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February 23, 2015 Updates

To put it simply, the Hawks largely ignore offensive rebounding opportunities. Atlanta ranks last in the NBA in both offensive rebounds (8.3 per game) and offensive rebounding rate (20.6 percent). (For reference, the Hawks are 21st in defensive rebounding percentage, per TeamRankings.com.) Ignoring offensive rebounds is a crucial element to Budenholzer’s defensive strategy. Because the Hawks shoot the ball at such a high efficiency, they’re willing to sacrifice potential extra possessions from offensive rebounds if it means they can limit easy scores in transition for opponents. After all, transition opportunities lead to some of the easiest points in the NBA: Medium

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If the experiment was to see if professionals could play Grinnell’s offense then it has already failed. The Reno Bighorns have become the D-League’s most entertaining team, averaging nearly 140 points and 50 three-point shots a game. One player, Brady Heslip, hit 20 three-pointers in the first two games, scoring 78 points and became a YouTube celebrity for a week. They are fast, aggressive and playing a way no one else in the D-League is playing. But they are not running Grinnell’s system. Not anymore. Reno’s ever-changing 10-man roster has forced Arseneault to scratch the hockey-style substitutions and the full-court press. It’s tough to run shifts and a pressure defense with only 10 players especially when one of those players is a 7ft 5in, 360lbs center named Sim Bhullar who Arseneault affectionately calls “Big Sim”. There are many unique things Big Sim can do. Running a full-court press for more than half a game is not one of them. The Guardian

February 16, 2015 Updates

Even though James didn't win his third MVP award, he crept closer to passing Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant as the All-Star Game's all-time leading scorer. He passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan on Sunday and now has 278 career All-Star points, two behind Bryant. "Any time you're in the conversation with a great is very humbling," James said. "It's an honor. I've just got to keep getting better and better hopefully, and keep understanding how I got here and why I'm here." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2015 Updates

Korver’s performance so far became more astonishing the more I looked at the numbers. If we include him in those 1,184 player seasons (he hasn’t met the minimum benchmarks but is on pace to,2 barring injury), his percentages this season would rank in the 97th percentile in both field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage. His 3-point percentage would be the best of any player in the sample. If we compare those percentile ranks with the other 50-40-90 seasons, along with True Shooting Percentage, Korver has a legitimate claim to the greatest shooting season of all time. FiveThirtyEight

It turns out that Lowry—who at 6 feet tall is one of the shortest players in the league—hasn’t dunked in a regular-season game since 2008. That stunned him. Lowry was sure he hadn’t dunked since 2006. His face lit up recently when he was told he was wrong. It was as if he had just found a $100 bill on the pavement. Lowry shouted across a noisy gym at practice to teammate Chuck Hayes and then frantically summoned everyone he could see to reminisce about this moment of glory. “Come here!” he yelled. Wall Street Journal

Redick taught himself at a young age how to not dunk. In the eighth grade, he said, he broke his wrist several times and eventually learned how to protect himself around the rim, training to be crafty rather than dunk-oriented. Wall Street Journal

No one who has played in the NBA this season has scored as much in his career as Ridnour without dunking, according to Stats LLC. This play-by-play data dates to the 2003 season, but only Steve Nash tops Ridnour in this inauspicious statistical category. “There’s got to be more than that,” Ridnour said. “Muggsy?” Wall Street Journal

Why do you think this debate has gotten so personal between people who defend these numbers and those who say it’s the eyeball test? Cuban: I don’t think it’s gotten that personal. Here’s where this has changed the most, the turnover of NBA owners. When I first got into the league, it was a lot of old school guys who didn’t like me, I was the young guy who had no clue what he was doing, just trying to make a name for himself. Now the old school guys have sold their teams to hedge fund guys, data driven guys, guys who understand numbers, understand investing, and understand trying to hire the best people possible in order to win. These guys are much smarter in that area, and because of that, they bring in GMs who are data driven, as well. Dallas Morning News

February 12, 2015 Updates

The Shawn Bradley Award – This award goes to the player 6’10? or taller who has had the highest percentage of his own shot attempts blocked (minimum 500 minutes played). It’s all about Omer Asik. Last season, he became the first repeat winner of this award and I pegged him as the favorite in my preseason prediction post. Nylon Calculus

February 10, 2015 Updates

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

February 7, 2015 Updates

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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