1. 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 9 months ago 49,512 reads 60 comments

  2. 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 9 months ago 110,857 reads 76 comments

  3. 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 9 months ago 67,190 reads 106 comments

  4. 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 9 months ago 23,049 reads 36 comments

  5. 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 9 months ago 17,450 reads 6 comments

  6. 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 10 months ago 56,362 reads 53 comments

  7. 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 10 months ago 29,996 reads 9 comments

  8. 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 10 months ago 28,872 reads 114 comments

  9. 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 10 months ago 64,871 reads 37 comments

  10. 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 10 months ago 76,806 reads 149 comments

  11. 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 10 months ago 68,930 reads 75 comments

  12. 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 10 months ago 18,320 reads 27 comments

  13. 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 10 months ago 12,113 reads 9 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 36,697 reads 25 comments

  15. 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 10 months ago 24,674 reads 27 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 63,684 reads 53 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 27,619 reads 36 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 3,910 reads 10 comments

  19. 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 11 months ago 13,496 reads 30 comments

  20. 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 11 months ago 50,384 reads 42 comments

  21. 5 NBA Teams Due for the Biggest Regressions This Season

    It's never fun to find out your favorite NBA team is ready to collect fewer wins than the previous season...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 11 months ago 69,195 reads 142 comments

  22. Brooklyn Nets' Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    Dating back to 2010, when Mikhail Prokhorov first became the team's majority owner, the Brooklyn Nets have dedicated most of their time and resources to dodging patience and process...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 11 months ago 3,399 reads 5 comments

  23. Projecting Every NBA Team's Depth Chart, 2016 Training Camp Edition

    After months of thumb-twiddling, pretending Olympics basketball is compelling and general soul-splitting tedium, NBA training camps are finally here. This is not a drill...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 11 months ago 40,420 reads 50 comments

  24. Power Ranking All 30 NBA Head Coaches Going into 2016-17 Training Camp

    Power ranking NBA head coaches is hard. Something happens when you set out to establish a pecking order for the league's sideline superheroes: The rampant turnover in this profession ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 11 months ago 119,307 reads 168 comments

  25. Predicting the NBA's Biggest Win-Total Increases for 2016-17

    Is your favorite NBA team primed to boost its win total significantly during the 2016-17 season? If so, get excited—just not too excited. More victories are never a bad thing...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 11 months ago 64,332 reads 140 comments