1. NBA Preseason 2016: The Biggest Storyline for All 30 Teams

    The preseason is already upon us, which means practices are underway and games (real games!) between NBA teams aren't far off. It also means summer is over, and you've probably failed to finish whatever offseason projects you had planned...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 20,843 reads 15 comments

  2. Kevin Garnett Leaves Behind Legacy as NBA's Most Beloved Bully

    Kevin Garnett is leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA relatively quietly, and that's a little weird for a player whose career has been defined by high volume and confrontation...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 55,056 reads 121 comments

  3. Oklahoma City Thunder: Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    There'll be a moment during Russell Westbrook 's 2016-17 season when it all sinks in, when the chest bump he's expected throughout his entire career never comes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 11,374 reads 38 comments

  4. Every NBA Team's Most Versatile Player Entering 2016-17 Training Camp

    The age of the NBA specialist is over. As positional designations blur, the call for multiskilled players is louder than ever...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 68,648 reads 115 comments

  5. Predicting the X-Factor for Every NBA Team Entering 2016-17 Season

    In an age of relentless and exhaustive NBA coverage (even in the offseason), a little unpredictability goes a long way...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 113,723 reads 177 comments

  6. Check Yourself: These NBA Hot Takes Need Re-Thinking

    The NBA offseason has a way of encouraging groupthink. We watch the draft and free agency play out, we absorb the grades on which teams got better or worse, and then we shelve our critical thoughts for three months...

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  7. Biggest Storylines to Watch During 2016-17 NBA Training Camps

    Follow the NBA long enough, and you'll eventually realize there are a finite number of training camp angles...

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  8. The Next Wave of NBA Contenders Is Upon Us

    If you had to peg a season-defining sentiment for the upcoming 2016-17 NBA campaign, you'd probably arrive at something like predestination...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 47,598 reads 176 comments

  9. 'And Now for Something Different' Awards: 2016 NBA Offseason Edition

    A little distance from June's NBA draft hoopla and July's frenzied free-agent activity helps put the offseason in perspective...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 70,458 reads 118 comments

  10. Team USA's Flawed Style Plenty Enough for Gold; Olympics All-Tournament Team

    Team USA played the perfect version of its imperfect game Sunday, securing a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics with a 96-66 dismantling of Serbia...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 80,055 reads 88 comments

  11. Team USA Is in for a Gold Medal Basketball Brawl Against Serbia

    Team USA continued its trend of doing just enough to win, advancing to the gold-medal game with an 82-76 Friday  victory over Spain. Klay Thompson led the U.S...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 34,009 reads 63 comments

  12. Why You Need to Watch Team USA and the Men's Olympic Basketball Semis

    We've got four teams and roughly 10 times that many intriguing storylines left in the men's basketball portion of the Rio Olympics. It's elimination time now...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 13,237 reads 18 comments

  13. Australia Proves Its Case as Top Challenger to Team USA

    If Australia hadn't shown up to win, if it hadn't fought like crazy, if it hadn't legitimately put a scare into Team USA and maybe even deserved to win Wednesday, whatever remaining Olympic basketball drama there was in Rio would have evaporated...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 162,642 reads 255 comments

  14. USA vs. Australia: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

    With Team USA's throttling lesser foes while presumptive threats Spain and France appear shockingly meek, Wednesday's meeting between the U.S. and Australia suddenly looms large...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 13,108 reads 3 comments

  15. Team USA Springs Momentary Leaks in Blowout Win over Venezuela

    Venezuela's 113-69 loss Monday highlighted something everyone watching the Rio Olympics already knew: It takes more than a good quarter to beat Team USA. Much more...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 54,970 reads 114 comments

  16. Olympic Basketball Roundup: Dario Saric and Croatia Fearlessly Disrupt Day 2

    Dario Saric and Croatia likely won't collect a gold medal in Rio, but they'll gladly accept their new status as Olympic underdog darlings...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 23,039 reads 8 comments

  17. 7 International NBA Players to Watch at 2016 Summer Olympics

    The 2016 Summer Olympics are a sports buffet that is too expansive to consume entirely. Even if you confine yourself to the 12-team basketball field, you still can't take it all in...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 27,473 reads 32 comments

  18. Burning Questions for Team USA Men's Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics

    The biggest question is already settled: The USA men's Olympic basketball team will win gold in Rio. Sorry for spoiling the suspense...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 20,629 reads 17 comments

  19. Tiering Olympic Men's Basketball Teams by Watchability

    Getting to the 2016 Rio Olympics requires planning, precision and hard work. So does making sure you don't waste a second of those precious two weeks in August watching suboptimal basketball...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 25,305 reads 43 comments

  20. Ranking Each Team USA Men's Basketball Player at 2016 Summer Olympics

    The USA men's basketball team will kick off its 2016 gold-medal pursuit in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, taking a dozen of the NBA 's biggest names into international competition...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 38,237 reads 67 comments

  21. Golden State Warriors' Dreams Get Real as Kevin Durant Lights Up Oracle Arena

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The dreamlike idea of Kevin Durant playing for the Golden State Warriors got real Tuesday, when Team USA faced China in a pre-Olympic exhibition at Oracle Arena...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 104,072 reads 163 comments

  22. Who Got the Best and Worst Contracts at Each Position During 2016 NBA Offseason?

    Virtually every NBA team had money to burn in the 2016 offseason, and some spent it wisely in free agency. Others, unfortunately, might as well have literally set it on fire...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 124,843 reads 231 comments

  23. The Biggest Hole Every NBA Team Has to Fill After 2016's NBA Free-Agent Frenzy

    The din of NBA free agency has mostly died down now, and 30 NBA teams taking stock of their reformed selves are reaching the same conclusion: Nobody's perfect...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 223,799 reads 283 comments

  24. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 11 in Las Vegas

    Jamal Murray's Las Vegas Summer League breakout was far from perfect, but you'd better believe the Denver Nuggets will take it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 72,108 reads 145 comments

  25. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 10 in Las Vegas

    Depending on which aspects of his game you focus on, saying Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons arrived as advertised is either praise or condemnation...

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