NBA Analysis

The Only Substantial Hope For The Pistons

by Colin McGowan

For now the Pistons have Cade Cunningham, ambling forth from the horizon, more sharply defined with each step. He is at a wonderful basketball age, where he's proven some but can still, maybe, do a lot more. Read more »
The Clippers Thing Is Working

by Wes Goldberg

The combination of a strong halfcourt defense, elite one-on-one offense and championship experience of Tyronn Lue and Kawhi Leonard is a formula that makes the Clippers legitimate contenders in the West. Read more »
Zion Is Still Here

by John Wilmes

You don't have to squint too much to see how, through all the deflated hype and underwhelming results, Zion Williamson remains indomitable enough pull his team through the postseason. Read more »
Six International Prospects To Know For 2024 NBA Draft

by Zachary Cohen

On Nikola Topic, Zaccharie Risacher, Bobi Klintman, Tidjane Salaun, Melvin Ajinca and Juan Nunez. Read more »
We've Witnessed The Birth Of A New NBA Tradition

by John Wilmes

Here we are, at the start of something, which one of the greatest players of all time felt strongly enough about to make it an important conquest in his shockingly lengthy farewell cruise. Read more »
Tyrese Haliburton And The Pacers Really Want To Go Fast

by Wes Goldberg

Once the Pacers get opponents to play their style, the bet is that they'll be better at playing that way. This is partly because of the hours of logged practice time, but mostly because they have Tyrese Haliburton.  Read more »
NBA Draft Report: Alexandre Sarr Of Perth

by Zachary Cohen

In a draft that doesn't have any clear future franchise players, Alexandre Sarr's ability to play the defensive end, combined with all the tools he has to work with offensively, makes him a swing worth taking. Read more »
Golden State's Draft Misses Have Added Up

by Wes Goldberg

The Warriors famously built their dynasty through the draft, but the franchise has had very little success selecting players over the past decade. Read more »
The NBA's Most Decorated Bully Has No Reason To Change

by Colin McGowan

Draymond Green appears to believe that his whole act is a net positive. He's probably right about that, but it's been a point of debate not just in the press over the years but within the Warriors organization. Read more »
Small Sample Size Notebook

by John Wilmes

On Jalen Suggs, Jamahl Mosley, Tyrese Haliburton, De'Aaron Fox, plus notes on the Thunder, Clippers and Pelicans. Read more »
Copying And Pasting Denver's Two-Man Game For Embiid And Maxey

by Wes Goldberg

Nick Nurse has pulled pages out of Denver's playbook, remaking Philadelphia's offense in the image of last year's champs. Like any sport, the NBA is a copycat league. Read more »
The Bulls And Zach LaVine Are Breaking Up

by John Wilmes

The relationship between Zach LaVine and the Bulls has seemed to always be about business rather than preference. Read more »
The Bucks Are A Reckless, Glorious Drama In Giannis' Image

by John Wilmes

This season the Bucks have been reckless, questionable, and stressful, which also describes Giannis. This squad is now more like him than any Bucks assemblage before it. Read more »
Scottie Barnes Is Making Everything Happen Right Now

by Kevin Yeung

In the grand scheme, a Scottie Barnes ascent changes everything. It's a worthwhile exercise to make everything about him this year, to see if he can be this guy for real and The Guy of their future. Read more »
Victor Wembanyama Is Something Entirely New

by Micah Wimmer

Victor Wembanyama is not a remixed version of another player, nor is he a combination of previously seen skills coming together in one person. He is something entirely new.  Read more »
The Thunder Look Beyond Youth

by John Wilmes

Expectations are high for Oklahoma City in the tuned-in hoops dork demographic, with some predicting a premature competitive uptick drastic enough to take them deep into the postseason. Read more »
Chris Paul's Shameless And Brave Time With Golden State

by Colin McGowan

It still feels strange that Chris Paul has allowed himself to choose the Warriors. It speaks to both to his desperation and his competitiveness. Read more »
Waiting For Zion

by Micah Wimmer

How does one project the Pelicans season with any sense of certainty? They are either a team with one of the brightest futures in the league or a team bound to be mired in mediocrity, taunted by unfulfilled hope and the too-frequent absence of its best player and cornerstone. Read more »
The Pattern Of NBA Coaching Hires

by Wes Goldberg

Teams tend to replace coaches with an opposite type with tacticians and motivators being the broad categories. Read more »
The Art Of Going For It

by Wes Goldberg

Getting a player who can open the championship window is what all the draft-pick hoarding, roster shuffling and salary cap finagling is for. Then, it's about knowing when to take the next step in the team-building life cycle. Read more »