Basketball Analysis

NBA Stars Have The Conch Now, And They Know It

by Spencer Lund

Oct 17, 2018 1:43 PM

While the owners successfully reduced the players' share of BRI in 2011, players, specifically stars, have wrestled a lot of the agency back from the owners. Read more »

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Reasons To Watch All 30 NBA Teams, 18-19 Edition

by Keith P Smith

Oct 16, 2018 6:47 PM

Beyond the top teams, the NBA is full of interesting stories and, just importantly, reasons to watch each team. Read more »

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Thirty Futures: Luka Doncic

by Colin McGowan

Oct 16, 2018 12:05 PM

What's being praised and proclaimed about Luka Doncic sounds a lot like what was previously said about Andrew Wiggins or Anthony Davis or Kwame Brown. Read more »

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2018 NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

On the offseason moves by the Nuggets, Wolves, Thunder, Blazers and Jazz. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Giannis Antetokounmpo

by Colin McGowan

We like to see the league's stars fulfilling their potential in good situations. Giannis Antetokounmpo's emerging greatness gives us something to root for. His team might, too. Read more »
2018 NBA Offseason Review: Southeast Division

by Keith P Smith

On the offseason moves by the Hawks, Wizards, Magic, Heat and Hornets. Read more »
Thirty Futures: LeBron James

by Colin McGowan

Imagining a cursed Lakers future is glimpsing into a post-LeBron NBA, or one in which he's still around but doesn't matter nearly as much as he used to. It's unnerving to think about, in a value-neutral sort of way. Read more »
Thirty Futures: C.J. McCollum

by Colin McGowan

It's tough being The Other Guy: the piece that doesn't exactly fit, the one who's trying and failing to fill a role they didn't sign up for. Read more »
Ben Simmons And Joel Embiid Have Expedited The Process

by Nick Zappulla

It's almost a guarantee that Embiid and Simmons' best years are ahead of them. What's not a guarantee is that those years will be spent together on the Sixers, or that they will acquire better players than they have now, in the future. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Kevin Durant

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Durant feels attacked and doesn't know what to do about it, so he deals with it in a bunch of ineffectual ways depending on what shade of dour mood he's in. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Victor Oladipo

by Colin McGowan

Victor Oladipo's massive improvement is the primary thing about him that's exciting, but once you get past that, it's the overconfidence he frequently justifies, the luxurious energy of his game, that makes him stand out on top of standing out. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Joel Embiid

by Colin McGowan

The Joel Embiid Experience has always stunk of brand-building. He arrived extremely online and has stayed that way into his mid-20s. Of course he was going to weaponize it at some point. Read more »
2018 NBA Offseason Review: Southwest Division

by Keith P Smith

On the offseason moves by the Mavericks, Rockets, Spurs, Grizzlies and Pelicans. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Jimmy Butler

by Colin McGowan

We didn't realize how starved we were for an old-fashioned superstar tantrum until Jimmy Butler breezed into practice late, torched his teammates, and walked out with metaphorical (and perhaps literal) double birds held high. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Kris Dunn

by Colin McGowan

Perhaps Kris Dunn will break out this year. Perhaps he'll remain a merely useful player. That either thing is possible speaks to how much he's grown since those not-at-all long ago Minnesota days when he was disastrously fawn-like. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Paul Millsap

by Colin McGowan

Paul Millsap has remained at the NBA's margins, never getting so big that he's more than just barely properly appreciated, and even then exclusively by those gnostics who know what makes him special. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Jrue Holiday

by Colin McGowan

Jrue Holiday faded into the background for a spell and now is once again splendidly prominent, demonstrating a simple pleasure that requires nothing so remarkable as marching time and a gap in our attention: suddenly, our old friend is back. Read more »
2018 NBA Offseason Review: Central Division

by Keith P Smith

The biggest moves of the offseason in the Central Division could be the additions of Mike Budenholzer and Dwane Casey. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Chris Paul

by Colin McGowan

There is something acutely tragic about the greatest control freak of his generation sitting courtside, immobilized while his championship-caliber team gets bounced from the playoffs. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Donovan Mitchell

by Colin McGowan

There's an outside chance Donovan Mitchell really will best Ben Simmons, in the long run, but he's going to have to actually make it happen. Nobody's going to grant him greatness on a technicality. Read more »