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Ranking the Best Players to Never Start an NBA All-Star Game

January 19th, 2017
The annual talk of NBA All-Star starter snubs is complicated enough as is, but this year's discussion could be tougher to suss out than ever before. No longer will starting nods be doled out by the fans alone, which had been the case since 1975. Instead, those votes will count for ...

2016-17 NBA Power Rankings as Season’s 2nd Half Begins

January 18th, 2017
If there are such things as NBA dog days, you'll likely find them in January. Between the bitter cold gripping most of the map, the halfway point of an 82-game slate and the fast approach of the All-Star Game, there's a palpable sense of slowdown around the Association. Just ask the ...

What’s Next for LA Clippers Following Chris Paul’s Latest Injury?

January 17th, 2017
J.J. Redick had seen Chris Paul in pain before—and, more often than not, he'd seen him fight through that pain and keep playing. It wasn't until the second half of the Los Angeles Clippers' Martin Luther King Jr. Day game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, when Paul didn't emerge from ...

Kevin Garnett Has Found the Perfect Pupil in Trash-Talking DeAndre Jordan

January 16th, 2017
LOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan doesn't miss much on the defensive end—not a dribbler attacking the rim, not a cutter looking for a lob and definitely not a Los Angeles Clippers teammate slipping on an assignment. If you let a guy drive by you or don't rotate to Jordan's man when he ...

2017 NBA Rookie Ladder: New Year’s Rankings for League’s Next Wave

January 15th, 2017
The 2016 NBA draft class has so far proved to be as underwhelming as the year itself. Of the rookies on this top-20 list, only 12 were picked this past June.  That could change over the second half of the 2016-17 season. Ben Simmons has yet to make his debut for ...

Thursday NBA Roundup: Warriors Don’t Have Normal NBA Problems

January 13th, 2017
There are two types of teams in the NBA: the Golden State Warriors and everyone else. For everyone else, a 127-107 victory over any opponent, even the middling Detroit Pistons, might qualify as a noteworthy night. For the Dubs, it's a ho-hum evening—the 12th one in 2016-17 that's ended with their ...

Grit-‘N’-Grind 2.0: How the Memphis Grizzlies Finally Joined the Modern NBA

January 6th, 2017
LOS ANGELES — The Memphis Grizzlies don't own a Larry O'Brien Trophy. They've never won a game during the conference finals, let alone appeared in the NBA Finals during their 21 years in the league (the first six of which were in Vancouver). But they do have pictures of the trophy ...

15 Storylines That Will Define the Rest of the 2016-17 NBA Season

January 5th, 2017
Try as many might to leave 2016 in the rearview, the NBA doesn't wipe its slate completely clean. The nearly half-season that came and went before the calendar flipped set the stage for what's to come in 2017. On Christmas Day, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors gave us a glimpse ...

NBA 2016 Review: Looking Back at the Best and Worst of the Year in the NBA

January 4th, 2017
You thought you were all done with 2016, didn't you? The good, the bad, the ugly, the worse-than-bad, the worse-than-worse-than-bad...that was supposed to go the way of the dinosaurs once the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1. Except, the dinosaurs, while gone, weren't forgotten. Neither can the NBA's 2016 be buried—not ...

Saturday NBA Roundup: There Is No Doubting Giannis Antetokounmpo as a Superstar

December 31st, 2016
Giannis Antetokounmpo has long been a nuisance as far as the Chicago Bulls are concerned. A year-and-a-half ago, he was ejected from the Milwaukee Bucks' Game 6 blowout playoff loss for tackling Mike Dunleavy into the courtside seats. Since then, the Greek Freak has morphed into a different type of terror—not just ...