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Buy or sell? Checking in at NBA's one-month mark

Tom Haberstroh is buying Luka Doncic through the first month of the season, but he says it's time to sell on the Suns and coach's challenge.

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Buy or sell? Checking in at NBA's one-month mark
Tom Haberstroh is buying Luka Doncic through the first month of the season, but he says it's time to sell on the Suns and coach's challenge.
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Kemba Walker's departure still stings in Charlotte
The city of Charlotte loves Kemba Walker, but the All-Star's success ultimately kept him from staying with the Hornets.
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Warriors should punt this season after Steph Curry's injury
Steph Curry's injury signals that the Warriors need to take this season to retool their roster, and they can start by putting D'Angelo Russell on the trade block. 
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Buy and sell: 2019 NBA season preview
Is the James Harden-Russell Westbrook duo all that scary? Has Ben Simmons really added a 3-pointer? Do LeBron James and Anthony Davis need a third star?
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Bradley Beal, Wizards buying in with new extension
Bradley Beal showed his faith in the Wizards' direction by agreeing to a two-year extension on Thursday.
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Anthony Davis should play more at center for DeMarcus Cousins-less Lakers
Anthony Davis has been open about his preference to play power forward, but he's the Lakers' best option to replace DeMarcus Cousins at center.
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Who are the top NBA 'DNP-Rest' candidates for 2019-20?
With teams resting players more than ever, which stars and games will be impacted by the load management movement the most in 2019-20?
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Locks on the over/unders for the 2019-20 NBA season
Tom Haberstroh wants you to win some easy money. Here are his locks for the over/unders this season.
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LeBron-Davis, Kawhi-George lead NBA's top duos
The superteam era is over. Enter, the era of superstar duos. Tom Haberstroh ranks the five best pairs for now and for the future.
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Sixers' Ben Simmons is worth the max
Even without a jumper, Ben Simmons is already on the brink of MVP contention and worth every single penny he got from the Sixers.
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Rockets' Russell Westbrook gamble won't end well
The Rockets' reported Hail Mary-type trade for Russell Westbrook comes with a list of concerns and little reason for optimism.
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Hope can be found all across wide-open NBA
From title chasers to cellar dwellers and those in between, hope can be found just about anywhere across a now wide-open NBA landscape.
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2019 NBA Free Agency Tracker
Get the latest on all the biggest moves in free agency from NBC Sports national NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh.
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Clippers transform into a favorite after Kawhi-PG double dip
The Clippers have launched themselves to the top of L.A. and the NBA by bringing in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
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Sixers smart to reload with Harris and Horford after losing Butler
The Sixers didn't run it back, but adding Al Horford and Josh Richardson while re-signing Tobias Harris makes them a force to be reckoned with.
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Russell move signals Warriors rebrand
Kiss the Warriors as you know them goodbye because Golden State's decision to bring in D'Angelo Russell signals a total team rebrand, writes Tom Haberstroh.
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Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving team up for uncertain future in Brooklyn
The Nets landed the big fish that were supposed to go across the river, but does that make them title contenders? Tom Haberstroh's not so sure.
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Kemba Walker going to Celtics works out for everyone involved
The Celtics still have more work to do this summer, but the addition of Kemba Walker is a step forward for all sides.
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Klay Thompson's deserving max doesn't come without risk
Klay Thompson will get the payday he deserves, but the Warriors are making a sizable gamble that he'll return to All-Star form.
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Haberstroh's 2019 NBA Free Agency Predictions
Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard.
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Ranking the 10 greatest lineups in NBA history
Hamptons Five? Showtime Lakers? Seven decades of Celtics? Tom Haberstroh investigates to find the best five-man lineup of all time.
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Winners and losers of the 2019 NBA Draft
Zion and the Pelicans were the obvious winners in the draft, but there are a handful of other teams who made some noise -- both good and bad -- on draft night.
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Mike Conley trade another sign of teams jockeying for West crown
The West is wide open after the Warriors' downfall, and the Jazz are the latest team to try to take advantage of that with a trade for Mike Conley.
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Are we getting worse at the NBA draft?
Even as tools and technology make information more available, NBA front offices are having a historically tough time with the draft.
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With Anthony Davis, Lakers should be heavy NBA title favorites
With the addition of Anthony Davis, the Lakers have suddenly gone from the lottery to the team to beat in the NBA.
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After Raptors' championship, Kawhi trade could redefine NBA
The Kawhi Leonard trade could forever change the NBA after he delivered a historic championship and Finals MVP in his first season in Toronto.
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Kevin Durant's Achilles casts cloud over Warriors' present and future
Kevin Durant's workload in his return from injury may have led to the Achilles issue, and could change the NBA landscape for this summer and beyond.
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Leonard's regular-season rest could topple the Warriors dynasty
Kawhi Leonard's load management during the regular season has made him a playoff machine -- which has the Warriors dynasty on the ropes.
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Andre Iguodala: The No-Stats Hall of Famer
LeBron James. Kevin Durant. James Harden. All three have fallen victim to Andre Iguodala, an MVP Slayer and future Hall of Famer. Don't believe us? We have the modern metrics to prove it.
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Steph Curry's chase for perfection and the wild world of shot analytics
Ahead of his fifth NBA Finals, Steph Curry is chasing history.
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Three questions Blazers must answer this summer
Though their season came to another sad ending at the hands of the Warriors, the Blazers have plenty to be hopeful about.
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2019 NBA Draft Lottery Winners and Losers: Pelicans, Tanking for the W; Bulls, Knicks take an L
The draft lottery shook up the NBA on Tuesday night, leaving the Pelicans in a major position of power and the Knicks and Bulls licking their wounds.
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Sixers enter offseason at a critical crossroads
Between Brett Brown, Ben Simmons and two max-level players, the Sixers face several franchise-altering questions this offseason.
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Underdog Warriors regain respect in Game 6 victory
Down Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors rediscovered their 2015-16 swagger to beat the Rockets -- and reclaimed some respect in the process.
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Celtics' demise falls on Kyrie, Hayward
Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were supposed to be the Celtics' missing pieces, but poor play in the postseason has left Boston with more questions than answers to ponder in the offseason.
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It's time to see if Draymond Green was right about Warriors without Kevin Durant
Draymond Green and the Warriors have the chance to back up his earlier claim that they can win without Kevin Durant.
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Kawhi Leonard's MJ-like play carrying Raptors
Kawhi Leonard doesn't get as much recognition as others, but this postseason, he's playing like one of the best to ever lace them up.
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James Harden's superpower is at the center of Rockets-Warriors
James Harden is the master of drawing fouls on 3-pointers, but he's having trouble summoning his superpower against the Warriors.
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Sorting out the evenly matched NBA Western Conference semifinals
Between an early conference finals rematch and two fresh faces squaring off, both semifinal series out West have serious seven-game potential.
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Picking winners in the star-studded NBA Eastern Conference semifinals
The East semifinals feature a ridiculous wealth of talent and two matchups that could go the distance.
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How Dame Lillard and the rest of the NBA left Russell Westbrook behind
Damian Lillard was ready the moment on Tuesday night, while Russell Westbrook got exposed. One is a sign of the future while the other got left in the past.
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Key to unlocking Ben Simmons? Follow the Giannis model
Can you win a title if your star can't shoot? Three teams are trying this year -- each in their own way.
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Warriors in five and other first round predictions
The Warriors should move past the Clippers with ease, but what else can you expect from the Western Conference? Tom Haberstroh makes his first-round picks.  
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First round should set tone for newcomers in the East
With LeBron James out of the mix, the first round could help determine who emerges out of the East.
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Magic Johnson's exit proves Lakers no longer exceptional
Magic Johnson was supposed to be the Lakers' savior. Instead, he left behind a team in no better position than they were before. All because the franchise fell victim to "Lakers exceptionalism".
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This Is It: Which NBA playoff teams face uncertain futures?
Less than a year after the Raptors blew it all up, there are multiple teams entering this spring facing extremely tough questions about their futures.
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Life after Ernie: Wizards have plenty of choices for next GM
Bad salary cap. Injured superstar. Restless fan base. Who would want to be the Wizards GM? Lots of people, it turns out.
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As DNP-Rests rise, remember: Momentum is a myth
It's fun to think momentum is real and April in the NBA matters, but Tom Haberstroh proves that late-season basketball isn't as vital to the playoffs as one might think.
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Through titles and dark moments, Chris Bosh changed the NBA
Chris Bosh helped evolve the NBA on and off the court, but the great heights he reached didn't come without a fair share of dark times.
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The Big Number: Celtics need Hayward to attack
The Celtics are 14-2 when Gordon Hayward scores 15 or more points, but as this week's Big Number shows, where Hayward scores is just as important.
Garbage Time All-Stars
Who fills it up when the score is all the way up (or down)? Tom Haberstroh breaks out the calculator to find his Garbage Time All-Stars.
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Buy One, Get One: The secret point behind Logo 3s
Logo 3s are great. But you know what's even better? BOGO 3s. Tom Haberstroh takes a deep dive into the bonus behind shooting from WAY downtown.
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Tom's Toolbox: An NBA stats glossary
Today’s NBA, and the coversation around it, look completely different compared to a decade ago, so Tom Haberstroh put together a glossary of terms to help readers understand.
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It's time to end the Anthony Davis charade
No one looks good in this Anthony Davis mess and it's time for everyone to put an end to it, before it's too late.
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How Michael Jordan and LeBron James broke through the NBA's glass ceiling
Just like Michael Jordan did before him, LeBron James and his business partners are shattering the NBA's glass ceiling. 
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Family focus: How the Currys are leading the second generation of NBA athletes
As Steph and Seth Curry return to Charlotte for All-Star weekend, their homecoming also serves as a reminder that the Currys are the leaders of a familial revolution in the NBA.
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Trade deadline winners and losers: Fultz is free; East contenders shine; Tough look for Lakers
Whew, that was crazy. Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, Tom Haberstroh doles out the various winners and a few big losers.
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What is the ideal All-Star Game lineup?
The key to building the perfect All-Star team is starting with LeBron -- and then pairing him with AD.
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Winners & Losers of Tobias Harris trade: Sixers push for Finals; Raptors, Celtics take major hits
The Sixers pushed all their chips in with a masterful trade, while the Raptors and Celtics took multiple Ls, writes Tom Haberstroh.
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2019 NBA trade deadline preview: Four moves to make, chaos in New Orleans and Unicorns in Dallas
The NBA's trade deadline is upon us. Here's four trades that need to happen by next Thursday -- and the one that got away (already).
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The Anthony Davis sweepstakes might have to wait
Nearly the entire NBA will be chasing Anthony Davis but don't expect a resolution until May 14, at the earliest.
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How Victor Oladipo's injury changes the East
With Victor Oladipo out for the season, Tom Haberstroh examines the reasons behind the injury and the effect it will have on the Pacers, Celtics and Sixers.
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Secret Guard-en: The story of Luka Doncic's secret Steph Curry workout
This is the story behind Luka Doncic's semi-secret workout with Steph Curry and how a 19-year-old Slovenian took the NBA by storm.
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Weight and see: The Boogie Cousins conundrum
There are plenty of questions surrounding DeMarcus Cousins as he makes his return to the court and his Warriors debut, but only one of them really matters.
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Haberstroh's NBA midseason awards: MVP, best coach and rookies
NBA Sports' National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh picks his MVP, coach of the year, rookie of the year and more at the midway point of the 2018-19 season.
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Thibodeau’s firing could bring Hoiberg back to Wolves
With Tom Thibodeau out the door in Minnesota, Fred Hoiberg could be positioned to take a very attractive job.
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How the Pelicans failed Anthony Davis
The Pelicans had years to convince Anthony Davis to stay in New Orleans, but their own actions might have forced his hand.
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Wall injury could help Wiz in short and long term
Losing your star point guard is never a good thing, but John Wall missing the rest of the season could help the Wizards in unexpected ways.
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Ariza is a Band-Aid, not the solution
Adding veteran Trevor Ariza to the Wizard is just another Band-Aid on a much larger issue in Washington, explains Tom Haberstroh.
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In The Courts: The State of NBA Betting
As the NBA's relationship with gambling accelerates at a rapid rate, the league must decide how far it's willing to go.
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The confusing analytics of the NBA's 3-point obsession
Gregg Popovich hates the 3. He says it made the league unbalanced. Well, the numbers paint a different picture.
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Bulls made one key mistake in Hoiberg hire
The Bulls hired Fred Hoiberg to be the anti-Tom Thibodeau and he was, but not in the way Chicago wanted.
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Full breakdown of NBA chemistry study
See the full breakdown of Tom Haberstroh's analytical breakdown of NBA chemistry.
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The numbers behind NBA chemistry
How in the world can NBA fans, coaches and GMs quantify chemistry? Today's technology opens a whole new world.
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Steph Curry is Warriors' breaking point
Draymond Green was right. The Warriors don't need Kevin Durant, but man, do they need Steph Curry.
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Carmelo Anthony stuck in the middle of Rockets' problems
There are plenty of issues with Carmelo Anthony's game, but he's not behind what's wrong with the Rockets. 
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Winners and losers of Butler blockbuster
The Sixers' trade for Jimmy Butler reverberated across the league. NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh breaks down the winners and losers from the league-shaking blockbuster.
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Stephen Curry is the new Michael Jordan
It's time to come to grips with the fact that Stephen Curry is the new Michael Jordan, changing the way basketball is played one 3-pointer at a time.
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