Basketball Articles

Thirty Futures: Los Angeles Lakers

by Colin McGowan

Sep 26, 2016 9:24 PM

Lumbering paint-cloggers are on their way out, or at least more marginalized than they have ever been. But the Lakers still signed Timofey Mozgov to a $64M deal. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Why Nerlens Noel Was The Biggest Victim Of The Process

by Jonny Auping

Sep 24, 2016 4:24 PM

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 »

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

Thirty Futures: Philadelphia 76ers

by Colin McGowan

Sep 22, 2016 2:57 PM

Half-ironic folk hero Sam Hinkie got one thing right. He seemed, for a little while, like he might be able to control what's beyond control. He sold Philadelphia an absurd promise, which is what they asked for. Read more »

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

2016 NBA Offseason Review: Southeast Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Wizards and Hornets largely are bringing back the same teams, the Magic, Hawks and Heat enter 16-17 with meaningful changes to their roster. Read more »
Dwyane Wade's Beyond Basketball Mission In Chicago

by John Wilmes

Dwyane Wade's transfer back to Chicago endears him to just about everyone and elevates his voice to higher, more audible air as he makes his graceful transition to post-basketball relevance. Read more »
Re-Doing The 2011 NBA Draft

by Michael Pina

Technically, every NBA draft alters the course of basketball history, but 2011's was special. Five years later, it presents dozens of significant What Ifs? Read more »
Thirty Futures: Charlotte Hornets

by Colin McGowan

The Hornets certainly need Kemba Walker in order to win games, they also need him from an aesthetic perspective to enliven what would otherwise be a middling squad grimly managing its own deficiencies. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Memphis Grizzlies

by Colin McGowan

The Grizzlies have gotten weird by staying the same, playing backwater basketball, some untouched-by-wifi setup with two big men and a bunch of wings who don't want to shoot. Read more »
Why Evan Fournier Will Need To Have The Season Of His Career

by Spencer Redmond

With Frank Vogel as coach, and players like Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka added to their roster, the Magic will be improved on defense. Evan Fournier will be relied upon more heavily to provide efficient offense. Read more »
Can The Suns Leapfrog Minnesota And Utah In The Race For 'Next Up?'

by Jonny Auping

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 »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Pacific Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Warriors improved a 73-win team by signing Kevin Durant and the Clippers largely preserved the status quo, the Lakers, Suns and Kings are trying to accelerate their rebuilds. Read more »
Revisiting The Top-5 Of The 2015 NBA Draft

by Rafael Uehara

A lot has changed for Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Kristaps Porzingis and Mario Hezonja since they were drafted just over a year ago. Read more »
Decreasing James Harden's Isolations, Increasing His Assists

by Dave DuFour

Mike D'Antoni expects James Harden to average between 11 and 12 assists per game. To achieve this level of playmaking, Harden will need to buy in to D'Antoni's philosophy. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Sacramento Kings

by Colin McGowan

Beyond saving the Kings for Sacramento, it's been all bulletproof gargantua and townspeople fleeing for their lives during the ownership of Vivek Ranadive. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Central Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Cavaliers spent their offseason maintaining their title team, the Bulls, Pacers, Bucks and Pistons looked to reshape larger parts of their roster. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Milwaukee Bucks

by Colin McGowan

Matthew Dellavedova plays like someone who breaks the social contract in grocery stores, zooming through the aisles, bludgeoning other customers with his cart, reaching over your shoulder to grab a nectarine. Read more »
How Kawhi Leonard Set The System Player Label On Fire

by Zachary DiLuzio

Kawhi Leonard is a secondary ball handler with fantastic decision-making who can efficiently post up, isolate, get out in transition, run off screens and hit jumpers all over the court. All that and a transcendent defensive impact would allow him to thrive on any team. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Los Angeles Clippers

by Colin McGowan

Something happens to teams that inhabit a narrow strata of very goodness for too long. For the Clippers, it's being reminded each postseason that they are upper-middle class, not rich. Read more »
Thirty Futures: New York Knicks

by Colin McGowan

What else were the Knicks going to do? Don't answer that with the part of your brain that understands roster construction and cap strategy; use the part that knows what the Knicks are and what they seem bound by some cosmic law to always be. Read more »
Justise Winslow & Josh Richardson As Miami's Present & Future

by Nick Zappulla

Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson aren't a be-all, end-all unstoppable duo, but they do offer promising multi-positional talent that will certainly become enhanced with a short-term infusion of youth. Read more »