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2020-21 NBA Preview

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The NBA’s Young Core Rankings

Who has the brightest future in the NBA? We ranked each team’s collection of under-25 players based on their projections through the next half-decade.

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How Did Rookies Adjust to the NBA During the Shortest Offseason in League History?

Over the past month, teams did all they could to help their new players learn and get comfortable. But all will tell you there’s still a long way to go.

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The Mismatch’s 2020-21 NBA Season Preview

Chris and Kevin break down major offseason moves and give their predictions for the NBA season

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Power Rankings, Part 3: Can Any Team Stop the Lakers?

Our annual preseason tiers list concludes with the teams that have the best shot at taking down LeBron James and the reigning champs

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Anthony Davis Is Coming for the Crown

After years of flashing his immense potential, Davis may finally be ready to showcase the total package this season.

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The ‘Real Ones’ 2020-21 NBA Season Preview

Plus, Logan and Raja give their award picks for the upcoming NBA season

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The 2020-21 NBA Entrance Survey

Where will James Harden land? Who presents the biggest threat to the Lakers? And which teams and players are we most excited to watch? We answer the biggest questions heading into an unprecedented regular season.

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Power Rankings, Part 2: Play-in Contenders, Playoff Locks, and the Rockets

Can Russell Westbrook and Zion Williamson power the Wizards and Pelicans into the playoffs? Will Solo Steph be unleashed in Golden State? And what the hell will happen in Houston?

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Are These Four Contenders Too Good to Be True?

What last season’s numbers tell us about the 2020-21 outlooks for the Mavericks, Lakers, Suns, and Nuggets

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What Are 2021 Expectations for Giannis, Luka, and ... Lu Dort?

Plus, new Ringer staffer Mirin Fader talks with Chris about Giannis’s decision to stay in Milwaukee

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How NBA Players Prepped for a Season Like No Other

Some teams haven’t played a game that counts in nine months, while others feel like they just left the bubble. Will the long and short turnarounds have any effect on the state of play in 2020-21?

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NBA Teams Can No Longer Tank Their Way to the Top

You can’t just "Trust the Process" anymore. With new draft lottery odds, rebuilding NBA teams are finding out they have to do a lot more than just lose to ultimately win.

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Power Rankings, Part 1: Starting From the Bottom

The NBA is back! But the 2020-21 season could wind up being a long one for the first 10 teams on our preseason list.

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The NBA Is About to Start a New Season. But Are Players and Coaches Ready?

After a little more than two months away, the NBA is starting up again. But this time, there will be travel, fan-less arenas, and extra protocols. Players and coaches spoke recently about what they expect—and everything that’s still unknown.

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The Wizards Have Two Star Guards and … the Wrong Supporting Cast

Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook may fit together, but the same can’t be said for the rest of Washington’s roster, including its recent lottery picks

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Is Talen Horton-Tucker As “Flat-Out Special” As LeBron Thinks He Is?

As if things weren’t good enough in Lakerland, the champs may have found a young player who can help them both now and in the future

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A Casual NBA Preview With Bill Simmons

As part of The Ringer’s 2019 NBA Previewpalooza, Russillo and Bill give their thoughts before the tipoff of the NBA season

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Eight NBA Bets We Wish We Could Make This Season

The beginning of the season is the best time to do a bit of gambling—it’d just be nice if the lines offered were a bit more fun

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Ryen Russillo and Bill Simmons (Kind of) Preview the 2019-20 NBA Season

Breaking down the most interesting story lines of the new season

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‘NBA Desktop’s PoisOnes’: The Ringer NBA Staff Get Posterized While Drinking Poisons

Haley O’Shaughnessy, Micah Peters, Jordan Ligons, Kyle Crichton, and Chris Ryan climb Mount Toxicity while discussing the upcoming NBA season

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Bill Simmons Picks His Los Angeles Lakers Wine Bottle Team

Featuring Shea Serrano, Jason Concepcion, Ryen Russillo, Van Lathan, Larry Wilmore, and Flea

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‘NBA Desktop’: Five Mind-Melting Easter Eggs From the 2019 NBA Offseason

Plus, the Desktop Focus Group returns to discuss Danny Ainge tweeting at his dog

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The Ripple Effects of Kawhi’s Shot Against the 76ers

Bill Simmons, Ryen Russillo, and Chris Ryan examine what this game means for Kawhi’s legacy, what would have happened had he missed the final shot, and what this means for the upcoming NBA season

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‘Group Chat’ Live: The 2019-20 NBA Power Rankings

Breaking down all 30 teams before opening tip

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‘Takehunter 4’: The Houston Rockets Offense Is About to Get Dangerous

Plus, fresh takes about Luka Doncic, Vince Carter, and the Los Angeles Lakers

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Can De’Aaron Fox Become an All-Star?

In the latest edition of ‘The Leap,’ J. Kyle Mann examines the Sacramento Kings youngster’s potential

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Welcome to 2019 NBA Previewpalooza

The NBA is back! We’re celebrating the start of the 2019-20 season with a video countdown to tipoff. Join Jason Concepcion of ‘NBA Desktop’ as he presents a series of live podcasts, Ringer Originals, and more. And remember: Basketball is very good.

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Five Reasons to Watch the Los Angeles Lakers This Season

Sure, the Lake Show has LBJ and AD, plus Kuz and the legend of Alex Caruso—but have you heard the latest story from Rob Pelinka?

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Lou Williams May Not Start, but He’s Ready to Help the Clippers Finish Their Championship Quest

Just two years ago, Williams rued being traded to the Clippers. Now, after consecutive Sixth Man of the Year Awards and the highest-scoring seasons of his 14-year NBA career, he’s helped make the would-be champion an alluring destination for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

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NBA Power Rankings, Day 4: The Four-Team Title Race

The season is upon us, and the Bucks, Clippers, Sixers, and Lakers have the best shot at winning the championship. Can Giannis, Embiid, and Simmons go to another level? Can Kawhi, LeBron, and AD stay healthy enough to deliver a title to Los Angeles?

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The Clippers—Yes, the Clippers—Are the Team of Today

The title hopes of L.A.’s other team were built in the most dramatic fashion, around the quintessential no-drama superstar. For better or worse, Kawhi Leonard and the new-look Clips are the avatar for the NBA in 2019-20.

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‘Heat Check’: Zion’s Injury, Buddy Gets Paid, and Way-Too-Early Playoff Predictions

Plus, checking in on the NBA-China drama