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The Chris Paul trade raised many questions about its potential impact on the Clippers offense in general and Blake Griffin in particular. Many assumed that the five-time All-Star forward would shoulder a heavier offensive load, perhaps making greater use of his passing skills to help fill the facilitation void from the Point God’s departure. This
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A few weeks ago, league officials reportedly informed teams that referees would be paying close attention to traveling violations during the 2017-18 NBA season. Specifically, referees would be focusing on the foot that had been established as the pivot and ensuring that it remains planted before the player’s next move. Teams have only played about
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A few months ago, I published penalty time/time spent in the bonus for teams. While I’d discussed and published penalty time multiple times two seasons ago, this summer’s posts were the first time I adjusted for whether or not a team’s defense had fouls to give, too. Now, with only days away from the start
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We got a Charles Barkley rant the other week about how the NBA, again, is soft and not like it was in his time. Specifically, he was criticizing the NBA’s push to reduce back-to-back games from the schedule and improve travel fatigue around the league. While one can criticize Barkley for his hypocrisy — he
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Synergy Sports Technology, data provider for every NBA team and most NCAA teams, is a unique stats source, offering data categorizing every offensive possession by play types. Those play types are actions such as post-ups or isolation possessions. Here at Nylon Calculus, we’ve used these play types previously to help define offensive roles for NBA
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Sometimes, the allure of changing scenery can turn out to be nothing more than a hoax. The newness and unfamiliarity that once seemed so appealing unfolds into the same hidden conflicts and particularly unique challenges of old. However, Kyrie Irving’s new home provides him with a distinctly new world of values and responsibilities, features that could
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Welcome to the twelfth episode of The Nothing But Nylon Podcast. This show has been created to be an audio companion to Nylon Calculus with conversations from your favorite basketball analytics writers talking about their writing, research, and most of all, hoops. The intention is to make the conversation inclusive so that listeners of all analytic comfort levels
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If progress isn’t supposed to be linear, then Giannis Antetokounmpo’s development as a playmaker is a substantial outlier. Antetokounmpo has steadily improved each season and his seemingly effortless jump into the NBA’s elite last year pushed the Bucks into respectable territory on the offensive end of the floor, despite significant injuries to both Khris Middleton and Jabari
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Modern basketball offenses are devoted to the pursuit of efficiency; but, frustratingly, it’s not entirely straightforward to identify who are the NBA’s most-efficient scorers. The league’s antiquated measure of scoring efficiency — field goal percentage — has been replaced by its more-sophisticated cousin, true shooting percentage; but the business of efficiency ranking is still a
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After a predictable postseason, the NBA offseason has provided some much-needed entertainment for basketball fans. There has been a slew of reported wheelings and dealings during the first week of free agency with many teams looking to shake things up in pursuit of the Warriors juggernaut. All-Star free agents like Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap
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