Basketball Analysis

The Shape Of Ben Simmons's Contribution Doesn't Have To Make Conventional Sense

by Colin McGowan

Feb 24, 2021 3:15 PM

Maybe it's okay that Ben Simmons isn't going to be a devastating all-around scorer, because he brings to the floor an abundance of other qualities that help you win basketball games. Read more »

Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

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Minnesota's New Degree Of Purpose

by Colin McGowan

Feb 22, 2021 9:51 PM

The timing is odd but Gersson Rosas probably actually wanted Chris Finch instead of Ryan Saunders all along and now they half a weird season left to start figuring out what's next. Read more »

Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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Blake Griffin's Quest To Rediscover His Game

by Rafael Canton

Feb 19, 2021 9:52 PM

Blake Griffin has looked like a shell of himself, failing to prop up a young and inexperienced Pistons team. But there might be a late career role player in there if he can find the right situation. Read more »

Tags: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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The NBA Will Always Be A Commodities' League

by Colin McGowan

As things are currently set up, franchises have immense control over what players are allowed to do- where they can work, how they work, what they can say, even what they do in their limited spare time. For every James Harden in the league, there's many more Andre Drummonds. Read more »
The Variables And Struggles Of An NBA Playing Through COVID

by John Wilmes

The COVID inflicted NBA season has been a sloppier, more austere, less predictable and ideal product than the one that we're used to. Hopefully the experience shows the league ways to do things better afterwards than they were done before. 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 »
Finding The Best Use For Your Joy Of The Game

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Garnett is less burdened by his own agenda, lives less firmly in his own fermenting bitterness. And he simply likes the sport more than Shaq does, so he's more apt to hand the younger generation its due. Read more »
The NBA's Renewed Team-Building Imagination

by John Wilmes

Unlike the peak of the Warriors' era, the emerging championship contenders of today seem not to be bent in any consistent direction. It is time, instead, to build different kinds of flying that make the sport a more marvelous stew of style. Read more »
The Top Picks From 2020 Are Making Watchable Trouble

by Colin McGowan

The most you can ask of a young player, if they're not immediately awesome as so few are, is for them to illumine new possibilities. Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball are certainly doing that during their young careers. Read more »
2021 NBA Draft Prospect Report: Evan Mobley Of USC

by Rafael Uehara

For as skilled and capable with the ball as he is on offense, Evan Mobley might be even more special and a perfect fit for this era on defense. Read more »
Shaq, Chuck, And Their Beloved Anti-Analysis

by John Wilmes

Neither Shaq or Charles is a true analyst, but that much more rare thing: they are entertainers. That is what they're paid for, and also the basis for a steady team in a media field that's in constant turnover elsewhere. Read more »
John Wall's Redemption Tour

by Colin McGowan

A younger John Wall could have done some serious damage in a league like this. As it stands, the increased spacing and rapid action are helping him do a decent impression of his old self. 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 »
Collin Sexton's Whole Thing Shouldn't Work

by Colin McGowan

The wildness of Collin Sexton's play is becoming more of a stylistic affectation than something you worry about. Read more »
Harden, Durant, And The Pursuit Of What Was Lost

by John Wilmes

A singular mix of past and present, of talent and narrative, the new Brooklyn Nets are an entity too dense for one moment, and will require years of observation and unpacking to comprehend. Read more »
How Jerami Grant Betting On Himself Is A Repeat Of NBA History

by Rafael Canton

Jerami Grant was certain to receive the reps to try and grow into a bigger role, but he's done even more than that. Grant has exceeded expectations. Read more »
Brooklyn's Superbly Strange Trio Of Talents

by Colin McGowan

When you have topline players like Kyrie, Durant, and Harden, you don't need much other than they not self-combust in a typhoon of neuroses, ego, bickering, and mental-emotional cataclysm. Read more »
On LaMelo Ball, Who May One Day Impress Himself

by John Wilmes

What we can see already is that LaMelo Ball is a player with a newness that matters, and that is in all likelihood bound to matter more and more. Read more »
The NBA Has Given Itself Over To Chaos

by Colin McGowan

The primary task is to bang out these games, and while they're making an effort to do it safely, the evidence is mounting that they can't, and they're hoping much more than ensuring that nobody gets seriously ill. Read more »