All posts for the month February, 2016

The subtle brilliance of Portland

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 25, 2016   Something special is happening in Portland. Amidst all the hoopla around Golden State, San Antonio, the impressive rookie performances of Towns and others, the impending free agency of Durant, trade deadline rumors, Cleveland’s coach, and Blake Griffin’s fist, that something special is going largely unnoticed. Last offseason, […]

How not to construct an NBA lineup

By Stephen Shea (@SteveShea33) and Chris Baker (@ChrisBakerAM) February 21, 2016   Building a successful NBA lineup is more than blindly assembling 5 talented NBA players. It’s much more than that. Every player is unique, and sometimes the difference between a good fit and a poor fit for a particular player is subtle. There isn’t […]

Rebuilding Brooklyn through defense

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D. February 20, 2016   Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov recently wrote a letter to the Brooklyn fans. In it, Prokhorov admits, “the problem with the Nets has been a lack of concept.” He resolves, “We must have a strategy about the team’s identity.” Yes, planning and foresight are important. When Andy […]

What if your team had CPR for the 2012 draft?

By Stephen Shea, Ph.D.   It’s June 28, 2012. NBA teams have gone through months of reviewing game film, conducting workouts, and holding interviews in preparation of this evening’s draft. Anthony Davis was the prize of the draft class, and it was no surprise when he went first overall to New Orleans. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went […]