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

The Outlet Pass: All Hail LeBron's Step-Back Three

Also: A Look at the NBA's five worst contracts, Jaylen Brown as a superhero sixth man, the other awesome rookie in Dallas, Julius Randle's consistently putrid defense, and more!

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Cavs Rookie is Really Great at This Really Bad Thing

If Collin Sexton can flesh out the other areas of his game, however, he can become a real problem for opposing defenses.

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The Spurs Need to Tank the Season

This is not the San Antonio team we have grown used to under Gregg Popovich, but they're not far off from getting back there.

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Lonzo Ball is a Force in Transition

When Lonzo starts running coast-to-coast, throw the analytics out the window and trust your eyes.

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The Outlet Pass: The Spurs as We Knew Them No Longer Exist

Also: Collin Sexton is Lord of the Long Two, Nick Nurse is a mad scientist, Lonzo Ball's eye test vs. analytics debate, Karl-Anthony Towns is turning into a guard, a backup point guard who equals mid-90's nostalgia, and more!

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The Clippers Don't Care About Threes, They "Just Hoop, Bro"

Los Angeles has the sixth best offense in the NBA and they are doing it without the three-point shot.

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Free Rodney Hood

Rodney Hood deserves better than to waste away on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Eric Gordon Will Have the Rockets Firing on All Cylinders

The Rockets have been struggling, but the perennially under-appreciated Gordon will get them back on course.

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The Outlet Pass: Don't Worry About the Rockets, They Have...Eric Gordon

Also: Noah Vonleh is good, how the Clippers are scoring without the three ball, a glimpse of Orlando's scary (in a good way) future, checking up on a juicy Sixth Man race, and more!

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What is Tom Thibodeau if His Defense Stinks?

He became known as a defensive tactician, but as the NBA continues to make life easy for offenses, how does that impact Thibodeau’s stock?

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How Philly is Hiding Ben Simmons's Shooting Woes

Regardless of how physically imposing, rare, and breathtaking Simmons can be, building a championship contender with someone who can’t shoot as a focal point is exceptionally difficult.

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What if the Warriors Traded Draymond Green?

This isn’t to say Golden State should trade the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate just to appease Kevin Durant, but it’s worth wondering what they could get, or would even want, in return.

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