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December 20, 2012

Premium Article December Only: Team Ratings

by Kevin Pelton

Looking only at the month of December shows the Denver Nuggets bouncing back, the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers sinking and a stunning top team in the East.

December 18, 2012

Premium Article Rebounding by Position: Importance

by Kevin Pelton

When it comes to hitting the glass, are some positions more important than others? Here's what this year's numbers indicate.

December 14, 2012

Premium Article Rookie Check-Up: The Second Round

by Kevin Pelton

Our look at this year's rookie class wraps up with the handful of second-round picks playing regular minutes so far, including defensive standout Draymond Green.

December 13, 2012

Premium Article Rookie Check-Up: The First Round

by Kevin Pelton

Our look at how this year's rookies have performed thus far continues with the remainder of the first round.

December 12, 2012

Premium Article Rookie Check-Up: The Lottery

by Kevin Pelton

A month and a half into the season, a first check of how this year's rookies are performing in three parts. We start today with the lottery picks.

December 11, 2012

Premium Article Ghosts of 30,000 Past: Players Who Fell Short

by Kevin Pelton

After considering the active players most likely to join Kobe Bryant and the four other players with 30,000 career points last week, now it's time to consider the cautionary examples of players who once were likely to score 30,000 but never got there.

December 10, 2012

Premium Article No Fit: Hill and Howard

by Kevin Pelton

Despite a strong effort Sunday night, the frontcourt duo of Jordan Hill and Dwight Howard doesn't appear to be the answer for the struggling Lakers because opponents have torched it in transition.

December 6, 2012

30,000-Point Club: Who's Next?

by Kevin Pelton

On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant made history as the fifth member of the NBA's 30,000-point club. An analysis of active players' chances of getting there suggests the group is in for expansion in the next decade or two.

December 4, 2012

Premium Article Graphing the NBA: December

by Kevin Pelton

Turning the exercise of plotting NBA teams by Offensive and Defensive Rating into a monthly exercise, we find that there is much more spread in the league on offense than defense so far.

December 3, 2012

Like the 2010 Heat: Lakers' Similarity

by Kevin Pelton

A few weeks ago, the 2010-11 Heat was a trendy comparison for this year's Lakers. That talk has cooled despite the teams' similar records and a common factor the Lakers hope will prove telling.

November 30, 2012

Premium Article Go Fish: Dallas Searches for PG Answer

by Kevin Pelton

Looking to improve a weak spot at point guard and help their young options develop, the Dallas Mavericks signed Derek Fisher as a free agent Thursday. Don't expect the aging Fisher to make much of a difference.

November 29, 2012

The Kidd Factor: The Knicks Without Jason

by Kevin Pelton

With Jason Kidd sidelined by back spasms, the Knicks' offense sputtered in a loss Monday in Brooklyn. The numbers show that Kidd's teammates have played much better with him on the floor all season.

November 28, 2012

Premium Article Early Surprises: Last Year's Results

by Kevin Pelton

Taking a look back at the results of last year's players who improved or declined the most shines some light on the usefulness of in-season projections at the extremes.

November 27, 2012

Premium Article Early Surprises: Underachievers

by Kevin Pelton

In the completion of a two-part series, a look at the players who have seen their projection drop the most based on performance to date. Depending on perspective, these players have either been big disappointments or are most likely to play better the rest of the season.

November 26, 2012

Premium Article Early Surprises: Overachievers

by Kevin Pelton

A look at the 10 players who have improved their preseason SCHOENE projections the most with their performance during the first month of the 2012-13 campaign.

November 21, 2012

As Sweet by Any Speed: Jack Taylor's 138 Points

by Kevin Pelton

On Tuesday, Jack Taylor made headlines by scoring 138 points for D-III Grinnell. While the Pioneers' uber-fast pace requires us to take some of the air out of Taylor's gaudy numbers, they remain impressive in context.

Premium Article Survive and Advance: The Pac-12's November

by Kevin Pelton

The Pac-12 hasn't done as well so far as hoped at putting last season's debacle in the rear-view mirror, but a recovery on Tuesday shows the conference is still much better than a year ago.

November 20, 2012

The Zach Randolph Story: By the Numbers

by Kevin Pelton

Grantland's Jonathan Abrams did a great job of tracing Zach Randolph's path to maturity off the court. On it, Randolph has gone from promising young reserve to overpaid starter to All-Star in unpredictable fashion.

November 19, 2012

Premium Article Wolves' Injury Woes: Roy Latest Surgery

by Kevin Pelton

The Minnesota Timberwolves, already playing without three key players for extended periods, suffered another injury loss when the Oregonian reported Sunday that Brandon Roy will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.

November 16, 2012

Premium Article The Meaning of 6-0: NBA History

by Kevin Pelton

With the Knicks off to the best start in the NBA, a look back at past 6-0 starts offers perspective on just how high expectations should get in Gotham.

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