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I love this! We have some readers who say we talk too nicely about Austin - lookin at you 504 :) - and now we have one who says we never say anything nice. 

How can both be true? 

Love it! 

2 hours, 18 minutes ago on Weakside Eyes: The Legend of Austin Rivers

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Easiest way to debate data people - I have no data of my own, but X is the conventional wisdom so it must be X. Your data fails to account for X for some reason. Darn faulty data!

And what can I say to that. If innuendo trumps facts, then debate is pointless

And teams didn't take away the rim when that lug Stiemsma was out did they? Did Tyreke's jumper get better these last two games?

3 hours, 59 minutes ago on Does Tyreke Really Need to Improve His Jump Shot?

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@otherMark @Michael McNamara  Its possible. 

And I was being sincere, not sarcastic. Forgot about Parker. An even better comparison. 

But to me, I think it is too coincidental that his fg% at the rim skyrocketed at the Spurs pace went from one of the slowest in the league to one of the fastest, and their 3-point rate did too. To me, I think that is where the space comes from if I had to guess. 

5 hours, 59 minutes ago on Does Tyreke Really Need to Improve His Jump Shot?

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@Jason Quigley  What guards could cover Evans in the post if he greatly improved it? And if he demanded doubles, how great would that be for everyone else with his passing ability? People think of Lebron's evolution as being due to his jumper, but opponents will say that his post game has been what makes him nearly unguardable now. I mean, really, what would teams do with Tyreke in the post?

6 hours, 17 minutes ago on Does Tyreke Really Need to Improve His Jump Shot?

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@soulbreaker @PelicanSaints  So then, what is similar between Harden and Evans?

This article does not say that Evans shouldn't improve his jumper, just that it should come third after

1.) Improving his ability to finish at rim

2.) Improve in post

6 hours, 19 minutes ago on Does Tyreke Really Need to Improve His Jump Shot?

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@otherMark  Actually, Parker would support my argument. His three worst years were his first three. In those years he had BY FAR his highest three point rates (30%, 23%, and 20%). In his best years, only 3-5% of his shots were threes. And while he took more mid-range jumpers, the numbers say he never really made a huge improvement there. Was 42% his rookie year and that was his highest before last season. 

Parker's growth came with his ability to finish at the rim better and with the Spurs spacing the floor and adding more spacing with shooters. He actually might be a better example to use than Rondo. Thanks!

6 hours, 21 minutes ago on Does Tyreke Really Need to Improve His Jump Shot?

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@GerryV  This is always the response with no data to back it up. As I said in the piece, if this is true, then why did Rondo's shooting percentage at the rim drop after his jump shooting improved? 

While it is SOMETIMES true, it is not NECESSARILY true. 

9 hours, 57 minutes ago on Does Tyreke Really Need to Improve His Jump Shot?

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@thouse  Exactly. Geez, do your homework Schwan! 

10 hours, 13 minutes ago on FIN (Pelicans beat Rockets)

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@shantadiva  We would have to (get to?) waive someone. Stiemsma would make sense. So would Darius Miller with Southerland coming in and Miller likely not being in the plans beyond this year. Al-Farouq could be valuable by getting us above the cap with his cap hold so we can use the MLE and/or we can use him in a sign and trade. I would guess Miller goes if we get Smith. Or maybe Babbitt. 

6 days, 2 hours ago on Afternoon Roundup: Davis, Gordon, A New Player, and More

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Yeah, I would sign a couple guys for a year. Maybe trade for a guy with a year left. Then, if those guys perform well you can choose between keeping them or going after a big fish or some combination of both

6 days, 5 hours ago on Stretching Eric Gordon Part Two: The Michael Beasley Model

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Good catch. Divided 5.9 for some reason

6 days, 5 hours ago on Stretching Eric Gordon Part Two: The Michael Beasley Model

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@daThRONe  Agree 100%. Benson has to sign off on this and accept a sunk cost on a deal made before he got there. In football, dead money is commonplace, so maybe that will make it more palatable for him and Loomis. 

6 days, 7 hours ago on Stretching Eric Gordon Part Two: The Michael Beasley Model

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@SportsPillowTlk  Because most teams could use the amnesty, and that is by far the better way to waive someone. Gordon's contract was signed after the latest CBA, so we can't amnesty him. You might see more stretch guys in the next few years as almost nobody is eligible to be amnestied after this year. 

1 week ago on Stretching Eric Gordon

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My simple thoughts: The question really isn't 'Do Coaches Matter', It is, "Does the 12th best coach matter that much compared to the 48th best in America?" 

When you think of other professions that are dependent on mental skills over physical ones, do we assume much seperation amongst the Top 200 or so, or don't we assume that the separation at that level will be minimal? Is the 114th best accountant going to miss a ton of things that the 18th best accountant will find? 

Once you get to a level like that in any profession (again, a mentally dependent one not physical), I don't think there is a big separation at the top. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Do Coaches Really Matter?

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@504ever  Would do that, and I might even take Felton back if they insisted. Another interesting one would be adding one more contract and taking back Amare. I could see the Knicks being into that. 

Basically, I would do almost anything to get him off the roster. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Eric Gordon . . . On v Off

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I wouldn't have believed we could have unloaded Okafor and Ariza for an expiring, but we did. Just gotta find a similar deal. A team who sends us a player on a big one year deal that they have no use for.

That Washington deal was actually a win for both teams. Just gotta find a similar partner.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Should Dell Wait for the Summer of 2015?

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@champsworld504  Aww, porr Clippers - they were missing Reddick. Let's see, we were missing:

Jrue

Ryno

Smith

Gordon

Rivers

Roberts

But again, poor Clippers :(

3 weeks ago on Pelicans role players down Clippers

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@SamuelWhoDatWilcher @Michael McNamara @kwilly  First, just in advance, it is Jrue. No 'h'. 

Second, there haven't been many trades like this because 1.) Not many guys with 4 yrs left on their contract at such a young age have ever been traded. 2.) There haven't been as many drafts in NBA history that was viewed as being as bad as the 2013 draft. 3.) All-Star players, in general, are rarely traded the following year. 

I think Dell saw a horrible class and knew he was going to get Tyreke or Iggy and he thought that this pick in 2014 would be somewhere between 10 and 16, in a draft he viewed as being 6 or 7 deep, max. I don't think it was a win now thing, as much as just the best move to make mathematically. 

I think most fans are in favor of the trade now, and in one or two years it will be pretty much unanimous. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Anthony Davis and His Supporting Cast Take Down the Champs

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@kwilly @Michael McNamara  You mean the guy with a 13.9 PER this year that is below avg in every 2-guard category except scoring? Man, you fall in love with names. And even if I grant you that Thompson is a slightly above average player, he is still the exception, not the rule. 

Klay himself was sandwiched in between Cole Aldrich and Meyers Leonard. Before that? Terrance Williams! Acie Law, Fran Vasquez, Jeroime Moiso, Kendrick Brown - other 11th picks in the 2000's. At best, it resulted in some fringe starters like: Jared Jeffries, Michael Pietrus, Biendris, JJ Reddick, and Jerryd Bayless. 

Like I said, a below avg PG and a fringe starter at best, scrub at worst. No thanks, I will take Jrue

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Anthony Davis and His Supporting Cast Take Down the Champs

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@kwilly  You mean the guy shooting 38% from the field with below average defense, rebound rates and assist rates? Yeah, you can have him and whatever fringe player the 11th pick gets you this year. I will take Holiday. And before you give me the 'he's young' argument. Holiday was better at 21 (Burke's current age) and was an All-Star at 22, so......

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Anthony Davis and His Supporting Cast Take Down the Champs

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@504ever  You can't just randomly choose the amount of the QA. If he meets the benchmark it is 3.23. If he doesn't, it is $1.12. No middle ground. 

To get what you would want, you would have to not offer the QA, let him become an UFA, and then offer him a contract for the amount you suggest. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Curious Case of Brian Roberts

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@NOEngineer  Just so many guards in front of Pierre. I would prefer a rookie swing over a rookie guard if all things are equal. If I can trade Jackson for a shot at McDaniels or Young, I do it in a heartbeat, just because of need. 

4 weeks ago on Who to Watch in the NCAA Tournament

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@mateor  Late 1st round picks are often just sold for cash or are traded for a future top-20 protected 1st. Picks 25 or later usually have very very little value, especially if a team has multiple picks or is a tax team and don't want to add a guaranteed contract on a guy who is unproven. Pierre Jackson's draft slot means he will be paid about $490,000 in his first year. A guy picked at 28 or so would get about two and a half times that. And there are teams who are still very high on Rivers. 

Again, picks 25-30 are usually viewed as more of a hindrance than an asset because the salary is guaranteed. Its why so many guys who are picked there get stashed. Wouldn't take much to get one of those picks if we really wanted it. 

4 weeks ago on Who to Watch in the NCAA Tournament

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@PelicanSaints  Just so you dont get laughed at when you say this somewhere else, the phrase is: Diaper Dandy's. 

4 weeks ago on Who to Watch in the NCAA Tournament

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That is in this post. Discuss two second round guys specifically and different ways to acquire late 1st or early 2nd

4 weeks ago on Who to Watch in the NCAA Tournament

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