FiveThirtyEight: Introducing CARMELO player projections

Want to step into the future of the NBA? Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight are forecasting the careers of every player in the league. Take CARMELO for a spin.

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#NBArank 2015: The countdown hits the league's top 80

No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns and Hornets guard Kemba Walker enter the countdown of the league's best players. Who joins them on today's list? Follow along as #NBArank reveals Nos. 71-80.

His & Hers: Justice for Thabo Sefolosha (2:14)
Durant makes a powerful statement (0:11)
Beal dunks past Porzingis (0:20)
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Keating: Buying a sports team? Stay away from the NFL

In ESPN The Magazine's Owners Issue, Peter Keating writes that, while NFL might still rule all, if you were to buy into a league today based on growth potential, the NBA is the game to join.

Rose: Cavs don't necessarily win the East without Thompson (1:38)
Rose: There aren't 92 players better than Kobe (3:46)
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Scouting every player in the Pacific Division

Our NBA Insider crew is analyzing all 30 rosters heading into 2015-16. Today, Amin Elhassan breaks down the games of Kobe, Steph, Blake and the rest of the Pacific Division.


Nowitzki, Williams back on the floor

Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki and guard Deron Williams scrimmaged Friday after missing most of training camp nursing injuries. "I missed a little at the beginning [of practice], but I finished up," Nowitzki said. "Once the guys were nice and tired, I subbed in and I actually looked decent then."

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76ers' Noel out tonight due to injuries

Center Nerlens Noel bruised his lower back and left knee in Thursday's preseason win over the Cavs, and he didn't give a timeline for his return: "I have to do the treatment, and I'll be all right." The Sixers take on the Nets tonight.

Durant makes a powerful statement

Kevin Durant reminded everyone what he's capable of when he drove to the basket and threw down a monstrous one-handed jam against Fenerbahce Ulker.


Beal welcomes Porzingis to NBA

Wizards G Bradley Beal drives past Knicks rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis for a one-handed jam.


Former UCLA F Meyers dies at 62

Dave Meyers, who led UCLA to the national title in 1975 in John Wooden's final season as coach, died Friday at 62 after battling cancer. Meyers averaged 18.3 points and 7.9 in his senior season for the Bruins, and later played four seasons for the Bucks after the Lakers dealt him as part of the trade for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Story

Maya Moore saves Lynx in Game 3

Maya Moore scores 24 points, including the game-winning buzzer-beater, in Minnesota's 80-77 win over Indiana in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.


Lynx beat Fever on Moore's buzzer-beater 3

Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to give Minnesota an 80-77 win over Indiana in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals and a 2-1 series lead, one victory away from its third title in five years. Box score


Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

In his first game back on his home floor, Kevin Durant looked as smooth as ever scoring 13 points on 6-10 shooting plus four assists in just 22 minutes against Fenerbahce. Durant has said he feels pretty much all the way back and it looked like it, particularly in the third quarter where he unleashed a nasty tomahawk between two defenders.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

At Rockets practice today, James Harden said he doesn't have ankle problems. He did suffer a badly sprained ankle over the summer and Harden said it didn't occur in the Drew Summer League. "Just trying to get it moving," he said of the ankle. "Get back into five-on-five rhythm."

Fever grab halftime lead over Lynx

Shenise Johnson scored 11 of her game-high 14 points in the second quarter, as Indiana erased a 7-point second-quarter deficit to take a 42-38 lead over Minnesota in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN


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Looks like knee surgery hasn't taken anything away from Carmelo Anthony's shot. He's 10-for-15 for 21 points tonight against Washington.

Watch: Lynx-Fever WNBA Finals, Game 3

The series is tied up at 1-1 after Minnesota beat Indiana in Game 2 on Tuesday. The winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the championship 70 percent of the time since the series went to a best-of-five format in 2005. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN


Howard played hurt in playoffs

Dwight Howard told SportsRadio 610 that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Western Conference Finals vs. the Warriors. He averaged 14.4 PPG and 14.4 RPG while playing 38 minutes per game in the series.

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To beat LeBron, don't wear his shoes

King James says he finds a mental advantage over his opponents who wear his LeBron shoes, something he first saw Michael Jordan do. Inspired by MJ

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His & Hers calls for justice for Sefolosha

Michael Smith is pleased with today's acquittal of the Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha but says: "I can't help feel like justice has not been fully served here."


Kobe: I don't need to defend No. 93 ranking

Pressed on what he thought of his spot in ESPN's NBARank project, Kobe Bryant said, "Please don't ask me about silly stuff like that." How NBARank is compiled

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki, who the Mavs are easing in to practices after he played for Germany this summer, did full-speed 5-on-5 work today for first time since camp started. "I subbed in after the guys got a little tired," he said. "I actually looked decent then."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs C JaVale McGee has progressed enough in his rehab to begin pick-and-roll work with coach Rick Carlisle.