Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Thirty Futures: Luka Doncic

by Colin McGowan

Oct 16, 2018 12:05 PM

What's being praised and proclaimed about Luka Doncic sounds a lot like what was previously said about Andrew Wiggins or Anthony Davis or Kwame Brown. Read more »

Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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Thirty Futures: Giannis Antetokounmpo

by Colin McGowan

Oct 15, 2018 11:07 AM

We like to see the league's stars fulfilling their potential in good situations. Giannis Antetokounmpo's emerging greatness gives us something to root for. His team might, too. Read more »

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Thirty Futures: LeBron James

by Colin McGowan

Oct 13, 2018 12:25 PM

Imagining a cursed Lakers future is glimpsing into a post-LeBron NBA, or one in which he's still around but doesn't matter nearly as much as he used to. It's unnerving to think about, in a value-neutral sort of way. Read more »

Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Thirty Futures: C.J. McCollum

by Colin McGowan

It's tough being The Other Guy: the piece that doesn't exactly fit, the one who's trying and failing to fill a role they didn't sign up for. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Kevin Durant

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Durant feels attacked and doesn't know what to do about it, so he deals with it in a bunch of ineffectual ways depending on what shade of dour mood he's in. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Victor Oladipo

by Colin McGowan

Victor Oladipo's massive improvement is the primary thing about him that's exciting, but once you get past that, it's the overconfidence he frequently justifies, the luxurious energy of his game, that makes him stand out on top of standing out. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Joel Embiid

by Colin McGowan

The Joel Embiid Experience has always stunk of brand-building. He arrived extremely online and has stayed that way into his mid-20s. Of course he was going to weaponize it at some point. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Jimmy Butler

by Colin McGowan

We didn't realize how starved we were for an old-fashioned superstar tantrum until Jimmy Butler breezed into practice late, torched his teammates, and walked out with metaphorical (and perhaps literal) double birds held high. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Kris Dunn

by Colin McGowan

Perhaps Kris Dunn will break out this year. Perhaps he'll remain a merely useful player. That either thing is possible speaks to how much he's grown since those not-at-all long ago Minnesota days when he was disastrously fawn-like. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Paul Millsap

by Colin McGowan

Paul Millsap has remained at the NBA's margins, never getting so big that he's more than just barely properly appreciated, and even then exclusively by those gnostics who know what makes him special. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Jrue Holiday

by Colin McGowan

Jrue Holiday faded into the background for a spell and now is once again splendidly prominent, demonstrating a simple pleasure that requires nothing so remarkable as marching time and a gap in our attention: suddenly, our old friend is back. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Chris Paul

by Colin McGowan

There is something acutely tragic about the greatest control freak of his generation sitting courtside, immobilized while his championship-caliber team gets bounced from the playoffs. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Donovan Mitchell

by Colin McGowan

There's an outside chance Donovan Mitchell really will best Ben Simmons, in the long run, but he's going to have to actually make it happen. Nobody's going to grant him greatness on a technicality. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Frank Kaminsky

by Colin McGowan

Frank Kaminsky types are esoteric and small and, in relation to their best colleagues, not all that good at the thing they're supposedly good at. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Wayne Ellington

by Colin McGowan

Wayne Ellington is about as workaday as NBA players get, but there is, beneath his anonymity, a sort of hero's journey to track. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Danilo Gallinari

by Colin McGowan

His playing days aren't over yet, but we can safely designate Danilo Gallinari as an all-time Chimeric Euro. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Aaron Gordon

by Colin McGowan

Aaron Gordon is entering his fifth season with the Magic, and like with Victor Oladipo before him, we're not sure what he is, despite having spent quite a bit of time with him. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Kawhi Leonard

by Colin McGowan

A player we previously understood as a robotic extension of Gregg Popovich's will has become complicated. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Ben McLemore

by Colin McGowan

To believe in Ben McLemore at this point is to have blind faith that there's some mysterious power within him he hasn't yet revealed. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Mike Conley

by Colin McGowan

Mike Conley has been known as Greg Oden's Buckeye running mate, a mild disappointment, an underrated star, and finally himself: steady and serene, with magnificent hair. Except he wasn't around last season. Read more »