things go poorly
For those of you who love basketball and don't care that it comes in NBA form, Zach Lowe of grantland.com should be required reading.
He recently posted this article about Kyle Korver, now of the ATL Hawks. The reason I draw your attention to it is the three gifs partway down the page. Do those actions make you think of anything or anyone? If you said "hey, that looks just like the stuff M ran with Stauskas," then I say "me too."
The difference, though, is who the dribble handoffer or pick and popper is. With M it was either Morford or Walton instead of a Pittsnoglian-type, as it is in the first (Pero Antic) and second and third (Paul Millsap) gifs.
Here's where I get irrationally giddy about Zak Irvin and Mark Donnal running the same stuff. If Donnal can be a credible three point shooter, that could make Irvin, who may or may not be "just a shooter," structurally lethal.
This kind of action puts the opposing big in a terrible position, because they either have to show on Irvin and then try to get back to Donnal, or if they switch, that leaves Donnal able to get a shot off on a shorter wing.
To make it more concrete, imagine Adam Woodbury, Alex Gauna, or even Frank Kaminsky trying to deal with this:
Recall that Wisconsin's strategy for dealing with Stauskas was to sag in the lane and dare him to shoot a 16-footer. If they do that this year, that leaves Donnal either unguarded or switched on to a shorter player.
Anyway, I'm excited to see what Donnal and Irvin can do this year is what I'm saying.
The stat sheets for all UM players in the NBA summer league is posted. So far, Tim and Mitch are having outstanding summers. Trey is struggling a bit. GRIII's last game was sweet.
While playing 31 minutes, scoring 18 points, and grabbing 13 rebounds (6 offensive!), Mitch also managed to drop this sweet dime. (Someone, please feel free to embed.)
I hate you, NCAA.
From the Detroit News:
Interesting idea in trying to gather the most information for the draft from all available sources. Will be interesting to see if this is a publicity stunt of sorts or if they are really valueing the input of these NBA fans. With their new owner Vivek Ranadivé being a hardcore analytics guy I think this is more about the novel information.
My $0.02: The start of the video explores how much the 8th pick will help them immediately. The Western Confernce is stacked right now, the Kings are very young, and they are going to suck next year regardless of who they draft or trade the pick for. Near the end it seemed like the GM was more thinking towards getting the player with the highest upside. Sactown is not a destination city and the only way for them to get an eiite franchise player is through the draft. I think it is better to swing for the fence and strike out, giving yourself the opportunity to hit a HR next year, rather than hitting a double and being a bubble team with no chance of championship contention.
Prepare yourselves. Turn off ESPN (except for live sports programming), mute Twitter, and in general expect to be innundated with obscure, ridiculous, over the top media coverage.
LeBron has opted out of his heat contract. This may just be a way to restructure it to get the Heat more cap space, but he's now a free agent. With Carmelo Anthony opting out too this may just break the HOT TAKES engine.