NBA Articles

A month ago, 25-year-old Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside was looking like he wasn’t long for the NBA. Over 19 total career games with the Sacramento Kings in 2010 through 2012 and very few minutes, the seven-footer hadn’t earned...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
The formality has taken place, and the NBA’s two best teams will send their respective coaches to the benches for the 2015 NBA All-Star game in New York City, this February. Funny thing about it: Mike Budenholzer, of the 35-8 Atlanta...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
One of the last guardians of the NBA’s fading generation of old superstars, Kobe Bryant, may be seeing the end of his road a little sooner than expected. The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that their 36-year-old legend has a torn...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the NBA has already decided upon four exciting contestants for their annual All-Star weekend slam dunk contest — to be held on Saturday February 14, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Whatever the Cleveland Cavaliers recently had, their divisional rival Chicago Bulls seem to have caught it. Losers of six of their last eight games, the Bulls are reeling. Despite boasting their most talented roster of the Tom Thibodeau era, the...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
6. Orlando MagicThe Magic haven’t whiffed the mainstream’s attention since Dwight Howard left town via trade in 2012. And while the current 15-29 version of the team hasn’t changed that, they’re a steadily improving young...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Dion Waiters, once one of the many problems in the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, is now thriving as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder after moving down south as part of a midseason blockbuster trade involving the New York Knicks. ...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Add another line item to James Harden’s MVP resume. The Houston Rockets star scored 45 points against the Indiana Pacers last night, and did it with extreme efficiency. The Beard was 12-for-18 from the field, and 14-for-15 from the charity...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Remember four months ago? That was when we were already anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as Eastern Conference champions, after they had a doozy of a summer by bringing back LeBron James and trading for three-time All-Star Kevin Love. That...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the middle of a season quite unlike any they’ve had, since moving from Seattle in 2008.  Burdened with title expectations for the third year in a row — a premature Finals appearance in 2012...
Rob Doster
2 months ago
Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury means a lot of mixed things to his sport. A leading member of the All-Hype squad for his generation, “Starbury” ultimately fell short of the romantic goal of reviving the New York Knicks — or...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Blood is thicker than water — and basketball, too, apparently. At least Los Angeles Clippers head coach and executive Doc Rivers seems to think so. The second-year man in Lob City traded for his son Austin Thursday. The younger Rivers is...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
If you like the arts of falling and fakery, this one is for you. Rookie shooting guard P.J. Hairston of the Charlotte Hornets climbed toward the top of the league’s heap of overblown acting jobs with this put-on, amidst a 98-93 home loss to...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Things have not gone well for the 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers — this is not news. But the continued escalation of their visible, nearly comic dysfunction keeps bringing the Cavs back to the front pages. Nothing grabs our attention quite...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
A few nights after Pau Gasol dropped 46 points on the Milwaukee Bucks, a far more unsung player has trumped the Spaniard. In a consummate heat-check performance, journeyman Minnesota Timberwolves guard Mo Williams scored 52 points against the...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
The Detroit Pistons, somehow, are now one of the scariest teams in the Eastern Conference. A little more than a month ago, Detroit was 3-18, and ranked dead last in Athlon’s power rankings, among others. Now winners of nine of their last...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
1. Golden State Warriors (29-5)The Warriors might be due for a slump, but even without starting center Andrew Bogut they’ve been pillaging through the league — right now, they’re on pace to win exactly 70 games. They’ve been...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
The trade market continues to bustle in the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans worked on a three-team deal over the weekend, with Celtics leading scorer Jeff Green headed to the Grizzlies in the swap. Boston,...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Dion Waiters ending up with the Oklahoma City Thunder was tough to see coming. But the Cleveland Cavaliers finally found a way to ship off their oft-troubled reserve guard this week, in a three-team trade involving the New York Knicks. With...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
One of the biggest surprises of the NBA season is the outstanding play we’ve seen from the 27-8 Atlanta Hawks. Georgia’s basketball birds are enjoying a renaissance, swiftly establishing an identity as a pass-first, system-oriented...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
6. The dominant Atlanta HawksIt’s not that nobody saw the Hawks coming. They were a tough out last year, pushing the then-heavyweight Indiana Pacers to seven games in an arduous first-round playoff battle — and they did this despite...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Move over, Jon “Bones” Jones. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is looking to take up the fighting mantle — except with other NBA coaches. Well, maybe he was joking a little. Casey made the suggestion that he’d...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Monday evening’s surprising three-team swap — involving the Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers — alerted the rest of the league to how quickly the trade deadline is coming up. With February 19 looming...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Buzz about this winter being a particularly active one on the trade market seems prescient today. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have completed a huge swap. The Knicks send J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Milwaukee Bucks starting center Larry Sanders — when he’s on — is one of the best defenders in the league. In the 2012-13 season, his best, he was second in the NBA with 2.83 blocked shots per game. But lately, it seems...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago

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