Category: “Spotlight”


The Ringer’s NBA Odds Machine.

How likely is your team to make the playoffs? Who has the best chances of getting the no. 1 pick in the 2021 draft? And what are the most probable first-round postseason matchups? Our model has you covered.

By Zach Kram


Aaron Gordon Was Supposed To Be the Final Piece For Denver. Now, He’s The Key.

Denver must now adjust to the first extended separation of its star duo in half a decade. Can the team produce and stifle buckets at an elite level against the best of the West?

By James L. Jackson


LaMarcus Aldridge’s Hall of Fame Case May Be Stronger Than You Think.

NBA veteran LaMarcus Aldridge hit the NBA world with shocking news Thursday morning, when he abruptly announced his retirement on social media.

By Andy Bailey


Ja Morant’s Pick-and-Roll Upside.

Ja Morant runs the pick-and-roll at one of the highest frequencies in basketball. He has a strong foundation in that area, and there’s even more room for growth.

By Parker Fleming


Power Rankings: What to Watch for in the Stretch Run.

The NBA’s chaotic regular season is down to just a month-plus of games. Here’s where each team stands ahead of the last play-in and playoff pushes.

By Kevin O'Connor


Defenses Throw Everything At Damian Lillard. He Just Finds New Ways To Score.

This season, no offense has compelled opposing defenses to ramp up their aggression more than that of the Portland Trail Blazers.

By Jared Dubin


The Heat May Already Have Their Eyes on the Offseason.

Miami’s flurry of deals at the trade deadline not only put it in better position for this postseason, but also set the reigning East champs up to chase even bigger moves this summer.

By Kevin O'Connor


Warriors’ Draymond Green Says He’s the ‘Best Defender to Ever Play in the NBA,’ and He Has a Legitimate Case.

Who's to say who the actual best defender ever is, but Green's name belongs in the conversation.

By Brad Botkin


Elgin Baylor, Acrobatic N.B.A. Hall of Famer, Is Dead at 86.

Foreshadowing the likes of Michael Jordan, he was a star with the glamorous Lakers and was voted to the all-N.B.A. team for the league’s first 50 years.

By Richard Goldstein


P.J. Tucker Trade Finally Gives Bucks Their Small-Ball 5, but Is the Timing Right for Milwaukee?

Milwaukee is counting on the 3-and-D big unlocking its defensive potential.

By James Herbert


Ringless NBA Teams Should Love Their Chances This Season.

Only 19 of the league’s 30 active franchises have ever won an NBA championship at all, and seven of those 19 last won before 1980.

By Santul Nerkar - Neil Paine


One Year Later, Rudy Gobert Is at Peace. And Thriving.

The Utah Jazz center’s positive test for the coronavirus began a cascading shutdown of American sports. But with a huge new contract and a dominant team, he has moved on.

By Marc Stein

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