1. Why the Orlando Magic Are Poised to Be the NBA's Next Upstart

    The Orlando Magic might not look like it now, but they’re on the road to being the next franchise to ascend the standings. The moves they’ ve made since the Dwight Howard trade have them on the road to the playoffs...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 2 months ago 7,028 reads 47 comments

  2. Has Kobe Bryant Already Played His Last Postseason Game?

    Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the greatest players in the history of the game. His name has become almost synonymous with "postseason," but the reality is he has very likely competed in the last playoff game of his career...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 2 months ago 10,801 reads 152 comments

  3. Why Some NBA Points Mean More Than Others

    Of all the stats in basketball, none are as prestigious as points. But some points are still better than others. Nothing can validate a player more than pouring in a massive number of basketballs through the net...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 2 months ago 72,668 reads 172 comments

  4. Is Trevor Ariza Really the Key to Fixing Houston Rockets Defense?

    The Houston Rockets ' biggest acquisition this offseason, Trevor Ariza , has been touted as the solution to their defensive problems...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 2 months ago 5,410 reads 54 comments

  5. How B/R's New Rebounder Rating Proves Not All NBA Boards Are Created Equal

    Rebounds, unlike men, are not all created equal, and Bleacher Report's new Rebounder Rating proves it. As a statistical measure, rebounds can be misleading. On the surface, they’re all the same—it's just grabbing a missed shot...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 3 months ago 28,631 reads 67 comments

  6. Predicting Houston Rockets' Final 2014-15 Record

    The Houston Rockets had a rockier offseason than they would have liked, but they still have a couple of superstars in James Harden and Dwight Howard . And that’s enough to put them in contention for a playoff run...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 3 months ago 6,130 reads 33 comments

  7. How Can You Really Know Which NBA Point Guards Are Succeeding?

    What constitutes a good point guard? Is he in the traditional, “pass-first” mold or the new type who also looks to score? And can Passer Rating illuminate anything on ...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 3 months ago 17,477 reads 82 comments

  8. 5 Things Houston Rockets Must Figure Out Before Start of 2014-15 Season

    The Houston Rockets have made a lot of moves this summer and still have more to make. There are still things they need to figure out before the season tips off...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 3 months ago 11,324 reads 117 comments

  9. Dwight Howard and James Harden Must Restore Harmony in Houston

    Dwight Howard and James Harden are the superstars and indeed the cornerstones of the Houston Rockets . For the team to improve, they will also be required to restore harmony in H-Town...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 3 months ago 2,789 reads 38 comments

  10. 2014-15 Season Must Be Joakim Noah's Finest as a Chicago Bull

    Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls is coming off one of the best all-around seasons in recent history. He must do even better in 2014-15, but not in the way you might think...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 3 months ago 34,798 reads 120 comments

  11. Chicago Bulls' Depth Is a Good but Real Problem

    The Chicago Bulls are in an unfamiliar position this year. Faced with the conundrum of their deepest roster since Tom Thibodeau became head coach in 2010, they need to figure out how to get all these guys minutes...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 3 months ago 16,836 reads 76 comments

  12. Chicago Bulls, Not Cleveland Cavs Are Eastern Conference Favorites

    Over the offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers improved more than any team in the NBA . As much as they did, though, they didn ’t do enough to catch the Chicago Bulls , who did more than anyone other than Clevleand ...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 3 months ago 56,135 reads 434 comments

  13. Pressure Is on Houston Rockets Youngsters to Step Up This Season

    The Houston Rockets ' younger players are being pressed into a greater role this year, and the team’s prospects depend very much on how well they respond...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 3,732 reads 24 comments

  14. James Harden Discusses Paul George's Injury, Team USA and Personal Development

    James Harden of the Houston Rockets is one of the burgeoning young superstars in the NBA , having transitioned in the last few years from sixth man with the Oklahoma City Thunder to team leader and elite scorer with the Rockets...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 41,913 reads 187 comments

  15. Prepare for the Joakim Noah-Pau Gasol Show This Season

    Chicago Bulls fans should get ready for something they haven’t seen in a long time: entertaining basketball...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 52,054 reads 208 comments

  16. Is Doug McDermott Going to Be a Specialist or a Key Cog for Chicago Bulls?

    The Chicago Bulls paid a big price for the rights to Doug McDermott on draft night. Were they paying for a specialist or a critical player who can help them compete for championships? ...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 45,046 reads 114 comments

  17. How Houston Rockets Defense Can Drastically Improve This Season

    Last season, the Houston Rockets weren’t a bad defensive team, but they could have been much better. With the right health, changes in personnel and emphasis, they could join the league's elite...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 7,775 reads 39 comments

  18. 3 Ways James Harden Must Improve to Become Truly Elite in 2014-15

    James Harden of the Houston Rockets is one of the best scorers in the NBA , but he’s still a step below the NBA’s truly elite. If and when he addresses the flaws in his game, he has it in him to be the MVP and lead the Rockets to a title...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 20,973 reads 135 comments

  19. Past NBA Defensive Stars with Best Shot to Stop Today's Biggest Offensive Force

    What would happen in a hypothetical world where the greatest defensive players from bygone eras could time-travel to the present and guard the elite scorers of today? If you could ...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 71,828 reads 388 comments

  20. Realistic Expectations for Nikola Mirotic's Rookie Season with the Chicago Bulls

    Nikola Mirotic , whose rights the Chicago Bulls obtained from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2011 draft, has finally bought out his contract with Real Madrid and inked with the Windy City...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 21,049 reads 147 comments

  21. Why Did Houston Rockets Give Up After Striking out on Chris Bosh?

    After hitting home runs in the offseason of 2012 with James Harden and 2013 with Dwight Howard , the Houston Rockets went for a third. But, after attempting to nab either Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh , they struck out and then seemingly quit...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 16,064 reads 124 comments

  22. Chicago Bulls' Conservative Offseason Will Pay Big Dividends

    When Carmelo Anthony decided to stay with the New York Knicks instead of signing with the Chicago Bulls , it was deemed a “failure” on the part of the latter's front office...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 15,304 reads 105 comments

  23. Troy Daniels Must Transition from Feel-Good Story to Real Deal for Rockets

    If they wrote a Hollywood script about Troy Daniels , it would have ended when he sank the game-winning three-point shot against the Portland Trail Blazers with 11 seconds left to play in Game 3 of the 2014 playoffs...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 3,972 reads 5 comments

  24. How Would a Free-Agent Michael Jordan Handle LeBron's Social Media World?

    LeBron James rumors have been besetting the NBA fans since the start of the offseason, but that's in part due to the participation of the masses. The LeBronathon didn't come from nowhere, though; it stems from the legacy of Michael Jordan...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 125,674 reads 283 comments

  25. Updated Long-Term Plan for the Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls had a successful offseason, not only for next season, but for the next three. In fact, to fairly evaluate the front office’s performance, it’s worth ...

    Kelly Scaletta Written by Kelly Scaletta about 4 months ago 30,120 reads 97 comments