1. Who Is Joe Harris: Cavs Afterthought Suddenly Has Real Role

    You didn't hear Joe Harris' name much in the NBA draft conversation over the past few years before the Cleveland Cavaliers took him No. 33 overall in June. He was, however, one heck of a college basketball player...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 27,403 reads 18 comments

  2. The Fatal Flaw Every 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year Contender Has to Fix

    The NBA Rookie of the Year race has gotten off to a pretty slow start. Not many first-year players have been producing over the initial month of the season. I'd place some blame on the fact that many of them are 20 years old and younger...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 35,787 reads 80 comments

  3. 6 Players Primed to Climb NBA Draft Boards over 2014-15 Season

    It's early, but you can still get a feel for who's ready to erupt and jump up boards. Some of these guys are freshmen who've flown under the radar in comparison to the obvious one-and-done candidates...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 23,549 reads 15 comments

  4. 1st Impressions of Top 2015 NBA Draft Prospects at State Farm Classic

    Between Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Kentucky, we saw a whole lot of future NBA talent on the floor at this year's State Farm Classic. Many of the prospects have made strong first impressions, while, quite frankly, a few others have not...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 46,400 reads 21 comments

  5. How New York Knicks' Learning Curve Became Latest Excuse

    New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher and team president Phil Jackson have been preaching patience and downplaying expectations from day one. But at some point, the "new system" excuse is going to expire...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 12,373 reads 67 comments

  6. Thomas Robinson Still Searching for Place Among His NBA Peers

    There was some debate at the time of the 2012 NBA draft as to how much upside Thomas Robinson offered, but I'm not sure anyone had him pegged as a bust clinging to an eight-minute-per-game role three years later...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 4,436 reads 9 comments

  7. Ranking the Top 5 Favorites to Be No. 1 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

    With the college basketball season tipping off, we're looking at five realistic No. 1 overall candidates for the 2015 NBA draft, and only three of them will be suiting up for a Division I team...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 25,057 reads 40 comments

  8. 2015 NBA Mock Draft: Very Early Look at All 30 Projected 1st-Round Picks

    With the college basketball season finally here and the NBA season a few weeks in, it's officially that time...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 238,185 reads 244 comments

  9. Evan Fournier Proving to Be a Steal for Orlando Magic

    At the time, it didn't seem like the Orlando Magic were getting anything exciting in return when they traded Arron Afflalo ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 2,730 reads 0 comments

  10. Sacramento Kings Need More from Ben McLemore

    It's not crazy to think the Sacramento Kings really have something going here. There's plenty of talent and experience in the lineup. But to sustain their hot start, they'll need all hands on deck throughout the grind of the 82-game season...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 3,270 reads 15 comments

  11. NBA Rookies Who Are Resetting Our Expectations This Season

    We entered the 2014-15 season with some expectations for each NBA rookie. There were a few we thought would step in right away and make an impact. There were others we pegged as longer-term projects who weren't quite ready...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 65,839 reads 97 comments

  12. Gordon Hayward Proving He Belongs as an NBA Star

    It's happening. And not everyone believed it would. But Gordon Hayward looks to have taken the next step toward NBA stardom in year No. 5...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 16,043 reads 21 comments

  13. Cleveland Cavaliers Need Dion Waiters to Thrive as New Sixth Man

    It just makes too much common sense. Dion Waiters ' game was always built for the sixth-man role—the same one he played at Syracuse while his NBA stock exploded...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 7,416 reads 14 comments

  14. Minnesota Timberwolves Must Figure out Who Zach LaVine Is While Ricky Rubio Sits

    The Ricky Rubio ankle injury stinks big time, but it did create a pretty meaningful opportunity for one of the team's most prized young assets. We now get to see what type of NBA shape Zach LaVine takes on...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 6,028 reads 7 comments

  15. 7 Sophomore-Year Players Ready to Emerge into the National NBA Spotlight

    Sometimes it takes a year to adjust to the NBA 's speed, size and strength. The following sophomores each look poised for a breakout season after experiencing rookie turbulence in 2013-14...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 29,240 reads 49 comments

  16. Bismack Biyombo's NBA Career Looking Like It's Already on Life Support

    It takes some guys an extra few years for it to finally click. No big deal. And then there's Bismack Biyombo , whose career has officially entered the danger zone in season No...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 2,596 reads 7 comments

  17. 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 4 months ago 12,471 reads 55 comments

  18. 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 4 months ago 22,589 reads 33 comments

  19. 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 4 months ago 70,957 reads 91 comments

  20. 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 4 months ago 44,194 reads 55 comments

  21. 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 4 months ago 5,742 reads 10 comments

  22. 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 4 months ago 23,295 reads 30 comments

  23. 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 4 months ago 16,827 reads 91 comments

  24. 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 4 months ago 849 reads 0 comments

  25. 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 4 months ago 36,829 reads 54 comments