For the first time in forever, the NBA Finals featured rosters without anyone named LeBron James or Steph Curry. It was a refreshing sight for basketball fans, and the last couple of games in the series were not for the feint of heart. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was named Finals MVP, delivered a performance for the ages and a historic series. And now, the Larry O'Brien trophy is in Milwaukee, much to the delight of some 65,000 fans in attendance in the Deer district. If you're a stathead like me, Read More
The five players on a basketball team have their positions and responsibilities. One of these positions is the Shooting Guard. Some of the best players in basketball history are shooting guards and that includes Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. A shooting guard can also be called by other names. When you hear the word off guard, that generally points to the shooting guard although they may also be referred to as "wings," "two-guard," and a "swingman." (Oftentimes, small forwards may also be called Read More
The NBA, as its slogan say, is where amazing happens. But the thing is, it's not always on the court where the "amazing" happens, if we believe these crazy NBA rumors, that is. These may or may not be true but as I always say, stories wouldn't be told if there is no ring of truth to it. Let me begin by sharing these 5 NBA rumors: 1.) The NBA's Biggest (and Dirtiest) Prank? The Washington Wizards from the mid-2000s and early 2010s were a rowdy bunch. They had issues with team plane gambling, pulling Read More
1.) League of his own Devin Booker, through eight games, is the only player in the NBA to have shot over 50% from the field, 50% from 3 in at least 5 attempts per game, and shoot over 90% from the line. 2.) Celtics Quirk From out of nowhere, the Boston Celtics sits atop the Eastern Conference by stringing seven straight after losing its first game. Now without Kyrie Irving, Boston got contributions from everywhere: Marcus Smart co-leads the team in assists with Kemba Walker (4.5), while Jayson Read More
Jersey sales have really started to have a life of its own this past decade and I think it's a reliable metric on how popular a player really is (or how bandwagon-y fans really are, depending on how you look at it). Here are the top 10 best-selling jerseys that you can find in Amazon: 1.) Jordan #23 Black Retro Basketball Jersey Michael Jordan's jersey at the top of the list? Not an inch of surprise there. This jersey sold by RAAVIN is priced at a little less than $30 so from that Read More
1. Dwyane Wade and the art of the pump fake.
Wade and pump fakes are pretty much synonymous but how good is he exactly with these weapons? Someone did the math, and they have the stats:
“Around 1,350 players, give or take, have played at least a single minute against the Miami HEAT since Wade was drafted in 2003. And he got 339 of them to jump.”
“Which means Wade got 25% of all the players he ever played against to bite.”
John Salmons was the worst offender (9 times), followed Read More
1. Josh Hart-- Summer League MVP?
The 2nd year Laker from Villanova is averaging 24.2/5.2/2.3/1.5 on 47.1/39.6/80.0 shooting (61.8 TS%) in leading the Lakers summer league squad to a second straight championship berth in Las Vegas.
Bonus: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is not bad either. The Lakers' 2018 2nd round pick is averaging 17.7/4.2/2.2 on 50.7/42.9/71.4 shooting (63.7 TS%).
2. J.J. Redick
Redick has played a total of 760 career NBA games and not once did he tally a double-double.
3. Read More
1. Offensive Machines
Since 1990, only FIVE teams have had 3 players averaging 20+ points: 90-91 Golden State Warriors (Run TMC), 2007-08 Warriors, (Monta, B-Diddy, Captain Jack), 2013-14 Sacramento Kings (Boogie, IT, Rudy Gay) 2016-17 Warriors, and 2017-18 Warriors (Steph, Klay, KD).
2. Kawhi open to leaving San Antonio to take less money?
In case you're living under a rock, Kawhi Leonard has reportedly asked for a trade and would be willing to forego the Supermax and take less money. How Read More
Here's your daily dose of awesome NBA stats.
1. Isaiah Thomas= Michael Jordan?
Isaiah Thomas leads the Celtics in scoring for the 35th straight game.
In the last 40 years only one other player has done that..
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 25, 2017
2. Nikola Jokic. OMG.
Denver is 24-17 with The Joker as starting center and 11-20 on the rest. BTW, these are his stats as the Nuggets' starting center: 19.4 pts on 60% shooting, 3pt 38.6%, FT 83%, 10.8 rebounds and Read More
Yep, it's still the preseason but for fantasy basketball aficionados, stats is life.
1. NBA is looking to speed it up...
Per NBA, replay time last season reduced by 40%, w/replay ref making some calls. Estimate another 20% drop w/expanded use of replay ref. https://t.co/RJQo8W6jPm
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) October 21, 2016
2. And then there were SIX...
W/ #EltonBrand retiring only 6 #NBA players left drafted in 90s. Vince Carter, Dirk, Pierce, Manu, JTerry & Metta
— Kevin Cottrell Read More