1. 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 3 months ago 21,370 reads 72 comments

  2. 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 3 months ago 76,118 reads 148 comments

  3. 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 3 months ago 75,889 reads 178 comments

  4. 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 3 months ago 12,658 reads 27 comments

  5. 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 3 months ago 60,271 reads 96 comments

  6. 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 3 months ago 16,237 reads 105 comments

  7. 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 3 months ago 80,617 reads 265 comments

  8. 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 3 months ago 80,911 reads 246 comments

  9. 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 3 months ago 64,589 reads 200 comments

  10. 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 3 months ago 189,708 reads 282 comments

  11. 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 3 months ago 54,476 reads 118 comments

  12. Why Houston Rockets Rookie Nick Johnson Will Have a Long Career in the NBA

    The Houston Rockets only had one first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft, but after snagging Nick Johnson at No. 42, they might as well have had two. A low ceiling likely limited Johnson to just second-round consideration for most teams...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 28,670 reads 35 comments

  13. NBA Sophomores in Desperate Need of Bounce-Back Seasons

    A rough rookie season isn't the worst thing in the world. But after two years of no improvement and minimal contribution, teams start to lose faith...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 49,317 reads 87 comments

  14. Breaking Down What Makes T.J. Warren a Unique 2014-15 NBA Rookie

    He just doesn't stop scoring. T.J. Warren rolls out of bed with double digits, regardless of where he's sleeping. As a freshman at North Carolina State, Warren averaged 12.1 points on 62...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 32,440 reads 54 comments

  15. Was Jabari Parker Exposed During 2014 NBA Summer League?

    There was one major knock on Jabari Parker coming out of Duke, and it had nothing to do with his skill level...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 91,604 reads 268 comments

  16. Bleacher Report's Official 2014 NBA Summer League All-Star Team

    The Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues this year were loaded with talent, from the incoming rookies and returning sophomores to the third-year-players who had something to prove...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 3 months ago 187,851 reads 323 comments

  17. Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Is NBA's Most Intriguing Prospect Under 20

    You almost can't help but stare sometimes. I've been caught on occasion gawking and giggling like a little schoolboy...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 132,988 reads 263 comments

  18. 2014 NBA Summer League Stars Who Are for Real

    Every year we see guys put up monster numbers in summer league, but not all of them pan out once the NBA 's regular season hits and the competition picks up...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 250,838 reads 602 comments

  19. Did Emmanuel Mudiay Help or Hurt His 2015 NBA Draft Stock by Going Overseas?

    Emmanuel Mudiay , an elite recruit who previously passed on Kentucky for Larry Brown and SMU, has decided to change his plans and take a different path to the pros...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 37,398 reads 54 comments

  20. Early Report Card Grades for Nerlens Noel During 2014 NBA Summer League

    We've seen a lot of sharp performances so far in summer league, but none has been more encouraging than what we've seen from Nerlens Noel , who, prior to July, hadn't played in a competitive game since February 2013...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 24,658 reads 35 comments

  21. Updated Scouting Report for Los Angeles Lakers 2nd-Round Pick Jordan Clarkson

    School: Missouri Height/Weight : 6'5", 193 lbs Age: 22 years old Projected NBA Position: Combo Guard Pro Comparison: Tyreke Evans/Jerryd Bayless Twitter ...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 17,923 reads 27 comments

  22. Kevin Love Trade Must Not Cost Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins

    You can't trade Andrew Wiggins . Not even for Kevin Love. Not after the upside Wiggins has flashed and the progress he's made...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 170,300 reads 664 comments

  23. NBA Rookies Who Will Make Immediate Impact

    This 2014 rookie class consists of plenty of NBA -ready prospects, but only a few are actually ready to make an immediate impact...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 110,728 reads 232 comments

  24. How James Ennis Went from Summer League Prospect to Key Miami Heat Piece

    Keep your eyes on James Ennis. He's in the process of hitting his stride—something some guys hit early, some hit late and some never hit at all. The stride is all about gradual progression...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 32,868 reads 40 comments

  25. How 'Kid from Akron' LeBron James Came to Rule the NBA

    And just like that, LeBron James is heading home to the Cleveland Cavaliers , which he announced through Sports Illustrated by penning a well-crafted essay (as told by Lee Jenkins) on his thoughts and reasoning to the decision...

    Jonathan Wasserman Written by Jonathan Wasserman about 4 months ago 58,230 reads 140 comments