1. How Chicago Bulls' Scheme and Ceiling Adjust to Derrick Rose's Return

    Derrick Rose 's two lost seasons taught the Chicago Bulls a tough lesson in an even tougher way: It's not enough to merely hope for the best. Preparing for the worst is just as important...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 29 days ago 10,135 reads 21 comments

  2. Will DeMarcus Cousins' Reputation Ever Recover If He's Left off FIBA Roster?

    After missing the cut in each of his past two invites to Team USA camp, DeMarcus Cousins is on the verge of learning the third time is definitely not the charm...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 29 days ago 6,984 reads 37 comments

  3. How Kyrie Irving Can Use 2014 FIBA World Cup to Prove Himself to LeBron James

    The world will be watching when Kyrie Irving takes the floor with Team USA for August's FIBA World Cup in Spain. More importantly, so will LeBron James...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 6,350 reads 26 comments

  4. Who's Responsible for the NBA's Corner Three Revolution?

    More than a decade ago, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich discovered the most valuable 21 inches on an NBA basketball court, and nothing has been the same since...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 14,018 reads 44 comments

  5. 2014 FIBA World Cup Offers Make-or-Break Opportunity for DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins could be on the verge of creating an international incident at the FIBA World Cup this summer, a thought that both intrigues and terrifies Team USA, the NBA and fans of the volatile, talented big man...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 14,817 reads 46 comments

  6. How Will Kevin Love Trade Stack Up Against Recent Blockbuster Moves?

    The consensus is that Kevin Love will be leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves at some point this offseason as part of a blockbuster trade. Unfortunately, that's where certainty on the topic stops...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 5,164 reads 23 comments

  7. 2014 NBA Free Agency Proves Shooting Is King

    The premium on shooting in the NBA has quietly become a bigger story over the past decade or so, but it reached a point at which it was no longer possible to ignore during this summer's free-agency period...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 57,931 reads 84 comments

  8. What Will Make Steve Nash's Final NBA Season with Los Angeles Lakers a Success?

    It's a rare player who gets to write the ending to his own NBA story, but if Steve Nash plays a few things right in this, his final season, there's a good chance his last chapter will be one he's happy with...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 11,352 reads 71 comments

  9. Which Roy Hibbert Will Indiana Pacers Get Next Season?

    We saw two versions of Roy Hibbert last season, and the Indiana Pacers should be praying the better one shows up in 2014-15. Their season will depend on it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 4,706 reads 54 comments

  10. Ranking the Top 10 Duos in the NBA

    The buddy system is alive and well in the NBA . To prove it, we'll run down and rank the league's very best two-man tandems. Statistics, with an emphasis on last season's numbers will be immensely important...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 120,683 reads 547 comments

  11. Andrew Wiggins' Contract Gives Golden State Warriors One Last Shot at Kevin Love

    Now that Andrew Wiggins has signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers , this offseason's most interminable trade saga—the one involving the Golden State Warriors ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 15,039 reads 38 comments

  12. Joakim Noah Is Happy for LeBron James, but Not That Happy

    Joakim Noah has never had a problem speaking from the heart, a trait he put on full display (again) in his comments about LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 180,422 reads 585 comments

  13. Why Free-Agent Steal Isaiah Thomas Will Push Phoenix Suns to Postseason

    Isaiah Thomas is one of the NBA 's smallest players, but he's set to make a big impact on the Phoenix Suns in 2014-15—big enough, in fact, to get his new club the playoff berth it so narrowly missed out on last season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 7,883 reads 26 comments

  14. How Much Leverage Does LeBron James Have with Cleveland Cavaliers?

    In his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers , LeBron James has all the power in the world. But that might not be the case forever. Clearly, LeBron pulled strings this summer...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 23,933 reads 100 comments

  15. Greg Monroe or Eric Bledsoe: Who Has the Brighter NBA Future?

    Admit it: When comparing restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe, easily the top two targets still on the market, your gut reaction is to assume the Phoenix Suns' ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 21,943 reads 88 comments

  16. Chandler Parsons Really, Really Loves Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki

    The cynics out there might say Chandler Parsons had about 46 million reasons to sign the Dallas Mavericks ' offer sheet this summer, but to hear the small forward tell it, the two most persuasive factors had nothing to do with money...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 11,650 reads 29 comments

  17. Why Tom Thibodeau Faces More Pressure Than Ever Before with Chicago Bulls

    Tom Thibodeau has never been big on excuses. Good thing, because the Chicago Bulls head coach won't have any this year. New and Old Weapons The Bulls are rebuilt—bigger, stronger and better...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 16,979 reads 81 comments

  18. With Miami Heat's Big 3 Disbanded, Which NBA Trio Is Tops?

    LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have parted ways, which means the Eastern Conference is back up for grabs. And so is the title of the " NBA 's Best Big Three...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 256,701 reads 790 comments

  19. Can Jeremy Lin Be the Long-Term Point Guard for Los Angeles Lakers?

    For a guy who has been beloved at every stop in his brief career, Jeremy Lin has had a hard time finding an NBA home. He may have just found one with the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 49,574 reads 268 comments

  20. Why Paul George's Emergence Is More Critical Than Ever for Indiana Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers will only go as far as Paul George goes this season. Again. For a moment there, George was on the cusp of turning the NBA 's typical two-man MVP race, ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 6,842 reads 51 comments

  21. NBA's Biggest Free-Agent Decisions Prove Players Are More Than 'Assets'

    Two of this summer's most intriguing free-agent moves—the ones made by LeBron James and Chandler Parsons—were largely motivated by emotion, which should serve as a reminder ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 11,082 reads 43 comments

  22. Why Phoenix Suns' Risky Free-Agent Gamble with Eric Bledsoe Will Pay off

    As Eric Bledsoe 's restricted free agency drags on, it's tempting to start asking questions, wringing hands and giving in to the sense of urgency building around the Phoenix Suns guard...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 8,051 reads 32 comments

  23. Kevin Durant Talks Pressure, LeBron James and Being Nice with an Edge

    Kevin Durant wants you to know he's as fierce a competitor as you'll find on the hardwood, but he's just as comfortable admitting he's also a good dude...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 94,140 reads 339 comments

  24. Is Philadelphia 76ers' Massive Rebuild Just a Road to Nowhere?

    Sooner or later, Sam Hinkie 's rebuilding plan for the Philadelphia 76ers will have to produce a result. That's appropriately ironic for someone as wholly devoted to process as the Sixers president and general manager...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 23,101 reads 168 comments

  25. Where Do Dallas Mavericks Rank in West After Offseason Overhaul?

    Thanks to a Western Conference of virtually unparalleled difficulty, last year's 49-win Dallas Mavericks knew they'd have to make serious changes over the summer if they had hopes of doing anything more than sneaking into the playoffs in 2014-15...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 14,163 reads 90 comments