Jonny Auping - Basketball Analysis
The Dion Waiters/JR Smith Power Rankings (Post-Players Tribune Edition)
Dion Waiters' piece made his omission from the playoffs hurt all the more by so eloquently reminding us of the alluring collision of man and myth and menace and Messiah. Dion has decisively won the war he thought he had won long ago. Read more »
Jimmy Butler's Supporting Cast Isn't Auditioning For Him
With Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade playing like a version of their prior selves, the Bulls all of a sudden have the familiar formula of playmakers and formidable role players around their superstar in Jimmy Butler. Read more »
John Wall's Straight-Line Speed Could Drive Washington To The Finals
The Wizards use the speed of John Wall to create space. This is a version of the Russell Westbrook formula except more refined and with Plan B'c and C'. Read more »
Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Calipari & The NBA Age Limit
There are three parties in this equation: The NCAA (and their coaches), the NBA, and the players. They all have money to make or lose under any system. Read more »
If Doug McDermott, Jerami Grant Don't Provide Some Answers, OKC Might Have Tougher Questions
Jerami Grant and Doug McDermott represent the one-step-back, two-steps-forward strategy. They are reasonable pieces that can complement Russell Westbrook in the future if given larger rules. Read more »
The Inglorious Reboot Of The Dion Waiters/JR Smith Power Rankings
Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith chase their moments because sometimes they remind us all that they're good enough to catch them. And when they're not, well, that always seems to be worth documenting as well. Read more »
Should The Celtics Already Be Thinking About Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball?
Breaking up the Celtics' backcourt of Isaiah Thomas or Avery Bradley for Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball would be a one-step-backwards, two-step-forward strategy. Read more »
The Mavs Are Just Doing What Comes Naturally
The Mavericks are building something slow with small parts and what they've done so far in 2017 flies in the face of tanking rhetoric. Read more »
Frank Kaminsky, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, And When The NBA's Middle Class Barely Misses
So the Hornets could have hoped they were selecting two players that would develop into Andre Iguodala and Pau Gasol. Falling short of those ceilings is not a disaster by any means, but failing to be reliably consistent players very well might be. Read more »
DeMarcus Cousins As An Enormous, Looming Backup Plan
If the Warriors, Cavaliers or Clippers begin to worry that their level of talent won't be enough to defeat their fellow contenders and are ready for something drastic, they are each uniquely in a position to trade for DeMarcus Cousins. Read more »
How Giannis Is Being Groomed To Lead the NBA's Next 'Big Three'
The things that the Bucks are currently doing with the Greek Freak are to develop him into a perfect complement to Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton. If it works the three of them might just take over the NBA. Read more »
Managing Portland's Crowded Center Rotation
It's a testament to Lillard, McCollum and Stotts that four promising young centers are so willing to play so hard for them in whatever limited opportunities they get. But it's also worth wondering if the center by committee rotation is actually less effective than if they had a player that could settle into that role with heavy minutes. Read more »
Could Luke Walton Get Experimental With Brandon Ingram At Center?
The Lakers don't need to immediately find out what Brandon Ingram is best at. They need to be taking notes of all the things he's good at. That requires patience and maybe even experimenting with him at center. Read more »
Why Avery Bradley Should Be Considered More Foundation Than Asset For Celtics
Avery Bradley and Al Horford are a match made in basketball nerd heaven. They are two of the rare NBA players who take nothing away from their teammates while still having a level of production that's independent of the roster around them. Read more »
Dirk Nowitzki Is The NBA's Safe Place For Combo Guards
Rick Carlisle doesn't believe his guards need a defined position, and that might not be because he is some sort of advocate for position-less basketball. It's probably just because he has Dirk Nowitzki on his team, a man who has given careers to combo guards for over a decade. Read more »
Why Nerlens Noel Was The Biggest Victim Of The Process
The results of those losing seasons are a crop of promising young players drafted to replace Nerlens Noel, who has never been given a real platform or environment to be utilized. Read more »
Can The Suns Leapfrog Minnesota And Utah In The Race For 'Next Up?'
Unlike the foundational pieces of the Wolves and Jazz, Devin Booker and Dragan Bender just have to knock down shots and develop in other areas at a reasonable pace. The talent surrounding them allows Phoenix to be relatively competitive if they manage to do that. Read more »
Is Steve Clifford The Most Undervalued Asset In The NBA?
We often debate about how much the NBA's greatest coaches owe their success to the superstars they've tied themselves to. We'll never know how to precisely dole out credit. But Steve Clifford is quietly approaching a value that suggests he's simply waiting for his superstar. Read more »
The Westbrook Revenge Tour
Russell Westbrook's skillset is not totally void of system building. He might seem like the Tasmanian Devil, but he has definable talents that an entire offense can function around. Westbrook could become even more effective without Kevin Durant. Read more »
How The Center Position Could Become The Warriors' Kryptonite
Zaza Pachulia and Anderson Varejao are incompetent offensive players who make it much easier to use double teams. They won't be respected on offense and will be deliberately singled out on defense. Read more »