1. NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Stacks Up in the Early Going

    Don't be alarmed: This week's NBA power rankings look nothing like the previous edition, at least as far as team placement is concerned, but that's to be expected...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 296,281 reads 466 comments

  2. Gordon Hayward's Big Night Against LeBron James Again Shows He's Worth the Money

    It's not at all uncommon for max contracts for young NBA players to draw considerable criticism. Gordon Hayward should know...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 85,497 reads 143 comments

  3. Who's Going to Help Kobe Bryant with Los Angeles Lakers Offense?

    Here's what we (think we) know about the Los Angeles Lakers just over a week into the 2014-15 NBA season: Kobe Bryant 's still really good, the defense is really bad, Steve ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 15,238 reads 115 comments

  4. Could Los Angeles Lakers Rival Philadelphia 76ers for NBA Futility?

    The Los Angeles Lakers aren't the Philadelphia 76ers , nor are they trying to be. Unlike the Sixers, the Lakers didn't spend their summer hoarding cap space, scrounging for ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 1,589 reads 4 comments

  5. Golden State Warriors Had No Choice but to Sign Klay Thompson to Max Extension

    The Golden State Warriors went down to the wire in their extension negotiations with Klay Thompson , though they practically sealed them back in August. Or rather, they were sealed for them on Aug...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 18,421 reads 30 comments

  6. Durant and Westbrook Injuries Will Prove How Much Thunder Need Reggie Jackson

    The Oklahoma City Thunder could use a hero right about now. No, not you, Enrique Iglesias —unless a hefty helping of Latin pop can substitute for the on-court stylings of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 1,365 reads 0 comments

  7. Clippers Still Working to Shake off Preseason Rust as Regular Season Begins

    LOS ANGELES — The atmosphere at Staples Center was nothing short of electric for what was undoubtedly the most hotly anticipated home opener in the history of the Los Angeles Clippers ...

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  8. Predicting Every Major NBA Award Winner for the 2014-15 Season

    It's too early to start thinking about the NBA 's biggest awards, right? We should let the 2014-15 season breathe a bit before we start sizing up MVPs, ROYs, SMOYs and all the other "OYs" we can dream up...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 52,286 reads 123 comments

  9. High-Octane Bulls Can Prove They're Much More Than Derrick Rose's Comeback Story

    The stage was set for another compelling chapter in one of the NBA 's most captivating stories to be written. The bright lights and raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden. The boos raining down from the rafters when he first touched the ball...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 24,066 reads 45 comments

  10. Ranking the Top 5 Candidates for Every Major NBA Award Entering 2014-15 Season

    The NBA may be the most predictable of the major American professional sports leagues, but that doesn't mean there's a crystal ball that can lend complete clarity to basketball's awards picture before the season tips off Tuesday evening...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 37,705 reads 143 comments

  11. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week Edition

    We're done here, folks. Done with stragglers and D-Leaguers. Done with stars sitting out fourth quarters, regardless of the score. Done with half-empty arenas in even the NBA 's most loyal locales...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 442,260 reads 578 comments

  12. NBA Teams Smart to Vote Down Lottery Reform, for Now

    Uncertainty has become something of a buzzword around the NBA in recent months, especially for the league's front-office folks...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 21,722 reads 48 comments

  13. 11 NBA Training Camp Invitees Who Look Like Locks to Make Their Teams

    Is anyone else relieved that the NBA preseason is almost over? Everyone maybe? Nothing against exhibition games or anything, but there's only so much of the NBA Summer League's ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 24,844 reads 17 comments

  14. 6 Budding NBA Teams You'll Want to Watch This Season

    Nobody likes a bandwagon fan. You know, a person who jumps on board a particular team's gravy train once said train gets rolling. Someone whose allegiances can be swayed by a passing breeze, like Drake sitting in front of an oscillating Dyson Airblade...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 32,934 reads 97 comments

  15. NBA Depth-Chart Projections for All 30 Teams Going into 2014-15 Season

    Just because the results don't count in the standings, the NBA preseason is far from pointless or meaningless. There are still plenty of roster spots for players to fight over and position battles to be won...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 278,107 reads 294 comments

  16. Los Angeles Clippers Won't Reach Title Potential Without Defensive Improvement

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Ask the Los Angeles Clippers about what's gone wrong with their defense this preseason or what they can do to fix it, and you're bound to field a wide range of answers—or not much of an answer at all...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 1,642 reads 10 comments

  17. Is Los Angeles Lakers' Reliance on Steve Nash a Risky Proposition?

    This year was supposed to be different for Steve Nash . This was supposed to be the year that Nash finally came through for the Los Angeles Lakers , if only because this would be his last chance...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 3,468 reads 16 comments

  18. Surprising Studs Emerging from 2014-15 NBA Preseason

    Sparkling preseason performances are like mirages in the desert: They look great at first blush but vanish upon closer inspection...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 95,391 reads 89 comments

  19. NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up at 2014 Training Camp

    What's a grain of salt worth in the NBA ? That question is typically and most accurately answered during the preseason, wherein the vast majority of the results are best taken with that tiniest pinch of sodium chloride...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 304,284 reads 367 comments

  20. Predicting the Next Wave of Young NBA Talent to Get Contract Extensions

    Kyrie Irving got his max money from the Cleveland Cavaliers before LeBron James made them title contenders again. The Morris twins re-upped with the Phoenix Suns for a combined $52 million...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 14,285 reads 36 comments

  21. Predicting Fallout from NBA Draft Lottery Reform

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the 30 owners who employ him will have much more to discuss at the next Board of Governors meeting than the league's shiny new national television deal ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 20,658 reads 60 comments

  22. Julius Randle at Center of L.A. Lakers' Transition to Life After Kobe Bryant

    The Los Angeles Lakers have been careful to temper expectations for Julius Randle. On paper, the rookie out of Kentucky may seem an obvious choice to receive the torch that Kobe Bryant 's carried for years, albeit in large part by default...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 21,786 reads 18 comments

  23. 10 NBA Players Due for Big Role Changes in 2014-15

    So much of the excitement surrounding NBA training camps stems from seeing familiar faces in new places...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 73,544 reads 162 comments

  24. Early NBA Preseason 2014-15 Title Odds for All 30 Teams

    The NBA preseason is nothing if not a spectacle of speculation. Media days are rife with players and coaches answering questions about their hopes and expectations for the upcoming campaign before there's been so much as a productive dribble...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 326,868 reads 611 comments

  25. The Coolest Post-NBA Careers

    By and large, the opening of NBA training camps is cause for celebration. Throngs of media descend upon practice facilities from sea to shining sea, where players and coaches alike ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 25,502 reads 24 comments