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The Clipboard column archives.


December 2, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: How Shooting Helps Howard

by Sebastian Pruiti

The stereotypical relationship between a post player and outside shooters is that an inside-out attack creates open looks from downtown. In the case of Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic's fleet of excellent shooters works the opposite way to give Howard more space to operate.

November 18, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Defending Bryant Pick-and-Rolls

by Sebastian Pruiti

Opposing defenses successfully slowed down Kobe Bryant pick-and-rolls in 2009-10 by going over screens and having a big man hedge. So why did they change strategy last season?

November 17, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Wallace in Portland

by Sebastian Pruiti

After dealing for Gerald Wallace at the trade deadline, the Portland Trail Blazers put him in a position to succeed by putting the ball in his hands in isolation plays instead of bringing him off of screens.

November 10, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Tony Parker

by Sebastian Pruiti

A tweak to his game and Gregg Popovich's new offense led to a resurgent season for San Antonio's fleet Frenchman.

October 28, 2011

The Clipboard: Better on the Block

by Sebastian Pruiti

Thanks to some adjustments by his new coach, Thaddeus Young blossomed as the sixth man in Philadelphia. Sebastian explains why.

October 25, 2011

The Clipboard: The Real Problem With Michael Beasley

by Sebastian Pruiti

Beasley's boneheaded play undermined what could have been a breakout performance in his first NBA season as a featured scorer.

October 21, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Al Jefferson

by Sebastian Pruiti

After existing almost entirely on the low block with Minnesota, Al Jefferson was able to grow his offensive game during his first season in Utah. Sebastian looks at why Jefferson fit so well into Utah's scheme.

June 21, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Walker vs. Augustin

by Sebastian Pruiti

Like Charlotte Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin, UConn's Kemba Walker is a high-scoring point guard who is dangerous running pick-and-rolls because of his shooting ability.

June 20, 2011

The Clipboard: Fredette vs. Redick

by Sebastian Pruiti

The latest installment of Sebastian Pruiti's video breakdowns compares BYU star Jimmer Fredette to another high-scoring, sharpshooting collegian, J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic.

Premium Article The Clipboard: Valanciunas vs. Chandler

by Sebastian Pruiti

Lithuanian big man Jonas Valancunias is one of the mysteries of this year's draft for many NBA fans. The numbers and the tape show some similarities to Tyson Chandler, who anchored the defense of the NBA champions.

June 17, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Williams vs. Hickson

by Sebastian Pruiti

Our statistical comparison of Derrick Williams to J.J. Hickson may sound underwhelming, but the two players use their quickness in similar ways. Still, Williams' shooting ability explains why he is the far superior prospect.

June 15, 2011

The Clipboard: Irving vs. Rose

by Sebastian Pruiti

Using statistical translations, we've matched up some of the top players in the upcoming draft with a similar NBA talent. Sebastian goes to the video to see how well the translations hold up, starting today with the Bulls' Derrick Rose and Duke's Kyrie Irving.

May 10, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Posting Up Russ

by Sebastian Pruiti

Could post ups involving Russell Westbrook against the smaller Mike Conley help the Oklahoma City Thunder's late-game offense? Sebastian Pruiti explores.

April 22, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: C's Struggling on Glass

by Sebastian Pruiti

Poor defensive rotations have cost the Boston Celtics during the first two games of their series with the New York Knicks, especially on the defensive glass.

April 12, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Lakers' Poor Pick-and-Rolls

by Sebastian Pruiti

Phil Jackson has contributed to the Lakers' recent losing streak by calling more of one of the team's least efficient plays, the pick-and-roll for Kobe Bryant.

April 8, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Most Improved Player

by Dan Feldman and Sebastian Pruiti

Dan and Sebastian use every visual in the book to explain how Daequan Cook has taken what may be the league's biggest leap over last season.

April 5, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Why Can't DeRozan Make Threes?

by Dan Feldman and Sebastian Pruiti

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is having one of the worst three-point shooting seasons ever, but he's actually been quite effective a step inside the arc. Two BBP contributors dig into the numbers and video to figure out why.

April 1, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: The Young and Improving

by Sebastian Pruiti

Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers has developed as a player this season by shooting fewer three-pointers and doing a better job of finishing when posting up.

March 25, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Isolations Hurting Hawks

by Sebastian Pruiti

When he replaced Mike Woodson as Atlanta's head coach, Larry Drew vowed to decrease the Hawks' dependency on isolation sets. He's done so, but the team's inability to score on isos this year has caused its offense to tank.

March 18, 2011

Premium Article The Clipboard: Kris Humphries' Offensive Improvement

by Sebastian Pruiti

With nary a Kim Kardashian crack in the text, Sebastian looks at why the Nets have been able to turn their power forward position to a former part-time player.

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