1. 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 5 months ago 5,674 reads 19 comments

  2. 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 5 months ago 17,371 reads 44 comments

  3. 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 5 months ago 52,856 reads 82 comments

  4. 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 5 months ago 4,516 reads 5 comments

  5. 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 5 months ago 74,609 reads 148 comments

  6. 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 5 months ago 50,263 reads 89 comments

  7. 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 6 months ago 12,030 reads 23 comments

  8. 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 6 months ago 18,997 reads 51 comments

  9. 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 6 months ago 3,508 reads 2 comments

  10. 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 6 months ago 10,401 reads 24 comments

  11. NBA Rookie Stock Watch: 2014-15 Preseason Edition

    Thanks to summer league, training camp buzz and preseason NBA action, we're starting to get a better feel for how the 2014-15 rookies stack up. Some of them, like Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker, have performed pretty much the way we expected..

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 109,188 reads 107 comments

  12. How O.J. Mayo Went from Top Prospect to the NBA's Biggest Reclamation Project

    A slow but steady decline turned into a free fall last season. O.J. Mayo , taken third overall in the 2008 NBA draft out of USC after his freshman year, is now more of a punchline than an NBA asset...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 45,709 reads 54 comments

  13. Best Potential Fits for Top 10 2015 NBA Draft Prospects

    In an ideal world, every NBA prospect would land with a team that allowed him to play to his strengths. And in that same world, every team would get a guy who'd fill a specific need...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 54,531 reads 112 comments

  14. What Did NBA Ever Learn from the Darko Milicic Saga?

    What a mistake. Joe Dumars, the Detroit Pistons' general manager in 2003, went ahead and selected Darko Milicic No. 2 overall while passing on proven Division I stars. Since then, the only thing Milicic has really been good for is a laugh...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 56,942 reads 130 comments

  15. How Andre Roberson Can Fill OKC Thunder's Massive Void at Shooting Guard

    I would have said you're nuts if you had told me back in 2012-13 that Andre Roberson would be competing for a starting shooting guard position as an NBA sophomore. And for a contender like the Oklahoma City Thunder , no less...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 4,993 reads 6 comments

  16. The Biggest NBA Draft Steals of the Last 10 Seasons

    Every year we see a few prospects slip between the cracks. It's almost hard to believe how many scouts can miss on high-level NBA talent...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 74,799 reads 123 comments

  17. Expectations Should Be Tempered for Andrew Wiggins' Rookie Season

    Feel free to get jacked up about Andrew Wiggins ' future. It's OK if you got a little giddy following one of his spin moves, finishes or step-backs during Las Vegas Summer League or his NBA preseason debut...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 17,532 reads 40 comments

  18. Does Trey Burke's NBA Career Depend on Huge Step Forward This Season?

    Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke had a decent rookie year. It was nice. Average. So-so. And that might be a problem. A "nice" or "decent" rookie year would have been fine had Burke's ceiling been a little bit higher...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 5,308 reads 18 comments

  19. Weighing the Pros and Cons of the NBA Draft Combine 5-on-5 Format Change

    Finally, a reason to watch the NBA Draft Combine. According to ESPN.com's Chad Ford, the NBA will be bringing back five-on-five competition to next year's combine, which should ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 10,098 reads 6 comments

  20. Biggest Adjustments International Prospects Must Make in the NBA Game

    You have to be wired a certain way to successfully make the NBA jump from overseas. It's a serious jump, given the difference in competition and style of play. The NBA's speed and athleticism is just at a whole other level...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 6,513 reads 4 comments

  21. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's Third Season Will Define His NBA Future

    There's only so long you can play the "he's still young" card. For every year that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist regresses or plateaus, his NBA ceiling drops another story...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 10,589 reads 23 comments

  22. Should Jabari Parker Follow the Carmelo Anthony Blueprint at Power Forward?

    The Carmelo Anthony comparisons were inevitable. Jabari Parker shares that wide, strong 6'8" frame and confident face-up scoring arsenal...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 21,718 reads 30 comments

  23. Why Los Angeles Lakers Can't Afford to Overlook What Jordan Clarkson Brings

    This is going to be a weird year for the Los Angeles Lakers . With a veteran lineup, they're built to win now, but not really—not in a brutal Western Conference...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 13,535 reads 12 comments

  24. Under-the-Radar NBA Rookies Guaranteed to Surprise in 2014-15

    While most eyes will be focused on the potential superstars taken early in the 2014 NBA draft, we can't forget about the sleepers. This draft had plenty of depth to go with the star power at the top...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 57,191 reads 67 comments

  25. Marcus Smart in Prime Position to Benefit from Rajon Rondo's Injury

    For Rajon Rondo , the timing of his broken hand stinks. It should force him to miss training camp and some early regular-season action. But every injury creates an opportunity, and in this case, it's going to good use...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 6 months ago 4,537 reads 23 comments