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November 21, 2012

As Sweet by Any Speed: Jack Taylor's 138 Points

by Kevin Pelton

On Tuesday, Jack Taylor made headlines by scoring 138 points for D-III Grinnell. While the Pioneers' uber-fast pace requires us to take some of the air out of Taylor's gaudy numbers, they remain impressive in context.

Premium Article Survive and Advance: The Pac-12's November

by Kevin Pelton

The Pac-12 hasn't done as well so far as hoped at putting last season's debacle in the rear-view mirror, but a recovery on Tuesday shows the conference is still much better than a year ago.

November 20, 2012

The Zach Randolph Story: By the Numbers

by Kevin Pelton

Grantland's Jonathan Abrams did a great job of tracing Zach Randolph's path to maturity off the court. On it, Randolph has gone from promising young reserve to overpaid starter to All-Star in unpredictable fashion.

November 19, 2012

Premium Article Wolves' Injury Woes: Roy Latest Surgery

by Kevin Pelton

The Minnesota Timberwolves, already playing without three key players for extended periods, suffered another injury loss when the Oregonian reported Sunday that Brandon Roy will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.

November 16, 2012

Premium Article The Meaning of 6-0: NBA History

by Kevin Pelton

With the Knicks off to the best start in the NBA, a look back at past 6-0 starts offers perspective on just how high expectations should get in Gotham.

November 15, 2012

Premium Article Making Statements: Clippers, Grizzlies Impress

by Kevin Pelton

With wins over last season's conference champions during Wednesday's ESPN double-header, the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies provided more evidence that their strong starts are legitimate.

November 14, 2012

Anatomy of an Upset: Albany Knocks Off Washington

by Kevin Pelton

On Tuesday, Albany went to Seattle to upset Washington for the program's first win over a major-conference foe since reclassifying to Division I in 2000. How did it happen and what does it mean for the Huskies?

November 13, 2012

Finding Space: Precedent for the Lakers and D'Antoni

by Kevin Pelton

For the Los Angeles Lakers to succeed on offense under Mike D'Antoni, the team will have to be able to create space for its star players to operate. The 2007-08 Phoenix Suns suggest that can be done even without ideal shooting ability.

November 12, 2012

Premium Article Graphing the NBA: Early Ratings

by Kevin Pelton

A graphical look at how teams have performed early in the 2012-13 season shows some surprising trends so far.

November 9, 2012

What Brown Couldn't Do: Rotation, D Justified Firing

by Kevin Pelton

The Lakers may have decided to fire Mike Brown before he got a full chance to coach their new, star-studded roster, but Brown's baffling rotations and inability to coax an average defensive performance out of the team justified the early move.

Premium Article A Look Back: Mehmet Okur

by Kevin Pelton

On Thursday, longtime Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur, now out of the league, announced his retirement from professional basketball. Okur leaves a legacy as arguably the greatest stretch five in NBA history.

November 8, 2012

Premium Article Stuckey's Slump: A Historically Slow Start

by Kevin Pelton

Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey made just one of his first 23 shots this season and is still struggling from the field. The math shows just how unlikely Stuckey's poor shooting has been.

November 7, 2012

Calling the Race: The Reliability of Early Returns

by Kevin Pelton

Just like our political peers, NBA analysts must separate misleading early results from ones that herald meaningful results. How quickly can we do so at the team level?

November 6, 2012

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Unextended

by Kevin Pelton

Wrapping up a series on last Wednesday's deadline for business related to rookie contracts, a look at the key fourth-year players who did not see their contracts extended and what comes next for player and team.

November 5, 2012

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Rookie Options

by Kevin Pelton

Teams had to decide by last Wednesday whether to pick up their options on the third and fourth seasons of players' rookie contracts. A surprising number of 2010 first-round picks will now become unrestricted free agents next summer.

November 2, 2012

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Evaluating Extensions

by Kevin Pelton

Wednesday was the deadline for teams to agree on contract extensions for players entering the final season of their rookie contracts. Using the past relationship between WARP and extension salary, a look at several fair deals and one that looks like trouble.

November 1, 2012

Lakers Concerns: Evaluating Fixability

by Kevin Pelton

Two games into the Steve Nash/Dwight Howard era, the Lakers are 0-2. It's too early to panic, but it's not too early to consider some of their biggest issues and how likely they are to be fixed.

October 31, 2012

Premium Article Scary Start: Miami's Offense Shines

by Kevin Pelton

In the debut of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis in Heat jerseys, the defending champs scorched the nets in a season-opening win over Boston that confirms Miami's role as the favorite to repeat.

October 30, 2012

SCHOENE on 2012-13: Final Projections

by Kevin Pelton

After injuries and the last-minute James Harden trade, SCHOENE's final projections on the morning of the 2012-13 season emphasize the uncertainty at the start of the new campaign.

October 29, 2012

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Harden to Houston

by Kevin Pelton

The Oklahoma City Thunder shook up the Western Conference by dealing James Harden to the Houston Rockets days before the start of the season, raising questions about the urgency to make a move with the impending free agent.

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