1. NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Stack Up in Mid-November

    I'll tell ya, the fluidity with which teams have shuffled around the NBA through the first two-and-a-half weeks of the 2013-14 season hasn't made it easy for yours truly to put together his (and by his, I mean my) power rankings...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 218,611 reads 309 comments

  2. Warriors' Perimeter Play Elevating Golden State to Whole New Level

    In some ways, the Golden State Warriors are still all about Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. In other ways, well, they're not...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 11,431 reads 57 comments

  3. Jordan Hill Is Proving to Be Definitive X-Factor for Los Angeles Lakers

    I've been a fan of Jordan Hill ever since he first donned the Purple and Gold in the spring of 2012—and not just because I'm a lifelong Angeleno who grew up with the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 6,740 reads 25 comments

  4. Los Angeles Lakers Leaning on Role Players a Dangerous Game to Play

    The Los Angeles Lakers never had much of a choice. They knew, to some extent, that they'd have to rely rather heavily on the contributions of role players if they were to survive the 2013-14 NBA season...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 13,496 reads 45 comments

  5. Miami Heat Can't Afford to Risk LeBron James' Health

    If the first three years of the Miami Heat's superstar experiment with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were all about (in order) trial, transformation and immortality, then Year 4 is and will be about preservation...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 months ago 4,048 reads 3 comments

  6. Why a College Hoops Game Will Be the Biggest NBA Event of the Year

    There's only one game that's guaranteed to capture the attention and imagination of the entire basketball world in 2013-14. Only one is bound to pique the interest and draw the attention of fans, players, coaches, scouts and executives alike...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 34,575 reads 56 comments

  7. Blueprint for a Speedy Philadelphia 76ers Turnaround

    The Philadelphia 76ers are well on their way to building something special in the City of Brotherly Love. No, I'm not talking about the Sixers' surprising 4-2 start to the 2013-14 NBA season...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 18,678 reads 42 comments

  8. NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Stack Up in Early Part of 2013-14

    It's tantalizing for any NBA diehard to draw sweeping conclusions about the season after, say, a week-and-a-half of flipping frantically through the nightly smorgasbord of games on League Pass...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 107,964 reads 224 comments

  9. NBA Awards Odds 2013-14: Way-Too-Early Predictions for Every Award

    It's become common practice for those of us in the amorphous blob referred to monolithically as the "sports media"—or, in the parlance of our times, the "sports blogosphere"—to ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 46,373 reads 124 comments

  10. Which Version of Dwight Howard Are Rockets Getting: LA D12 or Orlando D12?

    At a glance, the early returns on Dwight Howard 's debut with the Houston Rockets are positive, if not overwhelmingly so. He's once again leading the NBA in rebounding at 14...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 11,807 reads 50 comments

  11. Is Metta World Peace the New York Knicks' Biggest X-Factor?

    Metta World Peace knows a thing or two about greatness and what it can mean for a team's championship hopes in the NBA ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 8,474 reads 27 comments

  12. Monta Ellis Thriving in New Co-Pilot Role for Dallas Mavericks

    Context is everything in the NBA . Basic box score stats can only tell you so much about how a given player is doing or to what extent he's contributing to (or responsible for) the end result on any given night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 25,367 reads 56 comments

  13. The Likeliest Scenarios for Kobe Bryant's Comeback Season

    The day after Halloween, Kobe Bryant emerged from what we can only assume is his rehabilitation "Bat Cave"—in which longtime Los Angeles Lakers trainer Gary Vitti presumably ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 27,926 reads 52 comments

  14. Shocks and Surprises Abound in NBA's Crazy First Week

    If you weren't already aware that the NBA is back in business, you sure should be now. The first week of the 2013-14 season woke up the basketball world—and then some...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 31,156 reads 54 comments

  15. Best Potential Solutions to Fix the NBA's Tanking Problem

    It's no secret that teams around the NBA —specifically, those without a prayer of making the playoffs, much less contending for the Larry O'Brien Trophy—are trying to do everything but win...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 48,018 reads 153 comments

  16. How Cleveland Cavaliers Can Ensure Kyrie Irving Stays 'Forever'

    Kyrie Irving 's right. It's way too early to so much as broach the subject of his long-term future with the Cleveland Cavaliers , as he recently made clear to Jodie Valade of The Cleveland Plain Dealer ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 37,279 reads 113 comments

  17. Chris Paul Validates Status as NBA's Best Point Guard with Monster Game

    This just in: Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA . Or, at least, he looked like it on Tuesday night in leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a decisive 126-115 win over the weary Golden State Warriors ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 31,620 reads 493 comments

  18. Derrick Rose Proves He's Officially Back with Clutch Shot vs. NY Knicks

    One shot does not a comeback complete, but one shot can be all of the encouragement a player, a team and a fanbase need to hope and dream big again...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 23,935 reads 280 comments

  19. Lakers' Bench Play Will Be Biggest Key to LA Eclipsing Expectations

    Seventy-six. That's how many points the Los Angeles Lakers ' bench cobbled together during their 116-103 win over the big, bad Los Angeles Clippers on opening night at the Staples Center...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 5,693 reads 20 comments

  20. Navigating the NBA's Maddening Yet Necessary Cycle of Change

    If you're a fan of the NBA , you know the feeling. The season starts, as the 2013-14 edition just has. You turn on your TV to get your hoops fix, or you trek out to the arena to cheer on your favorite team...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 14,090 reads 19 comments

  21. Are the Los Angeles Lakers Better Than We Thought?

    Let's get one thing straight: the Los Angeles Lakers are not going to win more games than the Los Angeles Clippers this year, despite what the former's 116-103 win over the latter would suggest...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 36,627 reads 234 comments

  22. Lakers Not Rushing Kobe Bryant Back Is Best Bet for LA's Long-Term Success

    As if the Los Angeles Lakers needed any more bad news to start the 2013-14 NBA season—between Steve Nash's slow recovery, Shawne Williams' spot as the starting power forward ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 6,099 reads 7 comments

  23. The Anatomy of a Perfect 2013-14 NBA Season

    What would be most important to you if you were dreaming up the ideal NBA season? Would it be superstars dominating the game? Surprising contributors rising out of nowhere? What ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 30,097 reads 73 comments

  24. NBA Power Rankings, Opening Week Edition

    Feel the power, everyone! FEEL THE POWER! THE 2013-14 NBA SEASON IS (ALMOST) HERE! With all that power flowing through the autumn air, how could anyone resist putting together pre-regular-season ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 233,484 reads 587 comments

  25. NBA Playoff Odds: How All 30 Teams Stack Up Entering 2013-14 Season

    The bookmakers in Las Vegas aren't usually keen to cook up playoff odds for NBA teams, if only because more than half the frickin' league qualifies every year and the majority of those that make it do so in predictable fashion...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 12 months ago 12,921 reads 39 comments