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Prospect Report: Jalen Suggs Of Gonzaga

by Rafael Uehara

Jun 22, 2021 11:14 AM

Jalen Suggs is one of the best all-around prospects at the top of the draft though he certainly can improve his passing, perimeter shooting and on-ball defense. Read more »

Tags: Gonzaga Bulldogs, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

The End Of The Embiid-Simmons Sixers Mess

by John Wilmes

Jun 21, 2021 3:01 PM

Imagination has failed for this weird epoch of the Sixers, if they can be said to have ever attempted it in earnest. More accurately, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Tobias Harris are a logjam that no one ever tried very hard to solve. Read more »

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

The Abyss Between Ben Simmons And His Potential

by Colin McGowan

Jun 21, 2021 2:41 PM

Ben Simmons is not subtle or syncopated. He is simply quiet. Powerful nerves, a lack of understanding, whatever it is. Read more »

Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

The Suns Are Built In The Point God's Image

by Jack Tien-Dana

The Suns have adopted Chris Paul's style, not his sensibility. Unlike nearly every other Chris Paul team, the Suns don't appear universally terrified of and reliant upon Paul. Read more »
The Strange, Gnarly Range Of Bucks Vs. Nets

by John Wilmes

The ultimate messy series at the end of a chaotic, pandemic-wrecked season of basketball, Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee is a gnarly feast of weirdnesses difficult to digest, and even harder to explain. Read more »
Maybe Next Year Nikola Jokic Will Have Something More Than An MVP

by Colin McGowan

Nikola Jokic is confounding, and six years into making work what seems like it shouldn't, his coronation is us coming into a still somewhat baffled understanding of his genius. How wonderful it is that such a weird player is so effective. Straight up dominant. Read more »
The Nets Have Solved Basketball, For Now

by Micah Wimmer

Brooklyn has found a new way to solve basketball's fundamental problem -- not by coming up with an inventive new strategy, but by reducing the game to its bare essentials. Read more »
The Playoffs Have Entered A Disorienting Space

by Colin McGowan

For the first time in a long while, the title race is wide open, without even familiar laundry to look for. Read more »
The Sixers, The Hawks, And The Stuff Of A Potential Classic

by John Wilmes

In Game 1, we saw both the extreme benefits of Philadelphia's strategy of kaiju-like paint monster trio of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris, and the ways in which Trae Young can solve its long-limbed riddles. Read more »
The Trial Of Ben Simmons

by John Wilmes

Ben Simmons might have to barrel to the basket more regularly; what the highlight-seeking, unwashed masses want from him, in this case, might overlap perfectly with what his team needs to win. Read more »
Anthony Davis Satisfies Our Morbidity

by Colin McGowan

Anthony Davis can be dominant, brilliant, unstoppable, invaluable. But we have also seen him tumble over and over and over. Read more »
Marc Gasol, Weather Maker

by Katie Heindl

Marc Gasol offers the Lakers much needed equilibrium. A cool counterweight to the occasionally overwhelming aesthetics of tell-don't-show Laker grandiosity. Read more »
The NBA's Misguided Midseason Tournament Fantasy

by Colin McGowan

Billionaires have their own ideas about what's tacky and what might severely compromise the quality of play, but their taste is all that separates the league from becoming a total cash-grabby farce. Read more »
The Lovely Chaos Of The Memphis Grizzlies

by John Wilmes

The Grizzlies do not carry themselves, or play the game with small market energy. They are, rather, a team that understands both the fluidity and the brutality of basketball, and the emotional rhythms that tend to shape 48 minutes. Read more »
Rudy Gobert And The Case Against Defense In The MVP Race

by Rafael Canton

The NBA has historically had a tough time rewarding elite defenders with limited or low usage style play on the offensive end. Rudy Gobert was the most valuable player on the team with the best record in the NBA but was nowhere near the MVP conversation. Read more »
Can The Playoffs Make Up For A Messy Regular Season?

by Micah Wimmer

The regular season felt even more random than usual. What this has meant for the seeding has been clear, but what remains to be seen is whether that sense of arbitrariness will continue into the postseason. Read more »
LeBron And The Art Of Self-Mythology

by John Wilmes

Fully 36 years old and nursing a high ankle sprain, LeBron James is into year two of his elder title contention phase with the Lakers, and his tendency to grandly narrativize everything he accomplishes has kicked into as high of a gear as we've ever seen from a player. Read more »
Kobe, KG, Duncan And The Recession Into The Past

by Colin McGowan

The guys that go into the Hall of Fame precede the current crop of players by a generation or several and their accomplishments have begun to acquire the smell of warehoused memorabilia. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Jazz jumped from ninth in Net Rating last season to first in 20-21. Read more »
Chris Paul And Jrue Holiday's Rebellion Against Obsolescence

by Jonny Auping

Top-heavy NBA teams do something to the way we look at the landscape of contenders that frustrates us more than the notion of great players joining forces; they seemingly render a tier of masterfully skillful players obsolete. Read more »