1. Is This J.R. Smith's Last Chance to Be Meaningful NBA Player?

    There isn't anything worse than disappointment, especially when it comes to trust. It hurts the people with expectations, as well as the image of the subject who failed to meet them...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 7,718 reads 81 comments

  2. Phoenix Suns Officially All in on 2014 NBA Draft

    The competition for that No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft just got a little tighter. The Phoenix Suns made a major deal on Friday afternoon, as well as a statement regarding the future direction of the franchise...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 28,275 reads 36 comments

  3. Kobe Bryant's No. 25 ESPN Ranking Isn't as Ridiculous as It Sounds

    An outrage! A calamity! Preposterous! I know—I said the same thing when Master P was voted off Dancing with the Stars. But Kobe Bryant as the No. 25 player in the NBA this season? I can live with that...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 25,990 reads 199 comments

  4. Why Andrew Wiggins Won't Have Best Season of Any 2014 NBA Draft Prospect

    College can be a funny thing. Despite all the fanfare, the structure, the experienced coaches, the women—it doesn't always bring out the best in young athletes. The top long-term prospect isn't necessarily the best current college player...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 11,186 reads 11 comments

  5. How Dion Waiters Must Raise His Game to Complement Kyrie Irving

    Dion Waiters flashed some serious offensive upside in his first year in Cleveland. The Cavaliers selected him No. 4 in 2012 with the belief he'd develop into a guy Kyrie Irving can go to in the offense...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 4,514 reads 9 comments

  6. Why Andrew Wiggins' NBA Ceiling Stops Short of LeBron James and Kevin Durant's

    Let's put this whole Andrew Wiggins craze in perspective before he starts getting unfairly criticized for underachieving. He's already been dubbed the next great NBA superstar prior to his first game in college...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 60,974 reads 242 comments

  7. NBA Rookies Whose Preseason Performances Are a Sign of Things to Come

    There aren't many rookies who are expected to get a lot of burn in the 2013-14 NBA season. Very few have guaranteed roles or immediate spots in their rotations...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 22,288 reads 24 comments

  8. Biggest Benefits of Nerlens Noel Sitting out 2013-14 NBA Season

    The Philadelphia 76ers made a subtle announcement that Nerlens Noel will likely sit out his rookie year, as Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports . It pretty much came out of nowhere, though it should have been expected...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 12,820 reads 10 comments

  9. Ranking the Biggest Under-the-Radar 2014 NBA Draft Sleepers

    The 2014 NBA Draft is expected to be loaded with All-Star names. But some of them might be more recognizable than others—at least at this point before the season...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 29,669 reads 30 comments

  10. What Steven Adams Must Do to Emerge as Surprise Rookie of 2013 Class

    Entering the 2013 NBA draft, Steven Adams was believed to be more of a long-term project than a short-term solution. And that's still likely the deal. But he has looked convincing for the Oklahoma City Thunder through five preseason games...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 5,944 reads 4 comments

  11. Is Victor Oladipo Already a Lock to Win 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year?

    Book it. It's only a matter of time before Victor Oladipo runs away with the Rookie of the Year award. He's coming off a dominant NBA summer league and continues to shine during preseason action...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 10 months ago 16,268 reads 31 comments

  12. How Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Can Avoid Being the Next Big NBA Draft Bust

    It's still too early to panic. He did just turn 20 years old. But that doesn't erase the fact that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was disappointing as a rookie and has been unimpressive in preseason...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 35,287 reads 104 comments

  13. Biggest Question Surrounding Every Returning Top 2014 NBA Draft Prospect

    When an NBA prospect returns to college, it usually means he was unable to maximize his draft stock the year before. In what was a disappointing season for many, a number of projected first-rounders decided to give it another shot in college...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 13,917 reads 9 comments

  14. Why Bradley Beal Will Exceed the Hype During 2013-14 Sophomore Season

    As Bradley Beal 's strong preseason continues, so does the hype. And it should. Beal was taken No. 3 in 2012 thanks to the tremendous potential he offers as a scoring guard...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 12,603 reads 12 comments

  15. What Aquille Carr Must Do to Revive NBA Draft Stock in the D-League

    Remember Aquille Carr? He was that flashy point guard from Baltimore who backed out of his commitment to Seton Hall for a career overseas...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 36,341 reads 14 comments

  16. Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Could Be Biggest Surprise of 2013-14 NBA Rookie Class

    We kind of just assumed he wouldn't be NBA -ready. And though it's tough to take much from a few preseason games, Giannis Antetokounmpo looks far more prepared than most of us would have imagined he'd be at this stage...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 16,984 reads 13 comments

  17. The 10 Best High School Basketball Players of All Time

    When recognizing the 10 best high school ballers of all time, there's a lot to take into account. While there's no scientific formula, wins, statistics and impact on the sport all came into play...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 116,752 reads 217 comments

  18. Best Potential Future NBA Fits for Phenom Andrew Wiggins

    Andrew Wiggins is a fit for all 30 NBA teams in the league. But not all 30 teams are a fit for him. Based on roster situations, rebuilding plans and offensive systems, there are ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 88,190 reads 331 comments

  19. Anthony Davis vs. Andre Drummond: Who's Poised for Bigger Sophomore Year?

    In the left corner, measuring in at 6'10'', 220 pounds, donning the blue, gold and red trunks, Anthony Davis enters the ring as one of the most versatile players in the world...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 19,940 reads 86 comments

  20. Where Andrew Wiggins Must Improve Before Making Leap to NBA in 2014

    You wouldn't know it from his highlight reels, but Andrew Wiggins isn't the perfect prospect. He's got a few wrinkles that need to be ironed out before making his jump to the NBA life...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 20,096 reads 7 comments

  21. NBA Rookies Who Are Already Injury Risks This Season

    There's always a few NBA rookies who pose as injury risks out of college. This year, there was a bunch. Five of the top 10 picks from the 2013 draft have either already experienced injury problems or recently given us a scare...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 3,730 reads 2 comments

  22. NBA Rookie Report Cards, Preseason Edition

    Now around midway through the NBA preseason, the 2013-14 rookies have just gotten their first taste of live pro action. And that's enough for us...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 38,946 reads 54 comments

  23. The Brooklyn Nets' Front Line Is Championship Caliber, but Is Rest of Roster?

    You hear chemistry thrown out there as a barrier. Some question the Brooklyn Nets ' depth. Others are skeptical of the type of production to expect out of their aging superstars...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 17,909 reads 70 comments

  24. The 1 Thing Every NBA Rookie of the Year Contender Must Improve in Training Camp

    The 2013-14 Rookie of the Year contenders each have a checklist of improvements and adjustments to make during their first NBA training camps...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 11,510 reads 13 comments

  25. Very Recent NBA Draft Picks with Careers on the Line

    They can't all work out. A few recent first-round NBA draft picks have had some rough starts to their careers. Some might be in jeopardy of watching them unravel before they begin...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 11 months ago 27,800 reads 33 comments