The Starting 5: A look at some of the best NBA content around the internet
1. Seth Partnow’s Game of Runs – nyloncalculus.com
I don’t claim to be well versed in the world of analytics, but Seth Partnow always does a great job making his work relatable to those with even a rudimentary understanding of statistics.
Partnow’s piece discusses how a run of at least 7 usually correlates to a win. In fact, the team that had the most runs of at least 7 points won the game over 82 percent of the time! While this seems obvious, Partnow always manages to throw in a few graphs and charts to help you understand the material.
In shocking news, Golden State led the league in runs of at least 7 points with 225 (the next highest was the Clippers with 209).
2. Dan Le Batard on Dwyane Wade’s situation in Miami – Miami Herald
Le Batard is so good in everything he does that it’s easy to forget he’s a damn good writer. According to sources that Le Batard has, it was LeBron James’ decision for the “Big 3” to team up in Miami, Wade is the key cog that kept fellow Heat lifer Udonis Haslem around when the team needed him the most and Pat Riley tried to bring Lamar Odom to Miami in 2009 which would have prohibited the “Big 3” from coming together.
Le Batard excellently breaks down the situation between Wade and the Miami Heat. If Wade rightfully chooses to opt out this summer in hopes of securing a longer contract for more money, he’ll probably lose out on his chances of winning his fourth title. But if Wade opts in for the final year of his deal, signs a team-friendly contract in the summer of 2016 and is able to accept that he’ll never be the highest paid player on any of his professional teams, then a starting lineup of Dragic, Wade, Bosh, Whiteside and an additional star player could bring him another championship.
It’s been the worst kept secret in the league for some time now, but if Woj claims his sources have told him that Hoiberg signed, then it happened.
Hoiberg is the second college coach to make the leap to the NBA this season (Billy Donovan accepted a job as the Thunder’s head coach shortly after Scott Brooks was fired in late April), and Hoiberg has the least success of any recent college coach that has been willing to make the jump. Donovan won back-to-back national championships in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, and although Brad Stevens (Celtics’ coach) was never able to win a championship, he did appear in the national championship game two consecutive years with a mid-major.
Hoiberg will take over a Bulls team that should have a competitive roster, plays in a relatively weak conference and expects to get further than previous coach Tom Thibodeau could get them.
4. Alex Kennedy looks into just how ridiculous Steph Curry’s contract is – basketballinsiders.com
This isn’t the breaking news that Woj provides, but Kennedy points out the main reason the Warriors are set up incredibly well for the present and future.
Because of the concerns around his ankle, Curry signed a 4-year, $44 million contract that only began last season. Not only do the Warriors have Curry signed for two seasons after this one ends at an incredibly cheap price, but his contract won’t be up until the season after the cap is set to explode to a ridiculous amount. Hopefully for the Warriors, teams will be looking to spend the newfound money on shiny new toys forgetting about the players that will be available the following season.
A quote from Kennedy’s piece:
Consider this: There were 50 NBA players who had a higher salary than Curry during the 2014-15 season. Among those players were Larry Sanders (before he requested to be bought out and walk away from the NBA after failing multiple drug tests), JaVale McGee (who was waived in March and remains unsigned) and Andrea Bargnani (who is one of the biggest draft busts in recent years).
5. Matt Moore gets all goofy and you should go enjoy it – cbssports.com
Moore does an excellent job giving 25 reasons that we should be excited for the Finals (which is still an agonizing two full days away). Among them are the ridiculous shot making of Steph Curry, the incredible annoyingness from certain players on both teams (Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut for the Warriors, Matthew Dellavedova and Kendrick Perkins for the Cavs), the similarities between the matchup and mediocre movies like “Space Cowboys” but most importantly, one of these teams is going to end a drought in which neither team has won a title since Rick Barry was more than an old curmudgeon that tried to convince people he was the best free throw shooter of all time.