1. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Boston Celtics Solidifying Status as East's 2nd-Best

    Al Horford may still be the key to making the Boston Celtics a top threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East, but the way his team scrapped without him in a 107-100 win against the Chicago Bulls suggests he's hardly the only one...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 38,177 reads 113 comments

  2. Monday NBA Roundup: Bulls Offensive Chemistry Proving Doubters Wrong

    Either the Chicago Bulls are engineering the greatest fake-it-until-you-make it con in recent NBA history, or everyone's preseason projections were wrong...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 57,801 reads 112 comments

  3. Predicting First Wave of Players to Hit the 2016-17 NBA Trade Block

    Sooner or later, NBA teams are going to start thinking about swaps. Whether it's worn-out welcomes, offseason miscalculations or panic moves, we know some big names will wind up in trade discussions...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 60,596 reads 83 comments

  4. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Anthony Davis' Big Night Reminds Us What He's Capable Of

    With a historically unprecedented opening-night eruption, Anthony Davis bellowed at the fickle basketball world that had forgotten him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 37,940 reads 69 comments

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Stock Up, Stock Down as 2016-17 Season Tips Off

    We made it: Real NBA games are upon us. No more 14-minute stints for starters (except Joel Embiid...maybe), no more divining meaning from games against Maccabi Haifa or the Shanghai ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 25,921 reads 89 comments

  6. Weird NBA Awards: End-of-Preseason Edition

    Oh, you have an NBA MVP sleeper pick and a solid lock for Executive of the Year? Great. Keep them to yourself. Nobody's interested. This is where we honor the unsung winners; the victors who won't get official hardware; the alternatives...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 21,686 reads 33 comments

  7. Sacramento Kings Insider: Here's How 2016-17 Won't Be Another Total Flop

    In the process of missing 10 straight postseasons, the Sacramento Kings have become a pitiable backwater paragon of NBA dysfunction—and a running joke. So you'd better believe they're focusing on change...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 4,861 reads 13 comments

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Stacking Up Each Team as 2016-17 Gets Started

    We're almost there. In less than two weeks, we'll have the genuine article: real NBA basketball games on which to judge the 30 teams we've been speculating about for months...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 130,202 reads 238 comments

  9. Are the 2016-17 Warriors the Greatest Team Ever on Paper?

    Are the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors the greatest team ever on paper? If we take Kevin Durant at his word, we already have our answer. "I wouldn't say we're the best on-paper team in NBA history," Durant told Sina (via CSN Bay Area )...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 32,642 reads 119 comments

  10. Golden State Warriors Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    Less than two minutes into the Golden State Warriors ' second preseason game — a 45-point incineration of the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 4 — it happened...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 14,941 reads 36 comments

  11. NBA Preseason 2016: Early Title Odds for All 30 Teams

    Winning a championship is the whole point for every NBA team, even if it's more prudent for some to focus on player development, day-to-day improvement and shorter-term concerns...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 68,813 reads 188 comments

  12. NBA Preseason 2016: The Biggest Storyline for All 30 Teams

    The preseason is already upon us, which means practices are underway and games (real games!) between NBA teams aren't far off. It also means summer is over, and you've probably failed to finish whatever offseason projects you had planned...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 21,165 reads 15 comments

  13. Kevin Garnett Leaves Behind Legacy as NBA's Most Beloved Bully

    Kevin Garnett is leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA relatively quietly, and that's a little weird for a player whose career has been defined by high volume and confrontation...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 year ago 55,416 reads 121 comments

  14. Oklahoma City Thunder: Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    There'll be a moment during Russell Westbrook 's 2016-17 season when it all sinks in, when the chest bump he's expected throughout his entire career never comes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 11,546 reads 38 comments

  15. Every NBA Team's Most Versatile Player Entering 2016-17 Training Camp

    The age of the NBA specialist is over. As positional designations blur, the call for multiskilled players is louder than ever...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 69,087 reads 115 comments

  16. Predicting the X-Factor for Every NBA Team Entering 2016-17 Season

    In an age of relentless and exhaustive NBA coverage (even in the offseason), a little unpredictability goes a long way...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 114,065 reads 177 comments

  17. Check Yourself: These NBA Hot Takes Need Re-Thinking

    The NBA offseason has a way of encouraging groupthink. We watch the draft and free agency play out, we absorb the grades on which teams got better or worse, and then we shelve our critical thoughts for three months...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 23,405 reads 64 comments

  18. Biggest Storylines to Watch During 2016-17 NBA Training Camps

    Follow the NBA long enough, and you'll eventually realize there are a finite number of training camp angles...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 40,313 reads 70 comments

  19. The Next Wave of NBA Contenders Is Upon Us

    If you had to peg a season-defining sentiment for the upcoming 2016-17 NBA campaign, you'd probably arrive at something like predestination...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 47,748 reads 176 comments

  20. 'And Now for Something Different' Awards: 2016 NBA Offseason Edition

    A little distance from June's NBA draft hoopla and July's frenzied free-agent activity helps put the offseason in perspective...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 70,542 reads 118 comments

  21. Team USA's Flawed Style Plenty Enough for Gold; Olympics All-Tournament Team

    Team USA played the perfect version of its imperfect game Sunday, securing a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics with a 96-66 dismantling of Serbia...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 80,355 reads 88 comments

  22. Team USA Is in for a Gold Medal Basketball Brawl Against Serbia

    Team USA continued its trend of doing just enough to win, advancing to the gold-medal game with an 82-76 Friday  victory over Spain. Klay Thompson led the U.S...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 34,066 reads 63 comments

  23. Why You Need to Watch Team USA and the Men's Olympic Basketball Semis

    We've got four teams and roughly 10 times that many intriguing storylines left in the men's basketball portion of the Rio Olympics. It's elimination time now...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 13,252 reads 18 comments

  24. Australia Proves Its Case as Top Challenger to Team USA

    If Australia hadn't shown up to win, if it hadn't fought like crazy, if it hadn't legitimately put a scare into Team USA and maybe even deserved to win Wednesday, whatever remaining Olympic basketball drama there was in Rio would have evaporated...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 162,682 reads 255 comments

  25. USA vs. Australia: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

    With Team USA's throttling lesser foes while presumptive threats Spain and France appear shockingly meek, Wednesday's meeting between the U.S. and Australia suddenly looms large...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about over 1 year ago 13,305 reads 3 comments