boucher, a 28-year-old, 6-foot-9 rail-thin center out of Oregon who can block shots at a high level (2.3 BPG) and bomb away from three with the best of them (48.3 percent from three this season). Forced into a bigger role than most expected this season, Boucher has responded beautifully, averaging 14.6 PPG and 6.5 RPG to go along with an eye-popping 26.8 Player Efficient Rating. If he continues to play this well, he’ll have a shot at winning both the Sixth Man of the Year award and the Most Improved Player award. 

 

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The reigning Sixth Man of the Year winner, Montrezl Harrell, may have switched locker rooms in the Staples Center, but he remains one of the game’s best bench players. Although his scoring average has dropped from 18.6 PPG to 13.6 PPG, he’s shooting 62.8 percent from the field and averaging his career-high in rebounds per game (7.1). He’s also doing this in only 24.8 MPG (he was at 27.8 MPG last season), which is all the more impressive considering how good the Lakers are and how many mouths there are to feed. 

 

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1) Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

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Why is Myles Turner the front runner for Defensive Player of the Year? Because he’s averaging 4.2 BPG and 1.5 SPG this season!! No other player is even close to approaching him in blocks per game (Rudy Gobert is at 2.7 BPG) and only 12 players are averaging more steals than Turner is per game. The advanced metrics back up Turner being an elite defender as well as he is first in defensive box plus/minus and seventh in defensive rating.

 

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2) Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis, LA Lakers

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Despite playing most of this season on cruise control, Anthony Davis remains the league’s most devastating defensive force. He’s fourth in the league in blocks per game (1.9) and third in defensive rating and defensive win shares. He’s the anchor of the league’s best defense (no. 1 in defensive rating) and has the Lakers back at the top of the league with an NBA-high 13 wins. If he keeps this up, he’ll have a chance to win his first career Defensive Player of the Year award.

 

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Did you know that Andre Drummond is leading the NBA in rebounding (14.5 RPG), third in defensive rating (99.8 points per 100 possessions), and third defensive win shares (1.0)? Did you know that the Cavs have the seventh-best defensive rating in the NBA? You didn’t? Well, now you do, and now you know understand why Drummond is in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, no matter what people thought of his perceived empty-calorie stats in Detroit. 

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