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Collin Sexton's Whole Thing Shouldn't Work

by Colin McGowan

Jan 21, 2021 3:55 PM

The wildness of Collin Sexton's play is becoming more of a stylistic affectation than something you worry about. Read more »

Tags: Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Harden, Durant, And The Pursuit Of What Was Lost

by John Wilmes

Jan 21, 2021 2:35 PM

A singular mix of past and present, of talent and narrative, the new Brooklyn Nets are an entity too dense for one moment, and will require years of observation and unpacking to comprehend. Read more »

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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How Jerami Grant Betting On Himself Is A Repeat Of NBA History

by Rafael Canton

Jan 19, 2021 5:45 PM

Jerami Grant was certain to receive the reps to try and grow into a bigger role, but he's done even more than that. Grant has exceeded expectations. Read more »

Tags: Jerami Grant, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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Brooklyn's Superbly Strange Trio Of Talents

by Colin McGowan

When you have topline players like Kyrie, Durant, and Harden, you don't need much other than they not self-combust in a typhoon of neuroses, ego, bickering, and mental-emotional cataclysm. Read more »
On LaMelo Ball, Who May One Day Impress Himself

by John Wilmes

What we can see already is that LaMelo Ball is a player with a newness that matters, and that is in all likelihood bound to matter more and more. Read more »
The NBA Has Given Itself Over To Chaos

by Colin McGowan

The primary task is to bang out these games, and while they're making an effort to do it safely, the evidence is mounting that they can't, and they're hoping much more than ensuring that nobody gets seriously ill. Read more »
2021 NBA Cap Space: Projecting All 30 Teams

by Keith P Smith

A group of nine teams that currently project to have cap space in 2021. Several others could join them, and a handful are going to be over the cap almost no matter what. Read more »
Markele Fultz Can Handle This New Setback

by Colin McGowan

It's important, perhaps now more than ever, to be optimistic when you can afford to be. Read more »
Steph, Draymond And The Warriors' Search For New Basketball Meaning

by John Wilmes

It's a hazy era for the Warriors: the post-Rome effort to make something more lasting, which necessarily requires Stephen Curry and Draymond Green to prove themselves as under-utilized players who were capable of much more through their years with Klay, Durant and Iguodala. Read more »
Kevin Durant's Sweet Journey Back To The Top

by John Wilmes

With all the narrative baggage buried, though maybe not super deeply, Kevin Durant is now playing basketball in Brooklyn with a boldly visible love for it again. Read more »
2021 NBA Draft Prospect Report: Cade Cunningham Of Oklahoma State

by Rafael Uehara

With his size, passing and scoring, Cade Cunningham is considered the crown jewel of the highly rated 2021 draft class. Read more »
Thirty Futures: San Antonio Spurs

by Colin McGowan

Gregg Popovich has always treated basketball with the correct amount of seriousness, which is to say you let it drive you nuts, until you realize you're being stupid and ease up. Both of those things are important. Read more »
2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Central Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Bulls, Pistons and Cavaliers are rebuilding, the Pacers are trying to get out of the get of the first round, the Bucks have championship or bust expectations. Read more »
2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Southwest Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Mavericks appear to be the only playoff lock in the division, the Rockets, Spurs, Grizzlies and Pelicans should all at least be in the Play-In mix. Read more »
Thirty Futures: New Orleans Pelicans

by Colin McGowan

There are players who come along every decade or so, and they invent a new grammar, sometimes even a new language of basketball. With Zion Williamson, we merely want the time to understand it. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Dallas Mavericks

by Colin McGowan

You see someone who can do a bit of everything at age 24 and figure he'll develop linearly and remarkably, until you've talked yourself into a player like Josh Richardson becoming Tony Allen crossed with Bradley Beal. It's fun to get carried away. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Memphis Grizzlies

by Colin McGowan

Being heedless, when you can still afford to be, is one of the great pleasures of being young. And seeing Ja Morant romp and rage- it's a kind of metaphor for being young, a heightened representation of it. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Utah Jazz

by Colin McGowan

Rudy Gobert is a tough one. He demands praise, to the point of importunance. He's sensitive to the idea that he's only a defensive stopper. Read more »
20-21 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic Division

by Keith P Smith

On the 76ers and Celtics hoping for a breakthrough, the Nets figuring out what they'll be with Durant and Irving, Toronto running it back without their center vets, and the Knicks embarking a different type of rebuild. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Los Angeles Lakers

by Colin McGowan

Everybody has to overcome themselves; almost no one has to deal with scoring on Rudy Gobert. Dennis Schroder has managed it, with greater efficiency than you'd expect, and the Lakers are his reward. Read more »