1. Chris Paul on LA Clippers' Dominant Defense: 'Why Didn't We Do This Last Year?'

    LOS ANGELES — Monday evening, Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris drove by Blake Griffin for a layup. After the ball fell through the net, Griffin grabbed it and spiked it, upset to be giving up a basket...

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  2. Devin Booker's Rise to Phoenix Suns Star: 'I Always Knew I Was Capable of This'

    Mere minutes into his first Las Vegas Summer League practice with the Phoenix Suns in 2015, Earl Watson, then a newly hired development coach, was fluttering around the gym...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 26,276 reads 24 comments

  3. Derrick Rose, New York Knicks Finding Their Form and Friday NBA Takeaways

    On the same day the Chicago Cubs brought the World Series pennant back to the Windy City for the first time in 108 years, the town’s NBA team hosted a much more awkward homecoming at the United Center...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 48,282 reads 112 comments

  4. A Family Affair: Trail Blazers' Evan Turner Discusses Real Cubs Love

    Twenty-eight-year old former No. 2 pick (2010) Evan Turner grew up in Chicago watching Cubs games with his great-grandmother, Vater Mae Fite, between outdoor summer hoop sessions...

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  5. Why Blake Griffin Isn't a Flight Risk for Los Angeles Clippers

    LOS ANGELES — Back in August, when The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Russell Westbrook 's extension, he buried this tidbit about Blake Griffin becoming the ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 12,684 reads 11 comments

  6. Golden State Warriors Must Get Defensive and Friday NBA Takeaways

    It was better than a 29-point opening-night home drubbing, but the Golden State Warriors ' 122-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans left the NBA championship favorites with plenty of room for improvement...

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  7. This Is Chris Paul's Last Chance to Win on His Own Terms

    LOS ANGELES — The start of the 2016-17 season will be like all the others of Chris Paul 's NBA career. No ring ceremony. No banner raised. No spotlight on opening night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 38,370 reads 75 comments

  8. Predicting Every Major NBA Award Winner for the 2016-17 Season

    Rarely, if ever, has there been less suspense surrounding the eventual NBA champion than 2016-17. The Cleveland Cavaliers, last year's title winner, once again look like prohibitive favorites in the East...

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  9. NBA Rookie Stock Watch: How the Top-20 Stack Up Heading into 2016-17 Season

    Putting much stock in NBA preseason results tends to be a fool's errand. But when it comes to evaluating an incoming rookie class at this point in the year, it's the best evidence available...

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  10. NBA Schedule 2016-17: The 1 Game You Can't Miss for Every Team

    How's your calendar looking these days? Still a clean slate? Or have you already highlighted the biggest dates on the NBA schedule? It can be a tall order to sort through all 1,230 games on the Association's slate...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 19,267 reads 55 comments

  11. 17 Bold Predictions for the 2016-17 NBA Season

    If you have any predictions about the upcoming NBA season, you’d better lay them down now. Once the Cleveland Cavaliers tip off their title defense against the New York Knicks next Tuesday, the 2016-17 campaign will officially be underway...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 45,494 reads 49 comments

  12. NBA Preseason 2016: Winners and Losers so Far

    For those who’ve been craving pro hoops since the thrilling finish to the 2016 Finals, even modest morsels plied from exhibition games can be a godsend...

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  13. LA Clippers Insider: Blake Griffin Is Destined for the Season of His Career

    Blake Griffin wouldn't listen. It was the first day of Los Angeles Clippers training camp at the University of California, Irvine and Griffin's first practice since a quad injury knocked him out of the playoffs in April...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 19,372 reads 38 comments

  14. 10 NBA Players Who Will Average 25-Plus Points Per Game in 2016-17

    For NBA scorers, 20 points per game is a solid baseline, but it’s right around 25 per night that superstars separate themselves from the pack...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 37,056 reads 119 comments

  15. Engineering the Leap: An NBA Supertrainer's Plan for DC's Prized Sophomore

    One after another, the Washington Wizards marched in for their exit interviews with owner Ted Leonsis and general manager Ernie Grunfeld. After a disappointing 2015-16 campaign that ended with a ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 19,237 reads 18 comments

  16. NBA Predictions 2016-17: The Next Big Breakout Star at Each Position

    For the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger , luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. In the NBA , that same formula isn't the only thing needed for a breakout campaign, but it's a necessary part...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 97,629 reads 133 comments

  17. Los Angeles Clippers Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

    The Los Angeles Clippers will tip off the 2016-17 season where the last one ended: at the Moda Center against the Portland Trail Blazers . Game 6 in Rip City punctuated yet another disappointing Clippers demise...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 5,895 reads 12 comments

  18. LA Clippers Notebook: The Clock Is Running out for Blake Griffin, CP3 and Doc

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — There’s something different about the Los Angeles Clippers this season. Is it a slimmer, trimmer Chris Paul ? No, he didn’t lose any weight, he insisted during the team’s media day...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 12,035 reads 24 comments

  19. Inside the Making of Stanley Johnson, Detroit Pistons' Superstar-in-Waiting

    As a rising star at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Stanley Johnson might have stood in front of a mirror and seen something similar to LeBron James: a tall, thick frame—strong but not stocky, built but still growing ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 45,862 reads 46 comments

  20. Predicting Which Top-20 NBA Rookies Will Be 2016-17 Studs or Duds

    If the 2015-16 season was your introduction to the NBA , you probably have great expectations for what a rookie class can and should be. Last year's crop of debutantes was one of the most productive in recent memory...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 57,983 reads 75 comments

  21. NBA Superstars with the Most on the Line Entering 2016-17

    LeBron James is off the hook. This past spring, he fulfilled his promise, carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA championship and, in doing so, vanquishing the city's 52-year pro sports title drought...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 30,355 reads 108 comments

  22. The Top 3 NBA Breakout Candidates at Every Position Entering 2016-17

    If you look up "most improved" in the (basketball) dictionary, you may well find a picture of C.J. McCollum—and not just because he won the NBA 's award for that last season...

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  23. USA Men's Basketball Team Finds Another Way to Mask Ominous Flaws

    Four games into the 2016 Olympics men's basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro , several glaring weaknesses remained for Team USA's men's basketball giants despite its clean slate...

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  24. Young NBA Prospects Who Must Turn Potential into Production in 2016-17

    Like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, the process of transforming a prospect into a bona fide NBA rotation player requires nurturing, time and patience—much more for some than for others...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 173,059 reads 246 comments

  25. Don't Count LA Lakers Out of the Russell Westbrook Hunt Just Yet

    The Los Angeles Lakers showed significant vital signs during this year's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. D'Angelo Russell knocked down clutch shots, commanded L.A.'s offense and poured in 21...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 58,988 reads 41 comments