1. How the D-League Can Become the NBA's Next Big Thing

    The NBA Developmental League has come a long way since its creation in 2001, and it has the potential to go even further in the coming years. There's plenty of work to be done, and the changes necessary will be closer to overhauls than tweaks...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 60,580 reads 55 comments

  2. Did Group Play Reveal Any Secrets to Beating Team USA?

    Team USA completed group play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup with its fifth consecutive blowout win Thursday, and it now heads into the round of 16 looking as invincible as ever...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 56,222 reads 71 comments

  3. Goran Dragic Claims FIBA World Cup Game Between Australia and Angola Was Fixed

    As a crafty left-hander, Goran Dragic immediately recognizes all forms of sneakiness. Perhaps that's why he was so quick to call out Australia for its canny strategy against Angola on the final day of group play in the FIBA World Cup...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 180,951 reads 205 comments

  4. DeMarcus Cousins Turning into Feel-Good Story for Team USA

    Nobody expected this kind of international incident from DeMarcus Cousins . An on-court blowup that compromised a relationship with the nations of NATO? Sure...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 51,513 reads 76 comments

  5. Does David Lee Have a Future with the Golden State Warriors?

    David Lee 's arrival in Oakland was the first sign the Golden State Warriors were serious about starting a franchise overhaul, which is what makes the fact he may not be around ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 8,974 reads 33 comments

  6. Kobe Bryant's Battle with Father Time Is a Must-See NBA Story

    Evidently, Kobe Bryant is not a Dylan Thomas fan. We can forgive No. 24 if he's not up on his 20th-century Welsh poetry, but you'd have thought the famous opening stanza from ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 30,398 reads 116 comments

  7. Team USA's Perfect Mix of Athleticism and Shooting Has Been a Long Time Coming

    Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried will get plenty of well-deserved credit for Team USA's 98-71 defeat of New Zealand in the FIBA World Cup Tuesday, but their consistent production in this tournament hasn't happened in a vacuum...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 24,577 reads 29 comments

  8. Anthony Davis Is the New Leader Team USA Needs

    Stephen Curry was joking when he lavished praise on Anthony Davis, barely holding back a smirk as he sensed his Team USA compatriot looming behind him. But many a truth is told in jest...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 24,497 reads 44 comments

  9. What's Dion Waiters' New Ceiling as LeBron James' Sidekick?

    Two years into his NBA career, Dion Waiters remains something of a mystery—one that will soon be solved, thanks to LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 24,330 reads 55 comments

  10. Why Don't More NBA Teams Try to Emulate the San Antonio Spurs' Style?

    The only thing harder than beating the San Antonio Spurs is copying them. To understand why, we have to deconstruct the Spurs' model, reverse-engineering it to reveal the inimitable pieces and people that make it so special...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 12,984 reads 55 comments

  11. Biggest Storylines to Emerge from First Weekend of 2014 FIBA World Cup

    We've had two days of FIBA World Cup action, and it's already clear this tournament isn't going to stick to the script...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 52,218 reads 71 comments

  12. Most Impressive and Disappointing Performances on Day 2 of FIBA World Cup

    Every team that suited up for Day 1 was back in action on Day 2 of the FIBA World Cup on Sunday, as the message arrived early that there'd be no rest for the weary in Spain...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 40,454 reads 71 comments

  13. Can Kenneth Faried Use FIBA Tournament as Springboard to Breakout Season?

    Kenneth Faried wasn't even supposed to be on Team USA's final roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, but he made it anyway. Now his combination of effort and evolving skill is helping set the tone for a U...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 20,458 reads 77 comments

  14. Can Kevin Love Accept Diminished Role with Cavaliers?

    Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor isn't wrong about the difficulties Kevin Love will face with the Cleveland Cavaliers , but he may have missed the mark on how well the superstar big man will respond to them...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 32,044 reads 116 comments

  15. Could Cleveland Cavaliers Offense Be Best Ever?

    Outfitted in a sharp suit and wine-colored tie, Kevin Love had every reason to smile when he was formally introduced as the newest member of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Aug. 26...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 3,232 reads 11 comments

  16. Has the NBA's Championship Chase Ever Been This Wide-Open?

    Maybe it's just the pervasive optimism of the NBA offseason talking, but it sure seems like the 2014-15 championship chase features more worthy contenders than ever. But that's not really the case...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 14,113 reads 79 comments

  17. Is Derrick Rose Helping or Hurting Team USA During 2014 FIBA World Cup?

    Derrick Rose didn't make Team USA's final roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain because the U.S. needs him to beat the likes of New Zealand or Finland in group play...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 12,151 reads 19 comments

  18. Very Early Predictions for 2014-15 NBA All-Star Team

    When you run across NBA All-Star predictions in August, they often come with the tagline that "it's never too early" to look ahead...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 162,614 reads 628 comments

  19. Why Kobe Bryant Enters 2014-15 Season as the Most Unpredictable NBA Star

    There are two kinds of people who claim to know what Kobe Bryant will give the Los Angeles Lakers this year: legitimate clairvoyants and liars. Actually, there are three...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 2,240 reads 4 comments

  20. 5 Teams That Will Give Team USA the Biggest Problems During FIBA World Cup

    Team USA's 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup is set, and now, all that's left of a summer's worth of uncertainty is the lingering question of whether this crop of Americans can cruise through international competition like most of the ones before it..

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 53,929 reads 96 comments

  21. 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 months ago 38,285 reads 232 comments

  22. 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 7 months ago 70,819 reads 231 comments

  23. 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 7 months ago 9,031 reads 44 comments

  24. 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 7 months ago 10,613 reads 11 comments

  25. 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 7 months ago 22,668 reads 83 comments