Basketball Analysis

2023 NBA Draft Report: Emoni Bates Of Memphis

by Rafael Uehara

Sep 30, 2021 3:06 PM

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 »

Tags: Emoni Bates, Memphis Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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J.R. Smith Is Developing Interests Beyond The Hardwood, As We All Should

by Colin McGowan

Aug 26, 2021 5:00 PM

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 »

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, North Carolina A&T Aggies, NCAA, NBA

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2022 NBA Draft Report: Chet Holmgren Of Gonzaga

by Rafael Uehara

Jul 30, 2021 10:19 PM

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 »

Tags: Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga Bulldogs, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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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 »
Prospect Report: Franz Wagner Of Michigan

by Rafael Uehara

The appeal with Franz Wagner as a potential 3&D wing who can check scoring threats that look to create separation via craft or quickness and elevate the level of the defense around him in help. Read more »
Prospect Report: Davion Mitchell Of Baylor

by Rafael Uehara

Davion Mitchell was arguably the best player on what ended up being the best team in college basketball, shot well from all over the floor (except the foul line), and improved his assist-to-turnover ratio substantially. Read more »
Prospect Report: Scottie Barnes Of Florida State

by Rafael Uehara

The appeal with Scottie Barnes is the idea of someone his size with his length being capable of guarding every single position across the perimeter and maybe even spending some time at center on occasion, while running point on the other end. 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 »
2020 NBA Draft: Top-10 Point Guards

by Rafael Uehara

Breaking down LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, Killian Hayes, RJ Hampton, Cole Anthony, Kira Lewis Jr., Nico Mannion and the other top point guard prospects of the class. Read more »
Prospect Report: Anthony Edwards Of Georgia

by Rafael Uehara

Anthony Edwards established himself as the sort of volume shot creator NBA teams usually seek at the top of the draft. Read more »
Prospect Report: Precious Achiuwa Of Memphis

by Rafael Uehara

Precious Achiuwa looks like the exact type of prospect whose combination of physical profile and athletic ability wows decision makers who join the process late. Read more »
Prospect Report: James Wiseman Of Memphis

by Rafael Uehara

James Wiseman has the potential to become a pure center who is special enough to escape the league's deemphasizing of the position over these last few years. Read more »
Prospect Report: Cole Anthony Of North Carolina

by Rafael Uehara

While Cole Anthony certainly lost status compared to how he was viewed entering his freshman year, his season was by no means a disaster. Read more »
Prospect Report: Obi Toppin Of Dayton

by Rafael Uehara

Obi Toppin is viewed as one of those big men who might be special enough to escape the devaluing of the position, especially of those who probably need another big man with them in the lineup to anchor the defense. Read more »
Basketball Storytelling Under Lockdown: Smartphones As Modern Empathy Machines

by Yu Miyagawa

How will our relationship with players change when the game returns, now that they shared with us their most vulnerable moments? When are we allowed to care about the scoreboard and standings? Read more »
Suspended Indefinitely: Kevin Garnett Makes The Leap

by Colin McGowan

Kevin Garnett skipped college partially out of necessity, but also perhaps because he realized that it was just an extra, intermediate step toward his ultimate goal. Convention was the only thing holding him back, and when you're as gifted as young K.G. was, that's not much of an impediment. Read more »
Prospect Report: Onyeka Okongwu Of USC

by Rafael Uehara

Onyeka Okongwu has emerged due to his impact around the rim on both ends. His combination of coordination and smoothness moving around the floor offers hope he could someday be about as good out in space as well. Read more »
Prospect Report: Isaac Okoro Of Auburn

by Rafael Uehara

The hype supporting Isaac Okoro's viability as a top 10 pick is mostly based on his defense, which is unusual because NBA teams tend to reach for shot creators and shot makers or seven-footers at the top of the draft. Read more »
John Beilein's Disappointing Stint As NBA Clipboarder-In-Chief

by Colin McGowan

You can already hear the grumbling from John Beilein's brothers in the college ranks that you can't teach NBA players. Except that's so obviously not true. Read more »
Prospect Report: Tyrese Haliburton Of Iowa State

by Rafael Uehara

Maybe Tyrese Haliburton's rise to stardom says more about the general perception of a lack of superstar potential in this class or maybe the NBA is starting to adjust its view on what types of players it is looking for in the draft. Read more »
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