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LaMelo Ball and the Instant Impact of NBA Rookies. Plus: Appreciating Dejounte Murray, Steph Curry, and De’Aaron Fox.

Verno and KOC also discuss the underappreciated Jazz, parse through Boston trade whispers, and more

Houston Rockets v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Verno and KOC take a tour around the league, starting with LaMelo Ball’s success in Charlotte (3:00) and what factors play into the increasingly early success of young players over the past decade (11:00). Then they jet over to San Antonio, where Dejounte Murray led the Spurs to victory over the Warriors (28:36) and Steph Curry continued to make a fringe case for MVP (31:30). Finally, they hit Utah to discuss an underappreciated Jazz team (34:40), Boston to parse through trade whispers (37:45), and Sacramento to acknowledge De’Aaron Fox’s bona fide star power (51:15).

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