1. 2015 NBA Rookie Ladder: ROY Race Heating Up as Season Winds Down

    The NBA 's top first-year talents are playing as if they appreciate how little time is left to make a run at the Rookie of the Year award. Whatever the limitations of inexperience are, it seems these rooks have a veteran's understanding of urgency...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 41,959 reads 226 comments

  2. Raptors Must Ride DeMar DeRozan Back to Respectability and Monday NBA Takeaways

    After going more than a month without a win against a team over .500, the Toronto Raptors desperately needed to prove to themselves that they could still compete with the league's best...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 51,335 reads 139 comments

  3. Appreciating Warriors' Ascent Requires Memory of Franchise's Dark Days

    The Golden State Warriors notched their 60th win of the 2014-15 NBA season before the calendar flipped to April, which is impressive in any context. It's flat-out mind-blowing when you consider the decades-long parade of horrors that preceded it.

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 30,846 reads 88 comments

  4. Miami Heat Clawing Toward Playoff Berth and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Dwyane Wade was talking about how the Miami Heat managed to beat the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 109-102 Sunday when he offered reporters a two-word explanation for the ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 30,998 reads 179 comments

  5. Who Has Had the Better 2014-15 Season: NBA Rookies or Sophomores?

    As the 2014-15 NBA season winds to a close, we've seen enough of the league's two youngest classes to determine which group, rookies or sophomores, has performed better. The 2013 draft class was widely (and justifiably) maligned...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 66,228 reads 211 comments

  6. Cleveland Cavaliers Surging from Good to Great in Time for the 2015 Playoffs

    When the Cleveland Cavaliers smashed the Memphis Grizzlies on March 25, it was more than just a final missive to the Western Conference that not everyone in the East is a total pushover...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 33,507 reads 127 comments

  7. Steve Kerr's Undeniable Case for 2015 NBA Coach of the Year

    Stephen Curry might win the MVP, Draymond Green has a strong case for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and either Andre Iguodala or Marreese Speights could take home some sixth-man hardware without surprising anyone...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 17,708 reads 153 comments

  8. Ranking the NBA's Divisions for the 2014-15 Season

    The chatter about the NBA 's conference imbalance has been a fine distraction this season, turning critical eyes away from the even more ridiculous (and similarly unfair) construct of divisions...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 12,378 reads 103 comments

  9. Robin Lopez Can't Stop Terrorizing NBA Mascots

    A very brave, very blue bear named Grizz decided he'd had enough of Robin Lopez 's serial NBA mascot abuse, and he fought back the best way he knew how on March 21...

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  10. 2015 NBA Playoff Odds: Latest Team Predictions for Season's Stretch Run

    If it seems like the NBA playoff picture is only getting murkier as we press toward the finish of the 2014-15 season, there's a reason for that. It's true...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 21,336 reads 50 comments

  11. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Warriors Even Score with Hawks in Possible Finals Preview

    If history is any guide, the Golden State Warriors did more than avenge their Feb. 6 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. They also assured themselves a Larry O'Brien Trophy in June...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 31,731 reads 198 comments

  12. Definitive MVP Breakdown: Which 2015 Superstar Has Edge with 1 Month Remaining?

    Usually, the race for NBA MVP sorts itself out as the season drags on. The field narrows, and the candidates drop off, get hurt or eventually regress. Usually, we don't make it to March with more than two or three viable options...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 31,840 reads 182 comments

  13. 2015 NBA Rookie Ladder: Nerlens Noel Does the Impossible

    Andrew Wiggins' uninterrupted reign atop the rookie rankings is over. Despite sustaining a steady upward trajectory for most of the season, Wiggins' chief competitor has engineered a productivity spike at just the right time...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 26,511 reads 32 comments

  14. Monday NBA Roundup: Heat Look Like Dangerous Playoff Opponent for LeBron's Cavs

    Everybody already wanted to see it anyway, but a potential first-round matchup between the Miami Heat and LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers is starting to look intriguing for reasons beyond its emotional stakes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 97,746 reads 410 comments

  15. Atlanta Hawks Have Star-in-the-Making with Dennis Schroder

    Dennis Schroder doesn't get many opportunities to shine—not with the Atlanta Hawks emphasizing systems over studs and Jeff Teague holding down the starting point guard job ahead of him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 8,539 reads 24 comments

  16. Best and Worst First-Round Scenarios for Top Projected 2015 NBA Playoff Teams

    Every high-end playoff squad has a weak spot or two—even the seemingly bulletproof Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 74,270 reads 224 comments

  17. Anthony Davis' 1-Man Show Now Must-See TV and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Whatever MVP camp you're in, wherever your NBA allegiances lie, no matter what your stance on personal grooming, you've got to accept something: Anthony Davis is now mandatory viewing...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 39,127 reads 144 comments

  18. Ranking the Top 5 NBA Players at Every Position Unveils New Top Dogs

    We're officially entering the stretch run of the 2014-15 NBA season, which means playoff brackets, awards positioning and contender credentials are all perfectly solidified with little chance of changing...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 44,007 reads 208 comments

  19. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Chris Paul Rains on Russell Westbrook's MVP Parade

    Chris Paul hasn't been a big part of the MVP conversation this season, but after he and the Los Angeles Clippers stymied a seemingly unstoppable Russell Westbrook on Wednesday, that discussion may have to change...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 42,328 reads 217 comments

  20. Projecting Every NBA Record LeBron James Will Hold by Retirement

    As LeBron James enters the stretch run of his 12th NBA season, the records are starting to fall. More will follow...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 43,545 reads 82 comments

  21. Survival Guide for Watching NBA's Worst Teams Down the Stretch

    If you're one of the lucky ones, part of a select group whose NBA allegiances lie with the title-chasing elite—the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks or Cleveland Cavaliers, ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 49,869 reads 145 comments

  22. 2015 NBA Free Agents: Best Fits for the Top 20 in This Year's Class

    Consider for a moment the absurdity of the following statement: The 2015 edition of NBA free agency could be even wilder than the breathlessly anticipated free-for-all we saw in 2014...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 136,816 reads 287 comments

  23. Sunday NBA Roundup: Russell Westbrook's Legendary Run Shows No Sign of Stopping

    There are two forces in the known universe capable of keeping Russell Westbrook from continuing his assault on what you thought was possible on a basketball court: his own self-control and Kevin Durant 's presence on the floor...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 52,947 reads 183 comments

  24. Golden State Warriors' Supporting Cast Can Be X-Factor in 2015 Championship Run

    For a long time, the key to beating the Golden State Warriors was taking Stephen Curry out of the game and daring role players to pick up the slack...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 37,625 reads 124 comments

  25. Finding the Ideal Point Guard for Carmelo Anthony's New York Knicks

    For better or worse, the New York Knicks are heavily invested in Carmelo Anthony . So they'd better get to work this summer on finding the talent that will get the most out their injured franchise cornerstone...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 10,963 reads 51 comments