7:02 AM EDT, Tue August 16, 2022
12 hours ago

DeAndre Ayton is the X-Factor to the Phoenix Suns championship hopes

Just a season ago, the Phoenix Suns made their first finals appearance in almost 30 years. It seemed as if head coach Monty Williams had solved the puzzle of making a deep playoff run. After losing in the second round just a year later, it is safe to say that the Suns may have lost […] DeAndre Ayton is the X-Factor to the Phoenix Suns championship hopes - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
19 hours ago

3 reasons why Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are underrated

One franchise that is quietly going about their business, and sitting pretty this summer, is the Milwaukee Bucks. With the Kevin Durant drama now expanding to include the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers, there’s no telling how unsettling the prospect of a contending team trading for Durant might be. Not for the Milwaukee Bucks. Rather […] 3 reasons why Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are underrated - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
22 hours ago

Why Zion Williamson’s return is a game changer for the New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson missed all of last season recovering from a foot injury but is expected to be ready to play by the start of next season. The fourth-year player has struggled with injuries thus far in his career but could be in for a big comeback season. Adding a healthy Williamson […] Why Zion Williamson’s return is a game changer for the New Orleans Pelicans - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 14, 2022

The Memphis Grizzlies are in line for regression, and that’s okay

No team showed as much growth over the course of one season as the Memphis Grizzlies last year. Ascending from a frisky Play-In team to the second seed in the Western Conference, Memphis established its identity as the most disciplined group of trash-talkers basketball has to offer. Punishing their opponents for every weakness with speed […] The Memphis Grizzlies are in line for regression, and that’s okay - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 14, 2022

Trade Rumors: Is Kevin Durant using dirty tactics to escape Brooklyn Nets?

During Kevin Durant’s recent meeting with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, Durant reportedly told Tsai to choose between him or General Manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash. It was a bold move, to say the least, even if Durant was just being honest about how he felt. That doesn’t change the optics of it, […] Trade Rumors: Is Kevin Durant using dirty tactics to escape Brooklyn Nets? - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 14, 2022

Ranking the NBA’s small market teams

The NBA is perhaps the second-most international league in major North American sports, right after baseball. Baseball is popular in both East Asia and Central/South America, football is really only played in the 50 states, the MLS is a minor league compared to the European giants and doesn’t even register on most American’s radar, and […] Ranking the NBA’s small market teams - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 13, 2022

Selecting the Los Angeles Lakers’ Mount Rushmore

  With so many great players throughout the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 75-year history, determining which were the best of the best can be difficult. This has sparked debates about who the greatest Lakers of all time are, and who would be on a hypothetical Los Angeles Lakers Mount Rushmore. There would only be four spots, […] Selecting the Los Angeles Lakers’ Mount Rushmore - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 13, 2022

4 underrated candidates for the 2023 NBA Most Improved Player Award

The NBA offseason comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Nonetheless, that time is crucial for players to hone their craft and improve their abilities. Players that put in the most offseason work will see the fruits of their labor when the season tips off. Ja Morant took his game to another level […] 4 underrated candidates for the 2023 NBA Most Improved Player Award - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 13, 2022

With or without Donovan Mitchell, the New York Knicks still need Julius Randle

Kevin Durant’s request for a trade has made New York the center of attention for sports news. As front offices wait to hear updates on the latest negotiations, the New York Knicks focus on improving. Lack of production has caused the organization to lose its following, leaving Madison Square Garden with restless and agitated fans. […] With or without Donovan Mitchell, the New York Knicks still need Julius Randle - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 12, 2022

Is Chet Holmgren enough to push the OKC Thunder from tanking to competing?

Hats off to OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti, who never deviated from his gut while navigating a sudden rebuild with precision and self-awareness. The Thunder architect steered the ship through contention with a triad of superstars and came out on the other side, evolving his team until there was nothing left to do but strip […] Is Chet Holmgren enough to push the OKC Thunder from tanking to competing? - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 12, 2022

NBA Trades: 5 targets the Los Angeles Lakers must pursue this offseason

The Los Angeles Lakers have been featured in no shortage of NBA trade rumors this offseason. At this point, the team is still exploring avenues to try and trade Russell Westbrook after he and the Lakers failed to mesh last season. Of course, they have had no luck thus far, but rumors have started to […] NBA Trades: 5 targets the Los Angeles Lakers must pursue this offseason - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 12, 2022

3 reasons why the Miami Heat should trade for Kevin Durant

After a couple of weeks of silence, the Kevin Durant trade rumors seemed to be dying down. With Joe Tsai and Kyrie Irving kissing and making up, one of the primary drivers of Durant’s disenchantment had dissipated, and détente felt inevitable. Instead, a Shams bombshell report by Shams Charania outlining KD’s reiterated demands (“trade me, or […] 3 reasons why the Miami Heat should trade for Kevin Durant - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 11, 2022

3 things the Miami Heat must do to win the 2023 NBA Finals

Two years ago, an incredible NBA Finals run by the Miami Heat ended with a six-game defeat in the Orlando Bubble. Through injury trouble and turmoil, the team fell short in a closely-contested Game Seven against Boston to get back this year. Through all of their struggles, don’t expect the Miami Heat to roll over […] 3 things the Miami Heat must do to win the 2023 NBA Finals - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 11, 2022

Did the Boston Celtics actually improve by adding Brogdon and Gallinari?

The Boston Celtics are currently one of the elite teams in the NBA. They came within two games of winning a championship last season, and in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, they have two All-Star players who only figure to get better. They are both big wings—the most important position in the league right now—and […] Did the Boston Celtics actually improve by adding Brogdon and Gallinari? - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats
Aug 11, 2022

Kevin Durant ultimatum puts Brooklyn Nets in impossible spot

Things have been quiet on the Kevin Durant trade front—a little bit too quiet. That changed on Monday with an explosive new report about the disgruntled Brooklyn Nets star. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Durant met with Nets owner Joe Tsai over the weekend and doubled down on his trade request. The superstar […] Kevin Durant ultimatum puts Brooklyn Nets in impossible spot - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats