As the second half of the NBA season tips off on Thursday, so will ESPN’s new, daily NBA show – The Jump (3:30 p.m. ET).

The Rachel Nichols-led show promises to be fast-paced, fun-filled and will feature informed discussion about topics NBA fans care about most.

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“Our afternoon timeslot gives us the chance to be different from what’s out there – we’re not a pregame show, so we’re not tied to having to set up any specific game and we’re not a postgame show, so we don’t have to go heavy on highlights,” said Nichols, who returns to ESPN after a three-year absence. “We are going to have the room to get into some really smart conversations about the game and the issues around it. Plus we’ll have time for the fun stuff. We won’t have to pick.”

ESPN announced this week that seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has joined the network and will be a regular on The Jump.

These are some of the smartest, most plugged-in people I know… – Rachel Nichols on the ESPN NBA Insiders appearing on The Jump

Today, Front Row announces the rotating cast of ESPN NBA Insiders and commentators who will also steadily appear on the show. It includes a broad slate of reporters with diverse backgrounds and perspectives: J.A. Adande, Amin Elhassan, Israel Gutierrez, Tom Haberstroh, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne, Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst. Nichols will be joined by McGrady and Windhorst for Thursday’s debut episode.

“These are some of the smartest, most plugged-in people I know, and we’re all lucky enough to legitimately be friends, so we have been having these kinds of conversations for years at restaurants and bars in NBA cities all over the country,” Nichols said. “I love that basketball fans are now going to get to come sit at the table with us.”

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