1. Blazers Bet Season on Half-Healthy LaMarcus Aldridge and Saturday NBA Takeaways

    Just when it looked like the Portland Trail Blazers ' season would be engulfed by question marks and a potential slide down the Western Conference standings, star forward LaMarcus Aldridge made the boldest of choices...

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  2. 9 Stats That Defined the NBA Season's 1st Half

    Come one, come all and step right up to admire the statistical marvels of the NBA 's first half. With the midway point fading in the rearview mirror, it's time to examine the ...

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  3. Thunder Rolling with Toughest Test Ahead and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    It wasn't pretty, and it didn't come without a handful of anxious moments, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are officially rolling after a thrilling 105-103 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday evening...

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  4. The NBA's Defensive Stars of Tomorrow

    By now, you're familiar with the defensive brilliance of third-year talents Anthony Davis and Draymond Green ...

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  5. Marcus Smart Beginning to Rewrite Scouting Report on Young NBA Career

    With his muscular frame and determined mindset, Marcus Smart is tearing down any rookie wall that was supposed to stand in his way...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 days ago 15,607 reads 40 comments

  6. 2015 NBA Playoff Hopefuls in Precarious Positions

    The top seed in each NBA conference may be protected by the sustained dominance of the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors, but rising levels of uncertainty have the potential to envelop teams residing outside of that elite cocoon...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 days ago 13,008 reads 46 comments

  7. Ranking Midseason Contenders for the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

    Welcome to the new NBA , where Defensive Player of the Year candidates aren't just evaluated based on superficial steal and block totals...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 5 days ago 25,291 reads 106 comments

  8. Don't Look Now, but Here Come Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs

    Treading water has never been a San Antonio Spurs staple, but that’s exactly what they were forced to do in Kawhi Leonard ’s absence. With Leonard sidelined from Dec...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 5 days ago 22,109 reads 63 comments

  9. Predicting Final Destinations for the Hottest Names on the 2015 NBA Trade Market

    NBA general managers have been working the phones at a frenetic pace this season and aren't showing signs of slowing down anytime soon...

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  10. Brandon Jennings Is a Changed Man in the Detroit Pistons' Post-Josh Smith Era

    Whether they thought it would have an effect this profound or not, the Detroit Pistons ' decision to waive Josh Smith has produced an endless list of beneficiaries. Atop that rolling index, though, sits Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 6 days ago 26,019 reads 30 comments

  11. Stephen Curry Passes James Harden in MVP Race and Other Saturday NBA Takeaways

    Stephen Curry isn't just the NBA 's most dominant point guard. He's also a polished debate team captain...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 7 days ago 74,546 reads 443 comments

  12. Time to Pump Brakes on Toronto Raptors' NBA Title Aspirations

    Once seemingly infallible in the midst of a torrid 23-8 start, the Toronto Raptors have plummeted out of the stratosphere and back into a middling layer of the NBA atmosphere...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 7 days ago 12,629 reads 81 comments

  13. Appraising the Trade Market for Michael Carter-Williams

    It's not often malleable second-year talents like Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams generate buzz on the NBA trade block...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 10 days ago 9,123 reads 37 comments

  14. The Case for DeMarcus Cousins as a Top-5 NBA Player in 2015

    A year ago, it would have been fair to say DeMarcus Cousins was putting a down payment on a residency in the NBA 's gated community cordoned off for the league's elite...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 10 days ago 2,770 reads 36 comments

  15. LeBron James Must Steady Cleveland Cavaliers and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

    Following a two-week layoff, LeBron James returned to operating from a position of elite basketball acuity against the Phoenix Suns. His teammates just couldn't provide enough ancillary reinforcements to make his efforts worthwhile...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 11 days ago 50,844 reads 224 comments

  16. Nikola Vucevic Helping Expedite Orlando Magic's Rebuild

    Of the principal pieces dealt in the 2012 summer blockbuster among the Denver Nuggets , Los Angeles Lakers , Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers , Nikola Vucevic is the only one still paying dividends for the team that traded for him...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 11 days ago 2,350 reads 6 comments

  17. Which Atlantic Division Rebuild Is in the Best Shape to Sustain NBA Success?

    The Atlantic Division is in a state of (self-inflicted) peril. Outside of the flourishing Toronto Raptors, the NBA 's northeastern-most sect of big-market basketball has transformed ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 12 days ago 26,887 reads 123 comments

  18. Kevin Garnett's Act Takes Another Unfortunate Turn

    Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett has a longstanding reputation as one of the NBA 's most controversial on-court instigators...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 12 days ago 95,164 reads 213 comments

  19. Stephen Curry Jumps to No. 2 Behind LeBron James in NBA Jersey Sales

    Along with MVP front-runner and probable All-Star starter, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry can add prolific jersey salesman to his rapidly expanding resume. Thanks to his brilliant on-court exploits, Curry now ranks No...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 12 days ago 30,068 reads 45 comments

  20. Stock Up, Stock Down for the NBA's Biggest 2015 Trade Chips

    A midseason frenzy of epic proportions has flipped the NBA 's trade market on its side. While teams generally choose to wait and shuffle their chips around the league-mandated deadline, ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 13 days ago 96,595 reads 167 comments

  21. Sixers Are No Longer League's Laughingstock and Other Saturday NBA Takeaways

    The Philadelphia 76ers —supposed NBA laughingstocks —are sick of your tired tanking jokes...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 14 days ago 127,400 reads 159 comments

  22. Pathway to Success Is Clear for Dion Waiters with Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dion Waiters may be a scorned target in heated debates regarding inefficient volume scoring practices, but the Oklahoma City Thunder can provide their most recent acquisition with an environment and role conducive to prosperity in the months ahead..

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 14 days ago 49,815 reads 136 comments

  23. New Orleans Pelicans Grab Another Signature Win with Critical Stretch Coming Up

    The New Orleans Pelicans have had some trouble navigating the ebbs and flows of a rocky regular season, but the past few weeks have provided hope that their explosive potential can be reached sooner rather than later...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 15 days ago 9,487 reads 51 comments

  24. Suns' Trade for Brandan Wright Could Be Perfect Move to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

    The Phoenix Suns stockpiled their arsenal with a shiny new weapon and kept pace in the Western Conference arms race Friday by acquiring center Brandan Wright in a trade with the Boston Celtics ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 15 days ago 5,544 reads 5 comments

  25. Knicks' Record Losing Streak May Be Far from Over and Other Thursday Takeaways

    The Houston Rockets obliterated the New York Knicks, 120-96, Thursday night to hand the Eastern Conference cellar-dwellers a franchise-record 14th straight loss...

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