1. Spotlight or No Spotlight, Giannis Antetokounmpo Is an NBA Superstar

    NEW YORK — It's early in the third quarter of the Milwaukee Bucks ' 111-93 victory over the Brooklyn Nets . Sean Kilpatrick feeds Trevor Booker a bounce pass just outside the paint...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 43,431 reads 73 comments

  2. The Biggest Early-Season Concern Facing Each NBA Team

    More NBA basketball has been played than you think. Believe it or not, the 2016-17 campaign is around one-quarter of the way gone...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 51,448 reads 79 comments

  3. Best and Worst Contracts in the NBA So Far in 2016-17

    As the NBA adjusts to its new salary-cap climate, it's only right that we update the best and worst contracts accordingly. Players on rookie-scale deals will not be a part of this conversation, since their earning potential is heavily capped...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 93,002 reads 82 comments

  4. Meme Mania: What Every NBA Team Should Be Most Thankful for This Thanksgiving

    Before you change into your Thanksgiving Day binge-eating pants, let us first give thanks...to basketball. Fans of every NBA team have something to be grateful for...

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  5. The Top 10 NBA Players with the Most Trade Value Right Now

    Nothing prepares us for a sixth helping of Thanksgiving turkey and gravy like some hypothetical NBA trade talk—a riff on players with the most chopping-block appeal right now, to be more specific...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 95,795 reads 169 comments

  6. Ranking the NBA's Most Surprising Hot Starts So Far

    With every NBA team nearly one-fifth of the way through its 2016-17 regular-season schedule, we've reached a point where the hottest, most surprising starts must be entertained as the new normal...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 49,348 reads 60 comments

  7. 5 Breakout NBA Players Nobody Saw Coming

    Every year, there are a handful of NBA players who like to remind us that we don't know everything—or sometimes, anything...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 110,711 reads 76 comments

  8. Joel Embiid Is Already on the Cusp of Being an Elite NBA Center

    For the Philadelphia 76ers , it's games like Thursday's nationally televised matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves and burgeoning superstar Karl-Anthony Towns that remind them why they're embracing (enduring?) "The Process...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 66,990 reads 106 comments

  9. Early 2016-17 Report Card Grades for Every NBA Team

    Unwrap that bulk bag of red pens you purchased. The time to pass judgment on every single NBA team is upon us. Yes, it's early, and we will take that into consideration. These grades are based on only what we've seen from each squad so far...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 5 months ago 22,817 reads 36 comments

  10. Biggest Flight Risks of the 2017 NBA Restricted Free-Agent Class

    Flight risks are not a staple of NBA restricted free agency. Fourth-year extensions limit the pool of available talent, and incumbent teams have the right to match any offer for those who reach the semi-open market...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 17,368 reads 6 comments

  11. Way-Too-Soon Overreaction to Megadeals of 2016 NBA Free Agency

    Welcome to the NBA 's Overreaction City. Population: You. Gleaning profound conclusions from small samples is an art nowadays. We're about to grab a brush and paint last summer's biggest free-agent deals with overstated takeaways...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 56,338 reads 53 comments

  12. How Screwed Are the Brooklyn Nets Without Jeremy Lin?

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Jeremy Lin's absence is not a blessing disguised as a setback for the Brooklyn Nets . It's a legitimate stumbling block that undermines a team that isn't built to win but doesn't have any incentive to lose...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 29,681 reads 9 comments

  13. Lingering Questions for NBA's Biggest 2016-17 Contenders

    What you've heard is true: Not even the NBA 's top title contenders are perfect. No matter how good a team looks on paper — or on the court — there is always at least ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 28,854 reads 114 comments

  14. 7 NBA Players Already Deserving of Larger Roles During 2016-17 Season

    I know what you're thinking, and this is the answer: Yes, the 2016-17 NBA season has lived just long enough for a handful of worthy players to demand higher-profile roles. In some cases, this means someone deserves more playing time...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 64,826 reads 37 comments

  15. 5 NBA Teams That Already Need to Sound the Early-Season Alarm

    There is nothing wrong with a little early concern. Sure, the NBA season is only a little over a week old, but we have seen enough in certain instances to fear and doubt what happens next...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 76,786 reads 149 comments

  16. Ranking the Best NBA Free Agents of the Upcoming 2017 Class

    Meaningful NBA games only just started up again, and they should be taking up a lion's share of your interest. But you need to know that longing for free-agency talk is perfectly normal...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 65,837 reads 75 comments

  17. By Not Chasing Wins, the Brooklyn Nets Will Be Winners

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — There's something different about these Brooklyn Nets . The faces, obviously. They have a new head coach, their sixth since 2012, in Kenny Atkinson. General manager Sean Marks is barely a half-year into his tenure...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 18,283 reads 27 comments

  18. The One Key to Every NBA Team's 2016-17 Season

    Many different factors contribute to the outcome of an NBA team's regular season. But what would happen if you needed to boil down every squad's ability to actualize its best-case scenario into one vital determinant? This discussion...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 12,077 reads 9 comments

  19. Surprising Studs Who Emerged from 2016-17 NBA Preseason

    Admit it: Even in your wildest, most optimistic, anything-is-possible-during-the- NBA -preseason dreams, you didn't see these performances coming...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 36,437 reads 25 comments

  20. NBA Meme Mania: 2016-17 Season Tipoff Edition

    We've made it. Meaningful NBA action is back—actual basketball that actually counts toward actual standings for an actual playoff race. Soon gone are the days of looking for solace and relevance in training camps and exhibition contests...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 6 months ago 24,623 reads 27 comments

  21. NBA Players Most Likely to Be Trade Targets During 2016-17 Season

    For all the excitement the NBA 's trade rumor mill generates, it's just a treadmill that recycles (mostly) the same names until February's deadline...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 63,645 reads 53 comments

  22. 2016 NBA Preseason Performances That Actually Matter So Far

    You have to promise not to tell anyone, but not all aspects of the NBA preseason are pointless. We're gonna rain on the parades of the "I don't care; it's only preseason" skeptics, pessimists and general killjoys...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 27,603 reads 36 comments

  23. Indiana Pacers Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    Larry Bird delivered a decisive message when he fired head coach Frank Vogel back in May: Nothing would get in the way of the vision he mapped out for the Indiana Pacers —not ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 3,861 reads 10 comments

  24. San Antonio Spurs Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    A sense of finality accompanied the San Antonio Spurs ' second-round playoff exit at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder . It was not the typical, unsettling dose of closure felt by any NBA team that goes home without a title...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 13,458 reads 30 comments

  25. NBA Meme Mania: 2016 Training Camp Edition

    Now that all 30 NBA teams are open for business, our license to meme has been reinstated. Training camps continue to emit that new car smell, but there is still so much to ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 7 months ago 50,354 reads 42 comments