Micah Wimmer - Basketball Analysis

Kyrie Irving Is Not Wrong For Wanting Out Of The Media Gaze

by Micah Wimmer

Dec 11, 2020 2:04 PM

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 »

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Player Empowerment In NBA Remains Rare, Selective

by Micah Wimmer

Nov 21, 2020 9:41 AM

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 »

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Looking Back At The NBA Players Strike, What Comes Next?

by Micah Wimmer

Oct 20, 2020 5:09 PM

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 »

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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 »
What Exactly Does Kyrie Irving Want?

by Micah Wimmer

What Kyrie Irving is striving for remains as opaque as ever. The irony of Irving's move to the Nets is that he now finds himself in a similar situation to the one he was so eager to leave two summers ago. Read more »
The Potential Of Zion Williamson Vs. The Draft's Inherent Uncertainty

by Micah Wimmer

A year ago, Zion Williamson was projected to go No. 7. Now he's going No. 1 and expected to be a surefire Hall of Famer. In this way, Zion is more of a myth than a man at this point, more potential than actuality. Read more »
By Slaying Legends, Kawhi Leonard Has Become One

by Micah Wimmer

By stopping two potential three-peats by two of the greatest would-be dynasties of the last decade, Kawhi Leonard has established himself as a giant killer, the NBA's version of those legendary dragon slayers of yore. Read more »
The Volatility Of Pascal Siakam

by Micah Wimmer

The variance in Pascal Siakam's play is hard to explain or make sense of, but he needs to find some semblance of stability, enabling the rest of the team to feel secure and to ensure that good games from other players do not go to waste. Read more »
CJ McCollum, Khris Middleton, Klay Thompson And The Freedom To Fail

by Micah Wimmer

This trio of secondary stars are all crucial to their respective team's success. Yet they also operate on a level without the burden of legacy building. Read more »
Kawhi Leonard Has Nothing To Prove

by Micah Wimmer

The Raptors need Kawhi Leonard more than he needs them, which makes his impenetrable nature all the more compelling. Read more »
For Joel Embiid, It May Be Now Or Never

by Micah Wimmer

Joel Embiid is both a throwback and a renunciation of present trends in basketball strategy. He also could be running a race against his own body. Read more »
Nikola Vucevic And What Makes A Good Player A Star

by Micah Wimmer

Nikola Vucevic does everything well, just a shade less well, and a few shades less engagingly than his peers. Read more »
Player Empowerment For The Select Few

by Micah Wimmer

When we talk about the NBA being a players' league where the players appear to have more power than ever before, we need to be more conscientious of firstly, just how limited that power is relative to ownership and secondly, how few players we're talking about. Read more »