Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

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 »
Thirty Futures: Joakim Noah

by Colin McGowan

At his peak, Joakim Noah was an inordinately accessible star, both fun to watch and not impossible to relate to. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Kenneth Faried

by Colin McGowan

Kenneth Faried would be very much at home in the NBA circa 1994, or- just barely- 2011, the year he was drafted. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Trae Young

by Colin McGowan

Trae Young is already in possession of immense gifts: limitless range, a sharp handle, and (probably) better vision than he was able to show off at Oklahoma. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Blake Griffin

by Colin McGowan

Blake Griffin was a trebuchet full of barbells; he was a cast iron space shuttle. He ran through whoever didn't run away from him. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Devin Booker

by Colin McGowan

There's an underdetermined quality to good young players on bad teams. We know they can do some stuff but we don't know how applicable their skills are because they're so rarely truly applied. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Paul George

by Colin McGowan

Obsessing over the pointless is part of the joy of following sports, but coverage of the Paul George saga poses a depressing question: do we like the noise more than the signal? Read more »
Thirty Futures: John Wall

by Colin McGowan

John Wall is a superb player occasionally brought low by a leadership responsibility he can't handle. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Marcus Smart

by Colin McGowan

What's clearly special about Marcus Smart is that he's at peace with his own profanity. He's shameless. This is half a compliment. Read more »