The Newest Trend in Big Men

At the risk of jumping to conclusions after just one week of NBA regular season basketball, we’re ready to declare that a new wave of NBA big men has arrived in the form of 7-foot centers who play like shooting guards. The “stretch” four or “small ball” four has been around for a long time now, and refers to power forwards who can shoot from outside and thus “stretch” the defense. Over the course of the past 10 years, players with those skill sets became more prevalent since the league as a whole began trending toward small ball for a variety of reasons.

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Sharing is Caring?

An analytical look at the value of balanced offense distribution

When you think about a balanced offense, the first team that comes to mind is probably the San Antonio Spurs. Popovich’s beautiful passing offense truly feels like every player touches the rock and gets offensive opportunities. This well balanced sharing based offense has been not only well respected by many peer coaches, but has also produced one of the most consistently successful franchises in NBA history. With a resumé like that it should be easy to argue that the aim of every basketball team should be to have a balanced offense. But it’s also hard to deny the fact that having a superstar on the floor can also have some pretty profound effects on a team’s success.

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2017: The Year of the Wildcats

It is never too early to talk College Basketball, and even though the championship game was a little over a month ago, I’m making my prediction for 2017. The ARIZONA Wildcats, baby. I heard that in Dickie V’s voice as I wrote that. Now, perhaps I’m biased, being a graduate from the UA, myself. That is correct; I hold a degree from the University of Arizona: The Harvard of the West. But it’s official, Coach Sean Miller has built a team poised for greatness. I am ALL-IN on the Cats.

Let me explain. Look at the recruiting class. The number 3 recruiting class in the nation, mind you. With five commits. Five of the strongest commits to go to the desert in years. This is bigger than D-Will. Remember D-Will? Derrick Williams? Who Coach Miller proved his coaching prowess over and got him, despite the fact he had already committed to USC? Sure, he might be a journeyman in the NBA now, currently playing for the Knicks, but I remember that epic block during the whiteout game, very well. But I digress. Continue reading “2017: The Year of the Wildcats”

#ForgottenFridays – Stromile Swift

Revisiting players who have quietly disappeared from the league.

In this weekly series, we revisit players who were once valuable contributors and maybe even well known during their NBA careers, but have since quietly disappeared from the league. The kind of players who make you go “Oh yeah! I remember that guy”.

This week, we will cover Stromile Swift.

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Why is Home Court Advantage a thing? [Part 1]

Using statistics to understand why teams play better at home

As basketball fans know, our beloved announcers all have their pet sayings when calling games: Mike Breen’s “BANG!” after big shots, Mark Jackson’s “Hand down, man down” (which doesn’t really make sense), Hubie Brown’s “Now now, come on now”. One of my favorite announcers though is Jeff Van Gundy because of all his random ideas and thoughts he spurts out on every broadcast.

Usually, a lot of Jeff’s thoughts are just dumb things he says to kill time during blowouts, but there is one point he consistently makes that has interested me for a while. Why do teams always play better at home? After all, the rims are still 10 ft. tall, the ball’s the same, the coaches and players are the same, and the court is still 94×50 ft. of hardwood no matter where you play.  Continue reading “Why is Home Court Advantage a thing? [Part 1]”

#ForgottenFridays – Leon Powe

Revisiting players who have quietly disappeared from the league.

In this weekly series, we revisit players who were once valuable contributors and maybe even well known during their NBA careers, but have since quietly disappeared from the league. The kind of players who make you go “Oh yeah! I remember that guy”.

This week, we will cover a player who had literally 15 minutes of fame – Leon Powe.

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