1. Do New York Knicks Have the Toughest Rebuild in the NBA?

    From the moment Phil Jackson was hired last March, you could forgive fans of the New York Knicks for believing in the rebuild to come...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 11,676 reads 76 comments

  2. How Long Can the San Antonio Spurs Survive Without Kawhi Leonard?

    If there was any doubt about Gregg Popovich’s surefooted assertion to Michael Lee of T he Washington Post that Kawhi Leonard was destined to be the next great crux ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 17,350 reads 44 comments

  3. Dwight Howard Still 1 of the Best in the West and Other Saturday NBA Takeaways

    Amid the blitz of three-pointers and the blur of James Harden ’s dribble-drives, it can be easy to forget the Houston Rockets tout the best all-around center in the NBA . Dwight Howard has no problem reminding you of that fact...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 36,170 reads 166 comments

  4. New Eastern Conference No. 1 Seed Atlanta Hawks Could Be Here to Stay

    For all the talk about conference disparity in today’s NBA , you can’t accuse the East of being boring. Bad, perhaps—possibly even historically so. But not boring...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 9,792 reads 44 comments

  5. Toronto Raptors Could Make 2015 NBA Finals Without a True Star

    If the NBA were a mythological cannon, the 2004 Detroit Pistons would be perhaps its rarest of beasts, a team whose template—champion without a star, balance without equal—many contend might never again be duplicated...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 1,708 reads 4 comments

  6. Which Brooklyn Nets Star Has Got to Go?

    As far as expectations were concerned, manning the helm of the Brooklyn Nets was probably as straightforward a job description as Lionel Hollins could’ ve hoped for...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 4,713 reads 30 comments

  7. Cleveland Cavaliers' Title Hopes Hinge on David Blatt's Offensive Ingenuity

    Scant smoke where there was supposed to be fire, dire straits in place of smooth sailing, tumult for a triumphant realm: Whatever your preseason predictions for the Cleveland Cavaliers , the reality couldn’t have been more polar...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 3,139 reads 7 comments

  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo Has Clear Path to Thrive in Jabari Parker's Absence

    When it comes to sustainable success, the Milwaukee Bucks have little in the way of margin for error. From the financial stresses of a small-market city to the subsequent struggle ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 4,462 reads 5 comments

  9. Why Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks Should Gamble on Lance Stephenson

    At first glance, it sounds like the basketball equivalent of a once-in-an-eon Nor’ easter careening into a category-five hurricane: destruction so imminent not even the dogs bother cowering for cover...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 24,405 reads 129 comments

  10. Nikola Mirotic Forcing His Way Toward Front of Wide-Open NBA Rookie of the Year

    Measuring how a Euroleague star's skill set translates to the NBA game is more art than science. For every Manu Ginobili or Vlade Divac , a dozen Jiri Welsches and Nikoloz ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 7 months ago 31,962 reads 147 comments

  11. Portland Trail Blazers Are Arriving Behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard

    From the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Golden State Warriors , the Toronto Raptors to the Memphis Grizzlies , it seems every week there’s a new NBA team with designs on hogging the headlines and never letting go...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 5,072 reads 9 comments

  12. Deron Williams Trade Would Be Another Mistake for Directionless Sacramento Kings

    When word broke late last Sunday that the Sacramento Kings had dismissed head coach Mike Malone—despite the team’s surprising 9-5 start, despite DeMarcus Cousins having ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 25,648 reads 56 comments

  13. Mavs Start Rajon Rondo Era Right and Other Saturday NBA Takeaways

    As far as basketball gambles go, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Dallas Mavericks’ recent trade for Rajon Rondo. Break right, the move becomes one of the more brilliant in-season deals in modern NBA history...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 91,676 reads 165 comments

  14. 8 NBA Players Who Would Flourish with a Fresh Start on a Different Team

    So much of thriving in the NBA —any profession, really—is about timing: what team you play for, who your teammates are and how your skill set fits into the franchise’s near and long-term goals...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 52,739 reads 116 comments

  15. Derek Fisher Calling out New York Knicks Shows He's Growing as Coach

    At first glance, it wasn ’t much different from scores of other stretches authored by the New York Knicks this season: Bad offense, worse defense and the kind of body language better suited for a wake than an NBA basketball game...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 12,836 reads 37 comments

  16. Why This Time Could Be Different for Memphis Grizzlies

    Good, but not great. Tough, but unrefined. Cohesive, but not explosive. A team talented enough for a playoff run, but one superstar short of true championship pedigree...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 19,829 reads 29 comments

  17. Why Lance Stephenson and the Indiana Pacers Belong Together Again

    Lance Stephenson and the Indiana Pacers might have believed the grass would be greener after parting ways this past summer. But the gasoline lawn fires they found on the other side could have them sharing their old fence sooner than later...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 10,815 reads 35 comments

  18. Are 2014-15 New York Knicks the Worst Team in Franchise History?

    The New York Knicks are fresh off the worst 27-game start in team history . The once-mighty triangle offense suddenly looks more like a haphazard pentagon. All the while, seeds of locker room strife risk sprouting into something sinister ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 7,727 reads 78 comments

  19. 7 NBA Teams in Need of a Total Teardown

    The best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray. There’s a reason that line has circulated through the collective psyche more often than a Kanye West hook: It so often rings true, irrespective of context...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 25,167 reads 73 comments

  20. Amar'e Stoudemire Shaping Up to Become the NBA's Most Intriguing Free Agent

    So much of the talk surrounding the sinking New York Knicks concerns the plight of Carmelo Anthony: his health and happiness, comforts and qualms. And rightly so...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 30,895 reads 57 comments

  21. Which NBA Contender Is the Best Fit for Veteran Big Man Jermaine O'Neal?

    Unless you’re the seemingly untouchable Golden State Warriors, chances are the quarter-season mark still finds you tinkering and tooling away, trying to figure not only what your team is but what it could be ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 32,773 reads 66 comments

  22. How Does the Warriors' 20-2 Start Compare to the Greatest Starts in NBA History?

    A hot start is one thing—a dime a dozen, all sports considered. But when a season’s opening stretch becomes historically hot? That’s when all eyes become fixed, rather than merely fleeting...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 162,864 reads 181 comments

  23. Boston Celtics' Decision to Trade Paul Pierce Looks Better Than Ever

    At the time, it must’ ve felt like a devil’s bargain to fans of the Boston Celtics : five players worth of flotsam and three first-round draft picks*—"assets," ...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 18,439 reads 47 comments

  24. Rajon Rondo Says He's Among the Top 3 Players in the NBA Right Now

    Confidence. It’s a quality that’s part and parcel with professional athletes of every stripe. Confidence makes the average player good and the good player great...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 16,297 reads 125 comments

  25. New York Knicks Showing Carmelo Anthony Glimpse of Possible Future

    Carmelo Anthony knew what he was getting into. The full-flux roster, Phil Jackson’s philosophical overhaul, the risky runs at big-name sidekicks—all par for the course, so long as his ledger and legacy could be made whole...

    Jim  Cavan Written by Jim Cavan about 8 months ago 10,678 reads 46 comments