Michael Pina's weekly look at the biggest stories, trends, and characters in the NBA.

The Curious Case of Tony Parker

For those who thought Parker was going to the Hornets a washed old man, he's proven to be the NBA's Benjamin Button, looking younger and more self-reliant than he has in years.

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Truth, Justise, and the Three-Point Play

The Miami Heat have put the ball in Justise Winslow's hands and it's paid dividends, but things could go next level if his outside shot continues to improve.

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What is Going on With Russell Westbrook?

Is the Oklahoma City force of nature evolving, or declining?

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The Outlet Pass: DeMarcus Cousins and a Silly Summer of Free Agency

Also: Justise Winslow's three-point shot changes everything, answering Trade Deadline questions, investigating an interesting Russell Westbrook stat, an absolutely wild stat about Tony Parker, and much more!

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Andre Iguodala is Somehow Still a Levitating Samurai

Golden State's Sixth Man isn't playing as often as he used to, but he never gets shortchanged when he's out there.

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Karl-Anthony Towns is Not Hopeless on Defense

The knock on Minnesota's star is that he's a defensive liability, but there's reason to believe he's shedding that reputation.

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The Beauty of the Blazers

They rarely play together, but Portland is must-watch when Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and Seth Curry are on the floor.

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The Official Outlet Pass All-Star Ballot

I do not care how many games LeBron James has missed. Sue me.

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The Trade That Will Save the Philadelphia 76ers

Sixers ownership would need to agree to absorb nearly $23 million next year for someone who perfectly complements their big three, but hurts their depth and might present some defensive issues in the playoffs.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are Playing Historically Bad Defense

We might not see professional defense played this poorly ever again.

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Donovan Mitchell (Finally) Looks Like an All-Star

Utah's young star had a breakout rookie season, but until recently has struggled to recapture the magic.

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The Outlet Pass: The NBA's Most Depressing 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Team

Also: Donovan Mitchell is a sonic boom, Cleveland's defense is a historical train-wreck, Mike D'Antoni is (still) brilliant, why trading Danilo Gallinari makes sense, and more!

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