Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

The NBA's Deep Middle Class Emerges

by Colin McGowan

Jan 16, 2018 10:48 AM

Beneath the two now long-tenured conference kings who have eased into a stale rivalry, we have a glut of interesting teams this year. Read more »

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Out Of Time With Lou Williams

by Colin McGowan

Jan 9, 2018 4:52 PM

The scoring bench guard, eternal Sixth Man of the Year candidate, is out of vogue. But here's Lou Williams having a career year. Read more »

Tags: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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The Bulls' Surge And The Conundrum Of Tanking Franchises

by Colin McGowan

Jan 2, 2018 4:32 PM

These wins are hurting the Bulls' chances of ever becoming more than improbably competent. Most modern fans understand that if their team is one of the six or seven worst in the NBA, they might as well be the absolute worst. Read more »

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA

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The Quandaries Replay Review Presents Us With

by Colin McGowan

If some things are reviewable, it begins to seem like everything should be. Because we could come really close to legislating games perfectly. Read more »
We're Here For The Unpleasantness Of The NBA All-Star Draft On TV

by Colin McGowan

Why is the NBA leaning toward keeping the All-Star draft off-camera? It has to do with a peculiar squeamishness all massive corporations have toward conflict and risk. Read more »
Oklahoma City's Moonshot Title Hopes Are Dead But It Hasn't All Been For Naught

by Colin McGowan

If the Thunder win 45 games and Paul George bolts, is that a failure? On some level, sure, but Sam Presti will still have done an excellent job in aspiring to more during an offseason when it would have been easy to be fatalistic. Read more »
Matt Barnes And The Looming End Of The NBA's Enforcers

by Colin McGowan

Matt Barnes thought of basketball as war in allegory and every so often in fact. Read more »
Suffering For LaVar Ball's Ambition

by Colin McGowan

Lonzo Ball is obligated live up to an idea that wasn't his in the first place. He gets to be what his father wants for him or something embarrassingly lesser than that. Read more »
David Fizdale's Baffling Firing

by Colin McGowan

Memphis firing David Fizdale was a strange move for which we're unlikely to ever get a complete explanation. Read more »
Reggie Jackson's Trolling In An NBA Of Long-Tailed Narratives

by Colin McGowan

While broad narratives provide stakes and context, we watch sports for the visceral pleasure of watching people perform difficult tasks with improbable skill and bracing invention. Read more »
Andre Drummond Against Extinction

by Colin McGowan

Andre Drummond was drafted into a much different NBA than the one he currently inhabits. It's to his credit that he's continuing to add to his game by demonstrating precisely what scouts were worried he lacked. Read more »
The Point God Without His Omnipotence

by Colin McGowan

Chris Paul is welcome to help out, but he's not going to supplant James Harden as the team's most important player. It's time for the Point God to reckon with his messy mortality, to learn to become something other than singular. Read more »
Jahlil Okafor Against The History Of NBA Busts

by Colin McGowan

Jahlil Okafor's career is still eminently salvageable, but he has to know the severity of his predicament, the steep history he's climbing. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Milwaukee Bucks

by Colin McGowan

With Giannis, as with everything, too many of us are trying to get out in front of the plot, forgetting that the plot isn't what's most important anyway. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Cleveland Cavaliers

by Colin McGowan

Isaiah Thomas is fired up. He always is. But that's largely irrelevant: a player thoroughly self-made now needs luck more than anything else. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Philadelphia 76ers

by Colin McGowan

Despite their pivot toward genuinely competing, the Sixers remain fitfully difficult to discuss because everything about them is conditional. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Portland Trail Blazers

by Colin McGowan

The thing about Dame Lillard that makes him as great as he is now and as great as he's going to be in three or four years is that he's not going to let himself down. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Denver Nuggets

by Colin McGowan

Nikola Jokic's outward dopiness makes his elaborate feints and spinning fadeaways even more spectacular than they already are, and a little bit silly. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Utah Jazz

by Colin McGowan

The Jazz operate under the following conditions: outsmart everybody if you want to keep your head above water, and if you want to truly compete, pray like hell for luck that's unlikely to arrive. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Miami Heat

by Colin McGowan

The Heat are led by three veterans who elude categorization and can't be counted on to do anything in particular- good or bad. Read more »