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The All-Underutilized Team, and random thoughts from the All-Star Game (J. Paulsen, 02/19/2008)
The superstars were all on display Sunday night at the NBA All Star Game, but John wants to talk about those players who just don't get enough love. His All-Underutilized Team is filled with guys like Jordan Farmar and Hakim Warrick who put up good numbers in limited minutes.
Breakdown of the Gasol trade, the Lakers’ next move and Kidd trade ideas (J. Paulsen, 2/05/2008)
The Lakers made a terrific deal in acquiring Pau Gasol, but they shouldn't stop there. John Paulsen looks at their revamped roster and suggests the Lakers move Lamar Odom for a better fit at small forward. He also discusses several deals that could entice the Nets to part ways with Jason Kidd.
Who is the best (and the worst) shooter in the NBA?
(J. Paulsen, 1/29/2008)
Who is the best shooter in the NBA? John Paulsen says that's a loaded question, but if you're asking who the most efficient shooter is, he looks to the Points Per Shot stat for an answer and finds several of the usual suspects leading the way. PPS also tells us who the league's worst shooters are.
Can the Lakers weather the coming storm? (J. Paulsen, 1/22/2008)
Kobe's team is off to a great start, but the loss of Andrew Bynum and a grueling upcoming schedule will be a tough test for the Lakers. If they're going to weather the storm, John Paulsen says the young team needs Kwame Brown to ignore the boo birds and step up his game in Bynum's absence.
Nods and snubs: Who should go to the 2008 NBA All-Star Game? (J. Paulsen, 1/15/2008)
The Celtics own the NBA's best record and are lapping everyone else in the East, but will their success translate into All-Star votes for Boston's Big Three? John Paulsen reveals his All-Star picks, which include no-brainers like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, along with a few surprising selections.
One month in: efficiency per minute leaders (J. Paulsen, 11/07/2007)
What's the best way to gauge an NBA player's productivity? John prefers the Efficiency Per Minute stat, which basically subtracts all the bad things a player does from all the good things he does. One month into the season, John checks out the EPM leaders at all five positions.
Kobe trade talk (J. Paulsen, 11/09/2007)
It's fun to speculate, and let's face it: at this point, all Kobe Bryant trade talk is pure speculation. John checks in with his own thoughts on potential Kobe trade scenarios, including hypothetical deals involving Shawn Marion, Tracy McGrady, Michael Redd and Gilbert Arenas.
Five rookies to watch and a longshot blockbuster
(J. Paulsen, 11/02/2007)
Greg Oden may be out for the year but John says there are plenty of NBA rookies who should make a splash this season, led by Seattle's Kevin Durant and Atlanta's Al Horford. Speaking of making a splash, John says the Lakers should consider dealing Kobe Bryant to a division foe
Fantasy hoops: 10 sleepers to target (J. Paulsen, 10/12/2007)
Fantasy basketball may not be as popular as fantasy football or baseball, but John knows its fan base is growing by the season. With that in mind and draft season looming, he targets two sleepers at each position, including Andrew Bogut, David Lee and rookie Mike Conley.
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Who is the best point guard in the NBA?: New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams prepares for the third quarter of their NBA basketball game against Toronto Raptors in London March 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) Welcome to the latest chapter in “John Pretends He Writes for ESPN.” The Worldwide Leader asked its network of blog writers to answer a [...] [Continued at The Scores Report. Comments?]
Just how good is James Harden?: Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (L) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo (R) in the second half of Game 2 of their second round Western Conference NBA basketball playoffs in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 3, 2011. REUTERS/Bill Waugh (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) When the Oklahoma City Thunder drafted James Harden #3 [...] [Continued at The Scores Report. Comments?]
How does Ty Lawson compare to Chris Paul?: Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Denver April 9, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) Whenever I see Ty Lawson play, I think of Chris Paul. The two players have different games, but physically, they’re similar. Paul stands 6’0″ [...] [Continued at The Scores Report. Comments?]
Top 10 plays of the season from Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook [video]: Since the season ended, NBA.com’s editors have been working tirelessly to bring us the Top 10 plays from all the NBA’s superstars. Below are the clips for three of the best athletes in the league: Derrick Rose, D-Wade and Russell Westbrook. [Continued at The Scores Report. Comments?]
Who is the NBA’s greatest Road Warrior?: Miami Heat forward LeBron James gestures to a fan in the crowd during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center in Minneapolis April 1, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Miller (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) In general, NBA players play better at home. That’s a fact. The Top 250 [...] [Continued at The Scores Report. Comments?]
Top 10 plays from LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin [video]: The NBA.com editors have been busy putting together Top 10 clips for the best players in the league. Here are the top plays from LeBron, Kobe and Blake Griffin. [Continued at The Scores Report. Comments?]
Does a 40-point game help the team win?: Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts during their NBA basketball loss to the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, California, January 28, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY) Dwight Howard’s 46-point, 19-rebound effort in a Game 1 loss to the Hawks got me wondering — when a player scores [...] [Continued at The Scores Report. Comments?]