1. Ranking the Top 5 Young Backcourts in the NBA

    It's a young man's world, and these budding NBA backcourt buddies are ready to prove it. Stephen Curry still gets carded at restaurants, which makes his disqualification from our list of the NBA's best young backcourts feel wrong...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 days ago 37,182 reads 232 comments

  2. Reasonable Expectations for Kobe Bryant in 2014-15

    Kobe Bryant is into defiance. He has scoffed at aging trends, signed contracts many believed to be undeserved and fought through injuries that typically shelve NBA players for good...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 8 days ago 69,249 reads 231 comments

  3. Are Eric Bledsoe and Phoenix Suns Better off Without One Another?

    Don't tell Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Their time apart during a testy summer hasn't done much to bring either side closer ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 9 days ago 8,537 reads 44 comments

  4. Steve Kerr's Hybrid Triangle Offense Will Unleash Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry thinks he's a better offensive player than LeBron James, and Steve Kerr 's innovative new offense could prove the point guard right this year. In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show (via ESPN...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 9 days ago 8,309 reads 10 comments

  5. Is Rudy Gay a Desperate or Inspired Pick for Team USA at 2014 FIBA World Cup?

    Rudy Gay is that odd sort of player who polarizes fan bases and leaves no room for qualified opinions or middle ground, which is part of the reason his late-stage addition to Team USA is so fascinating...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 10 days ago 22,122 reads 83 comments

  6. Will Cleveland Cavaliers Come to Regret Trading Andrew Wiggins Away?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers ' decision to trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love , as was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports , proves the organization is all about the present...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 10 days ago 17,080 reads 68 comments

  7. How Kevin Durant's Withdrawal Changes Team USA for 2014 FIBA World Cup

    If there were more than one Kevin Durant , very few previously inaccessible light bulbs would go unchanged, that creepy kid in the treehouse would probably have a few more ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 10 days ago 11,871 reads 38 comments

  8. Kevin Love Instantly Gives LeBron James Something Chris Bosh Never Could

    LeBron James left Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat behind because he wanted to play with younger talent, save northeast Ohio and right the wrong of his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010—in some order...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 11 days ago 490,705 reads 380 comments

  9. Kevin Durant's Team USA Withdrawal Provides Golden Opportunity for Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose has walked the comeback trail for so long that it's hard to remember a time when his every step wasn't viewed as incremental progress toward some unreachable destination...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 11 days ago 20,434 reads 37 comments

  10. Best Potential Fixes to NBA Draft Lottery System

    Change is on the horizon for the NBA draft lottery, and we have the Philadelphia 76ers to thank. Actually, we owe our gratitude (or rancor, depending on your perspective) not so ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 14 days ago 37,922 reads 187 comments

  11. Is There Hope in Sight for Minnesota Timberwolves After Losing Kevin Love?

    You'd be forgiven for thinking the Minnesota Timberwolves are cursed after news of Kevin Love 's departure became official, but the truth isn't quite so severe as that...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 14 days ago 5,467 reads 36 comments

  12. Is USA Still FIBA World Cup Favorite Without Kevin Durant and Other Lost Stars?

    Kevin Durant 's withdrawal from Team USA cost the club its reigning MVP and clear leader, and it may have also done serious damage to America's status as the team to beat at the FIBA World Cup...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 15 days ago 60,899 reads 239 comments

  13. Why Anthony Davis Will Make New Orleans Pelicans the Surprise Team of 2014-15

    Anthony Davis will put the New Orleans Pelicans on the map in 2014-15, but he won't have to do it alone. That's not an attempt to understate AD's potential greatness...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 15 days ago 5,027 reads 21 comments

  14. Los Angeles Lakers Must Leave Past Behind to Truly Move Forward

    The past is a great place to linger when the present doesn't have much to offer, as is the case now with the Los Angeles Lakers . But if L.A...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 16 days ago 18,393 reads 75 comments

  15. Why New York Knicks Are Still Far from Elite in Improved Eastern Conference

    Don't tell Earl Monroe, but the New York Knicks have a long, long way to go before anyone mistakes them for a serious contender in the Eastern Conference...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 17 days ago 16,471 reads 156 comments

  16. How John Wall Can Take Next Step Toward Superstardom

    John Wall 's dismissal from Team USA's FIBA World Cup roster isn't a disaster for the Washington Wizards ' up-and-coming point guard, but it proved something important about ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 17 days ago 19,912 reads 58 comments

  17. Can Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe Avoid an Ugly Breakup?

    The realities of restricted free agency have twisted the relationship between Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns into something it never should have become. Now, the only question is whether that relationship is too damaged to save...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 18 days ago 6,529 reads 28 comments

  18. DeMarcus Cousins Would Be 'Crushed' If He Doesn't Make 2014 USA FIBA Roster

    DeMarcus Cousins has never been one to hide his true feelings. In many cases, his emotional honesty has resulted in on-court outbursts that have earned ejections and, more broadly, a reputation as a hothead...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 18 days ago 2,199 reads 21 comments

  19. How Chicago Bulls' Scheme and Ceiling Adjust to Derrick Rose's Return

    Derrick Rose 's two lost seasons taught the Chicago Bulls a tough lesson in an even tougher way: It's not enough to merely hope for the best. Preparing for the worst is just as important...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 21 days ago 10,118 reads 21 comments

  20. Will DeMarcus Cousins' Reputation Ever Recover If He's Left off FIBA Roster?

    After missing the cut in each of his past two invites to Team USA camp, DeMarcus Cousins is on the verge of learning the third time is definitely not the charm...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 21 days ago 6,971 reads 37 comments

  21. How Kyrie Irving Can Use 2014 FIBA World Cup to Prove Himself to LeBron James

    The world will be watching when Kyrie Irving takes the floor with Team USA for August's FIBA World Cup in Spain. More importantly, so will LeBron James...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 22 days ago 6,272 reads 26 comments

  22. Who's Responsible for the NBA's Corner Three Revolution?

    More than a decade ago, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich discovered the most valuable 21 inches on an NBA basketball court, and nothing has been the same since...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 23 days ago 13,983 reads 44 comments

  23. 2014 FIBA World Cup Offers Make-or-Break Opportunity for DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins could be on the verge of creating an international incident at the FIBA World Cup this summer, a thought that both intrigues and terrifies Team USA, the NBA and fans of the volatile, talented big man...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 23 days ago 14,794 reads 46 comments

  24. How Will Kevin Love Trade Stack Up Against Recent Blockbuster Moves?

    The consensus is that Kevin Love will be leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves at some point this offseason as part of a blockbuster trade. Unfortunately, that's where certainty on the topic stops...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 24 days ago 5,143 reads 23 comments

  25. 2014 NBA Free Agency Proves Shooting Is King

    The premium on shooting in the NBA has quietly become a bigger story over the past decade or so, but it reached a point at which it was no longer possible to ignore during this summer's free-agency period...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 24 days ago 57,902 reads 84 comments