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Ranking NBA sophomores by future potential

Kristaps Porzingis, Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell and 10 more sophomores make it into our rankings of the players to watch going forward.

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Deepest class of stars since MJ, Magic and Bird?

How do this season's best players compare to past NBA classes? Has 2016-17 featured the deepest crop of dominant superstars since Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were playing?

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What you missed when Steph Curry drained that halftime buzzer-beater (1:16)
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Stephen A. concerned Draymond will cost Warriors another title (2:03)
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Does Carmelo have a future with Knicks? (1:33)
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Stephen A.: Melo on the Knicks is a waste of time (1:34)
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John Wall dons a wig for Disney guest-starring role (1:05)
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Stephen A. 'disgusted' with Draymond Green (2:11)
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Westbrook not in the best of moods after loss (0:42)
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Draymond Green's flagrant Monday reminiscent of Game 4 (1:07)
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Parker, Embiid trade monster dunks (0:20)
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Melo says no one should question his loyalty (1:11)
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According to Melo, Ron Baker is ... Ron Burgundy? (1:23)
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The unveiling of LeBron's retro-line signature shoe (2:06)
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Adam Silver thanks the Mexican fans (0:20)

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Draymond Green on naming his son Draymond Jr, "I had to do it. They said, 'oh, you'll put pressure on him.' But if you can't live up to pressure, what can you do?" If that doesn't speak to the mindset about everything ...

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Niko Mirotic lost eight pounds battling his illness. Mirotic will play on Tuesday.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets have no plans on resting team leading scorer and NBA assist leader, James Harden, despite playing four games in five nights this week. Harden, who leads the league in total minutes played at 1,571, has played in every game the last two seasons. "I'm (not) excited about my rest," Harden told reporters in Miami on Tuesday. "For myself, it's about the leadership that I show to my teammates and to this entire organization and to my fans. I'm blessed. I'm 27-years old and I'm able to play basketball at a high level. I might not be here for long. I take advantage of the opportunities when I'm here and just have fun doing something that I love."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler says he didn't do much on Monday but he is feeling good after missing a couple games last week because of illness. He did have his last two fingers taped on his left hand after injuring his hand in Sunday's game.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler jokes that he is going to give Dwyane Wade 35 punches for his 35th birthday. And an extra one for good measure.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook was not in a very talkative mood following the Thunder's 22-point loss to the Clippers on Monday.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

After Chris Paul left Monday's game, Clippers guards Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton combined for 18 points, 11 assists and 4 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 4 assists and 1 rebound.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Doc Rivers on Chris Paul's sprained left thumb.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Well, it was not a good night for the Thunder in Staples against the Clippers. Westbrook goes for *just* 24-5-4 as the Clippers roll 120-98. The Thunder get a day off on Tuesday and then it's back to Oracle to face Durant and the Warriors on Wednesday.