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Week ending on Thursday, November 1 2012.


Thursday, November 1

Lakers Concerns: Evaluating Fixability

by Kevin Pelton

Two games into the Steve Nash/Dwight Howard era, the Lakers are 0-2. It's too early to panic, but it's not too early to consider some of their biggest issues and how likely they are to be fixed.

Premium Article Big Man Barometer: Week Ending 10/31/12

by Bradford Doolittle

In a weekly ESPN Insider feature, Bradford highlights the top performance by NBA big men for the season's first two nights and projects the top performances for the week to come.

Wednesday, October 31

Premium Article Scary Start: Miami's Offense Shines

by Kevin Pelton

In the debut of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis in Heat jerseys, the defending champs scorched the nets in a season-opening win over Boston that confirms Miami's role as the favorite to repeat.

Tuesday, October 30

: Preseason 2012-13

by Bradford Doolittle

In the return of an old series, Bradford unveils his initial rankings of the new season based on projections from NBAPET. He also weighs in on the bottom-of-the-roster moves across the league and takes a snapshot of each team's cap position.

SCHOENE on 2012-13: Final Projections

by Kevin Pelton

After injuries and the last-minute James Harden trade, SCHOENE's final projections on the morning of the 2012-13 season emphasize the uncertainty at the start of the new campaign.

Prospectus Roundtable: 2012-13 NBA Predictions

Basketball Prospectus

With the 2012-13 NBA campaign set to tip off tonight, our team of NBA analysts share picks for awards, division winners and which team will end up hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy--possibly for the second year in a row.

Monday, October 29

Indiana's No. 1: Preseason Rankings 1 to 345

by Dan Hanner

Dan Hanner already showed how he came up with these rankings. Now it's time for results: Indiana's on top, but you may be surprised by where you find Louisville and North Carolina. And, yes, the model's just as confused by UCLA as you are.

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Harden to Houston

by Kevin Pelton

The Oklahoma City Thunder shook up the Western Conference by dealing James Harden to the Houston Rockets days before the start of the season, raising questions about the urgency to make a move with the impending free agent.

Sunday, October 28

Premium Article Rockets: Harden Acquisition has Morey's Squad on the Right Path

by Bradford Doolittle

For ESPN Insider, Bradford breaks down Saturday's trade that sent James Harden to Houston and says the Rockets are on the right path after a major shakeup by their general manager.

Premium Article Big Man Barometer: Projecting the League's Top Big Men in 2012-13

by Bradford Doolittle

In the opener of an ESPN Insider series, Bradford discusses the trend towards smaller lineups in the NBA, and looks at SCHOENE's forecast for this seasons' top bigs.

Premium Article Timberwolves: Impact of Kevin Love's Injury

by Bradford Doolittle

For ESPN Insider, Bradford looked at the how Minnesota's surprising projection was affected by the hand injury suffered by its franchise player.

Premium Article D-League: Minor League Fantasy

by Bradford Doolittle

In an ESPN Insider piece, Bradford uses SCHOENE to look at how a team compiled of alumni from the NBA D-League might fare.

Friday, October 26

Premium Article Four's a Crowd: Utah's Frontcourt

by Kevin Pelton

With a slimmed-down Enes Kanter delivering the best preseason of any player in the NBA, the Utah Jazz suddenly has four talented big men in need of playing time. With both starters hitting free agency next summer, the Jazz faces intriguing decisions.

Premium Article Save Room for Tennessee: Correcting the AP Poll

by John Gasaway

In his feature for ESPN Insider John graciously steers the AP preseason poll toward a more accurate appraisal of six teams, including Duke, Michigan, and Notre Dame.

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