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December 6, 2012

30,000-Point Club: Who's Next?

by Kevin Pelton

On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant made history as the fifth member of the NBA's 30,000-point club. An analysis of active players' chances of getting there suggests the group is in for expansion in the next decade or two.

December 4, 2012

Premium Article Graphing the NBA: December

by Kevin Pelton

Turning the exercise of plotting NBA teams by Offensive and Defensive Rating into a monthly exercise, we find that there is much more spread in the league on offense than defense so far.

December 3, 2012

Like the 2010 Heat: Lakers' Similarity

by Kevin Pelton

A few weeks ago, the 2010-11 Heat was a trendy comparison for this year's Lakers. That talk has cooled despite the teams' similar records and a common factor the Lakers hope will prove telling.

November 30, 2012

Premium Article Go Fish: Dallas Searches for PG Answer

by Kevin Pelton

Looking to improve a weak spot at point guard and help their young options develop, the Dallas Mavericks signed Derek Fisher as a free agent Thursday. Don't expect the aging Fisher to make much of a difference.

November 29, 2012

The Kidd Factor: The Knicks Without Jason

by Kevin Pelton

With Jason Kidd sidelined by back spasms, the Knicks' offense sputtered in a loss Monday in Brooklyn. The numbers show that Kidd's teammates have played much better with him on the floor all season.

November 28, 2012

Premium Article Early Surprises: Last Year's Results

by Kevin Pelton

Taking a look back at the results of last year's players who improved or declined the most shines some light on the usefulness of in-season projections at the extremes.

November 27, 2012

Premium Article Early Surprises: Underachievers

by Kevin Pelton

In the completion of a two-part series, a look at the players who have seen their projection drop the most based on performance to date. Depending on perspective, these players have either been big disappointments or are most likely to play better the rest of the season.

November 26, 2012

Premium Article Early Surprises: Overachievers

by Kevin Pelton

A look at the 10 players who have improved their preseason SCHOENE projections the most with their performance during the first month of the 2012-13 campaign.

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.

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