1. Clippers and Cavaliers Wouldn't Have Today's Stars Without Long-Forgotten Trade

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers —who face off at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night—can each trace their rise into the NBA 's elite to a single twist of fate...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 day ago 11,481 reads 7 comments

  2. Friday NBA Roundup: Warriors Can't Slow Down Now That They Finally Own 1st Place

    The Golden State Warriors were practically anointed NBA champions back in July, but it took them a month of the 2016-17 season to scale the standings...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 days ago 63,542 reads 146 comments

  3. NBA Rookie Report Cards: Grading the Class' Top 10 So Far

    It would be easy to spend the next 10 slides ragging on the NBA 's current rookie class. So far, the 2016 draft crew has looked as weak as advertised, especially with Ben Simmons still sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 9 days ago 124,177 reads 179 comments

  4. Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Have Chicago Bulls Blowing Away Expectations

    LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Butler knew what he had to do. He usually does these days. "Coach," he told Fred Hoiberg before the Chicago Bulls faced the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, "I'm going for 40 tonight...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 11 days ago 54,041 reads 62 comments

  5. Biggest Red Flags of the 2016-17 NBA Season So Far

    Have you seen the "Panic Button" recently? Perhaps it's somewhere near Kevin Garnett 's " Cuss Button ." Wherever it is, we would all do well to let it be for a bit—at least as far as the NBA is concerned...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 15 days ago 41,238 reads 49 comments

  6. It's Only November, but LA Clippers Look Like NBA's Best Team out of the Gate

    LOS ANGELES — "I'm going to tell you straight up: It means absolutely nothing," Chris Paul said. Doc Rivers would've preferred that nobody brought it up. "I hate stats," he said...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 15 days ago 23,487 reads 129 comments

  7. Friday NBA Roundup: DeMar DeRozan Has Raptors Looking Like Cavs' Biggest Threat

    DeMar DeRozan is playing like a man on a mission. That mission? To cement the Toronto Raptors as a serious threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 21 days ago 42,212 reads 103 comments

  8. 2016-17 NBA Rookie Ladder: Early Progress Reports and Rankings

    In a year of the unpredictable becoming commonplace, at least one prognostication has held true: The 2016 NBA draft was lamented for a lack of top-tier talent and depth...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 23 days ago 4,738 reads 2 comments

  9. Chris Paul on LA Clippers' Dominant Defense: 'Why Didn't We Do This Last Year?'

    LOS ANGELES — Monday evening, Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris drove by Blake Griffin for a layup. After the ball fell through the net, Griffin grabbed it and spiked it, upset to be giving up a basket...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 24 days ago 4,552 reads 3 comments

  10. Devin Booker's Rise to Phoenix Suns Star: 'I Always Knew I Was Capable of This'

    Mere minutes into his first Las Vegas Summer League practice with the Phoenix Suns in 2015, Earl Watson, then a newly hired development coach, was fluttering around the gym...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 25 days ago 26,085 reads 24 comments

  11. Derrick Rose, New York Knicks Finding Their Form and Friday NBA Takeaways

    On the same day the Chicago Cubs brought the World Series pennant back to the Windy City for the first time in 108 years, the town’s NBA team hosted a much more awkward homecoming at the United Center...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 28 days ago 47,852 reads 112 comments

  12. A Family Affair: Trail Blazers' Evan Turner Discusses Real Cubs Love

    Twenty-eight-year old former No. 2 pick (2010) Evan Turner grew up in Chicago watching Cubs games with his great-grandmother, Vater Mae Fite, between outdoor summer hoop sessions...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 28 days ago 3,258 reads 1 comments

  13. Why Blake Griffin Isn't a Flight Risk for Los Angeles Clippers

    LOS ANGELES — Back in August, when The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Russell Westbrook 's extension, he buried this tidbit about Blake Griffin becoming the ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 12,535 reads 11 comments

  14. Golden State Warriors Must Get Defensive and Friday NBA Takeaways

    It was better than a 29-point opening-night home drubbing, but the Golden State Warriors ' 122-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans left the NBA championship favorites with plenty of room for improvement...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 52,154 reads 105 comments

  15. This Is Chris Paul's Last Chance to Win on His Own Terms

    LOS ANGELES — The start of the 2016-17 season will be like all the others of Chris Paul 's NBA career. No ring ceremony. No banner raised. No spotlight on opening night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 38,293 reads 75 comments

  16. Predicting Every Major NBA Award Winner for the 2016-17 Season

    Rarely, if ever, has there been less suspense surrounding the eventual NBA champion than 2016-17. The Cleveland Cavaliers, last year's title winner, once again look like prohibitive favorites in the East...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 41,609 reads 102 comments

  17. NBA Rookie Stock Watch: How the Top-20 Stack Up Heading into 2016-17 Season

    Putting much stock in NBA preseason results tends to be a fool's errand. But when it comes to evaluating an incoming rookie class at this point in the year, it's the best evidence available...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 3,593 reads 1 comments

  18. NBA Schedule 2016-17: The 1 Game You Can't Miss for Every Team

    How's your calendar looking these days? Still a clean slate? Or have you already highlighted the biggest dates on the NBA schedule? It can be a tall order to sort through all 1,230 games on the Association's slate...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 19,164 reads 55 comments

  19. 17 Bold Predictions for the 2016-17 NBA Season

    If you have any predictions about the upcoming NBA season, you’d better lay them down now. Once the Cleveland Cavaliers tip off their title defense against the New York Knicks next Tuesday, the 2016-17 campaign will officially be underway...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 44,715 reads 49 comments

  20. NBA Preseason 2016: Winners and Losers so Far

    For those who’ve been craving pro hoops since the thrilling finish to the 2016 Finals, even modest morsels plied from exhibition games can be a godsend...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 39,671 reads 47 comments

  21. LA Clippers Insider: Blake Griffin Is Destined for the Season of His Career

    Blake Griffin wouldn't listen. It was the first day of Los Angeles Clippers training camp at the University of California, Irvine and Griffin's first practice since a quad injury knocked him out of the playoffs in April...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 19,328 reads 38 comments

  22. 10 NBA Players Who Will Average 25-Plus Points Per Game in 2016-17

    For NBA scorers, 20 points per game is a solid baseline, but it’s right around 25 per night that superstars separate themselves from the pack...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 36,871 reads 119 comments

  23. Engineering the Leap: An NBA Supertrainer's Plan for DC's Prized Sophomore

    One after another, the Washington Wizards marched in for their exit interviews with owner Ted Leonsis and general manager Ernie Grunfeld. After a disappointing 2015-16 campaign that ended with a ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 19,130 reads 18 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 97,301 reads 133 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 5,858 reads 12 comments