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That said, Davis, who would be a senior in college basketball this year, has been the best player in the NBA this season. At just 21, he's putting up numbers that we've rarely seen in league history. To really put things in perspective, let's compare those with the stats of some of the all-time greats at the power forward and center positions when they were 21. HoopsHype

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Tucked into Zach Lowe's latest Grantland piece was this nugget: "only four teams take more long (twos) in the first half of the shot clock (than the Celtics), per SportVU data provided to Grantland, and only the hapless Knicks get to the line less often." Yet in Maine, with a D-League coaching staff hired specifically to run a similar system to Boston's, the Red Claws stress a version of basketball Moneyball. They want all threes and layups. Attack the rim or fire away from behind the arc, much like the Houston Rockets. Booth Newspapers

So does Stevens ultimately want to bring that style to Boston? The head coach pointed out that Maine's roster is stacked with shooters. And until quick point guard Tim Frazier signed a 10-day contract with Philadelphia, he penetrated the lane to get the outside party started. "It's something that obviously you look at some of the best teams in the NBA right now, the two that are playing tonight -- Golden State and Atlanta -- they're shooting everywhere," Stevens said. "Any time you've got a group like that, that's what you'll stress." Booth Newspapers

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Forget 15 minutes of fame. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson only needed 12 on Friday against the Sacramento Kings to make history. Thompson’s third-quarter was the stuff of video games: a perfect 13-of-13 on field goals, including 9-of-9 from 3-point range. He finished with 37 points in the quarter, breaking the record George Gervin set with the San Antonio Spurs in 1978 when he scored 33 against the New Orleans Jazz and Carmelo Anthony tied in 2008 for the Denver Nuggets against the Minnesota Timberwolves. For The Win

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After nine years in the league, and over 10,000 shots later, Monta Ellis might just be the MIP (Most Important Player) of the 2014-2015 NBA season. Dallas currently holds the highest offensive efficiency rating (number of points a team scores per 100 possessions) since the 2009-2010 D’Antoni & Nash show in Phoenix. And Ellis has been the man behind the engine of the well-oiled 111.8 offensive efficiency juggernaut. Not only is Ellis leading the Mavs in scoring, but he is also leading them in assists. This is a far cry from the high shot volume hoisting Ellis of days past. HoopsHype

Looking deeper into the analytics and film breakdown, Ellis has been put into more offensive advantageous situations than ever before. Primarily throughout his career, Ellis has been isolation heavy and transition dependent for his scoring opportunities. He is currently functioning at 48.2 percent of his offensive touches in pick-and-roll situations, one of the highest rates per touches in the entire league. The most difficult situation to guard in basketball, yep you guessed it – the pick-and-roll. Ellis has been able to create highly efficient looks for himself as well as turning himself into a bonafide playmaker. HoopsHype

Ellis has also been able to use the ball screen to become a high level playmaker, thanks to his ability to score off the ball screen and his teammate around him. 56 percent of Ellis’s passes off the ball screen are going to spot-up shooters, with an adjusted field goal percentage of 51.2 percent, putting him in the top 9 percent of the NBA creating off the ball screen, ranking him ahead of the likes of Russell Westbrook, Ty Lawson and Kyle Lowry. This is leaps and bounds from where he came from as a high-volume shooting, only looking to get his, offensive player. Doesn’t hurt, of course, to have players like Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons spotted up on the receiving end of the pass. HoopsHype

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And, loopy as it sounds, this is the direction everything in sports is going. In each of the three major sports, innovative owners and executives are in the process of dramatically reshaping how the sports you love are played. In many ways, this is the next logical progression of the Moneyball revolution of advanced statistics and analytics. Sabermetrics changed how people evaluated players and looked at and analyzed the games, but it didn’t change the way the sport was actually played. Now that the market has been saturated with stats — now that everybody has access to the same information about player performance — everyone’s looking for the next edge. And that edge may be found in strategic lunacy. New York Magazine

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