1. Anthony Davis Under Tremendous Pressure to Make 2014-15 NBA Playoffs

    Anthony Davis' climb through the NBA superstar ranks has been quick and unparalleled, its rapidity historic enough to demand he power the New Orleans Pelicans toward postseason prominence sooner rather than later...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 13,441 reads 57 comments

  2. Rajon Rondo's Future a No-Win Situation for Rebuilding Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo 's future is uncertainty in its highest form, its direction fluid and fragile, its lone constant the Boston Celtics ' inability to reach resolution unscathed...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 3,379 reads 25 comments

  3. Are Sam Hinkie, Philadelphia 76ers in Danger of Tanking Too Hard?

    Slippery is the slope general manager Sam Hinkie is walking. His Philadelphia 76ers are, by design, symbols of losing enthusiastically and can only hope their methods don't prove inescapably effective...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 9,092 reads 58 comments

  4. How Much Will New York Knicks Miss Tyson Chandler's Defense?

    Tyson Chandler 's defense will be missed by the New York Knicks . Scapegoats are to the Knicks' 2013-14 season what reality television is to impressionable minds: excessive, ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 10,415 reads 53 comments

  5. What Does Kobe Bryant Have Left to Prove to Rest of the NBA?

    Long the poster boy for defiance, determination and self-scissored destiny, Kobe Bryant 's to-do list shouldn't include the burden of proof...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 47,153 reads 315 comments

  6. Are Stable Starting Lineups Pivotal to NBA Regular-Season Success?

    Stability is a commodity in the NBA . From the front office to the bench, from the starting lineup to the 12th man, certainty is invaluable; and it's invaluable because of how uncertain the NBA is...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 44,501 reads 41 comments

  7. How Kyrie Irving Can Become the Best Point Guard in the NBA

    Months into life as LeBron James ' teammate, Kyrie Irving has already learned a valuable lesson: The King giveth , and the King taketh away...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 13,368 reads 67 comments

  8. Steve Nash's Final Ride Shows NBA Titles Are Not All That Matter

    Rings aren't everything. Just ask the 40-year-old Steve Nash . Championships have long been used to measure collective and individual NBA greatness...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 22,678 reads 79 comments

  9. LeBron James Thinks Kyrie Irving Can Be the Best Point Guard in the NBA

    LeBron James had his reasons for spurning the Miami Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers . One of them was Kyrie Irving ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 101,588 reads 220 comments

  10. Can Kobe Bryant Really Still Carry the Los Angeles Lakers?

    Carrying the Los Angeles Lakers is a familiar task for Kobe Bryant . Armed with unequaled self-confidence and an insatiable desire to prevail over opponents—both literal ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 1 month ago 44,648 reads 266 comments

  11. 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 35,968 reads 93 comments

  12. 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 61,488 reads 148 comments

  13. 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 50,503 reads 147 comments

  14. 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 7,425 reads 73 comments

  15. 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 20,798 reads 54 comments

  16. 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 5,269 reads 28 comments

  17. 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 22,620 reads 114 comments

  18. 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 2 months ago 36,398 reads 113 comments

  19. 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 2 months ago 9,140 reads 36 comments

  20. 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 2 months ago 43,858 reads 54 comments

  21. 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 2 months ago 14,261 reads 53 comments

  22. 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 2 months ago 4,935 reads 34 comments

  23. 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 2 months ago 10,665 reads 17 comments

  24. 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 2 months ago 17,028 reads 71 comments

  25. 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 2 months ago 38,115 reads 70 comments