1. Draymond Green Looks Like NBA's Next Defensive Superstar

    Draymond Green has earned lots of labels in his breakout season with the Golden State Warriors : leader, heart and soul, tone-setter. This summer, he might get a new one. Pioneer...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 24,601 reads 49 comments

  2. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Clicking Just in Time and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Forty games into the 2014-15 season, the Kevin Durant - Russell Westbrook combo finally looks like the league's top one-two punch again. Better late than never...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 26,816 reads 124 comments

  3. Atlanta Hawks Leaving No Doubt About Their Place Among NBA's Elite

    When did the last of your misgivings about the Atlanta Hawks ' status as conference-devouring monsters desert you? Was it when they won 14 of their first 20 games? Was it when ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 38,539 reads 180 comments

  4. Doc Rivers Falls Short Shaping Los Angeles Clippers into Title Contenders

    Doc Rivers has earned a reputation as a good NBA coach. He's got a ring, he commands respect and his leadership chops are now beyond reproach after the way he stewarded his team through the trying Donald Sterling saga last spring...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 23,673 reads 83 comments

  5. Cavaliers and Clippers Share Same Fatal Flaw for NBA Title Hopefuls

    The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers have a lot in common as fringe title contenders: star power, potent scoring attacks and, unfortunately, defenses that are mucking everything else up...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 6,724 reads 14 comments

  6. L.A. Clippers Trying to Prove Contender Status and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    In the latest reminder that the line between contender and pretender status is still awfully blurry in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers went into the Moda Center and ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 26,919 reads 145 comments

  7. Peril and Promise Await Next Brooklyn Nets Owner

    There's a lot wrong with the Brooklyn Nets . But not everything, and most of it will pass eventually. Whoever writes a massive check for the franchise will do it because he or she knows all the things that are right will last...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 7,386 reads 17 comments

  8. The Door Is Officially Still Open on Kevin Durant's MVP Repeat Bid

    Between Anthony Davis going supernova, Stephen Curry starring for the NBA 's best team and injuries that have cost him nearly a third of the season, you might think Kevin Durant 's chance to repeat as MVP is long gone...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 32,391 reads 60 comments

  9. How Warriors Front Office Built the NBA's Most Potent Team

    As teams across the NBA try to rebuild exclusively through the draft, free agency or blockbuster trades, all of them should keep something in mind: It's easy to copy the Golden State Warriors ' blueprint for success through roster moves...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 40,747 reads 44 comments

  10. Buying or Selling the Detroit Pistons as a Playoff Team and Monday NBA Takeaways

    The Detroit Pistons' remarkable resurgence continued with a 114-111 win on the road over the Toronto Raptors, and a playoff dream that seemed dead just a few weeks ago is now very much alive...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 26,367 reads 114 comments

  11. Can David Blatt Save Cleveland Cavaliers' Season and His Job?

    David Blatt is supposed to be a basketball chameleon, a head coach renowned for tailoring style and strategy to personnel...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 7,008 reads 28 comments

  12. David Blatt Says Max Contract Player Kevin Love 'Not a Max Player Yet'

    Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt may not have said the wrong thing about Kevin Love , but he definitely picked the wrong time...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 83,134 reads 226 comments

  13. Is LeBron's New Supporting Cast Good Enough and Other NBA Sunday Takeaways

    LeBron James watched his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates fall flat against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. And as his return to the floor draws closer, you have to wonder if he's asking himself, "Is this it?" First things first...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 71,246 reads 288 comments

  14. Watch Damian Lillard Throw Down the Hammer vs. LA Lakers

    Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 106-94 road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night with 34 points, seven assists and three rebounds...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 81,438 reads 218 comments

  15. Breaking Down the Detroit Pistons' Incredible Resurgence

    It's easy to link Josh Smith 's departure to the Detroit Pistons ' seven-game winning streak. It's also satisfying. His shot selection was frustrating, his effort level often disappointing...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 17,650 reads 32 comments

  16. Warriors Can Show Cavaliers What a Real Title Contender Looks Like

    The Jan. 9 meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will be a study in evolution. The Warriors are at their end stage, basically perfected...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 22,766 reads 115 comments

  17. Do Midseason NBA Trades Ever Work for Championship Contenders?

    Any doubt about the Cleveland Cavaliers ' lofty short-term aims disappeared with the flurry of midseason trades that brought in Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 19,525 reads 60 comments

  18. Toronto Raptors Might Need More Than DeMar DeRozan's Return to Compete for Title

    DeMar DeRozan 's impending return will help, but it's a mistake to think he'll single-handedly erase the defensive issues that have plagued the Toronto Raptors of late...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 6,695 reads 39 comments

  19. Ranking the Most Undervalued Targets on the 2015 NBA Trade Market

    The NBA trade winds are already blowing, as evidenced by the unforeseen gust that transported Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder and sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 37,430 reads 140 comments

  20. Buying or Selling the Hottest NBA Trade Rumors Entering 2015

    The Twitter-clogging, wholly unexpected three-way swap that redistributed J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters on Jan. 5 proved NBA trade season is already upon us...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 111,491 reads 88 comments

  21. Golden State Warriors Send Serious Statement and Monday NBA Takeaways

    By the time Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson hit the pine, awash in the deafening cheers of a full-throated crowd at Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors had said all they needed to say...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 46,361 reads 201 comments

  22. Ranking the NBA's New Bad Boys

    The NBA feels kinder and gentler than ever these days, but a few notable rebels ensure there's still enough mischief to keep things interesting. The list we've assembled features a different breed of league office-offender than we're used to...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 259,100 reads 270 comments

  23. Pistons Showing Stan Van Gundy's Post-Josh Smith Vision and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    There are a lot of perfectly good explanations for the Detroit Pistons' five-game winning streak—justifications ranging from their soft schedule to their improved perimeter ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 69,821 reads 90 comments

  24. Watch Ronnie Price Miss Wide-Open Slam Dunk Attempt vs. Indiana Pacers

    If all it took to throw down a sweet breakaway jam were belief, Los Angeles Lakers guard Ronnie Price would have completed one of the top plays of a busy Sunday night in the NBA ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 70,049 reads 55 comments

  25. DeMarcus Cousins: 'We're Not the Same Team' Since Mike Malone's Dismissal

    The Sacramento Kings ' 9-5 start feels like it never even happened, and DeMarcus Cousins has a theory as to why...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 34,935 reads 124 comments