Jonny Auping - Basketball Analysis

The JR Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings: How Close Can The Lakers Fly To The Sun?

by Jonny Auping

Mar 10, 2020 5:59 PM

The Lakers are testing the bounds of what's possible with their interest in Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith. Would LeBron really take a team to a title with Waiters, J.R., Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo? Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Will Kyle Kuzma's Game Catch Up To His Fame?

by Jonny Auping

Nov 14, 2019 10:01 PM

Maybe Kyle Kuzma will give us little glimpses of the lost pairing we never got to see between LeBron and Carmelo. If that's the role Kuzma's going to play, LeBron can't do much to help him. Read more »

Tags: Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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What's On the Other Side Of Disappointment For Andrew Wiggins?

by Jonny Auping

Sep 26, 2019 1:01 PM

Andrew Wiggins' game could be described as 'Kawhi Leonard trying to play through mono,' but he doesn't have to spend his whole career being disappointing. Read more »

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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Doncic & Porzingis Are The Mavs' Second Chance At A Transcendent Duo

by Jonny Auping

Imagine if Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki were never broken up. Now, imagine if Nash were five inches taller and Dirk were three inches taller. That's the kind of potential the Mavericks are looking at. Read more »
J.R. Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings, The Next Generation: NBA Finals

by Jonny Auping and Alex Siquig

Klay Thompson is too good to grace these power rankings but his luxuriousness to the Warriors gives him a unique pass, while the way Patrick McCaw has proven himself to be a man past surprise sneaks him onto the list as well. Read more »
The J.R. Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings The Next Generation: Conference Finals

by Jonny Auping and Alex Siquig

With J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters sitting at home, we celebrate the ones who might fill their shoes. A little brother named Seth Curry and a baseball player named Pat Connaughton are ripe for their J,R./Zion moment. Read more »
The JR Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings: The Next Generation

by Jonny Auping and Alex Siquig

Lou Williams is the natural successor to the progenitors of these sacred Power Rankings. He is what would happen if you injected a bit of peace and perspective into the hearts of JR Smith and Dion Waiters. Read more »
Jimmy Butler Is About To Be Insufferable

by Jonny Auping

As self-promotional as Jimmy Butler's whole shtick may be, it's hard to doubt that he genuinely does enjoy humiliating basketball players for the crime of not being up for the challenge he presents them with. This will reach a new height on a playoff run with Philadelphia. Read more »
Nikola Jokic Is The Big Talent That Can Exploit NBA Trends

by Jonny Auping

The Nuggets have discovered that surrounding him with shooters and cutters means double-teaming Nikola Jokic at any spot on the floor will be chaos for any kind of defense. Read more »
Lonzo Ball And Dennis Smith Are Just Trying To Grow Next To Greatness

by Jonny Auping

Not only are Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith Jr. going to be better than they currently are, but the greatness of their greatest skills have yet to be debunked or diminished. Read more »
Enjoying Dame And CJ In The Rings Or Nothing Era

by Jonny Auping

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 »
Lauri Markkanen Is Already an Offensive Weapon

by Jonny Auping

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 »
Luka Doncic's Earned Confidence

by Jonny Auping

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 »
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 »