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Derrick Rose Was the Most Overpaid Player in the NBA in 2015 – Regressing Win Shares Against Pay

By Kurt Bullard It’s crazy to think that the world is only one week removed from the instant classic that was Game 7 of the NBA Finals. But with the draft having come and passed, the basketball world has all but moved on to free agency and the trade market. Every year, some players who …Read More

Make Your Layups

By William Ezekowitz Making layups is what Ty Lue’s Cavs do best. Under David Blatt, the Cavs shot a perfectly respectable 60% on layups. Since Lue took over, though, the Cavs have shot 64.7% from five feet and in, a mark that was only topped, weirdly, by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who shot 65.1% in that …Read More

The Best Player Doesn’t Always Win: LeBron in the Finals

by Harrison Chase Almost exactly a year ago people were saying that LeBron should be Finals MVP no matter how his Cavs did against the Warriors (they ended up losing in 6), and with his stellar play this year it seems that people are going right back to that point of debate. I don’t really …Read More

Less Driving on the Road: How Road Teams Resort to More Shooting

By Kurt Bullard There is no denying the importance of home-court advantage in the NBA. During the regular season, we saw the Warriors and Spurs combine to go 79-3 on their home floors. But this is especially true come playoff time—home teams have gone 55-25 in this year’s rendition of the Playoffs. Anecdotally, a down-and-out …Read More