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After my last post about the Houston Rockets crunch time woes, Bluemars from the forums asked if I could do a similar analysis for all NBA teams. That seemed like a pretty neat idea, and the above chart is the result. The chart shows all teams’ offensive efficiency plotted against their assist ratios during various crunch time moments, defined as being down by five points or less (or tied) with a certain number of minutes remaining. Basically, it’s an attempt to show which teams have heroball tendencies and what results those tendencies produce. For extra fun, the chart also shows each team’s win percentages during their crunch time minutes.   [read more…]

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When I hatched the idea of a Rockets Daily (also briefly known as Rockets Blast), I was skeptical.  A daily news gazette isn’t anything unique in the sports blogosphere, but I wasn’t sure I wanted such a thing on Red94 – some days there’s just not enough news and the piece itself could appear as fluff.  That’s why it’s such a tough loss losing John Eby who, for the last year, wrote these Dailies filling in the pieces with his own editorial touch.  It’s been pretty neat coming to my own site every morning to get filled in on the day’s news and I’m fairly certain you, dear reader, have gotten the same utility out of Mr. Eby’s writing.

A lot more goes in to running a blog of this scale than just what you see appear on your page.  In the early days, when it was just myself and Durvasa, I handled everything on my own.  Now, with a staff that has ballooned to 11 writers, in addition to four forum moderators, there’s a lot of juggling that takes place behind the scenes.  In addition to the Dailies, Mr. Eby coordinated the schedules every week to ensure that a preview and recap went up for each game in a timely manner in accordance with each writer’s availability.  That was a task that I just could no longer handle on my own.

John, as you know, will be retiring from the Dailies due to the expected birth of a child.  He’ll still be with us, penning his DwightLife series, however.  Taking his place, I’m excited to introduce Mitchell Felker who we were lucky to find after a very extensive candidate search process.  Mitchell is a native Houstonian and a former Army air traffic controller.  Below is his first Daily. – Rahat Huq

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Is Chandler Parsons an All-Star?

The Houston Rockets have five players on the 2014 All-Star Ballot this season. Some of them, like James Harden and Dwight Howard, look like shoo-in candidates for the All-Star game. Jeremy Lin is getting votes but seems unlikely to make the trip to New Orleans. Ömer Aşık being on the ballot is now more embarrassing than anything else. One player, however, occupies a different space. When Chandler Parsons was revealed on the All-Star Ballot, many wrote him off as being another cursory inclusion, and his chances of getting in seemed slim at best. Now, however, the climate has altered. Could Parsons be an All-Star after all?

It’s true that Houston’s hope for Chandler Parsons has always been an All-Star appearance. It’s also true that this is their hope for literally every player they ever sign to any contract. Ask general manager Daryl Morey about the long-term goals for rookie Robert Covington, and chances are he’ll slip in that he hopes one of the rookies develops into an All-Star caliber player. Parsons was selected 38th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, putting him in the early second round. Expectations were low when he was drafted, and his under $1m a year contract reflected it. [read more…]

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