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Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective

Brian Windhorst and a team of ESPN's Insiders sort out life in and around the NBA world.

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Sign Stealing

Why settle for two All-Stars when you can have three? Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon a big name the Clippers should target this season (21:56). Plus, Jackie calls Portland's 'Melo signing a "desperate" move before she and the guys discuss one of the worst stretches for the Spurs in the Popovich era (8:05).

43mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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High Bench Marks

With the Lakers off to a hot start, Dave McMenamin and Bobby Marks join Brian Windhorst to discuss LA's title hopes and if they can keep this defense up for the entire season (19:38). But before that, what really happened to Dion Waiters -- and what should Miami do about it? Plus, the guys talk about Toronto's stifling defense (32:58) and how Gordon Hayward's injury will impact the Eastern Conference (39:28).

49mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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NBA Nowhere

The Bucks can make it to the NBA Finals, but Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks cast doubt on Milwaukee's hopes of actually winning the title. Plus, the demise of Blake Griffin (15:32), the latest from the trade market (27:56) and why the on-court product isn't as compelling as it once was.

54mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Basketball Mercenaries

With trade rumors circling, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young outline where Kevin Love and Andre Drummond could fit in. Plus, the guys lay out their concerns for the 76ers and Clippers (33:20) before discussing the peculiar handling of Kyrie Irving's shoulder injury (41:36).

1hr 5mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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ASG Rosters, "Chesty" Rockets & Clippers' Kryptonite

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss which players belong in this year's All-Star Game. Plus, the crew dives into the Clippers' biggest weakness and Houston's post-Harden turnaround.

1hr

4 Feb 2021

Rank #5

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Start Your Engines

Are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant finally happy in Brooklyn? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer that question (12:20) before discussing who could lead the NBA in scoring this season (24:30). Plus, a breakdown of the Lakers performance against the Clippers (29:30) and also the Jaylen Brown and Dejounte Murray extensions.

36mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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What's the Verb?

Zach Lowe joins Brian Windhorst to discuss what the Jrue Holiday trade means for Giannis Antetokounmpo's future with the Bucks. Plus, the guys take a look at some of the deals already made around the league.

56mins

18 Nov 2020

Rank #7

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Bit of a Disaster

The Celtics are hot, so how wide really is the gap between Boston and Milwaukee? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate that (24:50) after discussing John Beilein's departure from Cleveland. Plus, the crew talks about some of the overachieving teams they're excited to watch down the final stretch of the regular season (37:20).

53mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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2020 NBA Draft Preview

Brian Windhorst welcomes ESPN NBA Draft experts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz to make sense of a class filled with question marks entering the draft under unique circumstances.

55mins

2 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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The Dawn of Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic is having an electric second season in the NBA. He's even in the running for the MVP at just 20 years old. But what makes last season's Rookie of the Year so dominant on the court - and why did the skeptics underestimate him? NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz joins Mina Kimes to examine Luka's career so far, and what his ascent means for the rest of the NBA.

20mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Trouble in Houston

According to reports, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are uncertain of the Rockets' future. Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kirk Goldsberry discuss how Houston can fix the situation. And, if the Suns receive Chris Paul in a trade, how might he fit in Phoenix's young lineup? Plus, Brian speaks to longtime sportscaster Jim Gray about his legendary interviews with MJ, Kobe, and Shaq, and also LeBron for "The Decision."

1hr 19mins

12 Nov 2020

Rank #11

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LeBron's Shooting, Brooklyn's Paradigm Shift & Milwaukee's Identity Issues

Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews and Dave McMenamin discuss key adjustments made by the Lakers this season, as well as LeBron James' improvement from beyond the arc. Plus, are the Nets setting a new championship blueprint?

1hr 6mins

8 Feb 2021

Rank #12

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Remembering David Stern

On the day David Stern passed, Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan get together to share memories of the former NBA commissioner and to discuss his impact on basketball before, during and after his time in the league.

37mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Tighten It Up

The debut of Zion Williamson was later than folks hoped for, but he's tearing up the league. Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss how good Zion already is and how good he could become, Ja Morant and the Grizzlies' 8-seed run (16:26) and whether the Clippers can stay healthy (20:03).

44mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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2019-20 East/West Projections

Kevin Pelton projects a major shake-up in the NBA's power structure and he joins Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps one day before the tip of the 2019-20 season to discuss his analytics-based conclusions. In the East, Pelton explains his concerns for the Celtics and the guys also dig into how far the Pacers can go (15:19). In the West, the crew lays out expectations for the Clippers (33:05) and Lakers (36:55) after addressing their postseason concerns for the Rockets (28:38).

1hr

21 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Majoring in the Minor

On the heels of Caris LeVert's monster performance, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate if LeVert could be a trade piece in the Nets' pursuit of a third star. Plus, the crew discusses a big weekend for the Lakers (28:48), Trevor Ariza's reaction to being nutmegged by Trae Young (13:56) and what the Spike Lee incident means for Leon Rose and the Knicks (20:57).

40mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Expecting the Unexpected

How early on in their lives do players realize that they're better than good? Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han get some unexpected thoughts from the NBA's younger players at All-Star weekend.

36mins

17 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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The Competent Knicks, the Clippers Shrinking in the Clutch, and Oladipo on the Block

Is the Knicks' success sustainable? Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry, and Royce Young discuss the competent Knicks in their first year under Tom Thibodeau. Plus, the Clippers struggles late in games and the market for Victor Oladipo at the trade deadline and in the summer.

50mins

2 Mar 2021

Rank #18