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November 23, 2014 Updates

Earlier Saturday, the NBA corrected a scoring error from Friday night's game, leaving the official final 124-82. At issue was a three-pointer that was incorrectly credited to forward John Henson. Instead, he hit a jump shot from the lane with 1 minute, 44 seconds remaining and is now credited with six points for the game. The three would have been the first of Henson's three-year career. "I was looking at the box score and saw they gave me a three-pointer," Henson said. "I thought they were just going to let it go. But it's all good." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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The chart above shows the top 10 most frequent rim protectors in the league (by field goal attempts per game against them at the rim), sorted by the field goal percentage they allow. Towards the left means they allow a worse field goal percentage (which is good), towards the top means they defend more attempts per game. Scroll over the player’s name to see his numbers. You can see Pau Gasol at the top left of the chart, which is exactly where you’d want to be: Gasol defends a ton of attempts at the rim per game, and holds teams to under 43 percent shooting — well below the league average at the rim of 54.8 percent. The Brooklyn Game

Nylon Calculus has a new metric they've developed called Rim Points Saved per 36 minutes. The idea, briefly, is that if opponents make 79.1 percent of all shots at the rim on average (which they did last season), and you multiply all attempts at the rim times the two points they score, then take 79 percent, you see what an "average" opponent would score on a players' given number of attempts defended. Subtract how many they actually are allowing this season, and you have the number of points they save vs. the average defender. In short, the metric tells you how good a player is at defending the rim with consideration to the average number of misses you can expect a player to create just by showing up. Then you adjust per minute to give you a better indication of how they're doing when they're actually on the floor. CBSSports.com

Lot of surprises there, including Lopez' teammate Mason Plumlee ahead of Tim Duncan. Then again, Hollins is mostly using Plumlee only against bench players so he's boosting numbers that way. Same might be true of Gobert. Omer Asik, Roy Hibbert, Gasol, those are all established. Maybe most impressive is Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman's numbers together. That's a big deal for Portand, who was atrocious last year at defense. They finished 16th in defensive efficiency, but had outlier performances against the West that were much worse. They've ticked up to 10th this season. CBSSports.com

November 13, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant now holds the NBA record for most misses (13,421). He will still go down as one of the greatest ever, but he's chucking at record levels right now. Granted, it's just seven games in, but he's missing more shots per minute than any player in NBA history (see chart below). Said another way, he has 20 more missed field goals than any of his teammates have attempted this season. He's not going down without a fight. ESPN.com

I'll echo the thoughts of renowned NBA bettor Haralabos Voulgaris about Anthony Davis. The SportVU cameras tell us that Davis averages 5.2 close touches per game, which ranks 25th in the NBA. How is that not higher? I mean, Tim Duncan averages twice as many in fewer minutes. It always seems New Orleans' ball handlers look for Davis only as a bailout option when they foolishly leave their feet with nowhere to go and frantically chuck it in his general direction. Davis deserves better. ESPN.com

November 12, 2014 Updates

Vermont is the only U.S. state to never produce an NBA player. Neither Guam nor the Northern Mariana Islands have done so either. SB Nation

Yet in this era in which the "Big Three" model is hailed as the only path to championship prominence, the more subtle role of a sixth man can often make or break a team's title hopes as well. "It's not as common as you may think, given the success we've had," Ginobili told USA TODAY Sports. "But I understand when 20- to 23-year-old guys don't want to do it. They think they can take the NBA by storm. They want to (get) their numbers. They want to get paid. So I can imagine why they don't want to do it early in their career." USA Today Sports

But as 30-year-old Iguodala sees it, there's more to it than money. The simple desire to start and attain that status, Iguodala said, is something that starts early in most players' lives and never seems to leave. "Guys are wired like that from a young age," he told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean I've been playing basketball since I was five, and you're just so used to just starting the game. Even when you're young, it's 'Starters vs. Scrubs.' That was kind of the (mentality). "If a guy is in front of you, then it's like, 'Well the guy is in front of me so I've got to go get his job.' Really, in the NBA, it's 'I need to get paid like a starter.' A team is not going to say, 'I'm going to spend $10 million for a guy to come off the bench.' A team is not going to do that. Or it's very, very rare." USA Today Sports

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