Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Marc Gasol And The Grizzlies Have Rediscovered Their Purpose

by Colin McGowan

Dec 13, 2018 6:02 PM

Here is maybe the simplest way of putting it: the Grizz want to feel, on a nightly basis, like they've done their job. That's what Marc Gasol was missing last season, why he cut such a bereft figure. Read more »

Tags: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA

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The Complicated Admiration Of Allen Iverson

by Colin McGowan

Dec 6, 2018 3:56 PM

Allen Iverson emphasizes over and over again the importance of being yourself, which is literally the moral of every other Disney movie, but coming from him is more political argument than feel-good sentiment. Read more »

Tags: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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Kyle Korver Never Left Utah But Now He's Back

by Colin McGowan

Nov 29, 2018 5:24 PM

Don't look now, but is Kyle Korver one of the NBA's few remaining specialists? There aren't many single-skill guys kicking around these days; almost everybody is expected to do a few things well. Read more »

Tags: Kyle Korver, Utah Jazz, NBA

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Markelle Fultz Living Under Himself

by Colin McGowan

Markelle Fultz's troubles aren't really his fault- he's the plaything of the cosmos at the moment- but they aren't Brett Brown or Elton Brand's either. Read more »
Scoring Explosions And The Risk Of Stylistic Homogeneity

by Colin McGowan

Wide open contests are fun, but so is invention, idiosyncrasy, contrasting approaches. Tastes are peculiar, but they're never narrow as a cocktail straw. Read more »
The Optimistic Launch Of The Budenholzer Era Bucks

by Colin McGowan

It's gratifying to see the Bucks ascend like this because, after spending a not insignificant period of time stalling and scuffling, they've been suddenly seized by possibility. Read more »
Cedi Osman's Big Chance Playing Into The Void

by Colin McGowan

The sky's not exactly the limit for Cedi Osman, but he's on his way to becoming a drunk impressionist's rendering of Gordon Hayward- in other words, a useful player. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Luka Doncic

by Colin McGowan

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 »
Thirty Futures: Giannis Antetokounmpo

by Colin McGowan

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 »
Thirty Futures: LeBron James

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »