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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis will stockpile MVP votes next year

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis will be shelved for the remainder of the 2013-2014 campaign. The 21-year-old Davis, who suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand on December 1, has been battling back spasms for the past week. Davis averaged 20.8 points, 10.0 boards and a league-leading 2.8 blocks over 67 games. Despite Davis’ brilliance, New Orleans (32-46) remains in the basement of the Southwest Division. Taken first overall out of Kentucky in 2012, “Unibrow” appeared a bit stronger as an NBA sophomore. Accordingly, the 6-foot-10, 220-pound Davis overwhelmed defenders and looked unstoppable in the paint. Quick, … Continue reading

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A sturdy Russell Westbrook can help Oklahoma City trump the San Antonio Spurs

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook will play tonight against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The 25-year-old Westbrook, who underwent his third knee surgery in roughly nine months on December 27, was shelved Friday in Houston. Since returning from his latest procedure, the 6-foot-3, 194-pound Westbrook has averaged 21.3 points, 6.9 assists and 5.6 rebounds over 41 games. A spectacular athlete, defender and playmaker, Westbrook helped Oklahoma City (55-20) capture their fourth consecutive Northwest Division crown last month. Westbrook’s style is predicated off of explosiveness and slashing movements to the basket. Provided the three-time All-Star remains healthy, … Continue reading

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Nerlens Noel wouldn’t have helped the Philadelphia 76ers

Despite tweeting “4-4-14″ a couple of weeks ago, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel will not debut as a professional tonight against the Celtics in Boston. The 19-year-old Noel, who was taken sixth overall out of Kentucky, hasn’t played competitively since tearing the ACL in his left knee in February 2013. Although running and taking layups for roughly nine months, Noel was never going to be activated during the 2013-14 campaign. Only a year removed from the terrible acquisition of Andrew Bynum, indefinitely shelving the former Wildcat has infuriated many Philadelphians. However, recalling the plights of past busts Sam Bowie and … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant should forget about the 2013-2014 campaign

Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant is “progressing slowly” and the team will reevaluate his left knee on Friday. “It’s progressing slowly. It really tests my patience,” said Bryant, 35, who also suffered a torn left Achilles tendon last April. “There’s only so much I can do.” A 10-time All-NBA First Team selection, Bryant was averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over six games before getting hurt on December 17. Despite mounting setbacks that test “patience,” extra rest will ultimately prove beneficial and allow Bryant’s bummed hoof to heal. The 15-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP has … Continue reading

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Magic guard Victor Oladipo can still overtake Michael Carter-Williams

Breathtaking Magic guard Victor Oladipo spearheaded Sunday’s 93-92 victory over the East-leading Indiana Pacers at the Amway Center in Orlando. The 21-year-old Oladipo finished with 23 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Oladipo, who was taken second overall out of Indiana in June, is averaging 13.8 points, 4.4 boards, 4.0 dishes and 1.6 picks over 53 games. Despite lacking a consistent jumper, the former Hoosier continues to aggressively drive to the basket and is maturing into a reliable scorer. There’s no question that Oladipo remains an extremely raw talent who causes far too many boneheaded miscues. Regardless, the … Continue reading

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