1. 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 3 months ago 14,711 reads 40 comments

  2. 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 3 months ago 15,306 reads 38 comments

  3. Could LeBron James Ever Surpass Michael Jordan's Cultural Impact?

    LeBron James may one day become the cash-stacking, trend-setting pan-media mogul Michael Jordan is. But if he ever reaches that level, he'll owe a debt to the man who blazed the trail...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 52,705 reads 342 comments

  4. Superstar Milestones in Sight for 2014-15 NBA Season

    Present and past will collide violently in the NBA this year as a handful of aging superstars claw their way toward records that have stood for decades...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 58,971 reads 183 comments

  5. Kobe Bryant Says He Wouldn't Have Wanted Kevin Love on Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is committed to winning like few others, but apparently, he prefers to pursue that commitment the hard way...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 70,403 reads 132 comments

  6. Ranking the Best Backcourts in the NBA Entering 2014-15 Season

    Dion Waiters and Bradley Beal are beefing, y'all! It seems the shooting guards from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards can't see eye to eye on the league's best backcourt...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 132,008 reads 352 comments

  7. What Has to Happen for Anthony Davis to Win Ahead-of-Schedule MVP?

    The laws of physics don't apply to Anthony Davis. So why should we expect conventional rules governing space and time to determine when he wins his first MVP award? Think about ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 4,148 reads 32 comments

  8. Kevin Durant's Path to Greatness Won't Follow the LeBron James Blueprint

    We can't be sure Kevin Durant will ever reach the NBA 's promised land by winning a title. But if he does, we can be certain he'll do it his own way—and not by emulating LeBron James ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 33,756 reads 117 comments

  9. The Good, the Bad and the Interesting from Monday's Round of NBA Media Days

    NBA media day is what you'd get if a trade show, speed dating and a self-actualization seminar mashed themselves together and blasted out every second of the results on Twitter...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 76,034 reads 90 comments

  10. Starting Roles That Will Be Decided During 2014 NBA Training Camp

    NBA training camp starts with the basics. So before getting to the critical questions of style, pace and for a team like the New York Knicks, which lucky assistant trainer is responsible for icing down J...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 24,265 reads 55 comments

  11. 5 NBA Superstars with the Most on the Line Entering 2014-15

    It's not just "what have you done for me lately?" in the NBA . It's "what have you done for me in the last five seconds?" Thanks to the hard annual reset that comes with every fresh ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 90,656 reads 248 comments

  12. Does Pace Matter in the NBA?

    Does slow and steady really win the race in the NBA , or does speed kill? Pace, or how many possessions a team uses per 48 minutes, is something we often discuss when referring to specific teams or even specific eras of NBA history...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 20,409 reads 19 comments

  13. 10 Burning Questions That Will Be Answered During 2014 NBA Training Camp

    Let's be honest: You can't learn everything you need to know about an NBA team during training camp. There's just no way to gauge things like chemistry or the effectiveness of new schemes until you see them in competition that's actually meaningful...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 35,664 reads 54 comments

  14. Is Reggie Jackson on Pace to Become the Next Eric Bledsoe?

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson has good reason to be monitoring the progress (or lack thereof) between restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 8,718 reads 30 comments

  15. Why It's 'Buyer Beware' When Dealing with the San Antonio Spurs

    Warning to any NBA team thinking about pursuing a sign-and-trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs for restricted free agent Aron Baynes : Walk away...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 14,609 reads 24 comments

  16. Derrick Rose Enters Next Season as Chicago Bulls' Biggest Question Mark

    The Chicago Bulls watched Derrick Rose play during the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but they still haven't really seen him—not the way they need to...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 12,011 reads 17 comments

  17. Are Eric Bledsoe and Phoenix Suns Reaching the Point of No Return?

    October 1 is fast approaching, and with it comes the merciful conclusion of the messy, drawn-out non-negotiation between the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 42,723 reads 121 comments

  18. What a Sign-and-Trade for Eric Bledsoe Would Have to Look Like

    The differences between Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns are rapidly becoming irreconcilable, and it's no longer crazy to ask if a divorce is the best thing for both parties...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 90,390 reads 247 comments

  19. Which NBA Team Has Best Young Talent?

    There's no more valuable commodity in the NBA than young talent. From a front-office perspective, young players (especially draftees) are cheaper, easy to mold and even easier to flip for other assets...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 126,385 reads 305 comments

  20. Pay or Pass: Which Young NBA Talents Are Worth Extending Early?

    NBA owners and general managers, get ready; it's decision time. The class of 2011 is due for a raise. October 31 marks the deadline to extend fourth-year players like Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 23,429 reads 95 comments

  21. Is Business Making Basketball Less of a Priority for NBA Stars?

    Money matters to NBA superstars, but what if it matters too much? As endorsement deals explode, dwarfing actual on-court earnings for many of the game's biggest names, you wonder whether basketball might soon take a back seat...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 26,142 reads 62 comments

  22. What Fringe NBA Title Contenders Need to Get Over the Hump

    There are currently just a few surefire, no-questions-asked championship contenders in the NBA , but a number of other teams are close to joining that conversation...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 19,647 reads 146 comments

  23. LeBron James' Departure Will Reignite Fire Under Forgotten Miami Heat

    There's no way to argue a half-dozen dudes with something to prove somehow make up for the loss of LeBron James, but this year's Miami Heat are going to be one hell of a motivated group...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 14,972 reads 119 comments

  24. Can Carmelo Anthony Follow Superstar Blueprint in NY Knicks Triangle Offense?

    The triangle offense did great things for superstars of the past like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant . Now, Carmelo Anthony hopes to be the next in line...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 21,548 reads 70 comments

  25. Is This DeMarcus Cousins' Last Chance to Prove He's a Franchise Player?

    If this ends up being the year DeMarcus Cousins finally seizes the opportunity laid out in front of him—if he becomes the leader so many of us want—know this: He laid groundwork with Team USA...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 months ago 24,424 reads 99 comments