One of the best parts about being a fan is the hypothetical. Creating, discussing, arguing; the imaginary can be just as entertaining as following the actual games. So with just a few days left before the trade deadline, I’m going to steal an idea from ESPN Insider’s Amin Elhassan, and explore some in-depth trade ideas that make sense for the home team. IMPORTANT: These are not actual trade rumors; I have no inside information and none of them should be treated as such. They’re simply ideas that would be interesting (if not improbable) to witness were they to actually play out in real-time. Not to mention cannon fodder for the forums. So without further adieu, we start our look at a trade offered up to our fearless leader by a reader in his most recent podcast.
The trade proposed by twitter-follower @_VK_Chino (apologies if I didn’t get that completely right) originally involved Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert/Tim Hardway Jr for Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin, Donatas Motiejunas and a first-round pick. First off, I do completely agree with Rahat that it would take Melo informing the New York brass that he was absolutely not interested in staying in New York any longer. So this type of trade would be much more likely to be of the sign-and-trade variety over the summer, rather than before the February 20th deadline. But maybe Melo reaches his last straw this weekend after being around all the other talent at the All-Star game and asks out early.
Also, were the Knicks forced to actually trade Melo, I don’t see any universe where they would include one of their young talents unless it was for another star-player. Why would they include not only the best player in the trade, but also one of the few pieces on their team that actually holds value? Another problem I see with the trade as it was offered up in its original form is Omer Asik. The Knicks already employ Tyson Chandler, and adding Asik would create the same problem Houston is (hypothetically) attempting to trade out of, not to mention it further increases the log jam in New York’s frontcourt. So any trade involving these two teams for Melo would likely involve a third team. So with that line of thinking as our starting-point, and the Dallas Mavericks as our third team, here is my proposed idea: Read More
It’s All-Star weekend, and James Harden is having a great time. He’s jumping up and down, shouting at the court and smiling openly. He and Kevin Durant finally have a chance to be fans at the Rising Stars Challenge, and they’re as rowdy a pair of courtside spectators as you’ve ever seen. Terrence Jones is on the court, repping the Houston Rockets, and James cheering him on with every dunk. This isn’t NBA basketball, but it’s still important. For one weekend, the players get to be fans.
The Rockets have a small contingent in attendance, led off by Dwight Howard and James Harden. Neither player won a starting berth via fan voting for the All-Star Game, but James Harden gets a starting spot anyway. The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant will sit out with a knee injury, meaning that a starting spot opened up. The head coach for the team gets to pick the replacement out of the pool of reserves, and this time Scotty Brooks chose James to start. Brooks may have let Harden come off the bench in Oklahoma City, but now that James is an all-star representing Houston, it only made sense to give him a chance to start alongside his longtime teammate Kevin Durant
Just what exactly is Terrence Jones? We know how tall he is – officially 6’9”. We know that he starts next to Dwight Howard for the Rockets. Now, we know that he played sixteen minutes in the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge. What we don’t know, not at all, is what his ceiling is… or even where it is. Could Terrence Jones, Rockets power forward, jersey number six, become a star in this league? More importantly, just what, exactly, is he good at? In a meaningless game on a Friday night, we got a peek at something important. We’re starting to see who Terrence Jones might be.
Last year, he looked a little bit lost, a little bit underused, and a little bit underwhelming. Houston had high hopes for the trio of rookies they took into the year. Jeremy Lamb was and is promising, but was traded as part of a package for James Harden. That left 16th pick Royce White, 18th pick Terrence Jones and 20th pick Donatas Motiejūnas (waiting in Europe from the prior year). We’re best off ignoring last season for now, because the glimpses of what Terrence Jones is turning into were there in his first summer league.
On the eve of the 2014 NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans, a bit of research fell onto the doormat of basketball’s blogosphere.
“Databall,” an article by Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry, explains a paper which proposes to institute a revolutionary new measurement known as EPV—short for Expected Point Value. The statistic seeks to quantify the scoring potential there is in each and every frame of gametime footage. One of the myriad goals of this invention is to make less opaque the series’ of little things done between the lines of the box score; well-set screens, proper spacing off of the ball, pump fakes…
“Intangibles no more,” says the hyperbolic version.
But, as of yet, such thinking hasn’t taken significant flight. The research has barely even scratched the surface.
And for most, even the more established advanced metrics of recent years haven’t gained traction. Try asking someone outside of hardcore fans what PER is.
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