The Mayors of the NBA

The Mayors of the NBA

Jan 31

Earlier in the week, I posted a couple of things over at Grantland that looked at the best and worst shooters so far this season. These two posts provided a glimpse into the spatial efficiencies of NBA players. As a logical follow-up to that, it makes sense to consider frequency: which players shoot the most at different spots? If all NBA players had foursquare, these guys would be the mayors of...

Have yourself Amar’e little Knicksmas.

Have yourself Amar’e little Knicksmas.

Dec 24

First off, I want to apologize immediately for the title of this article. If you think it’s bad reading something that dumb, imagine having stuff like that pulsing through your brain all day every day. That’s my burden, you guys. But, at any rate, I hope you’re having a nice holiday season. As we prepare for tomorrow’s quintuple-header of NBA action, there are countless storylines worth...

The Kobe Assist: Deleted Scenes

The Kobe Assist: Deleted Scenes

Dec 10

The Kobe Assist: Deleted Scenes (part I) I have been blown away by the reaction to the Kobe Assist article on Grantland. It goes to show that there are a ton of basketball fans out there, and that many of them are reading Grantland, which in my biased opinion is putting some great NBA content out every day. I am really happy that (most) people appreciated the piece and seemed to take away...

The New Lakers: Nash and the Bunnymen

The New Lakers: Nash and the Bunnymen

Oct 30

Hi guys, I don’t have much time, but I wanted to post something to ring in the new year. Happy NBA New Year! Let’s take a quick look at the new Lakers: Steve Nash Nash is old and cagey with some kind of new wave haircut, but I love watching him play basketball. He is one of the game’s best midrange shooters, but his favorite spot is off that right elbow (graphic left) where he...

The Long Two and Josh Smith

The Long Two and Josh Smith

Sep 08

It’s been said that the “long two” is one of the worst shots in the NBA. In general, I believe that’s a fair statement, though certainly there are some exceptions to this rule. After all, some players excel in this area, and an open shot from just inside the 3-point line will at times be the best available shot on the court for a given team during a given possession;...