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O’Connor covers the NBA for The Ringer. Since 2014, he’s published an annual NBA Draft Guide. When he’s not analyzing basketball, he plays his guitar.

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Ten Questions About the Upcoming Season, Plus Zion Williamson’s Health and Kyrie Irving’s Instagram Live

Verno and KOC’s questions include which new coach will have the greatest impact on their team and which top 10 pick from last year’s draft will take a leap this season

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Rudy Gobert Is Too Big to Fail

The 7-footer has become a dominant defender, but opponents have been able to neutralize him in the playoffs. Can the old-school center stand his ground in the modern NBA?

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The Latest Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and Zion Williamson Developments, Plus Eight People to Watch

Chris and Kevin break down the Nets’ statement about Kyrie and highlight a few players and coaches to keep track of this season

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Eight Intriguing Observations From Preseason and What Kevin Learned About the Brooklyn Nets

Plus the guys discuss Jordan Poole’s leap and Anthony Edwards’s maturity

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The Nets Have Options

Unlike most other superteams, Brooklyn has built a deep bench around its stars. If Kyrie Irving’s stance on the vaccine doesn’t change, the Nets’ wealth of steady vets and intriguing young’uns like Cam Thomas might become a necessity.

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Evaluating the GM Survey and Preseason Overreactions

Plus, Verno and KOC discuss the news from Woj that the Suns are balking on giving Deandre Ayton the maximum rookie contract extension

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Unpacking Embiid’s Comments on Ben Simmons, Evaluating NBA Player Rankings, and Six Teams to Watch This Preseason

Verno and KOC break down Embiid unloading on Ben Simmons, SI’s NBA player rankings, and the three teams they’re looking forward to watching in preseason

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Media Day Revelations From Zion Williamson to Ben Simmons and Beyond

Verno and KOC also talk about Klay Thompson’s comeback from injury and The Athletic’s report about the Lakers’ offseason recruiting strategies

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Ben Simmons’s Trade Demand Is About Him, Not the Sixers

Though a disastrous postseason didn’t help matters, sources say Simmons’s motivation for wanting out of Philly stems more from how he and those around him think he can reach his potential

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Listener Mailbag Part 4! Plus: the Gersson Rosas Debacle in Minnesota

Verno and KOC run through their final mailbag of the offseason, which includes questions on the surprising news out of Minny and the ongoing situation in Philadelphia