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Mark Deeks on Davis > Howard - corndeaux
Many other great things, but that is all I took away. [link=(http://beta.thescore.com/nba/news/487590)]LINK[/link] [quote]Davis' abilities could be transcendent. He is one of the best shot blockers in the league. He is one of the best rebounders in the league. He is one of the best scorers in ...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Nice catch. It's a really fascinating topic. I don't think you can just abandon mid range shots, but the numbers are quite convincing in terms of FT, RA, and 3FG being the shots you typically want. Pretty sure I've linked to Zillers Green Triangle post before. If not here, google it if you're in...


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re: Another Discussion/Questions About the 3 and the 5 - corndeaux
Ariza is a bit of fool's gold for this team. He is a corner 3 shooter playing with the best pg in the league at creating corner 3s. The Pelicans are allergic to corner 3s. He's still a good target because of his defense, but I doubt we see anything close to this production on offense in Ne...


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re: Tyreke doesn't need to shoot 3s - corndeaux
[quote]That can be blamed on the big dopes clogging up the paint for us and Monty's resistance to put Tyreke on the floor with shooters[/quote] I think that is a problem, but it is overstated. After a cursory look, the lineup data on NBA.com doesn't seem to indicate that was the issue. Stiemsm...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
GREAT read on all the different options for defending the Pick and Roll. [link=(http://www.sbnation.com/2014/4/18/5601402/nba-pick-and-roll-defense-playoffs-2014)]LINK[/link] [quote]The pick and roll is the genesis of the modern NBA offense. It forces the defense to make a decision on each an...


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re: Tyreke doesn't need to shoot 3s - corndeaux
A good article but I think MM misses the mark just a bit with the Rondo comparison (injury, support players). Evans took 65% of his shots in the RA. He took 900 FGA, less than 200 from mid range and 3P shots. The big mystery for him isn't fixing his jumper (though not a bad goal); it's figuri...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]Stiemsma and Aminu are all the evidence you need to show Monty is more comfortable losing with defense than winning with offense. [/quote] Excellent point [quote]If the Tyreke we saw in March and April was playing for that team in December, their eFG would obviously be much better. [/qu...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
One other thing I've been thinking about for a while re offense and pace while mostly healthy: Among league leaders in TO rate, high OREB rate, and high OPP TO. When those things dried up, there wasn't much left. They never had a high eFG%, or generated enough 3s (which they shot well) w/...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]You just can't run the sets you were running for Holiday, Anderson, Smith.[/quote] That's the point; ATL hit on it a few posts up- it was talented players getting theirs, not a legit system. Spacing was horrid all year. Some of that is unfamiliarity, sure. But there is a good bit of design...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
The outstanding Howard Beck on the Bulls, how rare they are, and what makes them great. [link=(http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2028010-how-the-bulls-overcame-the-loss-of-d-rose-became-the-team-no-one-wants-to-face?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NBA%20National%20Newsletter&utm_...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]I think you could build a pretty potent offense around Evans/Holiday/Morrow/Anderson/Davis with Evans running the offense and everyone else following simple rules of playing off him.[/quote] Absolutely plus many other permutations on the roster. But we didn't see much use of those simple r...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]This doesn't appear to be an either or for you. You seem very much on the side of Demps made poor decisions when Tyreke's play since getting minutes suggests the fault lies entirely with Monty. [/quote] Not really. At this point, Demps should know what type of players Monty likes and Monty...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
One of many pieces about the Suns currently floating around. [link=(http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/4/15/5616274/phoenix-suns-nba-playoffs-2014-dragic-bledsoe-hornacek?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NBA%20National%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=GMIB%204%2F16%2F2014)]LINK[/link] Noti...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]Tyreke Evans and Withey are fine value for a replacement-level big.[/quote] Lopez played as many minutes as Evans/Withey combined at $6M less. Now imagine Evans MP if Holiday doesn't get hurt. That is a waste of money and assets. [quote]Tyreke was good when we had our guys healthy, ...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote] My problem is believing Lopez solved the problems we had/have[/quote] Not saying this at all I've said 3 separate times, Lopez has flaws. He is the same type of player as Withey, Stiemsma, and Ajinca- slow, not much of a threat on offense, good shot blocker (Lopez was top 10 in the lea...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]I also love the player Robin Lopez has turned into, in people's eyes[/quote] No one with any sense believes that Lopez is a stud. He's still got plenty of flaws. But he's a decent center on a good contract. If you're moving him to pay Evans $44M to play 25MPG, then complain about no...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]Tyreke Evans got what $11 million per year quote: to do what?[/quote] To play ~25 MPG, many of them with Greg Stiemsma. [quote] To outshine the league MVP [/quote] After every other conceivable option on offense was indisposed. To his credit, he delivered. [quote]He ...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Of course Paul Flannery says in one quip everything I've been trying to say about the Evans signing. [quote]Tyreke Evans got what, to do what? And you gave away Robin Lopez to make it happen? Good plan. -- Flannery [/quote] From Zillers non traditional year end awards. [link=(http://www.sb...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Zach Lowe has started his own podcast (The Lowe Post). Naturally, excellent so far. The most recent one has RC Buford talking about Spurs. [link=(http://espn.go.com/espnradio/grantland/player?id=10785873)]LINK[/link] Simmons also had a good one recently with NBA guru Haralabos Voulgaris. No l...


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re: Stiemsma has been waived, Melvin Ely signed - corndeaux
Here is the Deeks write up on the trade. [link=(http://beta.thescore.com/nba/news/481626)]LINK[/link] [quote]The addition of a future unguaranteed season of salary is favoured by teams because it allows them to control a player's destiny over the start of the free agency period, fix their pric...


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re: Stiemsma has been waived, Melvin Ely signed - corndeaux
Mark Deeks, salary cap guru, will have an article up soon abut the deal. He already wrote one about the Cavs making a similar deal for Scotty Hopson ([link=(http://beta.thescore.com/nba/news/469083)]LINK[/link]. Key difference though, the Pels were smart about it. [quote]The minimum salar...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Re: Evans and Jrue, GI nails it for me. [quote]getting bogged down by the concept that a player plays one position and only one position[/quote] Evans is best with the ball in his hands, but that doesn't mean he has to play the "Paul" role or that Jrue should be strictly off ball. Ideally, ...


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re: Hibbert should say f this gig I want to play with AD - corndeaux
[quote]But dont we already lead the league in blocks as a team? [/quote] And have one of the worst defenses in the league, giving up the 4th highest OPP FG% (63% :yack:) at the rim in the league. Blocks alone =/= good defense ...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Yeah. That makes sense. Some young(ish) bigs who have flashed real talent and might be available in the near future: Brook Lopez, Larry Sanders, Monroe, Kanter, Ed Davis, off the top of my head. Sure there are more. Still thinking about potential wing targets. ...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Hell of a post. :bow: :cheers: Can I amend my previous statement? I don't think Monty and Dell are necessarily on the same page. Not a bad thing on the surface, but I think much of the dysfunction I see can be traced to some of that discord. I.E., if Dell was fine playing Evans at the 3 and r...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]With any reasonable level of health, this team probably is right there in the playoff race and Monty and Demps' seats aren't that hot[/quote] Not really about wins and losses for me. I get that injury ruined whatever plan they thought they had. I just don't believe they really had a pl...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
I think those are both options the team is looking for. I'd be happy with either one. [quote]ATL[/quote][quote]42[/quote] I get asset gathering and the decreasing contract point is a good one. If we take ATL's first two Philosophy Tenets as something close to what they were thinking (fair I...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
It's all about defense for this designation. He can play anywhere inside the arc (for now) on offense and be dynamite. To me, he is a big, not a 3. He has the athleticism, but you waste his best skill if he isn't near the rim. He can switch off on perimeter guys, but I don't want that matchup all...


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re: Hibbert should say f this gig I want to play with AD - corndeaux
PT has lost its mind on Hibbert. Counting stats don't tell us everything about a player. He is the best defensive center in the NBA. He has holes. He is not much of a threat on offense if he isn't getting OREB and his rebounding and attitude have been poor for a few months now. That is alarming. ...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote] I think we don't see the philosophy clearly partially because of the need to put out a viable team while trying to build a title team, and partially because of all the rhetoric it requires to do such business in the NBA these days. [/quote] Yeah. I guess I am just terribly confused by the...


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