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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 29, 2011

Premium Article Crashing the Glass: How Portland Does It

by Sebastian Pruiti

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the NBA's better offensive rebounding teams, yet also manage to excel in transition defense. How do the Blazers combine seemingly opposite skills?

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 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.

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.

October 20, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Andrew Bogut

by Sebastian Pruiti

Andrew Bogut was less effective in his return from a gruesome elbow injury that ended his 2009-10 campaign. However, a look at the numbers and the tape suggests Bogut's real issue was shooting more from midrange off 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?

October 6, 2011

Premium Article Where Are the Assists?: Josh Smith

by Sebastian Pruiti

Josh Smith's assist rate tanked last season, a key reason why he failed to repeat his impressive 2009-10 performance. Looking at the video shows Smith wasn't to blame.

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 22, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Antawn Jamison

by Sebastian Pruiti

Antawn Jamison had a poor first full season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in part because the coaching staff spent too much time with Jamison serving as a roll man rather than posting up.

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 15, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Nicolas Batum

by Sebastian Pruiti

An increased role in the Portland offense meant more shooting off screens for Nicolas Batum, who needs to improve his form when catching and shooting on the move.

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 8, 2011

Premium Article When Better Isn't Better: David Lee's Rebounding

by Sebastian Pruiti

Individually, David Lee has been one of the league's better rebounders, but his teams have tended to rebound better with him on the bench--even last year when Lee joined the league's worst rebounding team in Golden State.

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.

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