Points in the Paint

» March 24, 2009 7:07 PM | By Brandon Hoffman

  • Bill Simmons of ESPN.com:  “After watching Anderson Varejao throttle the Clips with his low-post D recently, I e-mailed Daryl, wondering why there wasn’t a stat called stops, for when a defender prevents his opponent from scoring on an isolation play, or a low-post or perimeter play. Come up with an unforced turnover in the process, and it’s a ‘superstop.’ Daryl’s response: ‘Why do you think we have Chuck Hayes?’ In other words, ‘We are years ahead of you on this one, Simmons.’ See? That’s the stuff I want to know! I want to know Wade’s percentages on contested, wide-open and clock-saving threes. I want to know how many uncontested jumpers LeBron creates for teammates. I want ‘mega-assists’ (passes that create a layup or a dunk) and ‘half-assists’ (for each made foul shot). I want ‘unforced turnovers,’ like in tennis (Tony Allen would be Wilt Chamberlain in this category), and ‘nitty-gritties’ (some combination of charges taken, deflections, balls saved from going out of bounds and rebounds tipped to teammates). I want ‘Unselds’ (a long outlet pass that leads to an assist for a layup or a dunk) and ‘Russells’ (a blocked shot directed to a teammate).”
  • SI.com’s Paul Forrester finds out how one NBA scout evaluates college talent: “‘Blake Griffin is such a dominant player because he’s so physically imposing,’ the scout said. ‘He’s bigger, stronger, faster and a quicker jumper than most other college players. In the NBA, he’s not going to be able to outrun, outjump, outquick and be more physical than everybody else. So then you have to ask, How efficient is his offense? What can I take out of his college game that will transfer to the NBA? And then you have to ask, What can he add to it? We’re always looking for someone who can become more complete. A lot of players wonder why we’d want them to practice something new when they’re already great now. And there’s some validity to that argument. But on a nightly basis, if we take some of that stuff away, can you make a jump shot? Can you face up and dribble-drive? Do you have a jump hook? What is your back-to-the-basket stuff like?’”
  • Michael Beasley’s minutes have been sporadic this season. Beasley started 15 of Miami’s first 17 games before settling into a reserve role with the Heat. Head Coach Erik Spoelstra has demanded that Beasley improve his defense and effort on the glass. “Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.” I get that, but I wonder if Beasley will ever become the player Spoelstra envisions alongside Dwyane Wade. Spoelstra wants Beasley to play lock down defense and clean up Wade’s misses, but that’s not where Beasley’s strengths lie. Beasley has go-to scorer skills. Pat Riley wasn’t exaggerating when he said that Beasley could lead the league in scoring if he averaged 40 minutes a night. The kid is offensively gifted. With Wade on the injured reserve earlier this month, Beasley dropped 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting versus the defending champion Boston Celtics. Beasley will reach his potential one day, I just don’t see it happening in Miami.
  • Joakim Noah on NBA players and their finances:  “People say, ‘How come NBA players lose all their money?’ It’s because we’re making money like a 40-year old businessman would make. If a 40-year old businessman made money like us, he’s very successful. Right? But at 40 years old, you’re established, you have a family, you don’t have people pressing you for money, you know what I’m saying? We’re 23. Single. A lot of people are single. A lot of people come from areas where they don’t have the means, and don’t understand the whole money situation. They don’t understand that when it says $1.5 million, half of that goes to taxes, and the house, and the agent. I mean, it goes.”

2 Responses to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Bustopher Says:

    Loving all the Hoops World you’ve put on the site. THat guy, Raskin, is good. Thanks for introducing me to him.

    Also, that is the best Bill Simmons’ piece in years. I thought he was losing it, but it was interesting.

  2. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Bustopher:

    Glad you enjoyed the links. Raskin is a good writer, and Simmons’ piece was definitely thought provoking.

    Cheers.

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