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  1. NBA Windows: The Cavs Have All the Makings of a Title Contender

    Zach Lowe

    This year, more than any in recent memory, the NBA is about windows of opportunity. As we gear up for what could be a classic season, Grantland will take a close look at the ones that matter. *** He has lived thr...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  2. Sprinting to the Finish Line

    Zach Lowe

    We're coming down the stretch of the NBA season, when contenders jell ahead of the playoffs and the tankers hit an extra gear that features fake injuries, weird rotations, and guys like Mark Madsen chucking 3-pointers. The league separates into ...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  3. How the Portland Trail Blazers built a winning NBA team

    Jordan Conn

    How the Trail Blazers built a winner and soothed the lingering doubts of Portland's tormented fan base.

    Story | Conversation | January 06, 2014
  4. The overhaul of the Toronto Raptors

    Zach Lowe

    A rare look inside the long, complex process of building a contender. Plus, 10 things to like (and not like) in the NBA.

    Story | Conversation | December 31, 2013
  5. The Denver Nuggets are trying to build into a contender while not...

    Zach Lowe

    The Denver Nuggets are trying to stay relevant while rebuilding. Plus, a few things to like and not like in the NBA this week.

    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2013
  6. Ranking the NBA's tiers of power before the 2013-14 season

    Zach Lowe

    Tanking teams! Contenders standing pat! Thoughtful roster tweaks! When evaluating the NBA's new tiers of power, there is one constant: LeBron & Co. still reign.

    Story | Conversation | October 08, 2013
  7. Party Crashers: Debunking the Myths of Offensive Rebounding and T...

    Zach Lowe

    There has been a sense of pessimism and fragility around the Indiana Pacers during their rise from bug-eyed no. 8 seed to bona fide contender — a feeling around the league that they'd gotten a little bit lucky in some way, and that the fates wo...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  8. All Hail the NBA Offseason

    Andrew Sharp

    It's mid-July, the offseason is two weeks old, the second (or third?) Dwightmare is officially over, and we have at least three teams who vaulted themselves into the title contender conversation. This summer's especially fun because teams who were go...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  9. My Brother's Keeper: The Sad Fate of Marc Gasol

    Carles

    Why did everyone want to believe in the Memphis Grizzlies? It was an unlikely collision of forces that led us from "praising the Grizzlies for what they actually are" to considering them legitimate title contenders. It helped that they played two bro...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  10. Seven NBA Role Players Who Could Help a Contender at the Trade De...

    Brett Koremenos

    As Thursday's NBA trade deadline inches closer, plenty of big names — from Dwight Howard to Josh Smith — are dominating the rumor mills. It's easy to get caught stargazing, hoping against hope your team acquires an elite talent, but even ...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  11. Are George Karl's Denver Nuggets really title contenders?

    Zach Lowe

    Can the Rocky Mountain runners make a bid for the title? Plus Gerald Wallace, motorcycle revs, and screeching hawks.

    Story | Conversation | February 12, 2013
  12. A Tale of Two Offenses: The Surprising Knicks and the Slumping Th...

    Zach Lowe

    It's too early to draw meaningful conclusions about teams or players, but after just a week, we can say this: One of the league's glamour teams looks surprisingly comfortable in its own skin, while a would-be contender fresh off a massive long-term r...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  13. A look at Oklahoma City's trade of James Harden to the Houston Ro...

    Zach Lowe

    Examining Oklahoma City's risky move and the beginning of the James Harden era in Houston.

    Story | Conversation | October 29, 2012
  14. We Went There: Sixers-Knicks in the Carrier Dome

    Ben Detrick

    Last night, Carmelo Anthony finally heard chants of "MVP." It was not in Madison Square Garden, where there is desperate hope that he will make the Knicks a contender this season, but in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. It was here that he wo...

    Blog | October 23, 2012
  15. How Brook Lopez hinders the Brooklyn Nets' title hopes

    Zach Lowe

    The Nets' big man is the biggest reason New York's new team isn't a real contender.

    Story | Conversation | October 16, 2012
  16. Who are the NBA's top title contenders this season? And who's tra...

    Zach Lowe

    Determining the Association's tiers of success - or lack thereof - after a wild offseason.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2012