1. Predicting Every NBA Team's Breakout Player for 2017-18 Season

    The NBA offseason is all about what's next. Speculative frenzy runs amok during the draft and free agency as everyone scrambles to get a grip on what the upcoming campaign might look like...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 147,446 reads 0 comments

  2. Should Golden State Warriors Join the Paul George Sweepstakes Next Offseason?

    The mere whisper of Paul George in the Bay Area a year from now proves the Golden State Warriors have reached the Jurassic Park stage of organizational omnipotence. Isn't that right, 1993's Jeff Goldblum? The Warriors could do this...

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  3. What Does Being on a Perennial Contender Mean for Warriors' Forgotten Youth?

    Feeling sympathy for the Golden State Warriors is an unconscionable affront to competitive decency—not unlike worrying about how poor Godzilla's scaly feet might get splinters from all those buildings he's stomping on...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 48,191 reads 0 comments

  4. Vince Carter? Justin Jackson? NBA's Best Veteran-Youngster Position Battles

    The NBA life cycle is short, cruel and fraught with uncertainty. Veterans fight for years to establish themselves, only to face up-and-coming challengers who want the minutes they've earned...

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  5. Who Ya Got on the Wing, Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant?

    Choosing between Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard used to be easy. It was a simple question of offense versus defense. Figure out which side of the floor meant more to you, pick the guy who crushed it on his specialized end, and you were done...

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  6. NBA Players with Most to Prove Entering Final Year of Their Deals

    No matter how firmly established his reputation, every NBA player begins the 2017-18 season with questions to answer. Those playing in contract years stand out, though. They're the ones who must prove their worth ahead of free agency...

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  7. Stability Won't Last: NBA Coaches on Hot Seat Entering 2017-18 Season

    Every NBA coach who started the 2016-17 season finished it. Don't expect that to happen again. Not just because last year was the first time in 46 seasons without a head ...

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  8. Who Ya Got: James Harden or Chris Paul as Rockets' Alpha Dog?

    Trusting James Harden and Chris Paul to work out the key issue surrounding their partnership is different than saying there's no issue in the first place. Yes, these are two of the NBA 's most talented players...

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  9. Defending Champion Warriors' Greatest Challenges Reside Within

    If Steve Kerr opts for showmanship as a tool in the Golden State Warriors ' latest title defense, he should start the first day of training camp by gathering his team (preferably ...

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  10. NBA Superstars with Most to Prove in 2017-18 Season

    The second you get comfortable as an NBA superstar, you're in trouble. Up-and-coming talents are always waiting to pounce, to test themselves against an established name. Opposing teams harbor vendettas...

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  11. You Played Yourself: NBA Teams That Blew It This Offseason

    There are loads of ways for an NBA team to goof up its offseason. Some set themselves back by getting too little in return for outgoing stars. Others collected talent in a misguided rush to inch closer to playoff contention...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 66,604 reads 0 comments

  12. NBA Power Rankings as Free Agency Winds Down

    Free agency, the NBA 's annual period of reconstruction, is mostly complete—leaving us with 30 reconfigured, stripped down or boldly augmented rosters...

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  13. Position Logjams NBA Teams Need to Solve

    Depth is great, but too many players vying for minutes at the same position is typically a sign of a bad NBA roster. If you have a surplus of good wings who all deserve to play, you don't have one player who clearly owns the position...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 67,655 reads 0 comments

  14. Biggest Ripple Effects of 2017 Free Agency

    NBA free agency can tell you where the league is headed—if you look past the surface of big moves and key signings. In the short term, the league's annual talent reorganization creates new powerhouses and shifts conference hierarchies...

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  15. Ranking Every Team's Projected Starting 5 After Free Agency

    Nothing generates NBA optimism like the post-free-agency haze. This is when everyone thinks their team's starters are terrific, sure to be better than last year because of new additions or a clean slate and increased familiarity...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 264,173 reads 0 comments

  16. Irrational Conclusions to Draw from 2017 NBA Free Agency

    NBA free agency is supposed to be measured and precise, evidence-based and detail-oriented. But we're past all of that now...

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  17. 2017 NBA Free-Agency Big Board: Top 25 Remaining Players

    We're in the thick of wait-it-out free agency, as NBA teams hold out for late-stage bargains while hoping, in many cases, nobody else swoops in with a pricey offer for their own free agents...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 93,243 reads 0 comments

  18. Ranking the Worst Max Contracts in NBA History

    Collectively bargained into existence during the 1998-99 lockout, the max contract has long been a source of controversy. Oh, and also regret...

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  19. 2017 NBA Free Agency Big Board: Top 25 Remaining Players

    Several more NBA free agents have found homes as we get deeper into July, but there are still bargains to be had—especially for those teams savvy enough to save some of their precious cap space until now...

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  20. 10 NBA Players Who Could Be Traded Following Free Agency

    The frenzy of free agency eventually quiets, and a sense of relative calm settles over NBA teams—generally around late July. That's when 30 revamped clubs can evaluate themselves in a colder, more rational light...

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  21. Clips' Stubbornness on Full Display with Danilo Gallinari Acquisition

    Adding Danilo Gallinari via a three-team sign-and-trade, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Wednesday, shows the Los Angeles Clippers aren't rolling over in the wake of Chris Paul 's exit to the Houston Rockets ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 78,143 reads 0 comments

  22. Costly Vets on a Rebuild? Sacramento Kings' Latest Deals Don't Make Any Sense

    Years of shaky moves and capricious changes in philosophy mean no Sacramento Kings free-agent signing gets the benefit of the doubt. So the starting point on deals announced for George Hill and Zach Randolph must be, by default, skepticism...

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  23. Gordon Hayward Gives Boston Celtics Exactly What They Need

    Despite some last-minute hemming and hawing, Gordon Hayward was always headed to the Boston Celtics . It was the logical option, as it gave him a far easier path to deep playoff ...

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  24. In Honor of Independence Day, Every NBA Team's Mount Rushmore

    Independence Day is about throwing off the chains of colonial control, irresponsible use of fireworks and overeating—in some order. It is also about celebrating America's forefathers (USA!, USA!, USA!, etc...

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  25. How Each Potential Replacement for Phil Jackson Would Guide Knicks into Future

    Whoever takes over the New York Knicks ' top personnel job in the wake of Phil Jackson's departure will have at least one thing working in his favor: It'll be hard to do any worse than Jackson did...

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