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March 23, 2012

Premium Article Worth the Change?: The Fading Clippers

by Kevin Pelton

With the Los Angeles Clippers falling in the standings, a coaching change may be in the offing. Could replacing Vinny Del Negro fix the Clippers' problems, or is it too late to salvage the season?

March 22, 2012

Draft Projections: Who Picks Where?

by Kevin Pelton

Using SCHOENE and the actual schedule to predict the final outcome of this season, a look at where teams are likely to pick and which protected picks might change hands.

March 20, 2012

Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Buyout Season

by Kevin Pelton

Taking a look at two players who agreed to buyouts Monday, plus a pair of signings in free agency.

March 19, 2012

Premium Article To Foul Or Not: Late-Game Strategy

by Kevin Pelton

The opening weekend of the NCAA tournament provided plenty of end-game strategy, including several coaches (successfully) opting against an intentional foul up by three in the closing seconds.

March 16, 2012

Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Blowout

by Kevin Pelton

Breaking down the NBA's many moves before Thursday's annual trade deadline from every angle.

March 15, 2012

Live Chat: Trade Deadline

by Kevin Pelton

Leading up to and going through the NBA's 3 p.m. Eastern trade deadline, our NBA analysts will take your questions about the latest trade rumors and the deals that actually get done.

Premium Article Learning from Linsanity: Knicks Fit Poorly on D, Not O

by Kevin Pelton

As New York moves forward without Mike D'Antoni, most of the talk is about Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin coexisting. However, it's their defense the Knicks need to get back to where it was during their hot streak.

March 14, 2012

Transaction Analysis: Golden State-Milwaukee

by Kevin Pelton

Individually, the three primary components of Tuesday's trade between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks are confusing, which makes the deal as a whole difficult to unravel. Here's our best effort to do so.

March 13, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: North Carolina in the Midwest

by Kevin Pelton

Conventional wisdom suggests this region will come down to Roy Williams against his old team. Though the numbers back that up, don't overlook some impressive lower seeds who have a chance to reach the Sweet 16.

March 12, 2012

Premium Article Tough Draw: Syracuse's Difficult Path

by Kevin Pelton

Though the East is not necessarily the strongest region overall, it appears to present the most daunting challenge to its top seed, Syracuse. That plus more quirks of seeding, as seen by Ken Pomeroy's ratings.

March 9, 2012

Premium Article Deadline Impact: Most Improved Teams

by Kevin Pelton

Teams will try to change their fortunes for the rest of the season by making trades before next year's deadline. Here's a look at the recent teams that improved the most after the deadline.

March 8, 2012

Premium Article Self-Assessment: Where West Teams Stand

by Kevin Pelton

With a week before the NBA's trade deadline, several Western Conference teams in the hunt for a playoff spot must determine their chances of reaching the postseason in order to set their trading strategy.

March 7, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Pac-12

by Kevin Pelton

The Pac-12 Tournament tips off today in Los Angeles with the conference hoping to avoid the ignominy of placing just one team in the NCAA tournament field. The upside is a wide-open competition for the automatic bid.

March 6, 2012

Answering Why: 2012 Sloan Recap

by Kevin Pelton

In his review of last weekend's sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Kevin looks at how new data--including optical tracking provided by the SportVU technology--could help us answer the question of why some players rate as well or as poorly as they do.

March 4, 2012

PG Showdown: Rondo Overshadows Linsanity

by Kevin Pelton

On a day that was initially all about Jeremy Lin, Rajon Rondo's rare stat line ended up stealing the show while the Knicks were carried by their second unit.

March 2, 2012

Premium Article Wilt, In Context: 100 and 50.4, 50 Years Later

by Kevin Pelton

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain setting the NBA single-game scoring record with a bold, and round, total of 100 points against the New York Knicks. What would Chamberlain's record-setting 1961-62 look like in a modern context?

March 1, 2012

Why We Use Stats: For Love of the Game

by Kevin Pelton

As he travels to Boston for the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Kevin is thinking about why (and how) we use statistics.

February 29, 2012

Premium Article Tournament Preview: West Coast Conference

by Kevin Pelton

It's a three-team battle as the WCC prepares to crown its champion, and for the first time in years Gonzaga isn't the favorite. Here's our look at the West Coast Conference Tournament.

February 28, 2012

Premium Article Udoh's Plus-Minus: The New No-Stats Star

by Kevin Pelton

Ekpe Udoh makes past "no-stats All-Stars" like Shane Battier and Nick Collison look like big-time scorers. Still, Udoh's defense has helped the Warriors consistently play better with him on the floor.

February 27, 2012

Premium Article Senior Nights: Pac-12

by Kevin Pelton

Looking back on the careers of the Pac-12 players who will finish their eligibility next month around the time teams celebrate Senior Night.

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