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How Cleveland Cavs Should Address Each Area of Need at the NBA Trade Deadline

January 17th, 2017
It's good to be the defending NBA champs. But the Cleveland Cavaliers know a few roster tweaks could make life even better. "We still got a couple more things we need to do," LeBron James said after the Cavs acquired sharpshooter Kyle Korver, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. "We got to get a ...

How New York Knicks Should Address Each Area of Need at the NBA Trade Deadline

January 16th, 2017
The New York Knicks have the NBA's 11th-highest payroll and ninth-lowest net efficiency rating. That should make them an active participant of the 2016-17 trade season, though it's tough to tell which role they'll play at the deadline. If they're buying, their wish list will be extensive. Most of their needs revolve ...

Midseason Grades for Each Golden State Warriors Player

January 9th, 2017
The Golden State Warriors are approaching the halfway point of the 2016-17 NBA season with a historic offense and ruthless efficiency. The height of their superpowers has yet to be realized and still they're clobbering opponents like prime Mike Tyson. The Warriors hold the league's top spots in winning percentage (.842) and ...

Ranking Top 5 NBA Stars at Every Position: Early 2017 Edition

January 8th, 2017
The NBA crashed into the new year with its superstar collection bursting at the seams. The old basketball guard has yet to vacate its posts, with 30-somethings like LeBron James and Chris Paul still bringing nightly dominance inside the lines. But the new in-prime group has forced its way up the ...

Miami Heat Have Silver Linings to Find During Midseason’s Dark Days

January 5th, 2017
MIAMI — The Heat are living the painful life of NBA rebuilders. Medical maladies have stripped them of their best player (Chris Bosh) and their most prized prospect (Justise Winslow). An exodus of elite talent—first LeBron James in 2014, then Dwyane Wade this past summer—has left this transitional organization clinging to future ...

Best Potential 2016-17 NBA Trade Deadline Targets for Golden State Warriors

December 26th, 2016
The Golden State Warriors bear no resemblance to the typical NBA trade deadline participant. Nitpicking is required to fill out a needs list, and even then it isn't clear what the Warriors would part with to fill such voids. With draft debts owed through 2019 and a shortage of coveted prospects, ...

Aaron Gordon’s Ascension Is Short-Circuiting in Orlando

December 21st, 2016
MIAMI — It's 12 minutes to tipoff, and Aaron Gordon won't budge from the left corner. The first long-range look for the third-year Orlando Magic forward clips the front iron, then the back and rattles out. His next four fall in succession, with only one requiring the rim's assistance. "He's improved his perimeter ...

Don’t Expect Hassan Whiteside to Join NBA’s Stretch-Center Revolution

December 18th, 2016
MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside is no stranger to the NBA's stretch-center revolution. With bigs following the leaguewide trend of letting it fly—16 centers have made double-digit threes on the season—the Miami Heat's 7-footer has seen the impact firsthand. "I won't get as many blocks," Whiteside told Bleacher Report, "because I'm away from the paint." One ...

Quarter-Season Grades for Each Golden State Warriors Player

December 13th, 2016
The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors look every bit the part of NBA steamroller. Their league-best marks—too numerous to list in totality—include the following: .840 win percentage, plus-11.9 net efficiency rating, 118 points averaged per game, 49.8 field-goal percentage and plus-12 average margin of victory. They have 14 double-digit wins and only ...

How Much Longer Can Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside Keep Heat Afloat?

December 8th, 2016
MIAMI — The new-look Miami Heat demanded a strong on-court connection between Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. Not only does the pair comprise Miami's highest-paid healthy players, those two are the only ones who qualify as proven upper-echelon NBA commodities. But the need for chemistry and the creation of it are two different things. ...