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1:38 PM ET Luka Doncic has separated himself from Giannis Antetokounmpo and emerged as the consensus favorite to win the regular-season MVP at U.S. sportsbooks, and bettors are flocking to the Dallas Mavericks‘ young superstar. On Nov. 10, Doncic and Antetokounmpo opened as +550 co-favorites at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. Since then, Doncic has
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The Boston Celtics head coach claims that young superstar Jayson Tatum actually grew two-inches in height. On Tuesday evening, the Boston Celtics open up their preseason as they hit the road to face the rival Philadelphia 76ers. With the team falling just short of the NBA Finals in the Walt Disney World bubble, the Celtics
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11:15 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN When Zion Williamson told reporters about not having any sort of restrictions on him this season, he was happy. The smile on his face was bright and his happiness shined through on the video call last week. After the New Orleans Pelicans‘ 114-92 win over the Miami Heat in their
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Jamal Murray was explosive in the NBA bubble, now he’s ready to bring that version of himself to every game. Jamal Murray is 23, and the biggest moment in his NBA career took place inside the NBA Bubble. If you blinked, maybe you missed it. If you changed the channel to check on a baseball
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3:57 PM ET First-year Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas said he had a “good conversation” with James Harden before the perennial All-Star’s first practice of the season Monday, but they did not discuss Harden’s reported desire to be traded. “You can ask him about his commitment and all that sort of thing,” said Silas, who
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7:08 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN After a chaotic offseason that saw the NBA draft and free agency compressed into a single week — followed almost immediately by abbreviated training camps amid teams adjusting to newly implemented COVID-19 testing protocols — the chase is on to see if the Los Angeles Lakers will be able to
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11:27 PM ET NEW YORK — After a year and a half of Achilles rehabilitation, Kevin Durant returned to the basketball court for the first time on Sunday night for the Brooklyn Nets preseason game against the Washington Wizards. “I was anxious, nervous,” Durant said afterward. “I visualized this moment for so long. Nine, ten
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Collin Sexton, #2, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Porter Jr., #4, (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) The Cleveland Cavaliers have a young core that doesn’t seem to fit well together. This fun game helps us evaluate their assets and clear up their backcourt log jam. Far from the top of the list of “best young cores in
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The 25-under-25 is a celebration of the best young players in the NBA, but 25 is never enough. Here are the best players who just missed the cut. For the fourth year in a row, The Step Back is honoring the best young players in the NBA with our 25-under-25. The list is exactly that
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Jayson Tatum has taken the league by storm in his first three seasons. Now, the Boston Celtics will rely on him even more. Coming up in basketball, Jayson Tatum was always the headliner of each team he played for. By the time he made it to Duke, it was clear that he would one day
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4:11 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Saturday that he is unsure the team’s biggest addition this offseason, center Tristan Thompson, will be ready to play in time for Boston’s season opener at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 23. “I think that’s hard to say right now,” Stevens said after
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Trae Young has set the NBA world on fire in his first two seasons. Last year he finished in the top five for both points per game and assists per game. What’s next? In high school, Trae Young was a dynamic, high-scoring guard that was a McDonald’s All-American, but his size left scouts puzzled about
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John Collins was one of only two players to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, and shoot 40 percent on 3-pointers last year. So why aren’t more people talking about him? Since being drafted 19th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, John Collins has done two things at an elite level: score and rebound.
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7:04 PM ET Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman are both “very unlikely” to play in the team’s three preseason games, coach Steve Kerr said Thursday. “Neither one will play Saturday and very unlikely to play either game in Sacramento, too,” Kerr said during a video conference call
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What was the reason for Russell Westbrook’s sudden trade to Washington? The Houston Rockets finally traded one of their two superstars, flipping disgruntled point guard Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a protected first-round pick. Westbrook, much like James Harden has reportedly been trying to do, has been trying
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11:41 PM ET John Wall vowed that he’d return to his previous All-Star form after missing almost two years because of heel and Achilles tendon injuries. His preseason debut with the Houston Rockets on Friday night at least hinted at that hope being possible. It was also quite an encouraging first step in a Rockets
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Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz has shown us what makes him special right from the start. There’s something about playing basketball with the Utah Jazz that allows for a sense of flying under the radar and that’s what Donovan Mitchell has kind of done. But wasn’t he on the All-Rookie team, second in the
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