So just a quick update since I went through a few more NBA YouTubers. I don’t think I found that Foolish Baseball-esque channel for the NBA unfortunately. I think it is in a difference in how the league is covered. A lot of similar topics are covered between FB and the NBA YouTubers I watched, but it just has a different feel. FB feels like he is doing it to showcase something he found interesting or bring to light something most people might not know, but the NBA YouTubers all feel like wannabe coaches/front office guys. They’re making content in hopes of being discovered and getting a coaching, front office, or even a major media job. No matter the scale every NBA YouTuber seems to have this same energy. It’s a serious tone to everything! Everything has to be done like a documentary if it isn’t about game/player highlights. They can be incredibly thought out analysis to incredibly dumb hot takes. They all sound like they are making these videos not to inform the fans of this game they love, but to show off how smart or well they can breakdown the game so they can get hired on to do bigger things.
That isn’t to say I didn’t find some interesting and well produced channels (I will share them in just a bit), but I just wasn’t able to find that fun, informative, yet goofy style video that Foolish Baseball produces.
So the first one that I found is Thinking Basketball. He does a great job of breaking down players and explaining the game. He also does a series called 5 Thoughts that is similar to Lowe’s 10 Things column. He also breaks down the meaning of stats in these series of videos. It’s very informative and I feel like he breaks down things that I don’t see dozens of other NBA YouTubers breaking down too. Oh also he did a a video on Jalyen Brown that you might be interested in @Ryguy.
The channel Coach Daniel was another good one, thanks for suggesting it. He seems to be focused on defense and breaking down the schemes of a defense. That is one thing is always under represented in basketball coverage. Defense never gets enough credit. Also he made a video comparing Golbert and Whiteside, two very similar players, and why one is a DPOY and the other doesn’t help your defense. It is surprising to me just how much praise Whiteside gets for his “defense” just because he averages a lot of blocks, so if you says Whiteside is actually a bad defender you immediately get points in my book and gain my attention.
Sub Me In Coach was a pleasant surprise. He has just under 3K subscribers, and does some really thoughtful and good player breakdowns. It has a slight Foolish Baseball like vibe at times, with little moments like this and a few seconds later too. It still isn’t a constant thing, but he has a less self-serious kinda vibe that seem to plague so many other NBA YouTubers which is nice. I’m probably most excited about finding this channel. He is apparently going to start a series of videos looking at good players on bad teams (he already did a video on Devin Booker) and is going to examine KAT next which is very well thought out and well done.
I also found the Dime Drop channel which is the person behind some of the better NBA videos at The Ringer. There hasn’t been a new video uploaded in 9 months so I imagine they’ve completely moved over to The Ringer, but there are still a handful of videos to go through if you’re interested.
Again I didn’t find that magical Foolish Basketball channel I was hoping to find. I’ve found interesting, nuanced, and informative breakdown of players, systems, and teams though. I’ll keep wading through the thousands of hot-take self-serious creators that seems to be plaguing NBA YouTube, and post any ones that I come across that are any good.