1. Separating the 2014-15 NBA Title Contenders from the Pretenders

    Regular-season success isn't everything—especially when there have only been a few weeks of that regular season to evaluate. Distinguishing this season's real title threats from aspiring would-be contenders requires some guesswork...

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  2. 5 Individual NBA Player Rivalries We Want to See Blossom in 2014-15

    The 2012 NBA Finals put the league's most compelling new rivalry on full display, a five-game series pitting the game's best all-around player against its best pure scorer...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 9 hours ago 16,777 reads 110 comments

  3. John Wall Shows Kyrie Irving He's Top PG in East and Other Friday NBA Takeaways

    In August, Team USA opted to take Kyrie Irving to the FIBA World Cup instead of John Wall . After the Washington Wizards ' 91-78 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, it appears the Kentucky product may not have forgotten about it..

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  4. Kevin Martin Injury Opens Yet Another Door for Andrew Wiggins' Development

    This summer's exile from the stacked and star-laden Cleveland Cavaliers was the first key to Andrew Wiggins' early evolution...

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  5. Kings Finding Success Behind Underrated Big 3

    No one will make too much of the Sacramento Kings ' 103-88 victory over a Chicago Bulls team missing stars Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 days ago 32,405 reads 106 comments

  6. LA Clippers Find 'Lob City' Swag at Critical Time

    Off to a 2-0 start on what promises to be a revealing seven-game road trip, the Los Angeles Clippers are beginning to resemble the club that claimed a franchise-record 57 victories a season ago...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 days ago 18,038 reads 124 comments

  7. Which Tryout Hopeful Should the Los Angeles Lakers Sign?

    Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak will have an extra $1.5 million on his hands thanks to an injured player exception granted by the league on account of Julius Randle's broken leg...

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  8. Serge Ibaka Proving to Be Complementary Piece Once and for All

    Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has never needed power forward Serge Ibaka like he does right now...

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  9. 7 NBA Free-Agent Signings Already Proving Worth to New Teams

    Adjusting to life with a new team doesn't happen overnight, but that hasn't stopped the 2014 free-agent class from making early contributions. From Lance Stephenson to LeBron James, this summer witnessed the relocation of some big names...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 3 days ago 18,882 reads 56 comments

  10. NBA Roundup: Anthony Davis Tops DeMarcus Cousins in Battle of Best Young Bigs

    Welcome to the next generation of Western Conference playoff hopefuls, a movement headlined by the two most dominant young big men in the game...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 4 days ago 22,503 reads 62 comments

  11. Reggie Jackson Erasing All Doubts About Free-Agent Value

    One man can relate to what Reggie Jackson is going through while awaiting his impending 2015 free agency. "I fell into the same situation, and that could have been my only contract...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 4 days ago 6,874 reads 20 comments

  12. Harrison Barnes Beginning to Thrive Back in Starting Role for Warriors

    From the Splash Brothers' continued brilliance to Draymond Green's success filling in for the injured David Lee , the Golden State Warriors have had plenty of heroes en route to their impressive 7-2 start under new head coach Steve Kerr...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 7 days ago 3,769 reads 6 comments

  13. Who Will the New Orleans Pelicans Knock out of the Playoffs?

    If the playoffs started today—just one tenth of the way through the regular season—the New Orleans Pelicans would own the sixth seed in the Western Conference, just ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 7 days ago 28,333 reads 117 comments

  14. Kobe Bryant's Worst Shooting Night Ever Brings Lakers' Woes to New Lows

    Earlier this week, the iconic Kobe Bryant surpassed John Havlicek to become the NBA 's all-time leader in missed field-goal attempts. Friday night, he tightened his hold on that record in a big way...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 8 days ago 69,183 reads 326 comments

  15. Derrick Rose's Message Is Right, but It's Being Lost in Translation

    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose left Thursday night's 100-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors with less that two minutes remaining in the ballgame, suffering soreness in his left hamstring after he fell when driving to the basket...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 8 days ago 6,321 reads 49 comments

  16. Bulls Pass Another Big Test and Other Takeaways from Thursday's NBA Action

    The Chicago Bulls remained perfect on the road while handing the Toronto Raptors their first home loss, a 100-93 victory that ended on a bittersweet note for Derrick Rose and Co...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 9 days ago 27,515 reads 96 comments

  17. Why Hasn't Los Angeles Lakers Defense Improved Under Byron Scott?

    The Los Angeles Lakers have become no stranger to finger-pointing. And their uninspired defense remains public enemy No. 1...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 9 days ago 9,925 reads 54 comments

  18. Dirk Nowitzki's Path to Stardom Is Unlike Anything the NBA Has Ever Seen

    Dirk Nowitzki tallied 23 points in the Dallas Mavericks ' 106-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, and he earned a couple of distinctions in the process...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 11 days ago 23,005 reads 38 comments

  19. Could Marc Gasol Take Duncan's Torch with San Antonio Spurs Next Summer?

    San Antonio Spurs icon Tim Duncan hasn't announced whether he'll retire at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, but rest assured general manager R.C. Buford is preparing contingency plans...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 11 days ago 11,469 reads 24 comments

  20. Kobe Bryant Breaks All-Time NBA Record for Most Missed Field Goals

    Kobe Bryant comes away from Tuesday night's 107-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies with a distinction that only seems fitting at the outset of the Los Angeles Lakers ' now 1-6 season...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 11 days ago 203,284 reads 595 comments

  21. Warriors Defense Key to Undefeated Start and Other Saturday NBA Takeaways

    You've probably come to expect scoring efforts like the one Stephen Curry turned in during Saturday night's 98-87 victory over the previously unbeaten Houston Rockets ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 14 days ago 18,416 reads 82 comments

  22. Realistic Statistical Expectations for LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers

    First they were anointed the NBA 's next big thing. Then they lost three of their first five games. What should we really expect from the Cleveland Cavaliers after LeBron James ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 14 days ago 15,894 reads 23 comments

  23. Carmelo Anthony's Struggles Impair Knicks and Other Friday NBA Takeaways

    Carmelo Anthony , fresh off signing a massive $122-plus million contract in the offseason, isn't off to the smoothest of starts...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 15 days ago 15,686 reads 77 comments

  24. Is Reggie Jackson Destined to Bolt Oklahoma City Thunder?

    There was no extension deal at the 11th hour between the Oklahoma City Thunder and emerging guard Reggie Jackson ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 15 days ago 18,789 reads 68 comments

  25. Portland Trail Blazers Are NBA's Biggest Defensive Surprise

    The Portland Trail Blazers held the league's most productive offense to just 87 points in their 21-point blowout of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, highlighting a defense ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 16 days ago 18,152 reads 50 comments