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

James Harden’s addition was supposed to make Philly ‘unstoppable’ — it created a massive problem instead

9:59 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN IN EARLY MARCH, sitting on-stage inside Boston’s Hynes Convention Center for the start of the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Daryl Morey wore a blue blazer over a red shirt that featured a cartoon of James Harden‘s face from his famous internet meme. “Besides ‘Seize The Data,’ the theme … Read more

Heroic masked Embiid returns to lift 76ers to crucial Game 3 win as Mavericks finally end Suns jinx | CNN

CNN  —  Donning a protective face mask, Joel Embiid looked and acted the role of superhero on Friday night. Recovering from an orbital fracture and a torn thumb ligament, the 28-year-old cleared concussion protocols just hours before the Philadelphia 76ers crucial Game 3 clash with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. All that … Read more