NBA ‘all-in’ tiers: Who is focused on the present, the future or is stuck in between?

7:10 AM ET Tim Bontemps Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system When the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a blockbuster trade to land Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year wasted … Read more

Ousted Bucks ‘definitely could’ve used’ Middleton

9:38 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN BOSTON — To successfully defend their NBA championship, the Milwaukee Bucks knew they needed a combination of strong player performances, health and, perhaps, a little bit of luck. But the absence of forward Khris Middleton loomed large throughout their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics and was ultimately … Read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo has an MVP … and all the dad jokes

7:05 AM ET Jeremy WillisESPN.com The comedian walks to his stage. It’s a late-night set, and he might have new material because he’s carrying his joke book. That doesn’t affect his confidence. He is ebullient and working his audience. “Get ready, get ready,” he says with a beaming smile, sitting down behind a microphone. The … Read more

What the Bucks need to do to repeat as champs

8:00 AM ET Jamal CollierESPN The Milwaukee Bucks were rallying in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls when a driving lane opened up for forward Khris Middleton. Middleton made a beeline toward the rim before Bulls center Nikola Vucevic stepped in front of the basket. Middleton attempted … Read more