Basketball Analysis

It's Dream-Selling Season

by Colin McGowan

Jul 28, 2021 3:42 PM

We are going to realize, in time, that this gaggle of young guys provide new paths toward winning, that they have or will develop skills that we are not now properly considering the value of. That's what the draft is about, on the broadest possible level. Read more »

Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Prospect Report: James Bouknight Of UConn

by Rafael Uehara

Jul 26, 2021 10:56 PM

The appeal with James Bouknight is as a shotmaker off dribble moves and sleek footwork who can get promising looks in isolation. Even as teams have emphasized team-oriented offenses, the value of an individual scorer remains high. Read more »

Tags: James Bouknight, Connecticut Huskies, NBA

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Team USA's Stakes Are Moderate And Staying Motivated Is A Struggle

by Colin McGowan

Jul 26, 2021 5:53 PM

The United States have become complacent again with a roster of abundant ability but not much synergy. Read more »

Tags: United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Giannis And The Virtue Of Being Oneself

by Micah Wimmer

Giannis Antetokounmpo blends retro ideas of post dominance with conceptions of space and movement that could be revolutionary if only there was anyone else able to follow in his footsteps. Read more »
Prospect Report: Keon Johnson Of Tennessee

by Rafael Uehara

The appeal with Keon Johnson is as a tenacious on-ball defender who can envelope smaller point guards at the point of attack and elevate the level of the offense in transition, while holding some potential to become more physical by his late-20s. Read more »
In The End There Is Only The End

by Colin McGowan

One team wins it all and they are the happiest group of guys who ever lived, they are invincible and immortal and beautiful and exhausted. They vacation, extravagantly. And then we reset and go again. Read more »
The Lagging Understanding Of Giannis Antetokounmpo's Dominance

by John Wilmes

When it comes to yeoman vernacular, though, the culture is simply lost when they try to put words to Giannis. Too often, they are loudly and proudly wrong. Read more »
Prospect Report: Franz Wagner Of Michigan

by Rafael Uehara

The appeal with Franz Wagner as a potential 3&D wing who can check scoring threats that look to create separation via craft or quickness and elevate the level of the defense around him in help. Read more »
Ben Simmons, Collin Sexton Hit The Trade Market As Victims Of Unmet Expectations

by Jack Tien-Dana

Ben Simmons elicits backlash because he's a star who refuses to conform to stardom while Collin Sexton is a non-star who refuses to acknowledge his non-stardom. Read more »
Prospect Report: Davion Mitchell Of Baylor

by Rafael Uehara

Davion Mitchell was arguably the best player on what ended up being the best team in college basketball, shot well from all over the floor (except the foul line), and improved his assist-to-turnover ratio substantially. Read more »
The Scourge Of 'Ratings' In NBA Discussion

by John Wilmes

The next time you encounter anyone mentioning the ratings of the NBA Finals as a means of pouring fake concrete beneath their flimsy cultural-critical structures, you should understand what is happening before you to be less coherent. Read more »
The Narrative-Proof Finals

by Jack Tien-Dana

In the NBA, there is no story beyond the narrative. But these Finals are different. The teams and players have oscillated wildly between extremes from game to game, at once confirming and refuting any prior notions. Read more »
Prospect Report: Scottie Barnes Of Florida State

by Rafael Uehara

The appeal with Scottie Barnes is the idea of someone his size with his length being capable of guarding every single position across the perimeter and maybe even spending some time at center on occasion, while running point on the other end. Read more »
Giannis Antetokounmpo's Visceral, Dominating Game 3

by Colin McGowan

Three-point shooting seems muscular now. Except, you know what is actually muscular? Taking it to the goddamn rack. Giannis is awesome at this. Read more »
The Suns' Precision Vs. The Bucks' Bravura

by John Wilmes

Death by a million cuts has always been the driving philosophy of Chris Paul's angular, probing game, and in the Suns he has the ultimate armada of like-minded blades. Read more »
Suns Show They're At The Top Of Their Good-Good Game With Finals Opening Win

by Colin McGowan

It would be a stretch to say the Bucks need to perfect, or suggest that they could be. They need to be at the top of their good-good game, because that's where the Suns are, that's the register at which we're operating in these Finals. Read more »
The Bucks Defy Characterization, Game 1 Showed It Yet Again

by Jack Tien-Dana

There will forever be a gap between what the Bucks can achieve (era-defining dynasty) and what they will (something well short of an era-defining dynasty). Read more »
Prospect Report: Jonathan Kuminga Of The G League Ignite

by Rafael Uehara

Jonathan Kuminga's number one appeal to teams is his combination of age, physical profile, and pedigree as a scorer at the youth level. Read more »
Prospect Report: Jalen Green Of The G League Ignite

by Rafael Uehara

Jalen Green is one of the best scorers in the draft with two-way potential and will be a case study either way for his newly created path to the NBA. Read more »
Damian Lillard Is Inventing Reasons To Leave Portland Instead Of Sticking With The Obvious One

by Colin McGowan

Damian Lillard is trapped by his own myth- the loyal one, the fierce underdog- and attempting to square his actual desires with what he thinks he should be, for other people. Read more »
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