Having lost Chris Paul and now Blake Griffin, LA doesn’t really have anyone who’s a plus passer for their position other than Milos Teodosic, whose passing potency is limited by his inability to penetrate. To compensate, the club has spiced up its staple pick and roll actions by getting the ball moving side-to-side first in […]Read more "Minnesota vs. Los Angeles 3/20 – Odds and Ends"
Per NBA.com, Victor Oladipo is shooting 0.5 less 3-pointers off the catch than last season, despite his usage increasing from 20.6 to 31.2 percent. That extra usage has spilled over into pull up shooting, where his 8.4 attempts per game doubles his mark from last season. Even in Orlando, where Oladipo’s offensive load was bigger […]Read more "Boston vs. Indiana 3/11 – Odds and Ends"
This pass is from James Johnson is incredible, the outcome for Miami is poor. James Johnson’s process for creating this passing angle isn’t really something you’d recommend for any player. He takes advantage of Saric’s cushion, driving right past him, before encountering Embiid. However, Johnson starts the passing motion as soon as Whiteside steps in […]Read more "Miami vs. Philadelphia 3/8 – Odds and Ends"
(originally published in December 2016 on Deep(ish) Thoughts, written by yours truly) Over the last 50 years, as basketball’s domestic and international popularity has soared, the NBA has generated enormous amounts of revenue. Basketball as a sport, and the market for it, extend fairly far beyond the league’s revenue-generating network. However, the NBA’s inherent business […]Read more "NBA Global Academy Breakdown"
(Originally published in January 2017 on Deep(ish) Thoughts, but written by yours truly) League Climate A lot of teams went for it this year despite Cleveland and Golden State strengthening their grip on their respective conference title bids over the summer. Five teams have the option to race for the eight seed in the West, […]Read more "2016-17 Trade Deadline League Trends and Outside Factors"
(originally published on Deep(ish) Thoughts in November 2016, but still written by yours truly) As Kevin Durant settles his long frame into Golden State, everyone has heard the same condemning refrain. ‘Superstars would never have joined forces 20 years ago; players just don’t want to compete anymore.’ An oft-used rebuttal to this criticism has been […]Read more "Disrupting the Flow: How Fan Feedback Loops Effect Player Development"
We’ll study how teams can best get back on defense out of Renaissance offensesRead more "The Impact of Playmaking Bigs on Transition Defense."