John Wilmes - Basketball Analysis

Basketball's Grandest Ballad: The Utah Jazz

by John Wilmes

May 27, 2020 1:11 PM

Averaged out over a fifteen-year period, the contributions of Karl Malone and John Stockton were greater than anyone else's, but at no point during that time were they good enough to beat everyone. Read more »

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On Michael Jordan, LeBron James, And Time Machines

by John Wilmes

May 15, 2020 4:51 PM

With the nation on lockdown during a pandemic, turning somewhere nostalgic with "The Last Dance" for their sports fix, this plague of cognitive dissonance is thriving more than it ever has. Read more »

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The Long Path To Michael Jordan's Humanity

by John Wilmes

May 4, 2020 3:42 PM

Jordaniacs galore have dived gleefully into the cracks of his veneer, reveling in the hidden humanity of the man with the perfect smile and the unparalleled on-court artistry, presented to them for so long as not-real. Read more »

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Pat Riley Will Never Die

by John Wilmes

Gone are Justise Winslow, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, and anyone else with a conspicuous gap between potential and performance. Remade in Jimmy Butler's self-maximizing fashion, rich with diamond-in-the-rough upstarts and over-achievers, this team would be a fitting sendoff crew for Pat Riley, if he were capable of quitting. Read more »
The DeRozan-To-Kawhi Heart Transplant

by John Wilmes

The mark of Kawhi Leonard's spirit on the Raptors' Finals run is unmistakable. They are no longer any more prone to mental or spiritual lapses than any other title fighter; in fact, they are noticeably allergic to the psycho-emotional flights. Read more »
The NBA's Four Exceedingly Disparate Semifinals

by John Wilmes

The Bucks and Celtics finally playing serious basketball, the Kawhi Leonard avalanche, auditing Warriors-Rockets and the hardwood candy of Nuggets-Blazers. Read more »
Late Season NBA Flotsam And The Giannis Who Could Redeem It

by John Wilmes

The past several weeks of NBA basketball have been scantly watchable, and it's primarily because of structural issues wrought by businessmen. Read more »
The Modern NBA Hegemony Of The Three-Pointer

by John Wilmes

The standards for player effectiveness have shifted so remarkably that entire typologies of the game are fading from existence during this stylistic hegemony. Read more »
How LeBron Made Winning Harder For Himself While Improving Life For The Stars

by John Wilmes

In freeing himself from old concepts about franchise loyalty and how you're allowed to move around the league, LeBron James has forged his own kind of kingdom that other ad-campaign-worthy stars see and want for themselves. Read more »
Anime Hayward And The New Bounds Of #Content

by John Wilmes

Anime Hayward is a fiction borne from a culture so over-producing and so neurotic about what it is, and who it is, that his stenciled visage feels all but inevitable. Read more »
Jabari Parker, The New Bulls, And The Capacity To Imagine

by John Wilmes

The way Chicago's signings of Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine were received by some begs the question of why is it that we have created an intellectual environment that evaluates players in the way we'd want an Amazon review to evaluate a screwdriver? Read more »
The Case Of Ralph Sampson And The Fate Of NBA Lottery Selections

by John Wilmes

Every year, we draw a shiny red circle around a handful of lottery selections, anointing them as harbingers of the future even though we know better. Read more »
The Warriors Are Not Normal

by John Wilmes

Imagine the 72-win Bulls replacing Luc Longley with Shaquille O'Neal. Kevin Durant and the Warriors have shown a path toward a title that is wholly new in its elision of competitive resistance. Read more »
Eric jr Vs. The Blog Boys: The Great Leveling Force Of NBA Twitter

by John Wilmes

It's as if Bryan Colangelo and all the Eric jrs out there, whether he pretends to be one amidst their millions or not, are chasing more similar ghosts than one might suspect. Read more »
Hating The Warriors

by John Wilmes

The Warriors have become the thing they had to fight against, but they have morphed into it in such spectacularly earth-burning fashion that their arc creates a sentiment that transcends the usual jadedness that all upstarts-become-destroyers inspire. Read more »
The Refreshing Rudeness Of The NBA Playoffs

by John Wilmes

The 2018 NBA postseason has being unusually rich with rudeness, razzing, and sometimes out-and-out animosity. Read more »
Oklahoma City's Last Stand To Stay Within History

by John Wilmes

The sheer amount of how much has happened in the Thunder's brief existence has been downright cosmic. Read more »
Denver's Mix Of Raw Doubt, Raw Hope

by John Wilmes

Denver missing the playoffs by one year again isn't the sort of disappointment that begs for start-over or vast structural change; it is the kind that promises to be transformative as motivator. Read more »
Kawhi, Isaiah, Kyrie, And The New Superstar Body Plan

by John Wilmes

Industries of their own, superstars have begun to more fully appraise where their money is coming from, and they are increasingly disabusing themselves of older definitions of success and glory. Read more »
Kawhi And Pop, Kyrie And LeBron, And The Challenging Of NBA Patriarchs

by John Wilmes

Two young men talented enough, and bold enough in their vision, have exercise their indifference to the traditions that each of these legends have wrought. Read more »