Could O.G. Anunoby put a team over the top?: Vecenie’s trade deadline mailbag

The Athletic’s senior writer and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie is answering your questions ahead of the NBA trade deadline. Submitted questions have been edited for clarity and length. For Sam’s thoughts on Myles Turner’s new deal, the Suns’ future and more, check out Part I of this mailbag. Could O.G. Anunoby really put a … Read more

Amick: The NBA MVP race, the Wild West and why the Hawks, Grizzlies should make deadline trades

A public service announcement to my fellow NBA scribes who have a vote for Most Valuable Player: This race is far from over, so please don’t lose your focus down the stretch of the second half. Narratives be darned, the games from here until mid-April should be analyzed and scrutinized as dutifully as the ones … Read more

Rocket Trading 2.0 Scenarios: What I’m Hearing About John Collins, Miles Turner, and More

Summer is coming. While this may be a somewhat cheesy nod to Game of Thrones, it is an important reminder of the change that is on the horizon for the Houston Rockets. The 11-37 franchise is once again designed for a big lottery pick—the spoils of a rebuild—but over the coming months, that roster will … Read more

The Knicks disintegrate in the fourth quarter as they fall to the Hawks

ATLANTA — Red hot early and ice late, with no defensive intensity throughout, wasn’t a recipe for success as the struggling Knicks lost their third straight game Friday night. Playing without Mitchell Robinson, who was sidelined after having surgery Thursday for a broken right thumb, the Knicks connected on more than 70 percent of their … Read more

NBA Trade Deadline: What Shams Hears About Jacob Boltel, John Collins, Fred VanVleet & More

There’s less than a month left before the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline, and with team executives ramping up conversations, notable names for this year’s market are starting to emerge. John Collins of Atlanta and Jay Crowder of Phoenix remain on the trading block, and discussions surrounding both are expected to continue to heat up … Read more

Aldridge: Is there a Summer of 2023 deal for LeBron James that makes sense? The art of the possible

The following is a thought exercise. Not only is it academic, but also it is, for this NBA season anyway, legally impossible. The 2022-23 trade deadline is Feb. 9. LeBron James signed his two-year, $97 million extension with the Lakers in mid-August of last year. Under the NBA’s rules, he can’t be traded until at … Read more

Phoenix Suns, Jock Landale, contract, future, journey to NBA, Saint Mary’s college basketball, Australians in NBA

Jock Landale still remembers every part of the year he spent “slugging it out” in the mountains. From the backcountry runs and hikes to early mornings spent cutting up firewood, just so his unit could have showers. “The simplest way to put it,” he told, “is it turned me from a kid into a … Read more

Why do NBA stars score so many points? Understanding the league’s scoring boom

If you’ve noticed the sharp rise in the signing of NBA stars lately, you’re not the only one. Two-time NBA defending champion Nikola Jokic sees it, too. Sometimes the Denver Nuggets need a 44-point three-pointer from Jokic, as he did against the Phoenix Suns on Christmas. On Thursday night, Jokić took notice when Utah Jazz … Read more