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March 4, 2015 Updates

This actually happened a couple of weeks back, a distinction lost in the whirlwind shuffle of the NBA season. (Translation: The Spurs had it in their voluminous game notes, and yours truly only noticed it just recently.) But your Spurs, the little engine that couldn’t quite for so many years before embarking on one of the most consistent runs of success in all of professional sports, now have the best winning percentage in NBA history. San Antonio Express-News

March 2, 2015 Updates
March 1, 2015 Updates

Oculus Rift is Facebook’s virtual reality headset, and it could make them huge profits by changing the way we consume sports in the future. Much of the excitement about Oculus Rift, which Facebook acquired for $2 billion last March, was about its role in the video gaming world. Many saw Oculus Rift revolutionizing gaming by creating far more immersive e-worlds than ever before. However, now, Oculus Rift and other virtual reality vendors are rumored to be looking to use this technology to produce an infinite amount of courtside seats that it could sell to sports fans. SportTechie

February 23, 2015 Updates

What’s interesting is that while most teams experience lower efficiency rates with increased attempts, Atlanta has actually become a more efficient driving team this season — improving their 41.9 percent drive conversion rate (25th ranked in 2013–14) to a 46.1 percent clip (14th ranked in 2014–15). This can best be explained by Dennis Schroder’s emergence as one of the league’s most prolific drivers. Schroder is the only player in the league who plays less than 20 minutes per game yet still has attempted more than 350 drives for the season. He also converts his drives (48.8 percent) at a higher rate than All-Stars Kyrie Irving, Jeff Teague and Russell Westbrook. Medium

As you can see, the Hawks have cut back on their pull-up attempts, reapportioning nearly all of those possessions into six extra drive attempts per game. Again, these numbers may appear marginal, but they’re actually drastic. Atlanta went from taking the fifth-most pull-ups in 2013–14 to tying for the least so far in 2014–15. No other team has come close to Atlanta’s dropoff of 3.9 pull-up attempts per game from season-to-season: Medium

Make no mistake, leading the league in catch-and-shoots while attempting the league’s fewest pull-ups does not happen coincidentally. It’s a calculated decision to infuse the gameplan with higher efficiency shots. Head coach Mike Budenholzer probably recognizes this, but won’t let on with the media: “I don’t know if it’s a strategy,” said Budenholzer. “We want to attack the rim and score there first. We want to have spacing around our rim and paint attack. So it probably lends itself a bit to more points at the basket. And if it’s taken away, we move the ball for catch-and-shoot opportunities. Our personnel is built that way, so I don’t know if it’s totally by design. I think a lot of things kind of just go that way.” Medium

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

February 22, 2015 Updates
February 20, 2015 Updates

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

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