NBA Analysis

The Warriors' Dynastic Ethos Is Back In Place

by John Wilmes

May 25, 2022 3:45 PM

The reason the Warriors collect into a boulder capable of knocking all else over is because they have what other teams do not, to house all these wonders: a concept. An idea, a philosophy, an ethos. Read more »

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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What Chris Paul Can't Do

by John Wilmes

May 19, 2022 8:09 AM

Whether you're one of Chris Paul's eager critics, or someone with enough of a tolerance for sorrow to keep riding the roller coaster with him more hopefully, there's no questioning that, even if this sadly mythical loss isn't a proper send-off, it could act as a fitting, sourly poetic bookend to his career. Read more »

Tags: Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns, NBA

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Luka Doncic And His Indistinct Supporting Cast

by Micah Wimmer

May 18, 2022 10:43 AM

Watching the Mavericks, everything seems to come down to one question: Will their role players make enough 3's to make up for the fact that they are a top heavy team lacking in stylistic diversity or flexibility? Read more »

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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James Harden Can No Longer Build His Own World

by Micah Wimmer

James Harden has long been the cosmos itself; what will it look like for him to be just another individual residing in a world he cannot fully shape? Read more »
James Harden's Battle Between Experience And Decay

by John Wilmes

James Harden finally looked like a man whose experience has enriched him, rather than ran him ragged, and gave everyone with the fear of being too washed up something to model themselves after. Read more »
The Warriors And Grizzlies Fight For The Future

by John Wilmes

Memphis seems destined to figure heavily in the future either way, but the grizzled three-time champions are not prepared to concede the present after spending the past couple of seasons licking wounds and rebuilding around their core. Read more »
Brooklyn's Crisis Of Definition

by Colin McGowan

Be careful of easy diagnoses, especially applied to teams that nobody likes, but: the Nets seem as if they were swept due to a bone-deep or perhaps cosmic apathy. Read more »
The Finished Bulls, Rising Bucks, And Ready Celtics

by John Wilmes

Is Chicago willing to give up some of what it does well, and any of the people who currently define them, to beef up where they're sallow to compete with the jumbo teams in Milwaukee and Boston? Read more »
Trae Young Can Exploit A Team's Flaws, Not Quite Ready To Create Them Out Of Thin Air

by Micah Wimmer

Some players grow by doubling down on their particularities; others have to sand down the rough edges. It is not yet clear which group Trae Young is a member of. Read more »
Can The Suns Stop The Pelicans From History?

by John Wilmes

The No. 9 seed Pelicans, largely microwaved at the end of the season through trades and rapid youth project improvements, wouldn't be here without the new format, but now they look like a team that should've belonged in it all along. Read more »
The Wolves' Shining Moment, And A Potential Future For The NBA

by John Wilmes

Adam Silver and the NBA would likely prefer to take what happened in Minneapolis and bottle, mass-produce, and sell it as their mini version Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Suns jumped from 30th in the NBA in Net Rating in 17-18 to 29th to 18th in 19-20 to third last season and first in 21-22. Read more »
The Impending Divorce Of The Still Excellent Jazz

by John Wilmes

Utah's division of labor has worked pretty well on paper, but the human toll is increasingly seen, and the basketball ecosystem in Salt Lake City appears to be crumbling despite still functioning at a very high level. Read more »
The Sheer Lovability Of Jose Alvarado

by John Wilmes

Jose Alvarado's measurable impact on the floor may be only marginally positive for the Pelicans, but his presence signifies something more important, which is that good, unexpected basketball things can actually happen in New Orleans. Read more »
Markelle Fultz Is Finally In Position To Forge His Own Path

by Micah Wimmer

Markelle Fultz's career trajectory may not align with what was initially imagined, but is one that can still be electric and satisfying in its own distinct way. Read more »
The Nets, And Kevin Durant's Quest For Weirder Glory

by John Wilmes

Winning big on the heels of such a sloppy season would, in some ways, be the ultimate validation of Kevin Durant's unusual sensibility, and the very public struggle he has had with his fame and with the paradox of choice granted to him by how coveted his talents are. Read more »
Nikola Jokic Erodes The Structure Within Which He Exists

by Louis Zatzman

Nikola Jokic's contributions in service of Winning are lovely, dark, and deep. But on a very rare occasion, he seems to peek behind the veil of the sport and intentionally subvert competition itself. Read more »
NBA Player Empowerment Is Well-Deserved And Overdue

by Kevin Yeung

Any progress made towards greater player agency over the past few years comes out of the context that the NBA has historically placed that control in the hands of its teams and their owners. Read more »
The NBA's Bigfoot

by Colin McGowan

Zion Williamson came into the league a physical freak that college players couldn't handle and almost immediately it became apparent that 30-year-old pros didn't know what to do with him either. And now he's something between a myth and a punchline. Read more »
It Is Time For Ben Simmons To Become A Less Aggravating Version Of Himself

by Colin McGowan

With Ben Simmons having gotten that trade he wanted, we can finally stop twisting ourselves in knots, stop calibrating what benevolent or rotten people we are by examining our role in the possibly fraudulent plight of a rich and famous athlete. Read more »