1. 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 18 days ago 24,504 reads 29 comments

  2. 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 18 days ago 23,894 reads 44 comments

  3. 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 19 days ago 23,717 reads 55 comments

  4. 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 19 days ago 12,561 reads 55 comments

  5. 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 20 days ago 52,023 reads 71 comments

  6. 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 20 days ago 40,270 reads 71 comments

  7. 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 20 days ago 20,208 reads 77 comments

  8. 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 23 days ago 31,875 reads 116 comments

  9. 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 24 days ago 2,727 reads 11 comments

  10. 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 25 days ago 14,018 reads 82 comments

  11. 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 25 days ago 12,029 reads 19 comments

  12. 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 26 days ago 158,166 reads 622 comments

  13. 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 26 days ago 1,876 reads 4 comments

  14. 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 26 days ago 53,736 reads 96 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 37,496 reads 232 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 70,224 reads 231 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 8,915 reads 44 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 8,757 reads 11 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 22,372 reads 83 comments

  20. 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 1 month ago 17,505 reads 68 comments

  21. 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 1 month ago 12,522 reads 38 comments

  22. 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 1 month ago 492,919 reads 378 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 20,540 reads 36 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 38,422 reads 188 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 5,537 reads 36 comments