1. Byron Scott Distrusts Players, Says They 'Would End Up Shooting Me in the Back'

    At the merciful close of a 2014-15 season that has seen the Los Angeles Lakers put up as little competitive fight as any team in the NBA , head coach Byron Scott isn't holding back on the war metaphors...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 20 days ago 73,493 reads 228 comments

  2. Predicting Who's In and Who's Out of 2015 NBA Playoff Picture

    No fewer than seven NBA teams are fighting for their playoff lives with about a week remaining until the 2015 postseason kicks off...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 21 days ago 35,512 reads 200 comments

  3. Sunday NBA Roundup: Chaotic Eastern Conference Race Tightening by the Second

    The last time Paul George played in a regular-season NBA game, his Indiana Pacers were the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, a full 19 games clear of the ninth spot. He returned on Sunday to a far more complicated scenario...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 21 days ago 90,244 reads 285 comments

  4. Is Sim Bhullar a Legitimate NBA Talent or Marketing Stunt for Sacramento Kings?

    Sim Bhullar is a big dude, and he could wind up being an even bigger deal. But only if he proves to be more than an opportunistic late-season ploy by the Sacramento Kings ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 25 days ago 60,635 reads 150 comments

  5. Dirk Nowitzki Is Far More Than Just the Best European NBA Player Ever

    Kareem. The Mailman. Kobe. MJ . Wilt. Shaq . Dirk. Maybe that's not the most thorough way to make the case that Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki should be regarded ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 25 days ago 21,714 reads 36 comments

  6. LeBron James Will Never Have Easier Path to NBA Title

    Maybe it sounds a little nuts to say this about a season in which the Golden State Warriors and the Western Conference at large have been historically beastly, but it's starting ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 26 days ago 104,016 reads 491 comments

  7. 2015 NBA Rookie Ladder: ROY Race Heating Up as Season Winds Down

    The NBA 's top first-year talents are playing as if they appreciate how little time is left to make a run at the Rookie of the Year award. Whatever the limitations of inexperience are, it seems these rooks have a veteran's understanding of urgency...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 27 days ago 40,341 reads 226 comments

  8. Raptors Must Ride DeMar DeRozan Back to Respectability and Monday NBA Takeaways

    After going more than a month without a win against a team over .500, the Toronto Raptors desperately needed to prove to themselves that they could still compete with the league's best...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 28 days ago 51,265 reads 139 comments

  9. Appreciating Warriors' Ascent Requires Memory of Franchise's Dark Days

    The Golden State Warriors notched their 60th win of the 2014-15 NBA season before the calendar flipped to April, which is impressive in any context. It's flat-out mind-blowing when you consider the decades-long parade of horrors that preceded it.

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 28 days ago 30,766 reads 88 comments

  10. Miami Heat Clawing Toward Playoff Berth and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Dwyane Wade was talking about how the Miami Heat managed to beat the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 109-102 Sunday when he offered reporters a two-word explanation for the ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 28 days ago 30,982 reads 179 comments

  11. Who Has Had the Better 2014-15 Season: NBA Rookies or Sophomores?

    As the 2014-15 NBA season winds to a close, we've seen enough of the league's two youngest classes to determine which group, rookies or sophomores, has performed better. The 2013 draft class was widely (and justifiably) maligned...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 29 days ago 66,093 reads 211 comments

  12. Cleveland Cavaliers Surging from Good to Great in Time for the 2015 Playoffs

    When the Cleveland Cavaliers smashed the Memphis Grizzlies on March 25, it was more than just a final missive to the Western Conference that not everyone in the East is a total pushover...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 33,398 reads 127 comments

  13. Steve Kerr's Undeniable Case for 2015 NBA Coach of the Year

    Stephen Curry might win the MVP, Draymond Green has a strong case for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and either Andre Iguodala or Marreese Speights could take home some sixth-man hardware without surprising anyone...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 17,392 reads 153 comments

  14. Ranking the NBA's Divisions for the 2014-15 Season

    The chatter about the NBA 's conference imbalance has been a fine distraction this season, turning critical eyes away from the even more ridiculous (and similarly unfair) construct of divisions...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 12,321 reads 103 comments

  15. Robin Lopez Can't Stop Terrorizing NBA Mascots

    A very brave, very blue bear named Grizz decided he'd had enough of Robin Lopez 's serial NBA mascot abuse, and he fought back the best way he knew how on March 21...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 85,848 reads 50 comments

  16. 2015 NBA Playoff Odds: Latest Team Predictions for Season's Stretch Run

    If it seems like the NBA playoff picture is only getting murkier as we press toward the finish of the 2014-15 season, there's a reason for that. It's true...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 21,273 reads 50 comments

  17. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Warriors Even Score with Hawks in Possible Finals Preview

    If history is any guide, the Golden State Warriors did more than avenge their Feb. 6 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. They also assured themselves a Larry O'Brien Trophy in June...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 31,719 reads 198 comments

  18. Definitive MVP Breakdown: Which 2015 Superstar Has Edge with 1 Month Remaining?

    Usually, the race for NBA MVP sorts itself out as the season drags on. The field narrows, and the candidates drop off, get hurt or eventually regress. Usually, we don't make it to March with more than two or three viable options...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 31,811 reads 182 comments

  19. 2015 NBA Rookie Ladder: Nerlens Noel Does the Impossible

    Andrew Wiggins' uninterrupted reign atop the rookie rankings is over. Despite sustaining a steady upward trajectory for most of the season, Wiggins' chief competitor has engineered a productivity spike at just the right time...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 26,078 reads 32 comments

  20. Monday NBA Roundup: Heat Look Like Dangerous Playoff Opponent for LeBron's Cavs

    Everybody already wanted to see it anyway, but a potential first-round matchup between the Miami Heat and LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers is starting to look intriguing for reasons beyond its emotional stakes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 97,688 reads 410 comments

  21. Atlanta Hawks Have Star-in-the-Making with Dennis Schroder

    Dennis Schroder doesn't get many opportunities to shine—not with the Atlanta Hawks emphasizing systems over studs and Jeff Teague holding down the starting point guard job ahead of him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 7,353 reads 24 comments

  22. Best and Worst First-Round Scenarios for Top Projected 2015 NBA Playoff Teams

    Every high-end playoff squad has a weak spot or two—even the seemingly bulletproof Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 74,222 reads 224 comments

  23. Anthony Davis' 1-Man Show Now Must-See TV and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Whatever MVP camp you're in, wherever your NBA allegiances lie, no matter what your stance on personal grooming, you've got to accept something: Anthony Davis is now mandatory viewing...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 37,543 reads 144 comments

  24. Ranking the Top 5 NBA Players at Every Position Unveils New Top Dogs

    We're officially entering the stretch run of the 2014-15 NBA season, which means playoff brackets, awards positioning and contender credentials are all perfectly solidified with little chance of changing...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 38,840 reads 208 comments

  25. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Chris Paul Rains on Russell Westbrook's MVP Parade

    Chris Paul hasn't been a big part of the MVP conversation this season, but after he and the Los Angeles Clippers stymied a seemingly unstoppable Russell Westbrook on Wednesday, that discussion may have to change...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 42,269 reads 217 comments