1. NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Stacks Up to Start 2017

    A new year brings major changes to the latest edition of NBA Power Rankings, as a fresh No. 1 rises to the top and a consistent top-five staple falls all the way out of the top 10...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 105,478 reads 151 comments

  2. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Even in Victory, Warriors Have Questions They Must Answer

    Thanks to that immortalized blown 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals and the more recent Christmas collapse, we may never get away from judging the Golden State Warriors on the basis of how they perform against the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 59,666 reads 116 comments

  3. Monday NBA Roundup: Wizards Turning Corner in Complicated Eastern Conference

    Earning the split in a back-to-back series with the Milwaukee Bucks wouldn't normally qualify as a turning point, but the Washington Wizards ' 107-102 win on Monday kind of felt like one anyway...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 11,916 reads 29 comments

  4. Looks Like DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings Are Stuck with Each Other

    If the Sacramento Kings were going to move on from DeMarcus Cousins , it seems like they would have done it by now...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 32,063 reads 48 comments

  5. 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Shake Out at Christmas

    The NBA season officially began at the end of October, but Christmas Day marks its real commencement. Christmas is the "wink, wink, nudge" point at which serious followers of the league quietly agree to start scrutinizing the action more closely...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 94,420 reads 108 comments

  6. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Marc Gasol Won't Let Grizzlies' Puzzling Season Unravel

    The strangest thing about the Memphis Grizzlies ' 98-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday? The perfect sense it made...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 20,813 reads 31 comments

  7. Monday NBA Roundup: Expectations Dog Developing Timberwolves, Even in Victory

    It says a lot about the Minnesota Timberwolves when a win somehow doesn't feel like it matters. And it says even more about our collective expectations of where they're supposed to be as a franchise...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 16,781 reads 27 comments

  8. 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up After 7 Weeks of Action

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means the NBA season is nearing the unofficial point at which we all start taking game-to-game swings and bigger trends a little more seriously...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 76,398 reads 100 comments

  9. How the NBA's New CBA Impacts Trade Market, Free Agency

    The full deal isn't done just yet, but the NBA announced Wednesday it had reached a tentative accord with the NBPA on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 112,383 reads 26 comments

  10. Sacramento Kings Are Running Out of Time to Look in the Mirror

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Diagnosing symptoms isn't a problem for the Sacramento Kings . But curing the disease sure is...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 9,337 reads 18 comments

  11. Monday NBA Roundup: Raptors' Old-School Offense Looks Historically Potent

    With every offensive explosion, buckets-from-all-angles barrage and 30-point quarter, it's getting clearer: Nobody told DeMar DeRozan or the Toronto Raptors about regression...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 28,816 reads 68 comments

  12. 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 NBA 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...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 131,038 reads 136 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 44,920 reads 70 comments

  14. 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 months ago 76,663 reads 141 comments

  15. 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 3 months ago 96,491 reads 155 comments

  16. 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 3 months ago 61,877 reads 61 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 43,927 reads 95 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 143,661 reads 228 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 32,026 reads 61 comments

  20. 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 3 months ago 27,347 reads 79 comments

  21. 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 3 months ago 111,575 reads 182 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 70,766 reads 127 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 39,879 reads 57 comments

  24. 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 4 months ago 34,406 reads 19 comments

  25. 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 4 months ago 104,928 reads 189 comments