1. What Will Make Steve Nash's Final NBA Season with Los Angeles Lakers a Success?

    It's a rare player who gets to write the ending to his own NBA story, but if Steve Nash plays a few things right in this, his final season, there's a good chance his last chapter will be one he's happy with...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 11,492 reads 71 comments

  2. Which Roy Hibbert Will Indiana Pacers Get Next Season?

    We saw two versions of Roy Hibbert last season, and the Indiana Pacers should be praying the better one shows up in 2014-15. Their season will depend on it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 4,898 reads 54 comments

  3. Ranking the Top 10 Duos in the NBA

    The buddy system is alive and well in the NBA . To prove it, we'll run down and rank the league's very best two-man tandems. Statistics, with an emphasis on last season's numbers will be immensely important...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 123,106 reads 547 comments

  4. Andrew Wiggins' Contract Gives Golden State Warriors One Last Shot at Kevin Love

    Now that Andrew Wiggins has signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers , this offseason's most interminable trade saga—the one involving the Golden State Warriors ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 15,202 reads 38 comments

  5. Joakim Noah Is Happy for LeBron James, but Not That Happy

    Joakim Noah has never had a problem speaking from the heart, a trait he put on full display (again) in his comments about LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 181,435 reads 585 comments

  6. Why Free-Agent Steal Isaiah Thomas Will Push Phoenix Suns to Postseason

    Isaiah Thomas is one of the NBA 's smallest players, but he's set to make a big impact on the Phoenix Suns in 2014-15—big enough, in fact, to get his new club the playoff berth it so narrowly missed out on last season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 8,240 reads 26 comments

  7. How Much Leverage Does LeBron James Have with Cleveland Cavaliers?

    In his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers , LeBron James has all the power in the world. But that might not be the case forever. Clearly, LeBron pulled strings this summer...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 24,336 reads 100 comments

  8. Greg Monroe or Eric Bledsoe: Who Has the Brighter NBA Future?

    Admit it: When comparing restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe, easily the top two targets still on the market, your gut reaction is to assume the Phoenix Suns' ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 22,040 reads 88 comments

  9. Chandler Parsons Really, Really Loves Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki

    The cynics out there might say Chandler Parsons had about 46 million reasons to sign the Dallas Mavericks ' offer sheet this summer, but to hear the small forward tell it, the two most persuasive factors had nothing to do with money...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 12,063 reads 29 comments

  10. Why Tom Thibodeau Faces More Pressure Than Ever Before with Chicago Bulls

    Tom Thibodeau has never been big on excuses. Good thing, because the Chicago Bulls head coach won't have any this year. New and Old Weapons The Bulls are rebuilt—bigger, stronger and better...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 17,096 reads 81 comments

  11. With Miami Heat's Big 3 Disbanded, Which NBA Trio Is Tops?

    LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have parted ways, which means the Eastern Conference is back up for grabs. And so is the title of the " NBA 's Best Big Three...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 257,870 reads 790 comments

  12. Can Jeremy Lin Be the Long-Term Point Guard for Los Angeles Lakers?

    For a guy who has been beloved at every stop in his brief career, Jeremy Lin has had a hard time finding an NBA home. He may have just found one with the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 49,944 reads 268 comments

  13. Why Paul George's Emergence Is More Critical Than Ever for Indiana Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers will only go as far as Paul George goes this season. Again. For a moment there, George was on the cusp of turning the NBA 's typical two-man MVP race, ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 6,897 reads 51 comments

  14. NBA's Biggest Free-Agent Decisions Prove Players Are More Than 'Assets'

    Two of this summer's most intriguing free-agent moves—the ones made by LeBron James and Chandler Parsons—were largely motivated by emotion, which should serve as a reminder ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 11,156 reads 43 comments

  15. Why Phoenix Suns' Risky Free-Agent Gamble with Eric Bledsoe Will Pay off

    As Eric Bledsoe 's restricted free agency drags on, it's tempting to start asking questions, wringing hands and giving in to the sense of urgency building around the Phoenix Suns guard...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 8,204 reads 32 comments

  16. Kevin Durant Talks Pressure, LeBron James and Being Nice with an Edge

    Kevin Durant wants you to know he's as fierce a competitor as you'll find on the hardwood, but he's just as comfortable admitting he's also a good dude...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 94,814 reads 338 comments

  17. Is Philadelphia 76ers' Massive Rebuild Just a Road to Nowhere?

    Sooner or later, Sam Hinkie 's rebuilding plan for the Philadelphia 76ers will have to produce a result. That's appropriately ironic for someone as wholly devoted to process as the Sixers president and general manager...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 23,545 reads 168 comments

  18. Where Do Dallas Mavericks Rank in West After Offseason Overhaul?

    Thanks to a Western Conference of virtually unparalleled difficulty, last year's 49-win Dallas Mavericks knew they'd have to make serious changes over the summer if they had hopes of doing anything more than sneaking into the playoffs in 2014-15...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 14,356 reads 90 comments

  19. Why OKC Thunder Rookie Josh Huestis Could Lead NBA Farm System Revolution

    Josh Huestis probably won't play a second in the NBA this year, but the Oklahoma City Thunder 's first-round draft pick still might wind up becoming one of the league's most important figures...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 79,924 reads 86 comments

  20. New-Look Miami Heat Will Show Us LeBron James' True Value

    We'll see proof of LeBron James ' greatness in the way he changes the prospects of the Cleveland Cavaliers , but we may get an even clearer picture of his worth by looking at what happens to the Miami Heat in his absence...

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  21. Is Kobe Bryant's Contract Helping or Hurting the Los Angeles Lakers' Future?

    If you needed another indication that Kobe Bryant and his $48.5 million contract affect everything about the Los Angeles Lakers , all you have to do is consult the team's most recent transaction: a post-amnesty signing of Carlos Boozer...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 35,324 reads 198 comments

  22. Luol Deng Signing a Smart Gamble for Miami Heat in 2014 Free Agency

    Let's get one thing straight: Pat Riley is overselling the significance of the Miami Heat inking Luol Deng to a two-year deal...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 35,240 reads 91 comments

  23. LeBron James' Return to Cleveland Cavaliers About More Than Redemption

    LeBron James went back to Cleveland because he felt it was the right thing to do—for himself, the team and the city. Insofar as an inherently trivial act in the sports world can have significance in the real one, James' decision does...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 12,389 reads 47 comments

  24. Everything Lakers Fans Need to Know About New Signee Ed Davis

    The Los Angeles Lakers are in an odd transitional phase these days, one in which they must secure talent to keep Kobe Bryant sane while also making sure not to tie up cap space for a serious rebuild in a couple of years...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 27,904 reads 45 comments

  25. 16 Takeaways from Day 6 of 2014 NBA Summer League

    "How's your bracket doing?" It's not typically a question you hear in July, is it? But with the NBA 's Las Vegas Summer League kicking off its tournament portion on Wednesday, a little dose of that familiar collegiate madness made its way to the pros.

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 76,862 reads 111 comments