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Every Play Counts column archives.


April 25, 2012

Every Play Counts: 2011-12 All-Defensive Teams

by Kevin Pelton

For the seventh consecutive season, All-Defensive Teams (plus honorable mentions) chosen with a combination of a variety of defensive statistics and observation.

March 26, 2012

Premium Article Every Play Counts: Triangle-and-Two

by Kevin Pelton

With a trip to the Final Four in the balance, Kansas turned to a junk defense to slow down North Carolina down the stretch on Sunday.

February 13, 2012

Every Play Counts: Jeremy Lin

by Kevin Pelton

A close look at the NBA's hottest player shows some fluky elements to Lin's success, but plenty of reason to believe he can continue to be effective if used correctly.

April 13, 2011

Every Play Counts: 2010-11 All-Defensive Teams

by Kevin Pelton

Using a mixture of game observation and the variety of statistical tools that can help quantify defensive value, selections for the All-Defensive First and Second Teams this season.

November 11, 2010

Premium Article Every Play Counts: Reggie Evans

by Kevin Pelton

Raptors forward Reggie Evans is having one of the most extreme one-dimensional seasons in NBA history, dominating the glass while rarely scoring. Does that combination help Toronto?

November 3, 2010

Every Play Counts: Evan Turner and John Wall

by Kevin Pelton

The top two picks from June's NBA Draft squared off Tuesday night in Washington, offering an opportunity to assess their development to date.

June 5, 2010

Every Play Counts: Kobe vs. the Celtics

by Kevin Pelton

Rewatching the tape of Kobe Bryant's possessions in Game One reveals some adjustments both teams can make in one of the key matchups in this series.

May 21, 2010

Every Play Counts: Stopping the Lakers

by Kevin Pelton

In their opening two wins of the Western Conference Finals, the L.A. Lakers have averaged upward of 130 points per 100 possessions. What, if anything, can the Suns do differently to slow the Lakers down?

May 6, 2010

Every Play Counts: Stopping the Pick-and-Roll

by Kevin Pelton

Opponents know the Suns will run pick-and-rolls down the stretch. It's stopping them that is more difficult, and the Spurs were uneven to the task in Wednesday's Game Two.

April 12, 2010

Every Play Counts: 2009-10 All-Defensive Teams

by Kevin Pelton

Kevin Pelton selects the Every Play Counts All-Defensive Teams based on a combination of scouting and the statistics that have been developed to quantify individual defensive performance.

March 18, 2010

Every Play Counts: Evan Turner

by Kevin Pelton

Charting Basketball Prospectus' National Player of the Year to see just how much time he spends handling the basketball and other observations about his NBA potential.

February 5, 2010

Every Play Counts: Monta Ellis

by Kevin Pelton

Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson has used Monta Ellis for heavy minutes this season, producing impressive per-game averages but dismal efficiency numbers. The tape helps shed light on how the usage pattern has affected Ellis' game.

November 3, 2009

Every Play Counts: Brandon Jennings

by Kevin Pelton

Milwaukee's rookie point guard, who opted for Italy over NCAA hoops, has turned heads in his first two NBA games. Here's how Jennings has done it.

October 30, 2009

Every Play Counts: Tyreke Evans

by Kevin Pelton

Sacramento's rookie point guard is considered a top contender for Rookie of the Year. His NBA debut goes under the Every Play Counts microscope.

June 9, 2009

Every Play Counts: Defending the Pick-and-Roll

by Kevin Pelton

As we saw late in Game Two, the Lakers' success defending the Magic's bread-and-butter play is a credit to one man's effort.

April 10, 2009

Every Play Counts: All-Defensive Teams

by Kevin Pelton

Combining performance analysis and skills analysis to honor the best defenders in the NBA.

April 9, 2009

Every Play Counts: The Cavaliers' Defense

by Kevin Pelton

Mike Brown's crew has gotten praise for its improvement at the offensive end, but it remains a defensive team at heart.

April 3, 2009

Every Play Counts: Blake Griffin

by Kevin Pelton

Upon closer inspection, the putative first pick in the NBA draft needs to work on his defense.

March 17, 2009

Every Play Counts: Tyler Hansbrough

by Kevin Pelton

The 2008 Player of the Year won't be so honored in 2009, but he still brings many skills to the table.

March 16, 2009

Every Play Counts: James Harden

by Kevin Pelton

Arizona State's All-American guard goes under the microscope as we profile a couple of college stars this week in advance of the NCAA tournament.

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