1. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings at the End of November

    We all have something to be thankful for: friends, family, good fortune, the basic fact of drawing breath and being alive. The NBA , too, has plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 251,714 reads 632 comments

  2. Ranking the 10 Most Surprising Hot Starts in the NBA

    Can you believe that the 2014-15 NBA season is already nearly month old? It seems like only yesterday that the San Antonio Spurs were collecting rings and eking out a home win over the Dallas Mavericks...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 months ago 41,292 reads 77 comments

  3. Can the Dallas Mavericks' Record-Setting Offense Last All Season?

    Ever wonder what happens when the NBA 's most unstoppable force meets its most moveable object? Well, wonder no more...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 23,410 reads 79 comments

  4. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up After 3 Weeks of Action

    If the NBA were Hogwarts—and with all the witchcraft and wizardry its players are able to pull off from night to night, it just might be—we'd still be waiting for the Sorting Hat to split all 30 teams into their respective houses...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 293,639 reads 417 comments

  5. Lakers Showing Signs of Life After Terrible Start to 2014-15 Season

    Don't plan to attend a parade down Figueroa Street just yet, Los Angeles Lakers fans. Don't even sit on StubHub for seats at Staples Center beyond mid-April, unless you're eager to support the Los Angeles Clippers ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 42,264 reads 104 comments

  6. New Orleans Pelicans' Roster Must Keep Pace with Anthony Davis' Ascent

    In case you've taken up residence under a rock since the 2014-15 NBA season began, here's a quick update: Anthony Davis is really, really, really, really good...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 1,781 reads 0 comments

  7. Charlotte Hornets Falling Short of Amplified Expectations in Early Stages

    There was something decidedly kitschy about last season's Charlotte Bobcats . They were a squad that was simultaneously on the rise and facing a clear expiration date...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 2,468 reads 9 comments

  8. Los Angeles Clippers Looking to Build Trust, Identity to Get Back on Track

    LOS ANGELES — Trust was the word of the evening at the Los Angeles Clippers ' postgame press conference on Monday night. Trust in their defensive effort. Trust in each other to make shots...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 10,603 reads 38 comments

  9. Doc Rivers: Chicago Bulls 'May Have 2 or 3 All-Stars' Minus Derrick Rose

    LOS ANGELES — Just because Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol were in street clothes at Staples Center on Monday night doesn't mean the Los Angeles Clippers were about to take the Chicago Bulls lightly...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 20,309 reads 59 comments

  10. Los Angeles Clippers Seeking Key Ingredient to Championship Recipe

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Defense wins championships. No rebounds, no rings. Add another championship cliche for today's NBA : The wing is the thing if you want to win a ring ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 4,320 reads 16 comments

  11. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: Mid-November Edition

    Welcome back to Small Sample Theatre, known to most as the NBA Power Rankings. Last week , yours truly took a stab at sorting out the league after about a week and a half of meaningful games...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 454,783 reads 451 comments

  12. Kawhi Leonard Showing Flashes of Value to Spurs, but Gregg Popovich Needs More

    LOS ANGELES — Great performances are nothing new for Kawhi Leonard . He wouldn't have a Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Trophy on his mantel otherwise...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 6,789 reads 11 comments

  13. Los Angeles Clippers Search for Solution to Mystery of Early-Season Malaise

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif.—It's one thing for a presumptive NBA title contender like the Cleveland Cavaliers to struggle from the opening tip...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 2,332 reads 21 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 296,931 reads 466 comments

  15. 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 10 months ago 85,661 reads 143 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 15,318 reads 115 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 1,610 reads 4 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 18,484 reads 30 comments

  19. 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 10 months ago 1,434 reads 0 comments

  20. 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 ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 10 months ago 2,077 reads 4 comments

  21. 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 10 months ago 53,063 reads 123 comments

  22. 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 10 months ago 24,077 reads 45 comments

  23. 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 10 months ago 38,370 reads 143 comments

  24. 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 10 months ago 443,087 reads 577 comments

  25. 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 11 months ago 21,766 reads 48 comments