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August 10, 2012

Transaction Analysis: Possible Howard Trade

by Kevin Pelton

Using SCHOENE's multi-year projections, a breakdown of what each team gained and lost in the reported four-team trade that will finally send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Did the Orlando Magic get enough for Howard?

August 9, 2012

Olympic Ratings: Quarterfinals

by Kevin Pelton

With the final four teams set in London, a look at how they have rated during the Olympics thus far and a projection of their chances of advancing and medaling Friday and Sunday.

August 7, 2012

Olympic Ratings: Group Play

by Kevin Pelton

Rating the performance of the 12 teams in London during group play.

July 26, 2012

Olympic Preview: Rating 2012 Performance

by Kevin Pelton

Using performance in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and exhibition games, we rate how each of the 12 teams in the London Olympics has played this summer and what that means to their chances over the upcoming fortnight.

July 20, 2012

Polarizing: Analyzing the Tony Wroten Show

by Kevin Pelton

Tony Wroten is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year's rookie class. After a year of watching Wroten play at the University of Washington, an effort to figure him out.

July 17, 2012

Premium Article Scouting Summer League: Veterans

by Kevin Pelton

During the first weekend of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, these returning NBA players stood out to our correspondent--some for making improvements to their game, others for stagnating.

July 16, 2012

Scouting Summer League: Rookies

by Kevin Pelton

After spending the weekend at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, a look at how some of the most intriguing rookies performed and how it could translate to the regular season.

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?

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