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Why so few TDs last year?

I'm from Chicago and didn't get to watch many Texans games last year, curious about an oddity... Your team finished 3rd in total offense last year with 382.1 yards per game.  You've got Schaub,...

Cavs re-sign Varejao, sign Parker


6 years, 42.5 million for Varejao, with incentives that could push the contract to 50 million. I can't imagine Tyrus's value is higher than Varejao's, so that's about what it'll take to sign him: $7-8 million per.

Pistons hire Kuester


Evidently, Kuester was to Mike Brown's offense as Thibodeau was to Doc Rivers' defense, albeit with less fanfare. From a Hollinger article last year (oddly enough about VDN's crappiness): "Brown's solution this season was to outsource the offense to assistant John Kuester, much as Doc Rivers turned his defense over to assistant Tom Thibodeau a year ago to spark Boston's march to the title. Brown's move has worked brilliantly -- the Cavs finished this season fourth in offensive efficiency and improved by 21 games." Seems like a smart move given the new faces in Detroit.

Knicks get #29 pick from Lakers


From DraftExpress: "A source with the New York Knicks tells us that they've acquired the #29 pick from the LA Lakers in exchange for 3 million dollars in cash."


The (Rejuvenated) Case for DeJuan Blair

Given what I heard Chad Ford say today, that DeJuan Blair's "knee problems" are just that he doesn't have ACLs - a "problem" Hines Ward has had since the age of 9 without issue (hat tip to NBA...


Chad Ford on Waddle and Silvy: Blair, Mullens, Johnson

Just heard him on my way to work on Waddle and Silvy... couple of interesting tidbits, and I'm paraphrasing...

Rumored #11 Pick O' The Day: Gerald Henderson

The Bulls have held trade talks with several teams about packaging picks Nos. 16 and 26 into one higher selection, with two league sources insisting the target is Duke shooting guard Gerald Henderson. I haven't dug that deep into Henderson's resume, but he seems like a raw / high-upside player. His lack of passing and shooting ability make me think other options at #11 or #16 can contribute more right away, but this quote from draftexpress gives me hope: Fortunately, Henderson is an athlete of the highest caliber, and that really shines through in some areas –namely his ability to finish around the basket. He ranked fourth in that category behind Jermaine Taylor (very limited sample size), Wayne Ellington and James Harden, and first in finishing off cuts, at a tremendous 77%. Surprisingly enough, though, Henderson ranks third to last amongst 19 shooting guards in terms of the amount of possessions he received in transition, which tells us quite a bit about Duke's half-court oriented approach. Obviously he's talented, maybe the idea is the switch from Coach K to VDN will make the lightbulb go on.

James Johnson vs. Clemson: The Most Interesting Mixtape You'll See This Draft Season


SoulEater7 linked to this rumor on another thread that said the Bulls are looking to move up to #11 to select James Johnson. I knew next to nothing about Johnson - barely saw him play this year, barely heard anything about him during the ACC tournament. I saw 6'8", 257lbs, with 8.5rpg last season, and assumed he's just another athletic, undersized PF. And then I saw this... That's a 257lb guy taking it coast to coast... twice in one game for layups. Rebounding his own 3pt miss, then driving to the hoop past three players for the ridiculous jam (a must-see at 2:04). Could the Bulls be looking at Johnson not at PF, or at SF, but at shooting guard? It looks like he has plenty of foot speed and handle for the 2. It's hard to say what his stats would be if he played in the backcourt in college, but from the looks of the tape, I'm really intrigued. Edit: youtube update: he's does backflips too!


Bulls 2008-2009 Off/Def APM

Player Minutes APM DiffOD OAPM DAPM Hinrich, Kirk 1338.48 7.63 -2.47 2.58 5.05 Noah, Joakim 1911.23 4.59 -3.34 0.63 3.96 Thomas, Tim 1230.20 3.69 -5.13 -...

Whoa! Pre-draft Measurements are up!!


One of my favorite days of the year! I'll post more as I look into this, but a few things stand out height-wise: - Blake Griffin is 6'8.25" without shoes, a bit undersized (same height as Hansbrough!) - BJ Mullens is 6'11.75" without shoes, that's enormous and bigger than his college list. - DaJuan Blair is 6'5.25" without shoes, which is about what I expected and possible cause for slipping to our first pick (!!) - Terrence Williams is 6'5" without shoes, good news for those (me) wanting to take him if we don't get Blair. Other notes: Hansbrough I think checks out as most surprising overall, not only because he's taller than expected, but his 6'11.5" wingspan is fairly decent for a PF. DaJuan Blair's 7'2" wingspan is scary. That's longer than BJ Mullens'. Stephen Curry, Ty Lawson, Eric Maynor, and Chase Budinger have no wingspans. I'd expect nothing from them defensively. Hasheem Thabeet checks out. He's taller than Shaq by 0.25" with the same 9'5" standing reach. Soft as he may be, he's in line to be an absolute defensive stud. Edit #1: Looks like they're adding names to the list throughout the day... other notable names... Jodie Meeks is 6'3" without shoes, that's better than I expected and bigger than Marcus Thornton and Stephen Curry. His 6'4.5" wingspan won't help, though. My main man Luke Harangody is just 6'6.25" without shoes with just a 6'9.75" wingspan. Oh well. I always liked Taj Gibson, and he measured well. 6'8.5" without shoes, and his 7'4" wingspan rivals Thabeet's. James Harden (6'10.75" wingspan), Gerald Henderson (6'10.25" wingspan), and Tyreke Evans (6'11.25" wingspan) are all freaks. If Evans could shoot at all I think he'd be a great fit with Rose. Austin Daye is actually taller than his already huge 6'10" list. He's 6'9.75" without shoes, making him a nearly 6'11" SF who can launch 3s. If we're thinking of trading Deng, Daye deserves a look at #16, soft as he is.


A Second Look at Luol

1-year APMs for Bulls players since 2004-2005, along with their overall weighted average: Name Minutes09 APM08 Minutes08 APM08 Minutes07 APM07 Minutes06 APM06 Minutes05 APM05 W...


This Bulls Team Next Year Pt 2

The final chart of the previous post estimated that the 8-man rotation coming back next year (Rose - Salmons - Deng - Tyrus - Noah - Hinrich - Timmy - Miller) would play +4.13 points better per 100...


How Good This Bulls Team Is Next Year

I was anti-Paxson for awhile.  His style of acquiring character and experience over talent didn't make sense to me.  I looked at the past champions - Jordan, Olajuwon, Kobe, Shaq, Duncan, Pierce,...


The Effect of Garnett

Breakdown of what Garnett's absence has meant to the Celtics this season.


Statistical Plus/Minus Using Logical Rates

  I mentioned on the Hollinger's Opinion of Rose's ROY Chances thread that I'd been working on rate-based Statistical Offensive APM that rated Rose at a +1.69 this season. Oddly enough,...

Thabo hitting his stride?


Kevin Durant has been injured with a bum ankle the last three games. Jeff Green has been injured the last two. In their place? Thabo Sefolosha, who's done nothing but lead the scrapheap of remaining role players to three straight... wins!? Thabo's last three games: 40mpg, 15ppg, 9rpg, 3apg, 1.6spg, 1.6bpg. Whoa.


Minor League Superstars That Went Bust?

I found this site via John's Top 50 Hitting Prospects of 2004 post, and it struck me that the top tier talents that failed either 1) got hurt or 2) were old for their league or 3) weren't putting...


Squeezing Salmons into Gordon's Shoes

With Brad Miller's fat contract on our payroll next season, Ben Gordon is all but gone.  Here's how his replacement stacks up.ScoringPlayer A: 21.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.6apg, 0.8spg, .2bpg, 2.8topg, 41.3...


Pre-Nash Amare vs. Since-December Tyrus

In 2003-2004, Amare Stoudemire was a 21 year old, second year player on the pre-Nash, pre-D'Antoni Suns.  Here are his Per36 stats from that season compared to Tyrus' since December 1st: Per 36...


Some due props to VDN

I've been down on VDN with most of BaB this year.  But if at the beginning of the season, you told me that by the end of January... - Rose, Gordon, Deng would all be starting and playing 35+mpg -...


Desperate Times Call for a Desperate FanPost

 After the Cavs game, I wrote  "Last night's win is going to make me sick. I can feel it ... So little of this was skill, so much was luck. And I can already see Gordon cleaning out his locker...

Vinny's gone. ... But the most damning thing Paxson said was when he said nothing about his...


Vinny's gone. ... But the most damning thing Paxson said was when he said nothing about his coaching staff. Paxson refused to evaluate Del Negro and his assistants. That's an evaluation right there. No vote of confidence in his third (or fourth or fifth) choice for the job. No support for the guy with better hair than coaching credentials.,0,3906904.story

Evidence of Tyrus, Noah improvement?


Lost in a crappy 5-8 record in December are signs of development in our young guys. Maybe our stable of accomplished assistant coaches is paying off: Tyrus Per48 in November: 13.1 - 12.0 - 1.6 with 2.2 steals, 3.8 blocks, and a 42.3% TS% Tyrus Per48 in December: 21.4 - 12.4 - 1.5 with 2.4 steals, 3.4 blocks, and a 59.4% TS% Noah Per48 in November: 9.50 - 15.6 - 2.4 with 2.0 steals, 2.2 blocks, and a 45.7% TS% Noah Per48 in December: 11.0 - 13.7 - 2.6 with 1.3 steals, 4.4 blocks, and a 65.1% TS% Thabo Per48 in November: 15.0 - 7.7 - 5.6 with 3.8 steals, 2.4 blocks, and a 52.7% TS% Thabo Per48 in December: 13.2 - 5.7 - 3.6 with 2.5 steals, 1.1 blocks, and a 66.6% TS% Gray Per48 in November: 14.6 - 15.6 - 2.5 with 0.5 steals, 0.7 blocks, and a 52.6% TS% Gray Per48 in December: 12.1 - 16.2 - 4.1 with 0.2 steals, 1.6 blocks, and a 53.9% TS% Thabo has had an underrated year. His 14.8 PER and 56.9 TS% are starter-worthy.

A look back: Cedric Simmons' scouting report


Clearly, there's a reason why he hasn't seen the floor in three years after being drafted 15th overall. But if there was ever a time to give Simmons consistent minutes to see what he can do, it's now with Gooden hurt. Simmons is still young - he turns just 24 next week - and this draftexpress scout raves so much about Simmons' defensive abilities that maybe, just maybe he'll be able to help us as he gains more confidence.

82games releases positional stats: Ben Gordon Good, Our Bigs Really Bad

6 just released sortable team stats by position for this season, and the numbers are telling. Check out this article on PER Differential by position. The Bulls rank 5th and 4th in PG and SG play with about a +6 differential in each. Larry Hughes' shooting has helped, but Ben Gordon has done the brunt of the good work while stepping up defensively. Our SFs are playing at a -1.3 differential. Our worst production has come from our PFs and Cs, but you might be surprised at just how bad they have been. They rank dead last at PER differential at -7.1 and -7.4 apiece, and it's been a result of mindnumbingly bad defensive play. Per game, opposing PFs are averaging 23 points and 12.1 rebounds with a .512 efg%. Opposing C's average 22.5 points and 14 rebounds with a .553 efg%. Remember when we thought our backcourt would have the defensive problems? We're turning the Zaza Pachulias into Kevin Garnett.


Busting the Luol Deng Myths

  Points per 48 minutes last year in close and late ("clutch") situations: Ben Gordon: 42.0Luol Deng: 14.7 Why did we give Luol the huge extension? This year, Deng is having his worst season....

Watching Olympic Basketball


Olympic basketball officially started an hour ago. For those who want to watch it live, click the link above or go to, then click Basketball on the left side. I'm currently watching my favorite player, Andrei Kirilenko, do things to Iran that Dick Cheney would be hesitant about. And Veektor is playing! Here's the upcoming schedule Aug 9 9:00 PM ET Basketball - Men's Basketball - Preliminary round Group A game 1 (RUS vs IRI) Aug 9 11:15 PM ET Basketball - Men's Basketball - Preliminary round Group B game 1 (GER vs ANG) Aug 10 2:30 AM ET Basketball - Men's Basketball - Preliminary round Group B game 2 (ESP vs GRE) Aug 10 4:45 AM ET Basketball - Men's Basketball - Preliminary round Group A game 2 (LTU vs ARG) Aug 10 8:00 AM ET Basketball - Men's Basketball - Preliminary round Group A game 3 (AUS vs CRO) Aug 10 10:15 AM ET Basketball - Men's Basketball - Preliminary round Group B game 3 (USA vs CHN) Dirk, Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, the conjoined Gasol twins, Sofoklis Shortsanitis, and probably Dino Radja all play in the next twelve hours.

Fazekas gets his release


Nick Fazekas asked the Clips to withdraw their qualifying offer so he could become an unrestricted free agent, and they agreed to do so yesterday. Fazekas is no star, but from watching him play a few times at Nevada, he's the big man with a jumpshot (Malik Allen / Darius Songaila) that we don't have on our current roster and who could fit in so nicely with Rose. And even though most of his minutes were in garbage time last year, his 19.6 PER and per36 stats of 14.3 points, 11.9 boards are impressive. For us Hollinger fans, Hollinger projected Fazekas as the #7 player in the 2007 draft. It's not a guarantee for success (tell 'em, Mike Sweetney), but it's another reason why he's worth a look, especially since we can sign him for next to nothing.

Vujacic ready to walk


"Lakers reserve guard Sasha Vujacic, a restricted free agent, is prepared to leave the team and accept an offer from a European team in the next few days if the Lakers don't make him an offer he deems fair, according to a source in the Vujacic camp who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. The source said Vujacic is seeking a multiyear deal from the Lakers averaging about $5 million a year. Vujacic was hoping for a six-year deal, but anticipated it could be a shorter contract." Nobody wants to make the Lakers better than they are, but for those of us who aren't that high on Gordon, Vujacic seems like a decent replacement. As a 24 year old last year listed at 6'7", he put up an ungodly .605 TS% and showed he isn't afraid to take the big shot. (Not a great defender though, from what I remember.) The article implies that the Lakers probably won't match any offer over $5 mil per year. 6 years, $30 mil contract seems like a steal for a great complement to Thabo's game. One possibility is trade Gordon and our exception for Vujacic, Trevor Ariza, and Farmar... making Hinrich and Nocioni easier to unload.

Wizards sign Dee Brown


The only Euroball castoff to still list two nicknames in his blogpost signatures is back in the NBA! There's not much more to write about this, but I know there's a few fellow Illini alums here that will be happy to see him back in the league. Roger Powell patiently waits.

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