1. Anthony Davis' Playoff Arrival Highlights Pelicans' Flawed Construction Plan

    Anthony Davis' postseason excellence indicates the New Orleans Pelicans had the right idea when they opted to build a win-now roster around the transcendent superstar. They just picked the wrong guys to do it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 16,677 reads 62 comments

  2. Predicting 6 Players Who Will Exceed Expectations in the 2015 NBA Playoffs

    The NBA playoffs will play out on terms decided by superstars like Stephen Curry , LeBron James and Chris Paul ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 16,787 reads 49 comments

  3. Does LaMarcus Aldridge's Future Ride on Portland Trail Blazers' Playoff Run?

    Falling apart physically and looking woefully overmatched in their first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies , the Portland Trail Blazers may soon face the disappointment of a quick postseason exit...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 8,075 reads 36 comments

  4. Draymond Green Using Playoffs to Shed Underrated Label for Good

    Draymond Green made four shots in the Golden State Warriors ' 97-87 Game 2 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. Four. And he absolutely dominated the contest...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 69,196 reads 384 comments

  5. Hawks Carry Regular-Season Success into Playoffs and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    In a Game 1 win over the Brooklyn Nets that bore all the marks of their sterling regular season, the Atlanta Hawks proved they are who they were before the playoffs began: unselfish, intelligent and, ultimately, successful...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 18,411 reads 104 comments

  6. Golden State Warriors Sending Clear Message to Entire NBA Playoff Field

    Don't let the single-digit margin of victory or Anthony Davis' fourth-quarter explosion in Game 1 fool you...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 47,831 reads 89 comments

  7. Imagining an Injury-Free NBA Playoff Bracket

    Somewhere, there's an alternate NBA universe in which the 2014-15 regular season played out without pain. Injuries didn't crop up to hobble contenders, dash playoff dreams or, more positively, allow unsung heroes to rise in relief...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 3,351 reads 29 comments

  8. 6 Newcomers to the 2015 NBA Playoff Field That Everyone Should Be Watching

    The NBA playoffs aren't often a showcase for first-timers, but a handful of talents embarking on their maiden postseason voyages this year could provide just as much excitement as the more seasoned regulars...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 12,207 reads 33 comments

  9. How to Pick Your Adopted 2015 NBA Playoff Team

    Even in an era when fans are forgiving of loss-fueled long-term rebuilding plans, it still stings a little when your favorite NBA squad officially falls short of the postseason...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 66,126 reads 235 comments

  10. Russell Westbrook's Heroics Not Enough to Save OKC's Season

    Yet again, Russell Westbrook was heroic. And yet again, his heroism wasn't enough to save the Oklahoma City Thunder ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 14,823 reads 66 comments

  11. NBA Regular-Season Stats 2014-15: Tracking Scoring Leaders and More

    The 2014-15 NBA season is over and each team's achievements—playoff spots being chief among them—are already decided. So too are the individual honors. Here, we've kept tabs on key statistical races as the campaign came to an end...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 35,335 reads 95 comments

  12. Hater's Guide to the 2014-15 NBA MVP Race: Why Your Favorite Candidate Won't Win

    We don't know who it'll be yet, but one of six viable candidates is going to wrestle the 2014-15 NBA MVP award away from a crowded field of contenders...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 101,302 reads 380 comments

  13. Russell Westbrook's Ferocity Carries, Buries Thunder and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    In the end, the same unbridled intensity that Russell Westbrook used to drag the injury-riddled Oklahoma City Thunder to the brink of the postseason may very well have ended their playoff hopes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 65,186 reads 396 comments

  14. 10 Unsung Heroes Who Will Shape the 2015 NBA Playoffs

    We all know LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard are the keys to the NBA 's true title contenders, but a handful of less-celebrated talents will also have major impacts on the 2015 playoffs...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 67,493 reads 161 comments

  15. Kawhi Leonard Has Finally, Officially Joined the NBA's Superstar Ranks

    Kawhi Leonard 's ascent to superstardom happened quietly. Of course it did. Perhaps sensing the need to explain how one of the league's most notoriously taciturn talents ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 25,591 reads 140 comments

  16. Feel-Good Warriors Now Under Enormous Pressure to Win NBA Title

    At the close of a regular season in which the Golden State Warriors have made basketball mastery look like a whole lot of fun, the real work of delivering on their NBA championship promise begins...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 8,227 reads 39 comments

  17. Draymond Green Rips Los Angeles Clippers: 'They Ain't Proved Nothing'

    Lest there be any concern the typically red-hot rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers might be cooling ahead of the postseason, Draymond Green made sure to stoke the fires...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 16,631 reads 31 comments

  18. What Chicago Bulls Need from Derrick Rose for a Deep Playoff Run

    In order to make postseason noise, the Chicago Bulls need more than just Derrick Rose . They need the version of him that hasn't existed for nearly three years, and that's a problem...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 21,124 reads 114 comments

  19. Brandon Knight Is Latest Cautionary Tale for Late-Season NBA Rentals

    The Phoenix Suns will face a daunting leap of faith with point guard Brandon Knight this offseason, and they only have themselves to blame...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 25,976 reads 32 comments

  20. Byron Scott Distrusts Players, Says They 'Would End Up Shooting Me in the Back'

    At the merciful close of a 2014-15 season that has seen the Los Angeles Lakers put up as little competitive fight as any team in the NBA , head coach Byron Scott isn't holding back on the war metaphors...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 73,590 reads 228 comments

  21. Predicting Who's In and Who's Out of 2015 NBA Playoff Picture

    No fewer than seven NBA teams are fighting for their playoff lives with about a week remaining until the 2015 postseason kicks off...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 35,580 reads 200 comments

  22. Sunday NBA Roundup: Chaotic Eastern Conference Race Tightening by the Second

    The last time Paul George played in a regular-season NBA game, his Indiana Pacers were the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, a full 19 games clear of the ninth spot. He returned on Sunday to a far more complicated scenario...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 90,363 reads 285 comments

  23. Is Sim Bhullar a Legitimate NBA Talent or Marketing Stunt for Sacramento Kings?

    Sim Bhullar is a big dude, and he could wind up being an even bigger deal. But only if he proves to be more than an opportunistic late-season ploy by the Sacramento Kings ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 61,158 reads 150 comments

  24. Dirk Nowitzki Is Far More Than Just the Best European NBA Player Ever

    Kareem. The Mailman. Kobe. MJ . Wilt. Shaq . Dirk. Maybe that's not the most thorough way to make the case that Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki should be regarded ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 22,268 reads 36 comments

  25. LeBron James Will Never Have Easier Path to NBA Title

    Maybe it sounds a little nuts to say this about a season in which the Golden State Warriors and the Western Conference at large have been historically beastly, but it's starting ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 104,276 reads 491 comments