Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY

Jeff Zillgitt


Contact Jeff

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • News Now
  • The Tennessean
  • Enquirer
  • The Desert Sun
  • North Jersey News
  • Florida Today
  • Lansing StateJournal
  • The Courier-Journal
  • El Paso Times
  • delawareonline
  • KCEN News
  • and more…

Recent articles by Jeff:

NBA draft: New Orleans Pelicans take Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick

Zion Williamson won several national accolades as a freshman at Duke and his game - which includes size, skill, strength, speed and acumen - is rare. → Read More

Zion Williamson on NBA future, comparisons to LeBron: 'I'm just trying to be first Zion'

Zion Williamson, the projected No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, has lofty expectations for himself in his rookie season and beyond. → Read More

Secret to his success? Pelicans' David Griffin struck quickly with Anthony Davis trade

Two months into job as executive VP for the Pelicans, David Griffin's Anthony Davis trade has set up the team for the present and the future. → Read More

After Anthony Davis trade, Lakers just a point guard away from title contention

After acquiring Anthony Davis, the Lakers are close to returning to championship contender status. They just need to fill their void at point guard. → Read More

NBA free agency: What are options for Raptors' Kawhi Leonard?

Toronto forward is newly minted Finals MVP and helped lead the Raptors to first title in their 24-year history. But is he ready for a new challenge? → Read More

Warriors' future uncertain following Finals loss, injuries to Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant

The serious injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, combined with uncertainty in free agency, raises considerable issues for Golden State. → Read More

Kawhi Leonard caps epic playoff run as NBA Finals MVP

Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to the first championship in team history and became the third player to win Finals MVP with two different teams. → Read More

Raptors hold off Warriors in Game 6 thriller to clinch first championship

Toronto clinched the first championship in franchise history and ended Golden State's reign with a thrilling Game 6 victory. → Read More

Opinion: This NBA Finals will be remembered for soap operas off the court

The NBA has a celebrity culture, is immersed in social media and the proximity of fans to the playing surface creates a unique environment. → Read More

How Kevin Durant's injury could change the fate of five NBA teams

When Kevin Durant went down with a torn Achilles, the future became murky. Not only for Durant and the Warriors, but for the rest of the NBA. → Read More

Opinion: Warriors' Kevin Durant buckling up for his longest year after Achilles injury

Rehabbing an Achilles rupture is slow and difficult, testing a player’s mental fortitude as much as his or her physical limits. Just ask Kobe Bryant. → Read More

How Kevin Durant's injury alters the NBA landscape — this summer and beyond

Kevin Durant's injury could have a ripple effect throughout the NBA, from the Warriors to free agency to the record books. → Read More

Opinion: After losing Game 5, the Raptors aren't in trouble — yet

The Raptors are still in the driver's seat with a 3-2 series lead, but the pressure is on as the series heads back to Oakland for Game 6. → Read More

Warriors edge Raptors with late surge to force Game 6 back in Oakland

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson hit clutch 3-pointers late to help the Warriors beat the Raptors 106-105 to force Game 6 back in Oakland. → Read More

Kevin Durant exits Game 5 of NBA Finals with apparent leg injury

Warriors star Kevin Durant limped off the floor and to the locker room after appearing to suffer a right-leg injury in the second quarter of Game 5. → Read More

Kevin Durant a game-time decision for Warriors in NBA Finals Game 5

Golden State's Kevin Durant – for the first time in NBA Finals – is a game-time decision for Game 5 against Toronto on Monday. → Read More

High-profile injuries in NBA Finals put pressure on training staffs

Injuries are front and center in the NBA Finals, and each team's training staffs are under pressure to make sure players are healthy enough to play. → Read More

Warriors' Kevin Durant expected to practice with goal of returning in Game 5 of NBA Finals

Warriors star Kevin Durant is expected to practice and do an extra workout with younger players on Sunday with the hope that he can play in Game 5. → Read More

Kyle Lowry, nearly traded six years ago, is Raptors' journeyman on verge of first NBA title

The Raptors have been relentless in the NBA playoffs, but especially in this series with the Warriors. They embody guard Kyle Lowry’s dogged ethos. → Read More

Opinion: Kawhi Leonard getting vengeance against Warriors in NBA Finals

Kawhi Leonard says he isn't out for revenge for 2017, but the Warriors must feel like the Raptors star has a score to settle this NBA Finals. → Read More