1. OKC Thunder Need Healthy Kevin Durant ASAP and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    Even without Kevin Durant (toe) available to help shoulder some of the scoring load, the Oklahoma City Thunder should have had no problem dispatching the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 2 days ago 25,129 reads 113 comments

  2. 6 Under-the-Radar 2015 NBA Rookies on the Rise

    Familiarity with some of the NBA's most notable rookies like Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic and Nerlens Noel is becoming ubiquitous...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 2 days ago 13,998 reads 32 comments

  3. Kyrie Irving Becoming the Sidekick LeBron James Needs and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

    It's been exactly two weeks since LeBron James returned from an extended layoff, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been positively clobbering the competition during that prosperous fortnight...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 3 days ago 101,844 reads 244 comments

  4. Andrew Wiggins' Superstar Ascension Is Arriving Ahead of Schedule

    Andrew Wiggins ' defensive prowess —a byproduct of his freakish athleticism — was lauded prior to the NBA draft. However, it's been seismic offensive developments that have accelerated his ascent up the professional bell curve...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 3 days ago 6,309 reads 15 comments

  5. Ranking the Biggest Threats to Golden State Warriors' Western Conference Throne

    The Golden State Warriors are sitting pretty atop the Western Conference. Not only do they own the league's top defense and third-ranked offense, but the Bay Area's esteemed ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 days ago 11,013 reads 40 comments

  6. With Kobe Bryant out Indefinitely, Lakers Can Only Embrace the Swaggy P Show

    It'd be easy to consider Kobe Bryant 's prolonged absence detrimental to the Los Angeles Lakers ' entertainment value, but the simultaneously delightful and enraging stylings ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 days ago 6,394 reads 71 comments

  7. Hassan Whiteside Providing Reason to Believe the Hype Is for Real

    Fourteen points, 13 rebounds, a franchise-record 12 blocks and one nationally-televised win later, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is basking in the NBA spotlight...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 5 days ago 44,711 reads 147 comments

  8. 10 Bold Predictions for the 2nd Half of the 2015 NBA Season

    With the first half of the 2014-15 NBA season in the books, it's time for teams across the association to take off the training wheels and let loose as the fight for playoff positioning kicks into high gear...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 5 days ago 112,261 reads 224 comments

  9. 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...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 6 days ago 9,353 reads 39 comments

  10. 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 numbers, ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 6 days ago 29,760 reads 31 comments

  11. 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...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 9 days ago 18,538 reads 78 comments

  12. 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 ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 9 days ago 12,788 reads 44 comments

  13. 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 10 days ago 16,229 reads 40 comments

  14. 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 10 days ago 13,189 reads 47 comments

  15. 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 11 days ago 25,721 reads 106 comments

  16. 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 11 days ago 22,311 reads 63 comments

  17. 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...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 12 days ago 111,310 reads 148 comments

  18. 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 12 days ago 26,170 reads 30 comments

  19. 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 13 days ago 74,767 reads 443 comments

  20. 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 13 days ago 12,797 reads 81 comments

  21. 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 16 days ago 9,409 reads 38 comments

  22. 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 16 days ago 2,809 reads 36 comments

  23. 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 17 days ago 50,864 reads 224 comments

  24. 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 17 days ago 2,489 reads 6 comments

  25. 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 18 days ago 26,912 reads 123 comments