2019-20 Rookie Review: Grant Williams Is A Coach’s Dream

(Image by Tomek Kordylewski) By Jesse Cinquini There’s so much more to the game of basketball than scoring. Yes, it may be what draws eyeballs, but in reality it’s merely a component of the sport. Since the league’s inception, there has existed valuable albeit non-glamorous contributors who embrace doing the dirty work. Setting picks, takingContinue reading “2019-20 Rookie Review: Grant Williams Is A Coach’s Dream”

A 2019-20 Detroit Pistons Autopsy

The season has ended early for some of our beloved NBA franchises. Here at The Playgrounder we decided to do a postmortem of sorts. Specifically, we wanted to focus on five categories: what the team did well, where they struggled, free agency needs, 2020-21 expectations and a final prediction. What did the Pistons do well? Knee tendinitisContinue reading “A 2019-20 Detroit Pistons Autopsy”

A 2019-2020 Charlotte Hornets Autopsy

The season has ended early for some of our beloved NBA franchises. Here at¬†The Playgrounder¬†we decided to do a postmortem of sorts. Specifically, we wanted to focus on five categories: what the team did well, where they struggled, free agency needs, 2020-21 expectations and a final prediction. What did Charlotte do well? The Hornets wereContinue reading “A 2019-2020 Charlotte Hornets Autopsy”

Predicting 3 breakout players for this NBA postseason

It’s official, folks. A 2019-20 champion will be crowned. The NBA’s board of governors voted to approve the league’s return in Orlando, Florida starting July 31. Twenty-two squads in total (13 from the West, nine from the East) are slated to participate in eight regular season games, followed by a play-in tournament for the eightContinue reading “Predicting 3 breakout players for this NBA postseason”

4 Players Who Need A Change Of Scenery

By Jesse Cinquini It’s an ages old proverb uttered within NBA circles: “he may be better off with a change of scenery.” Each year there exists a handful of players whose production appears to be limited by their on-court situation. The reasons for an unsuitable player-team marriage? Well, how much time you got? They canContinue reading “4 Players Who Need A Change Of Scenery”

Has Donovan Mitchell stagnated?

Donovan Mitchell burst onto the NBA scene as a sprightly 20-year-old rookie with the Utah Jazz. However, his extraordinarily fluid transition from collegiate ranks to the pros was largely unforeseen. Mitchell drew ire from scouts and analysts alike for his irksome tendency to settle for inefficient, archaic mid-range jumpers as a Louisville Cardinal. Also, standingContinue reading “Has Donovan Mitchell stagnated?”

Assessing The Impact Of Scorers Vs. Scorers Who Are Also Facilitators

By Jesse Cinquini Before we start things off here, shout out to Scott Levine for suggesting this fascinating topic. He has covered the Sixers and Raptors for SB Nation, and his NBA Draft pieces are always insightful reads. Scott is a criminally underrated writer who is well worth following on Twitter, especially if you’re aContinue reading “Assessing The Impact Of Scorers Vs. Scorers Who Are Also Facilitators”

Markelle Fultz Has Resurrected His Career In The Sunshine State

By Jesse Cinquini Markelle Fultz entered the 2017 NBA Draft perceived indisputably as the top prospect in his class. Fultz recently completed his sole season of NCAA basketball at the time, compiling per-game splits of 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists as the Washington Huskies’ floor general. Before ever stepping foot on an NBAContinue reading “Markelle Fultz Has Resurrected His Career In The Sunshine State”