1. Ranking the Most Improved NBA Players This Season

    In the NBA , as in any competitive enterprise, if you're not getting ahead, you're probably falling behind. This is especially true for those youngsters still trying to establish themselves within the Association...

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  2. Despite Recent Struggles, Memphis Grizzlies Belong in NBA Championship Mix

    The NBA 's championship chase seems to have narrowed considerably since the middle of the 2014-15 season. Back then, as many as a dozen teams looked like they could conceivably lay claim to the Larry O'Brien Trophy...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 18,022 reads 125 comments

  3. What Painful 2014-15 Season Has Taught Us About DeMarcus Cousins

    It's been another run-of-the-mill, unfulfilling season for the Sacramento Kings , another trip through Punxsutawney by way of California's capital. The Kings have already sealed their ninth straight foray into the NBA draft lottery...

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  4. 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 ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 342,316 reads 504 comments

  5. 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...

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  6. 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...

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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 4 months ago 89,618 reads 358 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 57,138 reads 207 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 24,635 reads 48 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 117,314 reads 225 comments

  13. 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 4 months ago 66,450 reads 91 comments

  14. 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 5 months ago 9,127 reads 18 comments

  15. 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 5 months ago 62,125 reads 256 comments

  16. 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 5 months ago 160,193 reads 212 comments

  17. 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 5 months ago 5,063 reads 9 comments

  18. 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 5 months ago 7,004 reads 15 comments

  19. 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 5 months ago 18,041 reads 40 comments

  20. 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 5 months ago 352,639 reads 560 comments

  21. 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 5 months ago 25,641 reads 6 comments

  22. 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 5 months ago 40,630 reads 104 comments

  23. 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 5 months ago 97,641 reads 290 comments

  24. 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 5 months ago 25,392 reads 35 comments

  25. 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 5 months ago 62,829 reads 274 comments