In 2009, he “didn’t have the upside of Ricky Rubio or Johnny Flynn”. For the next couple of years, he was “just a shooter”. In 2012, he was “injury prone”. In 2013, he was just “very good”. In 2014, he was an All-Star. In 2015, he became a Champion and […]Read more "Improbable: The First Unanimous NBA MVP, Stephen Curry"
It’s not surprising that Kris Bryant was unhappy with his league-leading strikeout rate last year. It might not even be surprising to find out that he wasn’t satisfied with his breakout rookie campaign, in which he batted .275 with 26 home runs and an on-base percentage of .369, amassing a rookie WAR of 6.5. Hunger […]Read more "New Contact: Kris Bryant’s New Swing and How It Impacts His Hitting"
The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA, especially since they signed over coaching and team control to ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. A skilled tactician and defensive mastermind who works well with his locker rooms, he should be able to work wonders with a malleable roster stacked with potential. […]Read more "Karl-Anthony Towns’ Rookie Campaign in Context"
If you ask any Golden State Warriors fan what the most reliable shot is that they see game to game, number one is probably a Steph Curry three. Somewhere near the top, though, you’ll also see a Shaun Livingston post-up. Whether it’s a spin to the hoop or a fadeaway, the backup point guard’s post […]Read more "Always Back Down: The Effectiveness of Shaun Livingston Post-Ups"
LeBron James, as usual, will probably waltz into the Finals again this year without much trouble. The Pistons made games interesting, but ultimately couldn’t hang.The Hawks might make it interesting, but I’m not sure yet that I buy them as a true challenger. James is still the best basketball player in the league, even if […]Read more "NBA Playoffs: LeBron and the Broken Jumper"
The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a rough go over the last few games. Going into Sunday’s game against the lowly Padres (heavily favored, with an excessive -300 line per ESPN), they were on a six-game skid that included Clayton Kershaw’s only loss of the season so far. Most baseball statheads know that Wins and […]Read more "Do Not Walk: Looking at Clayton Kershaw’s 2016 Start"
This past Tuesday, April 26th, Marc Stein announced (read: tweeted) that Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors would be named the 2015-16 Coach of the Year, despite having coached only half the season due to health issues. Kerr won out with 381 total points, beating the closest second, Terry Stotts of the Portland Trailblazers, who had […]Read more "End of the Bench: Comparing the 2015-16 Coach of the Year Frontrunners"
It’s been awhile since baseball was a winning sport all across Chicago. The Chicago White Sox won the city a title back in ‘05, but they haven’t made much noise since beyond a couple seasons around the 90-win mark. The Chicago Cubs have had three or four “next year is this year” teases in the […]Read more "North Side, South Side: Comparing the Hot Starts of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs"
Losing one of the premier power forwards in the NBA would tank a lot of teams’ seasons. Fortunately for everyone, this year’s Miami Heat are not a lot of teams. After Chris Bosh went down indefinitely with more scares surrounding his blood clot issues, more than one fan was probably ready to write Miami off […]Read more "No Bosh, Mo’ Josh: How the Miami Heat Filled an All-Star Void"
Derrick Rose is not a great basketball player anymore. When he won his MVP, whether you believe he deserved the award itself, he was a great player. He’s very different now, after a few very rough years with recurring major injuries. He’s a good point guard. The problem is that things like his history and […]Read more "The Curious Case of Derrick Rose"