Why LeBron won't carry the Cavs to a title this time
Just as he did during last year's historic run, LeBron James has flipped the switch in the 2017 NBA playoffs. But even the King won't be able to conquer this newer, more powerful army of Warriors.
Ranking LeBron, KD, Curry and top playoff MVP candidates
LeBron or Steph? Durant or Draymond? Kevin Pelton ranks the 10 most valuable players in the postseason heading into the NBA Finals.
Viewing guide for the Stanley Cup finals
A little behind on your knowledge of the Penguins and Predators? Get ready for the Stanley Cup finals with key strengths, weaknesses, matchup insight and more in our viewing guide.
Can Tennessee be a CFP sleeper in 2017? (Hint: No)
Tennessee won nine games last season and returns plenty of experience. But that's not enough for a playoff run, given the schedule and issues on both sides of the ball.
How much would top players under 25 be worth as free agents?
If young stars such as Carlos Correa or Mookie Betts were free to test the market after this season, our projections show they would be in line for some astronomical paydays.
Who's living up to the hype on the AAU circuit?
As college coaches continue their evaluations of the top players in the 2018 class, they'd be wise to keep an eye on these players -- whose advanced stats have distinguished them in AAU play.
Jonathan Isaac, Harry Giles among potential 2017 NBA draft steals
Using our NBA draft model, the ESPN analytics team evaluates the potential first-round picks who could offer generous value for the teams that select them.
Early winners and losers at the plate
From a former top-10 pick having his breakout season at age 30 to a future Hall of Famer struggling with his swing, we take a look at the players who are succeeding or stumbling this season.
Post-draft 2017 NFL projections: Records for every team
Should the Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys all expect to make the playoffs again? And which of 2016's most disappointing teams look primed for a rebound? Here are early projections for every team.
NBA prospects helped, hurt most by combine measurements
NBA scouts scrutinize wingspan, reaches and more measurements at the combine. Chad Ford breaks down how the latest info will affect 2017 draft prospects.
Lonzo Ball or Markelle Fultz: Who should be No. 1 in 2017 NBA draft?
Is Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball the better prospect? Who has more upside? Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton make a case for each player and give their verdicts, and identify potential sleeper picks.
Celtics already found superstar they've been looking for?
The Celtics have been searching for a superstar like Jimmy Butler or Paul George to launch them into true title contention. But have they already found one in Isaiah Thomas?
Ranking this year's rookies: Heavy on hitting, light on pitching
Aaron Judge is slugging, Josh Bell is showing more power and Antonio Senzatela is a surprise. But where do they end up in our initial look at the MLB's first-year players?
A lineup fix for all 30 teams
Bench a backstop? Get a new hitter for the top of the order? Call up a top prospect? One month into the 2017 season, we have the essential changes that can improve your teams.
Browns lead teams who added most draft capital in 2017
The Cleveland Browns had a notable 2017 draft haul, but this past weekend wasn't just about today -- Cleveland is among the franchises that has set itself up well for future drafts.
Do LeBron's long playoff rests lead to rust?
The Cavs have had seven days off between Round 1 and Round 2. Just how much do rest and rust affect LeBron James in the playoffs? And what does it mean for Toronto's upset chances in this series?
Who's best at beating the shift his way?
As hitters face more infield shifts, some are adapting with bunts, going the other way or aiming over the infield to get on base.
Which is the best Miami Hurricanes team of all time?
Miami's football program hopes to return to the Hurricanes' glory days, when they won five national titles. Which are Miami's best teams? One might be the best college football team ever.
Should NFL teams invest big money in RBs? Data says think again
The dollar numbers have gone down for free-agent running backs, and single-RB systems are going the way of the dodo. The numbers provide plenty of support for this trend.
Has Mike Conley earned the NBA's biggest contract?
Mike Conley has the underdog Grizzlies tied 2-2 with the Spurs. But is he worth the most lucrative contract in NBA history? Kevin Pelton evaluates the PG now and for the future.
Should FA Cup run save Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
Arsenal are nearing a third FA Cup in four years after Sunday's upset of Man City. Have they turned the corner under the embattled Arsene Wenger?
Is Myles Garrett the real deal? Projections for top draft edge rushers
Myles Garrett is the consensus No. 1 draft pick, but do advanced metrics like his chances of being an elite pro? Football Outsiders projects the boom and bust pass-rushers in the 2017 NFL draft.
The Superstar Edge: Does 'best player' equal more playoff wins?
How big an advantage do stars give their teams, as in Giannis vs. Toronto and Jimmy Butler vs. Boston? Kevin Pelton looks at the real impact.
It's time for the death of the sac bunt
In an excerpt from his book "Smart Baseball," Keith Law says every baseball fan can agree on at least one thing: The sac bunt is stupid, and it's time to let it go. Hear that, Francisco Lindor?
Is Francisco Lindor on the fast track to Cooperstown?
Derek Jeter. Cal Ripken Jr. Francisco Lindor? The Cleveland shortstop hasn't played two full seasons yet, but his career trajectory could put his name among the game's all-time greats.
Pirates' playoff hopes take a big hit with Marte's suspension
Pittsburgh's chances of making the postseason were slim, even with Starling Marte in the lineup. Now, the Pirates' focus could shift to becoming sellers at the trade deadline.
NBA playoff upset rankings: Which top seeds will fall?
Three road teams won Game 1 and they are all trying to double up on Tuesday. Which underdog has the best chance of advancing and which one has the worst? Kevin Pelton breaks down the odds.
Why Browns should draft Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1 overall
Accuracy, pocket mobility, photographic memory. Mitchell Trubisky has the skills and all the intangibles a team would want in a QB. The Browns should stop wasting time pondering that top pick.
Player rankings: Who played like an MVP the most?
Is the 2016-17 MVP race between Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard really one of the best in decades? Which players sustained MVP levels the most this year?
Ranking all eight NBA playoff series by upset potential
Watch a No. 1 vs. No. 8 series if you want the best chance of seeing a first-round upset, says Kevin Pelton. Which other favorites should be worried?
Braves could dig their new (launching) pad
SunTrust Park makes its regular-season debut on Friday. How much will it help Atlanta's sluggers reach the fences more frequently?
Is Madison Bumgarner the Mike Trout of slugging pitchers?
You don't need numbers to tell you MadBum can mash. One explosive home run swing says it all. But the stats tell the story of a hitter even more dominant than you realize.
How bright is the future for the Magic?
Can Orlando's rebuilding project be salvaged? What moves should the Magic make next? Kevin Pelton breaks down their options after firing GM Rob Hennigan.
How did ESPN's upgraded BPI perform this college basketball season?
We examine how ESPN's upgraded college BPI performed this season. Check out how it fared compared to other prominent projection systems.
Are Westbrook's rebounds helping or hurting the Thunder?
NBA MVP candidate Russell Westbrook has padded his rebound stats on the way to averaging a triple-double. Is that costing the Thunder or driving them? Kevin Pelton gives his verdict.
The Big Number: You can't win a championship if your defense stinks
Tom Haberstroh goes inside the numbers to reveal why it will be very difficult for Cleveland to repeat as NBA champions.
Brighter future: Kane or Lukaku?
Both Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are top scorers in the Premier League at the age of 23, but which one will have the better career?
Stacking the worst classes in NFL draft history
Using advanced metrics, we identified every NFL franchise's worst draft class of all time. Then we ranked them from 1 to 32, locating the "worst of the worst."
Stacking the best classes in NFL draft history
Using advanced metrics, we identified every NFL franchise's top draft class of all time. Then we ranked them from 1 to 32.
Which traded players have worked out best, worst?
Who are the biggest winners and losers from the NBA trade deadline so far? Here's how Nerlens Noel, Serge Ibaka, DeMarcus Cousins and more are doing with their new teams.
Examining the preseason FPI 2.0 rankings
Preseason FPI now incoporates returning starters and recruiting rankings into the ratings. A look at the top 5 and biggest risers from last season.
Diving into the 2017 FPI projections
The release of FPI 2.0 includes game predictions and projections for who will win each conference. We take a look at some interesting numbers.
Think you know who's the best bargain in the NBA? We did the math to find out
The NBA had 55 players earning at least $10 million two seasons ago. The total this season with the latest CBA in place: 107. Given all this big money, who has been worth it? We crunched the numbers to find out.
Ranking the NFL's best teams at every position post-free agency
The addition of Brandin Cooks elevates the Patriots' already strong receiving corps to No. 1 in Aaron Schatz's top 10 teams for that unit. Which teams rank the strongest at each position?