Ranking the top 25 NBA players of the 21st century

Jul 25, 2024, 08:00 AM ETOpen Extended Reactions

When LeBron James entered the NBA as the top pick in the 2003 draft, he did so in the face of seemingly impossible expectations.

James already had graced a Sports Illustrated cover with the headline “The Chosen One.” His high school games had been broadcast on national television for more than a year. He was one of the most anticipated rookies in the history of the sport.

More than 20 years later, James has not only met those expectations; he has exceeded them.

Today, the 39-year-old superstar — in the middle of trying to lead Team USA to a fifth straight Olympic gold medal at the Paris Games — is still among the best players on the planet.

James is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. He reached eight consecutive NBA Finals and 10 in total. He has hoisted four Larry O’Brien Trophies, including leading the

Edey, Sheppard top NBA ROY odds after summer league; Bronny gets most tickets

Jul 23, 2024, 12:31 PM ETOpen Extended Reactions

Everything that happens in sports has some additional context when viewed from a sports betting perspective. From season-changing injuries to record-setting moments and so much more, the sports news cycle will constantly and significantly affect the sports betting industry.

Our betting buzz file, with contributions from David Purdum, Doug Greenberg and others, aims to provide fans with a look at the sports betting stories that are driving the conversation.

Key links: Sports betting home | NFL odds page | College football odds page | ESPN BET

July 23: Edey, Sheppard lead NBA ROY race after summer league, Bronny gets most tickets

Doug Greenberg: The Miami Heat took down the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime on Monday night to win the 2024 NBA summer league title. The annual offseason league gave many rookies their first taste of professional action — and gave both bookmakers