Colin McGowan - Basketball Analysis

The NBA Has Given Itself Over To Chaos

by Colin McGowan

The primary task is to bang out these games, and while they're making an effort to do it safely, the evidence is mounting that they can't, and they're hoping much more than ensuring that nobody gets seriously ill. Read more »
Markele Fultz Can Handle This New Setback

by Colin McGowan

It's important, perhaps now more than ever, to be optimistic when you can afford to be. Read more »
Thirty Futures: San Antonio Spurs

by Colin McGowan

Gregg Popovich has always treated basketball with the correct amount of seriousness, which is to say you let it drive you nuts, until you realize you're being stupid and ease up. Both of those things are important. Read more »
Thirty Futures: New Orleans Pelicans

by Colin McGowan

There are players who come along every decade or so, and they invent a new grammar, sometimes even a new language of basketball. With Zion Williamson, we merely want the time to understand it. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Dallas Mavericks

by Colin McGowan

You see someone who can do a bit of everything at age 24 and figure he'll develop linearly and remarkably, until you've talked yourself into a player like Josh Richardson becoming Tony Allen crossed with Bradley Beal. It's fun to get carried away. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Memphis Grizzlies

by Colin McGowan

Being heedless, when you can still afford to be, is one of the great pleasures of being young. And seeing Ja Morant romp and rage- it's a kind of metaphor for being young, a heightened representation of it. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Utah Jazz

by Colin McGowan

Rudy Gobert is a tough one. He demands praise, to the point of importunance. He's sensitive to the idea that he's only a defensive stopper. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Sacramento Kings

by Colin McGowan

Buddy Hield and the Kings are in Year 1 of a commitment both sides appear to regret, but there's little choice for both but to muddle on. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Los Angeles Lakers

by Colin McGowan

Everybody has to overcome themselves; almost no one has to deal with scoring on Rudy Gobert. Dennis Schroder has managed it, with greater efficiency than you'd expect, and the Lakers are his reward. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Chicago Bulls

by Colin McGowan

The Boylen Era Bulls had no clue what to do with Wendell Carter, and he should benefit noticeably from Billy Donovan steady hand. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Miami Heat

by Colin McGowan

The reason Miami's almost-championship run was inspiring is because it felt like it was entirely a product of their institutional competence. They drafted well and coached guys up. They worked every advantage they had. Read more »
Thirty Futures: New York Knicks

by Colin McGowan

R.J. Barrett has the kind of broad, amorphous ability that you can project your desires onto. He is the idea of home ownership, the haze-engulfed outline of a better self. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Colin McGowan

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will get a chance to explore the limits of what he can do as a number one option, which will be fun, until the losses begin to pile up and the malaise sets in. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Toronto Raptors

by Colin McGowan

The Raptors, with everything else more or less fixed, will be as extraordinary as Pascal Siakam is. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Cleveland Cavaliers

by Colin McGowan

When a player demands not to suffer from circumstances he helped create, he's not exactly correct, in any moral sense, but professional sports is not about morals. It's big business, legalized and marginally more civil mafia activity. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Los Angeles Clippers

by Colin McGowan

After you wash out of the playoffs in mortifying fashion, it's best to go away for a while. Let the media train its squirrel-brained fascination on a different subject. Paul George has done the opposite. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Minnesota Timberwolves

by Colin McGowan

Karl-Anthony Towns has a lot in common with Chris Webber at the same age. He's a less interesting cultural figure, he shares his mid-career mould-breaking offensive ability, a mercurial personality, and a creeping fraudulence. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Orlando Magic

by Colin McGowan

If you were worried Markelle Fultz might be out of the league soon, you could put that fear away. It took him nearly the entirety of his rookie contract, but he has proven that he can hang. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Washington Wizards

by Colin McGowan

John Wall won his quiet civil war with Bradley Beal in one respect: he is the proper heir to Gilbert Arenas, the marquee Wizards star of his era, beloved in D.C. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Portland Trail Blazers

by Colin McGowan

Any basketball league that doesn't have room for Jusuf Nurkic is headed in the wrong direction. He's built his career on massiveness but also a mind as agile as any guard in the league. Read more »