Peter Nygaard

Location icon Denver, CO
The Step Back
Peeling back the complicated layers of Grayson Allen

Grayson Allen has an image problem. I'm not talking about the tripping, the tantrum or the Ted Cruz tweet. Some actually view the first two as a positive sign about Allen's level of competitiveness, while the last is just the kind of thing that comes with the territory of being the poster boy for Duke basketball.

Upside and Motor
What to make of Jamal Murray's performance at NBA summer league

A lot of people seem to have a lot of opinions on Jamal Murray. Over the course of the past week, the 19-year-old combo guard out of Kitchener, Ontario, has been painted as a bust, anointed a future star and just about everything in-between.

The Step Back
Season-ending surgery clouds bright future for OG Anunoby

On Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Indiana forward OG Anunoby would be undergoing right knee surgery in the wake of his injury in last Wednesday's win over Penn State, effectively ending his sophomore season.

Nylon Calculus
Contract Value and Class Warfare in the NBA

Every NBA fan secretly wants to be a general manager. It's a biological fact. Go ahead. Look it up. I'll wait. It has been scientifically proven[1. Okay, not actually, but bear with me.

Upside and Motor
2016 NBA Summer League Superlatives

As the sun sets on another chapter of NBA Summer League, there seems no more fitting way to reflect on the past 11 days of basketball than to dish out superlative awards to some of the players who stood out most in the Las Vegas heat.

Upside and Motor
2016 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Tyler Ulis

Back in March, Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, joining Anthony Davis as the second player in conference history to earn both top honors.

Upside and Motor
2016 LVSL: The 'All-What Are They Even Doing Here?' Team

Friday's Las Vegas Summer League meeting between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets was slated to be a highly-anticipated meeting between a pair of top picks from the 2016 Draft in Minnesota's Kris Dunn and Denver's Jamal Murray.

Upside and Motor
After a year abroad, Kevin Pangos hoping to take next step

The Las Vegas Summer League features an enormous cast of players, many of whom are just trying to secure that next contract. For some, like second-year guard Kevin Pangos, it's not a matter of whether or not he'll have a job next year, it's just a question of whether that job will take him one step closer to his dream of playing in the NBA.

Upside and Motor
Jamal Murray Scouting Report: March 2016

With the NCAA Tournament just around the corner, it's time to check in with the team that everybody loves to hate: John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats. While diminutive point guard Tyler Ulis has been the one to rack up all the major Southeastern Conference awards, no Kentucky player has seen his draft stock rise more over the course of the past couple months than freshman guard Jamal Murray.

Upside and Motor
Q&A with Brooklyn Nets scout and former player Shelden Williams

One of the more recognizable faces in the crowd at the Las Vegas Summer League is former 5th overall pick Shelden Williams. Back in the summer of 2006, Williams suited up for the Rocky Mountain Revue (now Utah Summer League) as he prepared to embark on a professional basketball career that would take him from Atlanta, Ga.

Nylon Calculus
Hacking the Bracket with strength of schedule

When the NCAA field of 68 was set this past Sunday, perhaps the biggest story[1. Non-Charles Barkley Division] was the exclusion of Monmouth, a plucky team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference who had gone out of its way to load its non-conference schedule with heavy hitters.

Upside and Motor
2016 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Malcolm Brogdon

Over the past three seasons, Tony Bennett's Virginia Cavaliers won a combined 89 games, achieving a level of success the school hadn't seen since the early 80s. While the Hoos have seen several players make the leap to the NBA over the past couple years, perhaps no player has been more integral to their continued success than Malcolm Brogdon.

Upside and Motor
Diamond Stone Scouting Report: January 2016

Few freshman entered the 2015-16 college basketball season under more pressure than Maryland center Diamond Stone. Already saddled with the expectations that inevitably come with being a top recruit, Stone immediately found himself cast as the lone teenaged rotation player on a veteran-laden Terrapins team with national championship designs.

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