Basketball Analysis

The NBA's Tentpole Free Agency Era Is Over

by Christopher Reina

Free agency is undeniably overloaded but it is hardly with momentous, league-altering players as it was last decade. It is musical chairs with the music at 5X speed in which most fungible players feel compelled to take the best immediate offer as teams brutely replenish the end of their roster. Read more »
J.R. Smith Is Developing Interests Beyond The Hardwood, As We All Should

by Colin McGowan

J.R. Smith going back to school and joining its golf team is a fine story for late August, which shouldn't contain much NBA news. Especially coming off a year-and-a-half jammed with more basketball than even the professionals who play it could handle. Read more »
Damian Lillard, Ballad Man At A Crossroads

by John Wilmes

The repetitive nature of the Blazers' failures seems to be grating on Damian Lillard. Will he remain content to pour all his power into a cyclical ballad about how the little guys can never be amazing enough to overcome the big boy advantages elsewhere? 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 »
Lauri Markkanen Is Stuck For Now

by Colin McGowan

The only option on the table right now for Lauri Markkanen is to accept the Bulls' qualifying offer and hope he has a healthy and productive 21-22, featuring for a team that hardly values him. Read more »
The Real Malice Of The Palace

by John Wilmes

The media cycle that followed the Malice at the Palace did not correlate with the reality in the arena that night, aside from the magical one that racists are always manufacturing on the fly. Read more »
Ben Simmons, Klutch, And LeBron's Legacy Of Cultural Resentment

by John Wilmes

Ben Simmons, despite boasting many spectacular qualities as a player, is not close to LeBron James, but his experience as a public figure does share important common ground. Read more »
The Delight Of Summer League Randos

by Colin McGowan

If Summer League has a utility, it's the taste of the extreme strangeness the NBA regular season doesn't quite brook. Janis Timma is too perfect and most likely not nearly talented enough for this world. Read more »
2023 NBA Draft Prospect Report: Victor Wembanyama Of ASVEL

by Rafael Uehara

Victor Wembanyama is an exceptional rim protector and projects as the sort of defender who can elevate the level of the defense around him, while also looking like he'll be able to score at all three levels. Read more »
High Time For DeMar DeRozan To Impress Again

by Colin McGowan

The Bulls are all in trying to win 50 games this year, and DeMar DeRozan will help considerably. There is a rung right below greatness, where some swell players hang out, but you can lose track of them. Read more »
The Bulls Are, In Fact, Back?

by John Wilmes

This is not a team built for development, but to win. Not to win a title, per se, but certainly to win more games than it loses, and for a good number of those victories to leave an attractive stamp on the broader basketball imagination. Read more »
The Opening Hours Of NBA Free Agency As Thirty Mission Statements

by Jack Tien-Dana

The advent of protracted trade demands and the play-in tournament and reshuffled lotto odds have conspired to incentivize goodness and punish intentional foulness. The NBA has pushed teams toward respectability. Read more »
Top-5 Restricted Free Agents In 2021 NBA Draft Class

by Rafael Canton

John Collins, Lonzo Ball, Duncan Robinson, Devonte' Graham and Jarrett Allen are at the top of the restricted free agency board. Read more »
2022 NBA Draft Report: Chet Holmgren Of Gonzaga

by Rafael Uehara

Chet Holmgren is a perimeter-oriented big man who can nail three-pointers on spot-ups and as the trailer in transition. He has good ball skills and coordination for someone his height to operate off the bounce on the regular. Read more »
It's Dream-Selling Season

by Colin McGowan

We are going to realize, in time, that this gaggle of young guys provide new paths toward winning, that they have or will develop skills that we are not now properly considering the value of. That's what the draft is about, on the broadest possible level. Read more »
Prospect Report: James Bouknight Of UConn

by Rafael Uehara

The appeal with James Bouknight is as a shotmaker off dribble moves and sleek footwork who can get promising looks in isolation. Even as teams have emphasized team-oriented offenses, the value of an individual scorer remains high. Read more »
Team USA's Stakes Are Moderate And Staying Motivated Is A Struggle

by Colin McGowan

The United States have become complacent again with a roster of abundant ability but not much synergy. 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 »
Prospect Report: Keon Johnson Of Tennessee

by Rafael Uehara

The appeal with Keon Johnson is as a tenacious on-ball defender who can envelope smaller point guards at the point of attack and elevate the level of the offense in transition, while holding some potential to become more physical by his late-20s. Read more »
In The End There Is Only The End

by Colin McGowan

One team wins it all and they are the happiest group of guys who ever lived, they are invincible and immortal and beautiful and exhausted. They vacation, extravagantly. And then we reset and go again. Read more »
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