Film Room All Star

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Tiago's value

Tiago Splitter's numbers may be pedestrian, but there's much more than what immediately meets the eye. We show why the Spurs got good value on his four-year, $36 million contract extension.

Nene's cerebral game

Even though his numbers seem ordinary, there are so many ways that Nene helps the Wizards win.

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Don't leave Ryan Anderson

Every scouting report in the world says you shouldn't leave Ryan Anderson open for three, yet he keeps sneaking away. How does he do it? We break down how the New Orleans Pelicans find space for...

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A rebounding machine

The Magic lost a franchise center in Dwight Howard last summer, but gained another big man with an elite talent in return. Nikola Vucevic is one of the league's best rebounders, and you can thank...

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Conley's sneaky footwork

Mike Conley's game doesn't work if the defense knows what's coming. We break down the mechanics that allow Conley to get to the rim when opponents least expect it.

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The key to Miami's defense

The Miami Heat had one of the best pick-and-roll defenses in the NBA. At the heart of it was a clear defensive philosophy that desperately needs Chris Bosh's speed. We break down how Bosh is the...

Houston's other defensive anchor

The Rockets might have a problem with the logjam created by having both Dwight Howard and Omer Asik, but that's a good problem to have for general manager Daryl Morey.

The stop-and-pop king

Few players in the league can shoot off the dribble like Kemba Walker. How does he do it? We break down the footwork behind Walker's devastating stop-and-pop game.

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The Matrix is still loaded

Shawn Marion is 35, but he's shown he can still be The Matrix, one of the NBA's most versatile defenders. We take a look at how Marion relies more on his fundamentals and anticipation than his...

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A face-up genius

Seeing is believing when discussing the potency of Al Horford's offensive game. We break down the footwork and jab steps that make him such a tough cover when turning and facing his opponent.

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Hayward's off-ball genius

Gordon Hayward's ability to catch and shoot while reading the defense make him a great option on offense as the team adjusts to a new frontcourt. The Jazz must play to his strengths.

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The science of rim protection

Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders is one of the best -- nay, arguably the best -- rim protector in the NBA. But how does he consistently find a way to force missed shots around the basket.

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Spotting up with Wes Matthews

Studying Wesley Matthew's spot-up shooting is a crash course in what floor spacing is all about.

The evolution of West's passing

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Old dogs can sometimes learn new tricks. Just look at how David West has channeled his inner Vlade Divac and become such a great distributor in the high post.

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Ibaka's improved defensive instincts

Serge Ibaka is becoming an elite anchor on defense for the Thunder. We examine the ways his on-court intelligence has improved.

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We take Smoove's D for granted

It's easy to bag on some of Josh Smith's negatives, but ultimately, there are very few, if any, players in the league that can do as many things as he can. We examine just one of those things: his...

What makes Pekovic such a load?

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It's more than just his size. We break down the work he does in the post before he catches the ball.

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Why the Cavs need Varejao healthy

Anderson Varejao's health issues are holding both him and the Cavaliers back. His elite offensive rebound, synergy with Kyrie Irving and defensive effort have been sorely missed by Cleveland.

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In appreciation of Professor Miller

Andre Miller is slow, can't shoot and is one of the oldest players in the league. But he remains effective because he's so damn good at passing. This is our appreciation of Professor Miller.

The one-man zone

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Joakim Noah's defensive impact didn't always live up to his reputation, but that has changed in a big way, thanks to his growth over the past couple seasons.

The diversion

Patrick Patterson may only attempt a handful of field goals per game, but his ability to spread the floor is a great utility for the Kings' offense.

No-stats All-Star 2.0

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Amir Johnson averages a pedestrian 10 and 7 for a lottery team, so why do his +/- numbers say that his team is significantly better when he's in the game? Because he excels in one area that...

The overlooked missing piece

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The departure of Steve Nash was the biggest reason the 2012-13 Suns tumbled to the bottom of the league, but don't underestimate the impact of losing Channing Frye's shooting.

Turning garbage into gold

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How Thaddeus Young is able to slither his body into spaces around the basket that other teams aren't watching.

Diamond in the rough

Jordan Hill has struggled to carve out a role with the Lakers since joining the team, but Mike D'Antoni should make it a point to play him because he's suddenly their best frontcourt defender and...

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The pest

The New York Knicks were a better team last season when Pablo Prigioni was on the court. We examine all the reasons why that's the case.

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