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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:28 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Yes, a 3 pt field goal is 50% greater than a 2 and why it really isn’t that important as data shows 

    An offense which generates a lot of looks from three may experience huge fluctuations in single-game three point shooting percentage, but over the course of a season those numbers will normalize. In other words, a three-point attempt is more or less a three-point attempt, so measuring the number of looks afforded in an individual game is a better proxy for three-point proficiency than is three-point percentage itself.

    By contrast, a two-point attempt is most definitely not a two-point attempt. The single biggest factor in two-point shooting percentage is the kind of looks generated – a fast-break dunk is rarely missed, and those contested turnaround fadeaway jumpers are rarely made. So at the individual game level, 2-point shooting percentage is a fine proxy for offensive proficiency, since as we’ve seen with the 2013-2014 Spurs, good offense tends to generate two-point shots which are rarely missed, whereas even a humming offensive machine is greatly impacted by game-to-game three point shooting percentages.


    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:32 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Adding the extra 50 per cent to compute equivalent percentage makes sense for accountants but is very deceiving and will lead you to make bad decisions on the court.

    • mud

      mud 7:36 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      life is more complicated than a simple truism.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:16 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Bradley Beal had a very good year 

    Beal signed his new deal, a five-year contract worth $128 million, last July. It was a max contract for a guy who had never made an All-Star team and who had battled injuries, including last season when he only played in 55 games and only started 35. Naturally, some wondered if he was worth the money because of his problems staying healthy through four NBA seasons.

    But in his first year under a new contract, Beal achieved newfound durability. He had some minor issues here and there, but managed to play 77 out of the Wizards’ 82 games and then appear in all of their 13 playoff games.

    “If anything, I’m proud of that. I’m happy for myself, being able to be healthy for a full year,” Beal said. “Being able to be on the floor, man, that’s all I wanted. Just being able to be here. I knew if I was healthy that I would have a successful year. I had that opportunity this season.”

    Read more: http://www.insidehoops.com/blog/?p=20385#ixzz4iQEfOXx5
    Read more at http://www.insidehoops.com/blog/?p=20385#Wm1FmxHYCU2yIyUr.99

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:08 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    1987 Game 4 Lakers V Celtics (Lakers up 2-1) 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:19 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      On the last play of the game, the Lakers inexplicably let Bird get wide open for a three-point shot. The ball was right on line but caught just the rim. Experts later said it was 1/8 of an inch from being a swish. Instead the ball bounced away. Los Angeles took a 3-1 series lead and clinched their fourth title of the decade in Game 6.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:21 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s not a Lakers fan alive at that time who didn’t see that shot was dead-on-target.

      Like Riles said, all he had to do was catch it and turn and let it go…1/8 of an inch. Smh. Forever 1/8 short. One for the good guys. :)

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:00 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Magic and Bird 

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:31 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    On this date: Larry Bird wins third straight NBA MVP On May 28, 1986, Larry Bird joined Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as the third person to win three straight NBA MVP awards 

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:33 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”- Babe Ruth

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:53 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Knicks scouting report on Larry Bird in 1983:

      Play him all over the floor. Has 3 pt range on his J from 35 feet. He runs the Floor on FB. Posts up in set Offense, difficult to move him out of box; Goes out to guard position: Will freelance in deep corners; super passer; likes to follow his own shot; physically very tough, is not discouraged by contact he will fight on every possession; sneaky quick, not fast but will initiate FB on his own via dribble; out of bounds passer 9 times out of 10; when he elevates find your man; Box your man out can beat you with space or in closed quarters; Ball fakes to get you up and then drives; a competitor on Defense, slow-footed; anticipates passing lanes very well.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:52 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    The Knicks last 40 years 

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:42 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Listened to Coach Carl’s podcast.

    Coach said If things don’t work in Nawlins, he could envision DeMarcus going to Washington to play with John again.

    Makes sense from X’s and O’s POV.

  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 11:10 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    LT!! Judge a Granny!

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:21 AM on May 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I had to go to a friend’s Memorial Weekend Party but tried to catch some of the game before I left so I turned the TV on just as Judge was coming up to the plate with the bases loaded. Said to myself and Aaron, how great it would be to kick off the day and weekend with a grand slam. Two pitches later, my wish came true. Put a smile on my face that still has not worn off. Loved hearing Judge talk about how he adjusted and went to right field yesterday.

      Judge reminds me a lot of Dave Winfield, another NFL or NBA sized outfielder who was a great Yankee. He could be the Yankee’s modern day Mickey Mantle, speed, power, offense, defense. I love the Judge’s chambers too. Yankees are ahead of schedule, DJ. We just need to stay the course and “trust the process.” Use some of our lessor assets to help our pitching but keep focusing on 2018 free agency, just like the Lakers.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:18 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    “We’re changing the Game” w/ professional basketball’s first 4pt shot @thebig3 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:03 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Happy Birthday, Jerry! 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:48 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers Draft Primer with NBA Scout Mike Schmitz 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:01 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Schmitz likes Lonzo for the Lakers although he has some concerns. He also thinks he is a great fit for the Lakers with Luke’s system and having a backcourt mate who can create his own shot and play off the ball like D’Angelo Russell. He feels Lonzo and D’Angelo together could be a dynamic point guard because they complement each other’s games. Lakers just need to surround them with shooters.

      Defensively, Schmidt thinks Ball and Russell may have some difficulty at the start. He thinks Ball has quick feet, good hops, and positional size and length but is not a negative as a defender. He believes his anticipation off the ball is among the best in the league. He will get a lot of steals, is great on close outs, and will get a good share of steals and blocks. Needs some man defense tutoring.

      Schmitz doesn’t think Ball will be the guy to take the last shot and needs to be on a roster with players who can create their own shot. He also thinks the Lakers need to surround him with shooters to open up the floor for him. Schmidt likes that the Lakers have 3 guys in Russell, Ingram, and Randle who can make plays and are great in transition.

      Some fun questions discussed. Is Lonzo really a shooting guard who gets a lot of assists? He is a great catch-and-shoot 3-point shooter and a great slasher and back door cutter. He has a great killer instinct despite seeming to be unemotional. But it’s his leadership and floor vision that make him a point guard.

      Good discussions also about Josh Jackson and his great defensive potential and whether he can be a shooter. Strong believer in free throw shooting percentage being a strong indicator of NBA potential as a3-point shooter. Classifies him as a streaky shooter, like many strong athletes are.

    • tate793

      tate793 1:47 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Did I read somewhere that Lonzo is only a .670 free throw shooter?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:02 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes but he doesn’t get there a lot. Averaged less than 3 FTA per game.

        As a team, the Lakers have not improved in that area.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:20 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Breaking down the center position in the NBA & how it relates to this year's draft 


    In a point guard, wing-heavy era, the NBA is seemingly employing three styles of centers:

    The Switch-Heavy Rim Protectors: Bigs like Udoh and Birch who can switch everything and protect the rim when not involved in the primary action. These bigs are generally vertical spacers as well. To varying degrees (some are more switch than anchor and vice versa) this is the Cauley-Steins, Nerlens Noels, Goberts, DeAndre Jordans, and Biyombos of the league.

    The Skill Guy: Bigs who have to drop in pick and roll and aren’t traditional rim protectors really have to offer some combination of floor spacing, passing, skill finishing, interior finesse, and defensive rebounding. Bigs like Marc Gasol and Nikola Jokic are the prototypes. DeMarcus Cousins, although more than just a skill big’ could fit here as well.

    The Offensive Rebounder: High motor bigs who attack the offensive glass, keep plays alive and can sometimes switch on the other end as well. Tristian Thompson is the prototype and guys like Tarik Black have found a way to stick in this mold. You also have your super-sized variety a la Steven Adams and Andre Drummond.

    There are certainly exceptions to the rule. Karl Towns can switch, rim protect, shoot, pass, post and drive. Draymond Green is a rare breed. Al Horford checks multiple boxes. Even a guy like Serge Ibaka gives you a unique combination of these attributes.

    So, what does that mean for this year’s draft class? Traditional ‘bigs’ from the ground and pound era are certainly dwindling, but that doesn’t mean the center position is dead, it’s just changing and there are plenty of 2017 prospects who can add value in the aforementioned areas.

    Jarrett Allen, although he needs an uptick in motor and toughness, has the tools to be a switch-heavy rim protector, lob catcher with some touch and offensive upside to boot. The same could be said for Justin Patton and Harry Giles, albeit to a lesser degree. Ike Anigbogu, although maybe not as light on his feet on the perimeter, has monster defensive anchor potential and can be a nightmare as an offensive rebounder/pick and roll finisher, in a somewhat similar mold to Adams.

    Mathias Lessort, Bam Adebayo and Jordan Bell, although slightly different, are offensive rebounders who can switch and also slide with fours. Lauri Markkanen (really a 4/5) provides spacing and skill on the perimeter, and really is an ideal fit next to a gu in the mold of Udoh, Birch, or even Hines. Zach Collins and Anzejs Pasecniks provide some versatility at the five, although to different degrees, as they can lob-catch, switch in a pinch, and stretch with time and space. Isaiah Hartenstein has a chance to stick as a big-bodied, 250-pound center who can rebound, pass, and make an occasional three.

    Jonathan Jeanne fits in the Ball of Clay category, as he has the silly-puddy-style potential to be molded in a few different ways – can switch a little, rim protect, shoots occasional threes, has some skill – depending on how he develops physically. Then you have your combo forward types like OG Anunoby and Semi Ojeleye who should be able to slide up and play occasional minutes at the super small ball five for a forward-thinking coach. Maryland’s Justin Jackson brought similar intrigue before electing to return to Maryland for his sophomore season.

    The NBA is already overflowing with big men. Scouts and executives are searching for combo forwards with versatility and shooting, so some of the aforementioned big man prospects likely won’t stick, but in today’s NBA, it won’t be the centers who can switch, guard the perimeter, and protect the rim. The center position has evolved in the NBA, re-opening doors for guys like Udoh, Birch, and Hines, who either busted out or got left behind in their first go-around. As we saw first-hand at the Final Four in Istanbul, switching and rim protection is king.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:46 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent article about the trends in the NBA for the center position.

      What the Lakers have right now is a potential Skill Guy in Ivica Zubac and an Offensive Rebounder in Tarik Black.

      What they really need, however, is a Switch Heavy Rim Protector, ala Willie Cauley-Stein, Nerlens Noel, Rudy Gobert, DeAndre Jordan, and Bismack Biyombo.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:28 PM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Barbershop quartet uniforms? Lol

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:04 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Strengths 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:26 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How to make your teammates better?
      Lead the nation in assists while holding the ball only 18% of the time.
      Great videos with some excellent attention to Ball’s defense.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:03 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lonzo Questions 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:29 AM on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not only is Lonzo a good fit for the Lakers. Just as importantly, the Lakers are a good fit for Lonzo. Surrounded with other players who can create shots for themselves or teammates with Russell, Ingram, Randle, and Clarkson. Lakers need to add more defense and 3-point shooting to optimize Lonzo’s skill set and ability to transform the Lakers.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:46 PM on May 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers One Of 24 Teams To Participate In 2017 Las Vegas Summer League 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:47 PM on May 27, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL. Looking forward to seeing Ingram and Zubac dominate.
      And see Lonzo Ball and maybe Jordan Bell in purple and gold.
      David Nwaba will also be on the team

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