TEAM WORLD vs. TEAM USA. 团队世界/美国队. THEORY.

THEORY.  Team USA vs Team WORLD. Competitive game, not All-Star game.

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Team USA #1 basketball team in the world – without any doubts! If USA team plays with their best roster it’s almost impossible for any other National Team to win. 50 W – 1 L..

USA = United States of America = 50 States = 1 country. For example, there are 44 countries in Europe and 54 in Africa…

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However, 9 of 51 games Team USA won by 10 or less points.

In my opinion the best international basketball game between USA and any other NT was USA vs. SPAIN 118:107 (Wade 27, Kobe 20 – Rudy 22, P. Gasol 21) @ Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

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FIBA Rules 4×10 minutes. No defensive 3-second rule.

TEAM WORLD

  • System can make players better – hide weaknesses/use strengths.
  • Try to control the tempo. Impossible to compete with USA in fast-paced game.
  • Try to use any advantage of tactics. Change defenses (man-to-man/zone). High IQ plays. Patience.
  • Avoid turn the ball over for all costs. Team USA is deadly in fast break situations.
  • Team’s chemistry is important and unselfishness.
  • Shoot 3-pointers 40+%…
  • PF/C should play their best game. In these positons Team World definitely can be equal or even better than team USA.
  • 3 of 6 Team World PG/SG/SF left-handed.

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DRAGIČ. All-Star. If healthy probably the best PG of Team World. 2016-17 NBA season 20.3 PTS + 5.8 AST + 40.5% 3PT.. High IQ player.

SIMMONS. ROY. Great athlete. Excellent defender. Better in fast-paced game. Team World should try to take advantage of his strengths and probably avoid to play together with Greek Freek at the same time. Career 3PT 0/13…

DONCIC. Very probably ROY. HIGH IQ player. Confidence and step-back 3s.

TEODOSIC. Health. Underrated player in NBA. One of the best passer in today’s game. Lack of athleticism and problems with defense. 10-15 min per game he can make difference with his no-look passes and couple mid-range or 3-point shots.

INGLES. Career 41.0 3P%. No problems with confidence: “I’m the best shooter in the league,” he told reporters in the locker room. Tough player to play against. Fits well in offensive  system.

BOGDANOVIC. Great shooter and high IQ player. He was Serbia NT leader in previous European Championship and helped his team to make final without 5-6 key players.

ANTETOKOUNMPO. Greek Freak. MVP candidate. Very effective in fast-paced game. Most of his points comes of restricted area. Team World should create their offensive system for Giannis to be involved as much as possible.

PORZINGIS. KP6. Unicorn. His skill set for his height is unbelievable. Healthy Porzingis will definitely can help Team World to compete with USA. 2017-18 season 39.5 3P%.

EMBIID. Arguably the best big man in NBA at the moment. Great passer/rebounder and team player. No problems with confidence.

MIROTIC. Fits well in New Orleans fast-paced basketball. High IQ player. Tough player to play against. Probably his best NBA season in his career so far. 17.4 PTS + 9.2 REB.

JOKIC. The Joker. 2.13m tall PG and C at the same time. MVP candidate. Denver is one of the leading teams in NBA at the moment. Lack of quickness compensates with high IQ plays. Probably the best passing big man in basketball at the moment.

GOBERT. #1 dunks per game in NBA. One of the tallest players in the League. 2017-18 Defensive POY.

SCARIOLO (Head Coach). Toronto Raptors assistant coach (one of the best teams in NBA at the moment). Head coach of Spanish National team. One of the best coaches in Europe.

 

TEAM USA

  • Team USA looks more than impressive. Loaded with world class players. Everyone accepts their role in team? No Ego problems?
  • Playing without the ball. Most of Team USA players are the best in their teams and best in NBA overall with the ball. Hopefully for USA they are best without the ball as well.
  • PG/SG/SF position players indivdually both offensively and defensively are much better than Team World PG/SG/SF. Agressive pressure defense can create turnovers and bad shots for Team World that can lead to many easy buckets.

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TEAM WORLD. 108 international players from 42 countries. If picking of 12 players for TEAM USA was quite easy then it was vice-versa with Team World.

Murray, Gallinari, Markkanen, Horford, Vučevič, Adams, Bogdanovič, Nurkič, Gasol, Zhou Qi and many others were left out of my Team World roster. Since there are so many great players especially big men from other countries of the World my focus was on TEAM’S CHEMISTRY, how players fits with each another playing at the same time.

Team USA – Lillard, CP3, Butler, Love, Griffin, Kemba, DeRozan, Drummond, Tatum and many others didn’t make the team simply because there are too many talented basketball players in USA.

Definitely want to read your thoughts and what players will be included in your Team World/Team USA. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite players for NBA All-Star game (20 days left).

Thanks for reading! CoachKris@ HUPU.

 

ANOTHER BLOWOUT LOSS @ ORACLE RAISES QUESTIONS… ARE THE WARRIORS STILL THE BEST TEAM IN NBA?

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Warriors blowout loss against Lakers (Lebron only played 21:15 due to injury) on Christmas – 101:127…

It was 4th loss @ Oracle by 20 or more points in this 2018/19 NBA season… It’s never a good sign for any team especially for team which had ONLY 4 such a blowout losses @ home in last 6 years total!!!

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Golden State is 2nd best team in Western Conference and 4th best team in NBA at the moment. 0% doubts of qualifying for Play-Offs. BUT we are not talking about regular NBA team but Golden State Warriors which was the #1 far ahead to others in pre-season predictions especially after signing Cousins.

Of course the most important games of the season is far ahead (as long as team is good enough to qualify for play-offs without any problems) but questions arise:

QUESTION: Are the Warriors the best team in NBA and main Title contender?

ANSWER: Maybe. Not as usual – YES!

 

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

LACK OF DEPTH.

 If Curry/KD/Klay/Green all have above average performance in particular game it’s very very hard to stop them. If Curry plays great (MVP candidate) and KD also shows great basketball this season then Klay and Green has one of the worst seasons (offense) in recent years.

Warriors offense heavily relies on Curry/KD/Klay performance.

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For example one of them is injured or have bad game. Which Warriors player can make a difference in a game consistently by himself if KD/Klay/Thompson struggling (Cousins?)? I am not talking about of being in right place and right time in their offensive system. System can make players better! Below average performance of any of these players affects Warriors various ways.

KD & GREEN DRAMA.

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COUSINS HAS MORE TECHNICAL FOULS THAN MINUTES PLAYED…

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ROSTER.

STEPHEN CURRY / KEVIN DURANT

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CURRY. 28.6 points per game and 45.8 3P%. MVP candidate. Problem: injuries… only played 24 of 35 games.

DURANT. KD plays his game: 28.8 PTS + 7.8 REB + 6.1 AST per game.

 

KLAY THOMPSON

Probably the best player in NBA without the ball. #1 in NBA Catch-and-Shoot FGA & FGM. Since Curry didn’t play 11 games this season Thompson’s role in team’s offense was bigger. In 2018/19 NBA season so far Klay has attempted more FGA per game than ever before in his career BUT more attempts not always means more points.  YES, he set NBA record in 3-pointers made per game (14) which is amazing but overall his 3-point FG% this season is his worst ever. He also shoots more 2-pointers than ever before in his career.

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DRAYMOND GREEN

2018/19 NBA season so far offensively is his worst season of last 5 with Warriors.

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IGOUDALA/LIVINGSTON

Igoudala (33, after 1 month 34) and Livingston (33) not getting younger. No questions -their importance and positive impact on team’s offense and defense in last few years played huge role in Warriors success. Unfortunately not this season so far…

 

JONES/LOONEY/JEREBKO/COOK and OTHERS.

DAMIAN JONES leads the NBA in both TRUE SHOOTING % and EFFECTIVE FIELD GOAL %. He takes good shots and makes good shots. But again.. injuries…

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Also it’s worth to mention Looney’s FG% = 62.3, Cook’s and Lee 3P% = 43.0 and 41.9.

Playing alongside Curry/KD/Klay teammates get more open looks. Also Golden State offensive system makes them better!

Are they ready to give enough help when help is need the most?

In my opinion Warriors not the best team in NBA at the moment but they have biggest potential to be the best!

Thanks for reading! Kristians@abouthegame.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROCKETS SET NBA SINGLE GAME 3-POINT RECORD – 26!

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Rockets set NBA single-game 3-point record – 26! Harden 6, Paul 5, Gordon & Green 4, Tucker 3, House 2, Clark & Carter-Williams 1.

”The previous record was held by the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers, who made 25 3s in a 135-130 win against the Atlanta Hawks on March 3, 2017” (www.cbssports.com).

TEAMS ATTEMPT AND MAKE MORE 3s THAN EVER BEFORE IN HISTORY OF NBA.

It’s not surprise that new NBA records of 3-point field goals made per game has been set recently and it’s done by Houston Rockets (#1 last 3 seasons per 3PA per game). Teams attempt and make more 3s than ever before in history of NBA.

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NEW NBA RECORD.  IMPORTANCE OF MAKING CATCH-AND-SHOOT 3-POINTERS.

Since Houston is one of slowest teams in NBA (PACE 96.99 29th of 30) without lot of 3-point attempts/makes in transition especially compared to last season… their success offensively depends on Harden’s and CP3’s ability to create 3-pointers off the dribble for themselves (1vs1 or take advantage of speed advantage if defense SWITCH ball-screens) or create catch-and-shoot 3-pointer opportunities for team-mates (only 27th of 30 in NBA 33.8% catch-and-shoot 3s made). Harden and CP3 have to trust team-mates and team-mates has to make catch-and-shoot 3-pointers consistently not only in this historical game (17/30! 56.6%).

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ANALYSIS OF ALL 26 HOUSTON’S 3-POINTERS.

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1. Catch-and-shoot 3-pointers: 17 of 30 (56.6%). Before historical game only 33.1% (29th of 30). Pull-up 3-pointers 9 of 25 (36%). Before this game 35.2% (5th of 30).

2.  10 of 26 3-pointers were scored after ball-screen was set for ball-handler. If ball-handler (Harden/CP3) has ability to create and make 3-point shot for himself after ball-screen is SWITCHED = more open looks for team-mates (drive-kick).

Usually Capela sets the screen for Harden or CP3 because Capela can be threat as a roller and he is guarded by tallest/slowest defender of opposite team (X5).

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In this example Green sets the ball-screen for Harden. Defense SWITCH = Harden 1vs1 and creates 3-point shot for himself (step-back).

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3. ONLY 7 OF 26 3-pointers scored in the first 12 seconds of possession (3 off. reb.). Houston is the 2nd slowest team in NBA this season.

4. Only slightly less than half (12 of 26) of 3-pointers made were UNCONTESTED (WIDE OPEN) 3-POINTERS. (“Contested” = Indicates a shot taken against or over a defensive player). If defense has to focus more on Harden/CP3 = more uncontested shots for team-mates. Uncontested shot > Contested shot.

                               Contested shot.                       Uncontested shot.

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Opponent’s shooting percentage can decrease  up to 10% if he has to shoot over defender’s hands!

CONSISTENCY. The setting of new NBA records is nothing new for Coach Mike D’Antoni team – “Rockets break playoff record 27 consecutive missed three pointers” (ww.si.com). What’s more important is to be consistent!

Former Rockets’ player now Wizard Trevor Ariza has taken part in both “historical” games. But unfortunately there’s nothing to be proud of.

 

QUESTION FOR HUPU READERS

HUPU readers (question asked more than 1 month ago) were confident about new NBA record to be set (26 or more 3-pointers) in 2018/19 season.

  77.6% YES/ 22.4% NO.

Article: 24! Celtics sets franchise record for most made 3s against one of the best defensive teams this season.

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Thank you for reading! Kristians@abouthegame.com

L.A. LAKERS – NBA DUNK LEADER!

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LAKERS = James, McGee, Kuzma, Chandler, Stephenson, Ingram, Ball, Hart, Rondo, Caldwell-Pope = NBA DUNK LEADERS.

LAKERS DUNKS stats

Despite leading NBA DUNKS per game only 2 Lakers (McGee and James) are TOP 20 in slam dunks.

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In this little research I will try to explain why Lakers has the most slam dunks in NBA this season.

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TALL (tallest team in NBA)/ATHLETIC team.

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DIFFERENT LAKERS TEAM BUT STILL WITHOUT MANY GREAT OUTSIDE SHOOTERS.

If 2017/18 season Lakers was bad 3-point shooting team (29th in NBA) then 2018/19 season Lakers is average shooting team (15th of 30). Overall 3PT FG% has improved just 0.5% but since 2018/19 NBA season teams attempt higher volume of 3-point shots per game and plays faster = quality of shots can be lower. This slight improvement (0.5%) allows Los Angeles team to be in the middle not at the bottom in 3-pt FG% rank like it was last year.

LA LAKERS 3PT FG%

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LAKERS OFFENSE. AVERAGE 3-POINT SHOOTING? SOLUTIONS.

  • FAST PACE = transition offense > set offense;
  • Not great 3-point shooting = DRIVE TO THE BASKET;
  • HIGH % SHOTS. (restricted area) DUNKS.

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LA Lakers leads the League in FGA from RESTRICTED AREA.

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Restricted-area shots are the most valuable shots on the floor, worth 1.26 points per attempt league-wide!

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Three-point shooting is not only way how to survive in NBA. The question is: average three-point shooting team able to win NBA Title?

SHOULD PLAY FAST! TWO DIFFERENT LAKERS TEAMS. DAY & NIGHT.

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Coach Luke Walton’s team = athletic and can run + has luxury of having great passers with very high basketball IQ (James, Rondo, Ball). Court vision. Coach Walton’s strategy is very suitable to this Lakers team in my opinion = to attack defense before it is set in every possible way.

These are the main reasons why team leads in NBA DUNKS PER GAME! They get lot of dunks during transition from offense to defense. It’s much easier to dunk if defense is not set yet.

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DUNKS. TRANSITION/FAST BREAK.

Opponent’s turnovers/bad decisions/sending too many players for offensive rebound/bad shot selection (especially 3’s who can lead to long rebounds) and simply slow returning back on defense even after made basket can be deadly to themselves against team like Lakers.

#1. COAST-TO-COAST. Rebounder = ball-handler.

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Opponent’s bad shot = Lebron rebound + coast-to-coast. DUNK.

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#2. Rebound (missed shot)/blocked shot/steal/made shot. 1-2 passes leads to DUNK. Wing players keeps good spacing and fill their lines during transition from defense to offense.

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Steal. Lebron to Ingram. DUNK.

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Long rebound. Fast transition from defense to offense – DUNK.

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#3. RIM-TO-RIM. Missed shot = defensive rebound. McGee’s ability to run allows him to attack defense before it is set.

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Great court vision by Lakers players (James, Rondo, Ball, Stephenson) + McGee ability to run from rim-to-rim = DUNKS.

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DUNKS. OTHER SITUATIONS.

Of course there are few other situations when slam dunk attempt is possible = set play (coach create situation for alley-oop for example), back-door cut, put-back dunk (offensive rebound), pick-and-roll (both ball-handler and roll man), 1vs1 drive from perimeter to the basket, post-up.

Ingram successfully attacks his defender and defensive help. Shot fake + 1 dribble = DUNK.

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Perimeter player drives to the basket + draws help defender + pass to big man (McGee/Chandler) = DUNK.

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More information about this year’s Lakers team in my first article of NBA2018/19 season:

“FIRST IMPRESSIONS ABOUT NEW LAKERS SQUAD. IS LAKERS OFFENSE MUCH DIFFERENT FROM LAST SEASON?”

Thanks for reading basketball fans! Kristians@abouthegame.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

END OF CELTIC’S 8 GAME WINNING STREAK. ARE THERE STILL ANY DOUBTS ABOUT CELTICS TITLE CHANCES?

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From 10-10 to 18-11. After losing to Detroit Pistons BOSTON’s 8 game winning streak (2017/18 16 game winning streak) is over. Celtics looks much better but despite having NBA TOP3 defense they still find themselves only at 5th place Eastern Conference.

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Still Any doubts about Celtics? Problems solved? Will Boston Celtics win the 2018-19 NBA Championship?

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We are talking about team who was 2nd in pre-season predictions to WIN the NBA Title, right behind Warriors. We are talking about team who has ambitions to Win the Championship!

 

TEAM BASKETBALL AND DEPTH.

In this article I won’t mention Celtics defense too much what is constant value… We will talk about issues with Boston’s offense.

Boston recent seasons is well known as a team who plays team basketball and has it’s roster is loaded with talented players.

YES, we can say that Irving is the best player of team but he has plenty of help compared to most NBA superstars in their teams. Few teams rely mainly on 2-3 superstar or strength of starting-five. Yes, there are teams like Toronto who also has superstar named Kawhi Leonard and they also found good balance between teamwork/individual performance but it’s just one of few examples.

Kyrie is only Boston’s player in TOP 60 per FGA per game. Only Boston is TOP 8 team among other teams who has 1 player TOP 60 per field goal attempts per game. WHY? = DEPTH (lot of other quality players).

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2017/18 Play-Off Series. Only 3 (+1 tied) of 19 games the leading player per points scored was from Brad Steven’s team. Team basketball. Celtics can be successful even without 2 of their main players. Brad Stevens system makes players better.

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TOO MANY GREAT PLAYERS??? Of course it’s irony but there are little bit of truth in every joke.

The beginning of 2018/19 season for TOP3 NBA title contenders (pre-season predictions) is far from they expected. The last season without Kyrie and Hayward Celtics almost made NBA FINALS. Simple math could let us think:

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If the last year it was defense that can win games for Boston not offense, then this year it’s the same defense + 2 of their potentially best offensive players back.. We can’t ask Hayward to play his best game at the moment because of his gruesome injury in the first game of 2017/18 season but as we see he is a star player who can accept bench player role for a while if it’s necessary.

TEAM’S CHEMISTRY.

Of course building team’s chemistry it takes time. Is was little bit too early to judge team like Boston Celtics after first 20 games (10-10) but it was right time to fix these issues.

  1. PLENTY OF TALENT. Everyone has EGO. Everyone wants to have the ball in their hands. Luckily for Boston Celtics EGO problems is far from worst in the league.
  2. HAYWARD BACK. Not ready yet? Able to play his best basketball in future again?

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  1. FREE AGENCY 2019. Everyone wants to have good stats before signing new contract next season.

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FACTS.

  • 11 different starting line-ups in 29 games (chemistry/injuries/rest)
  • Hayward starts from bench 7-3 (temporary solution?)
  • Hayward/Horford/Brown all playing 8-8 < one of trio injured or rest 10-3;

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IMPROVEMENT OF OFFENSE. BEFORE&AFTER 8 GAME WINNING-STREAK. QUALITY OF SHOTS.

DEFENSE IS CONSTANT. Improvement of offense is what makes difference between first 20 games (10-10) and last 9 (8-1).

Boston Celtics had THE BEST OFFENSE in NBA during the period of their last 9 games!

Statistics shows that there’s huge increase of POINTS scored per game and team SHOOTS BETTER.

There’s slight decrease of % FGM from mid-range area and FGM% assisted (players creates more shots by themselves). Kyrie (known as player who can create himself quality shot attempts) 3PT FG% during 8 game winning-streak = 25/58 (43.1%)!

MOST IMPORTANT = THE STYLE OF CELTICS OFFENSE HASN’T CHANGED.

Increase of POINTS SCORED during the last 9 games = 16.0 per game.

Increase of SHOT ATTEMPTS during the last 9 games = only 3.4 per game.

Team takes the same shots: lot of 3-pointers and certain amount of mid-range shots per game.

They still don’t score a lot of points from PAINT and FREE-THROW LINE.

 

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ANSWER = QUALITY OF SHOTS HAS IMPROVED.

Less tough mid-range and 3-point shot attempts every game.

Tough mid-range shot by Rozier (10 seconds left on shot clock).

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Still Any doubts about Celtics?

YES and NO

NO.

  1. PLAY-OFF TEAM. Depth and probably the defense in NBA.
  2. OFFENSE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE. It takes time and Boston looks much better already.

YES.

  1. 8 GAME WINNING-STREAK = ALL TEAMS BELOW 50% GAMES WON. If we talk about Celtics as TOP3 NBA Title contender even 8 games winning-streak over below average best NBA teams and being at 5th place (18-11) in Eastern conference at the moment is not enough to say without any doubts = they will play in Finals.

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2. CORNER 3 PT% = 30.2 (29th; NBA average 38.0%). 2017/18 CORNER 3 PT % 40.8 (8th; NBA average 39.4%). Of course, it can be “hidden potential” . It can’t be much worse… so improvement should come… 

3. BOSTON ranks 29th of 30 teams both % of points scored from PAINT and FREE-THROW line as well CORNER 3’s. Free-throws has the highest value of all shots in NBA as well as Corner 3-pointers.

Every team has different style of play and different philosophy but real facts and numbers can’t be ignored.

NBA 2017/18 League-wide shot values

SHOT VALUES NBA 2018-19

Thanks for reading! CoachKris@HUPU.com

 

 

NBA ADVANCED STATS 2018/19 SEASON. LEADERS AFTER 2 MONTHS PLAYED.

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NBA ADVANCED STATS. LEADERS AFTER 2 MONTHS PLAYED IN 2018/19 NBA SEASON.

PULL-UP SHOOTING (off the dribble)

1.PULL-UP 3-POINT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS/MAKES (off the dribble) = 8.1/3.0 per game.

#1. JAMES HARDEN (HOU). The Beard also leads NBA in pull-up PTS and FGA .Whole Rockets offensive system is build for Harden to use his talent to create three-point shot for himself (step-back 3s for example) + Harden is 1st per Usage Percentage 36.2% (Houston’s offense heavily relies on his offensive skills).

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2. PULL-UP FIELD GOALS MADE per game (off the dribble) =  5.0.

#1. KEVIN DURANT (GSW). KD also leads NBA in pull-up FGM and is #2 per pull-up PTS and FGA (behind Harden). Compared to Harden who shoots mostly 3-pointers (72.3% of all pull-up shots) off the dribble KD is more likely attempting mid-range pull-up jumper (only 23.8% of KDs’ pull-up shots is 3-pointers).

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CATCH-AND-SHOOT (off the catch = no dribble)

1.CATCH-AND-SHOOT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS/MAKES AND POINTS per game (off the catch) = 9.8 (FGA)/3.9 (FGM), 10.1 (PTS).

#1. KLAY THOMPSON (GSW). Klay Thompson probably is the best NBA player without the ball. Klay Thompson 60 point game vs. Indiana – “His total time of possession — 90 seconds — averages out to 1.73 seconds per touch.” Besides being one of the best shooters in history of NBA Klay is also part of great offensive system (unselfish team-mates).

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2. CATCH-AND-SHOOT 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE per game= 3.1

#1. STEPHEN CURRY (GSW). Despite being only 8th (5.9) in catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts he’s NBA player with most catch-and-shoot 3-pointers made per game. Curry is also #2 in points scored of catch-and-shoot situations (only 0.5 points behind his team-mate Thompson).

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TRUE SHOOTING % = 72.0 (MIN>15, 5+games).

(This is an advanced statistic that expands on field-goal percentage (FG%) to adjust for the fact that not every shot within the FG% is equal.)

#1 DAMIAN JONES (GSW). Great offensive system/great team-mates/knows his role in team. He is taking good shots and making most of them. Damian Jones also leading NBA in EFG% 71.6%.

D. Jones’ examples of high % plays

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DUNKS = 110 (4.4 per game)

#1. GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO (MIL). Greek Freak – driver > jump-shooter. Giannis is 2nd per total DUNK attempts (#1 Gobert).

Player who missed the most DUNKS this season (15) = DeAndre Jordan.

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PICK-AND-ROLL BALL-HANDLER POINTS per game = 13.8

#1. KEMBA WALKER (CHA). Only second player in NBA history 6’1” (1.85m) or shorter to score 60 points. His versatility and quick first step allows him score various ways coming off the pick. #2 (2018/19) Lillard was leading NBA last season (2017/18) per PNR ball-handler points.

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TOTAL REBOUND % (Total rebound percentage is an estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor) = 22.8%

#1. HASSAN WHITESIDE (MIA). 2.13m tall Miami is 2nd best rebounder = 13.7 rebounds per game (#1 Drummond).

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ASSIST % (Assist percentage is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor) = 45.2

#1. J.J. BAREA (DAL). 1.83m tall Dallas PG leads NBA in assist percentage slightly ahead of Westbrook (#2) and Harden (#3). If you are undersized in Land of Giants you have to be special in some way.

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DRIVES per game = 18.6

#1. DEMAR DEROZAN (SAS). DeRozan not only drives to the basket a lot but also scores the most points from drives = 11.8. Driving to the basket allows DeRozan to be successful in NBA despite below 30% career 3-point shooting.

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POST-UP

1.POSSESSIONS = 8.6 per game.

#1. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE (SAS). Spurs C Aldridge is NBA player who receives the ball in post-up situations the most. He is #1 per field goal attempts (6.6) and field goals made (2.7 1th/2th Embiid) in post-up situations as well. #2 per PTS scored in POST-UP. Big men still plays important roll in coach Greg Popovič offensive system.

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2. POINTS = 8.6 per game.

#1. JOEL EMBIID (PHI). Embiid is leading NBA in points scored in post-up situations. He is #2 most often used NBA player in post-ups (8.4 times per game).

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ELBOW TOUCHES = 8.0 per game.

#1. MARC GASOL (MEM). Very often Memphis Grizzlies starts their offense with pass to M.Gasol in elbow area. His high basketball IQ and passing skills allows him play effectively further from basket and can overcome his lack of speed.

ELBOWS

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TALLEST PLAYER = 2.22m 

#1. BOBAN MARJANOVIC (DET). Serbian C Marjanovic is tallest active NBA player.

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OLDEST PLAYER = 41

#1. VINCE CARTER (ATL). 20 years in NBA. Still playing 17.5 minutes per game. 63% of Carter’s shots are 3-pointers this season.

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ROCKETS: ‘THE HIDDEN POTENTIAL’

 

Houston Rockets 2017/18 – the best team in regular season (65-17  1st of 30); the best offense in NBA Off Rtg 114.7 (1st of 30).

Houston Rockets 2018/19 – 12-14 (21st of 30); Off Rtg  112.2 (9th of 30)…

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Why Rockets still struggling and can’t find their game? You can read my article month ago @ HUPU – “HOUSTON’S PROBLEMS”.

After watching second half of today’s game vs. Portland Trail Blazers I heard commentators mentioning fact that 7 Rockets players scored in double-digits (10+ points). So I decided to do a little research about it.

Do Rockets play better when more players score in double-digits?

YES, but why only in 5 of 26 their games 6+ players scores in double-digits (10+ points)?

There are 2 different scenarios:

  • Team’s best player plays great but others can’t make shots what he creates for team-mates or simply not playing well. HOUSTON ROCKETS IS SECOND WORST TEAM (29th of 30) IN NBA CATCH-AND-SHOOT 3PT FG% – 32.8% 

 

  • Team’s best player controls team’s offense too much and others not involved enough. HARDEN LEADS NBA per USG% 36.1.

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Numbers don’t lie. Rockets play better when more players score in double-digits. Even the sample size is small and teams usually let more players to play when points difference in the end of the game is big – it’s fact!

There are huge potential for this team. In my opinion they are missing player like Jimmy Butler (The Houston Rockets are trying to engineer a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler and have made an offer which includes four future first-round NBA Draft picks.) who can lift up team’s emotional state by being competitive and at the same time one of the best defenders in NBA. Of course, it’s easy to say but not easy to do.

Last season’s best NBA team in regular season has “huge hidden potential” and it simply doesn’t make sense that because of 6th (Ariza), 7th (Anderson) and 9th (Mbah a Moute) best scorers in 2017/18 regular season left the team it’s the second worst team in Western Conference after 26 games played in 2018/19 season…

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