By Adam Spinella

Adam is a TBW staff writer and college basketball coach at Dickinson 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.

NBA Draft 2020: Seniors Primed for Instant NBA Impact

The NBA Draft is about value as much as it is talent. If somebody is talented, they hold value to a team looking to employ the most skilled players possible. But value can also be derived from non-basketball skills in ways that distort the picture on draft night. Franchises are making investments when they use…


How RJ Barrett Can Bounce Back Next Season

There’s not much sugar left to coat this season with, and that has nothing to do with the pandemic-related stoppage. The New York Knicks fell short of expectations yet again. The rotations were muddled, the front office and coaching seats had little continuity, and the pieces on the roster do little to complement each other.…


2020 NBA Draft: Three Catch-and-Shoot Specialists to Know

During the 2019-20 NBA season, the league-average team took 33.8 3-point attempts per game and hit 35.8 percent of them. That equates to 36.3 points from beyond the arc. Those numbers looked a little different ten years ago during the 2009-10 campaign. The league-average team took only 17.7 treys and shot 35.1 percent—accounting for 18.6…


2020 NBA Draft: Do You Take Kira Lewis or Cole Anthony?

In a 2020 draft class that’s weak on wings, the guard position fills the void with plenty of names worth knowing. You can find all different types: Those who shoot, are defense-first, are pure passers and those who are supreme athletes. Position and taste will dictate who goes where, not necessarily a clear hierarchy of…


2020 NBA Draft: The Curious Athleticism of Obi Toppin

6’9″ and 220 pounds with jump-out-of-the-gym athleticism. 39 percent 3-point shooting, 1.06 points per possession on post-ups and 4.4 ppg in transition. The anchor of the nation’s most efficient offense and a National Player of the Year candidate for a team that went 29-2. Obi Toppin checks a lot of boxes. He’s a prototypical inside-outside…


2020 NBA Draft: On Bias, Tyrese Maxey & Evaluating Shooting

Bias props up frequently in the NBA prospect evaluation process. I’m told it shows up in many other forms of decision-making throughout life as well… Those who are making key decisions are informed by their past experiences and anecdotal knowledge. Their job is to understand how what they see, informed by a grasp of how…