1. Free-Agency Rankings: Top Available Power Forwards

    Post-up power forwards used to get paid in NBA free agency. Not anymore. In fact, if a scoring 4 wants to cash in nowadays, he'd better be doing the bulk of his damage from beyond the arc...

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  2. Why the Cavs-Warriors Collision Course Is Anything but Boring

    The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are on a catastrophic collision course, barreling toward one another like locomotives in the world's most terrifying word problem...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 70,303 reads 0 comments

  3. NBA Free Agents Who Could Thrive in New Roles

    Almost every NBA free agent who isn't chasing a ring will be on the hunt for more minutes, touches and a larger role. Oh, and more money. But stepping into a high-responsibility gig isn't for everyone...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 55,071 reads 0 comments

  4. Free-Agency Rankings: Top Available Small Forwards

    Small forwards get asked to do a lot in today's NBA , so the most desirable free-agent options are the ones who can make impacts in several ways...

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  5. B/R's NBA Playoff 'Small Sample Size' All-Stars

    The biggest stars determine the course of every NBA postseason, but desperate times and the strategic intricacies of a playoff series mean less-heralded contributors always make an impact, too...

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  6. NBA Free-Agent Ranking: Top RFAs Most Likely to Stay Put in Free Agency

    Restricted free agency may not have the same wide-open appeal of its unrestricted cousin, but in several ways, it's more intriguing...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 66,995 reads 0 comments

  7. John Wall Is Proving He's NBA's Purest Point Guard

    John Wall has a lot riding on Wednesday's Game 5 matchup with the Boston Celtics. A win in that contest would give his Washington Wizards a massive 3-2 edge in the series, putting ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 36,508 reads 0 comments

  8. NBA Free Agency Rankings 2017: Top Available Shooting Guards

    The days of the high-volume, moderate-efficiency shooting guard are dead, and the top free agents at the position had better be able to knock down threes while defending several positions...

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  9. Next Steps for Each 1st-Round NBA Playoff Loser

    The sting of losing may have subsided for teams eliminated in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, but the dull ache of defeat lingers as a reminder, throbbing with a critical question...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 78,063 reads 0 comments

  10. Biggest Takeaways from Last Night's NBA Playoff Action

    Wednesday's NBA playoff action proceeded according to plan...as long as your plan included the Cleveland Cavaliers hammering the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs sharpening up after a Game 1 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 34,332 reads 0 comments

  11. The Play That Defines Every Remaining NBA Playoff Team

    How do you capture the essence of each remaining NBA playoff team? With highlights! You've already seen a few of these looped and gif'd and shared ad nauseam , but some others won't be so familiar...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 20,236 reads 0 comments

  12. NBA Free Agency Rankings 2017: Top Available Point Guards

    This summer, two legitimate point guard superstars hit free agency, joined by a handful of excellent starting-caliber options...

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  13. NBA Power Rankings: Who's Flexing After 2 Weeks of NBA Playoffs?

    With the first round of the NBA playoffs nearly over, we've swept the power-ranking field of the lottery flotsam and four teams already bounced from the postseason...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 73,658 reads 0 comments

  14. 10 Things Happened Last Night We Never Expected

    Tuesday's three-game Western Conference slate was loaded with surprises, proving that even after six months of regular-season games and a nearly complete first round, it's still best to expect the unexpected...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 58,582 reads 0 comments

  15. 2017 NBA Free Agent Stock Watch: Playoff Edition

    Potential buyers on the NBA free-agent market will always consider a player's full resume, but everyone's guilty of succumbing to a little recency bias now and then...

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  16. NBA Free Agency: Regrading Biggest Moves from 2016 Offseason

    Is there anything better than hindsight? Exercising it makes you feel smart, and everything seems so obvious. It's a real self-esteem booster, and we'll deploy it here to retroactively grade the biggest free-agent signings of the 2016 NBA offseason..

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 141,717 reads 0 comments

  17. NBA Devil's Advocacy: The Argument for Top 10 Free Agents Bolting This Summer

    With the financial incentives being what they are, it's tough to steer NBA free agents away from their current teams. But there's always an argument to be made if you're willing to stretch a little...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 126,625 reads 0 comments

  18. NBA Power Rankings as Playoffs Begin

    This will be the last set of power rankings that includes all 30 NBA teams for a while. Shed a tear if you need to. For the most part, the 82-game schedule sorted things out...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 143,880 reads 0 comments

  19. Ranking Potential for Upsets in First-Round NBA Playoff Matchups

    Everybody loves an underdog story, and we'll do our best to find some among the eight pairings that compose the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs...

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  20. Handing Out Awards for Every NBA Team

    With the 2016-17 NBA season all but over with the playoffs starting Saturday, it's time to hand out hardware. And at the risk of falling into the much-maligned participation-trophy wussification of America, we're distributing lots of it...

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  21. NBA Power Rankings with 1 Week to Go in Regular Season

    The joke last year, perhaps offered a bit too frequently, was that the Golden State Warriors deserved their own special status apart from the other 29 teams vying for the No. 1 spot among non-divinity power rankings...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 8 months ago 123,225 reads 0 comments

  22. The Case Against Every 2017 NBA MVP Candidate

    Somebody is going to win the 2017 NBA MVP award, and that somebody—whether it's Russell Westbrook , James Harden , LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard—will have advocates nodding, justifying and exclaiming delightedly that he deserved it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 8 months ago 119,051 reads 0 comments

  23. NBA Desperation Meter: Which Playoff Droughts Will Last Longest?

    Whether your favorite NBA team is tanking, on the upswing but still a not-quite-there outfit or tumbling from the top eight spots in its conference, all you really care about is when it'll finally break through...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 8 months ago 45,372 reads 0 comments

  24. NBA Power Rankings at the End of March

    We've finally gone deep enough into the season where the standings have mostly sorted this out for us. You can make it a long time, fool a lot of observers and give off the appearance that you're better than your record...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 8 months ago 183,977 reads 0 comments

  25. Ranking the Futures of Every Projected 2017 NBA Lottery Team

    The NBA draft lottery is basically hope made manifest. If you're in it, it's because the season you just put together wasn't any good, and you're hoping (there's that word again) an influx of young talent will make you better...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 8 months ago 129,704 reads 0 comments