Nick Zappulla - Basketball Analysis

Ben Simmons And Joel Embiid Have Expedited The Process

by Nick Zappulla

Oct 12, 2018 4:28 PM

It's almost a guarantee that Embiid and Simmons' best years are ahead of them. What's not a guarantee is that those years will be spent together on the Sixers, or that they will acquire better players than they have now, in the future. Read more »

Tags: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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The Knicks Are Finding Direction And Identity In A 'Lost' Year

by Nick Zappulla

Sep 11, 2018 11:17 AM

The Kristaps Porzingis injury has provided the Knicks with a much needed, long overdue buffer to enact a patient plan. Read more »

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA

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The Magic Want To Brew Something BIG

by Nick Zappulla

Aug 15, 2018 10:56 PM

The Magic are bucking the trend by cementing their foundation with bigs in Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Mohamed Bamba. Read more »

Tags: Orlando Magic, NBA

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The Improbable Yet Predictable Stardom Of Victor Oladipo

by Nick Zappulla

Similar to Donovan Mitchell with the Jazz and James Harden leaving the Ginobili role behind in OKC, fit, freedom and usage play a critical part in raising the ceiling of shooting guards like Victor Oladipo. Read more »
Clippers Setting Sail Towards New Territory

by Nick Zappulla

The Clippers begin anew as one of the NBA's more interesting imperfect storylines. Read more »
A Kingmaker After All

by Nick Zappulla

Maybe the Kings didn't win the DeMarcus Cousins' trade, but the pieces are now there for a hapless, much maligned franchise to turn it around in a relatively short period of time. Read more »
How The Pistons Are Baking Themselves Into The East's Three-Tiered Cake

by Nick Zappulla

The Pistons were an eighth seed last season, truly beginning their rise back to contention. There's now optimism of them bypassing the morass in the middle to get into the upper part of the conference. Read more »
Justise Winslow & Josh Richardson As Miami's Present & Future

by Nick Zappulla

Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson aren't a be-all, end-all unstoppable duo, but they do offer promising multi-positional talent that will certainly become enhanced with a short-term infusion of youth. Read more »
Making Sense Of The Talented Yet Scattered Magic Roster

by Nick Zappulla

With Frank Vogel at the helm, a renewed sense of confidence and accountability, and a pecking order that doesn't have every player trying to get theirs, the future doesn't seem so bad for Orlando. Read more »