Jonny Auping - Basketball Analysis

Enjoying Dame And CJ In The Rings Or Nothing Era

by Jonny Auping

Dec 14, 2018 1:10 PM

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are very good, very entertaining and win a lot of games. But in 2018, the gut reaction is to view them through particular lenses: That they aren't good enough. Read more »

Tags: C.J. McCollum, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Lauri Markkanen Is Already an Offensive Weapon

by Jonny Auping

Nov 30, 2018 2:17 PM

What exactly Markkanen can become in the future is hard to say, but and at seven feet tall that makes him something the Bulls can put a high value on: an offensive weapon. Read more »

Tags: Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls, NBA

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Luka Doncic's Earned Confidence

by Jonny Auping

Nov 26, 2018 12:56 PM

Luka Doncic's games haven't been statements or declarations of fact. They've just been reality playing itself out. He plays like he's exactly as good as he knows he is. Read more »

Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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Joe Ingles Lives In The Now

by Jonny Auping

Joe Ingles was never assigned a ceiling and it's tough to talk about how good he actually is right now because of it. Read more »
Dirk Nowitzki Passes The Burden Of Offensive Spacing

by Jonny Auping

In his 21st season, Dirk Nowitzki could finally become the beneficiary of space instead of the creator. Read more »
What Will A Rajon Rondo Mentorship Mean For Lonzo Ball?

by Jonny Auping

Lonzo Ball doesn't need to be the next Rajon Rondo because the Lakers barely need the current Rondo. They have LeBron James. Read more »
Mike D'Antoni Remains The NBA's Best Hope Against Predictability

by Jonny Auping

We know why Mike D'Antoni is important. We know- in the broad sense- what he's good at. And we know, even if we've taken it for granted, that he's been trying to save us from predictability for over a decade. Read more »
LeBron James Closes Chapter 3 As We Wait For Chapter 4

by Jonny Auping

When LeBron James finally retires, his career will look less complicated than most of us anticipated in the moment, while we were deconstructing his every move. That career will consist of four separate chapters. We just concluded the third chapter. Read more »
Present Versus Future In The Eastern Conference

by Jonny Auping

While the Raptors are trying to finally get past LeBron, the other side of the East features a pair of teams expected to dominate it for the next decade. Read more »
Lance, LeBron & The NBA's Most Lopsided Rivalry

by Jonny Auping

To Lance Stephenson, LeBron James is one thing: a rival. It might be the NBA's most entertaining rivalry. Read more »
Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker Are Adding Layers To The Power Forward Position

by Jonny Auping

This trio from the 2014 draft class came into the league as the evolution of that position, until Draymond Green and the Warriors interrupted that evolution. Read more »
Why The NBA Needs You To Believe In Russell Westbrook

by Jonny Auping

The most enticing thing about Russell Westbrook is that he doesn't believe what we've already accepted to be true. Believing the Thunder can make a run this postseason is antithetical to the way you've joyfully consumed the NBA for a few years now. Read more »
The Present That LeBron Can Control (And The Future He Can't)

by Jonny Auping

LeBron James came back to Cleveland and pictured a world where life would be good, and basketball would be fun. But those plans were made before the Warriors' dynasty Read more »
Dennis Schroder Isn't Interested In Being A Cog

by Jonny Auping

The roster likely isn't good enough for the Hawks to reach the playoffs, but it still might serve as a decent litmus test for Dennis Schroder's ceiling as a franchise piece. Read more »
Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon Need To Bring The Best Out Of Each Other

by Jonny Auping

Orlando's future and present are tied to two players in Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, who aren't currently good and don't have long to prove they're not bad. Read more »
D'Angelo Russell's Career Starts Now

by Jonny Auping

D'Angelo Russell was all flash, no substance under Byron Scott and just another young player auditioning for Luke Walton. Under Kenny Atkinson, he can be a productive system player. Read more »
Harrison Barnes Isn't Reliably Boring, He's Boringly Reliable

by Jonny Auping

In general terms, Harrison Barnes is a high floor/low ceiling player, and naturally, that's a relatively boring thing to be. Read more »
The Alternate Universes The Celtics Are Competing With

by Jonny Auping

There's a difference between shuffling talent and building a core. The luxury of Boston's previous core was that it was so easy to build around. Read more »
The Dion Waiters/JR Smith Power Rankings (Post-Players Tribune Edition)

by Jonny Auping and Alex Siquig

Dion Waiters' piece made his omission from the playoffs hurt all the more by so eloquently reminding us of the alluring collision of man and myth and menace and Messiah. Dion has decisively won the war he thought he had won long ago. Read more »
Jimmy Butler's Supporting Cast Isn't Auditioning For Him

by Jonny Auping

With Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade playing like a version of their prior selves, the Bulls all of a sudden have the familiar formula of playmakers and formidable role players around their superstar in Jimmy Butler. Read more »