1. Can Roy Hibbert Be the Centerpiece of the Indiana Pacers Offense?

    Roy Hibbert limped across the finish line last season, bottoming out in the playoffs on an extended offensive slide that begin months earlier. It was an ugly end to the year, but each new season offers a chance for a fresh start...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 22 hours ago 2,242 reads 9 comments

  2. The Reinvention of George Hill Is Critical to the Indiana Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers are facing a steep challenge at the offensive end this season. Scoring efficiently will be an uphill battle that requires big contributions from some of their new additions and some big changes from point guard George Hill ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 8 days ago 6,136 reads 4 comments

  3. Which NBA Star Has Best Chance at Entering 2014-15 MVP Conversation?

    For the past three seasons, the NBA 's MVP award has been a two-horse race. Combined, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have received 355 of the 367 available first-place votes over that stretch of time—96...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 17 days ago 56,380 reads 144 comments

  4. The One Thing Holding Andre Drummond Back from Reaching His Full Potential

    Andre Drummond is far from a finished product, but there is one hole in his game that dwarfs all others—free-throw shooting. Drummond made 41.8 percent of his free throws last season...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 24 days ago 5,157 reads 14 comments

  5. Why Los Angeles Lakers Defense Could Be Historically Bad in 2014-15

    Last year, the Los Angeles Lakers had one of the worst defenses in the NBA . Porous from every angle, they ended the season having allowed an average of 107.9 points per 100 possessions —the third-worst mark in the league...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 1 month ago 2,014 reads 10 comments

  6. The NBA's Lost Souls: Which Players Have Outdated Games for Today's League?

    Stylistically, the NBA is constantly in motion. Although there are always outliers on both ends, the bulk of the herd generally moves as one, rapidly making new innovations the norm...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 1 month ago 16,125 reads 58 comments

  7. Derrick Rose's Adjustments Key to Maximizing Chicago Bulls' New Roster

    It has been three seasons since Derrick Rose won the MVP Award for the Chicago Bulls . Over that span, he's played just 50 games, battling through a variety of injuries, while the landscape around him has changed dramatically...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 1 month ago 9,258 reads 16 comments

  8. Why Houston Rockets Need Dwight Howard to Embrace the Pick-and-Roll Game

    The Houston Rockets were an offensive juggernaut last season. Scoring 108.6 points per 100 possessions last season, the Rockets held the fourth-best mark in the league...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 1 month ago 2,549 reads 30 comments

  9. How Do the Philadelphia 76ers Keep Moving the Epic Rebuild Forward?

    The Philadelphia 76ers are supposed to be in a rebuilding phase, but so far it's hard to tell where exactly the tear-down ends and the rebuild begins...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 1 month ago 5,675 reads 17 comments

  10. Who Is the Alpha Dog in Miami Heat's Offense Without LeBron James?

    Every team faces challenges in each new season, but this season no team may be facing as big a challenge as the Miami Heat : replacing LeBron James ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 2 months ago 11,244 reads 43 comments

  11. Next Steps for DeMarcus Cousins to Become a Franchise Building Block

    Most players bring a combination of positive and negative attributes to the floor, but perhaps none do it as viscerally as the Sacramento Kings ' DeMarcus Cousins ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 2 months ago 6,011 reads 22 comments

  12. Next Steps for Anthony Davis to Have Full-Fledged Breakout Season

    Anthony Davis just wrapped up the third-most productive season in NBA history by a player 20 years old or younger, according to Win Shares ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 3 months ago 26,298 reads 80 comments

  13. Lance Stephenson's Departure Will Turn Up Pressure on Indiana Pacers

    Lance Stephenson is the newest member of the Charlotte Hornets , and the Indiana Pacers have been forced to spend their summer trying to fill the hole he left in their backcourt...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 3 months ago 18,330 reads 53 comments

  14. Can Paul Pierce Provide Washington Wizards with What They Need?

    In a move that lends significant credibility to their upward trajectory, free agent Paul Pierce opted to sign a two-year, $10 million contract with the Washington Wizards ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 3 months ago 5,106 reads 8 comments

  15. Breaking Down How Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki Can Thrive Together

    After the Houston Rockets refused to match the three-year, $46 million offer sheet he signed with Mark Cuban in a nightclub , Chandler Parsons is the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 3 months ago 12,635 reads 52 comments

  16. What Do Joel Embiid's College Numbers Tell Us About His NBA Future?

    Over the past few weeks, I have introduced Bleacher Report readers to the idea of Similarity Scores , a system I created for making accurate statistical comparisons between 2014 NBA draft prospects and those from previous seasons...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 4 months ago 4,688 reads 6 comments

  17. What Do Jabari Parker's College Numbers Tell Us About His NBA Future?

    Over the past two weeks, I have introduced Bleacher Report readers to the idea of Similarity Scores , a system I created for making accurate statistical comparisons between 2014 NBA draft prospects and those from previous seasons...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 4 months ago 9,704 reads 22 comments

  18. What Do Andrew Wiggins' College Numbers Tell Us About His NBA Future?

    Last week, I introduced Bleacher Report readers to the idea of Similarity Scores , a system for making accurate statistical comparisons between 2014 NBA draft prospects and those from previous seasons...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 5 months ago 29,423 reads 75 comments

  19. What Do Marcus Smart's College Numbers Tell Us About His NBA Future?

    One of the most popular parlor games surrounding the NBA draft is finding comparisons for this year's prospects...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 5 months ago 6,076 reads 17 comments

  20. Indiana Pacers Still Looking for Blueprint to Beat Miami Heat Entering Game 6

    The Indiana Pacers got what they needed in Game 5—a confidence-building win at home and a chance to take things back to Miami and try to even up their series against the Heat ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 5 months ago 9,788 reads 80 comments

  21. Can Miami Heat Replicate Blueprint to Slow Down Indiana Pacers?

    After getting shredded by the Indiana Pacers offense in Game 1, defensive adjustments were the first order of business in Tuesday night's Game 2 for the Miami Heat ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 5 months ago 5,075 reads 12 comments

  22. Brooklyn Nets' Blueprint to Beat Miami Heat Is Too Little, Too Late

    The Brooklyn Nets ' season is still alive but by the slimmest of margins. Over the last two games, they appeared to have found some soft spots in the Miami Heat defense and every bit of hope they have left is wrapped up in their offense...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 5 months ago 1,529 reads 1 comments

  23. Is the Indiana Pacers' Offense Broken Beyond Repair?

    In Game 1 against the Washington Wizards , the Indiana Pacers scored 96 points. Although it wasn't enough to beat the Wizards this was the Pacers' third-highest total of the ...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 6 months ago 3,390 reads 9 comments

  24. Would Nerlens Noel Be Top NBA Prospect in Star-Studded 2014 Class?

    There are some legitimate reasons to think Nerlens Noel could be next season's Rookie of the Year and the best player to enter the league next season...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 6 months ago 19,727 reads 70 comments

  25. Where Do Phoenix Suns Go from Here After Cinderella Season?

    For most teams, missing out on the playoffs by a single game is a crushing blow. The Phoenix Suns are not most teams...

    Ian Levy Written by Ian Levy about 6 months ago 3,829 reads 25 comments