Basketball Analysis

Prospect Report: Cole Anthony Of North Carolina

by Rafael Uehara

May 26, 2020 12:54 PM

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 »

Tags: Cole Anthony, North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA, NBA

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Prospect Report: Obi Toppin Of Dayton

by Rafael Uehara

Apr 29, 2020 12:34 PM

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 »

Tags: Obi Toppin, Dayton Flyers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Basketball Storytelling Under Lockdown: Smartphones As Modern Empathy Machines

by Yu Miyagawa

Apr 3, 2020 4:14 PM

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 »

Tags: NCAA, NBA

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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 »
Nostalgia & Healing On The Court: Penny Hardaway & Juwan Howard Cross Generational Divide

by Yu Miyagawa

Juwan Howard and Penny Hardaway each overcome nostalgia by stepping back into the living, growing, breathing ups and downs of the real world. They can even use the present to rewrite the past. Read more »
2020 NBA Draft Prospects: Bigs

by Rafael Uehara

James Wiseman, Isaiah Stewart II, Matthew Hurt, Obadiah Toppin and Amar Sylla headline the big man prospects. Read more »
2020 NBA Draft Prospects: Wings

by Rafael Uehara

Breaking down the games of Deni Avdija, Jaden McDaniels, Scottie Lewis, Precious Achiuwa and Tyrese Maxey. Read more »
2020 NBA Draft Prospects: Point Guards

by Rafael Uehara

With Anthony Edwards, Cole Anthony, Theo Maledon, RJ Hampton and Nico Mannion featuring, 2020 figures to be a bounceback draft for the position. Read more »
The NBA Can Fix The Broken Youth Basketball System If They Chose To

by Corbin Smith

The NBA is the only organization in America with the prestige, the cultural capital and the incentive to spearhead a more tightly regulated youth club system that prioritizes the safety and skill development of players. Read more »
2019 NBA Draft Prospects: Power Forwards

by Rafael Uehara

On Zion Williamson, DeAndre Hunter, Sekou Doumbouya, Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke. Read more »
2019 NBA Draft Prospects: Centers

by Rafael Uehara

Breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of Jaxson Hayes, Bol Bol, Goga Bitadze, Mfiondu Kabengele and Nicolas Claxton. Read more »
College Basketball Barely Contained Zion Williamson

by Colin McGowan

It's tempting to wonder what true freedom would look like for Zion Williamson, what he would do with his talents if he could apply them more freely, but that's a far-off fantasy. 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 »
Prospect Report: Jontay Porter Of Missouri

by Rafael Uehara

Jontay Porter is six-foot-11 stretch big who really impressed with his skill and intelligence at such a young age. Read more »
Prospect Report: De'Andre Hunter Of Virginia

by Rafael Uehara

De'Andre Hunter looks the part of what the NBA is looking for in a two-way combo forward these days, which is why he is currently considered the ninth-ranked prospect in the 2019 draft class. Read more »