Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

Thirty Futures: Milwaukee Bucks

by Colin McGowan

Oct 17, 2017 9:50 AM

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 »

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Thirty Futures: Cleveland Cavaliers

by Colin McGowan

Oct 16, 2017 11:02 AM

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 »

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Thirty Futures: Philadelphia 76ers

by Colin McGowan

Oct 15, 2017 1:17 PM

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

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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 »
Thirty Futures: Washington Wizards

by Colin McGowan

It's a steep and perhaps impassable route, taking the Wizards from where they are now to the pinnacle of the sport, but John Wall intends to make this his career-defining struggle. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Memphis Grizzlies

by Colin McGowan

If last year was the beginning of the end of the Grit & Grind Grizz we've grown so familiar with, then this season marks the beginning of something else that won't communicate an ethos as clearly what came before it did. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Detroit Pistons

by Colin McGowan

It would seem more productive for everyone involved if a coach were a little too comfortable in his job rather than killing himself and the team's future trying to do two of them at once. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Charlotte Hornets

by Colin McGowan

The Hornets' utter togetherness is what makes them, if not lamentable, then hard to truly like or discuss. They are an impenetrably functional franchise. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Toronto Raptors

by Colin McGowan

The Raptors are fine, and fine is a hard place to get to. They've got three more years of Lowry and DeRozan, three more years of playoffs. That's more than most. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Phoenix Suns

by Colin McGowan

The Suns are a franchise punting on existence for another season while making vague if not ill-founded claims that this will put them in a better position going forward. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Orlando Magic

by Colin McGowan

Let's imagine Orlando's quite good rotation players on other teams. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Houston Rockets

by Colin McGowan

Daryl Morey's approach to team-building could be described as searching for good problems. It's better to have Chris Paul and not quite initially know what to do with him than to not have him at all. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Dallas Mavericks

by Colin McGowan

There's an admirably grateful, matter-of-fact love of the game at work there, a sense that of course Dirk Nowitzki is going to play if he's physically able. Read more »
Thirty Futures: San Antonio Spurs

by Colin McGowan

LaMarcus Aldridge won't go out of his way to solve his team's problems. That doesn't make him lazy or a villain. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Atlanta Hawks

by Colin McGowan

At their best, Budenholzer's Hawks have been impressive if a little alienating, and at their worst (the way they are now) they're a crushingly boring office job of a team. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Sacramento Kings

by Colin McGowan

Vince Carter was a god and now he's just an employee. He's improbably cool with it in a way few moderately washed up former stars have ever been. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Brooklyn Nets

by Colin McGowan

Whether Sean Marks is genuinely gifted at this is still theoretical, but that's not his fault: everything about the Nets is theoretical, and it will remain so until the summer of 2019. Read more »