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The Sudden Rise of Mikal Bridges

Drafted by his hometown 76ers which minutes later turned into the 76ers trading him to Phoenix. Bridges quickly stood out as an elite defender who struggled offensively. With each year that went by, he improved every aspect of his game. Bridges shot 33% from beyond the arc as a rookie and by his third year he was shooting 42%. His points per game also improved by 6 from his rookie year to third year. In his 56 games with the Suns this season, he was averaging a career best 17 points per game. De

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Mar 20, 20232 min read

The Impact Seeding Has On MVP Voters

The regular season standings can have a significant impact on the NBA league MVP race, as the award is often given to a player who has led their team to a high seed in their conference. A player's impact on their team's success is one of the most important factors considered in MVP voting, and the regular season standings are a key indicator of this impact. The importance of seeding in MVP voting can be seen in historical trends. Since the inception of the award, only two players have won the M

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Mar 7, 20232 min read

The Ball Family Woes Continue

BIG BALLER BRAND was inescapable if you followed sports and one would possibly call it stalking if they were a basketball fan. LaVar Ball and his family were at every which way you turned from morning talk shows, pre game shows, halftime shows, post game shows, Youtube shows, etc. LaVar Ball had people he who passionately loved him and people who passionately hated him. LaVar Ball proclaimed his son to be better than Stephen Curry who was just coming off his second ring in three years. Big Ball

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Feb 28, 20233 min read

After the Dust Settles,Winners and Losers of the Trade Deadline

With the trade deadline four days ago, the dust has relatively settled and we can get a sense of the NBA landscape. A few pieces have still yet to fall into place with the buyout market but for the most part it the rosters have been set. DallasKyrie Irving Markieff Morris BrooklynSpencer Dinwiddie Dorian Finney-Smith 2029 first-round pick Two second-round picks (2027 and 2029) A rare win win trade in the NBA but both teams get something they needed. Mavericks get Kyrie who can help them win

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Feb 28, 20236 min read

Luka Finally Gets Help But Can He Rely On It?

Throughout Luka Doncic NBA career, he has yet to have a second option that was a proven all-star in which would take some of the workload off him. The Mavericks have made a few attempts at doing this, which ultimately fell flat on its face. Most notably with the Porzingis trade, which was an utter failure. Injuries turned the once dominant New York Unicorn into an injury prone timid spot up shooter in Dallas. The surprising emergence of Jalen Brunson arrived in the playoffs in which Brunson sing

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Feb 15, 20232 min read

High Risk - High Reward, Durant Lands in Phoenix

Kevin Durant has and is one of the most prolific scorers this game has ever seen yet whether it be on or off the court, it always seems as it is an endless struggle with him. Despite making the NBA Finals 3/3 years during his time in Golden State, it was clear the workplace grew toxic and he was departing. Four years after the Brooklyn experiment failed, with mismanagement from the top down (literally). Durant finds himself heading to Phoenix, a team which was embarrassed by Luka Doncic last sea

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Feb 13, 20233 min read

Has Paul Pierce's Greatness Been Forgotten?

Paul Pierce, also known as "The Truth," was one of the biggest draws in the NBA for over a decade. He went toe to toe with superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and often came out on top. The Pierce led Boston Celtics success against LeBron has been cited as to the creation of the Heat big 3. However it seems towards the tail end of his career and in retirement, he has become disliked by many. One reason for this is that Pierce played in the same era as many other all-time greats, such a

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Jan 28, 20232 min read

Why The 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Is Important For Hobby Newcomers

1986 Fleer Michael Jordan cards are considered one of the most popular, sought after, and expensive sports cards in the world. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, Michael Jordan is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He is a six-time NBA champion, a five-time MVP, and a 14-time All-Star. He is also considered one of the best defensive players in the league, and has consistently been among the league leaders in scoring, rebounds, and assists. His impact on the

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Jan 26, 20232 min read

Why Giannis Should Be Considered For The 2023 NBA Most Valuable Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the "Greek Freak", is one of the best players in the NBA and has consistently put up impressive numbers throughout his career. There are several reasons why Giannis should be considered for the 2023 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. First and foremost, Giannis' statistics and impact on the court are undeniable. In the 2022-2023 season, he averaged 30.9 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish in

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Jan 24, 20232 min read

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Against All Odds

If you are on any form of social media and interact with the sports card world, I am guessing at least once if not several times a day you see talk surrounding the market. Many proclaiming the sky is falling, while many others staying more optimistic but fully aware of the current market. Players like Luka Doncic and Giannis markets are down over -17% in the last three months. All-time greats like LeBron James are down a whopping -40%. Practically the vast majority of players you can think of ar

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Jan 5, 20231 min read

What Are Your Options for Paolo Banchero Rookie Cards?

The Orlando Magic are one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA, with their average age being 25 & starting lineup 22.5 years old. Winning the last 7 of 8  games, it seems the young core is finally playing together as a cohesive unit. The team is being lead by #1 overall pick Paolo Banchero, who is on pace to win rookie of the year by a mile and even possibly be an all-star. Averaging 21.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4 assists this is possibly the best rookie season since Blake Griffin. Wi

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Dec 23, 20222 min read

Bol Bol is here to stay

As you might recall Bol Bol exploded in the summer of 2020 after video came out of him playing in a Nuggets scrimmage in the bubble. After that, Bol found himself bouncing around the G-League then demanding a trade after he found himself in coach Malone's dog house. Bol was traded to the Pistons but ultimately failed his physical, then he was traded to the Celtics where he sat for three weeks until the Magic traded for him. Throughout all of this, Bol became a meme in the hobby while his investo

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Dec 4, 20222 min read

Can Kevin Durant Rebuild His Legacy?

Just a decade ago, a bright eyed Kevin Durant would be far and away the best young player in the NBA. At 24 years old, Durant was a fan favorite who despite being in a small market was one of the faces of the NBA. He was a player young fans could relate to and root for as many felt betrayed by LeBron's decision to go to Miami in 2010. Being drafted in 2007, Durant was at the forefront of the social media era for young players resulting in many memes which included teammates Harden & Westbrook. T

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Dec 3, 20225 min read

The Hobby is Mad for Maxey

The third year Kentucky guard has always been a hobby favorite but over the last month he has taken off. As many Kentucky players do, they develop into phenomenal players and Maxey is just another case of this. Doc Rivers notoriously hates playing rookies, so much so Shake Milton got minutes over him. Maxey's first real rotational minutes came in his second season when it found a mass of minutes opening with Ben Simmons out followed by the departure of Seth Curry. A star was born with Maxey av

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Nov 24, 20222 min read

Lauri Magic Leads The Biggest Surprise In The NBA

Lauri was one of the brightest young stars entering the league in his first two seasons but ultimately flamed out in a dysfunctional Bulls franchise. A combination of injuries and poor coaching really derailed his career after the first two seasons. After being dealt to the Jazz, many saw them as a franchise under rebuild. Quinn Snyder had left and most notably Danny Ainge had traded its two all-stars in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. This in turn left Utah without a star but what many people

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Nov 11, 20223 min read