Basketball Analysis

The Bulls Are Making Disappointment Their Home

by John Wilmes

Dec 6, 2022 3:51 PM

It seems fair to say that Zach LaVine probably needs to play next to a different kind of running mate: one who runs an offense instead of bails it out; someone whose primary management he can play off. Read more »

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The Distinct Experience Watching The Raptors

by Colin McGowan

Nov 30, 2022 4:18 PM

The Raptors play in a way that emphasizes their length. They appear in your imagination as a mass of adolescent sycamores with limbs like an interstate highway system. Read more »

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Minnesota's Twin Tower Problem

by John Wilmes

Nov 28, 2022 3:57 PM

The Sixers recently tried and failed a Twin Towers experiment, but were able to quickly dig themselves out of the hole. With the Wolves trading away all of their future draft capital, fixing their Gobert/Towns mix will be even more challenging for them. Read more »

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Now We're Going To See How The NBA Handles Gender-Based Violence

by Kevin Yeung

Maybe we're at a course-correction point and there will be a real and rehabilitative process for Bridges, Primo and Udoka. Or, more cynically, this could just be the same public-relations playbook we've grown used to seeing in the NBA being run once again. Read more »
Luka Doncic And The Upside And Perils Of Radical Heliocentrism

by Jack Tien-Dana

Luka Doncic is playing to the point that he's consumed Dallas' entire universe; at a certain point, he ceased being the Mavs' star and transformed into their entire solar system. Read more »
The Time For The Thunder Is Now

by John Wilmes

What happens when you're "collecting assets" but you already have a star where keeping him happy is likely more important than marginally increasing the odds on your NBA Powerball ticket. Read more »
NBA City Edition Uniforms: A 30-Team Review

by John Wilmes

Reviewing the hits and misses of the 22-23 City Edition uniforms. Read more »
The Nets Are A Blob Of Cultural Anxieties

by John Wilmes

Most organizations cannot handle even one man who is capable of destabilizing everything going on around them, but in Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, and potentially Ime Udoka as well, the Nets could have four. Read more »
Kyrie Irving Provides Nothing To Engage With Beyond The Initial Provocation

by Colin McGowan

It is immensely sad and angering when rich and famous people poison the cultural water supply because they are bored, or unwell, or the morphine drip of public attention has slowed, and they are itching for engagement. Read more »
The Utah Jazz Are Melodic, For Now

by John Wilmes

The Jazz have an extremely annoying team to deal with on a night-to-night basis. So far, they've undermined everyone's expectations for them, perhaps even their own, and have done it without superstar talent. Read more »
The Joys And Dangers Of The All-Or-Nothing NBA

by Christopher Reina

The NBA is in an unpredictable time where there are more viable title contenders from season to season. More teams are betting everything on the present to win a title, while there are more rebuilding teams willing to oblige them. Read more »
Draymond Green And The Gross Truth Of Sports

by John Wilmes

Access to the frenetic, physical, hyper-communicative disruption and coordination Draymond Green offers on the court has long required dealing with all the storm and fever he brings off it. Read more »
Deandre Ayton And The Center's Dilemma

by John Wilmes

Deandre Ayton has played the role of a thankless big man and given finite room to flourish. The bill has seemed to come due on the good will he's shown during his subjugation into such a blunt instrument role. Read more »
The Limits Of NBA Media Day

by Colin McGowan

This is the time when everything is happily, vaguely defined. Read more »
The Case For The Bulls Without Lonzo Ball

by John Wilmes

All is not lost without Lonzo Ball, but it will take a delicate, intricate balancing act from Billy Donovan to make this curious collection of parts hum in a differently successful way. Read more »
The Rockets Of Then Become The Sixers Of Now

by John Wilmes

In Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and De'Anthony Melton, the dashed dreams of the 2018 Rockets have found new foundation. Read more »
We're Still Waiting To See Who RJ Barrett Is Going To Be

by Kevin Yeung

Time is on the side of these Knicks. There are many directions that RJ Barrett can take from here that would work for the team and their next steps as a franchise, and he's still just scratching the surface of those. Read more »
The Cavs, Donovan Mitchell, And The Risk Of Vibe Disruption

by John Wilmes

The Cavaliers have implied that they believe their young trio have cultivated a vibe so strong that a player who's demonstrated a tendency toward tantrum will be persuaded to become his best self with their team- not just for those first few glowing months, but for good. Read more »
Donovan Mitchell Playing At Superstardom Or Homecoming Hero

by Colin McGowan

What Donovan Mitchell is seeking, beyond the experience of living and working in a massive media capital, is not personal growth so much as to be glimpsed from a fresh angle. Read more »
Dejounte Murray Puts On The Black Hat

by John Wilmes

Overnight, Dejounte Murray has branded himself as one of the most savage showmen within recent memory, necessarily changing the forecast for the vibes, if nothing else, of the 22-23 Hawks campaign. Read more »