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November 11, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Mike Conley

by Sebastian Pruiti

Improved jump shooting made Mike Conley more valuable last season. To take another step in his development, Conley must do a better job of running the pick-and-roll.

October 10, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Rajon Rondo

by Sebastian Pruiti

Last season was a career year for Rajon Rondo in terms of assists, but he saw a corresponding rise in turnovers. How can Rondo do a better job of taking care of the basketball when running pick-and-rolls and in transition?

September 30, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Ryan Anderson

by Sebastian Pruiti

Last season, the Magic capitalized on the strengths of the former Cal star, but can they get even more from one of the league's top face-up big men?

September 23, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Russell Westbrook

by Sebastian Pruiti

The development of Russell Westbrook can be tied to his improved efficiency in isolation and ball-screen situations. Going away from the screen has become a dangerous weapon for Westbrook, but can he use these plays to create for others?

September 16, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Rodney Stuckey

by Sebastian Pruiti

An improved willingness to share with others bodes well for Stuckey's ability to continue as a point guard.

September 9, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Eric Gordon

by Sebastian Pruiti

The Clippers' promising shooting guard became a much greater pick-and-roll threat last season. Now it's up to Gordon to improve his finishing away from the basket.

September 2, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Paul Millsap

by Sebastian Pruiti

Improved patience helped Paul Millsap have a breakthrough campaign as a starter. To hold off threats to his position, Millsap must improve his ability to score off the cut.

August 26, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Stephen Curry

by Sebastian Pruiti

In year two, Stephen Curry showed growth as a finisher around the rim. What's next for the Warriors' promising young point guard?

August 23, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Derrick Rose

by Kevin Pelton

Kevin takes a stab at Sebastian's usual schtick and takes a look at how Derrick Rose can get better than he was during his MVP campaign and avoid regression to the mean.

August 18, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Blake Griffin

by Sebastian Pruiti

Blake Griffin was impressive en route to winning Rookie of the Year, but there is still room for improvement in how he deals with double-teams as well as his outside shot.

August 12, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: LaMarcus Aldridge

by Sebastian Pruiti

Last season, Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge managed to improve without adding anything to his repertoire. Instead, Aldridge emphasized the parts of his game that were already effective. The next step will be avoiding fouling.

July 29, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Kevin Love

by Sebastian Pruiti

Sebastian suggests a couple of tweaks Kevin Love can make in order to build upon the success of last season's career campaign.

July 22, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Kris Humphries

by Sebastian Pruiti

Humphries had a big walk year but as he stands on the cusp of free-agent riches, Sebastian explains why he needs to add to his repertoire to justify a hefty contract.

July 15, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Marcus Thornton

by Sebastian Pruiti

Sebastian looks at what the high-scoring guard has to do to earn court time in Sacramento's crowded backcourt rotation.

July 8, 2011

Premium Article Taking the Next Step: Landry Fields

by Sebastian Pruiti

In the wake of an unexpectedly strong rookie season, Sebastian looks at how Landry Fields can do more to help the New York Knicks as a role player.


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