Basketball Analysis

The Magic Want To Brew Something BIG

by Nick Zappulla

Aug 15, 2018 10:56 PM

The Magic are bucking the trend by cementing their foundation with bigs in Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Mohamed Bamba. Read more »

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How Humanizing NBA Referees Underscores Their Craft And Labor

by Spencer Lund

Aug 14, 2018 9:42 AM

We spoke with veteran NBA referees Marc Davis, John Goble and Monty McCutchen to understand their process and work in a world filled with accusations of bias and conspiracy and the innate need to add a venal motive to a botched call. Read more »

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2018 Western Conference Summer League Notes

by Keith P Smith

Aug 3, 2018 4:50 PM

Keith Smith emptied his notebook after speaking to players, coaches, front office personnel and agents with all 15 Western Conference teams. Read more »

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Prospect Report: Zion Williamson Of Duke

by Rafael Uehara

Zion Williamson is a remarkable athlete who has shown glimpses of a very appealing skill-set as a shot creator from the perimeter. The question now becomes how exactly does he fit in a team that doesn't exist with the sole purpose of giving him the ball. Read more »
On 'The Heresy of Zone Defense' 23 Years Later

by Colin McGowan

Rules should always help a game become more like itself, more true to its spirit, which in basketball's case is to facilitate a peculiarly muscular, skillful, balletic kind of beauty. Read more »
The Improbable Yet Predictable Stardom Of Victor Oladipo

by Nick Zappulla

Similar to Donovan Mitchell with the Jazz and James Harden leaving the Ginobili role behind in OKC, fit, freedom and usage play a critical part in raising the ceiling of shooting guards like Victor Oladipo. Read more »
Prospect Report: Bol Bol Of Oregon

by Rafael Uehara

Bol Bol is one of those prospects who is a lot more interesting in theory than in reality at this point of his development. Read more »
2018 Eastern Conference Summer League Notes

by Keith P Smith

Keith Smith emptied his notebook after speaking to players, coaches, front office personnel and agents with all 15 Eastern Conference teams. Read more »
The Stakes For Carmelo Anthony With The Rockets

by Colin McGowan

It would be wonderful, especially for folks who defended Carmelo in his prime, if he could find a way to make it work in Houston. He's a generational talent who hasn't totally gotten his due. Read more »
Prospect Report: R.J. Barrett Of Duke

by Rafael Uehara

Besides the advanced physical profile and athletic ability for someone R.J. Barrett's age, he has shown enough footwork and court vision to project as a volume shot creator for himself and others, though his shot is still a work in progress. Read more »
Jabari Parker Returns Home For Redemption

by Colin McGowan

Hardly anything up to this point in his NBA career has been Jabari Parker's fault. He was a ballyhooed second overall pick because he was awesome in college, and he hasn't panned out because his left knee hasn't held up its end of the bargain. Read more »
Jabari Parker, The New Bulls, And The Capacity To Imagine

by John Wilmes

The way Chicago's signings of Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine were received by some begs the question of why is it that we have created an intellectual environment that evaluates players in the way we'd want an Amazon review to evaluate a screwdriver? Read more »
Mike D'Antoni Remains The NBA's Best Hope Against Predictability

by Jonny Auping

We know why Mike D'Antoni is important. We know- in the broad sense- what he's good at. And we know, even if we've taken it for granted, that he's been trying to save us from predictability for over a decade. Read more »
Clint Capela's Uniquely Shallow Free Agent Market

by Colin McGowan

Clint Capela's problem, obviously, is that he's a free agent at this very moment. It's lousy luck, because he's a very good player who's had a remarkable rise. Read more »
Golden State's Gravity Even Now Hitting The NBA Offseason

by Colin McGowan

No LeBron-led superteam has (yet) been built to stop them. Paul George has committed to a franchise that can't touch them. They eve have Boogie now, in top form or otherwise. Read more »
Free Agency In The New Player Narrative Driven NBA

by Katie Heindl

Free agency has moved beyond money, on-court fit and location to mirror the personality-driven direction the NBA is moving in. Read more »
The Case Of Ralph Sampson And The Fate Of NBA Lottery Selections

by John Wilmes

Every year, we draw a shiny red circle around a handful of lottery selections, anointing them as harbingers of the future even though we know better. Read more »
Putting 10 Stars Of The 2018 Offseason In Ideal Places

by Andrew Perna

Here are 10 players, headlined by LeBron, Kawhi, Boogie and PG, and the places they should land to maximize entertainment on and off the court. Read more »
Hurrying Up To Wait For The NBA Offseason

by Colin McGowan

At this stage of free agency (unofficial, but in at least partial swing), people are talking to people about scheduling meetings, hurrying up to wait, weighing the abstract. Read more »
What To Expect In The 2018 Offseason

by Danny Leroux

While we know the general contours of any offseason well in advance, the annual Dunc'd On tradition of a Mock Offseason has proven to be an enlightening and clarifying experience as both the preparation and negotiations themselves put the market forces to the text. Read more »