Dennis Schröder’s impressive offensive efficiency in isolation could help lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to new heights.

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At this point, everyone in the league knows it: The Oklahoma City Thunder simply cannot stay afloat when their stars are off the floor.

Such was the case when the artist formerly known as Slim Reaper roamed the court and has remained the case since the rise of Russell Westbrook as a glass-eating, triple-double-chasing MVP monster.

Last season, the Thunder looked great when Andre Roberson was healthy, but the team lost their tenacious defensive bite when he fell to a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon. In his stead, Thunder fans became acquainted with a less-than-ideal replacement: Jab-step aficionado Carmelo Anthony.


From Slo-Mo to Iso Joe, we count down the best nicknames currently being employed in the NBA.

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There comes a time in the NBA offseason where all the noise and rumors go quiet and all that’s left is a gaping void where basketball should be.

Sure, we’ve got the seemingly endless loop of workout videos, in which all players seem as if they’re unstoppable (thanks editing) as well as the pending preseason, but August is not the best time to be a fan of the NBA.

However, that means we have time and space to delve into the most important issues facing the league today, and that’s exactly what I plan to do… by counting down the…

The Sacramento Kings got lucky and moved up 5 spots in the NBA draft lottery. That’s about where the good news ends when it comes to the team’s offseason.

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The Sacramento Kings are widely regarded as one of the worst-run franchises in the league, with multiple poor decisions being made at the highest levels, including last season, when the team threw money at veterans like Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph.

Seeing as the Kings had almost no one on the roster (other than perhaps De’Aaron Fox) that is pegged as being a core member of the team going forward, the decision to sign those veterans was a supremely curious one.

On top of that, the Kings traded away the #10 overall pick (with which they could have…

Despite finishing with the third seed in the Western Conference last season, the Trail Blazers were forcefully swept by the Pelicans in the first round, prompting an offseason of soul-searching in Portland.

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For the second straight season, the Portland Trail Blazers were ousted in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs, this time by an ascendant Pelicans team that absolutely roasted them with their size and physicality.

Jrue Holiday and the ageless Playoff Rondo stifled C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard on the defensive end, and Dame in particular had a rough series: Lillard only shot 35.2% from the field in over 40 minutes a game and a team-high 164 minutes.

Still though, lingering on yet another playoff defeat shouldn’t be the only recap of the 2017–18 Blazers’ accomplishments.

The team had…

After breaking its 14-year long playoff drought, the Tom Thibodeau era in Minnesota made great strides in its second season with the addition of longtime Thibs stalwart Jimmy Butler.

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It took an overtime game on the final day of the regular season, but the Minnesota Timberwolves finally broke its 14-year run of not making the playoffs.

While certainly a cathartic and triumphant franchise moment, the team was promptly dispatched by the top-seeded Houston Rockets in a mere five games in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs.

Though the team’s playoff run was ever-so-brief, the Wolves were in great shape for much of the middle portion of the season — hovering around the fourth-best record in the conference before Jimmy Butler suffered a meniscus injury in his right…

Chris Guest

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