I’m an unabashed Bayless disciple since I saw him in Summer League, since I read a pre-draft interview for Dime where he said “I’m a killer.” So I’m thrilled as a guy who follows and pulls for Memphis. It’s just what they needed. A jitterbug combo-guard. Bayless can hit from the arc, can run an offense and create points. He’s got a lot of problems, including inefficiency, but the Grizzlies play inefficiently. That’s who they are. They’re a messy, sloppy, competitive, tough team, and Bayless fits in really well with that model. As long as Nate McMillan doesn’t show up at any point, he should have probably his best years with Memphis, even if he’s always just a bench guy who has a few moments and frustrates in his decision-making. The team employs Tony Allen and he’s one of their best players for God’s sake. Offensive decision-making is not an emphasis.Jazz need to trade millsap or Jefferson (or both). Who would you trade, for whom or what, and when?
I want them to trade Millsap, but that’s just because I want to see sub-superstars in different settings. I feel the same way about Josh Smith and LaMarcus Aldridge. But they need to trade Jefferson. I don’t like Al at center. I want him at power forward with a legit five next to him. Honestly, he’d make for a great pair with Hibbert after David West’s skills erode with time. If I’m the Jazz, I’d do the same thing I’d do if I were several teams:
1. Hire a three-man team of metric-analysts from a diverse set of analytic backgrounds
2. Charge them with working for three months non-stop, working 12-hour days on developing one formula: Which teams have the best probability at this moment of having a top-ten, not top-five, not lottery, but a top-ten pick in the draft that Andrew Wiggins will be available in (if his eligibility is decided by the trade deadline). Then I would trade Jefferson and Hayward and Mo Williams to any of those teams that will listen for those picks. I would sell out everything to set them up to get Wiggins.
In reality, they will likely re-sign Millsap and let Jefferson walk or trade him for a small combination package.
Hey Dr. Matt,
I’m a San Antonio fan here in San Antonio and while I’m absolutely sure that you hate our team categorically from past Tweets (and every other team besides your beloved Lakers [why do you have a Grizzlies logo LOL?]), I presume there are some reasonable conditions under which the Spurs could win the title. So my question is, assuming some sort of apocalypse or Communist takeover is out of the question, what would need to go right for our favorite unselfish, sarcastic, deep twelve to snag sixteen?
Alex in Grand Rapids
It’s a shame that I’ve developed this reputation because I constantly write about how much I respect the organization and why other people should. If you told me I could write a book on any team next season, any, I would pick the Spurs in a heartbeat for Duncan plus Pop.
That said, Popovich has openly admitted, said very clearly and very publicly, that this team cannot be the defensive team it once was with the roster it has decided to have. And yet that’s the only way they’re going to win that title. They have to be able to ugly the game up so much that the talent level for teams like Oklahoma City and Los Angeles becomes irrelevant. They were not better than the 2007 Suns, but they messed with the Suns enough (in-between eliciting terrible suspensions off dirty hits) to get the win. That’s how they have to model their team. They’ve become the offensive team that isn’t built for the playoffs in a cruel twist of fate.
How great is Boris Diaw, on a scale of 1-10, 1 being “Amazing” and 10 being “Michael Jordan”?
You again. A -2 is the answer, but everyone really should have been paying more attention to his work in Charlotte early last season. His passing was incredible early on, and a reason I really didn’t think the Cats were that bad for a while. Then they were. On the other hand, a Spurs fan was upset because I wouldn’t admit that Diaw would be the reason the Spurs’ defense got where it needed to. LOL as the kids say.
WHAT DOES PAROXYSM MEAN AND WHY DO YOU LOOK LIKE LOUIS C.K./PAUL GIAMATTI BUT HAVE A BLUE BEAR AS AN AVATAR????????
It means a fit of emotion, usually joy. I got it from the enduring image of Mutumbo grabbing the ball after the Nuggets upset the Sonics, and from Mourning’s reaction after hitting the three versus the Celtics.
I look like I do because of a cruel twist of genetics that resulted in me starting to lose my hair at age 21. And if you can’t grow hair on your head, which is really frustrating, you kind of want some control. I’ll flip to the full beard in November, but it’s too hot in the summer, so I’ve adopted the bald-with-a-goatee, German nihilist look that switches immediately to redneck when I put on a ballcap. Paroxi-wife won’t let me razor-shave the dome yet for some reason, but that’s probably going to happen within the next year. Getting old sucks.
Can OJ Mayo be a feasible #2 in Dallas?
Dexter- Dallas TX
Mayo is one of my absolute favorite players in the league and a legitimately smart player. But he’s a non-elite perimeter shooter who doesn’t have explosiveness to get to the rim. That’s the biggest missing piece to his game. And while I think he’ll be productive in Dallas, asking him to be a No.2 for a team is too much. He’s just not there. If he was, Hollins would have played him, despite his obsession with him needing to play point, and his preference for tall defenders. Mayo can be a championship fourth starter, but anything higher than that and you’ve got problems.
Unless he makes the leap….
Subject: SHUMP WEEK????????
Can we do it?
(I promise not to send any more stupid emails to this account, but I had to do this one)
With his unique talent and skillset, what’s the best Allen Iverson could have become with better coaching in a different era?
Well, if you stick him back in Wilt’s era…
I think Iverson could have broken the 100-mark in the 70’s, honestly. With the way defense just wasn’t played at all with the Coke problems, if he’d been on those Denver teams that just ran like all sin, he would have had some absolutely insane games. I mean, look at Dantley or English’s numbers. He would have done some daring things with a boxscore.
But in terms of being a better player for team winning? No one, maybe, was more self-actualized than Iverson at his peak, but he wasn’t ever going to change. He could only have ever been A.I. by being himself. Gift and a curse.
Am I the only one who thinks it’s actually bad to overachieve in general in this NBA? Maybe it’s from watching the Rockets play just above their heads enough to never be relevant, but it seems like unless you have enough talent and skill you’re just delaying he inevitable. Maybe if your core has enough potential that practice can be the deciding factor, you can avoid being the pacers or the rockets or the jazz or any of the teams that play over their heads only to fall back to earth in a pile of wet fan disappointment. You might have aligned parts and a favorable system and more hustle or whatever, but eventually someone else has more superstars and someone else has a top ten draft pick.
First off, I have to ask how easy it must be to pick up women with a name like “Forrest Walker.” Sit in a bar with a hat and a notebook scribbling and you should need the woman version of Batman’s Bat-Shark-Repellent from the 60’s Batman movie.
I think it depends on what your expectations are. If you really want a title? Then yeah, it’s not good for you. But those seasons also stick with you as a fan. Rockets fans may be willing to trade their 22-game winstreak for another title, but that season still lives with them. It still sticks out. People say the Mavericks overachieved in 2011 and I want to punch them. That team was a title contender in November if you watched them. They had every single component you need, and the look.
You can bail on overachieving, but sometimes your fanbase just needs something. And sometimes that’s the best you’re going to get in that era.
Doug Collins has never made it past year 3 in his coaching career at his previous destinations. Now that the Sixers have traded away their veteran players (Iguodala and Brand) and brought in a loose cannon who to this point has been treated as a god in Philly (Andrew Bynum), where does this leave Doug Collins? Does he lose his job over a power struggle with the new face of the franchise, or does he his grating style work with a roster currently containing only 5 returning players?
- Sean O’Connor (@soconnor76)
Collins clashing with Bynum would honestly be too predictable. And if there’s anything Collins likely learned during his career, it’s to get along with the star player. Bynum won’t be bothered by how Collins acts in the huddle since he doesn’t go in them, anyway. I wouldn’t be surprised if ownership sticks with him for the legacy and loyalty thing, which seems to be a big thing for them. I don’t think he wins a title with them, but I think he gets a good long stint until they stagnate (again).
My question is… how u?
No in all seriousness do you have like, a list of reliable, accurate, and advanced NBA statistics sites that you use? And do you mind sharing them with me? I’m the annoying kid on Twitter (@_verts) that bugs you whenever you say Boston is too old to make noise in the East.
I rely on the following extensively: basketball-reference.com, hoopdata.com, the NBA’s stats site (which is being opened to the public this season), basketball-value.com, and 82games.com.
First, I’d like to say that i appreciate your blog posting. Thank you to the whole team, that works on keeping Hardwood Paroxysm so enjoyable, and eloquent.
Thats actually my question, too. A basic question about the blog, although i have quite a few, I’ll limit it to one.>
How and why did you start it? >
A simple question(and a bit of a double question) surely, but I figure I’ll leave you with a lot of room to answer. I’m more than curious as to whatever the answer. How you chose to ingest the question, will be just as interesting as your answer. >
I’d like to hope your answer address most of my actual questions.>
Thanks, Guys, for your time, if you chose this question.
Keep up the good work. >
Five years ago, in October of 2007, I was getting married at the end of the month. I was living in Austin, Texas with my fiance at the time, and spending a lot of time at the bar. I was thinking of having my mail delivered there. I had a running tab at the bar, because they knew I’d be back. I had memorized the jukebox. It was bad. So anyway, the future-wife was like “You have to get a hobby.” I spent a decent amount of time with my friend Corn (on this site as The Corndogg, and if you knew him, you’d understand how appropriate that nickname is in its awful ridiculousness) at another bar arguing about basketball and watching the TNT games on tiny non-HD TVs.
At the time, I was really deep into reading the whole blog scene, having discovered them in 2005. Awful Announcing, Deadspin, the Jones, KSK, EDSBS, I was a psychotic devoted reader. So I decided that the hobby would be a basketball blog. I asked if Corn wanted to write for it. He did, and we started. It was as simple as that. I threw myself into it, and learned as much as I humanly could about the sport I’d been following since I was 10, and loved the esoteric “it”ness of FreeDarko, the nuanced researched discussion of TrueHoop, the unabashed irreverence of Basketbawful. We tried to be some combination of those. In time, we added Rob and then Graydon, Holly, Trey, and Jared Wade. Then stats writers and other guest spots, before I added the new crew last year. It’s been the most fun thing I’ve ever done and a genuine pleasure that turned into an occupation and I’m thankful every day for you and every other reader that lets me do this.
OMGZ WHY DO YOU LIKE DA LAKERZ SO MUCH!? IZ IT CUZ THEY GOT DWIGHT YOU STUPID BANDWAGONER! YOU AINT KNOW ANYTHING! MJ IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN KOBE AND LEBRON!
The problem with parody like this is that it is often too unaware of how short its hyperbole falls and how accurate it comes off. This is pretty much 80% of my Twitter mentions during the season.
Bill Simmons talks about a player getting “play-off reps”, in order to be able to come through under pressure, win big games and advance deep into the playoffs etc. And that makes sense to me. But what about Kevin Garnett? He wasted all his effort doing reps on those poor Minny teams. Now, he’s in Boston and on a team capable of being in big games and going deep into the playoffs, except KGs health is now an issue when he needs it the most. Was KG better off “tanking” as a player on those Minny teams, saving his legs for when it really matters? Did KG spend too much time playing regular season minutes (seasons in Minny) and now doesn’t have any legs left for the playoffs (his Boston years)?
Because I’m kind of in the same position in my own job. I work for an idiot who cant understand why I’ve stopped being invested in my position. I’d love to give 110% and try harder and take pride in my work, but I’m not going to do it for this clown. So now I’m applying for jobs in other areas where I am sure I will suddenly get my mojo back. But damned if I’m going to work hard for my current manager slash bozo. I’m arriving late, leaving early, and sending in emails to random internet sites who value my questions more than my manager at work does. Unlike KG, I keep telling myself I am saving my reps for when it matters. I cant figure out if I am lazy or smart.
I think Garnett values the process and honestly, can’t turn it off. He’s able to to a better degree at this age than he was in Minnesota. For so many years he just gave everything because that’s all he’s capable of doing. I don’t think it had much of an impact because he’s already outliving his expiration date, and has produced at a higher level than you’d think was possible for a guy his age.
The big key I think is to know that if you’re going to do something, you’re already investing your time, so you might as well do it to the best of your ability. Working hard at something that isn’t going to help you says more about your work ethic than it does about your intelligence. Not trying to get out of that job would be the dumb decision. So I’d say bust your ass so that when you walk out you’re able to say to your boss that you did the job you wanted to and the best you could, and also kiss my ass. But the other option is to invest yourself as much as possible in getting a new job or in writing on the internet. It’s your time, you get to decide what to do with it, you just have to live with the consequences. By the way, I’ve been there, and it blows. Hang in there.
What does Danny Ainge see in Jeff Green? Ainge drafted him out of Georgetown before trading him in the package to Seattle for Ray Allen. Then Ainge traded Perkins for Green (I understand the theory behind that one, where Perkins wasn’t going to re-sign with Boston anyway so at least get something for him. Timing was terrible though). Ainge is one of these “stat-head” General Managers. In fact, Ainge was ahead of the curve by employing a “brain-type” guy to gauge players personalities. Green got to Boston and showed the same trend he had in Seattle/OKC, where teams were worse off with Green on the floor. So there’s allot of data there, over significant time that says two things. 1. Ainge loves Jeff Green. 2. Green hasn’t proven to be a plus player at any time in the NBA. So this year where Ainge is the only person bidding for Green who is coming off a missed season due to heart surgery, signs him to $36m. What does Danny Ainge see in Green to warrant that kind of contract? What is Greens ceiling? Can you give me the name of a player from the last 20 years who you see Greens production or game being similar too?
Green’s the case of a player whose game seems to hide his production, or that his production doesn’t reveal his true value, depending on where you sit. The real answer is likely closer to the former. But the ideal is that Green is a sane Ron Artest. Able to score from the perimeter a little bit, great athleticism and frame, and a quality defender. That honestly needs to be where Green should dedicate himself fully. His potential offensively is extremely limited but he’s at the age a lot of guys make big strides defensively. If he can become the kind of lockdown defender the Celtics value, he could wind up being worth the money. But for rebounding and scoring efficiency, it’s just not there and unlikely he’ll get there. It was not a great signing.