NBA free agent rankings: Curry, KD, CP3, Hayward, more stars in top 30
Kevin Pelton ranks the top 30 in a loaded free-agent class, which includes multiple All-Stars hitting the market.
Would a Paul George trade get Cavs to Warriors' level?
With trade talk in the news, Kevin Pelton evaluates a risky potential blockbuster Paul George deal for the Cavs.
Ranking Chris Paul's best choices as a free agent
To compete for a title, where should Chris Paul sign this summer? Kevin Pelton evaluates CP3's fit with the Rockets, Spurs and Clippers, ranking the best options.
How many wins can top trade targets add?
Andrew McCutchen is surging, but how much could he actually help a contender? Looking at the yields from the best deadline deals, we evaluate who could make a major impact.
Trade grades: Which team flunked the Jimmy Butler deal?
With All-Star Jimmy Butler moving from Chicago to Minnesota for Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Best individual NFL seasons of past 30 years: Where Moss, Manning rank
Randy Moss scored a record 23 receiving touchdowns for the 2007 Patriots, but does it add up to the best WR season of the past 30 years? Football Outsiders ranks the top 10 QB, RB, WR and TE seasons.
Best NFL teams of past 30 years: Runaway surprise at No. 1
How many of Bill Belichick's Patriots teams are featured in Football Outsiders' top 30 NFL squads of the past 30 seasons? What about Joe Montana's 49ers and Darrell Green's Redskins?
Who's the most likely All-Star in the 2017 NBA draft class?
Who's the most likely NBA All-Star in this year's draft class? Who brings the highest risk of being a bust? ESPN's analytics team evaluated the data and provides some potential direction for teams at the top of the draft.
Numbers offer a hint of French import Ntilikina's NBA potential
Eighteen-year-old Frank Ntilikina, a 6-foot-5 point guard from France, is the mystery man of the 2017 NBA draft. A deep dive into the numbers demonstrates the depth of his potential.
Best NFL defenses of past 30 years: Steelers, Ravens prove elite
Football Outsiders' ranking of the top 30 NFL defenses of the past 30 seasons features Super Bowl-winning stalwarts from Pittsburgh and Baltimore, along with a less remembered unit from the early '90s.
Trade grades: Who wins Celtics-Sixers pick swap?
Is Markelle Fultz worth the price for Philadelphia? Is Boston making the right move by trading down? Kevin Pelton hands out his surprising grades for the deal shaking up the NBA draft.
Top 30 NBA draft prospects by stats, scouting
Does Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball project as the better NBA prospect? What about the other top draft candidates? Kevin Pelton unveils his statistical rankings and draft projections for 2017.
The next Yadier Molina might currently be a backup
Molina, the greatest defensive catcher of his era, is in the twilight of his career. Who's next to claim the mantle? The answer could be sitting on a major league bench awaiting his chance.
Find a weakness in Aaron Judge's swing? Good luck with that
Pitchers have tried up-and-in, low-and-away or blowing it by Yankees phenom Aaron Judge. But no matter where pitchers throw the ball, Judge has adjusted, adapted and kept raking.
Warriors greatest team of all time? Better than MJ's Bulls?
After a near-perfect postseason, are these Warriors the best team in history? Kevin Pelton compares Golden State to Michael Jordan's 1995-96 Bulls and other great teams to determine where the Warriors rank.
LeBron James, the real Finals MVP
The Cavs trail the Warriors 3-1 in the Finals, but Tom Haberstroh makes a strong case for LeBron James as Finals MVP.
Are Curry and Durant the best NBA duo ever?
Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are a rare superstar combo, but not the first. Kevin Pelton ranks the Warriors' MVPs among the greatest pairings of all time.
Who's getting the most from their DH?
As great veteran DHs such as David Ortiz leave the game, teams are turning to new options to get the most from the game's offense-only position.
FPI projects every NFL team's most important 2017 game
According to Football Power Index (FPI) projections, there won't be a game more important to the Cowboys' or Giants' playoff chances than their Week 1 head-to-head clash in Arlington. Here's a look at the game most critical to each team's playoff hopes.
Have LeBron's Finals opponents been better than MJ's?
LeBron James can't touch Michael Jordan's perfect 6-0 Finals record. But how do The King's opponents compare to those who faced His Airness? ESPN's Micah Adams ranks their Finals opponents to see who faced a tougher test overall.
How sports scientists are trying to change college football
Sports scientists come with high-tech machines, new-age techniques and one old-school trick to provide data that, when combined with other resources within a program, can unveil secrets to make any team better. So why are there still skeptics?
ESPN's WNBA Basketball Power Index
ESPN's WNBA Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a predictive metric developed by the ESPN Analytics team that describes how many points per game you would expect each team to win by against an average WNBA team on a neutral court with equal days' rest.
The Warriors won games 1 & 2 by a combined 41 points and had an average win probability during those games of 77%. Last season they won games 1 & 2 by a combined 48 points and had an average win probability during those games of 76%.
Can Chris Paul close gap between Spurs and Warriors?
If Chris Paul goes to San Antonio, could he and Kawhi Leonard challenge the Warriors in the West? Kevin Pelton projects the upside for a CP3-Kawhi Spurs team.
Tough to top Dodgers, Nationals when ranking MLB teams for talent
Are baseball's two best rosters on display when the Dodgers and Nationals collide? Do the Cubs still have something to say about it, and where do all 30 teams rank?
If KD and Curry come back, how long will Warriors' dynasty last?
Some say the Warriors can make the next five Finals. With Kevin Durant reportedly willing to sacrifice money to keep the team together, how long can this potential dynasty really go? Kevin Pelton projects the future for Golden State.
FPI's 2017 NFL projections: Odds for divisions, playoffs, No. 1 pick, more
Will your team make the playoffs in 2017? Is it good enough to make a Super Bowl run? ESPN's analytics team examined team data via the Football Power Index and ran 10,000 simulations, and it now provides a comprehensive look at how 2017 will unfold.
BPI rates the Warriors as the top offense and second best defense this year.
Projecting the playoff chances for all 30 teams
The Cubs and Indians have performed below expectations, but the Astros and Rockies have exceeded them so far this season. But who among them still has the best shot at the postseason?
Steph Curry made a bad 3 the most important shot in the NBA
The pull-up 3 isn't the most efficient shot, but MVP candidates like Steph Curry and James Harden have made it the defining shot in the modern NBA. Kevin Pelton shows why it's impossible to guard and how it's fueling the league's best offenses.
Is Warriors vs. Cavs the best Finals matchup ever?
Are these Cavs and Warriors the two best teams to ever face off in the NBA Finals? Kevin Pelton compares this year's showdown to Michael Jordan's toughest Finals series, Celtics-Lakers in the '80s and more classic matchups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.