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re: Report: Relationship between Suns, Bledsoe nearly ‘irrepairable’ - corndeaux
[quote]if he really was that good he'd have other offers (see: Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons situations this offseason)[/quote] Nah. It's about scarcity. How many teams need to upgrade pg and are willing/able to pay a RFA premium to do so? By contrast, how many teams need to upgrade on ...


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re: Official Pelicans Free Agency Thread(Updated with transactions) - corndeaux
[quote]If you haven't seen the dunk contest[/quote] It is nuts. I'm just not sure what else he can do besides jump breathtakingly high. Outside of Rubio, they just don't have many guys who can create shots...


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re: Official Pelicans Free Agency Thread(Updated with transactions) - corndeaux
[quote]Wouldn't it be in LeBron's interest to not trade Wiggins? Wiggins will be on a rookie deal for 4/5 years. [/quote] It just depends on how you look at it. Lee Jenkins on the Lowe Post put it this way: do you want your title window to be as long as possible or as wide as possible? Wiggins...


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re: Official Pelicans Free Agency Thread(Updated with transactions) - corndeaux
[quote]So you go from potential trade rape to Wiggins, Bennet and Thadeus Young?[/quote] That is a good haul, but these things have a way of not panning out as Mahoney detailed. Minnesota still only has one shot creator. I think Bennett will be better, but he was Rivers bad. And Young has an ETO ...


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re: Official Pelicans Free Agency Thread(Updated with transactions) - corndeaux
[quote]Wiggins may never have actually been on the table[/quote] If Wiggins were on the table and the Wolves held out, they are dumb. Flip hiring himself to coach was the 2nd worst thing they did this summer- trailing only hiring Flip to run the franchise of course. [quote]For whatever reason ...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Good read. It will be interesting to see how they play things when Anderson/Davis is the pairing. You would think they would go more conservative w/ only Davis out there to keep him closer to the rim, but they didn't really want to do that last year. Will they want to put him on 2nd unit Cs? If ...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]How many fouls were drawn in the "non RA paint" versus behind the arc[/quote] Good question. Certainly for those guys in the post, you have to imagine there are more fouls. Then again, we are seeing more 3PA fouls now. Not the same frequency as in the paint, but it is a rising trend. W...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]That really expands the dumb zone.[/quote] Something I thought about some more- I don't know if that is true. RA shots are gold. But mid range and non RA Paint shots both have their efficiency problems on a macro level. Certainly there are guys (Dirk mid range, Parker floaters in the p...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]Anderson and Gordon overlap a lot on the 3 pointers since they both shoot most of their 3s from the wing. But that's ok since there are 2 wings. I would imagine if you have a 3 guard lineup with Tyreke running the offense you'd put Ryno in the corne[/quote] Definitely. Houston's chart is c...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
[quote]That really expands the dumb zone. It's basically saying a Tyreke or Aminu 3 point shot is a better shot than the average player shooting anywhere between 3 feet and the 3 point line. That's crazy, and surely something that is only true in theory and not practice.[/quote] I would say conte...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
And here is another entry into the TeamSPACE concept from a week ago, this one focusing on the Southwest division. They break down all 5 teams most used lineups (the Mavs are absurd). I'll just show the Pelicans and the write up. [img]http://nyloncalculus.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Pelican...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Two more from Nylon Calculus First on shot selection [link=(http://nyloncalculus.com/2014/07/28/what-we-know-shot-selection-matters/)]LINK[/link] [img]http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y477/Trey_House/ian1-590x900_zpsfece3e2a.png~original[/img] [quote]This graph is based on every sho...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Also a piece on Superstar Hauls in light of the impending Love trade. SI breaks down the Melo, Howard, DWIll, Paul, and Harden trades. Here's what Mahoney says about Paul: [quote]The best-laid plans of the then-Hornets have all but perished. On paper, this was a promising return. New Orleans r...


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re: General NBA Links - corndeaux
Time to fire this one up again. Great great read on Kyle Korver from Lowe today. [link=(http://grantland.com/features/kyle-korver-nba-atlanta-hawks/)]LINK[/link] The video clips of plays for him are outstanding. Anderson is a guy who knows how to find space and has some of the gravitationa...


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re: AD has been working on his ball handling - corndeaux
[quote]It's also how teams are designed to be built, salary wise[/quote] Maybe. I don't know about that any more with the tax restrictions. That's why those draft picks have become crack for teams- keeping guys that generally outperform their salaries locked up at low cost for a few years helps t...


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re: AD has been working on his ball handling - corndeaux
[quote]I believe in the less is more philosophy, where you take 2-3 great players and surround them with strong role players that accentuate their abilities. [/quote] That's fair. It's just hard to find 2-3 great players and if you go that route, those 2-3 guys need to be very, very, very good. I...


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re: AD has been working on his ball handling - corndeaux
[quote]But generally speaking we had guys going on binges through the season. As they did, the other guys around them tended to fade away. When Anderson was going off, Davis's numbers were down. When Anderson went down, Davis's numbers skyrocketed. Same thing with Holiday and Evans. [/quote] Come...


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re: Kareem Abdul Jabbar weighs in on pay for college athletes - corndeaux
[quote]indentured servitude. [/quote] This is the apt comparison while sweat shop is a hyperbolic and fairly ridiculous if we consider the plight of actual sweat shop workers. Players are exploited for a set number of years before they are allowed to earn market value for their skills (and really...


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re: AD has been working on his ball handling - corndeaux
Good to hear. Would love to see him lead fastbreaks after a board like Griffin did a lot last year. Definitely want to see him develop some more dribble moves in the half court. He was a one dribble guy. If he didn't get by his man it was typically a tough shot (which he usually made b/c he's a...


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re: Official Pelicans Free Agency Thread(Updated with transactions) - corndeaux
Another interesting, if dense, article from Nylon Calculus on Pull Up J v Catch and Shoot [quote]Last season, according to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics, teams shot almost five more attempts per game off the catch than they did off the dribble, which is understandable – catch-and-s...


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re: Team USA Basketball training camp roster announced UPDATED - corndeaux
Losing Griffin isn't that big of a deal and I think he's a fantastic player. He just doesn't strike me as a good international fit plus they will go small w/ Durant/George at the 4 a good bit. Seeing Wall added is good. He needs to make it. My guess: Guards: Curry, Harden, Beal, Wall Wi...


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re: Monty interview on Black and Blue Report - corndeaux
[quote] Special = 3 guard lineups[/quote] That's a good point. As you've stated before, Monty would rather lose with defense than win with offense. Hopefully Asik is the security blanket that frees him to take more chances with more offensive minded lineups....


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re: Monty interview on Black and Blue Report - corndeaux
[quote]starts on the defensive end[/quote] Pretty hard to run if you don't get any stops and you don't get any rebounds. It is interesting that he has something "special" or whatever for the SF position. A lot of the fan frustration probably could have been avoided by not playing Aminu and St...


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re: Corporate Knowledge - corndeaux
[quote]Everybody seems ready to write us off as the 5th best team in the division[/quote] I dont think it's that so much as the other 4 teams in the division are really really good. IMO part of the reason for feeling that way is due to Fisher being absurdly defensive of any (fair or not) criti...


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re: Bye Aminu - corndeaux
[quote]Over the last 3 or 4 years we've turned a lot of other teams' trash into treasures. Never once did I look at those guys' success here as a referendum on their former teams' ability to develop players. [/quote] People that want to bag on Monty/Dell will always find a way. Sometimes it just ...


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re: Official Pelicans Free Agency Thread(Updated with transactions) - corndeaux
Sham Sports updated Pelicans Salary page [link=(http://data.shamsports.com/content/pages/data/salaries/pelicans.jsp)]LINK[/link] No Jimmer details yet, but Young is added and he is contract is unguaranteed according to Deeks....


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re: Bye Aminu - corndeaux
Saw this retweeted [quote]Mavs' off-season: Dirk, Devin Harris, RJeff, Aminu for $13.7M next year. Lakers' off-season: Boozer, Jordan Hill for $13.3M next year.[/quote] :bow: Buss the Younger [quote]guard rotation is weird though with 4 PGs (Ellis, Felton, Nelson and Harris)[/quote] ...


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re: Bye Aminu - corndeaux
Lowe, as usual, is right. He could have fit on this team as a 2nd unit 3/4. He complements Anderson nicely and can offer size/athleticism for the small backcourt. Same time, he might not have wanted to come back as a bench player after starting for the past 2 years. Will be interesting to see ...


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re: Official Pelicans Free Agency Thread(Updated with transactions) - corndeaux
[quote]Honestly, it could probably be argued that he is, but that's no knock on Davis. I'd say that's one of the strongest parts of Rolo's game, but god forbid he step out defensively.[/quote] I don't think I would argue that, but that's pretty much spot on. RoLo isn't Asik but he isn't Stiemsma ...


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re: Official Pelicans Free Agency Thread(Updated with transactions) - corndeaux
More from Nylon Calculus. This is on Rim Protection [quote]Rim Protection” is essentially point prevention. By stopping an opposing offense from scoring, either by dissuading players from shooting near the basket all together or simply forcing more misses than would otherwise be the case, these i...


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