Motion, Movement and Identity

Last Summer, during the Sloan MIT conference in Boston, someone made the mistake of informing Stan Van Gundy that Paul George led the league in distance traveled. His response was this: “of what possible use is this information?” It was classic Van Gundy, equal parts serious and sarcastic. Van Gundy was all at once dismissing […]

November’s picks in review

The night before the season began, I made nine bold predictions about how the first month of the season would go.  Some were gloriously accurate.  Others were horrendously off.  Let’s take a look at those picks, their accuracy (or inaccuracy) and what they might tell us about the season thus far. 1. The Los Angeles […]

Anthony Davis: A Statistical Anomaly

Something weird happened at the end of the Pelicans game earlier this week against the Trailblazers. It wasn’t that the Pelicans blew a 12-point lead or that they were outscored by 21 points in the 4th quarter or that Anthony Davis blocked a fadeaway jump shot from a guy that is nearly 7 feet tall. It was the weird […]

The Catch-and-Shoot Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have carved out one of the most unique niches in the league over the last two seasons by building an offense that seems specifically built around catch-and-shoot scoring. Through 7 games, the Hawks lead the league in points off of catch-and-shoot attempts by over three points per game, and score over 12 ppg more […]

Nine Bold Predictions for November

With the 2014-15 NBA season set to begin, I wanted to toss out a few bold predictions for the first month of the season. None of the following predicitons are necessarily likely, but they are probably more likely than you think. 1. The Lakers will go 4-11 to start the season. The Lakers will probably win […]

Half Court Pace: A close look at the Denver Nuggets

Last season, the Denver Nuggets experimented with several different styles of play. Coming into training camp, head coach Brian Shaw was determined to rid the Nuggets of the fast paced, drive-and-kick style that had become a staple under George Karl. The theory was that the run-and-gun style of play was not conducive to playoff success. […]

Super Pace: An NBA what if?

The 1961-62 NBA season featured some of the most famous and untouchable NBA records of all time. Wilt scored 100 points in a single game and averaged 50 points per game for the season, adding nearly 26 rebounds per contest as well. It is also the only year that Oscar Robertson averaged a triple double (though […]

5 Common Myths about the NBA

Over the last 10 seasons, the NBA has evolved. The game of basketball is always evolving, but in 2004, the NBA made a couple of seemingly small rule changes that have had an enormous impact on how teams were allowed to defend. After years of some excessively physical defense, stagnant, isolation-heavy offenses and a steady […]

Kevin Love: the new Chris Bosh?

Throughout the big-3 era in Miami, the two-man combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade gave us some of the league’s most unforgettable highlights.  From full-court alley-oops, to combining to score 70 points against the Indiana Pacers in a must-win Game 4 in the 2012 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.  When those two worked in sync, we […]