1. 2015 NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Shake Out in Early April

    April isn't just for fools. In the NBA , it's for clinchers as well. This past week alone, the Golden State Warriors locked down the top seed in the West, the Atlanta Hawks did ...

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  2. Why Draymond Green Is Quickly Becoming One of NBA's Most Prized Possessions

    LOS ANGELES — If you look closely at Draymond Green for long enough, you can make out much of what's come to define basketball in the state of Michigan for the better part of the last four decades...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 14,275 reads 24 comments

  3. NBA Awards Odds 2014-15: Predicting the Favorites for NBA's Prized Hardware

    Tax Day is stressful for most Americans, but it will be doubly so this year for those media members with NBA awards ballots to cast...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 89,340 reads 403 comments

  4. Friday NBA Roundup: Third-Quarter Dominance Separating Warriors out West

    Like Eminem searching for the real Slim Shady, the Golden State Warriors are still waiting for a Western Conference challenger to please stand up...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 26,261 reads 270 comments

  5. Injuries Defining Western Conference Championship Picture

    The NBA has changed dramatically since the late David Halberstam published The Breaks of the Game , his essential basketball tome about the Portland Trail Blazers, following their 1977 championship run, in 1981...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 15,171 reads 88 comments

  6. 2015 NBA Power Rankings: Who's Rising and Who's Falling Fast as Playoffs Near

    Soon enough, the NBA will have a Sweet 16 of its own, like the one the NCAA tournament is currently whittling down to eight and then four. But the Association's first round of cuts won't come for nearly another three weeks, for better or worse...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 89,545 reads 358 comments

  7. The Greatest 'What Ifs' in Recent NBA History

    The official announcement of Steve Nash's retirement was as sad as it was anticlimactic. The Los Angeles Lakers ruled out the now-41-year-old point guard for the 2014-15 NBA season—the ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 56,495 reads 207 comments

  8. Zach LaVine Proving He's More Than Just a Slam Dunk King

    There's nothing wrong with being an NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion. That distinction seemed to suit Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins just fine. Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter wore it well in the late 1990s...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 24,531 reads 48 comments

  9. Every NBA Team's Most Pressing Priority This Offseason

    What does your favorite NBA team need? An upgrade up front? Improvement at the point? A new coach to guide the players, perhaps? Chances are that the front office already has ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 117,272 reads 225 comments

  10. The NBA's All-NCAA Tournament Team: Which Active Pros Had Best Tourney Runs?

    March Madness isn't just for college basketball fans, office poolers and sports gamblers. It's also a time of fond reflection for much of the NBA ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 66,305 reads 91 comments

  11. J.J. Redick Is the Secret Ingredient to NBA's Most Potent Offense

    LOS ANGELES — When Doc Rivers first took over the reins of the Los Angeles Clippers in the summer of 2013, he knew his new team needed another weapon to take its already potent offense to the next level...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 9,078 reads 18 comments

  12. 2015 NBA Power Rankings: Where the Chips Fall with 1 Month Left

    To paraphrase Drake, if you're reading this, it's already the middle of March Madness...so thanks for taking some time away from college basketball to pay some attention to the pros...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 62,036 reads 256 comments

  13. Report Card Grades for Every NBA Team Entering Final Stretch

    Spring break is right around the corner. For students across the country, that means hours and hours of cramming coffee and notes in preparation for midterms (for those on semester) ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 160,144 reads 212 comments

  14. Clippers Learning to Keep Their Cool in Heated Western Conference Race

    LOS ANGELES — If you've seen one Los Angeles Clippers game, you've seen them all. A whistle blows, but the call goes against them. Or the whistle doesn't blow, and the Clippers complain about the silence...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 5,058 reads 10 comments

  15. For Kevin Garnett, Basketball Greatness Begins in the Locker Room

    LOS ANGELES — Before Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, Kevin Garnett was in Doc Rivers' office. They were not discussing the plan of attack for the Boston Celtics ' eventual 131-92 victory over the rival Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 6,932 reads 15 comments

  16. Better Buy in NBA Free Agency: Draymond Green or Khris Middleton?

    The 2014-15 NBA season may well go down as the Year of the Contract Year, as redundant as that sounds. Jimmy Butler bet on himself, reportedly declining a $40 million extension ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 17,944 reads 40 comments

  17. NBA Power Rankings with 1 Month Left in the 2014-15 Season

    It's true: Time really does fly when you're having fun. The 2014-15 NBA season is evidence of as much. The excitement and unpredictability of this campaign has been such a joy to follow that it's easy to overlook just how close to the end we are...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 352,576 reads 560 comments

  18. Born to Scout: Inside the Minds of NBA Front-Office Sons

    Familial ties have long been a defining feature of the NBA , and they are more common today than ever before. According to The New York Times ' Scott Cacciola , no fewer than 19 second-generation players—4...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 25,595 reads 6 comments

  19. DeAndre Jordan Proving Los Angeles Clippers Do in Fact Have a Big 3

    LOS ANGELES — Flash back to Sept. 29, 2014. It's media day for the Los Angeles Clippers . Folks show up in droves—maybe not as many as a typical Lakers media day, ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 40,595 reads 104 comments

  20. 2015 NBA Power Rankings: Stacking Up All 30 Teams Before the Home Stretch

    The NBA as a whole should take a bow for the week it just had. Bravo to the Association for putting together a thrilling, action-packed week, replete with nail-biters, buzzer-beaters and historic performances to excite diehards and casual fans alike...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 97,430 reads 290 comments

  21. Arron Afflalo Talks Adapting to Blazers, Brian Shaw Firing, Kendrick Lamar

    LOS ANGELES — Changing teams at the trade deadline is never easy, not even for a seasoned NBA veteran like Arron Afflalo ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 25,244 reads 35 comments

  22. Friday NBA Roundup: Russell Westbrook's Incredible 1-Man Show Continues

    Russell Westbrook isn't a bona fide basketball superhero, but in February, he came darn close—about as close as the Oklahoma City Thunder came to sweeping a tough road back-to-back without winning either game...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 62,825 reads 274 comments

  23. 2015 NBA Power Rankings: Breaking Down All 30 Teams at the End of February

    The end of February brings with it the beginning of the NBA 's regular-season stretch run. The league's roster tinkering is all but done. Per NBA rules, any player signed after March 1 is ineligible for postseason play...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 492,399 reads 683 comments

  24. 2015 NBA Power Rankings: Post-Trade Deadline Standings for All 30 Teams

    Before we dive into this week's NBA power rankings, let's take a moment to breathe deeply, relax and set aside the madness that ensued in the lead-up to Thursday's trade deadline...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 515,924 reads 435 comments

  25. Best Potential Trade Packages, Scenarios and Landing Spots for Reggie Jackson

    Reggie Jackson has done his darndest to ignore the nearly constant swirl of trade speculation that's surrounded him this season...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 34,538 reads 87 comments