Basketball is all about scoring more than your opponent, and the best way to do this is by getting better shots than your opponent. An crucial part to offensive efficiency is shot selection. Taking the right shots will improve the chance of making more baskets and winning games. The best shots can vary by team, … Continue reading Shot Selection: A Surprising Playoff Advantage (or Disadvantage)
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Predicting NBA First-Time All-Stars in 2022-23
For some NBA players, it takes time to reach full potential. There are unexpected breakout players every season. For example, take Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins never turned into the player that many scouts expected him to be when he was drafted in 2014 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, culminating in a trade to the Golden State Warriors. … Continue reading Predicting NBA First-Time All-Stars in 2022-23
Did Jimmy Butler Take the Right Shot?
The Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Heat has been a tightly contested series, with each game being unpredictable. In Game 7, the game that would decide which team faces the Warriors in the Finals, the Heat found themselves down just 2 points with less than 30 seconds left in the game. Marcus Smart … Continue reading Did Jimmy Butler Take the Right Shot?
What Went Wrong for the 76ers
The 76ers lost to the Miami Heat in 6 games in the Conference Semi-Finals, marking the fifth consecutive year that their playoff journey ends before the conference finals. While their core players of Joel Embiid and James Harden seem promising, smaller issues keep hurting their team. This year seemed like one of the 76ers' best … Continue reading What Went Wrong for the 76ers
Why the Celtics Will Win the NBA Finals
The NBA Playoffs have begun and there are several teams that can win the championship. As of April 21, there are 6 teams with at least a 5% chance of winning the championship according to 538.com's NBA predictions. After years of shortcomings in the playoffs and a slow start to tis year's season, I think … Continue reading Why the Celtics Will Win the NBA Finals
How Deandre Ayton Went From Disappointment to Domination
On draft night in 2018, the Phoenix Suns picked Deandre Ayton with first overall, making the former Arizona Wildcats center their new franchise cornerstone in addition to Devin Booker. However, just two picks later, the Dallas Mavericks picked Luka Doncic 3rd overall. Doncic went on to win Rookie of the Year in 2019. The very … Continue reading How Deandre Ayton Went From Disappointment to Domination
Should the 76ers Trade Ben Simmons?
The image of Ben Simmons passing up a dunk will live in the mind of 76ers' fans for a long time. That one play encapsulated Simmons' struggles throughout his career, showing his refusal to shoot the ball, especially in the 4th quarter. In the 4th quarter of all the games in the 76ers' series against … Continue reading Should the 76ers Trade Ben Simmons?
How the Jazz Blew a Chance to Force a Game 7 vs the Clippers
The Western Conference Semi Finals between the 1 seed Utah Jazz and the 4 seed Los Angeles Clippers was set up to be an entertaining series. The Jazz had the best record and net rating during the regular season, ranking in the top 4 of both offensive and defensive efficiency, while the Clippers were looking … Continue reading How the Jazz Blew a Chance to Force a Game 7 vs the Clippers
The Best Low-Usage Players in the NBA
Basketball is a team sport. Despite the popularity of stars in the NBA, the results of games do not solely depend on the performance of one or two players. Championship contending teams need to have efficient and helpful role players that can benefit from the plays created by stars and keep the team afloat while … Continue reading The Best Low-Usage Players in the NBA
Players that Excel in the NBA Playoffs
The NBA Playoffs begin in under three weeks, and it will be time for another champion to be crowned. The main contenders for this year's championship include the 76ers, Nets, and Bucks from the East, and the Jazz, Suns, Lakers, Clippers, and Nuggets from the West. One common theme among these contenders is that they … Continue reading Players that Excel in the NBA Playoffs