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#1 Red94

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    Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:12 AM

    New post: What I'm looking at -- Bench usage and a nickname
    By: Richard Li

    [caption id="attachment_14649" align="aligncenter" width="274"]Thumbnail Bench usage vs effectiveness. Click for a full-size interactive version.[/caption]

    The beginning of the season is a little awkward for dataheads. On one hand, data exists in very small quantities and every bone in my body knows I should not analyze it just one week into the season. On the other hand, I'm bored and want to post something. I'm going to compromise and write about what I'm going to analyze once enough data is available. My number one focus this year, at least right now, is the Houston Rockets' bench usage.

    Last year I was a bit stunned by how little the Rockets employed their bench, despite it being pretty effective compared to the rest of the league's units. The graph above (side note: I'm transitioning over to D3 based charts instead of Tableau ones, so bear with me) shows that, at the end of last year, the Rockets' bench was the 5th most effective in the league but second to last in minutes played. In the playoffs, the Rockets essentially employed a 7.5 man rotation, with Asik and Lin being the only regular bench players to see time along with a little used rotating 8th man.

    The direction of the league certainly seems to be trending towards more rest for starters in the name of ensuring player health, led by the Spurs and last year's Heat, and also influenced by recent injuries to several key players. The NBA itself is even nudging teams in this direction by toying with shortening the length of games. I want to know how the Rockets are going to navigate this landscape.

    Quantity

    I, for one, am a firm advocate for more bench minutes. Last year the trio of Harden-Howard-Parsons were 7th in the league in minutes played (it's worth noting that Trevor Ariza was part of the threesome that played the most minutes). Individually, Harden and Parsons ranked 5th and 7th, respectively, in minutes played per game. This team's recent history is to live and die with its starters. With McHale's seat becoming a little warm, there might be an element of self-preservation involved, as well.

    Sooner or later, however, long-term aspirations have to take precedence over short-term gratification. Dwight Howard may only be 28 years old, but this is his 11th NBA season and he's already had a major back issue. Parsons was also swapped for Ariza who, while a better defender, is also substantially older and just coming off a very high usage season (see above). Needless to say these two players have been really instrumental to the Rockets' success thus far, and protecting them should be a priority.

    Quality

    Potentially more interesting than how much the bench plays is who will be playing, especially now that Asik and Lin are gone. The pre-natal rotation that's developed thus far has been a little surprising. Troy Daniels, last year's playoffs darling and my pre-season pick to be the team's designated shooter, has barely seen the floor. Forum favorite Isaiah Canaan saw even less time than Daniels the first two games. Instead, the creaky body of Jason Terry was the first guard off the bench. However, once Patrick Beverley became injured, it was Canaan who started. Further adding to the confusion is that once Bevereley returned against Miami, Canaan was once again out-used by Terry, 19 minutes to 14. It's also worth noting that Harden, Ariza, and Howard played 40, 40, and 38 minutes, respectively, in that game. Wade and Bosh played 31 and 30.

    The flag bearer for the bench seems to be Kostas Papanikoloau. I have nothing to say about him except that I want the Rockets to play the Bucks on TNT so Charles Barkley is forced to say Kostas Papanikoloau, Donatas Motiejunas, and Giannis Antetokounmpo as much as possible.

    Can a brother get a nickname?

    I actually have one thing to say about Kostas. I'm officially laying down the nickname challenge for this guy. Any writer can submit a nomination. The only rule is that strong mockery of other submissions is required.

    Rahat seems to have tied his horse to Big Papa. Obviously I think this nickname sucks, because it's not mine. But also because Biggie was actually Big POPPA. This is quite important because not only are his songs and albums spelled this way, but there are songs that literally refer to Biggie by spelling P-O-P-P-A. Furthermore, anyone with a nickname that includes the word "big" needs to possess one of two (preferably both) qualities:

    1) Substantially large size given the context;

    2) A noticeably rotund stature.

    Think about Big Papi, Big Baby, or any of Shaq's "big" nicknames. They're either big for their crowds, cupcake shaped, or both. In college, I had a friend everyone called Big Josh. He was 6'5" 315 lbs. He wouldn't be Big Josh on the Texans offensive line, but he was plenty big for us and it once took six of us to move his passed out ass out of the car.

    Kostas? He's 6'8" 220 lbs. So is Trevor Ariza. But no one's calling him Big Tervor.

    Lo and behold, I present to you Kostas's new nickname--KPop. First, it's a ridiculously awesome nickname. I would love to be called KPop. Second, it follows the lazy trend of NBA nicknames, which are basically initials and numbers (seriously, we went from the Round Mound of Rebound to CP3?). Finally, I bet the Rockets would receive a lot of inadvertent attention from Korean music fans. So yeah, marketing.

    [caption id="attachment_14650" align="aligncenter" width="300"]KPOP KPop is screaming because he loves his nickname.[/caption]


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    #2 Steven

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      Posted 06 November 2014 - 07:10 AM

      KPOP sounds like a bad radio station with the Zoo Morning Crew or T-Bone and Meathead in the morning. He deserves better then some wacky FM DJ theme. How about "tachýs" which is Greek for Speedy, Green Arrow's sidekick, using the comic book heroes metafor again, since we have Superman, Wolverine and the man who never misses his shot, Trevor "Hawkeye" Ariza.
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        Posted 06 November 2014 - 08:50 AM

        I think it should be Chobani. Because it's Greek and it's white. And at first, you look at it and think it's kinda thicker than you'd like but then you try it and it's not so bad. Turns out, it's actually good for you, too. 


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        #4 Mason Khamvilay

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        Posted 06 November 2014 - 09:35 AM

        I think it should be Chobani. Because it's Greek and it's white. And at first, you look at it and think it's kinda thicker than you'd like but then you try it and it's not so bad. Turns out, it's actually good for you, too. 

         

        I lol'd


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          Posted 06 November 2014 - 11:57 AM

          Low hanging fruit huh jksweets
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            Posted 06 November 2014 - 01:22 PM

            I think it should be Chobani. Because it's Greek and it's white. And at first, you look at it and think it's kinda thicker than you'd like but then you try it and it's not so bad. Turns out, it's actually good for you, too. 

            lol.


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              Posted 06 November 2014 - 01:59 PM

              I'm sure Canaan started over Terry, because while clearly the better player (so far) we don't want Terry to play more than 20 mins per night for preservation's sake. His production and experience are a great insurance policy for our team coming off the bench. We can feel ok about Canaan playing 35 minutes, starting in Bev's stead, he's got the handles to keep the ball protected and he's a hell of a shot.

               

              Kpop.. funny.

              Chobani... That's friggin RICH!

               

              Win at all Kostas..

              Pumpernickel because he is rising..

               

              I'll stop 


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              #8 timetodienow1234567

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              Posted 06 November 2014 - 02:24 PM

              Poprocks.
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              Posted 06 November 2014 - 03:16 PM

              This is tough--likely why he does not have a good nickname yet.

               

              As much as I'd like to use his Greek heritage I just can't find anything good.  I feel he is best represented by Odysseus (the crafty one), but that's not going to work.  I can't allow myself to mis-pronounce "Aegean" enough to make "The Ragin' Aegean" work either.

               

              Would Threeseus work?  (Theseus for those who don't love Greek mythology)

               

              The Threecian?  (a weird combo of Grecian, Thrace (formerly part of Greece), and three).

               

              "Not Bob" Kostas Papanikolaou  <_< 

               

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              I don't know...maybe something simple like "Three-Kolaou" (kole-ow)....I could see that rolling off the toungue.

               

              The Face That Launched a Thousand Threes....

               

              The Face That Launched a Champion-Ship.......(I'm really reaching now)

               

              For the West Coasters.....Kostas "Hellas Good" Papanikolaou

               

              If we are going with Superheroes, Cyclops works as well...at least a little with the Greek Mythology.

               

              King Midas?  You know, because of his golden touch.

               

              One thing is certain, I'd love it if we could avoid the usual nicknames people get these days.

               

              What about Captain Caveman?  Am I the only one who thinks he bears a more than slight resemblance to our ancestors?

               

               

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              Or we could just go with Grok...or Zog....or Thag

               

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              What about General Zod....there is some resemblance there...

               

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              That's all for now....will probably have more later.   :)


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              Posted 06 November 2014 - 03:36 PM

              Went scouring Google for help....found the following:

               

              The Not-As-Big-But-Still-Big-Aristotle

               

              Kostas "Pick and" Papanikolaou

               

              Air Plato

               

              The Balla From Trikala

               

              Pap Smear  :unsure:  (his name is not far removed from the actual "pap" smear guy LINK

               

              Papcorn!  :lol: 


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              Posted 06 November 2014 - 03:42 PM

              Pap smear? That's what we call him when he sucks.

              Edited by timetodienow1234567, 06 November 2014 - 03:42 PM.

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              Posted 06 November 2014 - 04:26 PM

              Or perhaps when he sets a killer screen or dunks on someone...

               

              "that guy just got Pap Smeared!"


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              Posted 06 November 2014 - 04:31 PM

              It's still not a positive nickname.
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                Posted 06 November 2014 - 04:36 PM

                LOL... you're too much TJG!

                 

                Pap Smear... OMG

                 

                Nickels and Dimes?

                Lothar?

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                Posted 06 November 2014 - 04:41 PM

                I'm liking Papcorn.  I can see myself shouting that in glee.

                 

                TTDN, I agree that pap smear is an awful nickname.

                 

                "Why do they call you Pap Smear?"

                 

                "Cuz I'm like jelly and I can see right through you."

                 

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                  Posted 06 November 2014 - 04:46 PM

                  "Coast to Kostas" for fast breaks.

                   

                  Related: I was watching the 76ers broadcast of that game and their announcers seemed to be aiming to pronounce his name differently every time they said it: "Papanawkalaou" "Papanikaloo" "Pumpernickel" "Papanawkaloo"


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                  Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:22 PM

                  Only thing I can come up with is "Papa Nick."  Announcers the other day called him Motiejunas for the entire second quarter.... Guess he probably doesn't care as long as he is playing and he is getting his paycheck. 


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                    Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:40 PM

                    Small sample size, not enough data to make analysis worth it. Nuff said.


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                    Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:54 PM

                    At least with KPop you can make the sound good with DMo.

                     

                    DMo and KPop's Big Adventure!  They find So-Crates!


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                    Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:55 PM

                    Kpop makes him sound Korean.
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