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Downtown’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

Downtown’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

In the wake of the NBA Finals, it is evident that there is a clear distinction between the haves and the have-nots in the league. Those that have multiple stars will contend, while those that boast perhaps just one All-Star or none are playing catch-up. Without getting into the “super team” debate, it’s important to remember that the Warriors acquired… Read more →

The Trouble With a Blanchfield Bounce-Back

The Trouble With a Blanchfield Bounce-Back

When Melbourne United signed Todd Blanchfield in 2015, it got a player who had made the All-NBL second team that year at the age of 23. Then, over the next two seasons, his play belied that line on his résumé. Despite Blanchfield starting regularly and averaging about 29 minutes in each of his United seasons, his scoring and field goal… Read more →

Downtown’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Downtown’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh But when the taxman comes to the door Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes This picture of that fateful 2013 trade sure makes the Brooklyn Nets look like the aftermath of a rummage sale, while Danny Ainge is strutting around like one very… Read more →

Dunktrospective: Minnesota Timberwolves Edition

Dunktrospective: Minnesota Timberwolves Edition

For the last few seasons, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns have featured regularly in nightly highlight packages. But the Minnesota Timberwolves have been venturing into the stratosphere near on three decades now, and we, along with Oakley & Allen, would like to share some of those moments with you. From Doug West to Wes Johnson, Chris Carr to Adreian… Read more →

Almost

Almost

Renowned basketball author Jonathan Abrams’ oral history of the rise and fall of the 1990s Seattle SuperSonics is a fascinating, honest and thoroughly entertaining read. No lie. This was originally supposed to be a Grantland story. That’s how long it’s been in the works. https://t.co/4S65stgsAK — Jonathan Abrams (@Jpdabrams) April 12, 2017 In this piece, former Sonics GM and president… Read more →

Lonzo Ball’s Well-Set Stage

Lonzo Ball’s Well-Set Stage

Lonzo Ball is already perhaps one of the most polarising figures in basketball… and he’s not even in the NBA yet. The 19-year-old point guard phenom from Southern California has had his name all over news publications, sports shows and social media, and is maybe the most talked-about professional prospect since LeBron James was making high school kids look like… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 22

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 22

Before yesterday, there were five players in NBA history to have a game of 70 points or more. Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, David Thompson, David Robinson and Kobe Bryant. Devin Booker just became the sixth! Booker, the second-year pro out of Kentucky, put up his own version of March Madness as he hit 21-of-40 field goals, 4-of-11 triples and 24-of-26… Read more →

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 21

Fantasy Basketball: Music of the Traffic – Week 21

Shut down for the season. Those are the words that no one wants to hear or read about one of their star players—especially this time of year. However, every season players on teams with no chance of making the postseason, or those with lingering injuries, get shelved, and as a fantasy manager there’s little you can do about it. Eric… Read more →

Something to Remember Me By: NBL 2016-17

Something to Remember Me By: NBL 2016-17

In the afterglow of the NBL’s 39th season, three Downtown writers have assembled, each with something worth remembering about 2016-17. Liam Santamaria (NBL.com.au): The Adelaide 36ers were riveting When we look back, #NBL17 will be remembered for three things: Perth’s title defence, the insanely close ladder and the Adelaide 36ers. This year’s 36ers were a revelation, crushing lowly expectations by… Read more →