Micah Wimmer - Basketball Analysis

Stephen Curry Is The Cosmos

by Micah Wimmer

Jun 20, 2022 12:30 PM

How do you become more immortal than you already were? This title for Stephen Curry and the Warriors was both validation and valediction, a chance to postpone chatter, to stop debating about legacies, and simply savor something special. Read more »

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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How Do You Guard The Impossible?

by Micah Wimmer

Jun 7, 2022 7:36 AM

While Golden State may have the higher ceiling than Boston, one never knows whether it will continue to rise or come crashing down. It comes down to what you value most: would you rather have reliable greatness or the ability to occasionally, and unpredictably, conjure magic? Read more »

Tags: Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Luka Doncic And His Indistinct Supporting Cast

by Micah Wimmer

May 18, 2022 10:43 AM

Watching the Mavericks, everything seems to come down to one question: Will their role players make enough 3's to make up for the fact that they are a top heavy team lacking in stylistic diversity or flexibility? Read more »

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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James Harden Can No Longer Build His Own World

by Micah Wimmer

James Harden has long been the cosmos itself; what will it look like for him to be just another individual residing in a world he cannot fully shape? Read more »
Trae Young Can Exploit A Team's Flaws, Not Quite Ready To Create Them Out Of Thin Air

by Micah Wimmer

Some players grow by doubling down on their particularities; others have to sand down the rough edges. It is not yet clear which group Trae Young is a member of. Read more »
Markelle Fultz Is Finally In Position To Forge His Own Path

by Micah Wimmer

Markelle Fultz's career trajectory may not align with what was initially imagined, but is one that can still be electric and satisfying in its own distinct way. Read more »
Can One Of The Most Deliberate Players In NBA History Adapt To His New Superstar Teammate?

by Micah Wimmer

Both James Harden and Joel Embiid are worlds unto themselves, players who not only dictate the end result of a game, but define the parameters in which it is played. Read more »
Klay Thompson's Dispatch From A Simpler Time

by Micah Wimmer

Klay Thompson seems to embody the vibe that many NBA fans like to believe that they would have themselves... if only they were an athletically brilliant multi-millionaire. Read more »
The NBA Has Completely Changed Its Pandemic Response

by Micah Wimmer

The COVID-19 decision-making process currently seems arbitrary, like the league is just trying to plug leaks and bail out water as quickly as possible to keep the ship from sinking and get to Christmas in as good of shape as possible. Read more »
Not Everyone Can Create Their Own World

by Micah Wimmer

There was supposed to be freedom in Kevin Durant's exit from the Warriors to Brooklyn, but instead he has found himself besieged by bad luck that has him trapped in a new way. Read more »
The Rockets May Not Be Good For A While, But They're Already Fun

by Micah Wimmer

The Rockets are blending throwback ball-dominant scorers with modern big men. With few expectations, they are offering their young players the liberty to play instinctually, free to indulge every one of their gifts without restraint. Read more »
The Forgotten Karl-Anthony Towns

by Micah Wimmer

Karl-Anthony Towns' relative loss in prestige over the last few seasons speaks to how much context can shape how one is perceived, even at the expense of one's on-court performance. Read more »
The NBA Offseason Had A Lot Of Moves, But Not Much Change

by Micah Wimmer

If the offseason seemed like an anticlimactic change of pace, it speaks to how happy most of the contenders are with their current core and how the rebuilding teams are content to take their time. Read more »
Giannis And The Virtue Of Being Oneself

by Micah Wimmer

Giannis Antetokounmpo blends retro ideas of post dominance with conceptions of space and movement that could be revolutionary if only there was anyone else able to follow in his footsteps. Read more »
These Playoffs Have Been A Bridge To Something New

by Micah Wimmer

The 2021 NBA Playoffs have been a bridge to a new era, one that will not fully blossom for a few more seasons, but one that fans can see a faint outline of now. Read more »
The Nets Have Solved Basketball, For Now

by Micah Wimmer

Brooklyn has found a new way to solve basketball's fundamental problem -- not by coming up with an inventive new strategy, but by reducing the game to its bare essentials. Read more »
Can The Playoffs Make Up For A Messy Regular Season?

by Micah Wimmer

The regular season felt even more random than usual. What this has meant for the seeding has been clear, but what remains to be seen is whether that sense of arbitrariness will continue into the postseason. Read more »
Isaiah Thomas And The Struggle To Let Go

by Micah Wimmer

It does not appear likely that Isaiah Thomas will be a vital cog on a winning team again, but knowing something and accepting it are two different things. The awareness that all athletic glory is inherently fleeting does make its passing any easier to bear. Read more »
What Is Owed To A Franchise Legend Like Kyle Lowry?

by Micah Wimmer

Whether or not Kyle Lowry is traded will depend not on sentiment, but on whether or not the Raptors and another team agree that doing so is beneficial to the future of both teams. Read more »
Karl-Anthony Towns' COVID-19 Story Should Be The Most Important One In The NBA Right Now

by Micah Wimmer

Player power is still hard-won and selective. Yet as ever, there is a limit to what the league can concede and the grief Karl-Anthony Towns is playing through shows that no player, regardless of their abilities, can stop the machine from mindlessly moving forward. Read more »