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Just before the start of the 2018-19 NBA Season Dwyane Wade announced that he was retiring at season’s end. He dubbed the season his ‘One Last Dance.’ Wade has enjoyed a Hall of Fame worthy career. The guard from Robbins, Illinois has scaled mountains in the NBA that few have climbed before and few will climb again. A three-time NBA Champion, 12-time All-Star, eight All-NBA selections and his own county, Wade’s resume is as strong as any. Known for his stellar two-way play, Wade’s style on-court was all his own. He played with a certain reckless control that’s proven to be nearly impossible to replicate. With a highlight reel a mile long, Wade has ingratiated himself into the heart of many throughout career. Before he hangs it up, we’re taking a look back at D-Wade’s greatest seasons. Join us has we pay homage to a living legend.

This past NBA offseason has been spectacular (thank you Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard), but the regular season is right around the corner. Which means it’s time to buckle down and start speculating on what will and won’t be happening this season. There’s no better way to start that conversation that with award predictions. Take a look at our picks for this year’s NBA Awards.

Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo

 

 

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When I started writing this, the name that I initially had in my head for MVP was LeBron James. The stars felt aligned with his move to LA and the entire league seemingly on his bandwagon, but then preseason basketball started and I can’t deny Giannis Antetokounmpo his proper due. With new head coach Mike Budenholzer in charge, we’ve gotten an early look at what we can expect from Giannis this season. A newfound willingness to shoot from deep (if he can knock that shot down consistently this pick will be a lot safer) should produce an uptick in scoring and it seems safe to be expect . The most salivating wrinkle to Giannis’ game has been his potential in the pick and roll. A Budenholzer staple, expect to see endless possibilities of Giannis on and off ball in the screen game. The move should lead The ‘Greak Freak’ to his first NBA MVP Award.

 

Honorable mentions: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, LeBron James

Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic

 

 

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Easily the pick I’m most confident about. If you’ve followed Luka Doncic’s career then you know he’s been the best player in Europe for the last 1.5 years and has serious championship pedigree (with Solvenia and Real Madrid). Simply put, the kid is ready for the NBA. Moving up in the draft to snag him, the Dallas Mavericks seem primed to give Doncic the keys to the Franchise. Having a bit of talent around him (Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr., Dirk Nowitzki) will ensure his best attribute (passing) flourishes, which will open up the floor and allow Donic to get to his spots easier.

 

Honorable mentions: Marvin Bagley III, DeAndre Ayton

Sixth Man Award: Will Barton

 

 

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Since his days in Portland, Will ‘The Thrill’ Barton has been known as an energy guy, providing his team with a boost in morale thanks to the all-out effort he puts forth when on the court. Entering his eighth NBA Season, Barton has figure out how to turn energy into production. Just last season, Barton was top 5 in scoring (15.6 ppg) and top 10 in assists (4.1 apg) amongst sixth men. With Lou Williams looking at a reduced role and Eric Gordon moving to the starting lineup, look for Barton to bring home the Sixth Man Award.

 

Honorable mentions: Lou Williams, J.J. Redick

Defensive Player of the Year: Klay Thompson

 

 

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Admittedly, I’m not particularly confident in this pick, but I’ll also never deny myself the opportunity to talk how much I love Klay Thompson. A few weeks back Klay started the conversation about his defensive prowess when he openly questioned his omission from the All-Defensive team last year (I agree it was a travesty). Because of that Klay will be on the minds of voters all season long (I see you Klay, out here playing 4D chess). While he doesn’t stuff the statsheet, he is tasked with guarding the opposition’s best perimeter player on a nightly basis. Klay’s ability to slow those players down is an intricate part of the Warriors defensive scheme and allows them true flexibility. Voters should recognize this and give the man Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Honorable mentions: Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert

 

Most Improved Player: D’Angelo Russell

 

 

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A week ago, the pick for the Most Improved Player award would’ve been Dejounte Murray. Unfortunately, he has since torn his right ACL and will miss a large portion of the season. Entering his fourth season, expectations are high for Russell. A former second overall pick, the Nets are hoping that Russell can make a serious jump in production and enter the All-Star conversation. Still just 22 years old, Russell has plenty of time to carve out his niche in the NBA. Look for him to do so this upcoming season and take home the Most Improved Player Award.

 

Honorable mentions: Jamal Murray, Brandon Ingram

Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens

 

 

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The Coach of the Year award has seen a litany of winners in the last 20 years (17 unique winners). Because of that the award is always a preseason toss-up. The time seems right though for Brad Stevens. Long-heralded as one of the league’s best minds and armed with the best roster in the Eastern conference, the path for NBA Coach of the Year is the easiest for Stevens.

 

Honorable mentions: Quinn Snyder, Mike Budenholzer, Nick Nurse

 

The NBA season kicks off this October 16th, be sure sure to follow along all season long to check out the validity of our predictions.

July 1st is the day that the offseason turns to pure chaos. It marks the start of NBA Free Agency, meaning teams are now allowed to meet with players and their representatives about joining said team. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, the Woj Bombs and Sham-Wows will begin to flood in. On Reddit, they call it F5 season, as in you keeping hitting F5 on your keyboard to refresh your browser to keep up with all the news (Reddit is where geniuses convene). To get you ready for all of the juicy headlines we’ve ranked the top ten available free agents.

The NBA Draft marks the start of the crazy NBA offseason. Despite the hundreds of hours that teams spend scouting draftees there’s no way to know what the players will develop into. Depending upon where each team is slotted there are clear expectations that that team’s selection will face. We’ve broken down those respective expectations into four ranges. Noting what’s expected of draftees in that range and identifying a few players that should more than capable of satisfying those expectations.

Written by Drew Hammell

Art by Renick Bowman

For NBA fans whose team hasn’t played a basketball game for several weeks, the NBA Draft Lottery has always been a small glimmer of light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. The lottery is a chance for a team with a bleak future to land a number 1 pick. Basketball is one of the few team sports where a top pick can help change the entire direction of a franchise. It’s happened before, and it will continue to happen in the future. Here’s a look at some of the greatest NBA Draft Lottery moments, and the players that drastically changed the direction of their franchises.

We’re back at it with Migos and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin. This time, the homie Zach Lavine makes a special appearance in the latest #ShoesSoFresh spot. You might have remembered him from our bracket challenge last month when he offered his custom Bimmer as a prize to anyone who had the perfect bracket.

To celebrate the launch of our newest spot, we are offering Free Express Shipping on all adidas UltraBoost. Now is definitely the time to get #boosted in the latest from The Brand with Three Stripes. Can’t go wrong with Ash Pearl and the Triple White colorway is the key to summertime fine ????.

Let us know what you think about the ???? spot and keep it locked on @finishline and at FinishLine.com for more on from Migos, Caleb, and Zach.

Nike and LeBron James are continuing the Kings ever-popular signature line with the new Nike LeBron 15. James has been very vocal about how this shoe is his favorite one to date from his line. This high-performance basketball sneaker features an evolved form of Flyknit, cushioning units that combine Max Air and Zoom Air, and a full bootie construction that offers a true one-to-one fit. LeBron signature shoes have always been creative with placement of the Swoosh, and the LeBron 15 is no different as it features the brand logo on the inner heel of the shoe and the tail end of the logo wrapping around to the lateral heel.

Back when the LeBron 4 dropped, Nike dropped a special ‘Fruity Pebbles’ pair to honor LBJs love of the cereal. The King’s favorite breakfast treat has inspired colorways of his signature sneakers all the way back to the LeBron 4, and now his new LeBron 15 will be the latest in the line to arrive in the cereal-inspired “Fruity Pebbles” colorway. The brightly-colored sneaker features a multi-color variant of Nike’s new BattleKnit upper with Black detailing on the tongue, heel collar, laces and pull tab. A Black midsole and translucent full-length Zoom unit and outsole complete the shoe’s contrast between light and dark.

Make sure you grab your pair of the Nike LeBron 15 ‘4 Horsemen’ on April 12th at Finishline.com.

Like we saw on the Travis Scott x Air Force 1 that dropped last year and the Nike Foamposite Pro that is dropping at ASW, the swappable Swoosh trend continues. Nike is dropping a collection of Air Force 1 Lows that give you the option of mixing up your look with these special AF 1s and their six color options. As the Air Force 1 has become a footwear icon over the years, Nike has had to update it with different style options to keep up with the changing trends. Like every All Star week over the years, Nike is packing the week full of releases that have everyone debating if they break the bank on every release or play it safe and save some cash by only buying their must-haves.

This Air Force 1 comes with six Swoosh design options in bold colors that pop. They connect to the shoe with a hook and loop fastener, and wrap all the way around the heel for a streamlined look and feel. Switch your Swoosh out daily to hook up with your look. With so many different color options you can have a new look each time you wear these, you can even double up and go with two colored swooshes at once.

You can grab both colors of the Air Force 1 Low ‘Swoosh Pack’ on February 15th at Finishline.com.

Like we saw on the Travis Scott x Air Force 1, the option to create your own look with interchangeable Nike Swooshes. Now, Nike is taking that creative option and applying it to one of their staple shoes, the Nike Air Foamposite Pro. Like every All Star week over the years, Nike is packing the week full of releases that have everyone debating if they break the bank on every release or play it safe and save some cash by only buying their must-haves.

This years Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘All Star’ edition is an exclusive iteration of the silhouette this season, and it’s highlighted with removable Swoosh and heel logos. Coming with the choice of four Swoosh options – black, silver, bronze, and turquoise. If a simpler look is preferred, he or she can rid the look of a Swoosh insert all together and leave it with a flattened out white Swoosh. The signature carbon fiber shank in the midsole and milky translucent outsole completes the design altogether.

Make sure you cop your pair of the Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘Swoosh Pack’ on February 15th in SELECT STORES ONLY.