1. Is Julius Randle Set Up for Success with LA Lakers This Season?

    The Los Angeles Lakers ' future got quite a bit brighter upon selecting Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in this summer's draft...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 4 hours ago 5,200 reads 32 comments

  2. Kevin Love and the Anatomy of Forcing an NBA Trade

    Kevin Love 's escape from Minnesota has been a long time coming. "My patience is not high," the star forward told Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears all the way back in the summer of 2012...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 9 hours ago 19,487 reads 50 comments

  3. Even John Calipari Thinks David Blatt Is Perfect Choice as Cleveland Cavs Coach

    Maybe Plan B was meant to be. The Cleveland Cavaliers originally wanted a star from the college ranks to take the coaching reins in the wake of Mike Brown's dismissal ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 12 hours ago 14,217 reads 8 comments

  4. No Easy Answers in NBA's International Competition Conundrum

    The tragic broken leg Paul George suffered during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas may not be a game-changer in terms of international competition, but it was certainly a conversation starter...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 day ago 19,166 reads 36 comments

  5. Mason Plumlee's Emergence Gives Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez Insurance

    Few rookies performed better than Mason Plumee did last season. The Brooklyn Nets big man filled in for an injured Brook Lopez and picked up some of the slack for a declining Kevin Garnett , eventually starting 22 games and averaging 7...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 day ago 1,811 reads 11 comments

  6. Can Carmelo Anthony Insert Himself into 2014-15 NBA MVP Race?

    The 2013-14 season marked the first time Carmelo Anthony has ever missed the NBA playoffs. To hear him explain it, that's not happening again...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 day ago 12,750 reads 73 comments

  7. 5 Young NBA Stars Who Could Fill Paul George's Void Next Season

    Paul George 's brief stint with Team USA was cut short long before he could contribute to the club's FIBA World Cup competition in Spain. Even more tragically, he'll likely miss the NBA season ahead...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 days ago 41,391 reads 143 comments

  8. Everything You Need to Know About Sacramento Kings' Rookie Sim Bhullar

    After suffering through a 28-54 record last season, the Sacramento Kings need all the help they can get. Including help that comes in the very largest of packages, like rookie Sim Bhullar...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 days ago 8,620 reads 8 comments

  9. Can Carlos Boozer Redeem Himself with Los Angeles Lakers?

    Carlos Boozer has lost some of his luster. Once an established star for the Utah Jazz , the 32-year-old may now be better known for a C-list rap album replete with an appearance by auto-tune pioneer T-Pain...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 days ago 9,618 reads 42 comments

  10. Would It Be a Mistake for Team USA to Cut Andre Drummond Before World Cup?

    Just days ago, the Detroit Free Press ' Perry A. Farrell noted " speculation that [Detroit Pistons center Andre] Drummond could start the team’s first exhibition game Saturday ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 3 days ago 6,256 reads 91 comments

  11. Andrew Wiggins Just the Beginning of the Minnesota Timberwolves' Rebuild

    As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski on Aug. 7, first overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins has emerged as the centerpiece of the Cleveland Cavaliers ' trade for disaffected Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 3 days ago 18,915 reads 53 comments

  12. Can Phoenix Suns Build Upon Breakout 2013-14 Campaign?

    The Phoenix Suns haven't made the playoffs since 2009-10, when Steve Nash led the team all the way to the conference finals—the third and last time the franchise made it that far during the iconic point guard's reign...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 3 days ago 2,576 reads 14 comments

  13. How Kyrie Irving Holds the Key to LeBron James' New Kingdom

    A season ago, Kyrie Irving was indisputably the Cleveland Cavaliers ' best player. But after the busiest summer in franchise history, he's faded from headlines and almost instantly became his team's second or third scoring option...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 6 days ago 60,156 reads 90 comments

  14. Kevin Durant's Decision Could Mean Big Things for OKC Thunder

    It's no secret that Kevin Durant 's absence from Team USA will put a dint in the squad's chances at this summer's FIBA World Cup...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 6 days ago 8,635 reads 24 comments

  15. Can San Antonio Spurs Keep Killer Edge After Getting NBA Finals Revenge?

    The San Antonio Spurs were on a mission last season. "We're happy to be back here this year," Spurs big man Tim Duncan told reporters after clinching an appearance in the 2014 NBA Finals...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 6 days ago 16,228 reads 54 comments

  16. Why Kevin Durant Is Primed to Repeat as NBA MVP in 2014-15

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant left little doubt about who deserved 2014 MVP honors, claiming 119 of 125 first-place votes en route to a landslide victory. He could be poised for a similarly dominant campaign in the season ahead...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 7 days ago 17,380 reads 129 comments

  17. Anthony Bennett Emerging as Biggest Winner of Kevin Love Trade

    While it remains unclear where exactly Anthony Bennett will be playing in 2014-15, it's all but certain the 2013 first overall draft pick will move on from the franchise that selected him...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 7 days ago 78,992 reads 65 comments

  18. Will Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers Become NBA's Next Great Rivalry?

    The Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs by Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls five times during the late 1980s and early 1990s...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 7 days ago 16,607 reads 235 comments

  19. Is Stephen Curry Actually a Better Offensive Player Than LeBron James?

    Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry isn't the type to brag, but he holds himself in high esteem when it comes to his abilities on the offensive end—higher even than four-time MVP LeBron James ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 8 days ago 12,191 reads 60 comments

  20. Will Kobe Bryant's Return Make Lakers Western Conference Dark Horse?

    In December of 2013, Kobe Bryant 's left knee suffered a fracture to the lateral tibial plateau, dealing a further blow to a superstar who missed the first 19 games of the season while recovering from a torn Achilles...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 8 days ago 24,638 reads 104 comments

  21. Pros and Cons of Greg Monroe Taking Qualifying Offer from Detroit Pistons

    The baffling and protracted saga surrounding restricted free agent Greg Monroe appears to be coming to an end—at least for now...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 8 days ago 2,738 reads 20 comments

  22. Kevin Love to Cleveland Cavs Does Not Shift Eastern Conference Power Structure

    The Eastern Conference underwent a significant facelift with the surprise announcement that LeBron James would return home to his Cleveland Cavaliers . It's tempting to assume that the next superstar defection will be similarly momentous...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 9 days ago 18,190 reads 34 comments

  23. Why Kevin Love's Best Role Is as a Superstar Sidekick

    The history books will blame everyone but Kevin Love for the Minnesota Timberwolves ' failures. From Ricky Rubio's shooting woes to ill-fated draft picks like 2009's Jonny ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 9 days ago 23,582 reads 80 comments

  24. Will New and Improved Derrick Rose Return to NBA MVP Conversation?

    When the dust settles from Team USA's FIBA World Cup venture, Derrick Rose will set his sights on the return that really matters...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 9 days ago 9,830 reads 48 comments

  25. Now Is the Time for Dwight Howard to Cement Legacy

    Back in 2011, Dwight Howard told Esquire 's Scott Raab that he'd always wanted "to be an icon. To be somebody." At the moment, the well-traveled big man certainly qualifies as a "somebody...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 10 days ago 15,205 reads 100 comments