Five Things To Watch: Detroit Pistons

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The Detroit Pistons are in another rebuilding phase, with longtime president Joe Dumars out and Stan Van Gundy taking over both as chief executive and coach. He inherits a roster that remains largely intact, with the addition of some much needed 3-point shooting. Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are all back. Jennings and Smith are either untradeable or Van Gundy isn’t interested in selling low, while Monroe took the somewhat unprecedented step of spurning long-term contract offers

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Tweet of the Night: Brandon Jennings wonders if Kevin Durant can become one of the Top 5 greatest of all-time

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Who knew Brandon Jennings had so much interest about the history of the NBA? The Detroit Pistons point guard has been doing a lot of thinking this offseason, and he has not been shy about sharing some of those thoughts with everyone on twitter. First came a list of current NBA players who he believed would likely make it to the Hall of Fame. Then came his personal belief that Kobe Bryant is a greater player than Michael Jordan. On Tuesday, Jennings turned his

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Tweet of the Night: Brandon Jennings stirs up debate about the supporting cast of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

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When it comes to debating who the better player is between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, there is basically no contest: anyone who has seen both play knows Jordan was the better overall player. The statistics overwhelmingly supports that idea (particularly in the playoffs). Phil Jackson, who has famously coached both players, has said a number of times that Jordan was the better player on both ends of the floor. Even Bryant himself at some point wished people would stop with

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Tweet of the Night: Brandon Jennings names 12 Hall of Fame worthy players still in the NBA

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When it comes to figuring out who deserves to make it to the prestigious Basketball Hall of Fame, the first thing to do is to understand the necessary criteria . Unfortunately, trying to figure out the criteria for that is like trying to understand what it takes to make it to the All-Star Game or winning a Defensive Player of the Year award – everyone has a general idea, but there is no handbook explaining what you need to do to achieve

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Bernucca: Analytics For the Easily Amused

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The growth of analytics in the NBA has been nothing short of phenomenal. It started with a deeper look at numbers that already were available and produced new and useful statistics such as true shooting percentage, defensive rebound percentage, offensive rating and win shares. With the use of a grid or a matrix, we now have the ability to determine a player’s offensive tendencies and hot spots. For some players, it is quite revealing. For others, such as DeAndre Jordan, it pretty

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Tweet of the Night: Brandon Jennings expresses his love for basketball

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There have been plenty of speculation around the league about a number of important free agents in the past couple of weeks – most notably, of course,  LeBron James. James still has yet to make a decision (although our Chris Sheridan reports of a probable return to Cleveland), and not much else looks to happen with anyone else until he does. While the big guns take the necessary time to mull their options, other NBA players around the league are enjoying their time off

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Players around the league react to Roy Hibbert’s disappearing act in Game 1 against the Washington Wizards

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After playing just well enough to get past the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the first round, the Indiana Pacers continued to show on Monday that their struggles are far from over. Facing a young and energized Washington Wizards team in the conference semi-finals, the Pacers floundered on both ends of the court and lost 102-96, losing homecourt advantage once again in the process. The Wizards shot a whopping 10-of-16 from the 3-point line, and the Pacers collectively shot 40.7 percent from

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SH Blog: D’Antoni says analysts need to adjust; Dantley calls Isiah a ‘con man’

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The NBA playoffs got off to a good start today, with a competitive Nets-Raptors game followed by a thrilling Clippers-Warriors battle. The former reminded everyone why Paul Pierce is still a quality NBA player, and the latter was an intense battle between two rivals, albeit both playing below their potential. Blake Griffin only got 19 minutes due to foul trouble, which the Clippers have to be praying won’t happen in the rest of the series. Otherwise, they could be in

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