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July 13, 2012

Second to None: Bench Leads USA Blowout

by Kevin Pelton

As Coach K and his coaching staff attempted to answer key questions about lineups the USA men might use in London, a strong performance by a versatile group of reserves raised the possibility that the U.S. starters might be second-best on their own team.

July 12, 2012

Premium Article Golden Age: A Golden Age

by Kevin Pelton

This month has been a great time to be an NBA free agent in your late '30s. New, long-term contracts for Marcus Camby, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and more are good reason to look into the history of player aging.

July 10, 2012

Premium Article Projecting Odom: What the Clippers Can Expect

by Kevin Pelton

By swapping Mo Williams for Lamar Odom on draft day, the Los Angeles Clippers made an intriguing gamble on Odom returning to form that may define their season. The numbers offer some guide to what they can expect, though they can't determine Odom's comfort and motivation.

July 7, 2012

London Calling: Rating the 2012 USA Olympic Roster

by Kevin Pelton

On Saturday night, USA Basketball announced the 12-man roster that will defend the gold medal in men's basketball this summer in London. Using advanced statistics, BBP compares this group to its USAB predecessors.

July 6, 2012

Premium Article How Much Left?: Projecting Steve Nash

by Kevin Pelton

As Steve Nash heads to the Lakers on a new three-year contract, it's worth considering how much the 38-year-old former MVP can be expected to contribute wearing Forum Blue and Gold.

July 2, 2012

Transaction Analysis: Atlanta's Afternoon Rebuilding

by Kevin Pelton

With two trades reported just hours apart--they can't be completed until the new CBA year begins on July 11--the Atlanta Hawks shed nearly all their committed salary for next summer and entered the Dwight Howard race, while Brooklyn went all-in with a middling hand and the Utah Jazz balanced their talent.

June 29, 2012

Premium Article Top Drafts: Ranking vs. Expectation

by Kevin Pelton

A look at the teams that added more projected WARP last night than expected based on their draft position shows that the Houston Rockets were big winners. Wait, what?

June 27, 2012

Drafting by Similarity: 2012 Comps

by Kevin Pelton

Using 13 categories including translated NCAA statistical performance, height and weight, a look at the most similar player to each of this year's prospects at the same age.

June 22, 2012

Playoff Prospectus: Crowning the Heat

by Kevin Pelton

The Miami Heat closed out the NBA Finals and the path to a championship with a dominant performance from beyond the arc in Thursday's Game 5, all set up by LeBron James controlling the offense from the low post.

June 20, 2012

Transaction Analysis: Hornets-Wizards

by Kevin Pelton

The New Orleans Hornets clear cap space while the Washington Wizards stock up on more veterans. Transaction Analysis breaks down Wednesday's first move of the NBA offseason from angle.

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: On the Verge

by Kevin Pelton

By using LeBron James' post-up game to rally from an early deficit and making the big plays down the stretch, the Miami Heat overcame a huge effort from Russell Westbrook and moved within a game of a championship.

June 15, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: The Beginning is the End

by Kevin Pelton

While all eyes were on the endgame, including a controversial no-call, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost Game 2 of the NBA Finals because of its big starting lineup's inability to match up with the Miami Heat's small unit.

June 14, 2012

Quantifying a Dream: The Dream Team in Context

by Kevin Pelton

Taking a look at the numbers shows how great historically the Dream Team, which dominated the Barcelona Olympics 20 years ago, was compared to other USA National Teams. Still, might there have been a better Dream Team?

June 13, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Halftime Switch

by Kevin Pelton

The Miami Heat's decision to switch pick-and-rolls in the second half helped the Oklahoma City Thunder's offense dominate the second half of a come-from-behind win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

June 11, 2012

Playoff Preview: 2012 NBA Finals

by Kevin Pelton

In a matchup we anticipated at the start of the season, the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder will meet in what should be an entertaining and competitive NBA Finals.

June 8, 2012

Premium Article Bosh Effect: Impact on Game 6

by Kevin Pelton

While it was overshadowed by LeBron James' effort, a breakdown of the numbers shows how much Chris Bosh playing extended minutes in his second game back from an abdominal injury helped the Miami Heat dominate the Boston Celtics.

June 7, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Thunderstruck

by Kevin Pelton

After winning 20 games in a row, the San Antonio Spurs could not find an answer to the Oklahoma City Thunder's adjustments, length and athleticism, allowing the Thunder to win four consecutive games and the Western Conference Finals.

June 6, 2012

Rebuild or Retool: Portland's Path

by Kevin Pelton

The Blazers have apparently chosen to retool rather than rebuild. How good can Portland be next season?

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: Every Play Counts

by Kevin Pelton

The Boston Celtics valued every possession more than the Miami Heat, and that extra effort made a difference in a narrow road win to take command of the series.

June 5, 2012

Premium Article Playoff Prospectus: On the Ropes

by Kevin Pelton

After winning Monday in San Antonio, the Oklahoma City Thunder is on the verge of overcoming a 2-0 deficit to eliminate the Spurs and advance to the NBA Finals.

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