Now that we're past the trade deadline, the race for the 8th seed is officially on!

The race for the 8th seed isn't just about the playoffs. It's about hope. Hope for the future of your young core, hope that your aging superstar might have a few good years left, hope that when you see your friends you can talk excitedly about plans to buy playoff tickets instead of listing everything that went wrong your shitstorm of a season.

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Making moves: which NBA GMs will be shaking things up this deadline

Don't look now, but we're 50+ games into the regular season, and the trade deadline is just 8 days away. With the extended all-star break this year, the games tonight and tomorrow will be the last chance for GMs to see potential trade-pieces in action before February 18th rolls around. To that end, here is a breakdown of which GMs will be looking to make moves, and which can put their feet up over the next week.

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My 2016 Western Conference All-Stars

The starters in the Western Conference are pretty easy to choose. The top 3 teams in the conference are head and shoulders above every other team in the west except maybe the Clippers.

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My 2016 NBA Eastern Conference All-Stars

On Thursday, the guys over at TNT will announce the starters for this year's All Star Game in Toronto. It's been the most exciting and competitive season in recent history, and All Star Weekend is a chance for fans to celebrate the best talent the league has to offer. To that end, I will to sift through this year's top performers and figure out who deserves a trip to Toronto.

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