The Jump Recommends

Jump Recommends

For each show, Rachel Nichols will give the viewers a recommended reading, podcast or video to check out. Below is a list of Jump Recommends from past shows, listed by season.

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Week of January 25:

Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant & the band of brothers by Ramona Shelburne

Week of January 18:

What it was like to defend Kobe by Jorge Sedano

Brandon Ingram’s superstar potential by Zach Lowe (E+)

Week of January 11:

Damian Lillard to The Undefeated: “I want to actually be a part of some change” (Marc J. Spears)

Answering the massive questions driving Harden trade by Zach Lowe (E+)

Charting the next steps in Zion’s journey by Brian Windhorst (E+)

Why teams are historically inconsistent right now by Kevin Pelton (E+)

Week of January 4:

Why every East contender should & shouldn’t trade for James Harden (E+)

The Warriors are learning how to be mortal by Kevin Arnovitz (E+)

Team health officials find balance tough with COVID-19 protocols by Baxter Holmes

Ranking the 7 “Surprise teams” by Kevin Pelton (E+)

Week of December 28:

Embiid and the process of maturation by Ramona Shelburne (E+)

Brief history of PG-Dame rivalry by Royce Young

NBA real or not (E+)

Week of December 21:

Zach Lowe’s NBA tiers (E+)

Week of December 14:

Biggest questions surrounding KD’s return (E+)

Zach Lowe’s 5 most intriguing players (E+)

NBA offseason survey by Tim Bontemps

Week of December 7:

Tim Bontemps on Ben Simmons the facilitator

Celeb tattoo artist MISTER CARTOON on Clippers collaboration

Week of November 16:

NBA teams with most and least spending power by Bobby Marks (E+)

Woj Pod: The Giannis Draft
Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3

Week of November 9:

Inside the Timberwolves draft room by Royce Young

“Rapture” from Raptors coach Nick Nurse

What NBA teams are buzzing about heading into draft by Jonathan Givony (E+)

Week of November 2:

Zach Lowe’s NBA offseason mega preview

Week of October 26:

Flagrant Magazine: A print publication that showcases the stories surrounding the culture of basketball created by women out of Portland, OR

Inside the political donation history of wealthy sports owners (ESPN & FiveThirtyEight)

Bradley Beal on why he voted for 1st time by Jerry Bembry (The Undefeated)

Week of October 19:

Best case, worst case for 8 teams left out of bubble (ESPN)

Kevin Pelton’s top 25 free agents (E+)

ESPN Insiders weighing in on NBA Free Agency & Trade debate

Week of October 12:

Zach Lowe on how Daryl Morey challenged NBA norms

Brian Windhorst: What we know & Don’t know heading into next season

Zach Lowe on why the GOAT debate is different now


Week of October 5:

Detail (E+): Kevin Durant breaks down Jimmy Butler’s epic Game 3 performance

The continuing education of Meyers Leonard by Marc J. Spears

Zach Lowe on Heat making it difficult for Lakers

The Spencer Haywood Rule by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated) & Gary Washburn (Boston Globe)

Week of September 28:

Marc J. Spears on “The architect of the bubble” Byron Spruell

Week of September 21:

The reputation of Jimmy Butler, in the words of his teammates by Nick Friedell

Jeff Pearlman: Inside the Lakers Kobe-Shaq dynasty
Excerpt from the book on

Jaylen Brown is a player for this moment by Baxter Holmes

Week of September 14:

Jackie Mac: How 6 teams stopped LeBron in playoffs

Bill Russell essay for The Players’ Tribune
Article | Video

Week of September 7:

Zach Lowe: 9 things I like & don’t like

How the Heat are reinventing the rebuild process by Brian Windhorst

No one expected Raptors to be here, and that’s fine with them by Tim Bontemps

Week of August 31:

Rockets-Lakers is Harden’s chance to rewrite his reputation by Zach Lowe

Brian Windhorst on perfect fit with Heat & Jimmy Butler

Zach Lowe on what to expect in Jazz-Nuggets Game 7

Week of August 24:

Zach Lowe on Harden vs Dort matchup

Former NBA coach, Irv Roland talks protesting for Breonna Taylor on BOMM Podcast

Week of August 17:

Finding the biggest flaw with every NBA playoff team by Kirk Goldsberry

Week of August 10:

Nike launching “Mamba Week” to honor Kobe by Nick DePaula

Finding the biggest flaw with every NBA playoff team by Kirk Goldsberry

“The Lowe Post” podcast featuring Jump researcher, Michael Schwartz

Week of August 3:

Bubble Breakout Stars (ESPN)

“Tea with A & Phee podcast” with KD

Why some coaches love new casual look — and some don’t by Zach Lowe

Post Opening Weekend NBA Power Rankings (

Week of July 27:

How NBA Bubble became a platform for social justice by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated) & Malika Andrews

Zach Lowe’s All-NBA selections

Week of July 20:

Zach Lowe’s 2020 NBA awards ballot

’99 Spurs say no such thing as “Asterisks” by Jackie MacMullan

Scenes from inside the NBA Bubble by Malika Andrews

Week of July 13:

Navigating the mental hurdles of life in the NBA bubble by Baxter Holmes

Elena Delle Donne’s essay for the Players Tribune

Eight X Factors in title race by Kirk Goldsberry

Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr on the ‘Road Trippin’ podcast’ with Richard Jefferson & Allie Clifton (Uninterrupted)!

Week of July 6:

What does the NBA do next season? by Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps

Ranking NBA juniors by superstar potential (E+) by Kevin Pelton and Mike Schmitz

Week of June 29:

High-stakes maneuvers that assembled The Heatles by Brian Windhorst

How Raptors are turning Fort Myers into test for NBA’s bubble by Tim Bontemps

Week of June 15:

Inside Maya Moore’s departure from WNBA by Katie Barnes (espnW)

Bill Russell on racial equality: “I’ve been waiting my whole life for America to live up to that promise” (Boston Globe)

9 ways playoffs could wildly reshape NBA by Tim Bontemps

Week of June 8:

Dave McMenamin: Spurs guard, Lonnie Walker IV says haircut frees him from painful memories

Week of May 18:

“Michael Jordan: A history of flight” by Wright Thompson

All-time starting 5 for every East franchise (ESPN)

Week of May 11:

Rachel Nichols & Bobby Marks on “The Woj Pod”

Week of May 4:

Ranking the top 74 sneakers in NBA History by ESPN’s Senior Sneakerhead, Nick DePaula

How Kobe & MJ hid their surprise friendship by Ramona Shelburne

The Undefeated on MJ’s “Republicans buy sneakers, too” quote by Jesse Washington

Week of April 27:

ESPN Films: “Bad Boys” (E+)

Week of April 20:

How “The Last Dance” was made possible by Ramona Shelburne

Bonus Jump Recommends:

How The Jump will be produced without a studio by Meredith Cash (

Rachel Nichols speaks to Athleisure Magazine

Week of March 16:

What to stream on ESPN+?

Some suggestions to consider:
-Wade: Life Unexpected
-The Boardroom
-NBA Rooks

Week of March 9:

Bobbleheads have become the NBA’s biggest little status symbol by Nick Friedell

The state of diversity and inclusion in NBA front offices by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Week of March 2:

Trailblazing NBA women coaches by Charlotte Gibson (espnW)

NBA Playoff Predictions (ESPN)

NBA’s 25 best under 25 (E+)

The problems behind Trae Young’s signature plays by Kirk Goldsberry

Week of February 24:

Inside the evolution of rising Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander by Royce Young

5-on-5: Can LeBron catch Giannis for MVP? (ESPN)

A roller-coaster winter has left the Jazz searching for an identity by Tim MacMahon

The intersection of emotion at Kobe Bryant’s memorial by Baxter Holmes

Week of February 17:

Heat found their icon in D-Wade by Jorge Sedano

9 chaotic moments that could shake up the NBA by Tim Bontemps

ESPN NBA Insiders predictions for post All-Star

How great is Zion’s ceiling? By Kevin Pelton & Mike Schmitz (E+)

ASG showed power of basketball by Brian Windhorst

Week of February 10:

NBA All-Star triple threat action figures

Miami made the Butler gamble that Chicago never could by Nick Friedell

Week of February 3:

Seven big trades ESPN Insiders want to see (E+)

Zach Lowe with the latest trade talk on deadline week

Week of January 27 (Remembering Kobe):
These stories were not official Jump Recommends on the show for this week’s shows

The quiet moments from an emotional night for the Lakers and Los Angeles by Baxter Holmes

What fueled Kobe Bryant’s obsessions by Adrian Wojnarowski

Remembering Kobe Bryant: Relentless, curious and infinitely complicated by Jackie MacMullan

Kobe Bryant never stopped trying to inspire by Ramona Shelburne

Kobe Bryant’s greatness was both beautiful and maddening by Zach Lowe

Week of January 20:

Zach Lowe’s 10 Things I like and Don’t Like column

Zach Lowe picking his NBA All-Stars (Starters and Reserves)

How to watch Zion (This goes beyond turning on your TV) by ESPN Insiders

How “The Block” at Barclays Center is changing hoop fans by Malika Andrews

The Undefeated checking in with how NBA players & coaches are inspired by Martin Luther King Jr:

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce taking team on field trip to learn about Atlanta by Marc J. Spears

Grizzlies’ Brandon Clarke bonds with dad during trip to civil rights museum by Marc J. Spears

Kevin Durant MLK Classic is more than a hoops experience by Jerry Bembry

Week of January 13:

There’s no precedent in preparing for Zion by Baxter Holmes

Ramona Shelburne’s Cover Story on Paul George
Article | Video

Riley & Butler have turned Heat back on in Miami by Brian Windhorst & Tim Bontemps

Bobby Marks’ with the latest trade deadline intel (E+)

Week of January 6:

Zach Lowe’s 10 Things I like and don’t like column

Does Westbrook’s game have a shelf life by Royce Young

Four things that are different about this Bucks juggernaut by Kirk Goldsberry

The NBA lottery pick (Ben McLemore) who lost his way, and his road back by Zach Lowe

Bobby Marks’ 30-team trade deadline break down (E+)

Week of December 30:

The fight to modernize the NBA big man by Kirk Goldsberry & Jackie MacMullan

David Stern was a complete force of nature by Adrian Wojnarowski

Week of December 16 & 23:

ESPN Films: “The Last Dance” (Coming June 2020)

The Lowe Post Pod with guest Bill Simmons of the Ringer

The era of the audacious 3-pointer by Kirk Goldsberry

How real plus-minus can reveal hidden stars by Kevin Pelton

Week of December 9:

What’s wrong with Nikola Jokic by Tim Bontemps

How the Knicks grand plans fell apart this time by Ramona Shelburne & Adrian Wojnarowski

Harden vs Double-Teams: Who’s winning? by Zach Lowe

Best sneakers from Week 7 by Nick DePaula

Week of December 2:

ESPN cover story on Damian Lillard by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Doris Burke on Julie Foudy’s “Laughter Permitted” podcast

How Harden is the best scorer since MJ by Kirk Goldsberry

LeBron James’ “Revenge Szn” Pandora playlist

Week of November 25:

Royce Young on the art of free-throw defense

Week of November 18:

Zach Lowe’s 10 Things I like and Don’t like

Sixers are all-in on new vibes after their absurdist drama by Zach Lowe

How Rick Carlisle learned to love Luka Doncic by Tim MacMahon

The wild story behind the NBA’s most unlikely heist by Kevin Arnovitz
A story of the man (Jeff David) who stole $13 million from the Sacramento Kings

Latest draft intel on Wiseman, top 100 prospects by Jonathan Givony & Mike Schmitz (E+)

Week of November 11:

“The Woj Pod” with Bradley Beal

How the Knicks got into this mess by Brian Windhorst

Impact of Adam’s Silver’s betting Op-Ed 5 years later by David Purdum (ESPN Chalk)

Inside the NBA’s silent tension surrounding Daryl Morey by Kevin Arnovitz

Week of November 4:

Zach Lowe’s 10 Things I like and don’t like column

Gauging Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte by Eric Woodyard

Steph Curry’s place historically is still being sorted out by Zach Lowe

Preseason Asia travel to blame for slow starts by Kevin Pelton

LeBron opens “I Promise” transitional homes

Week of October 28:

Zach Lowe’s 10 Things I like and don’t like column (19-20 debut)

Is Warriors season already over by Kevin Pelton (E+)

Teams already looking to fill roster holes by Brian Windhorst

Jackie MacMullan on KD, Kyrie and what comes next for Nets

Does Chase Center house Warriors’ future or past by Ramona Shelburne

Week of October 21:

Which was the best version of LeBron?

Warriors have issues even Steph can’t solve by Nick Friedell

Draymond & Bob Myers on “The Woj Pod”

Expert predictions for NBA champs

NBA season preview for all 30 teams

Week of October 14:

Zach Lowe’s wild NBA predictions

Clippers gameplan for Kawhi & PG-13 by Kevin Arnovitz

“The Woj Pod” with Hall of Famer, Doris Burke

KAT tells The Undefeated: “Keep sleeping on us” (Marc J. Spears)

The NBA’s “Dirty little secret” by Baxter Holmes

Week of October 7:

Zach Lowe’s League Pass Rankings

The de-KOBE’ing of Jayson Tatum has begun by Tim Bontemps

How a busted trade request got AD to LA by Dave McMenamin

Life without Russ begins in OKC by Royce Young

Week of September 30:

The Undefeated’s conversation with Marvin Bagley III (Marc J. Spears)

Inside the LA Sparks chaotic finish by Ramona Shelburne

NBA power rankings & breakout candidates for all 30 teams

NBA training camp roster breakdowns for every team by Front Office Insider, Bobby Marks (E+)

Zach Lowe’s Six most intriguing players

Week of September 23:

Lonzo Ball on “The Woj Pod”

76ers employee (Lee Cary) on welcoming culture in Philly after he came out (SB Nation/Outsports)

The Lowe Post: 5 most confusing teams

Best players this season from 50-31 (NBA Rank)

Best players this season from 100-51 (NBA Rank)

Week of September 16:

“Dunc’d On” Podcast with Jump researcher, Michael Schwartz

NBA Bonus watch 2019-20 by Bobby Marks (E+)

The 3 superstars who defined this decade on

Pelicans guard, JJ Redick on “The Lowe Post” podcast with Zach Lowe

The absolute best shooters of this decade by Kirk Goldsberry

Week of September 9:

Doc Rivers and Erik Spoelstra on “The Woj Pod”

David Stern tells The Undefeated: “I have no regrets” by Marc J. Spears

The unusual path of new Raptors assistant coach Brittni Donaldson by Zach Lowe

Week of September 2:

Rui Hachimura leads Japan’s basketball renaissance by Brian Windhorst

Is a big two or big three better for NBA teams by Zach Lowe

Would Team USA be an NBA title contender by Kevin Pelton

Week of August 19:

ESPN 2019-20 preseason forecast

30 for 30 podcasts: “The Sterling Affairs”

Melbourne’s growing NBA love affair by Jake Michaels (ESPN Australia)

Week of August 12:

Jonathan Givony’s takeaways from 2019 Nike Basketball Academy (E+)

NBA games we can’t wait to see in 2019-20 by Baxter Holmes and Ohm Youngmisuk

Week of August 5:

Brian Windhorst on Le Batard South Beach Session podcast

Team USA faces big questions heading into camp by Brian Windhorst

Week of July 29:

NBA Coaches: “You can’t plan beyond next year” by Jackie MacMullan

Warriors “Strength In Numbers” turns to “Faith in Youngsters” by Nick Friedell

Best bets on NBA season-win totals (E+)

The Woj Pod with Nuggets GM, Arturas Karnisovas

Week of July 22:

Final episode of Stephen Curry’s “Stephen vs The Game” on Facebook Watch

NBA offseason survey by Tim Bontemps

Why Kawhi’s power move was a watershed moment by Zach Lowe

Ranking the 15 best remaining free agents by Kevin Pelton (E+)

Week of July 15:

Dwyane Wade a guest judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” with his wife, Gabrielle Union

Bobby Marks breaks down 2020 & 2021 free agents (E+)

The threat of youth basketball by Baxter Holmes
Part 1 | Part 2

Kevin Pelton’s best rookies at SL (E+)

Follow Rob Perez aka @WorldWideWob on Twitter

Week of July 8:

SneakerCenter on ESPN+

Cousins thrilled to join “Incredible” Lakers roster by Ohm Youngmisuk

Draymond: A better way to evaluate NBA defense by Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight)

Can LeBron make this Lakers roster work by Brian Windhorst

Week of July 1:

Summer league players to watch for each team (E+) by Kevin Pelon and Mike Schmitz

The wait continues for Michael Porter Jr. by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

A universe exists where the Knicks didn’t botch free agency by Tim Bontemps

Why the collapse of the Warriors feels so abrupt by Zach Lowe

How the Nets pulled this off, and what’s next by Zach Lowe


Week of June 24:

Four big trades NBA Experts want to see (E+)

NBA Free Agency: Best/Worst outcomes for every West team (E+) by Kevin Pelton and Andre Snellings

Is Knicks culture change working by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Kyrie or D’Angelo? How Brooklyn might handle a difficult decision by Zach Lowe

How Clippers can make their anti-pitch to Kawhi by Kevin Arnovitz

Week of June 17:

Let Zion choose where he wants to play next by Kevin Arnovitz

Can RJ Barrett be better than his NBA godfather, Steve Nash by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Vince Carter’s guide for trying to survive the NBA by Kevin Arnovitz

An unsettling vibe surrounds these Rockets by Tim MacMahon

Week of June 10:

Decimated Warriors already on to ‘Unfinished Business’ by Ramona Shelburne

“Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective”

What Game 5’s huge moments tell you about Game 6 by Zach Lowe

Tony Parker retires as told to Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Katie Nolan taking a deep dive into many NBA Finals questions

Week of June 3:

“The Lowe Post Podcast”

Four big questions that will decide NBA Finals by Zach Lowe

Stephen Curry gives thanks by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Week of May 27:

Lakers 2.0: The failed reboot of the NBA’s crown jewel by Baxter Holmes

Week of May 20:

How Golden State reclaimed its dominant style by Zach Lowe

Supermax contracts are working…just not like fans expected by Tim Bontemps

The season of the massive comeback in the NBA by Kevin Pelton and Baxter Holmes

Zach Lowe on how Raptors can compete in Game 4

Week of May 13:

Red hot Warriors still missing Durant by Brian Windhorst

What happened at the wildest NBA Lottery ever seen by Zach Lowe

What’s at stake in the biggest NBA Draft Lottery in years by Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps

The New Yorker on Jackie MacMullan by Louisa Thomas

Week of May 6:

Rockets have a chance to put an end to “What If” by Brian Windhorst

Why the Warriors aren’t sweating Klay’s free agency by Nick Friedell

23 reasons to enjoy wild Nuggets-Blazers series by Zach Lowe

Extra minutes taking a toll on Warriors by Brian Windhorst

Week of April 29:

Kyrie Irving & Celtics season of discontent by Jackie MacMullan

Zach Lowe on why Rockets-Warriors has an old-school vibe

Draymond putting stamp on Warriors-Rockets series by Brian Windhorst

30 for 30’s “The Dominican Dream”

Joel Embiid’s quest for greatness by Jackie MacMullan

Week of April 22:

Hope springs eternal for Knicks by Ian Begley

Zach Lowe’s playoff winners & losers

What’s next for the Thunder? Next questions by Royce Young | Next moves by Bobby Marks (E+)

Are Nets dispelling need for draft lottery by Kevin Pelton (E+)

SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA by ESPN Analyst Kirk Goldsberry

Week of April 15:

Westbrook’s path to breaking the triple-double by Royce Young

Inside the secret team dinners that built Spurs’ dynasty by Baxter Holmes

Brian Windhorst’s handbook on coaching LeBron

Thunder will only go as far as PG-13 can take them by Royce Young

Week of April 8:

This was the season when NBA team culture combusted by Kevin Arnovitz

“Thank You, Dwyane Wade” by Dan Le Batard

Zach Lowe’s 8th annual Luke Walton All-Stars column

Week of April 1:

Where Amazing Happened: Story of 2007-08 Rockets

“LeBron, Inc.: The making of a billion-dollar athlete” by Brian Windhorst

Zach Lowe on Clippers leading candidates for Sixth Man of The Year

The story of Jazz forward, Joe Ingles and his love for his son Jacob who has autism (NBA Cares)

Sneaker companies going all-in for Zion by Senior Sneakerhead Insider, Nick DePaula

Week of March 25:

How Lakers wasted Year 1 of LeBron by Dave McMenamin

Lakers season a blip or new normal for LeBron by Brian Windhorst

Emergence of De’Aaron Fox speeding up Kings timeline by Zach Lowe

NBA Draft Stock Watch (Tourney Edition) by ESPN draft experts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz (E+)

Week of March 18:

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Why Luka Doncic’s game is perfect for future of NBA by Kirk Goldsberry

Jalen and Jacoby on “Soupgate” fiasco!

HOF coach Lute Olson’s impact on Warriors, NBA by Scott Cacciola (New York Times)

Week of March 11:

How strong is JA Morant’s case for No. 2 pick by ESPN NBA Draft experts, Jonathan Givony & Mike Schmitz (E+)

Spencer Dinwiddie can hoop (and sell kicks) by Jerry Bembry (The Undefeated)

Warriors rocky road to 3-peat by Nick Friedell

Week of March 4:

Giannis wants to go back to Nigerian roots by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

What keeps NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver up at night by Brian Windhorst

Week of February 25:

Rachel Nichols moderating a panel with rapper, Meek Mill & Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin called: “Helping Dream Chasers: Social Justice” at the 2019 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Kobe talks new sports-fantasy series with Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Where Lakers & Celtics can look to for inspiration by Brian Windhorst

Best 25 players under 25 (E+)

Bucks top Warriors in ESPN power rankings

Week of February 19:

How to make Team LeBron a reality by Tim Bontemps

Outside the Lines on disgraced former ref Tim Donaghy
Article written by Scott Eden

The MVP question that’s driving the NBA by Brian Windhorst

Middleton is a rare kind of second star by Zach Lowe

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Week of February 12:

“The Boardroom” with Kevin Durant on ESPN+ 

Lakers need to get creative in next AD offer by Brian Windhorst

Week of February 5:

Woj & Lowe Trade Deadline Special (Audio only)

Interactive All-Star Draft by Neil Paine

Nuggets coach, Michael Malone to coach Team LeBron in ASG

Week of January 28:

What should Sixers do before trade deadline by Tim Bontemps

What top AD trade contenders can actually offer

Melo on next move: “I just want to be happy” by Ian Begley

Week of January 21:

What makes Jrue Holiday special by Zach Lowe

Is it too late for Cavs to trade Love by Kevin Pelton (E+)

How Jamal Murray was raised to be a star by Jackie MacMullan

Zach Lowe’s NBA-All Star Selections

MLK Day holds significant meaning for Grizzlies by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Week of January 14:

Inside Tony Parker’s return to — and departure from — the Spurs by Michael C. Wright

Jimmy Butler “I don’t have regrets” by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

What’s Plan B for Warriors if KD leaves by Brian Windhorst

Hall of Famers Tracy McGrady & Scottie Pippen on stopping James Harden

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Week of January 7:

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Why GM/Coach role won’t go away by Brian Windhorst

Blake Griffin doesn’t need to be relevant by Kevin Arnovitz

“The Last Pass” (Cousy, Russell, The Celtics, and What Matters in the End) by Gary Pomerantz

Week of December 31:

10 NBA trends & whether they’ll continue in 2019 on

Why Toronto believes it can convince Kawhi to stay by Tim Bontemps

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Week of December 24:

Splash Bros. & Bad Boys #PlayersOnly Special on NBA TV

Week of December 17:

James Dolan, unplugged by Ian O’Connor

How ‘4-pt line’ and other court markings are changing NBA by Malika Andrews

Welcome to Bron Bron Land on

Luka Doncic isn’t your average rookie and he knows it by Tim MacMahon

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like
Article | Video

Week of December 10:

Team-By-Team guide to trade deadline by Bobby Marks (E+)

Clippers bold plan to land Kawhi and KD by Brian Windhorst

5-on-5: Best Finals opponent for Warriors on

Is Luka Doncic the next James Harden by Mike Schmitz (E+)

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Week of December 3:

ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings (Week 8)

KD enjoying ‘Big City’ life in San Francisco By Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Carmelo Anthony is the last great American ball hog By Kirk Goldsberry

Should Giannis be MVP Front-Runner? By Kevin Pelton (E+)

Week of November 26:

Marc Gasol, David Fizdale make amends By Tim MacMahon

What’s behind Clippers stunning and fragile success? By Kirk Goldsberry

Kemba Walker’s superstar surge By Zach Lowe

Raptors gamble on Kawhi has paid off so far By Tim Bontemps

Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five ventures to present “The Boardroom” on ESPN+

Week of November 19:

How Blazers bounced back after sweep by Zach Lowe

Week of November 12:

Can Celtics fix their broken offense? By Kirk Goldsberry

Davis, Pelicans more confident than ever by Kevin Arnovitz

Should teams tank for Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett? By Kevin Pelton (E+)

Week of November 5:

How Raptors are making their case to keep Kawhi by new ESPN’er Tim Bontemps

Wall trade might be Wizards best move by Zach Lowe

Maverick Carter interviews Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations for the Lakers (Uninterrupted)

Can Rockets unlock “Olympic Melo” after OKC’s failed experiment? By Tim MacMahon and Royce Young

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Week of October 29:

Rick Pitino hoping to coach in NBA by Adrian Wojnarowski

Which games will your team lose because of scheduling? Baxter Holmes

Steph Curry is the ultimate one-off by Brian Windhorst

Trae Young: “I need to perform & show everybody why they brought me here” by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like, including dazzling Damian Lillard

Week of October 22:

“The Mamba Mentality: How I Play” by Kobe Bryant and Hall of Fame photographer, Andrew D. Bernstein

NBA Execs already focused on 2019 free agency by Brian Windhorst

Former NBA player Darius Miles in the Players’ Tribune

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Week of October 15:

Zach Lowe’s Crazy Predictions

Brain Windhorst: Can AD go from great to the greatest?

Baxter Holmes: Steph at 30: Can Stephen Curry’s shooting thwart the test of time?

Week of October 8:

Zach Lowe’s NBA Tiers

SC Hang time with Draymond Green by Sam Alipour

LeBron James’ “The Shop” Episode 2 now available on HBO

Week of October 1:

Zach Lowe’s 7th annual League Pass Rankings:
Part 1 | Part 2 2018-19 GM survey

“The Introduction” (Sunday, October 7 at 7pm ET on ESPN2)
The NBA Countdown crew sat down with 6 of the league’s newest stars

The future of the NBA in Seattle by Brian Windhorst

Week of September 24: Training Camp Power Rankings

How JR Smith bounced back from Game 1 by Jesse Washington (The Undefeated)

NBA Training Camp previews from Front Office Insider, Bobby Marks (ESPN)

Hornets coach James Borrego on being NBA’s first Latino head coach (Sports Illustrated)

Julius Randle’s winding road by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Week of September 17:

*NBA Ranks 100-51 on

*NBA Ranks 20-11 on

“Always Late” with Katie Nolan (E+); Guest: Kevin Love

*This is a prediction about each player’s contributions for the upcoming season, not about past achievement

Week of September 10:

Rising NBA Sophomores by ESPN Draft guru Mike Schmitz (E+)

Zach Lowe: Welcome to the NBA’s Hall of absolute absurdity (ESPN)

Nick DePaula breaking down the best and worst of LeBron’s signature sneaker (ESPN)

Kyle Kuzma and his dream of having a LeBron-like impact in Flint, MI by Ohm Youngmisuk (ESPN)

Week of September 3:

Profile of NBA photographer and Hall of Famer Andrew Bernstein by Steve Aschburner (

“Basketball: A Love Story” (E+)

A tribute to Hall of Famer, Doris Burke

The unique relationship between Russell Westbrook and Mo Cheeks by Royce Young

Week of August 27:

Stephen Curry on gender pay equality (Players Tribune)

Manu’s top 20 moments by Michael C. Wright (ESPN)

NBA to begin working with elite teenagers in new program by Brian Windhorst (ESPN)

The day Kyrie Irving was traded by Chris Forsberg (ESPN)

Athletes reframing motherhood by Ramona Shelburne (ESPNW)

Week of August 20:

Part 1 of 5 of’s series on Mental Health Awareness by Jackie MacMullan
The state of mental health in the NBA

Part 2 of 5 of’s series on Mental Health Awareness by Jackie MacMullan
Mental health in the NBA’s black community

Bonus: Part 3 of 5 of ESPN’s series on Mental Health by Jackie MacMullan
To medicate or not? A difficult decision

Kobe’s ‘Detail’ on hoop legend Diana Taurasi (E+)

Part 4 of 5 of’s series on Mental Health Awareness by Jackie MacMullan
Behind the anxiety and anger of an NBA ref

Part 5 of 5 of’s series on Mental Health Awareness by Jackie MacMullan
The future of mental health in the NBA

Week of August 13:

Russell Westbrook talks about fashion in China (ESPN)

The NBA’s small guys are getting bigger (FiveThirtyEight)

Week of August 6:

Summer Forecast: Most likely to win Rookie of the Year? (ESPN)

Inside the gambling story that rocked the league (The Action Network)

Week of July 30:

Durant on LeBron to LA, Boogie & more by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Inside Puma’s NBA comeback by Nick DePaula (ESPN)

What’s next for all 30 teams by Front Office Insider, Bobby Marks (ESPN)

Everything you need to know about the NBA Africa Game (ESPN)

Week of July 23:’s NBA Power Rankings

Top sneaker free agents by Senior Sneakerhead Insider, Nick DePaula (ESPN)

Kobe Bryant’s Musecage Basketball Network piece on Maya Moore

Zach Lowe on Bulls future

Sports Illustrated on PG’s decision to stay in OKC by Ben Golliver

Week of July 16:

Summer League’s best and most surprising rookies

Kobe Bryant’s ‘Detail’ on Trae Young (E+)

Cover story on Steph Curry (Variety)

My Wish: Ethan Whitney shoots hoops with Jimmy Butler

Denzel Washington talks LeBron to L.A. (The Undefeated)

Week of July 9:

Front Office Insider, Bobby Marks on an unprecedented 2019 free agency (in)*
*ESPN Insider Subscription required

Who are the biggest fantasy risers and fallers during free agency by Andre Snellings

How much would LeBron make in an open market? By Brian Windhorst and Darren Rovell

Inside the Las Vegas schmooze pit by Nick Friedell

Week of July 2:

What LeBron’s departure means for the Cavs by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

Best & Worst moves in free agency thus far by Kevin Pelton (ESPN)

Scooter Magruder NBA Free Agency fan parody (Via Twitter)

Player to watch on each summer league roster by Kevin Pelton & Draft Expert Mike Schmitz (ESPN)


Week of June 25:

Trae Young wants to do something that’s never been done in NBA by Mark Kriegel (ESPN)

Top 30 free agents by Kevin Pelton (ESPN)

Free agency primer by Bobby Marks (ESPN)

LeBron James decision-making machine by Neil Paine (FiveThirtyEight)

Free agency madness by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

Week of June 18:

Ultimate ‘Grade A’ mock draft (ESPN)

Kyrie Irving Q&A with Kelley L. Carter (The Undefeated)

Mohamed Bamba’s Quest to be the next great big man by Kevin Arnovitz (ESPN)

Week of June 11:

Kevin Durant on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Uninterrupted’s “Trophies: The Final Face Off”

Courting the King: How every team can pitch LeBron with Front Office Insider, Bobby Marks detailing the offseason outlook for each team (ESPN)

How Lakers can land LeBron, Kawhi & PG by Kevin Pelton (ESPN)

The risk of drafting centers by Kevin Pelton (ESPN)

Week of June 4:

High Noon with Pablo Torre & Bomani Jones: Catch it weekdays at 12pm ET / 9am PT only on ESPN!

What Warriors are doing to the Cavs is just mean by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

Even the Splash Warriors had nemeses from their past by Jackie MacMullan (ESPN)

Tides turning in LeBron-KD Rivalry by Brian Windhorst (ESPN)

The Klay Thompson Experience by Ramona Shelburne (ESPN)

Week of May 28:

How Steph Curry ignites the Warriors by Baxter Holmes (ESPN)

25 reasons why Cavs-Warriors is most enjoyable rivalry in sports (ESPN)

Marcus Smart: ‘My heart’s here’ in Boston by Chris Forsberg (ESPN)

Week of May 21:

LeBron James’ NBA story can’t be told without these 13 moments by Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst (ESPN)

Kerr & Draymond’s Relationship by Howard Beck (Bleacher Report)

Week of May 14:

New Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

NBA: Year One (E+)

Inside the tense and wacky NBA Draft Lottery room by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

Week of May 7:

Saturday Night Live spoofs the Cavs

“Love and Korver’s master deception is just getting started” by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

*Sixers next moves by Bobby Marks (ESPN)
*Note: ESPN Insider Subscription required

Pau Gasol pens “An open letter about female coaches” (The Players’ Tribune)

Week of April 30:

Doris Burke has game by Noam Scheiber (New York Times)

Inside the tension between Kawhi & Spurs by Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright (ESPN)

Space City: How faith fuels the Rockets’ explosive offensive by Lee Jenkins (SI)

Kevin Love & DeMar DeRozan talk mental health
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Rajon Rondo is back on point with Pelicans by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

Week of April 23:

Hang Time with Houston Rockets center Clint Capela by Sam Alipour (ESPN)

Do the Pelicans still need Boogie Cousins? by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

The four best Kawhi Leonard trades by Kevin Pelton, Bobby Marks, Amin Elhassan and Andre Snellings (ESPN)

Ty Lawson’s comeback story by Ohm Youngmisuk (ESPN)

Week of April 16:

Hang Time: My Life in Basketball by Elgin Baylor (Book)

“Trophies” Episode 1 available to watch on Uninterrupted

Inside the Chessmaster play NBA Playoff teams love to run by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

Week of April 9:

The Fizdale List: 10 black assistant coaches who can make The Jump by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

NBA eagerly awaits arrival of Luka Doncic by Mina Kimes (ESPN)

Vince Carter’s diaries with Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)

82 flavors of Russell Westbrook – Tracking every outfit he wore this season (ESPN)

Week of April 2:

The great Melo debate only beginning for OKC by Royce Young (ESPN)

Blazers guard, C.J. McCollum’s new podcast “Pull Up” is out now!

Luke Walton All-Stars by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

10 Things I like and Don’t Like by Zach Lowe (ESPN)

Week of March 26:

LeBron James changed the game as a basketball prodigy by Brian Windhorst

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like and don’t like

Week of March 19:

NBA, players to address stigma of mental health by Jackie MacMullan

Chris Forsberg’s deep dive into #Haywatch

“The Most meticulous player in the NBA” by Scott Cacciola (New York Times)
The player is JJ Redick

How Lillard & Blazers found a brand-new ceiling by Zach Lowe

Week of March 12:

Seth Davis’ book: Getting to Us (How Great Coaches Make Great Teams)

These Raptors might be real by Zach Lowe

Chris Haynes dinner with CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard (ESPN)

The Starters 1000th episode celebration!

Week of March 5:

Warriors visit African American History museum with some really cool kids (Uninterrupted)

Follow The Jump Fanpage on Twitter!

Week of February 26:

Zach Lowe on Nets legend Drazen Petrovic

Doris Burke interview on HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’

The Undefeated’s State of the Black Athlete

Which team is wronged by refs the most by Chris Herring and Neil Paine (FiveThirtyEight)

Week of February 19:

ESPN’s Doris Burke and Andrew D. Bernstein receive Curt Gowdy Media Award

Kinston, NC – America’s Basketball Heaven by Baxter Holmes

Who can catch James Harden in the race for NBA MVP by Kevin Arnovitz

Jemele Hill’s, of The Undefeated, commentary on Mark Cuban, Mavericks

Week of February 12:

Interactive NBA All Star draft on by Neil Paine

Zach Lowe on the Utah Jazz

Cavs 2018-2019 payroll could be most expensive ever by Brian Windhorst

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like & don’t like

Week of February 5:

A big money crunch is coming by Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks

Lakers calibrating focus to 2019 free agent class by Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski

Team Valuations (The Business of Basketball) by Kurt Badenhausen (Forbes)

The Undefeated presents: “Dear Black Athlete” (Jemele Hill sat down with Kobe Bryant for a Black History Month Special)

Week of January 29:

The Rockets Love Launching 3s From Way Past The Line by Chris Herring (FiveThirtyEight)

These six teams should be sellers at the trade deadline by Jeremias Engelmann (E+)

Can these Bucks be great by Zach Lowe

Why James Harden is clear cut MVP by Tim MacMahon

Week of January 22:

The Wizards had a players-only meeting, and it apparently didn’t go well by Candace Buckner (Washington Post)

Why Dirk Nowitzki’s legacy will never fade away by Tim MacMahon

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like & don’t like

Week of January 15:

How Cavs and Spurs handled trade requests by Brian Windhorst

Austin Rivers fed up by Ramona Shelburne

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 things I like & don’t like

Week of January 8:

Woj’s Trade Deadline Guide (Deadline is 30 days away)

NBA Player Rankings on by Micah Adams

Are Thunder or Timberwolves a bigger threat to Warriors? ESPN’s latest 5 on 5 with a panel of NBA Insiders

Blazers Center Jusuf Nurkic can’t stop getting hit in the face by Chris Herring (FiveThirtyEight)

CP3: The pursuit of passing perfection by Tim MacMahon

Marc J. Spears & Amin Elhassan chat with former #1 overall pick, Elton Brand, as he tells an interesting story about SHAQ on the Hoop Collective podcast

Week of January 1:

Dave McMenamin on challenges facing Cavs GM, Koby Altman

What is Kyrie Irving chasing by Jackie MacMullan

The NBA GM who moonlights as a food blogger (Former Hornets GM Rich Cho/The New Yorker)

Zach Lowe’s weekly column: 10 thing I like & don’t like