1. 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 4,165 reads 13 comments

  2. 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 1 month ago 25,510 reads 33 comments

  3. 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 1 month ago 69,477 reads 40 comments

  4. 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 1 month ago 46,254 reads 63 comments

  5. 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 1 month ago 9,938 reads 6 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 36,115 reads 72 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 46,914 reads 86 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 103,638 reads 114 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 5,819 reads 3 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 14,404 reads 50 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 52,893 reads 138 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 97,929 reads 137 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 34,592 reads 27 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 6,942 reads 8 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 27,174 reads 10 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 32,790 reads 54 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 12,543 reads 28 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 28,642 reads 98 comments

  19. NBA Draft Expert's Notebook: Meet Delon Wright, the Next Big 2015 Prospect

    Delon Wright was good last year—the kind of good that put him on NBA radars despite spending the previous two years in junior college. Wright earned scouts' attention...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 34,538 reads 14 comments

  20. Will Triangle Offense Help Reboot Iman Shumpert's Stalled NY Knicks Career?

    Nobody on the New York Knicks needs a bigger change than Iman Shumpert . It's been getting hard to watch. And it's frustrating—because you know he can do better than 6...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 19,376 reads 68 comments

  21. Is Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker a Bigger Threat for Rookie of the Year?

    Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker have to be considered front-runners for Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, and not just because they were the top two picks in the draft...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 40,450 reads 163 comments

  22. Timberwolves Wise to Double Down on Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett Pairing

    It was a good move, from acquiring an elite prospect like Andrew Wiggins to securing Anthony Bennett as a buy-low throw-in. The Minnesota Timberwolves weren't winning with Kevin Love, anyway...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 21,711 reads 46 comments

  23. Ranking the Top 2015 NBA Draft Prospect at Every Position

    If we were to create a starting lineup consisting of the top 2015 NBA prospects, this is what it would look like. I picked the top dogs at each position—or the position that could suit them best once they eventually reach the NBA level...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 41,919 reads 52 comments

  24. Predicting Jabari Parker's Biggest Rookie of the Year Challengers

    Jabari Parker seems to be the consensus favorite to win the upcoming season's NBA Rookie of the Year award, thanks to an NBA-ready body and game, along with the opportunity he'll have as the Milwaukee Bucks' go-to option right away...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 33,100 reads 67 comments

  25. Why Dion Waiters Is Now the Cleveland Cavaliers' X-Factor

    Not even LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving could take down the rest of the league without some backup. The Cleveland Cavaliers will need a support team behind the franchise's new nucleus...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 16,329 reads 28 comments