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Kent Bazemore’s ATL Ascension

A year ago last week, Kent Bazemore‘s Sports.ws analysis was updated. If Bazemore played more minutes he might be worth a speculative add, but he doesn’t seem to be in the running for a bigger role in Atlanta any time soon. -Jan. 7, 2015 Whether the vague and relatively inconsequential remark was right or wrong comes down to how you want to dissect it, but there’s no disagreement that the general sentiment of it is that of…

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Danilo Gallinari and Denver’s Nuggets of Hope

The Denver Nuggets haven’t done much in terms of establishing themselves as either movers or shakers in the Western Conference, but that doesn’t mean their 2015-16 campaign – a year  of transition, though lined with promise – has been for naught. Through the first month of the regular season, the franchise has shown that they boast no shortage of valuable commodities. How those puzzle pieces all fit together, however, is a different story. Just last season…

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C.J. McCollum and Portland’s Next Generation

Nobody knew quite what to expect out of the Portland Trail Blazers this season, with the exception, perhaps, that one could have reasonably expected to at least expect the unexpected. Such is life, we can all agree, when a veteran team that had defied expectations for several seasons goes sadly but swiftly the way of nature, imploding in upon itself like a dying star. The Blazers were a force in the Western Conference from 2013 to 2015,…

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Clint Capela’s Stock Rising in Houston

The train of efficient power forwards and centers that have played for Daryl Morey’s Rockets is a long one, but of those intriguing bigs, the latest and perhaps most exciting of the bunch is Clint Capela. The 21-year-old came out of nowhere during Houston’s playoff run last season, establishing himself as a defensive asset worthy of quality minutes under the spotlight of a postseason series against the eventual champions. Not bad. Such past postseason heroics…

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Yao Zingis: Is Kristaps Porzingis a generational talent?

Kristaps Porzingis is a fleet-footed, vengeful beast with ice water in his veins,  an abomination straight from the depths of the most savage Breaking Madden-esque Create-A-Player Dream World the basketball community has seen since Yao Ming. These, of course, are both good things but the best thing about the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft is that he’s done so with the demeanor that he’s done it with. We’re one month into an NBA…