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Can the NBA Ever Replace Kobe Bryant?

Bleacherreport.com  -  Few jerseys are as recognizable as the purple-and-black No. 24 (or No. 8, if you go back far enough), donned by a current player who will be elected to the Hall of Fame as soon as he's eligible. Few players are as respected as the man whose name has become virtually synonymous with a poisonous species of snake from sub-Saharan Africa.  Few names are as recognizable as Kobe Bryant's, whose pr 10 hours

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Haberstroh: Worst 4-in-5s in NBA schedule

Espn.go.com  -  Tom Haberstroh looks at the 10 worst 4-in-5s, or which teams have the most brutal four games in five days this season. 16 hours

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'NBA 2K15' edition drafts 3D face mapping

Espn.go.com  -  "NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game. 18 hours

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Is Klay Thompson Really the Best 2-Way Shooting Guard in the NBA?

Bleacherreport.com  -  With a three-point rocket in his arsenal and the defensive versatility to slide anywhere along the perimeter, Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson is among the top two-way players at his position.For Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, that distinction isn't enough. Duffy, who has until October 31 to negotiate a contract extension for the fourth-year sniper, said his client needs no quali 18 hours

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How Important Is the Pick-and-Roll in Today's NBA?

Bleacherreport.com  -  Pick-and-rolls are everywhere in today's NBA. Slowly, surely, they have become one of the most common plays offenses run. Five years ago, during the 2009-10 season, the average team ran pick-and-rolls that ended in a shot, turnover or foul 16.4 percent of the time, according to Synergy Sports (subscription required). By the end of last year, that number had climbed to 21.8 percent. With 2 days

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Ranking the Best International 2015 NBA Draft Prospects

Bleacherreport.com  -  One of the most exciting aspects of the NBA draft is learning about the top international prospects sprouting up across Europe and beyond.The 2015 crop is no exception, as it offers a terrific mix of playmakers, skilled wings and imposing big men.Latvia boasts a couple of the best frontcourt assets—most notably a stretch 4 prodigy who could land in the top 10 picks.Meanwhile, their Mediterr 3 days

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How B/R's New Rebounder Rating Proves Not All NBA Boards Are Created Equal

Bleacherreport.com  -  Rebounds, unlike men, are not all created equal, and Bleacher Report's new Rebounder Rating proves it. As a statistical measure, rebounds can be misleading. On the surface, they’re all the same—it's just grabbing a missed shot. But some are harder to get than others, and the box-score numbers don't reflect that. My Bleacher Report colleague, Adam Fromal, and I developed a ne 4 days

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Predicting All-Star ETAs for Top NBA Rookies

Bleacherreport.com  -  There's a decent chance we get a few All-Stars out of the 2014 NBA rookies. It just might take a little bit of time. We aren't looking at any Damian Lillards here, given how young most of these rookies are.I picked the five most likely guys I expect to eventually make an All-Star team and gave each an estimated time of arrival.Considering most of the top prospects were taken based on long-te 4 days

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