Rumor: Jermaine O’Neal to Miami?

It’s been reported in numerous places, including today in Yahoo! Sports by Adrian Wojnarowski, that the Heat and Raptors have been discussing a Jermaine O’Neal for Shawn Marion trade. Even though it’s just a rumor and there’s a good chance it will never happen, I thought it would be fun to analyze this potential […]

Rookie Report Part I

For the first part of this series, I’ll take a look at picks 1-6 from last year’s draft using my Composite Score numbers:
The Numbers (Player Name – Composite Score Percentile):
Derrick Rose: 55.11%
Michael Beasley: 17.65%
O.J. Mayo: 42.72%
Russell Westbrook: 81.73%
Kevin Love: 33.44%
Danilo Gallinari: Did not qualify
The Analysis
Derrick Rose has been widely praised for his play so […]

Analyzing the Surprise Teams Part II: Miami Heat

The next surprise team I’ll take a look at is the Miami Heat. Through 26 games, the Heat are 14-12, just one win shy of their total from last season. They are around the middle of the pack in both offensive and defensive efficiency, ranking 16th and 18th, respectively. For most teams, […]

12-15-08 Recap

Hawks beat Bobcats: This was not a pretty game to watch. Not only did both offenses struggle (efficiencies of 98.8 and 94), but they played at a snail’s pace. That’s why the final score was 83-79 … Boris Diaw exploded for a season-high 25 points in the loss. His previous season-high […]

12-14-08 Recap

Hornets beat Raptors: The surprise of the game was James Posey. Posey is not normally one to fill up the stat sheet, but he finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He hit seven shots, and six of them were three-pointers. He shot 60% from long distance … Chris Bosh struggled from […]

12-8-08 Recap

Heat beat Bobcats: That should read “Dwyane Wade beats Bobcats,” because it truly was a one-man show for Miami. Wade scored 41 points to go along with his eight rebounds. He made 12 of his 22 shots, but most of his damage was done at the free throw line, where he was 15-19. […]

Offensive/Defensive Four Factors Leaders

For those who may not be aware, Dean Oliver, author of Basketball on Paper, developed a list of four factors that a team must excel in to be good on both offense and defense. For offense, those factors are shooting percentage (measured by effective field goal percentage), turnovers (measured by turnover percentage), offensive rebounds […]

12-3-08 Recap

Hawks beat Grizzlies: Josh Smith returned from injury and had a solid game in somewhat limited minutes. He scored 14 points in 28 minutes of play, which translates to 20 points per 40 minutes. He also added six rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block … Overall the Hawks shot a sizzling […]

12-1-08 Recap

Bobcats beat Timberwolves: This was Al Jefferson’s worst game offensively of the season. He scored just eight points and missed eight of his 11 shot attempts. However, he did contribute with six blocks and nine rebounds … Jason Richardson has scored over 20 points in each of his three games since returning from […]

11-24-08 Recap

Magic beat Bucks: Besides building a ten-point deficit in the first quarter, the Bucks played pretty well throughout this game … Still playing without Michael Redd, Milwaukee got plenty of scoring from Richard Jefferson. Unfortunately, Jefferson has had a down year, sporting a below average PER of 13.67 coming into tonight’s contest … The […]