NBA Analysis

The Shared Construction Of A Mosaic

by Colin McGowan

Jan 5, 2022 5:31 PM

Dirk Nowitzki played 21 years. You could spend a lifetime dissecting a tenure that vast. It's spirit-salving, especially when everybody's down, to spend at least a few days on it. Read more »

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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DeMar DeRozan's Deliverance

by Katie Heindl

Jan 5, 2022 3:06 PM

DeMar DeRozan has come into his power like the sun showing up in the eye of a hurricane, there all along but waiting, patiently, for the circle of fortune to form up around him. Read more »

Tags: Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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The NBA's Apocalyptic Season

by Colin McGowan

Dec 22, 2021 9:22 PM

Using cheap and strange nostalgia to brighten a season that started promisingly but has now taken on the same grim perfunctory stink as the last one feels appropriate, perhaps even metaphorical. Read more »

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The NBA Has Completely Changed Its Pandemic Response

by Micah Wimmer

The COVID-19 decision-making process currently seems arbitrary, like the league is just trying to plug leaks and bail out water as quickly as possible to keep the ship from sinking and get to Christmas in as good of shape as possible. Read more »
More Hope Than Anticipation For Mavericks

by Colin McGowan

It's hard to imagine Dallas going on a half-hot, half-lucky playoff run like the Suns did last spring. And so what are they accomplishing? What are they striving toward? Read more »
The Sixers, Standing Between Purgatory And Sleeping Gianthood

by John Wilmes

Maybe the 76ers don't actually need a second co-star; maybe Joel Embiid is a different kind of freak, so much a bulldozer that everything around him can just be a really nice shovel. Read more »
Dame Lillard And The Blazers Have No Idea What They Want To Be

by Colin McGowan

Damian Lillard is an irritatingly tentative star at the center of an irritatingly tentative organization. Read more »
No Longer The Leastern Conference

by John Wilmes

For now, the Eastern Conference is promising and entertaining while the West is depressing and underwhelming. Read more »
Chris Paul Is Finally Understood

by John Wilmes

On his fifth team, in his 17th season, the man who may be his sport's greatest commander of all time has fatefully found his greatest love: a potent battleship crew that is willing to do everything just his way. Read more »
Kemba Walker Ended Up Where He Belongs Too Late

by Colin McGowan

Kemba Walker's knee had eight good seasons in it, and he gave them all to a franchise that hardly anyone except the most committed League Pass dorks paid attention to. Read more »
Let's Ignore The NBA's Grumpiest Team Until April

by Colin McGowan

The Lakers have told themselves they can beat the mundane task of the regular season, get into the playoffs at whatever-and-whatever, with nothing more than professionalism but the drudgery has already set in. Read more »
Can The Kings Ever Learn To Fly?

by John Wilmes

Most of the roster has now seen coaching and front office turnover take place in their time in Sacramento, and everyone is aware of how long it's been since the team was relevant. In this context, it's hard to instill comfort, and easy to lose it. Read more »
Not Everyone Can Create Their Own World

by Micah Wimmer

There was supposed to be freedom in Kevin Durant's exit from the Warriors to Brooklyn, but instead he has found himself besieged by bad luck that has him trapped in a new way. Read more »
Ben Simmons Has Become Thoroughly Abstracted

by Colin McGowan

Ben Simmons has accidentally, tragically found a new way to play the game. It is more painful to witness than passing up a playoff dunk. There has to be basketball at the end of this. Read more »
The Atlanta Hawks Are Coming Of Age (Again)

by John Wilmes

Everyone in the league watched Atlanta's unlikely run last postseason, and everyone now has more of a working idea of how to deal with them. The problem-solving standard has shifted permanently upwards for Atlanta, because now everyone is much more motivated to be their problem. Read more »
Evan Mobley Looks Like A Glue Guy With Gifts Like A Star

by Colin McGowan

Evan Mobley seems to be what Cleveland has been looking for, a player who with his abundant and adaptable skills, casts the play of everyone around him in a rosier light. Read more »
The Overdue Recognition Of DeMar DeRozan

by John Wilmes

DeMar DeRozan wasn't LeBron and he wasn't Kawhi, and he also wasn't Tim Duncan when he reached the Spurs. He quietly improved nonetheless and turned into one of the most overlooked playmakers in the NBA. Read more »
Scottie Pippen Is Ornery And All Over The Place

by Colin McGowan

Scottie Pippen didn't get exactly what he wanted a long time ago, and has let those minor slights govern the entire back half of his life. He wears his disappointments about as heavily as any retired athlete in recent memory. Read more »
Concern Strolling: Celtics, Blazers In Rough Transitions

by John Wilmes

The Blazers and Celtics brought in new coaches to address questions that we may see to be more existential and personnel-based than strategic or cultural. Sometimes you're just putting a new face on the same disappointment, and sometimes that disappointment ossifies, and then morphs into something worse. Read more »
2023 NBA Draft Report: Mikey Williams Of Vertical Academy

by Rafael Uehara

Perception of the development within the industry not yet necessarily meeting the same level of enthusiasm Mikey Williams generates on social media, but there is more to the combo guard than fame. Read more »