1. 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 8 months ago 57,201 reads 67 comments

  2. 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 8 months ago 4,539 reads 23 comments

  3. Is Harrison Barnes Entering Make-or-Break Season with Golden State Warriors?

    Harrison Barnes ' perceived upside has been saving him for years. It wasn't that big of a deal when Barnes underwhelmed his freshman season at North Carolina...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 10,221 reads 27 comments

  4. Projecting Which 2014-15 NBA Rookies Are Most Likely to Be Busts

    Draft busts are inevitable. Despite all the new fancy advanced stats and tracking data, NBA teams continue to screw up high draft picks year after year...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 92,497 reads 187 comments

  5. Predicting Which 2014-15 NBA Rookies Will Be Studs or Duds

    This 2014 NBA draft class has had all kinds of wacky expectations, but it seems naive to think each prospect will pan out...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 97,619 reads 205 comments

  6. NBA Sophomores Who Could Erupt in 2014-15 After Quiet Rookie Seasons

    There weren't many impact rookies from the 2014 draft class. It's not that it was filled with busts—it just takes some guys a year to ultimately break through and settle into the NBA game...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 48,207 reads 115 comments

  7. Explaining Sudden Disappearance of the NBA's Most Recent Draft Busts

    It happens every year. A team spends months evaluating prospects, only to eventually pull the trigger on the wrong one. Unfortunately, there's no exact science for spotting a draft bust before it's too late...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 205,792 reads 188 comments

  8. Sophomore Season Could Hold Key to Career Relevance for Hornet Cody Zeller

    It wasn't a big deal that Cody Zeller underperformed his rookie year. The veterans stepped up and led the team on a feel-good run...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 4,439 reads 13 comments

  9. Picking the Perfect Mentors for NBA's Most Promising Prospects

    It's becoming a trend around the league—teams assigning mentors to their young, most promising players. The Milwaukee Bucks were the latest to call one up...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 25,588 reads 33 comments

  10. 6 Undrafted Free Agents to Watch in 2014-15 NBA Training Camp

    The difference in talent between the top undrafted free agents and most second-round picks is usually pretty small...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 69,879 reads 40 comments

  11. Projecting the Ceiling of Every Top-10 2015 NBA Draft Prospect

    A prospect's ceiling is all about upside. And e very prospect has an NBA ceiling, which is essentially just a best-case projection. Only it doesn't mean they'll reach it...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 48,126 reads 63 comments

  12. Which NY Knicks Players Factor into Phil Jackson's Long-Term Plan?

    If the New York Knicks could reset their roster and start building right now, there's only five guys Phil Jackson would keep. And that's related to each player's fit, purpose, upside and cost...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 10,291 reads 6 comments

  13. Predicting All-Star ETAs for Top NBA Rookies

    There's a decent chance we get a few All-Stars out of the 2014 NBA rookies. It just might take a little bit of time. We aren't looking at any Damian Lillards here, given how young most of these rookies are...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 36,225 reads 72 comments

  14. Very Early Predictions for the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie Teams

    There's a lot of competition for a spot on one of the two NBA All-Rookie Teams this year. Coaches ultimately vote for the winners. And positions are irrelevant. We could technically see five guards make up one of the teams...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 47,706 reads 86 comments

  15. 2015 NBA Mock Draft: Pre-Training Camp Edition

    As long as basketball never stops, neither will the mock drafts. Based on everything we saw last year and the offseason camps and tournaments, we've projected the 2015 first round with training camp approaching...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 8 months ago 107,255 reads 114 comments

  16. Bogdan vs. Bojan: Meet the Unrelated Bogdanovic Boys Headed to the NBA

    Sometime in the near future, there's going to be an NBA game that includes multiple Bogdaniviches . And neither of them will have anything to do with one another. The only thing these two guys share in common is the game itself...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 6,894 reads 3 comments

  17. What Did FIBA World Cup and Summer League Teach Us About Jazz Rookie Dante Exum?

    It's still a bit blurry, but at least we have a clearer idea of who Dante Exum is and what he's all about. We also found out where he's at, which has turned out to be somewhat of a letdown...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 14,542 reads 50 comments

  18. NBA's Sophomore Class in Position to Redeem Itself Entering 2014-15 NBA Season

    We knew it wouldn't be pretty. The 2013 draft class had a fairly uninspiring first year, as expected, relative to previous classes. But it's a little harsh to write off players one-year deep into their careers...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 53,438 reads 138 comments

  19. 5 NBA Teams Who Would Already Mulligan Their 2014 NBA Draft Picks

    Some prospects and team fits look a lot more promising in June than they do in September. NBA Summer League can help point out who's ready to roll versus who's years away from contributing, while free agency can change a roster's needs and makeup...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 99,268 reads 137 comments

  20. What Happened to James Michael McAdoo's NBA Story?

    It wasn't too long ago we were waiting for James Michael McAdoo to emerge as a top-five NBA draft pick...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 44,720 reads 29 comments

  21. For JR Smith, It's Now or Never to Succeed with New York Knicks

    It's tough to say without smiling crookedly, but this Phil Jackson triangle offense might actually help lift J.R. Smith 's game. It better for Smith's sake...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 6,957 reads 8 comments

  22. Scouting 2 NBA Draft Names You Need to Know at FIBA Basketball World Cup

    The FIBA Basketball World Cup was meant for each country's grown men and veterans. The United States can afford to throw out some of the younger kids on the floor, but not the rest of the world...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 27,684 reads 10 comments

  23. This NBA Season's New International Names You Need to Know

    There are hidden gems scattered overseas, and many of them can be had for pretty cheap. The Chicago Bulls will be bringing over one of Europe's elite talents in Nikola Mirotic, who was drafted back in 2011 and has been seasoning abroad ever since...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 32,891 reads 54 comments

  24. How Good Can Elfrid Payton-Aaron Gordon Combination Be for Orlando Magic?

    With Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon , it's all about potential. What an annoying term—potential—given the uncertainty attached to it. But for what it's worth, Payton and Gordon each have plenty of it...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 13,201 reads 28 comments

  25. Why Marcus Smart Can Replace Rajon Rondo for Boston Celtics

    There are some rookies who just aren't built to handle the size and speed of the NBA right away. Developing through practice reps and studying from the bench over time is the best way for many young prospects to develop...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 9 months ago 28,839 reads 98 comments