Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Evan Mobley Looks Like A Glue Guy With Gifts Like A Star

by Colin McGowan

Evan Mobley seems to be what Cleveland has been looking for, a player who with his abundant and adaptable skills, casts the play of everyone around him in a rosier light. Read more »
Scottie Pippen Is Ornery And All Over The Place

by Colin McGowan

Scottie Pippen didn't get exactly what he wanted a long time ago, and has let those minor slights govern the entire back half of his life. He wears his disappointments about as heavily as any retired athlete in recent memory. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Russell Westbrook

by Colin McGowan

Is Russ spitting nonsense when he says he's a Pau Gasol acolyte? Yeah, probably. But a tamed Russ, who is ferocious yet under his own control is an exhilarating concept. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Zach LaVine

by Colin McGowan

While that natural athleticism obviously helps him on the court, it has perhaps also made us slow to appreciate the fulsome layers of polish Zach LaVine has applied to his game over the past few seasons. Read more »
Twelve Characters: John Collins

by Colin McGowan

Maintaining consistency is easier said than done but John Collins has sorted a couple of things: he's sure that Hawks brass has faith in him, and he's properly introduced himself to the rest of us. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Domantas Sabonis

by Colin McGowan

To be fair to Domantas Sabonis, he's 25 and ascendant, coming off career highs in points and assists per game. Nobody should be telling him what is and isn't possible. He'll gun for an All-NBA spot, and at least get close. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Bam Adebayo

by Colin McGowan

Bam Adebayo's instinct not to emerge from the edit booth without a final cut, leaves you wondering what else he's pretty good at that he isn't willing to show us yet, until he's mastered it. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Devin Booker

by Colin McGowan

Devin Booker had been the guy he was in 20-21 for at least two seasons, and his trajectory toward that plateau was as steady as it gets. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Draymond Green

by Colin McGowan

If Draymond Green isn't going to approach the all-around brilliance he displayed in his mid-20s, he's still a really useful player, provided you give him something to care about. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Julius Randle

by Colin McGowan

Julius Randle is clearly somebody who likes and cares about the whole New York Knicks Thing, which can't be taken for granted in 2021. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Kyrie Irving

by Colin McGowan

The selfish stance of Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins on the vaccine issue speaks to one of the biggest problems of our age: that we are far too deep in our own stuff, wholly unable to help each other. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Khris Middleton

by Colin McGowan

One of the perks of coming out a champ is that you are no longer in dialogue with any arguments against you, extant or nascent or merely hinted at. You've settled things completely. Whatever we've asked of Khris Middleton, whatever he's asked of himself, the answer is yes. Read more »
Twelve Characters: CJ McCollum

by Colin McGowan

C.J. McCollum doesn't get to do whatever he wants; he posts his 20-whatever in the negative space Dame Lillard leaves in his wake. It's a peculiar rhythm you have to strike, not being The Guy but playing as if you were, however intermittently. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Joel Embiid

by Colin McGowan

As hard as this summer has been on his shaken teammate, Joel Embiid has surely been struggling too. Struggling to keep his thoughts to himself, to put in the work knowing that his fate will be decided by forces beyond his own commitment. It's an existential bother, a fittingly big mannish problem. Read more »
DeAndre Jordan's Winnowing Of Choices

by Colin McGowan

DeAndre Jordan may wish he could create a better set of options, be 27 again. Or maybe this is a fine time to get out. Read more »
J.R. Smith Is Developing Interests Beyond The Hardwood, As We All Should

by Colin McGowan

J.R. Smith going back to school and joining its golf team is a fine story for late August, which shouldn't contain much NBA news. Especially coming off a year-and-a-half jammed with more basketball than even the professionals who play it could handle. Read more »
Lauri Markkanen Is Stuck For Now

by Colin McGowan

The only option on the table right now for Lauri Markkanen is to accept the Bulls' qualifying offer and hope he has a healthy and productive 21-22, featuring for a team that hardly values him. Read more »
The Delight Of Summer League Randos

by Colin McGowan

If Summer League has a utility, it's the taste of the extreme strangeness the NBA regular season doesn't quite brook. Janis Timma is too perfect and most likely not nearly talented enough for this world. Read more »
High Time For DeMar DeRozan To Impress Again

by Colin McGowan

The Bulls are all in trying to win 50 games this year, and DeMar DeRozan will help considerably. There is a rung right below greatness, where some swell players hang out, but you can lose track of them. Read more »
It's Dream-Selling Season

by Colin McGowan

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 »