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

NBA All-Stars: Fresh Faces Division

There is going to be an influx of new blood in the All-Star Game this year because some regulars are either hurt, having down years, or both.

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The Problem with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in One Play

Philly is still outscoring opponents when the two are on the floor together, but they've still proved to be an awkward fit.

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The Outlet Pass: The All-Star Game Deserves Some Fresh Blood

Also: The play that Simmons/Embiid optimists fear, Brooklyn's surge, and Aaron Gordon buyer's remorse.

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The Subtle Genius of Draymond Green

Subtle might not be the word that springs to mind with the fiery Green, but there's one thing he does to help the Warriors every night you might not notice.

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The Knicks Didn't Screw Up the Kevin Knox Pick

New York really needs their lottery picks to work out. The latest one is delivering.

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Space: Luka Doncic's Final Frontier

Doncic is good enough to transcend any environment he occupies, but everything falls into place when he's surrounded by wings and bigs who provide space and defensive versatility.

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The Outlet Pass: Jim Boylen is a Legend

Also: How the Mavericks should build around Luka Doncic, Kevin Knox crushing life, Draymond Green's boxouts are more important than ever, and more!

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The Outlet Pass: Is Victor Oladipo Sustainable?

Also: Power Ranking an incredibly close MVP race, how the NBA's sharpest marksman is helping San Antonio find its groove, Derrick Jones Jr. is Airplane Mode, and more!

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Bradley Beal Still Has so Much Upside

He's never going to be James Harden, but when you scale his production against his age it always feels like there’s another tier the one-time All-Star is destined to crack.

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The Player Who Unlocked a Secret Weapon and Sent His Trade Value Soaring

He was never much of a three-point shooter, but after honing his shot in the offseason, Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren is a whole new problem for opposing defenses.

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What Are the Nets Going to Do With D'Angelo Russell?

Brooklyn's winning streak has aligned with the best basketball of Russell's career, but what does it mean for his future with the team?

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The Outlet Pass: Bradley Beal's Next Leap is Lurking in the Shadows

Also: Your favorite team might want to trade for T.J. Warren, Miami's 2-3 zone is antiquated but sublime, mapping out D'Angelo Russell's future in Brooklyn, Joakim Noah's beautiful banshee cry, and more!

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