Co-written by Isaac O’Neill and Chris Howson-Jan

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USA

The U.S. Senior Team walks into the tournament with almost every alpha in the league. Their top nine is unassailable, containing a plurality of the 20 or so best players in the league. The two-way play, shooting, and scoring shows the stranglehold the U.S. still has. Every player on this team is a multi-time All-Star, capable of dropping 40 points on any given night in the NBA. …


Yesterday, the Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. While the acquisition of Harden is certainly the most interesting thing about the deal, he wasn’t the only player on the move. The blockbuster deal was essentially several trades in one: The Rockets acquired players and draft picks from the Nets for Harden, then sent some of those players to other teams — Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince to the Cavs, Caris LeVert to the Pacers — in exchange for even more assets. There are a few reasons the Rockets made these extra moves, almost all of them having…


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2020 was supposed to be BTS’ year. Already the best selling musical act of all time in their native South Korea, the seven piece boy band has only continued to grow globally over the last few years. In 2018, it was Love Yourself: Tear marking their first #1 album in the United States, and ‘Fake Love’ making them the first Korean group with a top 10 Billboard hit. In 2019, it was their stadium ‘Love Yourself: Speak Yourself’ world tour, which broke records at the Rose Bowl and…


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The 1975 have always rode a perilous line in terms of good taste. When they first broke out in the early 2010s, many (myself included) dismissed them as a group that had come a few years late to the post-post-Britpop sound: a group in the vein of The Wombats, The Kooks, or Two Door Cinema Club. But the cheeky twee aesthetic of the late ’00s gave way to acts that were largely either deeply self-serious or so steeped in irony that it was often difficult to discern what the…


In July 2020, Taylor Swift unexpectedly dropped her eighth and, depending on who you ask, best album, folklore. It was another musical left turn in a career that’s already had several, with Swift retreating from the more outwardly abrasive aesthetics of Reputation and Lover in favour of a folkier, more contemplative record. The result was an unequivocal commercial and critical success. …


Co-written by Isaac O’Neill and Chris Howson-Jan

* Houston’s placement is contingent on a James Harden trade; if Harden plays out the season in Houston I’d place Houston in the 8–10 range.

It seems impossible to believe, but the NBA season is upon us once again. After a heavily truncated offseason, the 72-game 2020-21 season will kick off on December 22nd. It’s not remotely clear what the league or the world will look like by the time this season concludes, but we’re doing our best to try to prognosticate about the year to come. …


At times it can be insidiously easy for a film to ascribe meaning to itself. We’ve all had the experience: you’re watching a movie, not particularly enjoying it, when suddenly some combination of images, ideas, and music stirs something in you emotionally. You realize, likely even as it’s happening, that these feelings have been manufactured, the machinery of the movie made evident as it mercilessly wrings a tear from your eye. The frustration those movies elicit make it all the more special when a film like Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland comes along. Anchored by a powerful naturalistic performance from Frances McDormand…


Résumé:

  • 8x All-Star (2003–2009, 2011); 2x dubious (2003; 2011)
  • 5x All-NBA Team (2x Second Team, 3x Third Team)
  • 1 career playoff series win (2009); 2 first round Game 7 losses
  • Top two player on 4 50-win teams
  • Peak: 23/10/2; 2 blocks (2005–06 to 2007–08; 160/246 games played)

Whatever your feelings are on Yao Ming, there’s no question he had one of the strangest careers in NBA history. After averaging 32 points and 19 rebounds in his final year in the Chinese Basketball Association, he made the leap to the NBA amid plenty of questions, from his health to his toughness…


A few weeks ago, we talked about the players that stood to gain the most from the NBA bubble, from players already on our list to those who could put themselves in pyramid contention. As the playoffs begin, we wanted to highlight a third class of player — the veteran. Some of these players already have a spot on our top 100 and are looking for a ring to bolster an already strong resume. For some a championship is the missing piece for a top 100, 150, or 200 spot. These aren’t bench-warming ring chasers; they just might be the…


by Isaac O’Neill and Chris Howson-Jan

The NBA is back! Last night we got our first taste of bubbleball, as the Jazz beat the Pelicans in a slightly sloppy affair, and the Lakers outlasted the Clippers in a showdown truly worthy of primetime. With the NBA season now well and truly underway, we’re finishing out our series on who can make the biggest gains on our top 100 list during this resumed NBA season. You can check out Part 1 here.

Nikola Jokic — Unranked

Isaac: After an underwhelming series win over the Spurs, followed by a loss to an…

Chris Howson-Jan

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