Colin McGowan - Basketball 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 »

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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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More Hope Than Anticipation For Mavericks

by Colin McGowan

Dec 16, 2021 3:01 PM

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 »

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Twelve Characters: Russell Westbrook

by Colin McGowan

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 »
Twelve Characters: Zach LaVine

by Colin McGowan

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 »
Twelve Characters: John Collins

by Colin McGowan

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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »