1. 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 4 months ago 22,772 reads 115 comments

  2. 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 4 months ago 19,642 reads 60 comments

  3. 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 4 months ago 6,702 reads 39 comments

  4. 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 4 months ago 37,444 reads 139 comments

  5. 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 4 months ago 111,524 reads 88 comments

  6. 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 4 months ago 46,391 reads 201 comments

  7. 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...

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  8. 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 4 months ago 69,855 reads 90 comments

  9. 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 4 months ago 70,146 reads 55 comments

  10. 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...

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  11. 5 NBA Players Who Will Make 2015 Their Career Year

    The appeal of a new year is mostly wrapped up in the sense of hope it brings—the belief, reasoned or not, that this year will be the best one yet...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 47,656 reads 98 comments

  12. Cavaliers End 2014 with Massive Uncertainty and Other NBA Wednesday Takeaways

    You’d be hard-pressed to find an NBA team more eager to bid hasty adieu to auld lang syne than the Cleveland Cavaliers—full circle as their 2014 has come, from utter dysfunction to prodigal hope and painfully, awkwardly back again...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 52,898 reads 163 comments

  13. NBA Teams with the Bleakest Futures Entering 2015

    As the calendar flips to 2015, a new year won't bring new hope for every NBA team. Lack of transformative talent, bloated contracts, messy front-office situations and missing draft ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 41,081 reads 167 comments

  14. Milwaukee Bucks in Ideal Rebuilding Position

    The Milwaukee Bucks just blew past their win total from all of last year, and nobody's remotely upset by that, which says pretty much everything about how perfectly their rebuild is going...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 7,149 reads 19 comments

  15. Chicago Bulls Beginning to Fulfill the Hype and Monday NBA Takeaways

    Derrick Rose wasn't just blowing smoke when he talked about the Chicago Bulls pulling together and flashing their championship potential...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 32,722 reads 163 comments

  16. New York Knicks' Future Rides on Shutting Down Carmelo Anthony Now

    The New York Knicks ' 2014-15 season is already a lost cause, but their present struggles don't have to compromise the franchise's future. They might, though, if the Knicks keep handling Carmelo Anthony 's persistent knee pain the same way...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 15,153 reads 116 comments

  17. How LeBron James Stacks Up Against Other NBA Legends at 30

    LeBron James has already built a career full of milestones. Turning 30 is just the next checkpoint on his road to the Hall of Fame. Except it isn't. Thirty is a big deal, particularly in LeBron's line of work...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 68,026 reads 165 comments

  18. Oklahoma City Thunder Offensive Blueprint Being Exposed and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Through three quarters, the Oklahoma City Thunder appeared to be on course for their second signature win of the holiday season. But an all-too-familiar brand of offensive collapse humbugged any hopes of that in the fourth quarter...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 28,684 reads 72 comments

  19. LeBron James Enters 30th Year Offering Flashes of Evolving NBA Game

    LeBron James has wrestled with pressure, expectation, doubt and even history during his career. Now, he's taking on mortality. Every player declines eventually. We just react a little differently when age catches up to a great one...

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  20. LeBron James: 'Right Now We Are Not Very Good in Every Aspect of the Game'

    The 103-80 loss to the last-place Detroit Pistons on Dec. 28 provided some strong evidence, but LeBron James made sure to remove any doubt that the Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling...

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  21. 7 NBA Players Who Deserve More Playing Time in 2015

    A new year means a fresh start. For a few underutilized NBA talents, a flip of the calendar should also bring more starts. Or at least more minutes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 60,151 reads 101 comments

  22. Which of NBA's Unwanted Goods Has Most Value?

    Josh Smith might need a pick-me-up. So here's one: He is the best of the NBA 's undesired assets. Cut loose by the Detroit Pistons for what head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy called "shifting priorities," per Vincent Goodwill Jr...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 19,616 reads 28 comments

  23. James Harden's Monstrous Night Fuels Ferocious Rockets and Monday NBA Takeaways

    James Harden only needed three quarters to drive the point home: Nobody in today's NBA is tougher to stop...

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  24. Best Scenarios, Trade Packages and Free-Agent Landing Spots for Goran Dragic

    The Phoenix Suns bought point guard insurance over the summer, and it's beginning to look like the cost may have been greater than they anticipated...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 11,316 reads 53 comments

  25. Anthony Davis Serves Reminder of MVP Candidacy and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Anthony Davis should be the leading candidate for this year's Most Valuable Player award, and he offered more support for that argument in the New Orleans Pelicans' 101-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday...

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