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I personally was a bit surprised at this news. Rumor had it Williams was out of a job if the team failed to make the playoffs, but they did in fact make it and hardly should’ve been expected to make real noise against the 67 win Warriors. However, there is an emerging trend in the NBA towards more statistically minded coaches who utilize analytics to get the most from their teams (Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr and Atlanta Hawks’ coach Mike Budenholzer are both known to fit this description). So if the Pelicans are going in that direction, this move makes sense. If they are not, it’s a bit of a head scratcher.
in New Orleans Pelicans’ Coach Monty Williams Fired
5/12/15, 2:05 PM
All of the candidates had a great case (except perhaps DeAndre Jordan, whose more advanced defensive numbers didn’t seem to match his gaudy traditional ones), but it’s hard to argue with the result. Defense is very difficult to measure even in the era of Sports VU, Synergy, and all of the other resources we have, but everything available points to Leonard being a fantastic defender.
Having said that, if I had a vote it likely would’ve gone to Draymond Green whose Warriors lead the league in defensive efficiency, in large part thanks to him. The Warriors were 7 points per 100 possessions better defensively with Green on the floor, but measuring defense is still very tough and I certainly have no problem with Leonard winning. The Spurs will need Leonard’s great defense if they are to make it out of their tough first round match up with the Clippers and compete for their second consecutive championship.
in Kawhi Leonard Named Defensive Player of the Year, Draymond Green Receives Most First Place Votes
4/23/15, 2:25 PM
Meh. It’s not a bad signing by any means, but Dallas’ issues are on the defensive end of the court (they currently rank 3rd in points scored per 100 possessions, but 15th in points scored against per 100 possessions), which Stoudemire, um, doesn’t help with. That’s putting it nicely. Perhaps he can give them a little more offense when Dirk Nowitzki is sitting, which I suppose is always welcomed.
This isn’t really a game changer, but could help the Mavericks hold down the fort in the perpetual dogfight that is the Western Conference.
in Report: Amar’e Stoudemire Commits to the Dallas Mavericks
2/16/15, 10:26 PM
Well, this came out of nowhere. The details were all over the place at first, as it seemed as if Reggie Jackson was New York bound for about an hour. He can exhale now, though, as he turned out to not be part of the deal.
Cleveland is looking like the clear winner, as they turned Dion Waiters and some expiring contracts into JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, and a first round pick. Shumpert and Smith haven’t played well this season, but they figure to be upgrades over Waiters (which isn’t hard) and the first round pick makes it all worth it.
This is purely a salary dump for the Knicks, who will now have around $28 million dollars to spend this offseason. Whether any free agent will want to come to a team that very well may be coming off a season in which they were the worst team in the NBA is another story.
As for OKC, this is just baffling to me. Dion Waiters has been awful this season, sporting a 46.8% true shooting percentage (a measure of scoring efficiency that takes into account the added value of three pointers and free throws) and doesn’t add much anywhere else. I have no idea why Thunder GM Sam Presti thinks that’s production worth giving up a first round pick for.
in Knicks, Cavs, OKC Agree on 3-Team Trade
1/5/15, 10:22 PM
Pistons’ President Stan Van Gundy must really not like what he’s seen from Smith this season (then again, who has?). This move in all likelihood will result in the Pistons essentially paying Smith to play for another team. I’m guessing Van Gundy regrets not trading him to Sacramento when he could have, as that would’ve taken the Pistons completely off the hook. It’ll be interesting to see who claims Smith, as someone will take a chance on his perceived talent despite his lackluster past two seasons. My guess is the Kings will go all out to add him now that they don’t have to give up any pieces to do so. Why their interest is so strong is beyond me.
in Josh Smith Waived by the Detroit Pistons
12/22/14, 12:18 PM
It’s hard to analyze contracts these days as no one knows for sure what’s going to happen with the salary cap, but to me this is an overpay. Thompson hasn’t demonstrated many skills outside of scoring (which he doesn’t do all that efficiently when he’s not shooting threes). I suppose Golden State didn’t have much of a choice after refusing to include Thompson in a trade for Kevin Love (which was also a mistake), but it’s hard for me to like this deal from their perspective.
in Report: Klay Thompson Agrees to Four-Year Max Extension
10/31/14, 6:10 PM
This is a huge blow for the Thunder and the NBA is a whole. Durant is one of the most exciting players in the game today, so losing him for any amount of time is a drag. Hopefully he comes back fully healthy relatively soon. If that happens, and it seems as if the doctors expect it to, OKC’s place as a contender in the Western Conference is unlikely to be threatened. If the injury lingers, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t, the Thunder could be in serious trouble.
in Kevin Durant has surgery, will be re-evaluated in 6 weeks
10/16/14, 9:00 PM
It’s hard for me to look at this as anything other than a steal for the Nuggets. Faried has been an extremely productive player ever since he was drafted, and with the salary cap set to rapidly increase due to the new TV deal, $10 million a year for a player of Faried’s caliber is a bargain. As for Faried’s perspective, well, it’s not every day you get the chance to never worry about money again. Congratulations to a player who was slept on by most of the league in the 2011 draft.
in Kenneth Faried, Nuggets Agree to Four-Year Extension
10/6/14, 8:12 AM
Chauncey Billups was one of the most efficient guards of the last decade or so (he’s one of only nine players in history with a career true shooting percentage of at least 58% and a career assist percentage of at least 28%). He was a bit of a late bloomer, but from his 5th season up until his achilles injury in 2011-2012 he was one of the most reliable players in the league. He’s easily a hall of famer in my eyes and I would be surprised if the voters didn’t see it the same way. Expect him to be back in the game in some capacity very soon.
in Chauncey Billups Retires After 17 NBA Seasons
9/9/14, 11:06 PM
Well this isn’t the way Monroe wanted to start his contract year. It’s only two games and may very well be forgotten if Monroe plays well, but after turning down a lot of money to bet on himself as an unrestricted free agent he only made things harder on himself.
in Pistons’ Greg Monroe Suspended
9/9/14, 2:42 PM
2015 NBA Draft Roundtable — Part 2
by 25 June 2015, 10:35 AM
Our NBA Writers answer some questions before tonight’s draft and give their lottery picks.
2015 NBA Draft Roundtable - Part 1
by 24 June 2015, 10:00 AM
Co-Authors: PJ Benasillo, Teddy Chassin, Michael McDaniel, Evan Ormond, Aaron Vetter
Most Of What You Know About Mike D’Antoni Is Wrong
by 11 June 2015, 2:20 PM
D’Antoni’s defense not as bad as some would have you believe.
New Orleans Pelicans’ Coach Monty Williams Fired
by 12 May 2015, 2:00 PM
Coach fired after getting swept in the playoffs
Kawhi Leonard Named Defensive Player of the Year, Draymond Green Receives Most First Place Votes
by 23 April 2015, 2:14 PM
In midst of tough playoff series, Leonard gets recognized.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Is No Bust
by 26 March 2015, 12:25 PM
Young small forward doing big things with playoff hungry Charlotte.
Report: Amar’e Stoudemire Commits to the Dallas Mavericks
by 16 February 2015, 10:20 PM
Stoudemire expected to take a bench role.
Knicks, Cavs, OKC Agree on 3-Team Trade
by 5 January 2015, 10:15 PM
Waiters to OKC, Smith and Shumpert to Cleveland.
Josh Smith Waived by the Detroit Pistons