Basketball Analysis

Enjoying Dame And CJ In The Rings Or Nothing Era

by Jonny Auping

Dec 14, 2018 1:10 PM

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are very good, very entertaining and win a lot of games. But in 2018, the gut reaction is to view them through particular lenses: That they aren't good enough. Read more »

Tags: C.J. McCollum, Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

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Marc Gasol And The Grizzlies Have Rediscovered Their Purpose

by Colin McGowan

Dec 13, 2018 6:02 PM

Here is maybe the simplest way of putting it: the Grizz want to feel, on a nightly basis, like they've done their job. That's what Marc Gasol was missing last season, why he cut such a bereft figure. Read more »

Tags: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA

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DeMar DeRozan: The All-Star Anachronism

by Micah Wimmer

Dec 11, 2018 3:17 PM

There's something almost admirable about DeMar DeRozan's distinctiveness, his apparent desire to refine his own style rather than attempt to fit into the prescribed idea of who he, or any modern guard, should be. Read more »

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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How Dirk Will Fit Onto A Mavs' Team That Now Belongs To Luka

by Matthew Tynan

The Mavericks have always been innovative when it comes to Dirk Nowitzki. Read more »
The Complicated Admiration Of Allen Iverson

by Colin McGowan

Allen Iverson emphasizes over and over again the importance of being yourself, which is literally the moral of every other Disney movie, but coming from him is more political argument than feel-good sentiment. Read more »
Lauri Markkanen Is Already an Offensive Weapon

by Jonny Auping

What exactly Markkanen can become in the future is hard to say, but and at seven feet tall that makes him something the Bulls can put a high value on: an offensive weapon. Read more »
Kyle Korver Never Left Utah But Now He's Back

by Colin McGowan

Don't look now, but is Kyle Korver one of the NBA's few remaining specialists? There aren't many single-skill guys kicking around these days; almost everybody is expected to do a few things well. Read more »
The Evolution Of NBA Star Jerks

by Micah Wimmer

Without intending to, Draymond Green and Jimmy Butler both show us how limited our patience today is for players acting like jerks, unlike in the Jordan/Kobe eras, how we now believe such behavior may be entertaining without being edifying. Read more »
Markelle Fultz Living Under Himself

by Colin McGowan

Markelle Fultz's troubles aren't really his fault- he's the plaything of the cosmos at the moment- but they aren't Brett Brown or Elton Brand's either. Read more »
Luka Doncic's Earned Confidence

by Jonny Auping

Luka Doncic's games haven't been statements or declarations of fact. They've just been reality playing itself out. He plays like he's exactly as good as he knows he is. Read more »
Scoring Explosions And The Risk Of Stylistic Homogeneity

by Colin McGowan

Wide open contests are fun, but so is invention, idiosyncrasy, contrasting approaches. Tastes are peculiar, but they're never narrow as a cocktail straw. Read more »
Sacramento's New Growing Pains

by Matthew Tynan

The Kings are already showing they have a chance to be something special, and they have a coach who has already shown he can win games in this league and appears to be invested in the future of the team. Read more »
The Optimistic Launch Of The Budenholzer Era Bucks

by Colin McGowan

It's gratifying to see the Bucks ascend like this because, after spending a not insignificant period of time stalling and scuffling, they've been suddenly seized by possibility. Read more »
Towns & Zion In The Culture Of Expectations & Disappointment

by Corbin Smith

When Karl-Anthony Towns came into the league, he was universally thought of as the answer to how a big man can operate in the modern game. Now he's considered by many a disappointment just as another set of unreachable expectations are being bestowed upon Zion Williamson. Read more »
Prospect Report: Eric Paschall Of Villanova

by Rafael Uehara

Eric Paschall certainly looks the part for what the league is looking for in its combo forwards from physical and athletic standpoints. Read more »
Cedi Osman's Big Chance Playing Into The Void

by Colin McGowan

The sky's not exactly the limit for Cedi Osman, but he's on his way to becoming a drunk impressionist's rendering of Gordon Hayward- in other words, a useful player. Read more »
Prospect Report: Rui Hachimura Of Gonzaga

by Rafael Uehara

Rui Hachimura might be a bit overrated at this point. He hasn't developed handling the ball from the perimeter against a set defense, isn't a reliable shot creator for others and doesn't offer spacing. Read more »
Anime Hayward And The New Bounds Of #Content

by John Wilmes

Anime Hayward is a fiction borne from a culture so over-producing and so neurotic about what it is, and who it is, that his stenciled visage feels all but inevitable. Read more »
NBA Stars Have The Conch Now, And They Know It

by Spencer Lund

While the owners successfully reduced the players' share of BRI in 2011, players, specifically stars, have wrestled a lot of the agency back from the owners. Read more »
Reasons To Watch All 30 NBA Teams, 18-19 Edition

by Keith P Smith

Beyond the top teams, the NBA is full of interesting stories and, just importantly, reasons to watch each team. Read more »