Micah Wimmer - Basketball Analysis

Giannis And The Virtue Of Being Oneself

by Micah Wimmer

Jul 23, 2021 2:35 PM

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 »

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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These Playoffs Have Been A Bridge To Something New

by Micah Wimmer

Jun 26, 2021 3:08 PM

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 »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, NBA

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The Nets Have Solved Basketball, For Now

by Micah Wimmer

Jun 10, 2021 1:10 PM

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 »

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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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 »
Stephen Curry Is Trapped Between The Past, Present And Future

by Micah Wimmer

With Stephen Curry on his own again, he is unleashed in a way he hasn't been since the 2015-16 season, and though nothing can match the fever dream of that year, there's something thrilling about watching him try. Read more »
The Strangeness Of Watching A Season That Shouldn't Be Happening

by Micah Wimmer

While the league liked to talk about the Bubble as a public service of sorts, a comforting sign of normalcy in trying times, little rhetoric of that type has arisen this year. There's no use pretending anymore. Read more »
Kyrie Irving Is Not Wrong For Wanting Out Of The Media Gaze

by Micah Wimmer

It's easier to write Kyrie Irving off as immature, crazy, or stupid than actually consider the veracity and validity of what he says. Read more »
Player Empowerment In NBA Remains Rare, Selective

by Micah Wimmer

The life of a professional athlete is inherently precarious, and stars are justifiably doing what they can to reduce the element of chance in their careers. But what does it mean if the players already most insulated from randomness are the only ones able to take such steps? Read more »
Looking Back At The NBA Players Strike, What Comes Next?

by Micah Wimmer

If NBA players are to make further use of their power, they must no longer see the league as a partner in transformation, but as a tool to be manipulated. Read more »
P.J. Tucker Is The Key To The Rockets' Smallball Dreams

by Micah Wimmer

A component of small ball is a type of player that is very hard to find: a floor spacer with the requisite size to keep the team from being destroyed in the paint and on the boards as well as the quickness to switch everything. Read more »
This Weird NBA Season Has Two Separate Defending Champions

by Micah Wimmer

Both the Raptors and Kawhi himself, though separated by the breadth of a continent, have something at stake, a chance to assert that they were the truly indispensable part of last year's triumph and win back-to-back chips. Read more »
The Hope Of Andrew Wiggins When It Looked Like All Hope Was Lost

by Micah Wimmer

Andrew Wiggins is looking more like a modern player and less like an anachronistic throwback to the days of inefficient volume shooters. Read more »
Ja Morant Enters NBA As Both Underdog And Favorite

by Micah Wimmer

Ja Morant was picked No. 2 overall in 2019, but not so long ago was accidentally found by a mid-major program. What might that mean for his NBA career? Read more »
Spencer Dinwiddie Among The NBA's Investing Class

by Micah Wimmer

It's impossible to tell at this point whether players such as Spencer Dinwiddie are establishing a new way of handling money that will become a more widespread trend, or if investing in tech is just the late 2010s version of starting a record label, a misguided indulgence that will pass and become a cautionary tale for future generations of NBA stars. Read more »
Stars In Exile: Chris Paul And Blake Griffin After Lob City

by Micah Wimmer

The twin fates of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul speak to the fickle nature of player power and to the boom or bust mentality that has taken over team management. Read more »
The Importance Of Danny Green

by Micah Wimmer

Danny Green has long been one of the best role players in the NBA, but he'll have to be something more than that for the Lakers this season. Read more »
The Solitude Of Russell Westbrook

by Micah Wimmer

Russell Westbrook is so domineering, so omnivorous as a player that he plays an outsized role in determining his team's fate even if he is not their best player. Read more »
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