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  1. Sam Ray Not

    2019 Draft Megathread

    You’re definitely not the only one! Sorry if I wasn’t clear — just noting that Simmons checks both defensive boxes: like Tatum, he’s an elite, uber-versatile defender (possibly a bit better on that end than Tatum) and like Luka, he can be your full-time primary ball handler, so doesn’t need to...
  2. Sam Ray Not

    2019 Draft Megathread

    I was gonna say I cared about the whole list, not just where Eric Paschall ranked on it ... but then I realized I’d be lying, haha. I actually had a momentary thrill when I saw Pascal at #8 ... and then I was all like, d’oh. Fwiw, I‘d put Zion behind Luka, Simmons, Tatum, Siakam, and probably...
  3. Sam Ray Not

    2019 Draft Megathread

    A little help for us non-subscribers?
  4. Sam Ray Not

    2020 NBA Draft

    Okongwu would be freaking incredible on the Cs, but he may be the fastest riser on the board right now, with Killian Hayes. KOC / The Ringer has him at #5. Tankathon #2. SI #2. USA Today #3. CBS Sports #4. As to why a 6'-9" center with no proven ball skills or floor-stretching ability should...
  5. Sam Ray Not

    NBA GOAT discussion

    To underline this: between 1986 and 1999, there were thirteen seasons of 8.5 VORP or better. Jordan did it nine times. Magic did it once. Bird did it once. David Robinson did it twice. That's the complete list. Moreover: the insane +11.4 the Admiral put up in 1993-94 ranks as #4 season...
  6. Sam Ray Not

    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    The quotes I used are not “scare quotes” — they’re just normal, attributive quotes. The metric is called “Player Efficiency Rating.” Hollinger’s words. As to how appropriate the words are: at minimum it should be said that his sausage recipe includes a ton of stuff that has nothing to do with...
  7. Sam Ray Not

    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    A better question imho is “what’s right with PER”? It’s a locked box sausage stat that claims to measure “efficiency” while rewarding players for inefficient volume shooting. It completely ignores defense, and may or may not have anything to do with a player’s impact on wins and losses. And no...
  8. Sam Ray Not

    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    I was irrationally stoked when Sir Wardell was #2 off the board after King James, and when Kyrie got boned. I need help.
  9. Sam Ray Not

    The Last Dance

    Interesting, did not not know that (or had forgotten). I mean, anything can happen in the NBA Finals, and the Rockets were clearly capable. The '95 version swept Shaq's Magic, who had taken down slightly-rusty Jordan in the ECF. I also think the psychological fatigue factor, while unknowable...
  10. Sam Ray Not

    The Last Dance

    Bulls six title seasons by SRS: +8.6 +10.2 +6.2 ==== +11.8 +10.7 +7.2 Rockets two title seasons: +4.2 +2.3 Those two Rockets teams were clutch when it mattered ... but then so was that Jordan guy. Depending somewhat on what kind of roster Chicago would have been able to build in the two “lost”...
  11. Sam Ray Not

    NBA GOAT discussion

    A few annotations to Kliq’s otherwise excellent list... Walton Dennis Johnson / Jack Sikma / Gus Williams Wes Unseld / Elvin Hayes Kareem Bird Magic Moses Isiah Thomas / Dumars / Laimbeer Jordan Hakeem Duncan Shaq Billups / Ben Wallace Wade KG Kobe Dirk LeBron Curry Durant Kawhi Added Wade...
  12. Sam Ray Not

    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    Nice piece on the Victory Machine Warriors, KD, and Ethan Strauss in the New Yorker today: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/demystifying-the-golden-state-warriors
  13. Sam Ray Not

    "We're going to Disney World!" NBA to resume season July 31 at WDW

    So... with the draft pushed back till the fall, do guys like Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley who turn 19 this summer suddenly become eligible?
  14. Sam Ray Not

    2020 NBA Draft

    I’d guess they just generated a random draft order on Tankathon or the like, which imho isn’t any less valid than assuming the lotto will shake out in exact order of reverse W-L record. On Toppin: not sure I’ve seen him quite as low as #13, but I have seen concerns voiced that he doesn’t have...
  15. Sam Ray Not

    The Last Dance

    View: https://youtu.be/iVT5gbl-DUI
  16. Sam Ray Not

    The Last Dance

    Edit: not worth it. :)
  17. Sam Ray Not

    The Last Dance

    Yeah, he was a significantly better player before their championship run. I started the VORP list after 1985-86, since this is nominally a Jordan thread, and MJ was hurt that year. But yes, Isiah rated really well by VORP in that season and the two seasons before. Here are the five prior...
  18. Sam Ray Not

    The Last Dance

    BB-Ref does actually have both BPM and VORP for Jordan's era. Here are the top 5 NBA players by VORP in the seven seasons leading up to his first retirement (BPM and VORP track pretty closely): 1986-87: (1) Jordan +10.6, (2) Bird +8.6, (3) Magic +8.0, (4) Barkley +6.0. (5) Wilkins +5.6 1987-88...
  19. Sam Ray Not

    The Last Dance

    One of the two is also better at spelling.
  20. Sam Ray Not

    The Last Dance

    I said it's a better indicator of his shooting ability, not scoring efficiency. Obviously, guys back then seldom shot threes, so FT% was the much better indicator of shooting (heck, even today, FT% tends to correlate better with "real," predictive shooting ability than 3FG% does). Scoring...