The Magic are bucking the trend by cementing their foundation with bigs in Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Mohamed Bamba.
We spoke with veteran NBA referees Marc Davis, John Goble and Monty McCutchen to understand their process and work in a world filled with accusations of bias and conspiracy and the innate need to add a venal motive to a botched call.
Keith Smith emptied his notebook after speaking to players, coaches, front office personnel and agents with all 15 Western Conference teams.
Zion Williamson is a remarkable athlete who has shown glimpses of a very appealing skill-set as a shot creator from the perimeter. The question now becomes how exactly does he fit in a team that doesn't exist with the sole purpose of giving him the ball.
Rules should always help a game become more like itself, more true to its spirit, which in basketball's case is to facilitate a peculiarly muscular, skillful, balletic kind of beauty.