Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

A Second-Tier Star With First-Tier Privileges

by Colin McGowan

Apr 17, 2019 3:31 PM

At the absolute peak of his powers, Russell Westbrook is every bit as good as the very best players in the league. But he just can't do it often enough, and at some point, inefficiency loses out. Read more »

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Blake Griffin Has Everything Except What He Can't Get Back

by Colin McGowan

Apr 11, 2019 6:46 PM

If there is something deeply satisfying about watching Blake Griffin play these days- and to be clear, despite the gloomy overtones, there certainly is- it's the extent to which he's mastered his craft. Read more »

Tags: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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College Basketball Barely Contained Zion Williamson

by Colin McGowan

Apr 3, 2019 10:00 AM

It's tempting to wonder what true freedom would look like for Zion Williamson, what he would do with his talents if he could apply them more freely, but that's a far-off fantasy. Read more »

Tags: Zion Williamson, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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The Magic Are Strange, Busted, Not Half-Bad

by Colin McGowan

You can have a good time watching a Magic game, and you can talk about what they are, rather than what they might be three years down the road. That's a small victory. Read more »
The Context Compounded The Horror Of Jusuf Nurkic's Injury

by Colin McGowan

Jusuf Nurkić isn't Portland's best player, but he was perhaps the fullest embodiment of the Blazers' ideal: a solid professional performing a fair bit better than that descriptor suggests, a truly exciting if slightly inconsistent and limited talent. Read more »
The 76ers' Charming Bravado

by Colin McGowan

Philadelphia's borderline delusional confidence is what makes them such a compelling team. Harris is a sweetheart, but Butler, Embiid, and Simmons are all brash and chippy and ornery. Read more »
Isaiah Thomas Was A Comet At The Exact Wrong Point In His Career

by Colin McGowan

At the edge of NBA relevance, all Isaiah Thomas can do now is fight like hell to hold down a job. And he'll forever be aggrieved about what he didn't get. Read more »
LeBron Makes Basketball Easy, Everything Else Unnecessarily Difficult

by Colin McGowan

LeBron James had a grand vision for himself when he chose the Lakers, but that got in the way of the day-to-day. Read more »
Maybe The Celtics Are Broken In Unfixable Ways

by Colin McGowan

The Celtics may have done everything right and ended up with a team that, due to reasons of personality and fit, simply doesn't hum like it should. Maybe they will never stop being merely theoretical. Read more »
Harrison Barnes Finds His Scale

by Colin McGowan

The Kings provide a space where Harrison Barnes can operate at something like a happy medium, become the player he was meant to be rather than the one he and others have spent nearly a decade telling us he might become. Read more »
The Bucks' Fight For Legitimacy

by Colin McGowan

The Bucks are not cute, and they're not a fluke. Yet it remains unclear exactly what they are. Read more »
The NBA's Not-So-Great Flux Of 2019

by Colin McGowan

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

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »