1. 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings at the Quarter Mark of the Season

    There's good news if your favorite team isn't where you'd like it to be in this week's power rankings. We're only a quarter of the way through the season—12 minutes if you're likening the 82-game slate to a single contest...

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  2. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Motivated LeBron James Has Awoken Sleeping-Giant Cavs

    In smashing the New York Knicks with casual ferocity, LeBron James turned a personal grudge into a springboard for his team...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 day ago 42,925 reads 71 comments

  3. Monday NBA Roundup: Klay Thompson Reminds the League He's No 3rd Wheel

    It's not quite true that future opponents of the Golden State Warriors will look at Klay Thompson's 60-point eruption and say to themselves, "Well, you've just got to live with that...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 days ago 75,989 reads 145 comments

  4. 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up in Early December

    This week's NBA power rankings got their shakeup early, with Tuesday's upsetfest (referred to henceforth as Black Tuesday) seeing three of the last edition's top four teams fall in shocking fashion...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 days ago 94,891 reads 155 comments

  5. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Karl-Anthony Towns Learning Hardest Superstar Lesson Yet

    Eyes downcast as he walked off the floor following the Minnesota Timberwolves ' gut-wrenching 106-104 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Karl-Anthony Towns must have been wondering if he had a third option...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 8 days ago 61,347 reads 61 comments

  6. Monday NBA Roundup: Warriors Finding Ways to Win, Even vs. League's Top Defense

    It's hard to know exactly when the inherent unfairness of life as a Golden State Warriors opponent sunk in for the Atlanta Hawks , who fell in Oakland by a final of 105-100 on Monday...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 10 days ago 43,834 reads 96 comments

  7. 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings After Season's 1st Month

    This week's NBA power rankings are the most volatile yet, which is the opposite of what you'd expect a month into the season. Trends are supposed to be stabilizing, with anomalies regressing to the mean...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 14 days ago 143,186 reads 228 comments

  8. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Anthony Davis Wins Battle, but War with KAT Will Come

    Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns can both still have shares of the NBA 's future, but the present clearly belongs to just one...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 15 days ago 31,797 reads 61 comments

  9. 1st-Place Clippers Continue Passing Tests and Monday NBA Takeaways

    There is no defined set of steps in an NBA team’s progress toward true, asterisk-free title contention...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 17 days ago 27,190 reads 79 comments

  10. 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Stacks Up After 3 Weeks of Action

    Another week brings another move up the rankings for Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. And if you remember where they checked in last time around, you're aware there weren't many more rungs on the ladder to climb...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 21 days ago 111,203 reads 182 comments

  11. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Warriors Establishing Dominance Despite Lingering Flaws

    The beautifully flawed Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors by a final of 127-121 on Wednesday, thereby passing their first high-profile test since getting deconstructed by the San Antonio Spurs on opening night, Well...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 22 days ago 70,703 reads 127 comments

  12. Monday NBA Roundup: New York Knicks Finding Fresh Identity

    Halfway through yet another abysmal defensive performance against the shell of the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the New York Knicks steered into the skid. And it worked...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 24 days ago 39,653 reads 57 comments

  13. These Aren't Your Same Old Sacramento Kings

    SACRAMENTO — If you were among those who watched the Sacramento Kings surrender a 19-point lead in a home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, it was easy to conclude the organization's offseason overhaul was merely cosmetic...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 27 days ago 34,374 reads 19 comments

  14. 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: Mid-November Edition

    Things are looking up for Blake Griffin in this week's NBA power rankings, as his Los Angeles Clippers find themselves shoving past some of last year's established powerhouses...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 28 days ago 104,318 reads 189 comments

  15. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Spurs Missing Their Chance to Seize Superpower Status

    A season that was supposed to be about juggernauts and destiny and foregone conclusions has been anything but so far, and the San Antonio Spurs' uncharacteristic vulnerability on ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 29 days ago 38,718 reads 80 comments

  16. Monday NBA Roundup: Rockets Must Help Historically Dominant James Harden

    James Harden is going to force a referendum on the definition of value. Because as he continues to post stats indisputably worthy of MVP consideration, his Houston Rockets teammates ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 36,785 reads 127 comments

  17. 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Stacks Up in the Early Going

    The trick to doing the first edition of in-season NBA power rankings is avoiding overreaction. A handful of games won't make or break anybody's year, and we haven't even had enough time to make good judgments on strength of schedule...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 62,249 reads 132 comments

  18. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Boston Celtics Solidifying Status as East's 2nd-Best

    Al Horford may still be the key to making the Boston Celtics a top threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East, but the way his team scrapped without him in a 107-100 win against the Chicago Bulls suggests he's hardly the only one...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 37,979 reads 113 comments

  19. Monday NBA Roundup: Bulls Offensive Chemistry Proving Doubters Wrong

    Either the Chicago Bulls are engineering the greatest fake-it-until-you-make it con in recent NBA history, or everyone's preseason projections were wrong...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 57,548 reads 112 comments

  20. Predicting First Wave of Players to Hit the 2016-17 NBA Trade Block

    Sooner or later, NBA teams are going to start thinking about swaps. Whether it's worn-out welcomes, offseason miscalculations or panic moves, we know some big names will wind up in trade discussions...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 59,455 reads 83 comments

  21. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Anthony Davis' Big Night Reminds Us What He's Capable Of

    With a historically unprecedented opening-night eruption, Anthony Davis bellowed at the fickle basketball world that had forgotten him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 37,727 reads 69 comments

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Stock Up, Stock Down as 2016-17 Season Tips Off

    We made it: Real NBA games are upon us. No more 14-minute stints for starters (except Joel Embiid...maybe), no more divining meaning from games against Maccabi Haifa or the Shanghai ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 25,502 reads 89 comments

  23. Weird NBA Awards: End-of-Preseason Edition

    Oh, you have an NBA MVP sleeper pick and a solid lock for Executive of the Year? Great. Keep them to yourself. Nobody's interested. This is where we honor the unsung winners; the victors who won't get official hardware; the alternatives...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 21,606 reads 33 comments

  24. Sacramento Kings Insider: Here's How 2016-17 Won't Be Another Total Flop

    In the process of missing 10 straight postseasons, the Sacramento Kings have become a pitiable backwater paragon of NBA dysfunction—and a running joke. So you'd better believe they're focusing on change...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 4,695 reads 13 comments

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Stacking Up Each Team as 2016-17 Gets Started

    We're almost there. In less than two weeks, we'll have the genuine article: real NBA basketball games on which to judge the 30 teams we've been speculating about for months...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 129,304 reads 238 comments