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NBArank 2021: Debating LeBron James' spot and the biggest surprises of the 2021-22 countdown

NBArank 2021 has reached its thrilling finish, with Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant edging out the Milwaukee Bucks' reigning NBA Finals MVP and champion Giannis Antetokounmpo for the No. 1 spot in Friday's countdown of the top five NBA players for the upcoming season. Overall, there was a ton of movement within our top 100 list, including Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, New York Knicks forward Julius Randle and Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball vaulting into the top 50 after missing our countdown completely in 2020-21.

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NBArank 2021: Debating LeBron James' spot and the biggest surprises of the 2021-22 countdown

NBArank 2021: The case for No. 1 for LeBron, Giannis and every superstar remaining on the countdown

The NBArank 2021 countdown is nearly in the books, as we've already unveiled our lists of players Nos. 100-51, Nos. 50-26 and Nos. 25-6. On Friday, we'll reveal where our final five superstars check in. But who should hold the No.

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NBArank 2021: The case for No. 1 for LeBron, Giannis and every superstar remaining on the countdown

NBArank 2021: Ranking the best players for 2021-22, from 25 to 6

Our NBArank countdown is back for its 11th season. Which players are beginning their ascent up the league's hierarchy? Who finished just shy of a place among the top five superstars in the NBA? To get the final NBArank prediction, we asked our expert panel to vote on pairs of players: Kevin Durant vs. James Harden, Luka Doncic vs. Zion Williamson, Stephen Curry vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James vs. Nikola Jokic ... and the list goes on.

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NBArank 2021: Ranking the best players for 2021-22, from 25 to 6

Why the trend of NBA superstars changing teams in free agency has temporarily been put on hold

Two years removed from a power shift that witnessed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sign in Brooklyn and Kawhi Leonard land with the LA Clippers, the NBA has seen superstar free-agency movement come to a standstill. The days of Durant being recruited in the Hamptons or Leonard holding up free agency for days as teams await his decision are all but over for now, as multiple All-Star players have chosen to bypass free agency in favor of signing long-term contract extensions with their current teams.

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Why the trend of NBA superstars changing teams in free agency has temporarily been put on hold

NBA superstar movement has grinded to a halt

Two years removed from a power shift that witnessed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sign in Brooklyn and Kawhi Leonard land with the LA Clippers, the NBA has seen superstar free-agency movement come to a standstill. The days of Durant being recruited in the Hamptons or Leonard holding up free agency for days as teams await his decision are all but over for now, as multiple All-Star players have chosen to bypass free agency in favor of signing long-term contract extensions with their current teams.

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NBA superstar movement has grinded to a halt

NBArank 2021: Ranking the best players for 2021-22, from 50 to 26

Our NBArank countdown is back for its 11th season. Which players are beginning their ascent up the league's hierarchy? Who is on the verge of breaking into the superstar tier? To get the final NBArank prediction, we asked our expert panel to vote on pairs of players: Kevin Durant vs. James Harden, Luka Doncic vs. Zion Williamson, Stephen Curry vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo ... and the list goes on.

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NBArank 2021: Ranking the best players for 2021-22, from 50 to 26

Former Warriors reporter Ethan Strauss now runs quasi-sports newsletter about culture war grievances

“You believe Ethan Strauss over me?” That’s what Kevin Durant asked a collection of hoops fans and assorted basketball bloggers (his nomenclature for NBA writers who are heavily invested in athletes’ off-the-court endeavors) in a July conversation on Clubhouse. Durant has long disliked sports media members, and especially Strauss, a former Warriors beat writer for ESPN and The Athletic who reported unflattering tidbits about Durant in a well-received book about the Dubs.

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Former Warriors reporter Ethan Strauss now runs quasi-sports newsletter about culture war grievances

NBA predictions: Our experts' picks for MVP and Finals winners

What will the NBA awards races look like in 2022? Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic edged out a host of contenders, including two-time defending MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, for the NBA's top honor in 2021, but Antetokounmpo went on to bring a title to Milwaukee and was named Finals MVP.

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NBA predictions: Our experts' picks for MVP and Finals winners

NBA predictions: Our experts' picks for MVP and Finals winners

What will the NBA awards races look like in 2022? Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic edged out a host of contenders, including two-time defending MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, for the NBA's top honor in 2021, but Antetokounmpo went on to bring a title to Milwaukee and was named Finals MVP.

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NBA predictions: Our experts' picks for MVP and Finals winners

Sizing up the NBA’s Eastern Conference teams — tier by tier

Last week I published a tiered list of NBA teams in the Western Conference. While that’s obviously the conference of most interest to Jazz fans, as it’s the one the Utah Jazz belong to, it does leave out half of the teams in the NBA.

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Sizing up the NBA’s Eastern Conference teams — tier by tier

NBA predictions: Win-loss records for Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and every Eastern Conference team

How will the NBA's Eastern Conference play out in 2021-22? The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets battled for the conference's No. 1 seed last season, but it was two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks who went on to win the East and the NBA title.

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NBA predictions: Win-loss records for Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and every Eastern Conference team

DeAndre Jordan on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: ‘We’re brothers beyond basketball’

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan joined the Nets as a package in 2019. The franchising-altering stars, Durant and Irving even accepted incentives in their contracts so Brooklyn could overpay Jordan on a four-year, $40 million deal. But Jordan – technically after a trade to the Pistons but with negotiations begun with the Nets – took a buyout to leave for the Lakers.

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DeAndre Jordan on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving: ‘We’re brothers beyond basketball’

NBA betting: Bettor places $20,000 wager on Nets to win NBA Finals

A bettor is hoping the Nets will be much healthier in the 2021-22 season. The title favorites got a huge bet at BetMGM to win the 2022 NBA title. Someone bet $20,000 on the Nets at +240 to win the NBA Finals. That bet would return a profit of $48,000 if the Nets win the championship.

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NBA betting: Bettor places $20,000 wager on Nets to win NBA Finals

Raiden is the Kevin Durant of Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact Kap678 posted... Ganyu - Michael Jordan Venti - Magic Johnson Hu Tao - Shaq Bennet - Jerry West Xinq - Whoever the best WNBA player is Eula - Lebron James Kazuha - Monstar from space jam 95% of this board probably does not follow basketball but I’m having fun haha

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Raiden is the Kevin Durant of Genshin Impact

Nets’ Paul Millsap signing reportedly didn’t impress rest of league

Last season, Jeff Green was the best fifth Beatle in Brooklyn. When Green was paired with the Nets core four — Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Joe Harris — the team was +26.7 points per 100 possessions (in an admittedly small sample size).

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Nets’ Paul Millsap signing reportedly didn’t impress rest of league

ASK IRA: Did the Heat again miss out, with LaMarcus Aldridge returning to Nets?

A: Because no team offers as much championship potential at the moment than the Nets, with all due respect to what the Lakers have with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. No, Brooklyn is not a sure thing, but there are worse places to work than alongside Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

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ASK IRA: Did the Heat again miss out, with LaMarcus Aldridge returning to Nets?

Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy' album is out and athletes are here for it

At long last, Drake's new album, "Certified Lover Boy," has been released. With Drake's ever-shifting sports fandom and ubiquitous presence at sporting events, the sports world has been buzzing since the album finally dropped around 1 a.m. ET Friday. The album, originally expected to be released late last year, is Drake's first full-length album since 2018's "Scorpion."

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Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy' album is out and athletes are here for it

ASK IRA: Are Nets building a runaway train that could derail Heat hopes?

A: First, don’t overstate the regular season. With so many older players at their core, the Nets will be prudent when it comes to chasing seeding. With Kevin Durant turning 32 this month, with James Harden already 32, and with Kyrie Irving 29, getting them safely to the regular-season finish line still matters most.

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ASK IRA: Are Nets building a runaway train that could derail Heat hopes?