1. NBA Predictions 2016-17: The Next Big Breakout Star at Each Position

    For the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger , luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. In the NBA , that same formula isn't the only thing needed for a breakout campaign, but it's a necessary part...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 97,318 reads 133 comments

  2. Los Angeles Clippers Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    The Los Angeles Clippers will tip off the 2016-17 season where the last one ended: at the Moda Center against the Portland Trail Blazers . Game 6 in Rip City punctuated yet another disappointing Clippers demise...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 5,861 reads 12 comments

  3. LA Clippers Notebook: The Clock Is Running out for Blake Griffin, CP3 and Doc

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — There’s something different about the Los Angeles Clippers this season. Is it a slimmer, trimmer Chris Paul ? No, he didn’t lose any weight, he insisted during the team’s media day...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 12,027 reads 24 comments

  4. Inside the Making of Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons' Superstar-in-Waiting

    As a rising star at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Stanley Johnson might have stood in front of a mirror and seen something similar to LeBron James: a tall, thick frame—strong but not stocky, built but still growing ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 45,789 reads 46 comments

  5. Predicting Which Top-20 NBA Rookies Will Be 2016-17 Studs or Duds

    If the 2015-16 season was your introduction to the NBA , you probably have great expectations for what a rookie class can and should be. Last year's crop of debutantes was one of the most productive in recent memory...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 51,819 reads 74 comments

  6. NBA Superstars with the Most on the Line Entering 2016-17

    LeBron James is off the hook. This past spring, he fulfilled his promise, carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA championship and, in doing so, vanquishing the city's 52-year pro sports title drought...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 30,169 reads 108 comments

  7. The Top 3 NBA Breakout Candidates at Every Position Entering 2016-17

    If you look up "most improved" in the (basketball) dictionary, you may well find a picture of C.J. McCollum—and not just because he won the NBA 's award for that last season...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 88,421 reads 138 comments

  8. USA Men's Basketball Team Finds Another Way to Mask Ominous Flaws

    Four games into the 2016 Olympics men's basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro , several glaring weaknesses remained for Team USA's men's basketball giants despite its clean slate...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 58,909 reads 122 comments

  9. Young NBA Prospects Who Must Turn Potential into Production in 2016-17

    Like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, the process of transforming a prospect into a bona fide NBA rotation player requires nurturing, time and patience—much more for some than for others...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 173,022 reads 246 comments

  10. Don't Count LA Lakers Out of the Russell Westbrook Hunt Just Yet

    The Los Angeles Lakers showed significant vital signs during this year's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. D'Angelo Russell knocked down clutch shots, commanded L.A.'s offense and poured in 21...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 58,887 reads 41 comments

  11. Best- and Worst-Case NBA Comparisons for the Top 10 Rookies in 2016-17

    Comparing college and international kids to seasoned NBA veterans before the draft is no easy feat—and it wasn't mine to complete this year ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 56,782 reads 150 comments

  12. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 15 in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — Friday was Getaway Day at NBA Summer League . For pretty much everyone affiliated with the 16 teams that participated, the end couldn’t come soon enough...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 69,697 reads 125 comments

  13. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 14 in Las Vegas

    It’s become an annual tradition at  Las Vegas' NBA Summer League: A parade of Big Blue. From John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins , to Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 30,462 reads 30 comments

  14. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 13 in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — In the honest-to-goodness NBA , the stars shine brightest during the playoffs. In the version put forth at Las Vegas Summer League, the postseason is as good a time as any to sit top talent...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 32,044 reads 18 comments

  15. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 12 in Las Vegas

    Scratches scrawled across one arm, ice pack on the opposite shoulder, no shirt in sight, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons approached the media scrum in the bowels of the Thomas ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 91,438 reads 156 comments

  16. How Las Vegas Summer League Paved the Path for an NBA Superpower

    Kevin Durant can't believe it. Here he is, the NBA 's most coveted free agent, sitting through pitch after pitch at a manse in the Hamptons, pondering his professional future...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 48,429 reads 36 comments

  17. NBA Summer League 2016: Top Takeaways from July 9 in Las Vegas

    It took a while, but an honest-to-goodness basketball game broke out between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers at the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Saturday...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 148,601 reads 264 comments

  18. Way-Too-Early 2016-17 NBA Rookie Award Predictions

    The 2016 NBA draft already feels like a distant memory. We've seen Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown, the Nos. 1 and 3 picks, ball out for the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, respectively, at the Utah Summer League...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 77,712 reads 179 comments

  19. 2016 NBA Free Agency: Everything You Need to Know from Day 5

    The NBA celebrated the Fourth of July with an incredible spectacle, thanks to Kevin Durant 's shocking decision to join the Golden State Warriors. The league spent the next day picking up the pieces...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 79,877 reads 74 comments

  20. With Drew League Popularity Soaring, Even NBA Stars Must Follow Protocol to Join

    These days, Dino Smiley, the director of the Drew League, gets all sorts of calls. This one “totally surprised” him. On the line was a representative of Kristaps Porzingis, the New York Knicks’ rookie sensation...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 77,383 reads 31 comments

  21. 2016 NBA Free Agency: Everything You Need to Know from Day 2

    If Day 1 of 2016 NBA free agency was marked by big names staying put (with the exception of Dwight Howard ), Day 2 was all about players spreading their wings in search of new situations...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 237,284 reads 180 comments

  22. Grizzlies Refuse to Sink out West with Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons Signings

    The Memphis Grizzlies ' offseason playbook looks like something straight out of Monty Python . Where once the Grizzlies looked to be dead in the dangerous waters of the NBA 's Western Conference, they're now getting better...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 19,589 reads 75 comments

  23. 5 NBA Teams That Should Be Active in Trade Talks During 2016 Offseason

    There are a million ways for NBA teams to improve their players—from strength training and skill drills to sleep science and nutrition education—but only three methods to improving their rosters...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 114,122 reads 149 comments

  24. Kenneth Faried Is Still Hustling

    Kenneth Faried isn't known as "The Manimal" for nothing. Now five years into his NBA career, the 26-year-old dreadlocked forward out of Morehead State is still hungry for more—more rebounds, more dunks, more explosiveness and more wins...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 52,741 reads 69 comments

  25. NBA Free Agents 2016: Predictions for Top 20 Names on the Market

    Bedlam or boredom? This summer's NBA free-agent market figures to feature bits of both, in different ways...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 321,331 reads 390 comments