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Cleveland Cavaliers using fourth starting lineup of 2017-18 season

NEW YORK — Five games into the young NBA season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is committing to his fourth different starting lineup. The Cavs will start Derrick Rose, JR Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson on Saturday when they play the New Orleans Pelicans, Lue said. The latest lineup swap sends Jae […]

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Awards predictions — MVP, Rookie of the Year in 2017-18

Who will win top individual honors in 2017-18? Our NBA writers and analysts make their MVP picks and more. Go to: Rookie | Coach | Defensive POY | Sixth Man | Most Improved | MVP ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Ethan Miller/Getty Images WRITER/ANALYST PICK Kevin Arnovitz Ben Simmons Ian Begley Lonzo Ball Nick DePaula Ben […]

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2017-18 fantasy basketball rankings/tiers cheat sheets

All of our predraft content is available in our Draft Kit, which includes rankings and projections for roto and points leagues, player profiles, strategies for every kind of draft, expert mock drafts, sleepers, busts, breakouts, rookie rankings, draft tiers and much more from some of the best minds in fantasy basketball. Mock drafts, roto rankings, […]

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NBA preview 2017-18 – Warriors vs. everybody power rankings

At 22, Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.6 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 18th in RPM) is the unquestioned leader of the young core of Khris Middleton (career 40.4 percent from 3), ROY Malcolm Brogdon and 7-foot-1, 20-year-old Thon Maker. The Bucks are projected to land in the top 10 in both offense and […]

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Zach Lowe’s 2017-18 NBA tiers ratings

After a whirlwind summer (and fall!), it’s useful to zoom out, breathe deep and take stock of where everyone stands heading into the new season. Here is our next big preseason tradition: plopping all 30 teams into tiers. These are not power rankings, and the listed order within each tier doesn’t matter. TIER OF THEIR […]

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Zach Lowe’s 2017-18 NBA League Pass Rankings, Part 2

Now for more of my NBA League Pass Rankings for 2017-18. Click here for Part 1 and all the rules. Let’s get back to it. 15. WASHINGTON WIZARDS (31.5) Barroom debate: Who is more fun to watch, John Wall or Russell Westbrook? For me, it might be Wall. Westbrook plays with sneering, physical force Wall […]