By Adam Spinella

Adam is currently a college basketball coach at the Division III level working at Washington & Jefferson College. He loves watching for offensive schemes while specializing in individual skill development, shooting technique and coach-speak. Born in New Hampshire, Adam grew up as a Celtics fan but now claims to just love "good basketball", which does not include mid-range jumpers.

Marc Gasol Has Been Toronto Raptors’ Secret Weapon

We all thought it was Jimmy Butler’s arrival in Philadelphia, but it turns out the most important acquisition at the 2019 trade deadline was Marc Gasol heading to the Toronto Raptors. During this Eastern Conference Finals against Milwaukee, Gasol has averaged a seemingly “not-that-important” 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, five assists and 2.5 blocks while shooting…

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2019 NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: The Lead Guards

Let’s fill a sorely-needed space in the NBA Draft landscape: video breakdowns. Instead of thousands of words thrown at a reader to illustrate a point, showing those key points visually can be so much more effective. Plus, there is a clear absence of thorough and nuanced video breakdowns for each top prospect, creating an over-reliance…

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How to Tell if the NBA Draft Lottery is Rigged

In what is becoming an annual tradition, the skeptics and conspiracy theorists will come out once again. They’ll assert that the league offices have attempted to steer stars to controlled or beneficial environments. It all started in the 1985 draft lottery, the first led by former commissioner David Stern, where the big-market New York Knicks…

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What to Expect from John Beilein’s NBA Arrival

The spring’s first major Woj Bomb was dropped Monday: The Cleveland Cavaliers hired University of Michigan’s John Beilein to be the organization’s head coach. Beilein signed a five-year deal with the Cavs and broke the news officially before the West Coast was even awake. The announcement came out of left field after the Cavaliers reportedly…

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The Ten Commandments of NBA Draft Scouting

When I joined The Basketball Writers this Fall, I was excited about entering a space that was craving change to the current landscape of analysis. Most of the free and oversaturated content is structured the same way, designed for heavy clicks—catchy but frequently unsubstantive content and cut from a cloth that the everyday consumer can…

Late-Added Role Players Paying Dividends in NBA Playoffs

Sometimes the roster additions roster that go unheralded during the winter months end up reaping the sweetest rewards. Forget the major trade overhauls and seismic shifts. There are also some legitimately important pieces that come off the bench for the NBA’s final eight teams who did not break camp with their current group. In fact,…

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Your Move, Toronto Raptors

If coaching is a chess match, then Brett Brown just took the Toronto Raptors’ queen. From Game 1 to Game 2, the Philadelphia 76ers made some of the most meaningful and important tactical adjustments I’ve ever seen this quickly in a postseason series. The results were dazzling. Philadelphia shut down the Raptors offense, allowing a…

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Trail Blazers Better Know These Nikola Jokic Plays

Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is undoubtedly one of the most unique NBA players to guard. He’s such a bully with his size, so crafty with his amazing passing and so unorthodox with his footwork and finishes. His brilliance is as subtle as it is jaw-dropping. We’ve never seen this combination of size and…

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Inside the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks Chess Match

Despite a first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers, the Boston Celtics weren’t firmly blowing their adversaries out of the water. Each game was decided in the final minutes. Yet, the prevailing “talking heads” takeaway is that the Celtics’ chemistry issues are now fixed and they look like themselves. Really? A four-game sweep of a banged-up,…

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How Bucks’ Frontcourt Shooting Unlocked Postseason Potential

From Splash Mountain to their prized trade deadline acquisition, the Milwaukee Bucks are an offensive dynamo because of their shooting frontcourt. Since joining the Bucks in February, Nikola Mirotic has taken 64.4 percent of his attempts from three, hitting 35.6 percent. Brook Lopez launches 65.1 percent of his shots from deep and gets 36.5 percent…

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