1. Playing Pretender or Contender with Current Crop of NBA's Top Teams

    Disguises aren't permanent in the NBA . Early-season basketball is a hotbed for optimistic performances...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 91,226 reads 426 comments

  2. NBA Trade Targets Who Would Push Playoff Contenders over the Top

    Trade season is not yet upon the NBA . That doesn't mean the wheeling and dealing shouldn't begin now, though—especially for the Association's championship-chasers and fringe contenders...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 53,482 reads 120 comments

  3. Are Toronto Raptors Legit Threats in the East?

    Title contention is a fluid concept for the NBA 's Eastern Conference teams, most of which fall outside the hypercompetitive championship-chasing circle...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 7,701 reads 48 comments

  4. 10 Eye-Popping Statistics from Early Part of the 2014-15 NBA Season

    Early-season NBA basketball is in the air, and with it come the eye-popping, jaw-dropping, pants-ruining observations true hoops heads just cannot ignore...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 40,530 reads 114 comments

  5. Ranking the NBA's Top 10 International Players Ever

    Prepare to get lost in your own NBA nostalgia. Blame Dirk Nowitzki if you cannot find your way back...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 29,399 reads 152 comments

  6. Kevin Garnett: 'You've Got to Be an A-----e' to Survive in the NBA

    Kevin Garnett has some advice for anyone who aspires to play in the NBA and doesn't already make a habit out of stealing grandma's Social Security checks to fund his setting-money-on-fire addiction...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 55,545 reads 41 comments

  7. What's Behind Damian Lillard's Slow Start for the Portland Trail Blazers?

    Damian Lillard isn't off to an ideal start for the Portland Trail Blazers . One season after cementing his status as a rising star and elite point guard, his entry into 2014-15 ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 3,329 reads 15 comments

  8. Why Cleveland Cavaliers Have No Reason to Sweat Kevin Love's Free Agency

    Among the many problems plaguing the freshly super Cleveland Cavaliers , Kevin Love 's impending free agency is one they should neither sweat nor fear. It is, for now, a non-issue...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 16,292 reads 35 comments

  9. Kendrick Perkins Is Sure the Sacramento Kings Are Still the Kings

    Many a person is impressed by the Sacramento Kings ' hot start to the 2014-15 season. Kendrick Perkins is not one of those people. He sees the Sacramento Kings for who the Sacramento Kings really are...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 36,066 reads 45 comments

  10. 6 Biggest Flight Risks of the 2015 NBA Restricted Free-Agent Class

    Brace yourselves. NBA restricted free agency is going to get weird this summer. Flying the coop isn't typical of restricted free agency. High-profile players usually sign extensions leading up and into their fourth season...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 47,374 reads 127 comments

  11. Memo to Melo: Pass or Lose

    Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks ' triangle offense aren't getting along. Playing within the system that helped Phil Jackson win 11 NBA championships was supposed ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 5,027 reads 26 comments

  12. 6 NBA Teams That Need to Sound the Early-Season Alarm

    Take a seat. Pop a squat. Rest those legs. It's taken a little while, but you're officially here, in the "Land of NBA Impulsion." Your (slight) overreactions and (justified) hot takes are more than welcome...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 110,599 reads 131 comments

  13. What Can Stop These Scorching Houston Rockets?

    Grab a high-pressure hose. Grab the nearest fire extinguisher. Grab something, anything. The undefeated Houston Rockets are ablaze, torching defenses, melting opponents, setting ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 1,299 reads 5 comments

  14. Silver Linings for NBA's Most Banged-Up Teams

    Injuries are just the worst. Unfortunately, they're also a reality in today's NBA . Accidents happen. Bones break, limbs bruise, seasons are impeded and ruined by freak setbacks and disasters...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 16,043 reads 40 comments

  15. Los Angeles Lakers Still Have Time to Salvage Kobe Bryant's Final Act

    Time is a fickle foe of the Los Angeles Lakers , a fast-fleeting villain threatening to marginalize what's left of Kobe Bryant 's NBA career, its greatest weapon being hard-hearted impermanence...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 5,703 reads 9 comments

  16. Eric Gordon's Max Deal Has Turned into the NBA's Worst Contract

    Eric Gordon 's contract is bad. It's also the NBA 's worst. Once the centerpiece of the trade that landed Chris Paul with the Los Angeles Clippers, Gordon has devolved into ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 8,435 reads 37 comments

  17. Early Lessons from Carmelo Anthony's Performance Within Knicks' Triangle Offense

    Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are triangle-ing all over the place. Sometimes it's been pretty. Other times it's been ugly. Each and every time has been a learning experience...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 6,312 reads 12 comments

  18. Trevor Ariza Proving to Be Right Fit at Right Time for Houston Rockets

    Trevor Ariza is supposed to be the Houston Rockets ' consolation prize, their symbol of offseason misgivings and all that's gone wrong, their reminder of all that should have been...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 6,211 reads 23 comments

  19. Are the Sacramento Kings for Real or Just Hot at Season's Start?

    Three and four games into the NBA 's regular season, every performance, good and bad, collective and individual, comes with an asterisk. The Sacramento Kings are, as of now, the league's biggest asterisk...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 53,316 reads 224 comments

  20. Kobe Bryant All That's Left of NBA's Greatest Draft Ever

    Kobe Bryant now stands alone, the last member of a storied 1996 NBA rookie class , trying to stave off the fate that has befallen every one of his draft-day peers...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 464,097 reads 404 comments

  21. Carmelo Anthony's Scoring Secures Spot in NBA History; Legacy Still in Flux

    Carmelo Anthony is the rare, historically great NBA player whose scoring mastery has partially stabilized a legacy that is otherwise insecure and incomplete...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 15,307 reads 56 comments

  22. What We've Learned About 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers so Far

    Two games. That's all the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers have played in 2014-15. Two games . One win. One loss. That's not a lot to go off. And yet, somehow, we still know the sky is falling in Cleveland...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 96,855 reads 178 comments

  23. Ranking the 15 Best Free Agents of the 2015 Class

    Forget about regular-season NBA action for a second. Think about the 2015 free-agency class instead. Yes, I know: The season just started. You're only just coming to terms with all that's happened since the end of last year...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 162,488 reads 374 comments

  24. OKC Thunder Dangerously Retesting History Without Reggie Jackson Extension

    History is repeating itself in Oklahoma City. Will the Thunder do anything to stop it? Fourth-year point guard Reggie Jackson —who is currently sidelined with a sore ankle—is eligible for a contract extension...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 5,237 reads 4 comments

  25. Los Angeles Lakers Must Find Opportunity Despite Julius Randle's Injury

    If the Los Angeles Lakers search long enough, if they try hard enough, they will unearth opportunity and value in Julius Randle 's soul-splitting absence...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 2,303 reads 15 comments