1. 2017 NBA Free Agency: An Early Primer on Next Year's Class

    There are no premature NBA free-agency conversations, only people who hate fun. A second salary-cap spike in 2017-18 promises to send the league for another whirl...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 55,798 reads 64 comments

  2. NBA Training Camp 2016: Notable Position Battles to Keep an Eye On

    Opening night for the 2016-17 NBA season is less than an eternity away, which means training camps will be ready for business in (slightly) less than a lifetime. That means we can already address the elephants in certain locker rooms around the league..

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 35,757 reads 53 comments

  3. 1 Bold Prediction for Top 20 NBA Stars Heading into 2016-17

    Adventurous hoops heads live by a code when forecasting the 2016-17 NBA season: Why be regular, safe or conservative when you can be bold? We're applying that credo, which is totally ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 56,966 reads 273 comments

  4. Isaiah Thomas Interview: On Recruiting Free Agents, Al Horford and Celtics Youth

    Isaiah Thomas is more than just the Boston Celtics ' starting point guard and an Eastern Conference All-Star. He's also a free-agent recruiter extraordinaire—and an enthusiastic one, at that...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 30,429 reads 36 comments

  5. Predicting NBA's All-Breakout Team for 2016-17 Season

    It's never too early to talk about the NBA 's next batch of breakout performers. These rises can be difficult to define. They usually pertain to players 25 and under but are not specific to those barreling their way toward immediate stardom...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 6,021 reads 3 comments

  6. The Most Underappreciated Player on Every NBA Team Heading into 2016-17

    This one is dedicated to all those NBA players who need an extra hug. The Association's waters of underappreciation can be tricky to navigate...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 7,546 reads 0 comments

  7. So Far so Good, but Real Work Starts Now for Team USA

    Team USA's 105-78 semifinal win over Argentina on Wednesday dimmed the fears kindled by a too-close-for-comfort stretch of group play. But it didn't extinguish them. Still, credit the U...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 38,973 reads 53 comments

  8. 2016 Olympic Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team After the Group Stage

    The (imaginary) votes are in, and your 2016 Olympic all-tournament group basketball team is now here. These picks are based purely on what we've seen in Rio thus far; Overseas and NBA reputations were not taken into account...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 1,379 reads 0 comments

  9. Don't Sleep on Spain as Scariest Elimination-Round Threat to Team USA Basketball

    Saturday afternoon, Spain reasserted itself as a medal contender with its 50-point thrashing of previously unbeaten Lithuania. Two days later, it cemented its return to glory with a 92-73 win over Argentina in a game that never felt close...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 40,612 reads 62 comments

  10. USA vs. France: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Basketball

    With group basketball play drawing to a close in Rio, Sunday's meeting against France's finest is Team USA's last chance before the quarterfinals to erase any lingering doubt about ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 5,201 reads 0 comments

  11. How to Follow the 2016 'Meme Team' on Social Media

    Hey, 1992 Olympics basketball! Yeah, you. Keep your USA Dream Team. We'll just be over here basking in 2016's Meme Team (sorry). Social media has completely changed the Olympic experience for both fans and participants...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 25,898 reads 13 comments

  12. Team USA and Australia Aren't the Only Medal Contenders out There

    If not for Croatia's Bojan Bogdanovic and Dario Saric, Brazil would be Thursday's feel-good Olympics basketball story—a 2-1 darling working off consecutive upsets with a clear path out of the preliminary round...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 12,878 reads 11 comments

  13. Top NBA Rookies Pick Their GOAT, Favorite '2K' Teams

    Entering the NBA as a top rookie prospect is a cyclonic process. Everything changes. The paycheck is good, but you're put under an oft-unforgiving microscope. The expectations are greater...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 81,456 reads 96 comments

  14. Men's Olympic Basketball Tuesday Roundup: Brazil Puts Spain on the Ropes

    Pau Gasol and Spain were not supposed to be a powerhouse entering the 2016 Olympics. They are, however, supposed to be much better than this...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 6,872 reads 0 comments

  15. USA vs China: TV Time, Live Stream, Prediction for 2016 Olympic Men's Basketball

    After five exhibition games, the USA men's basketball team officially begins a gold-medal quest Saturday, opening its Olympic docket against China's national squad...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 26,206 reads 30 comments

  16. NBA Players Who Should Be Pissed at Their Front Office

    With NBA free agency slowing to a halt (we see you, Lance Stephenson), we have the opportunity to riff on the issues nearest to our hearts. Like which NBA stars should be giving their front office the super-obvious silent treatment right about now...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 72,630 reads 92 comments

  17. Inside the Unsent Drafts of NBA Players' Social Media Accounts (OK, Not Really)

    Draymond Green never should have hit "send." To be more specific, he never should have selected the "My Story" option on his Snapchat app...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 31,630 reads 23 comments

  18. Predictions for Potential NBA Rookie Extension Deals on the Horizon

    Don't sweat the end of NBA free agency. It's now extension season! C.J. McCollum and the Portland Trail Blazers were kind enough to get us started, striking a four-year, $106 million agreement, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 27,837 reads 52 comments

  19. Post-2016 NBA Free-Agency Blockbuster Trade Ideas

    Long live hypothetical NBA blockbuster trades—especially now that we've reached the "Dog Days of Summer" portion of the offseason...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 169,592 reads 302 comments

  20. Kevin Durant Did OKC Thunder a Favor by Leaving for Golden State Warriors Now

    Kevin Durant is not a hero for joining the Golden State Warriors —not outside of Oakland, California, anyway. He did, however, give the Oklahoma City Thunder one thing: clarity...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 171,151 reads 267 comments

  21. Ranking the Best Bargain-Bin Buys Remaining on 2016's NBA Free-Agent Market

    Although NBA free agency is on life support, it isn't dead yet. There are still impact players to sign and mid-summer bargains to poach...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 117,381 reads 96 comments

  22. Stop Expecting Derrick Rose to Be Something He Never Was

    For Derrick Rose, the 2016-17 NBA season is a chance to start over. New city. New uniform. New teammates...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 147,582 reads 226 comments

  23. The San Antonio Spurs Are Gonna Be Just Fine, Despite Tim Duncan's Retirement

    Tim Duncan 's decision to retire changes the San Antonio Spurs forever. They cannot replace him or everything for which he stood. Soldiering on without him, for the first time in nearly two decades, will be a self-admitted challenge...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 29,594 reads 51 comments

  24. The 5 NBA Trade Candidates Who Have to Move Before 2016 Offseason Ends

    The NBA 's free-agent frenzy is over, but that doesn't mean players are done switching teams. Yes, that's right: Summertime trading season is officially here. Teams aren't typically in a rush to deal expendable parts this time of year...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 5,078 reads 0 comments

  25. Ranking Every NBA Team's Presumed Starting 5, Post-2016 Free Agency

    Some might say it's too early in the NBA 's offseason to establish a detailed pecking order for every team's projected starting lineup. But those people are party poopers, and we're not going to listen to them...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 99,335 reads 212 comments