1. Does Trey Burke's NBA Career Depend on Huge Step Forward This Season?

    Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke had a decent rookie year. It was nice. Average. So-so. And that might be a problem. A "nice" or "decent" rookie year would have been fine had Burke's ceiling been a little bit higher...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 5,213 reads 18 comments

  2. Weighing the Pros and Cons of the NBA Draft Combine 5-on-5 Format Change

    Finally, a reason to watch the NBA Draft Combine. According to ESPN.com's Chad Ford, the NBA will be bringing back five-on-five competition to next year's combine, which should ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 10,057 reads 6 comments

  3. Biggest Adjustments International Prospects Must Make in the NBA Game

    You have to be wired a certain way to successfully make the NBA jump from overseas. It's a serious jump, given the difference in competition and style of play. The NBA's speed and athleticism is just at a whole other level...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 6,473 reads 4 comments

  4. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's Third Season Will Define His NBA Future

    There's only so long you can play the "he's still young" card. For every year that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist regresses or plateaus, his NBA ceiling drops another story...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 11,076 reads 23 comments

  5. Should Jabari Parker Follow the Carmelo Anthony Blueprint at Power Forward?

    The Carmelo Anthony comparisons were inevitable. Jabari Parker shares that wide, strong 6'8" frame and confident face-up scoring arsenal...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 21,541 reads 30 comments

  6. Why Los Angeles Lakers Can't Afford to Overlook What Jordan Clarkson Brings

    This is going to be a weird year for the Los Angeles Lakers . With a veteran lineup, they're built to win now, but not really—not in a brutal Western Conference...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 13,368 reads 12 comments

  7. Under-the-Radar NBA Rookies Guaranteed to Surprise in 2014-15

    While most eyes will be focused on the potential superstars taken early in the 2014 NBA draft, we can't forget about the sleepers. This draft had plenty of depth to go with the star power at the top...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 57,120 reads 67 comments

  8. Marcus Smart in Prime Position to Benefit from Rajon Rondo's Injury

    For Rajon Rondo , the timing of his broken hand stinks. It should force him to miss training camp and some early regular-season action. But every injury creates an opportunity, and in this case, it's going to good use...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 4,542 reads 23 comments

  9. Is Harrison Barnes Entering Make-or-Break Season with Golden State Warriors?

    Harrison Barnes ' perceived upside has been saving him for years. It wasn't that big of a deal when Barnes underwhelmed his freshman season at North Carolina...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 10,166 reads 27 comments

  10. Projecting Which 2014-15 NBA Rookies Are Most Likely to Be Busts

    Draft busts are inevitable. Despite all the new fancy advanced stats and tracking data, NBA teams continue to screw up high draft picks year after year...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 1 month ago 92,030 reads 187 comments

  11. Predicting Which 2014-15 NBA Rookies Will Be Studs or Duds

    This 2014 NBA draft class has had all kinds of wacky expectations, but it seems naive to think each prospect will pan out...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 97,360 reads 205 comments

  12. NBA Sophomores Who Could Erupt in 2014-15 After Quiet Rookie Seasons

    There weren't many impact rookies from the 2014 draft class. It's not that it was filled with busts—it just takes some guys a year to ultimately break through and settle into the NBA game...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 47,412 reads 115 comments

  13. Explaining Sudden Disappearance of the NBA's Most Recent Draft Busts

    It happens every year. A team spends months evaluating prospects, only to eventually pull the trigger on the wrong one. Unfortunately, there's no exact science for spotting a draft bust before it's too late...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 2 months ago 203,884 reads 187 comments

  14. 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 2 months ago 4,329 reads 13 comments

  15. 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 2 months ago 25,557 reads 33 comments

  16. 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 2 months ago 69,692 reads 40 comments

  17. 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 2 months ago 47,320 reads 63 comments

  18. 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 2 months ago 10,091 reads 6 comments

  19. 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 2 months ago 36,163 reads 72 comments

  20. 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 2 months ago 47,122 reads 86 comments

  21. 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 2 months ago 105,910 reads 114 comments

  22. 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 2 months ago 6,193 reads 3 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 14,474 reads 50 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 53,089 reads 138 comments

  25. 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 3 months ago 98,106 reads 137 comments