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New Eastern Conference No. 1 Seed Atlanta Hawks Could Be Here to Stay

January 3rd, 2015
For all the talk about conference disparity in today’s NBA, you can’t accuse the East of being boring. Bad, perhaps—possibly even historically so. But not boring. The New Year begins with yet another coup for the lowly Eastern throne, this one orchestrated by the plucky, pass-happy Atlanta Hawks. To the well-trained eye, ...

8 NBA Players Who Would Flourish with a Fresh Start on a Different Team

December 20th, 2014
So much of thriving in the NBA—any profession, really—is about timing: what team you play for, who your teammates are and how your skill set fits into the franchise’s near and long-term goals. Today’s spark plug is tomorrow’s worn-out welcome. And there inevitably comes a point with every player when a ...

How Does the Warriors’ 20-2 Start Compare to the Greatest Starts in NBA History?

December 13th, 2014
A hot start is one thing—a dime a dozen, all sports considered. But when a season’s opening stretch becomes historically hot? That’s when all eyes become fixed, rather than merely fleeting. With their 105-98 road win over the Dallas Mavericks Saturday afternoon, the Golden State Warriors—now 20-2 following a 15th consecutive W ...

New York Knicks Showing Carmelo Anthony Glimpse of Possible

December 9th, 2014
Carmelo Anthony knew what he was getting into. The full-flux roster, Phil Jackson’s philosophical overhaul, the risky runs at big-name sidekicks—all par for the course, so long as his ledger and legacy could be made whole. But “rebuilding” hardly describes what the New York Knicks are doing. Anthony isn’t a foundation; ...

Who Is the Team to Beat in the Eastern Conference?

December 6th, 2014
While a bevy of Western Conference contenders bludgeon one another silly, the East remains very much a two-way race between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. The Toronto Raptors? They’re a force for sure, and on both sides of the ball to boot. The Washington Wizards? Youth and upside hardly ...

Serge Ibaka’s Role as Thunder No. 1 Will Pay Off When Durant, Westbrook Return

November 25th, 2014
Following years of dreams deferred, the 2014-15 campaign quickly became a nightmarish one for the Oklahoma City Thunder. First came Kevin Durant, derailed by a foot injury in early October. Then it was Russell Westbrook, beset by a broken hand mere minutes into the second game of the year—a pair of ...

Do Cleveland Cavaliers Need More Time or Just More Help?

November 18th, 2014
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Superstar trio forms to equal parts fear and fanfare (depending on whom you ask), and expectations reach a fevered pitch, only to have said troika stumble somewhat clumsily out of the gate. Oh, and then everyone loses his or her mind. Can’t forget ...

Kevin Love’s Career Transformation Will Be About More Than Just the Numbers

October 24th, 2014
When a trio as talented as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love joins forces, it’s inevitable that talk of titles and legacies would temporarily take a back seat to other, more dramatic concerns. Who’s the head honcho? Which one will have to make the biggest statistical sacrifice? Whose team is ...

Ranking the Biggest Threats to Win 2014-15 NBA Scoring Crown

October 21st, 2014
Basketball is a game that gives you a million reasons to love it. From deft needle-threading passes to the precise pitch and arc of a corner three, the hardwood abounds with feats both fantastic and infinitesimal. Mostly, though, we love buckets and lots of them. More specifically, we love the players ...

Predicting Who Might Reach the NBA’s Rare 50/40/90 Shooting Mark in 2014-15

October 17th, 2014
What makes a great NBA shooter? Part of it has to do with mechanics: square body, L in the elbow and a smooth release with hand following through all the way into the cookie jar. Part of it has to do with calm countenance and cool nerves: being able to can it ...