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

Zion Williamson saves Pelicans with one-of-a-kind greatness. ‘I’ve never seen anything like him’

NEW ORLEANS – Most all-time NBA greats establish the qualities that make them better than everyone else early in their careers. They all bring one skill or physical trait that separates them from the pack. Michael Jordan and LeBron James had once-in-a-generation athletic gifts. Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry were unstoppable shotmakers. Luka Doncic and … Read more

Hollinger: Pelicans have arrived; scouting Hawks’ AJ Griffin, Leonard Miller

Knock, knock? Who’s there? The New Orleans Pelicans. Sorry… I have no punchline. But the Pelicans are here and announced their presence this weekend in a feisty sweep of a two-game home series against a Phoenix Suns team that eliminated the Pelicans from the playoffs a year ago. As a result, the Pelicans find themselves … Read more

Zion Williamson’s long-awaited return somehow overshadowed by Pelicans’ team dominance

BROOKLYN – As expected, all eyes were on Zion Williamson in his first regular season game in over 17 months. And one of the NBA’s biggest stars delivered the kind of offensive performance we’ve grown used to seeing from him when he’s healthy: 25 points, nine rebounds and tons of paint points. Instead, Williamson’s night … 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