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Miles Bridges Is Made for the New NBA

The Michigan State forward and NBA draft lottery prospect sometimes looks like a dreaded 'tweener, but his athleticism and motor should make him a useful wing in the modern pro game.


The Wonderful, Terrible, Hopeful Journey of Skal Labissiere

At 14, Skal Labissiere left a Haiti devastated by disaster and followed his basketball dream to the United States, and the NBA. It wasn't any easier than it sounds.


Dragan Bender And Marquese Chriss Are Raising The Ceiling In Phoenix

The Suns have been adrift ever since Steve Nash left town, but a pair of gangly, versatile, high-ceilinged lottery picks just might be a foundation in Phoenix.


The Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram Era Is About to Begin at NBA Summer League

Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram will face each other in a Summer League game on Saturday. It's not too early to look at how the top two NBA draft picks will fit in with their new teams, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers.


The Case for Blowing It Up, and Building It Back Fast, in Atlanta

After Sam Hinkie's tenure in Philadelphia, tanking is out of fashion in the NBA. But if the Atlanta Hawks are willing to punt one season, it could change everything.


Serge Ibaka and the New OKC: Unpacking the NBA Draft's Biggest Deal

Serge Ibaka was one of the best players on one of the NBA's best teams, until OKC flipped him to Orlando on draft night. Here's what the Thunder were thinking.


How Analytics Can Help Identify NBA Draft Steals and Busts

"Moneyball"-style analytics have come to the NBA Draft, and while they remain a work-in-progress, they can provide valuable insight into which players to choose and avoid. Here's what you need to know.


Meet the Sports Psychologist Training the Minds of the NBA's Top Draft Prospects

Graham Betchart built a career as a "mental skills" coach for top NBA draft prospects like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Now he's trying to build a brand.


Kris Dunn Is Ready for the NBA

Over four years at Providence, Kris Dunn became a well-rounded playmaker and a folk hero. Now he's ready to make basketball his business, wherever he winds up after the 2016 NBA Draft.


Why NBA Teams Get Stuck on the Draft Lottery Treadmill

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, but can they escape return trips? League history and player evaluation mistakes suggest it won't be easy.


Who Is Thon Maker, The NBA Draft's Gangly Mystery Man?

Thon Maker is 19 years old, 7'1, and star of one of the most memorable mixtapes on YouTube. In the NBA Draft, none of that will matter as much as how he can play.


UNC Seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige Want to Complete Their Legacy in the Final Four

During their four years in Chapel Hill, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson grew up as players and as people. Now they're looking to end their college basketball careers on top.