The Best Defensive Team Analytics Can Buy

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Analytics can tell you a lot of lot of things about a lot of players. Today, I am taking a look at the five players whose defensive analytics are at the top of the charts. Draymond Green was the easiest selection. His ranks and metrics show that he should have won the Defensive Player of the Year award. While DeAndre Jordan finished third in the voting, Rudy Gobert is the choice at the stopper in the middle. Kawhi Leonard’s advanced tools are

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Tweet of the Night: Trevor Ariza reacts to being rejected by 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas

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Boston guard Isaiah Thomas is a relatively-tiny 5-foot-9, while Houston small forward Trevor Ariza is 6-foot-8 and one of the league’s premier defenders. So if Ariza were to take the ball hard to the rim, you wouldn’t expect Thomas to reject him. But that’s exactly what happened in a recent Seattle Pro-Am game:Ariza, to his credit, had an appropriate emoji response about the incident when asked on Twitter:😂😂 https://t.co/M9W9TND8Zr — trevorariza (@TrevorAriza) August 29, 2015Thomas, a Pacific Northwest native, didn’t directly comment on

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Bernucca: 2012 Draft Class Contract Extension Scoreboard

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The silence following Jonas Valanciunas’ contract extension was deafening. When the Toronto Raptors gave a reported $64 million over four years to Valanciunas, there were no proclamations from pundits that the NBA’s financial sky was falling. Owners didn’t start forming plans of collusion. No one drew comparisons to Jim McIlvaine. On the other side, there have been no whispers that Raptors GM Masai Ujiri engineered another steal. Virtually no one has suggested that Valanciunas got fleeced. Agent Leon Rose – who days

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Tweet of the Night: Jared Sullinger shares before and after photo of now and two months ago

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Being in great physical shape isn’t an issue for most NBA players, but it has always been one of the bigger obstacles for Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger. Sullinger, who is listed as 260 pounds, was criticized by Danny Ainge for not being in better overall condition in late April. It was reported that he would change his habits and work on getting in better shape heading into next season as he enters his fourth year in the league. [Read more…]

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Three-Man Weave: Playoffs or Lottery for These East Teams?

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The dust has pretty much settled on the NBA offseason. Sure, there’s still a player or two out there and a move or two some teams can make. But for the most part, teams have put together their rosters for the 2015-16 season. Have any teams in the Eastern Conference improved enough to climb out of the lottery and into the playoffs? And can any team threaten the Cleveland Cavaliers for conference supremacy? The Sheridan Hoops staff offers its take in this edition

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Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards – Atlantic Division

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When I was a kid, I never got a summer report card, which was because I never had to attend summer school. The months of June, July and August were reserved for fun, fun and more fun, a practice I carried through my 20s, 30s and 40s and now bring into Year 50. Fun, of course, is relevant when you hit the Big Five-Oh. Beating your 16-year-old in tennis? Yes, that’s fun. Teaching your dog to swim? Doesn’t get much better than

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Three-Man Weave: East’s Best Moves for the Money

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There was plenty of money spent on free agents by NBA teams this offseason. But how many of them spent their money smartly? How many spent their money like drunken sailors? And how many spent their money in a way that left you scratching your head? In this edition of the Three-Man Weave, members of the Sheridan Hoops staff take a look at the Eastern Conference and determine which teams made the best and worst signings of the offseason. 1. Which move was

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Three-Man Weave: Who Won the East’s Offseason?

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There has been a lot of activity during the offseason. Since July 1, there have been free agent signings totaling nearly $2 billion. In addition, there have been a dozen trades involving 22 players and 12 draft picks. But which teams have really improved themselves? And which teams have taken a step backward? In this edition of the Three-Man Weave, we take a lot at who won – and lost – the offseason in the Eastern Conference. 1. Which Eastern Conference team has had

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