The evolution of LeBron James

Featured Image via ESPN LeBron James will be playing in the NBA Finals for a sixth consecutive season, the first non-Boston Celtic player to do so. This Cleveland team has nearly the same players as last season, but is vastly more healthy. All of the adulation and backlash surrounding James’ career made me think of his evolution as a player and

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Patterson’s NBA awards

Featured Image via Washington Post There are plenty of fascinating things to watch as the postseason begins, but let us not forget those players who shone the brightest during the regular season. Here are my All-NBA picks, adhering to the NBA’s ballot, with two guards, two forwards and one center per team. First Team Guard: Steph Curry, Golden State The

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Top 5 NBA players not named LeBron James

Who’s the best player in the NBA? Well, the short answer seems obvious. Just about ninety-nine percent of the world seems to think that LeBron James, indisputably, is the best player in the world. And to be fair, the man’s a freak of nature. He single-handedly carried a beaten down and broken Cavs team to the NBA Finals last year,

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(Almost) Preseason NBA Awards

After a myriad of offseason acquisitions transformed the infrastructure of the National Basketball Association over the long months between May and October, we have finally set sail on the 2015-16 season and there have already been a number of story lines. From C.J. McCollum’s 37 point opening night performance for the new-look Blazers to Jahlil Okafor’s near record-setting debut performance

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The Seven Most Annoying NBA Story Lines This Season

The NBA is back, baby! LaMarcus Aldridge joins the Spurs, the Warriors are already getting disrespected (and not happy about it), the Clippers are better than ever and Houston is absolutely loaded. The Oklahoma City Thunder finally seem healthy again and Cleveland is bringing basically everyone back from last season. I’m as excited for this season as any in the past

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NBA Teams Primed to Improve: Western Conference

The 2015-16 NBA season kicks off in less than three months and right now every fan base would like to believe their team will be better this season than they were last year. Unfortunately, improvement is only a reality for a small number of teams. Who’s ready to take the leap? Western Conference New Orleans Pelicans Last year was a huge

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The NBA’s Western Conference Playoff Picture is Suddenly Clear

All NBA season, the general consensus was that the Western Conference playoffs will be a bloodbath on par with select Civil War battles. But now, the quest to win the West might not be as brutal as everyone thought. It feels strange to think back on some of the major story lines going into the season. Can the Spurs win the

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My NBA All-Star Ballot

Believe it or not, the NBA regular season is at its halfway point. And while the All-Star game in New York isn’t for another three-and-a-half weeks, fan voting is closed, so the rosters are basically already decided. Whether it’s a good idea to name someone an All-Star after a mere 40-game sample is a discussion for another time, so I

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Now or Never for the Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder are approaching a tipping point on its organizational timeline. So far, it’s not going well. OKC is currently 5-12, 13th place in the Western Conference. If the Thunder want to keep reigning MVP Kevin Durant, deep playoff runs (and preferably a championship) are a must. Durant’s contract expires in 2016, and that summer should be a bonanza,

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