1. How Important Is the Pick-and-Roll in Today's NBA?

    Pick-and-rolls are everywhere in today's NBA . Slowly, surely, they have become one of the most common plays offenses run. Five years ago, during the 2009-10 season, the average team ran pick-and-rolls that ended in a shot, turnover or foul 16...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 35,932 reads 93 comments

  2. Where Does 2014 Team USA Rank Among America's All-Time Best Basketball Squads?

    This brand of Team USA basketball was better than you think. Team USA capped off its perfect summer Sunday, treating Serbia to a 129-92 romping in the 2014 FIBA World Cup final, ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 61,449 reads 148 comments

  3. Where Should Los Angeles Lakers Turn Attention to Land Another Star?

    Failed endeavor after failed endeavor has grounded the Los Angeles Lakers in foreign fashion, delaying their transition from superstar-seeking project to championship heavyweight, handicapping their ability to figure out what happens next...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 50,466 reads 147 comments

  4. Is Elite Rim Protection or Perimeter Defense More Important in Today's NBA?

    Inside or outside? Defense is tricky business at the NBA level. It won't win teams a title on its own, but no champion has ranked outside the top 10 in points allowed per 100 possessions since the 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 7,422 reads 73 comments

  5. How Stephen Curry Can Become the NBA's Best Point Guard

    Stephen Curry is not routinely recognized as the NBA 's best point guard. Yet. Sitting atop the point guard hierarchy, towering over everyone else at his position is an attainable goal—an ambition that has become a personal mission...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 20,725 reads 54 comments

  6. Can Anyone Spoil Spain's Run to the FIBA World Cup Final?

    Much about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup is considered a formality. Upsets, Cinderella stories and general surprises are ancillary storylines capable of only temporarily ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 5,260 reads 28 comments

  7. 8 NBA Teams That Will Be Better or Worse Than Expected in 2014-15

    Expectations, good or bad, are made to be broken. Offseason activity has one aim in the NBA : establishing direction. That direction could be deliberately or involuntarily good or bad...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 22,605 reads 114 comments

  8. What Are LA Lakers Looking for with Final Offseason Moves?

    Most NBA teams are settling in after an offseason of change or inaction, introducing new faces, welcoming back old ones, giving little or no thought to forthcoming additions and subtractions...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 36,384 reads 113 comments

  9. San Antonio Spurs Have Nothing Left to Prove, and That Makes Them Dangerous

    Toting the burden of proof is one such bother the San Antonio Spurs do not share with 29 other NBA teams. Another banner season to their name, their core still intact, the Spurs are in possession of pressure-free power...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 9,132 reads 36 comments

  10. 8 NBA Players with Big Shoes to Fill in 2014-15

    In life, if the shoe fits, you wear it. In the NBA , if the shoe doesn't fit, sometimes you have to wear it anyway. Replacing another player is rarely easy...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 43,839 reads 54 comments

  11. Will Steve Nash Be Los Angeles Lakers' Biggest X-Factor in 2014-15?

    Steve Nash still matters to the Los Angeles Lakers . For the most part, this aging and fading 40-year-old star matters because of what he can't do. He has played in only 65 games since 2012-13, including just 15 last season...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 14,246 reads 53 comments

  12. Kyrie Irving's Star Ceiling Will Be Revealed Alongside LeBron James

    LeBron James ' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers is as much about Kyrie Irving as himself. The ripple effects of James' free-agency mulligan span deep. This is James' shot at redemption...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 4,915 reads 34 comments

  13. Building Minnesota Timberwolves' Ideal Starting Lineup Post-Kevin Love Trade

    Buh -bye, Kevin Love . Hello, future. With Love officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers , tomorrow starts today for the Minnesota Timberwolves ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 10,340 reads 17 comments

  14. Rebuilding the Boston Celtics' Ideal Roster Around Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo 's future with the Boston Celtics is masked in uncertainty. But what if it wasn't? What if the Celtics knew his impending free agency wasn't an issue? That they ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 17,016 reads 71 comments

  15. Building the All-Underpaid 2014 NBA Free-Agency Team

    Some trips to the bank aren't as productive as they should be. Overpaid players abound in the NBA , especially after this summer's free-agency extravaganza...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 38,097 reads 70 comments

  16. Why Andrew Wiggins Is a Better Franchise Building Block Than Kevin Love

    Andrew Wiggins is not better than Kevin Love . The 2014 No. 1 overall pick is a lot of things—athletic, explosive, progressively confident , a perfect fit for the ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 15,770 reads 51 comments

  17. Can Kobe Bryant Silence Even His Strongest Skeptics Entering Age-36 Season?

    Kobe Bryant and the concept of "can't" have never gone together. He couldn't win a title without Shaquille O'Neal . He couldn't will the ill-starred 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers into the playoffs...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 3,896 reads 11 comments

  18. Kevin Love Out of Excuses After Joining LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers

    At long last, Kevin Love is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers , his days with the lottery-crossed Minnesota Timberwolves officially over, his time beside LeBron James finally beginning, his well of excuses scorched dry...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 5,576 reads 5 comments

  19. Where Does James Harden Actually Rank on NBA Superstar Totem Pole?

    James Harden is a superstar. Hem and haw over his status as some might, it's the truth. Perception of where he stands is helped along by playing a position (shooting guard) ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 61,330 reads 314 comments

  20. Are Fast-Paced NBA Teams Actually at a Severe Disadvantage?

    Fast and furious doesn't always win the race. Speed is considered a commodity in today's NBA . Think of how many players founded reputations upon elite-level athleticism and agility...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 59,503 reads 92 comments

  21. Biggest Challenge Each New NBA Head Coach Is Facing Entering 2014-15

    First years on the job can be difficult. You're still new, figuring out how things run, sometimes battling the adjustments that come with relocating. The initial experience can make you anxious...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 8,514 reads 24 comments

  22. Should Derrick Rose Play It Safe and Withdraw from FIBA's Team USA?

    Derrick Rose has a decision to make. Stoic and determined as ever, the Chicago Bulls point guard could maintain there is no dilemma at hand. He would be wrong...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 19,753 reads 125 comments

  23. How Eric Bledsoe's Contract Impacts Goran Dragic's Future with Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic 's future with the Phoenix Suns is beyond his control. Nearly two months into free agency, the Eric Bledsoe saga soldiers on...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 8,609 reads 55 comments

  24. Derrick Rose's Chicago Bulls Are Still Drowning in Uncertainty

    All those aboard the Derrick Rose and Chicago Bulls bandwagon should slow their roll. Unbridled optimism must be met with veritable realism. This is to say, caution and skepticism...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 23,020 reads 64 comments

  25. What New York Knicks Must Do to Climb Back into 2015 Playoff Picture

    Redemption is only a playoff berth away for the New York Knicks . The stench of last season's 37-win disaster still lingers...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 2 months ago 1,602 reads 5 comments