1. 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 1 month ago 33,010 reads 67 comments

  2. 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 1 month ago 16,261 reads 29 comments

  3. How Michigan's Caris LeVert Can Emerge as a 2015 NBA Lottery Prospect

    The stage is officially Caris LeVert 's. He earned it following the impressive freshman-to-sophomore jump he made— LeVert went from warming the bench to ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 4,521 reads 3 comments

  4. Predicting the Breakout 2015 NBA Draft Prospects

    Some guys just need a few years before figuring out what works and what doesn't. Others just need the opportunity...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 17,404 reads 18 comments

  5. NBA Draft Expert's Notebook: Can Karl Towns Jr. Blossom into No. 1 2015 Pick?

    The day will come when Karl Towns Jr. emerges as a topic to discuss on every national sports talk show. It's going to happen sometime early next season, when he inevitably goes off during one of Kentucky's zillion nationally televised games...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 94,468 reads 79 comments

  6. Pro Player Comparisons for the Top 2015 NBA Draft Prospects

    No two prospects come exactly alike. But some are pretty darn similar. For each top 2015 NBA prospect, I laid out a pro player comparison, or in some cases, a blend of two pros if necessary...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 20,999 reads 37 comments

  7. 2015 NBA Mock Draft: Dog Days Edition

    It's never too early for a mock draft, and with events like the Nike LeBron James Skills Academy and Adidas Nations all wrapped up, we actually have a better sense of who might be poised for breakout seasons...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 259,572 reads 149 comments

  8. 2014-15 NBA Rookies Who Would Be Better Off on Another Team

    There were five prospects who stood out from the 2014 NBA draft as guys who'd be better off had they been taken by a different team. For some, it has to do with available minutes...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 106,052 reads 151 comments

  9. The Top Returning 2015 NBA Draft Prospects to Watch Next Season

    Most of the premier talent from college basketball last season declared for the NBA draft. Some didn't. These are the top returning NBA prospects to watch in 2014-15—guys ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 42,322 reads 51 comments

  10. Why Jahlil Okafor Is Early Favorite for No. 1 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

    It clicked early for Jahlil Okafor. You can just tell that he gets it. He understands his overwhelming strengths and recognizes how to exploit them...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 44,631 reads 84 comments

  11. Why Team USA Needs Every Point Guard They Have for FIBA World Cup

    No more cutting point guards. We're good now. Let's move on. The John Wall cut leaves USA Basketball with Derrick Rose , Stephen Curry , Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard as the remaining starting NBA point guards...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 39,716 reads 114 comments

  12. Is Trade to Minnesota Timberwolves a Blessing in Disguise for Andrew Wiggins?

    I got a feeling confetti wasn't flying around the Andrew Wiggins ' camp when it heard the news. Something tells me there weren't party-blowers or balloons set up around the crib ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 81,472 reads 235 comments

  13. Projecting 2015 NBA Draft Outlook for Expected One-and-Done Prospects

    Some guys only need one year to ace their NBA auditions. Though not loaded with as much potential star power as the 2014 class, the projected 2015 class looks to have a number of promising one-and-done prospects...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 18,661 reads 29 comments

  14. The Biggest Concern for Each 2014 NBA Lottery Pick

    Every NBA rookie enters the league with weaknesses that raise concern over his transition from college to the pros. Much of the time, a concern stems from positional uncertainty or physical limitations...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 55,704 reads 56 comments

  15. Is Elfrid Payton the Point Guard of the Future for Orlando Magic?

    It happened so fast. One day, Elfrid Payton was an intriguing yet unconvincing third-year prospect making noise in the Sun Belt Conference. The next, he's the No...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 20,032 reads 71 comments

  16. 2014-15 NBA Rookies Who Face Biggest Learning Curve

    Every NBA rookie is looking at a different learning curve, with some guys a little more prepared than others for the college-to-pro transition. For the international prospects, the transition is always a little bit trickier...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 76,072 reads 148 comments

  17. NBA Draft Expert's Notebook: What Can LA Lakers Expect from Julius Randle?

    There's a good chance the Los Angeles Lakers could end up stinking next year—at least relative to other teams in the Western Conference and traditional franchise expectations...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 75,504 reads 178 comments

  18. Why Doug McDermott Will Help Derrick Rose and Chicago Bulls Right Away

    You don't normally see NBA playoff teams land impact rookies in the draft. But the Chicago Bulls , who had two mid-to-late picks in the 2014 NBA draft's first round, found a way to create a package, make a deal and snag Doug McDermott at No...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 12,528 reads 27 comments

  19. Under-the-Radar 2014 NBA Draft Gems in Position to Crack the NBA

    For every gem that's found in the second round, there are dozens of duds that get called who never crack the NBA . The following prospects have made strong impressions early on, whether it's been in team workouts or NBA Summer League...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 60,232 reads 96 comments

  20. Why Expectations for Aaron Gordon Should Be Tempered During Rookie Season

    For now, forget about the No. 4 overall label that's attached to Aaron Gordon 's profile. Ignore the buzz that's surrounded him since his days as a McDonald's All-American...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 16,030 reads 105 comments

  21. Predicting 6 NBA Players Who Will Make the Leap Next Season

    Every successful NBA player makes the leap at some point in their career. The leap differs in size and comes at different times for everybody. For some, it happens quick...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 80,546 reads 265 comments

  22. Ranking the Top NBA Prospects Under 21 Before 2014-15 Season

    The NBA 's future appears to be in good hands, between some young returning sophomores and incoming rookies. It's hard to believe that the players listed here are only 18, 19 and 20 years old...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 80,819 reads 246 comments

  23. Cavs or Wolves: How Andrew Wiggins' Development, Role Changes with Either

    Talk about a warm NBA welcoming. Andrew Wiggins couldn't even get through his first summer league without being smack in the middle of blockbuster-trade discussions ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 64,527 reads 200 comments

  24. 5 NBA Rookies Who Will Develop the Fastest

    We're not talking about the best prospects or the guys with the most potential. These are the prospects who are going to come into the league and start immediately growing and maturing as players...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 189,655 reads 282 comments

  25. NBA Draft Expert's Notebook: How Zach LaVine Can Live Up to Enormous Potential

    Throughout his freshman year at UCLA, you saw the highlight dunks, the step-back jumpers, the explosive drives...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 54,235 reads 118 comments