Drawing inspiration from The Athletic’s John Hollinger, I made a variant of his BORG statistic. I’m calling it NET, because it is meant to measure a player’s net contribution to his team over the course of a game. Here are a few definitions to lay the groundwork:
With enough bad going on in our country, let’s focus on the good in the NBA this week.
The Suns are awesome.
Let’s begin the new year with a fresh set of observations from the new NBA season.
I saw a thread on Reddit last week hypothesizing how many Shaquille O’Neals it would take to win a fight against a silverback gorilla. The correct answer is four; one Shaq for each gorilla appendage.
Outside of Michael Jordan, buckets were hard to come by for the Bulls. Scottie Pippen averaged 19.2 points per game on a below-average 41.7 percent shooting clip; Toni Kukoc ranked third on the team with 7.9 PPG on 36.0 percent shooting, and he shrunk significantly in the playoffs; Ron Harper averaged…
The goal is to beef up the analysis of each matchup as we advance deeper into the tournament, so I won’t waste time with a lengthy intro. Click here for Part 1 of this series, click here for Part 2 and click here to view the full bracket.
If you’ve read the first two parts of this series, you know how this turns out. Even if you haven’t read the first two parts of this series, you still know how this turns out.
’96 Bulls win, 4–0.
Kobe peaked from ‘08-’10 with a herculean three-year run that spanned 304 games…
A quick refresher in case you’re new here or you already forgot how this works:
Something I don’t understand: the “we need to stop comparing players and teams to each other and just appreciate them” line of thinking. My counter: can’t we do both?
It’s fun to debate MJ vs. LeBron and argue about the ’96 Bulls vs. the ’17 Warriors, and we can do it in a way that is appreciative of the unique talents of everyone involved. Besides, determining the best players and teams is the fundamental purpose of sports. That’s why we crown champions.
Enter the Tournament of Champions. It’s a 64-team bracket of NBA champions to determine the best team of…
What better way to ring in the new decade than by looking back at the last one?
First, let’s lay down some ground rules:
The argument for Giannis being the best player in basketball is simple: he is better now than he was last season when he won MVP.
Giannis is averaging more points, rebounds, assists and steals per game than he did last season, and he is posting higher 2-point and 3-point percentages than he did in his MVP campaign. The Bucks won 60 games last year and are on pace for 67 wins this season.
Giannis’s nightly production is historically unprecedented. He is averaging 29.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 6.4 …
Carmelo is the most convenient fall-guy for the Rockets’ puzzling start to the season. They went 65–17 without him last year and were 6–7 when they ended the Carmelo Experience this season. But it’s not that simple.
To be clear, Anthony is not the solution. The Rockets are minus-10.9 per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court and plus-3.9 when he’s on the bench.
The idea of “Olympic Melo” — a spot up specialist who mixes it up on the glass — is a myth. Anthony is hitting at a 31.4 percent clip in catch-and-shoot situations this season, and Houston’s…