1. Blueprint for Upsets in 1st Round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs

    Most NBA playoff brackets are not made to be busted. Superior teams usually prevail over the course of a seven-game series. Exhibit A: this year...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 16,938 reads 52 comments

  2. Monday NBA Roundup: Resilient Mavs Showing Thunder They Won't Go Down Quietly

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's blowout victory in Game 1 was supposed to serve as the Dallas Mavericks' playoff obituary. Here's the problem: No one told the Mavericks. Dallas limped into Monday night's Game 2 matchup against Oklahoma City: J...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 30,627 reads 112 comments

  3. A Primer on the Best Beefs and Rivalries Heading into 2015-16 NBA Playoffs

    The NBA playoffs come with serious baggage. Sift through the league's 16 participants and you'll find un-chewable beef everywhere. Teams hating teams, players hating players, executives hating execu tives—you na me it...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 75,102 reads 145 comments

  4. NBA Meme Mania: End-of-Season Troll So Hard Edition

    Say goodbye to the NBA 's 2015-16 regular season. And then say hello to the ultimate pre-playoff troll job. In this latest edition of Meme Mania, we'll be making shirts for each team...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 19,732 reads 50 comments

  5. The Ultimate 1996 Bulls-2016 Warriors Comparison (Minus the Basketball Part)

    There is a time and a place to dissect the on-court performances of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and 2015-16 Golden State Warriors . But now is neither that time nor that place...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 49,345 reads 126 comments

  6. 2016 NBA Free Agents: List of Top Available Players This Offseason

    One minute you're watching the Golden State Warriors chase the NBA 's regular-season wins record as they try to successfully defend their 2015 title. Then, quite suddenly, it's the start of free agency...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 82,476 reads 219 comments

  7. A Star Is Born: NBA Players Who Broke Out in 2015-16

    New stars are born in the NBA every year, and the 2015-16 crusade has proved to be no exception. Since the "star" designation is bandied about haphazardly around the Association, we'll seek out only those players who have made measurable leaps...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 147,123 reads 274 comments

  8. San Antonio Spurs Fighting the Small-Ball Craze Better Than Anyone

    There is no escaping the NBA 's small-ball craze. There is only accepting it, dealing with it, surviving it. And, if you're lucky, beating it...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 30,530 reads 46 comments

  9. With History on the Line, Is It Time for Warriors to Unleash the 'Death Squad'?

    Last June, facing a 2-1 series deficit against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors did the unthinkable, even by today's standards: They unleashed their aptly named small-ball "Death Squad...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 72,368 reads 140 comments

  10. Who Your NBA Team Should Be Starting in the Playoffs

    What would happen if your favorite playoff-bound NBA team had a suggestion box for its postseason starting lineup? This slideshow...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 55,278 reads 167 comments

  11. B/R's 2015-16 NBA Above the Rim Awards

    Recognition for the NBA 's highest fliers shouldn't stop at February's Slam Dunk Contest. There are awards for the Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 43,951 reads 77 comments

  12. Friday NBA Roundup: Golden State Warriors Learning Wins Record Isn't a Formality

    That just happened. The Boston Celtics ended the Golden State Warriors ' 54-game home winning streak Friday night, emerging from Oracle Arena with a gutsy, if wholly unpredictable, 109-106 victory...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 166,584 reads 348 comments

  13. 10 NBA Predictions We All Got Totally Wrong This Season

    Certain assumptions were made ahead of the 2015-16 NBA season. Many of them panned out. Others? Not so much. There's only one thing to do now: Relive these mistakes...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 109,410 reads 168 comments

  14. Rating the Best Highlights from 2015-16 NBA Season: March Edition

    Let's usher out the NBA 's 2015-16 regular season with a bang. All of the typical guidelines apply as we recognize the best plays from the fifth month of the Association's latest campaign...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 4,636 reads 15 comments

  15. The NBA's Best Small-Ball Lineups This Season

    NBA small-ball concepts are being taken to a new extreme. Any team that tossed out a power forward who chucked threes was once considered a proponent of this movement. But sweet-shooting 4s have since become standard...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 34,894 reads 64 comments

  16. NBA Awards Odds 2015-16: Predicting the Favorites for League's Prized Hardware

    Get your piping-hot NBA awards predictions here. Does Stephen Curry still have a chokehold on MVP honors? Has Karl-Anthony Towns met anyone who can challenge him for a Rookie ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 81,863 reads 220 comments

  17. Every NBA Team's Biggest Flight Risk in 2016 Free Agency

    Flight risks are what make NBA free agency. The summer months wouldn't be nearly as interesting if it weren't for the possibility of players, many of them household names, swapping out one jersey for another...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 125,165 reads 199 comments

  18. 1 Key for Every 2016 NBA Title Contender to Go Home with the Trophy

    Want to know how every serious NBA title contender can maximize its chances of winning this year's championship? Then follow me. Serious contenders mean serious contenders ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 4,871 reads 5 comments

  19. Knicks Have Failed Carmelo Anthony Way More Than Melo Let Down New York

    For the better part of five years, blame for the state of the New York Knicks could be doled out equally, and haphazardly, between Carmelo Anthony and the franchise itself. Those days are now over—unequivocally and irreversibly...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 12,925 reads 115 comments

  20. Karl-Anthony Towns Is Having the Best Rookie Season of Any Kentucky Product Ever

    Karl-Anthony Towns is, without question, running away with the NBA 's 2016 Rookie of the Year race. He leads all current rookies in points, rebounds, player efficiency rating and win shares...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 47,904 reads 106 comments

  21. Matching Top 2016 NBA Draft Prospects with Their Best NBA Team Fits

    Throw the NBA 's 2016 draft lottery odds out the window. Sussing out the perfect matches for this year's best college prospects and teams, almost regardless of lottery positioning, is the focus here...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 19,862 reads 16 comments

  22. Next Coaching Choice Will Make or Break Phil Jackson's Knicks Tenure

    As the New York Knicks limp toward the 2016 offseason, Phil Jackson finds himself with the unenviable, albeit self-created, task of hiring a new head coach who can steady a sinking ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 11,939 reads 80 comments

  23. What If Twitter Existed When Michael Jordan First Retired?

    It happened on March 18, 1995, via a faxed press release , the body of which contained two simple words that would change the NBA forever: "I'm back." Just like that, Michael Jordan was an NBA player again after a near-two-year hiatus...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 30,939 reads 71 comments

  24. Meet the NBA's New Wave of Undiscovered Studs

    All hail the next wave of NBA players preparing to forfeit their unknown labels. Some form of imagination is needed when selecting these unheralded studs. Their sample sizes, both for this season and their careers, are typically small...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 10,658 reads 14 comments

  25. The Biggest X-Factor on Every Projected 2016 NBA Playoff Team

    What could be better than mixing NBA playoff predictions with X-factor assessments? These playoff premonitions are generated using the league's current playoff picture, the most ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 57,150 reads 140 comments