Basketball Analysis

Twelve Characters: Russell Westbrook

by Colin McGowan

Oct 19, 2021 10:27 AM

Is Russ spitting nonsense when he says he's a Pau Gasol acolyte? Yeah, probably. But a tamed Russ, who is ferocious yet under his own control is an exhilarating concept. Read more »

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Twelve Characters: Zach LaVine

by Colin McGowan

Oct 18, 2021 9:15 PM

While that natural athleticism obviously helps him on the court, it has perhaps also made us slow to appreciate the fulsome layers of polish Zach LaVine has applied to his game over the past few seasons. Read more »

Tags: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, NBA

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Twelve Characters: John Collins

by Colin McGowan

Oct 18, 2021 10:34 AM

Maintaining consistency is easier said than done but John Collins has sorted a couple of things: he's sure that Hawks brass has faith in him, and he's properly introduced himself to the rest of us. Read more »

Tags: John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, NBA

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Twelve Characters: Domantas Sabonis

by Colin McGowan

To be fair to Domantas Sabonis, he's 25 and ascendant, coming off career highs in points and assists per game. Nobody should be telling him what is and isn't possible. He'll gun for an All-NBA spot, and at least get close. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Bam Adebayo

by Colin McGowan

Bam Adebayo's instinct not to emerge from the edit booth without a final cut, leaves you wondering what else he's pretty good at that he isn't willing to show us yet, until he's mastered it. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Devin Booker

by Colin McGowan

Devin Booker had been the guy he was in 20-21 for at least two seasons, and his trajectory toward that plateau was as steady as it gets. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Draymond Green

by Colin McGowan

If Draymond Green isn't going to approach the all-around brilliance he displayed in his mid-20s, he's still a really useful player, provided you give him something to care about. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Julius Randle

by Colin McGowan

Julius Randle is clearly somebody who likes and cares about the whole New York Knicks Thing, which can't be taken for granted in 2021. Read more »
The Hellish Purgatory Of The Philadelphia 76ers

by John Wilmes

Joel Embiid has won a turf war against Ben Simmons because he's improved a bit more and definitely in easily noticeable ways. Embiid also won over the people in power within the Sixers, as well as the fans and the media. Read more »
2023 NBA Draft Report: Emoni Bates Of Memphis

by Rafael Uehara

Despite the general understanding that his development might have stagnated a bit, both in terms of skills and physicality, Emoni Bates continues to be viewed as a potential star. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Kyrie Irving

by Colin McGowan

The selfish stance of Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins on the vaccine issue speaks to one of the biggest problems of our age: that we are far too deep in our own stuff, wholly unable to help each other. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Khris Middleton

by Colin McGowan

One of the perks of coming out a champ is that you are no longer in dialogue with any arguments against you, extant or nascent or merely hinted at. You've settled things completely. Whatever we've asked of Khris Middleton, whatever he's asked of himself, the answer is yes. Read more »
The Forgotten Karl-Anthony Towns

by Micah Wimmer

Karl-Anthony Towns' relative loss in prestige over the last few seasons speaks to how much context can shape how one is perceived, even at the expense of one's on-court performance. Read more »
The Brooklyn Nets, Our Weirdest Contenders Yet

by John Wilmes

As the Nets enter the 21-22 season as overwhelming title favorites, my question is simple: has a team ever been this good and this weird at the same time? Read more »
Twelve Characters: CJ McCollum

by Colin McGowan

C.J. McCollum doesn't get to do whatever he wants; he posts his 20-whatever in the negative space Dame Lillard leaves in his wake. It's a peculiar rhythm you have to strike, not being The Guy but playing as if you were, however intermittently. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Joel Embiid

by Colin McGowan

As hard as this summer has been on his shaken teammate, Joel Embiid has surely been struggling too. Struggling to keep his thoughts to himself, to put in the work knowing that his fate will be decided by forces beyond his own commitment. It's an existential bother, a fittingly big mannish problem. Read more »
The 2022 Lakers And Nets, And One Ring To Rule Them All

by John Wilmes

As the NBA transitions to a new era, a Lakers-Nets Finals could function as the capstone to a certain era of stars; one last hurrah for everyone old enough to remember when David Stern was still their commissioner. This would be a Super Bowl of sorts- a collision of legacies too rich to miss, too hyped-up to possibly escape. Read more »
If The 76ers Lose Ben Simmons, They Become More Conventional With Fewer Possibilities

by Jack Tien-Dana

The Sixers have succeeded because they moved counter to the NBA's prevailing trends. Whereas other teams focused on optimizing their offense until it reached some analytically divined flow state, Philly yucked their opponents' yum. Read more »
DeAndre Jordan's Winnowing Of Choices

by Colin McGowan

DeAndre Jordan may wish he could create a better set of options, be 27 again. Or maybe this is a fine time to get out. Read more »
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 »
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