Like you, we love reading about the NBA. There’s a certain joy in reading smart analysis about the league. Not summaries of the previous nights’ games, like you might see in a Newspaper, but actual analysis. The X’s and O’s that matter. The analytics that let you see the matrix behind the league. The level of depth that announcers and TV analysts only scratch the surface of.
So, we went on a search to find the best online sources for NBA content. After a lengthy search – there’s no shortage of NBA writers – here’s a summary of what we found. This is a living, breathing list for lazy Sunday mornings – so let us know what we missed!
Notes: this doesn’t include team-specific or draft-specific blogs, and it’s ordered in terms of how often we read each website.
Grantland: Bill Simmons is the most widely read and well-known NBA columnist there is. He’s one of the few writers, covering any sport, who manages to be funny and insightful. He also does a fantastic video series with former NBA player Jalen Rose previewing the season and providing updates at key points throughout the year. Simmons’ NBA mailbag posts are a must read. He’s so good that ESPN gave him the resources to put together his own team for his brainchild website, Grantland.
Zach Lowe is Grantland’s featured NBA writer. His columns combine statistical analysis, breakdowns of a given team’s pet plays or actions, and a big picture perspective on team-building and salary cap maneuvers. The Lowe Post is Zach’s podcast.
Grantland also gets frequent contributions from dozens of other writers, including Kirk Goldsberry and Andrew Sharp, who write regularly about the NBA. The site’s morning shootaround series does a great job capturing the feel of the league’s biggest moments.
Truehoop: Truehoop puts out voluminous video and written analysis of the league. Truehoop TV live (~1 hour) and Truehoop TV (~5 minutes) typically put out 2-5 segments each, each week. We especially like content with Coach David Thorpe. Tom Haberstroh also produces ‘The Big Number,’ a short video series that looks to explain NBA trends by identifying key statistics.
They also provide a daily a summary of NBA reporting, usually from Newspapers or other parts of the ESPN network. Many ESPN Insiders and writers from the TrueHoop network (includes many team-specific blogs with varying posting frequencies, e.g. Zach Harper’s blog) including Ethan Strauss and Amin El Hassan also occasionally write free-to-read analysis of different aspects of the NBA for the site. There is a good deal of coverage on sides of the NBA other sites might not always write about, including how to change the NBA for the better.
SBNation: SBNation is a collection of 308 blogs across a dozen or so different sports. Their NBA offerings include fan-centric blogs for each of the NBA’s franchises, as well as less partisan coverage from Tom Ziller—who’s column, The Hook, runs several times during the week. Ziller also curates an email newsletter with a roundup of NBA news and opinion from around the web.
Also in the SBNation fold: Doug Eberhardt frequently examines the little details behind the league’s most basic or sensational plays, and Jon Bois’s NBA Y2K series is… well… it’s something else.
Yahoo Sports: Led by well-known reporter Adrian Wojnarowski and analyst Marc Spears, the gang at Yahoo Sports regularly provide headlines and updates on the NBA. Woj is like a wizard breaking stories, so be sure to follow him on twitter if staying up on the latest signings and trades is your thing.
Ball Don’t Lie is Yahoo’s sometimes zany source of regular analysis from folks like Kelly Dwyer and Dan Devine.
ESPN: We’re not much for paid content (Insiders), but ESPN does post a good deal of NBA analysis that’s free. Often, it’s very news focused, but that’s still useful. This is where we grew our love for NBA writing and we still visit. From Marc Stein to Chris Broussard to their network of bloggers, ESPN has a lot of the best NBA writers on their payroll. As a result, there is a lot of content here, including the great Daily Dime. There are also great reporters like Brian Windhorst focused on the Heat – because we all know ESPN loves the Heat.
Rotoworld: Rotoworld is a hardcore fantasy site. It provides the player updates you see in your fantasy leagues at Yahoo now. It boasts some very smart NBA minds, especially Aaron Bruski. He’s a Kings beat reporter and awfully good fantasy player. If you’re a beginner looking to understand how the top fantasy players evaluate NBA players on a nightly basis, this is the place to go.
Real GM: This is your resource during the offseason and around the trade deadline. Timely updates on even the smallest of NBA transactions are presented at the top of the page, so you won’t miss a thing. Francisco Garcia is mulling his options? Eric Griffin’s playing for the Raptors’ summer league squad? Sign me up.
Hardwood Paroxysm: Jack Maloney, Andrew Lynch, and a gang of other writers constantly post analysis of hot NBA issues. Some of their writers also have prolific twitter presences.
Hang Time: The hang time blog is a mix of news and analysis, with an emphasis on more traditional analysis. Led by Sekou Smith and backed by an impressive group of writers, it has voluminous daily content.
Box Score Geeks: Box score geeks has some of the most consistently analytical work on the NBA from guys like Arturo.
Point Forward: Point forward is Sports Illustrated’s blog on the NBA. There’s a great deal of articles, mainly news focused. They occasionally feature in-depth analysis on interesting issue’s in the form of staff roundtables or SI writers focusing in on an interesting angle in the NBA. Zach Lowe cut his teeth here.
Bleacher Report NBA: The Bleacher Report has many prominent writers constantly chatting about the NBA.
The Hoop Doctors: Hoop Doctors post rumors and analysis, mainly from Dan Favale.
Hoops Hype: Hoops Hype is USA Today’s NBA blog, with varying types of content including slideshows and video.
Pro Basketball Talk: Pro Basketball Talk is NBC’s news and analysis blog dedicated to the NBA.
Eye on Basketball: Eye on Basketball is CBS’ NBA news-focused blog, with learnings incorporated, about the NBA.
Hoops Addict: Hoops Addict is an eight year old NBA blog that posts analysis articles every few days.
NBA Jelly: NBA Jelly occassionaly posts in-depth or headline articles on the NBA.
Inside Hoops: Inside Hoops will post rumors and news about the league.
20 Second Timeout: 20 Second timeout posts every few weeks about thoughts on the NBA’s latest.
Below the Hardwood: Below the Hardwood will occasionally post analyses, especially on players.
Hoopism: Hoopism will occasionally have basketball content from Matt and Jason Bailey.
NBA Lord: NBA Lord will post previews and other articles every few weeks.