1. Michael Carter-Williams vs. Victor Oladipo: Which NBA Rookie Has Higher Ceiling?

    And just like that, the race for NBA Rookie of the Year is on. Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams have quickly established themselves as the standouts from the 2013 class...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 year ago 17,076 reads 57 comments

  2. Former NBA 1st-Round Picks Who Are Poised to Thrive in Larger Roles

    For a lot of young NBA players, it's all about opportunity. And sometimes, it takes a few years before a good one arises. For some, that time is now...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 6,436 reads 4 comments

  3. Patchwork NY Knicks Roster Still Has a Lot to Figure out

    Though the New York Knicks were just a few seconds away from starting the year with a 2-0 record, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 11,357 reads 59 comments

  4. Did Anyone Notice Anthony Bennett's Cleveland Cavaliers Rookie Debut?

    Apparently the No. 1 overall pick already made his NBA debut. You sure wouldn't know it from the highlights or media coverage. There really isn't much hype surrounding Anthony Bennett ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 37,553 reads 60 comments

  5. Predicting the Ups and Downs We'll See from Michael Carter-Williams

    Holy moly . Michael Carter-Williams went nuts in his debut, activating video-game mode against the defending NBA champions. His stat line was insane—22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven boards...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 13,141 reads 26 comments

  6. 2014 NBA Mock Draft: Projecting Entire 1st Round as 2013-14 Season Starts

    The 2014 NBA draft promises an embarrassment of riches. In fact, the "sure things" seem so probable, and in such quantity, that numerous teams are selling their today in order to speculate for tomorrow...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 312,589 reads 389 comments

  7. What Fans Should Expect from Andrew Wiggins After Impressive Debut

    Andrew Wiggins made his highly anticipated college debut Tuesday night, even if it was in an exhibition game against Pittsburg State...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 26,843 reads 46 comments

  8. Why Andrea Bargnan Is Not the Answer for NY Knicks Alongside Carmelo Anthony

    It's not that he stinks. Andrea Bargnani just isn't the answer alongside Carmelo Anthony . At least not to the problem the New York Knicks are looking to solve. It didn't take long for coach Mike Woodson to figure that one out...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 10,461 reads 28 comments

  9. Projecting Which Under-the-Radar Rookies Will Make Biggest Impacts in 2013-14

    There might be some sneaky rookies taken outside the lottery with a chance to make an impact right away. Some of these guys came out of nowhere in preseason after entering it with little expectations...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 2,936 reads 6 comments

  10. Is Carmelo Anthony's Supporting Cast Enough for Knicks to Surpass Expectations?

    It's not easy to land an NBA superstar. And a few years ago, the New York Knicks were lucky enough to acquire one. Ironically, it seems like finding a championship-worthy supporting cast has been more challenging than nabbing a centerpiece...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 3,410 reads 32 comments

  11. NBA Rookies to Watch Closely Entering 2013-14 Season

    There are just some guys who deserve a little extra attention. Whether they've shown preseason promise or come with interesting backstories, some of the rookies in the NBA this season should be considered must-follows this upcoming year...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about over 1 year ago 22,786 reads 39 comments

  12. 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 over 1 year ago 7,801 reads 81 comments

  13. 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 over 1 year ago 28,493 reads 36 comments

  14. 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 over 1 year ago 26,187 reads 199 comments

  15. 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 over 1 year ago 11,307 reads 11 comments

  16. 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 over 1 year ago 4,888 reads 9 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 61,803 reads 242 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 22,362 reads 23 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 12,974 reads 10 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 29,751 reads 30 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 6,106 reads 4 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 16,439 reads 31 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 35,950 reads 104 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 13,949 reads 9 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 12,865 reads 12 comments