1. 10 Things Happened Last Night We Never Expected

    Tuesday's three-game Western Conference slate was loaded with surprises, proving that even after six months of regular-season games and a nearly complete first round, it's still best to expect the unexpected...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 2 days ago 57,572 reads 0 comments

  2. 2017 NBA Free Agent Stock Watch: Playoff Edition

    Potential buyers on the NBA free-agent market will always consider a player's full resume, but everyone's guilty of succumbing to a little recency bias now and then...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 days ago 63,239 reads 0 comments

  3. NBA Free Agency: Regrading Biggest Moves from 2016 Offseason

    Is there anything better than hindsight? Exercising it makes you feel smart, and everything seems so obvious. It's a real self-esteem booster, and we'll deploy it here to retroactively grade the biggest free-agent signings of the 2016 NBA offseason..

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 days ago 133,248 reads 0 comments

  4. NBA Devil's Advocacy: The Argument for Top 10 Free Agents Bolting This Summer

    With the financial incentives being what they are, it's tough to steer NBA free agents away from their current teams. But there's always an argument to be made if you're willing to stretch a little...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 10 days ago 123,373 reads 0 comments

  5. NBA Power Rankings as Playoffs Begin

    This will be the last set of power rankings that includes all 30 NBA teams for a while. Shed a tear if you need to. For the most part, the 82-game schedule sorted things out...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 14 days ago 142,825 reads 0 comments

  6. Ranking Potential for Upsets in First-Round NBA Playoff Matchups

    Everybody loves an underdog story, and we'll do our best to find some among the eight pairings that compose the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 15 days ago 92,807 reads 0 comments

  7. Handing Out Awards for Every NBA Team

    With the 2016-17 NBA season all but over with the playoffs starting Saturday, it's time to hand out hardware. And at the risk of falling into the much-maligned participation-trophy wussification of America, we're distributing lots of it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 17 days ago 159,344 reads 0 comments

  8. NBA Power Rankings with 1 Week to Go in Regular Season

    The joke last year, perhaps offered a bit too frequently, was that the Golden State Warriors deserved their own special status apart from the other 29 teams vying for the No. 1 spot among non-divinity power rankings...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 21 days ago 122,946 reads 0 comments

  9. The Case Against Every 2017 NBA MVP Candidate

    Somebody is going to win the 2017 NBA MVP award, and that somebody—whether it's Russell Westbrook , James Harden , LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard—will have advocates nodding, justifying and exclaiming delightedly that he deserved it...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 23 days ago 115,747 reads 0 comments

  10. NBA Desperation Meter: Which Playoff Droughts Will Last Longest?

    Whether your favorite NBA team is tanking, on the upswing but still a not-quite-there outfit or tumbling from the top eight spots in its conference, all you really care about is when it'll finally break through...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 24 days ago 45,163 reads 0 comments

  11. NBA Power Rankings at the End of March

    We've finally gone deep enough into the season where the standings have mostly sorted this out for us. You can make it a long time, fool a lot of observers and give off the appearance that you're better than your record...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 28 days ago 183,656 reads 0 comments

  12. Ranking the Futures of Every Projected 2017 NBA Lottery Team

    The NBA draft lottery is basically hope made manifest. If you're in it, it's because the season you just put together wasn't any good, and you're hoping (there's that word again) an influx of young talent will make you better...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 30 days ago 127,707 reads 0 comments

  13. Which NBA Rookies Will Break out as Sophomores?

    The pessimist's view of this season's NBA rookie class is that there aren't any studs in it. Dario Saric and Malcolm Brogdon are battling it out for Rookie of the Year by default ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 131,385 reads 0 comments

  14. The NBA's Ageless Wonders: Ranking the Best 30 Players over 30

    The NBA is a young man's league, but there are plenty of age-defying senior citizens (relatively speaking) still holding their own against the youth...

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  15. B/R NBA's 2-on-2 Sweet 16 Bracket: Which Duo Takes All in NBA Jam-Style Tourney?

    Tournaments and brackets are hot this time of year, and search engine optimization never rests. So we've compiled a fun little two-on-two tournament featuring 16 sets of NBA teammates, pre -ranked and set against one another for your entertainment...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 117,954 reads 0 comments

  16. NBA Power Rankings Entering Final Weeks of 2016-17 Season

    At this point, it might be easier to just alert you when we don't have chaos and rampant place-swapping in the top 10 spots of these NBA power rankings. Yet again, there's top-end shuffling afoot...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 124,310 reads 0 comments

  17. Which NBA Teams Need the No. 1 Seed Most in Both Conferences?

    Some NBA teams have historically cared more than others about playoff seeding, but this year, there's one club in each conference that should be pushing for the top spot harder than everyone else...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 35,247 reads 0 comments

  18. NBA Players Facing Likely Decline Next Season

    It's always a little painful to predict slippage among NBA players. Nobody wants to see decline on the horizon...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 56,408 reads 0 comments

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Rank with 1 Month Left in Regular Season

    That low trembling you may have felt in the ground was probably the result of several giants crashing to earth at once in this week's power rankings. Way up at the top, two of last week's three best teams took dives...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 165,166 reads 0 comments

  20. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Can We Trust the Boston Celtics as Contenders?

    A road game against the Golden State Warriors may not seem like the best environment to judge whether we can trust the Boston Celtics. Then again, maybe it's the perfect one...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 36,978 reads 0 comments

  21. NBA Playoffs 2017: Way-Too-Early Round-by-Round Predictions

    Yes, these round-by-round playoff predictions are too early. It says so right in the title. At this stage, what we can't forecast over the season's final six weeks or so—health, hot streaks, cold spells—outweighs what we can...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 128,746 reads 0 comments

  22. Monday NBA Roundup: Warriors Finding Positives in Kevin Durant's Absence

    The Golden State Warriors have dabbled in transcendence these past few seasons, but the grounded approach they took in beating the Atlanta Hawks on Monday may matter more in their pursuit of another title...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 58,894 reads 0 comments

  23. 2017 NBA Power Rankings: Stacking Up All 30 Teams Before the Home Stretch

    You know we're hitting the stretch run when high-end NBA teams are surpassing last season's win totals and clinching playoff spots: The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors pulled off those respective tricks this past week...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 194,882 reads 2 comments

  24. Buddy Hield's Side of the Story: It's Not About Becoming Steph, Replacing Boogie

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Much of the talk around the biggest deal of this year's NBA trade deadline focused on who Buddy Hield isn't. He isn't DeMarcus Cousins , the player he was traded for (among other pieces going both ways)...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 46,258 reads 0 comments

  25. Laying Out 2017 MVP Cases for NBA's Top Candidates

    We've viewed the race for the 2017 NBA MVP award as a two-man affair (between James Harden and Russell Westbrook ) for so long that we've neglected other candidates' resumes...

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