Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

The Bucks' Fight For Legitimacy

by Colin McGowan

Feb 20, 2019 7:02 PM

The Bucks are not cute, and they're not a fluke. Yet it remains unclear exactly what they are. Read more »

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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The NBA's Not-So-Great Flux Of 2019

by Colin McGowan

Feb 15, 2019 9:11 AM

The business of the NBA, it seems more and more every year, is business rather than basketball, and the second thing- the reason we're all here in the first place- is suffering for it. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

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Tobias Harris & Turning 'The Process' Into An Exciting Championship Contender In Philadelphia

by Colin McGowan

Feb 6, 2019 4:01 PM

After drifting around the league for six-and-a-half seasons, Harris is finally being given a chance to show what he can do playing consequential basketball. Read more »

Tags: Tobias Harris, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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Dirk Nowitzki Rises To The Occasion At The Garden One More Time

by Colin McGowan

Dirk Nowitzki has a ring. There is nothing left for him to accomplish. Which does not mean the work is not enjoyable, or that he does not savor it, at this late stage. Read more »
Anthony Davis Decides To Choose His Own Destiny

by Colin McGowan

We know how awesome Davis can be because he has to do so much for the Pelicans, but we also do not have a solid idea of how awesome Davis can be when everything is a little bit easier on him. Read more »
The Solace Indiana Can Find

by Colin McGowan

There's no getting around how disappointing it is to lose Victor Oladipo, but the Pacers are well-equipped to muddle through the disappointment with some dignity. Read more »
Kyrie Irving's Oddly Familiar Leadership Traits

by Colin McGowan

It's strange yet predictable that Kyrie Irving fancies himself the NBA's most creative thinker, but is falling back on the old Treat The Young Guys Like Idiots strategy. Read more »
The Timberwolves Rediscover Fun, Happiness, And Freedom Without Thibs

by Colin McGowan

The process of moving on does not always pan out, but in the in-between stage, there is at least, a profound feeling of relief. The Wolves are free, and they'll play like it. Read more »
A Final Appreciation Of The Wizards' Fascinating, Disastrous Season

by Colin McGowan

The Wiz are not, like Orlando or Phoenix, a lousy young team that is a little bit interesting on the basis that they are still figuring stuff out. No, they are fascinating in a painful way. Read more »
The Muddling Of Draymond Green

by Colin McGowan

Draymond Green does feel, more than any of his All-NBA caliber teammates, like a construction, a not-quite-great player so completely in his element that he achieves much more than he could anywhere else. Read more »
Steph, Kyrie And Their Contributions To The Crumbling Of Reality

by Colin McGowan

When Steph Curry says he doesn't think we landed on the moon, and Kyrie backs him up, it is, on its own, just two famous people saying stupid stuff, but it also contributes to a larger societal problem. Read more »
Marc Gasol And The Grizzlies Have Rediscovered Their Purpose

by Colin McGowan

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 »
The Complicated Admiration Of Allen Iverson

by Colin McGowan

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 »
Kyle Korver Never Left Utah But Now He's Back

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »