Hollinger: LeBron James’ scoring record won’t be unbreakable. But it’ll be pretty close

When LeBron James breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA scoring record in the coming days, he’s not going to just walk off into the sunset at 38,388 points. James might be 38, but he’s still one of the best players in the league — recently named an All-Star Game starter while cruising toward an inconceivable 19 th … Read more

NBA trade deadline: What Shams is hearing about the Raptors and trade talks around the league

The NBA trade market has officially heated up with next week’s Feb. 9 deadline upon the league, and conversations among team executives are expected to become more serious as the next few days unfold. Across the NBA, it’s no secret the Toronto Raptors are viewed as a swing team in this year’s trade market. Raptors … Read more

NBA All-Star Game 2023: Who our voters picked for East and West starters and why

Starting an All-Star Game is one of the biggest individual honors NBA players can garner in their careers. And, if our voter ballots below are correct, we might have a couple of first-timers when starters are revealed tonight. Four writers at The Athletic who participated in the media vote — Joe Vardon, Josh Robbins, Sam … Read more

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Tuesday 1/24/23

Since it’s much simpler to predict than baseball or football, daily fantasy basketball would get plenty of votes as the best sport to play on FanDuel. Players usually stick to the same minutes and produce at roughly the same rate. Sounds easy, right? As a result, NBA daily fantasy is highly reliant on a player’s … Read more

NBArank 2022 – Ranking the best players for 2022-23, from 5 to 1

NBArank is back for its 12th season counting down the best players in the league. Where are MVP candidates such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic? What about rookies and young stars ready to take the leap into the upper tier of NBA players? To get the final NBArank prediction, we … Read more

Jalen Brunson chose Knicks over Mavericks, so what does it mean for both teams?

The New York Knicks got their point guard. The Dallas Mavericks lost one of theirs. Jalen Brunson agreed to sign with the Knicks last week on a four-year contract, sources confirmed to The Athletic. The news was no surprise. The Knicks identified Brunson as the player they wanted heading into free agency. Now, they have … Read more

2022 NBA free agency Day 2: Grades, great values, head-scratchers and more

Day 2 of 2022 NBA free agency was another day of big money and big moves. We also saw three significant trades all happen within a couple of hours of one another, and none of them were Kevin Durant. His trade request still looms over the NBA, but it has not halted business in the … Read more

As NBA free agency 2022 begins, here are the top 25 available players

The thing about 2022 free agency is that we’ve already had an awful lot of action considering we haven’t even hit the “free agency” part of the program yet. Player transactions are going back and forth despite that in the form of player trades and contract extensions, even though nobody can agree to a deal … Read more

Parents of Texas teenager who left Dallas Mavericks game speak out on human trafficking case

8:00 AM ET Anthony OlivieriESPN.com DALLAS – The parents of a 15-year-old Texas girl who in April left a Mavericks game with an unidentified man, ultimately prompting a human trafficking investigation, are speaking out to raise awareness about human trafficking. Kyle and Brooke Morris, in an interview with ESPN and “Good Morning America,” said they … Read more