Early Impressions of Cleveland’s Offense

We drooled over the idea of the Cavs’ offense from the moment that Woj #WojBombed our Twitter timelines with the news that Kevin Love would be joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. Whispers out of training camp led us to believe that offensive mastermind David Blatt was constructing a … [Read more...]

Team Pick-and-Roll Defense: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Since today's NBA is such a heavy pick-and-roll league, being able to defend this play effectively has become almost equally as important as being able to run it. … [Read more...]

Why LaMarcus Aldridge Doesn’t Shoot Threes in the Blazers Offense

LaMarcus Aldridge takes a lot of mid-range jump shots. In 2013-14, nobody made or took close to as many. Even though he’s an excellent shooter from this distance, relative to league average, these are still not especially efficient shots. The equivalent 3PG% for Aldridge's midrange shots, in terms … [Read more...]

Mike Miller Utilizes Flare Screens

At the age of 34, Mike Miller knows his illustrious basketball career is winding down. That’s a huge part of why Miller hitched his wagon to his friend LeBron James and decided to sign a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason. Miller clearly wants another … [Read more...]

Monta Ellis – Dallas Mavericks’ Offensive Catalyst

While the enchanting "Splash Brothers" charmed the NBA with their stupefying shooting touch last season, the Milwaukee Bucks' backcourt was on the opposite side of the spectrum. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings -- let's call them the "Brick Brothers" -- formed a lamentable duo of inefficient volume … [Read more...]

How will Marcin Gortat fit with the Washington Wizards offense?

The Washington Wizards made a splash Friday afternoon by making Emeka Okafor a major part of a trade to the Phoenix Suns to obtain big man Marcin Gortat. With Okafor out indefinitely with a neck injury, the Wizards are trying to improve their team by getting a full season (as long as he stays … [Read more...]

Intellectual Theft: Mike Budenholzer

13 NBA teams will be entering the 2013-2014 season with a new head coach. Each of those coaches will face unique challenges, but should be able to draw on a pool of experience from their previous jobs. Intellectual Theft is a series looking at some specific elements that each coach can bring from … [Read more...]

Why Can LeBron James Shoot Three-Pointers All Of A Sudden?

In 2010-2011, LeBron James connected on 33.0% of his three-point attempts. In 2011-2012, that number jumped to 36.2%. This past regular season, it surged to 40.6%. In his recent piece on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry attributed LeBron's improvement (both in three-point field goal percentage and field … [Read more...]

How the Red Mamba’s Venom Slowly, Painfully Killed the Grizzlies In Game One

He might not have led his team in scoring, but Matt Bonner (a.k.a. the Red Mamba) certainly caused some dismay to the Memphis Grizzlies in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Sunday evening, our favorite ginger mamba since Brian Scalabrine (White Mamba) stretched the Grizzlies' defense and … [Read more...]

Knicks Create Options out of Double P&R

While their series against the Boston Celtics saw the Knicks fall into isolation hell, they've mostly stuck with their spread pick-and-roll identity against the Pacers in the second round. The way Indiana defends the pick-and-roll, though, has kept the Knicks from breaking out offensively. Indiana … [Read more...]