1. Surprise Star Marreese Speights Talks Breakout Year and Warriors' Early Success

    Marreese Speights is in the midst of his career-best season with the Golden State Warriors , averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in just 17.2 minutes per game off the bench...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 9,802 reads 12 comments

  2. Paul Pierce Providing Blueprint for Graceful NBA Aging

    Forget the 10 All-Star nods, the 2007-08 NBA Finals MVP and the championship ring. What Paul Pierce is doing now may be his most remarkable achievement yet...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 44,285 reads 10 comments

  3. Gap Between Eastern and Western Conferences Will Narrow with Patience

    It says a lot about the NBA 's Eastern Conference when the best compliment we can pay it is painfully backhanded. Nice work, East; the Grand Canyon between you and the West didn't get noticeably grander this season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 2,818 reads 22 comments

  4. Atlanta Hawks Making a Power Play in the East and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    You could argue that the Atlanta Hawks' 127-98 thrashing of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday was nothing more than a ledger-balancer or maybe just a study in the motivational power of vengeance...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 25,142 reads 141 comments

  5. Bucks Will Survive Without Jabari Parker for Now, but Long-Term Concerns Linger

    Jabari Parker 's knee injury won't sink the Milwaukee Bucks this season, but it could put a major damper on the franchise's future plans...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 32,470 reads 86 comments

  6. Los Angeles Lakers Handed Embarrassing Reality Check and Monday NBA Takeaways

    You could see it coming a mile away, but the inevitability of the Los Angeles Lakers' complete collapse on Monday didn't make it any easier to watch...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 68,627 reads 97 comments

  7. Which Western Conference Power Should Scare Spurs Most?

    The Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies will spend Tuesday night trying to smash each other to bits while the San Antonio Spurs , the indomitable reigning NBA champs ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 24,388 reads 166 comments

  8. Predicting NBA All-Star Rosters After First Quarter of 2014-15 Season

    A quarter of the NBA season is behind us, which means it's time to look ahead to the league's de facto halfway point: the 2015 NBA All-Star Game...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 38,806 reads 192 comments

  9. What Are the Sacramento Kings Doing Firing Head Coach Mike Malone?

    These were supposed to be the new Sacramento Kings : grounded in analytics, stable in leadership and advancing on innovation...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 53,371 reads 115 comments

  10. Kobe Bryant's History-Making Moment Leads Lakers and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Kobe Bryant moved past Michael Jordan on the NBA 's all-time scoring list with a pair of free throws a little more than midway through the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 19,652 reads 34 comments

  11. Biggest Lingering Questions for NBA-Best Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors ' 19-2 start, complete with a still-active 14-game winning streak and elite marks on both ends of the floor, would seem to have answered every possible question about the team's fitness going forward...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 9,583 reads 25 comments

  12. Breaking Down What's Behind the Terrible Miami Heat Defense

    The strangest thing about the Miami Heat 's start to the post-LeBron James era is the team's inability to stop. Get stops, that is, on defense. Losing James was bound to hurt the Heat on offense...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 6,103 reads 30 comments

  13. Kobe Bryant Calls Los Angeles Lakers 'Soft Like Charmin'

    Pat yourself on the back if you had Dec. 11 as the day Kobe Bryant 's frustration with the Los Angeles Lakers would reach its boiling point...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 256,960 reads 414 comments

  14. Warriors Give Steve Kerr Best Start in History and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    Steve Kerr is officially off to the hottest start of any first-year head coach in NBA history. To accomplish that eye-opening feat, he had to lead his short-handed Golden State ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 66,904 reads 111 comments

  15. Bradley Beal Beats Magic with Game-Winning Alley-Oop at the Buzzer

    With less than a second remaining in a tied game against the Orlando Magic , Bradley Beal darted backdoor, caught a perfect lob from Andre Miller and guided the ball through the rim...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 2,928 reads 22 comments

  16. Best Potential Trade Candidates for Houston Rockets to Bolster Depth

    The Houston Rockets have a hefty trade exception burning a hole in their pocket, and despite their red-hot start to the 2014-15 NBA season, they're looking to make a move...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 31,404 reads 71 comments

  17. Projecting Michael Carter-Williams' NBA Future an Impossible Task Right Now

    Michael Carter-Williams ' bizarre situation with the Philadelphia 76ers makes it almost impossible to gauge his value today and, consequently, what he'll be worth in the future...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 7,778 reads 24 comments

  18. Trade Packages and Scenarios for Brooklyn Nets Stars on Trade Block

    The Brooklyn Nets tried buying, buying and buying until their roster was as bloated with past-prime talent as it was with oversized expectations...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 162,883 reads 330 comments

  19. Blake Griffin Hits Game-Winning 3-Pointer in Overtime vs. Phoenix Suns

    If his game-winning, step-back triple is any indication, Blake Griffin 's maturation from one-dimensional dunker to multifaceted offensive superstar is now complete...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 97,010 reads 221 comments

  20. John Wall Gets Emotional, Dedicates Wizards' Win to 6-Year-Old Cancer Victim

    John Wall played what might have been the best game of his life on Monday night, but nobody's going to remember his stat line...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 329,378 reads 192 comments

  21. Anthony Davis Is Beyond Compare, so Stop Trying

    Anthony Davis is something new. Something never seen before, something that represents—and may as well be from —the future. That is why the search for comparable players from the past never seems to yield any results...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 49,712 reads 195 comments

  22. Los Angeles Lakers Look Even Worse Than Expected and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the New Orleans Pelicans by a final score of 104-87 on Sunday night, but they might have lost something far more valuable than a game in the process...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 75,896 reads 146 comments

  23. How Much Blame Does Kobe Bryant Deserve for Los Angeles Lakers' Pathetic Start?

    It's easy to pin this on Kobe Bryant . Watching this Los Angeles Lakers team—its league-worst defense , its players standing around dejectedly on offense watching a 36-year-old ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 31,246 reads 235 comments

  24. The One Thing Preventing Every NBA Title Contender from Winning It All

    As potent as the NBA 's top championship threats may seem, each one has its weakness. Inexperience, too much dependence on injury-prone players, an off-kilter balance between offense ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 64,153 reads 210 comments

  25. Philadelphia 76ers Avoid Infamy for Now, and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    The Philadelphia 76ers may very well finish the season with the most losses in NBA history, but they avoided the record book on this night...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 39,327 reads 44 comments