1. J.R. Smith Already Proving He Won't Be a Winner for New York Knicks

    Tim Hardaway Jr. had just missed an open three-pointer in the corner, which was rebounded by Carmelo Anthony and sent down to Amar'e Stoudemire, who got his layup attempt blocked with 19 seconds to go in the first quarter...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 12,465 reads 55 comments

  2. Don't Look Now: Jason Kidd Is Turning Brandon Knight into Very Good Point Guard

    We always knew Brandon Knight could score. It's been his thing since his high school days and one year at Kentucky. But he didn't sell everyone out of college, where the ups and downs of his stat line—17...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 22,413 reads 33 comments

  3. NBA Rookies 2014-15: 5 Players Who Will Make Teams Regret Passing on Them

    Every year we see prospects in the draft slip a little bit too far. Coincidentally, most of the top rookies early on in 2014-15 are guys who weren't drafted that high. These are the rookies who are going to make teams pay for passing on them...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 70,886 reads 91 comments

  4. NBA Draft 2015: Early Look at New Crop of Top 10 Prospects

    With college exhibition games underway, it's time to unveil our top-10 prospects heading into the 2014-15 season. And once again, it's the freshmen who'll likely be hearing their names called early and often in June...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 43,544 reads 55 comments

  5. Which Minnesota Timberwolves Youngster Has Steepest NBA Learning Curve?

    It's not about the Ws for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014-15. Not after trading Kevin Love for a teenager and a sophomore who stunk as a rookie...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 5,723 reads 10 comments

  6. Former Top NBA Prospects Who Need to Break Out This Season

    At some point, the "NBA prospect" label wears off. After a few years in the league, you need some type of production or progress on the resume. A few of the following prospects are in jeopardy of falling closer and closer into the "bust" conversation.

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 23,291 reads 30 comments

  7. Knicks' Contract Decisions Prove New York All-In on Building Through Free Agency

    New York Knicks management isn't messing around here. Despite the lack of young talent on the roster, it's decided against committing to 22-year-old point guard Shane Larkin and 24-year-old combo Iman Shumpert past this season...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 16,782 reads 91 comments

  8. Utah Jazz's Future as Bright as Its Depth Chart Is Murky

    The Utah Jazz have stockpiled a lot of young talent over the past couple of years. They've taken full advantage of the benefits attached to losing by building with first-round picks...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 807 reads 0 comments

  9. Breaking Down Early Favorites for 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year

    After a few games into the NBA's regular-season schedule, the Rookie of the Year race is starting to take shape. Unfortunately, Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle had to bow out with a broken leg...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 36,634 reads 54 comments

  10. Serious Injuries Derail but Don't Have to Destroy NBA Rookie Dreams

    Injuries stink. It was pretty sickening to watch Julius Randle go down with a broken leg in his first NBA game. The timing—just downright brutal...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 12,687 reads 14 comments

  11. Kemba Walker and Charlotte Hornets Are Right Match at Right Price

    Good for Kemba Walker —and good for the Charlotte Hornets . The two sides agreed , per Marc Stein of ESPN...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 6,139 reads 4 comments

  12. Perry Jones III Has to Seize Golden Opportunity with Oklahoma City Thunder

    It only took two full years. Now entering his third season with the Oklahoma City Thunder , Perry Jones III will finally get a chance to prove his NBA worth...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 4,926 reads 9 comments

  13. How Tyrus Thomas Can Go from NBA Mega-Bust to Successful Reclamation Project

    Cue the resurrection music and lighting: Tyrus Thomas appears set to make his triumphant return to the hardwood. Or at least he's going to try...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 12,515 reads 19 comments

  14. NBA Training Camp Cuts Who Could Resurface During 2014-15 Season

    As cheesy as it sounds, one team's trash could be another team's treasure. General managers are in the process of cutting their rosters down to 15 men, and we've seen some noteworthy names get the ax over the past few weeks...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 9,578 reads 12 comments

  15. Searching for the Next Anthony Davis: Which NBA Prospect Could Change the Game?

    Anthony Davis seemingly cut about 10 guys in the line that leads straight to the top of the NBA superstar pyramid...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 22,165 reads 44 comments

  16. Iman Shumpert Cleared for Takeoff with Phil Jackson's Knicks

    This is it for Iman Shumpert . The big contract year. The one that could determine his value next summer when he's slated for restricted free agency...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 5,657 reads 19 comments

  17. Will Joel Embiid or Nerlens Noel Be Better in the Prime of Their Careers?

    For most of their one-and-done freshmen years in college, both Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel were considered the prize of their respective draft classes...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 16,489 reads 46 comments

  18. NBA Preseason 2014-15: Biggest Rookie Surprises and Disappointments

    Through roughly three weeks of preseason ball, we've seen some pleasant surprises and discouraging disappointments within the 2014 rookie class. As expected, the top picks in Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker have both looked pretty good...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 52,800 reads 82 comments

  19. How Rudy Gobert Can Become the NBA's Next Feared Interior Force

    You can already start to feel it. The vibes surrounding Rudy Gobert have been pumping with positivity since summer league back in July...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 4,197 reads 5 comments

  20. Predicting the NBA's Top Rookie of the Year Candidate at Each Position

    Based on projected roles and NBA readiness, the list of standout Rookie of the Year candidates is a short one heading into the 2014-15 season. Considering how important stats are in determining the winner, opportunity and minutes are huge...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 74,190 reads 148 comments

  21. Karl Towns vs. Jahlil Okafor: Who's Favorite for No. 1 Pick in 2015 Draft?

    Two of the No. 1 overall candidates for the 2015 NBA draft happen to be big fellas this year. Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky's Karl Towns, each of whom fit the profile of your ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 48,515 reads 89 comments

  22. Good, Better and Best of NBA's Rule Changes for 2014-15 Season

    The NBA has implemented a few rules changes heading into the 2014-15 season. And most of them are tough to argue against. Many include the expansion of instant replay. To some, this slows a game down that's fairly long in the first place...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 11,867 reads 23 comments

  23. Has Mason Plumlee Made Injury-Prone Brook Lopez Expendable for Brooklyn Nets?

    It happened again. Brook Lopez sprained his foot the other night in an NBA preseason game, an injury expected to cost him 10-14 days, per Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 18,922 reads 51 comments

  24. Otto Porter Has Golden Opportunity with Wing-Depleted Washington Wizards

    This is exactly what Otto Porter Jr. needed. After a letdown rookie year, he's been presented with a golden bounce-back opportunity in Washington. Trevor Ariza is gone...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 3,478 reads 2 comments

  25. Nerlens Noel Showing Offensive Flashes in His Game We Haven't Seen Before

    Who knew what to expect from Nerlens Noel ? Prior to summer league, he'd gone 17 months without playing a minute of five-on-five ball...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 10,387 reads 24 comments