1. 1st Impressions of Top 2015 NBA Draft Prospects at State Farm Classic

    Between Duke, Michigan State, Kansas and Kentucky, we saw a whole lot of future NBA talent on the floor at this year's State Farm Classic. Many of the prospects have made strong first impressions, while, quite frankly, a few others have not...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 46,470 reads 21 comments

  2. How New York Knicks' Learning Curve Became Latest Excuse

    New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher and team president Phil Jackson have been preaching patience and downplaying expectations from day one. But at some point, the "new system" excuse is going to expire...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 12,393 reads 67 comments

  3. Thomas Robinson Still Searching for Place Among His NBA Peers

    There was some debate at the time of the 2012 NBA draft as to how much upside Thomas Robinson offered, but I'm not sure anyone had him pegged as a bust clinging to an eight-minute-per-game role three years later...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 4,615 reads 8 comments

  4. Ranking the Top 5 Favorites to Be No. 1 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

    With the college basketball season tipping off, we're looking at five realistic No. 1 overall candidates for the 2015 NBA draft, and only three of them will be suiting up for a Division I team...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 26,279 reads 40 comments

  5. 2015 NBA Mock Draft: Very Early Look at All 30 Projected 1st-Round Picks

    With the college basketball season finally here and the NBA season a few weeks in, it's officially that time...

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  6. Evan Fournier Proving to Be a Steal for Orlando Magic

    At the time, it didn't seem like the Orlando Magic were getting anything exciting in return when they traded Arron Afflalo ...

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  7. Sacramento Kings Need More from Ben McLemore

    It's not crazy to think the Sacramento Kings really have something going here. There's plenty of talent and experience in the lineup. But to sustain their hot start, they'll need all hands on deck throughout the grind of the 82-game season...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 3,331 reads 15 comments

  8. NBA Rookies Who Are Resetting Our Expectations This Season

    We entered the 2014-15 season with some expectations for each NBA rookie. There were a few we thought would step in right away and make an impact. There were others we pegged as longer-term projects who weren't quite ready...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 65,883 reads 97 comments

  9. Gordon Hayward Proving He Belongs as an NBA Star

    It's happening. And not everyone believed it would. But Gordon Hayward looks to have taken the next step toward NBA stardom in year No. 5...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 16,344 reads 21 comments

  10. Cleveland Cavaliers Need Dion Waiters to Thrive as New Sixth Man

    It just makes too much common sense. Dion Waiters ' game was always built for the sixth-man role—the same one he played at Syracuse while his NBA stock exploded...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 7,463 reads 13 comments

  11. Minnesota Timberwolves Must Figure out Who Zach LaVine Is While Ricky Rubio Sits

    The Ricky Rubio ankle injury stinks big time, but it did create a pretty meaningful opportunity for one of the team's most prized young assets. We now get to see what type of NBA shape Zach LaVine takes on...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 6,299 reads 7 comments

  12. 7 Sophomore-Year Players Ready to Emerge into the National NBA Spotlight

    Sometimes it takes a year to adjust to the NBA 's speed, size and strength. The following sophomores each look poised for a breakout season after experiencing rookie turbulence in 2013-14...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 29,283 reads 49 comments

  13. Bismack Biyombo's NBA Career Looking Like It's Already on Life Support

    It takes some guys an extra few years for it to finally click. No big deal. And then there's Bismack Biyombo , whose career has officially entered the danger zone in season No...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 5,388 reads 7 comments

  14. J.R. Smith Already Proving He Won't Be a Winner for New York Knicks

    Tim Hardaway Jr. had just missed an open three-pointer in the corner, which was rebounded by Carmelo Anthony and sent down to Amar'e Stoudemire, who got his layup attempt blocked with 19 seconds to go in the first quarter...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 12,492 reads 55 comments

  15. Don't Look Now: Jason Kidd Is Turning Brandon Knight into Very Good Point Guard

    We always knew Brandon Knight could score. It's been his thing since his high school days and one year at Kentucky. But he didn't sell everyone out of college, where the ups and downs of his stat line—17...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 22,747 reads 31 comments

  16. NBA Rookies 2014-15: 5 Players Who Will Make Teams Regret Passing on Them

    Every year we see prospects in the draft slip a little bit too far. Coincidentally, most of the top rookies early on in 2014-15 are guys who weren't drafted that high. These are the rookies who are going to make teams pay for passing on them...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 71,174 reads 91 comments

  17. NBA Draft 2015: Early Look at New Crop of Top 10 Prospects

    With college exhibition games underway, it's time to unveil our top-10 prospects heading into the 2014-15 season. And once again, it's the freshmen who'll likely be hearing their names called early and often in June...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 44,331 reads 55 comments

  18. Which Minnesota Timberwolves Youngster Has Steepest NBA Learning Curve?

    It's not about the Ws for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014-15. Not after trading Kevin Love for a teenager and a sophomore who stunk as a rookie...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 5,787 reads 10 comments

  19. Former Top NBA Prospects Who Need to Break Out This Season

    At some point, the "NBA prospect" label wears off. After a few years in the league, you need some type of production or progress on the resume. A few of the following prospects are in jeopardy of falling closer and closer into the "bust" conversation.

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 23,313 reads 30 comments

  20. Knicks' Contract Decisions Prove New York All-In on Building Through Free Agency

    New York Knicks management isn't messing around here. Despite the lack of young talent on the roster, it's decided against committing to 22-year-old point guard Shane Larkin and 24-year-old combo Iman Shumpert past this season...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 16,872 reads 91 comments

  21. Utah Jazz's Future as Bright as Its Depth Chart Is Murky

    The Utah Jazz have stockpiled a lot of young talent over the past couple of years. They've taken full advantage of the benefits attached to losing by building with first-round picks...

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  22. Breaking Down Early Favorites for 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year

    After a few games into the NBA's regular-season schedule, the Rookie of the Year race is starting to take shape. Unfortunately, Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle had to bow out with a broken leg...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 37,029 reads 53 comments

  23. Serious Injuries Derail but Don't Have to Destroy NBA Rookie Dreams

    Injuries stink. It was pretty sickening to watch Julius Randle go down with a broken leg in his first NBA game. The timing—just downright brutal...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 12,909 reads 14 comments

  24. Kemba Walker and Charlotte Hornets Are Right Match at Right Price

    Good for Kemba Walker —and good for the Charlotte Hornets . The two sides agreed , per Marc Stein of ESPN...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 6,218 reads 4 comments

  25. Perry Jones III Has to Seize Golden Opportunity with Oklahoma City Thunder

    It only took two full years. Now entering his third season with the Oklahoma City Thunder , Perry Jones III will finally get a chance to prove his NBA worth...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about almost 3 years ago 5,009 reads 9 comments