basically stats and analysis has played a huge huge part of the last four nba champions having a big say in everything from draft selection and free agent signings to how many minutes a player gets, where they get those minutes, who plays against which lineups, which shots players should take, how to improve on defense, which defensive schemes to use
You could argue that 2010 Lakers with predominant Kobe volume shooting is the last team to win in spite of stats, numbers, etc. Who knows how the super team of Kobe, Nash, Gasol, and Howard would have worked though...
The abundance of 3 point shot attempts and stretch 4s really morphed the game. Throw in a cutter and competent big man; you got a team nowadays.
i'm surprised this hasn't taken off sooner. considering how many of the owners are from finance you would think analytics would have taken over sooner
i think the big tradeoff with a stretch 4 is that generally stretch 4s aren't good at defending (cuz either you have a small forward/shooting guard in a power forward body or you're trying to change a traditional 4 into a guy who can shoot threes) or simply by being on the perimeter as a stretch 4 means less kobe assists
I like the Mavs so this might just come off as bias but I'd pick them over the Clips solely for the fact that they have a lot players that have been in those high pressure games before. Talent of the Clippers aside; you're talking about the likes of Dirk, Chandler, Barea, Rondo, and not to mention Carlisle who took the eventual champions last year to 7 games. CP3 and Griffin have reached 2nd round at most if I'm not mistaken.
Or else screw all of our analyses because Western Conference will come down to match-ups!
its only a matter of time before the financial geeks who took over baseball (hell two goldman sachs guys ended up buying the Tampa Bay Rays and going full money ball but on a totally different level than oakland) start creeping into the GM positions of NBA teams.
rose tore his R meniscus, gonna have surgery. originally tore his L acl, then his R meniscus. timeline TBD.
bulls are done. east is gonna be hawks or cavs, nobody else has a real chance.
edit: really, this is honestly terrible news. horrible to almost know for certain that the youngest MVP ever will never get back to his old form. i wasn't a huge rose fan, but he was often super exciting to watch and did incredible things on the court. realistically now, a good case for his career is something like post-injury grant hill, maybe. worst case is obviously he plays tentatively while being afraid of getting hurt, then keeps getting hurt, then retires. i guess like brandon roy.