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August 31, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Channing Frye

by Sebastian Pruiti

While Channing Frye remained a dangerous three-point shooter last season, his percentage was down from his breakout 2009-10 campaign. The Suns hurt Frye by having him take more shots on the move.

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 24, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Danny Granger

by Sebastian Pruiti

Even as the Pacers returned to the playoffs, Danny Granger saw his production drop off last season. Improving his performance on spot-up jumpers could make Granger and Indiana more dangerous.

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 16, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Jason Richardson

by Sebastian Pruiti

After being dealt to Orlando, Jason Richardson found open jumpers more difficult to come by and the paint congested when he tried to drive. Can Richardson find a better fit for his skills?

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.

August 10, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Joe Johnson

by Sebastian Pruiti

Joe Johnson's performance suffered last year because he was unable to knock down the open shots the Hawks were generating with their new, motion-heavy offense. Will that change next season?

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 26, 2011

Can He Bounce Back?: Tyreke Evans

by Sebastian Pruiti

After winning Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans was hit by the sophomore slump. Painful plantar fasciitis contributed to a disappointing second season. What lies ahead for Evans?

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 19, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Robin Lopez

by Sebastian Pruiti

Lopez showed enough in 2009-10 to give the Suns hope he could be their long-term man in the middle, but did a sub par season and the arrival of Marcin Gortat put the kibosh on those plans?

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 13, 2011

Premium Article Can He Bounce Back?: Carlos Boozer

by Sebastian Pruiti

Even as the Bulls posted the league's best regular-season record, marquee newcomer Carlos Boozer was a disappointment because of injuries and an invisible postseason. Poor finishing on the pick-and-roll and an altered shot from midrange were the culprits.

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.

July 5, 2011

Can He Bounce Back?: Brook Lopez

by Sebastian Pruiti

Sebastian kicks off his offseason series on last year's underachievers by looking at whether Nets center Brook Lopez can recover from his disappointing campaign.

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.

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