NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Celtics Thrive Without Kyrie, Pacers Give Cleveland Trouble

Apr 17, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) controls the ball while Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) defends during the second half in game two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Who rises and who falls in the first NBA power rankings installment of the postseason?

Which NBA Team Will Trade For Jimmy Butler?

Apr 25, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) drives against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) in the second half in game five of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
The FPC NBA staff discusses who will trade for Butler and what the package will look like.

Analyzing The Competitive Eastern Conference

Feb 24, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) wags his finger in reaction to his block against the Orlando Magic during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
In recent history, the Eastern Conference has been criticized for its lack of competition compared to the Western Conference. At this point in the season, however, the upper half of the conference’s teams are in hot competition for playoff seedings. As we enter the...

Rockets Win 16th Straight, Quiet The Thunder

Mar 6, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Huestis (34) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Did someone say isolation basketball? Ah yes, yet another Thunder game with no ball movement or spacing, only to leave them bewildered that they're still not an elite NBA team. Because on Tuesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Houston Rockets, 118-110 in (to...

2018 NBA Draft Grades: Suns, Mavericks, Hawks Dominate Draft

Jun 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Luka Doncic greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The next generation of NBA stars has had their fates decided tonight for the near future. Some teams drafted exceptionally well and some didn't.

How The Rockets Can Do The Impossible

May 8, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after a teammate made a three point basket against the Utah Jazz in the second half in game five of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
It has been a dream season for the Rockets. Splash offseason acquisition Chris Paul majorly panned out exactly as they had hoped, Harden looks to be a sure lock for MVP after too many years of spiteful snubs, and with the timely emergence of Clint Capela, they ripped the first seed in the West right out of the reigning champions injury-riddled hands.

FPC NBA Season Previews: Los Angeles Lakers

Following what was possibly the most exciting offseason in Lakers history, Los Angeles is finally in a position to compete for a championship following a five-year playoff drought. However, despite the addition of arguably the best basketball player of all time in LeBron James,...

Can The Rockets Beat The Warriors Without Chris Paul?

May 24, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and center Jordan Bell (2) in game five of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
After taking a critical 3-2 lead over the juggernaut Warriors, the Rockets looked to be the first team to dethrone the Warriors in four seasons. Despite this momentum, they received a bad break with Chris Paul's injury developing. Will Houston pull off the unexpected and take down the mighty Warriors?

2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Post-Tournament

Mar 9, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Deandre Ayton (13) celebrates after scoring against the UCLA Bruins in a Pac-12 Tournament semi-final at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
With March Madness in the rearview mirror, we look ahead to the NBA playoffs and then to the draft. The NCAA tournament is a great chance for players to improve their stock. Guys such as Jalen Brunson, Malik Newman, and Moritz Wagner all did...

Timberwolves vs Nuggets Preview: The Biggest Game of The Year

Apr 5, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) defends against Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Tonight, the most important game of the NBA season takes place in chilly Minnesota. The 46-35 Nuggets take on the 46-35 Timberwolves. The winner makes the playoffs. The loser goes home.

Injuries Plagued The Celtics As They Fell To The Pacers

Mar 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) reacts after making a basket during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Coming into this game, the Celtics were heavy favorites despite a report that Al Horford was not going to play because of sickness. By the end of the game, three more Celtics were put on the injury report. Having already lost Gordon Hayward for...

FPC NBA Scouting Report: Chandler Hutchison

eb 3, 2018; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos guard Chandler Hutchison (15) dunks during the first half of action against the UNLV Rebels at Taco Bell Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
Profile Chandler Hutchison Boise State Forward 6'7", 196 pounds 7'1" wingspan Projection: 14-20 // // Strengths Hutchison is an extremely versatile wing whose playstyle perfectly fits the modern NBA. His play has vastly improved every season. Hutchison is an above average three-point shooter. His shooting mechanics have greatly improved from his freshman year to...

NBA Sophomores Primed For A Breakout Season

Mar 30, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (20) dunks over Atlanta Hawks guard Damion Lee (8) in the second quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
In their second seasons, these players who struggled as rookies will have a chance to prove that they were worth their draft selection in 2017.

Worst NBA Playoff Teams Since 08’-09’: 2-1

The goal of this project is to figure out which teams were the worst to make the playoffs in the last 10 NBA seasons. To measure this I had to first decide on what constituted “bad” playoff teams. I figured that the best baseline measure was winning percentage and that the line of demarcation between a five seed and a four seed was around the .545 mark

Prime Landing Spots For The Top NBA Free Agents

Apr 21, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) tries to get past Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and to the basket during the second quarter in game three of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
This summer is setting up to be one of the most exciting offseasons in some time. Last year's offseason will be hard to top, with stars moving all over the place. We have the likes of LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and Chris Paul in free agency. We have plenty of stars in trade talks as well.

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