Basketball Analysis

Brooklyn's Superbly Strange Trio Of Talents

by Colin McGowan

Jan 14, 2021 3:13 PM

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 »

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On LaMelo Ball, Who May One Day Impress Himself

by John Wilmes

Jan 11, 2021 4:52 PM

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 »

Tags: LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets, NBA

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The NBA Has Given Itself Over To Chaos

by Colin McGowan

Jan 11, 2021 3:56 PM

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 »

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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 »
Thirty Futures: Sacramento Kings

by Colin McGowan

Buddy Hield and the Kings are in Year 1 of a commitment both sides appear to regret, but there's little choice for both but to muddle on. 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 »
Five Players From 2018 NBA Draft Class Entering Pivotal Pre-Extension Season

by Rafael Canton

With Luka Doncic and Trae Young virtually guaranteed to sign max extensions in 2021, the focus will instead turn to whether Marvin Bagley, Deandre Ayton, Wendell Carter, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Michael Porter can elevate their play to join them. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Chicago Bulls

by Colin McGowan

The Boylen Era Bulls had no clue what to do with Wendell Carter, and he should benefit noticeably from Billy Donovan steady hand. Read more »