National Analysis

Olympic Basketball Preview From An NBA POV

by Keith P Smith

Aug 5, 2016 12:33 PM

With the Olympics beginning, we break down the players on each national team with some sort of NBA Connection. Read more »

Tags: NBA, National, National Olympics

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Team USA Providing Glimpse Into The Future Of DeMarcus Cousins

by Colin McGowan

Aug 2, 2016 4:20 PM

At this point, Team USA is defined mostly by its ancillary uses: namely, team plane karaoke Instagram videos and operating as a safe space for DeMarcus Cousins. Read more »

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Team USA And The Genesis Of NBA Superteams

by Christopher Reina

Jul 7, 2016 11:13 PM

Without the development of friendships as teammates and the on-court test drive of playing with each other as part of Team USA, the 2010 Heat and 2016 Warriors probably never happen. Read more »

Tags: Kevin Durant, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Pau Gasol Vs. Rudy Gobert In the Eurobasket Semifinals

by Jonathan Tjarks

It could have been a passing of the torch from one generation to the next. Instead, the 35-year-old showed the 23-year-old just how much more he still has to learn. Read more »
The Future Of Canada's Big Men

by Jonathan Tjarks

Canada is set in the backcourt. The real question is what happens upfront, as they have a huge number of fringe NBA big men who are all trying to figure out who they are at the next level and what type of players they will become. Read more »
Dirk, Pau And The Next Great European 7-Footer

by Jonathan Tjarks

For more than a generation, NBA teams were drafting international 7-footers with a pulse and a jumper because of Dirk and Pau. More than 15 years later, as the two wind down their careers and play in their final EuroBasket, the league still hasn't found anyone who can fill their shoes. Read more »
How Nicolas Batum Continues Evolution Of His Game, Mindset

by Shams Charania

All around the Blazers, they’re pushing Nicolas Batum to be more assertive, to find the next echelon, and he promises one thing on his health and his game. “It’s coming.” Read more »
NBA Limbo

by Brett Koremenos

Limbo is the best way to describe the area where players whose skill and production have them vacillating back and forth between starring on the top teams in Europe or filling out the bottom half of NBA rosters. In this Basketball World Cup, Milos Teodosic, Emir Preldzic, Ante Tomic showed us (or reminded us) that they can contribute to NBA teams. Read more »
USA Fully Restores Order In Basketball Universe

by Jonathan Tjarks

The scariest part about the United States' performance is that this wasn’t even the team Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo envisioned sending to Spain, yet they still haven't lost a game since 2006. Read more »
The 250-Pound Swiss Army Life Of France And San Antonio

by Jonathan Tjarks

Boris Diaw served as France’s primary playmaker and one of the main hubs of their offense in their upset win of Spain. The upset is a culmination of a remarkable year of basketball for Diaw, both internationally and in the NBA. Read more »
Jonas Valanciunas As Franchise Player

by Jonathan Tjarks

You can count the number of centers in the NBA with more two-way ability than Jonas Valanciunas on one hand - Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah, Tim Duncan. The scary part is that he’s only scratched the surface of his potential. Read more »
Surprises And Disappointments Of The 2014 FIBA World Cup Group Stage

by Erildas Budraitis

After all of the teams played five games and got ready for the playoffs, RealGM took a look at some of players, who despite their team success struggled to reach expectations, and others, who unexpectedly were very productive. Read more »
Spain And The Beautiful Game

by Jonathan Tjarks

Everyone in Spain’s rotation is an NBA-caliber player and they can all shoot, pass and make decisions on the fly. If they keep this level of play up, they could go down as the best international team of the modern era. Read more »
Dario Saric's Best Case Scenario

by Jonathan Tjarks

Dario Saric is a unique player with very defined strengths and weaknesses, which gives his NBA career a wide range of possible outcomes. Maybe the biggest reason for optimism is his age, as he is one of the youngest players at the World Cup. Read more »
The Storylines Of The Basketball World Cup

by Brett Koremenos

Every national program involved enters this tournament with the goal of trying to make their country proud. For some countries, that means toppling the mighty U.S.A. For others, it’s one last shot at glory. And a few programs lurking in the shadows are hoping to use this platform to announce themselves as the world’s newest global power. Read more »
RealGM Interview: Goran Dragic Of The Suns

by Erildas Budraitis

RealGM caught up with Goran Dragic in Europe to talk about the Suns’ offseason, Slovenian basketball, what is it like to play with his brother and much more. Read more »
Team USA's Big Problem Playing Small In World Cup

by Jonathan Tjarks

Ever since taking over as the head coach of Team USA, Mike Krzyzewski has made a philosophical commitment to playing small. But instead of Durant, LeBron, George, Love and Carmelo, he finds himself with Parsons, Faried and Gay. Read more »
Boris Diaw Held No-Brainer Decision To Return To Spurs

by Shams Charania

Once last season’s NBA Finals ended, Boris Diaw spent reasonable time deciding on the player option on his contract with the San Antonio Spurs. For Diaw, the choice had been made simple far beyond the amount of money on the deal. Read more »
10 Most Disappointing Performances Of EuroBasket 2013

by Erildas Budraitis

Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Vucevic, Hedo Turkoglu and Georgios Printezis were amongst the 10 most disappointing performance of EuroBasket 2013 for a variety of reasons. Read more »
Behind Serbia's EuroBasket Run

by Jonathan Tjarks

Through the first two rounds of EuroBasket 2013, there’s been no country more impressive than Serbia. Despite having the youngest team in Slovenia, with an average age of 24, they are tied for the second-best record. Read more »