1. 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 3 days ago 10,368 reads 23 comments

  2. 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 3 days ago 16,861 reads 48 comments

  3. 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 3 days ago 2,675 reads 2 comments

  4. 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 4 days ago 9,285 reads 24 comments

  5. 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 5 days ago 97,629 reads 104 comments

  6. 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 days ago 44,357 reads 53 comments

  7. 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 7 days ago 40,568 reads 103 comments

  8. 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 7 days ago 54,445 reads 127 comments

  9. 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 10 days ago 4,448 reads 6 comments

  10. 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 10 days ago 68,440 reads 119 comments

  11. 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 12 days ago 17,222 reads 40 comments

  12. 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 14 days ago 5,001 reads 19 comments

  13. 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 16 days ago 9,784 reads 6 comments

  14. 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 17 days ago 6,382 reads 4 comments

  15. 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 18 days ago 10,844 reads 23 comments

  16. 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 18 days ago 20,971 reads 30 comments

  17. 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 19 days ago 13,125 reads 12 comments

  18. 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 20 days ago 56,917 reads 67 comments

  19. 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 20 days ago 4,473 reads 23 comments

  20. 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 25 days ago 10,103 reads 27 comments

  21. 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 26 days ago 91,432 reads 187 comments

  22. 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 27 days ago 95,940 reads 205 comments

  23. 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 28 days ago 46,775 reads 115 comments

  24. 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 28 days ago 200,483 reads 184 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 4,157 reads 13 comments