James Herbert

CBS Sports Writer /

As Wizards aim for conference finals, X-factor Kelly Oubre eyes breakout year

If the 21-year-old wing takes the next step, Washington could be much more dangerous this time around

NBA opening night takeaways: Rockets shock Warriors, Hayward heartbreak

Durant's shot is too late and the champs lose; Hayward's awful injury overshadowed Cleveland's win

NBA preseason takeaways: Melo may thrive with Thunder; Cavs look totally different

Preseason has shown us that Joel Embiid remains an absolute monster, the Rockets seem scary

Why Rockets are relying on 2 journeymen to get 'nasty' and defend the Warriors

Chris Paul made all the headlines, but P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute will transform Houston's defense

Clippers preview: Six questions about Blake Griffin and life after Chris Paul

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are leading the most hard-to-peg team in the league

Nets preview: Two questions on Brooklyn's rebuild with D'Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin

The Nets need to keep building their culture while identifying players who can be a part of their core

Raptors preview: 26 questions surrounding Toronto, DeRozan, new offensive approach

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are back to give it another go in the East

Lakers preview: Lonzo Ball aims to restore excitement, bring back Showtime vibe

Los Angeles is a young team, but it has the potential to be lots of fun

Warriors preview: Bar couldn't be higher for Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Golden State

Golden State's season will be considered a failure if it doesn't dominate

The All-Bounce-back Team: 12 NBA players who are looking for redemption in 2017-18

Chandler Parsons, Derrick Favors and Reggie Jackson are looking to put their knee issues behind them

The All-Breakout Team: 12 NBA players who could make the leap in 2017-18

Young players like Rodney Hood, Brandon Ingram and Jamal Murray are looking to take the next step

Dwyane Wade is reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland: 3 burning questions

It's worth wondering whether or not Wade will be in the Cavs' starting lineup

After blockbuster trade with Knicks, can the Thunder bring out Olympic Melo?

Carmelo Anthony has to change his game in Oklahoma City

The authoritative, indisputable, official list of the NBA's most interesting teams

The Sixers aren't championship contenders yet, but there is no more fascinating team

The authoritative, indisputable, official list of the NBA's 30 most interesting players

From Lonzo to Boban, here's a look at who to keep an eye on when the 2017-18 season begins

James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the days of hand checking and illegal defense. He joined CBS Sports in 2014 and lives in Brooklyn.