1. The Ultimate Guide to LeBron James Entering 2014-15 Season

    The 2014-15 NBA season will begin with a different LeBron James in a familiar place. Though King James is now (again) a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers , he returns changed from his time away...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 2,781 reads 5 comments

  2. Kevin Love Already Learning the Sacrifice of Playing with LeBron James

    It dawned on Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh , and now it's dawning on Kevin Love : Playing with LeBron James offers a massive payoff, but it comes at the cost of touches, stats and individual glory...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 16,502 reads 17 comments

  3. Golden State Warriors Best Path to Keeping Klay Thompson Is with Max Contract

    The Golden State Warriors aren't in real danger of losing Klay Thompson if they fail to extend his contract before the Oct. 31 deadline, but the very best way to keep him—and keep him happy—is to max him out by Halloween...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 35 reads 2 comments

  4. NBA Championship Odds 2014-15: Every Team's Chances of Winning the Title

    The 2014-15 NBA season is upon us, and with the dawn of another new campaign come 30 teams charging toward championship glory. Well, actually, a few clubs are lagging behind the rest...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 148,449 reads 313 comments

  5. San Antonio Spurs Need to Make Kawhi Leonard Next Max Contract Star Now

    Whether motivated by practical reasons or symbolic ones, the San Antonio Spurs must do everything possible to lock up Kawhi Leonard immediately...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 19,658 reads 81 comments

  6. Phoenix Suns Must Walk Fine Line Between Endless Fun and NBA Mediocrity

    Don't mistake the Phoenix Suns ' emphasis on pace and points for signs that the franchise values entertainment over sustainable success...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 2,739 reads 4 comments

  7. Biggest Individual Winners and Losers of the 2014-15 NBA Preseason

    With the start of the 2014-15 NBA campaign close enough to taste, now seems like a good time to run down the nearly concluded preseason's most and least palatable performances...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 104,109 reads 145 comments

  8. Ranking the NBA's Scariest On-Ball Defenders

    It's hard to strike fear into the heart of an NBA player, but there are a handful of terrifying defenders who manage to do it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 33,254 reads 204 comments

  9. LeBron James' Leadership Is the Final Step in His Superstar Evolution

    LeBron James ' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers was about unfinished business—both in terms of championship pursuits and personal growth. The first bit of business will take time to tackle, but the second may already be complete...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 8,726 reads 34 comments

  10. Julius Randle's Development Should Be Priority No. 1 for Los Angeles Lakers

    Julius Randle is the only thing standing between the Los Angeles Lakers and a lost season. The Lakers are going to make noise this year, but that'll mainly be because they're surrounded by more microphones than most NBA teams...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 10,969 reads 39 comments

  11. Golden State Warriors Ready to Tear Through Powerful Western Conference

    Thanks to equal parts smarter play, organic growth and surprising opportunity, the Golden State Warriors are engineering a paradigm shift out West...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 2,987 reads 100 comments

  12. LeBron James Says Chicago Bulls Are Better Than Cleveland Cavs Right Now

    LeBron James ' basketball genius extends beyond his ability to learn new offensive systems overnight or make passes three steps ahead of the defense. He is also, apparently, a master of motivation...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 128,501 reads 264 comments

  13. Can Anybody Shake Up the Western Conference Playoff Race?

    There are some awfully long odds against all eight of last year's Western Conference playoff teams returning to the postseason in 2014-15. Even knowing that, it's ridiculously tough to single out a playoff party crasher...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 10,828 reads 49 comments

  14. Why J.R. Smith Should Be in New York Knicks' 2014-15 Starting Lineup

    To get the most out of the pivotal first season of the Phil Jackson era, the New York Knicks need to figure out how to control and unleash resident gunner J.R. Smith . A humble suggestion: Start him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 7,738 reads 51 comments

  15. Pros and Cons of NBA Shortening Length of Games

    The NBA would like to find out if less is more, so it's taking the fascinating step of experimenting with a 44-minute game on Oct. 19...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 28,796 reads 96 comments

  16. NBA Preseason 2014-15: Early Surprises and Disappointments

    Long ago, we all agreed the NBA preseason was no place for conclusions. Speculation? Sure. Rampant optimism? OK, fine. But not conclusions. There's too much uncertainty, too many coaches trying to hammer out rotations and implement schemes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 95,700 reads 131 comments

  17. Los Angeles Lakers Can't Afford to Take Old-School Approach

    There's something respectable about the throwback spirit Byron Scott is bringing to the Los Angeles Lakers , but respectable won't win games on its own...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 7,132 reads 29 comments

  18. Kobe Bryant Showing Road Back to Superstardom Will Be an Uphill Climb

    Kobe Bryant is playing NBA basketball, a victory in itself for a man with his injury history and mileage. But what we've seen in the preseason so far indicates he's got a long way to go before he ever plays it as effectively as he once did...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 12,247 reads 11 comments

  19. How Much Longer Is Oklahoma City Thunder's Championship Window Open?

    Kevin Durant 's injury will have a profound effect on the 2014-15 NBA season, but the Oklahoma City Thunder remain a team with ample time to collect a title...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 7,210 reads 30 comments

  20. Unlocking Andrew Bogut Is Key to the Golden State Warriors' Success

    Steve Kerr remains mostly unproven as an NBA head coach, but he gets an early point in his favor for recognizing the best way to unleash the Golden State Warriors ' offensive potential: Get Andrew Bogut the rock...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 6,742 reads 8 comments

  21. How the Milwaukee Bucks Can Become the NBA's Most Intriguing Rebuild

    I'm going to say something, and I need you to know I understand how crazy it sounds: I like the Milwaukee Bucks ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 13,859 reads 30 comments

  22. How Steve Nash Can Help Lakers Make Most of Transitional 2014-15 Season

    The Los Angeles Lakers are about to meet Steve Nash for the first time, and though it's happening a little later than initially hoped, the 40-year-old two-time MVP can still make a lasting impact on the team...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 10,265 reads 16 comments

  23. Chandler Parsons Saga Breathes New Life into Rockets-Mavericks Rivalry

    The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets were natural enemies before Chandler Parsons ' Texas swap this past July, and as the 2014-15 season unfolds, we should expect to see tensions rise even higher...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 6,257 reads 16 comments

  24. Why Cleveland Cavaliers Defense Can Be Better Than You Think

    The Cleveland Cavaliers will be defined by the offense of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, but that doesn't mean we should discount this title contender's potential on the other end...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 14,709 reads 40 comments

  25. Healthy Kobe Bryant Is Exactly What 2014-15 NBA Season Needs

    The NBA needs Kobe Bryant more than ever. With a massive new TV deal, as first reported by Richard Sandomir of The New York Times , and a skyrocketing salary cap encroaching ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 months ago 15,306 reads 38 comments