Late Rotations: 25 February 2015

Late Rotations: 25 February 2015

Welcome back to my Late Rotations, where we take a look at last night’s action and talk about the goings on in the league, from the reeling Wizards and the new-look Thunder to the curious case of the Dallas Mavericks and the sad situation of Derrick Rose.  The Bulls didn’t play last night, but the biggest story of the evening was the news that Derrick Rose has another torn meniscus and will undergo surgery. In layman’s terms, this absolutely stinks, for not just Bulls fans, but for the NBA. The Bulls came into the season with their deepest, most talented team in years, and at times, we saw glimpses of the incredible MVP Rose. The defense has been inconsistent, the random injuries kept popping up, but there was a widespread, unspoken belief that the Bulls would “click” and they’d simply grind their way deep into the playoff with a revitalized Rose leading the way. For Rose to suffer yet another potentially season ending knee injury is a crushing blow, and certainly puts Rose’s future in question. The Bulls still have two All Stars, the toughness of Noah, and the stubborn excellence of Coach Thibodeau. The Bulls have a recent history of working harder and longer than any other team, of never hiding behind excuses,  and of wringing every last drop out of the guys who put on Chicago jerseys. You can wish for a speedy recovery for Derrick Rose, you can pull for Chicago to rally around their fallen leader, but don’t feel sorry for Chicago. Pity isn’t the Bulls way. Warriors 114, Wizards 107 If I told you...
Roundtable Discussion: NBA Trade Deadline

Roundtable Discussion: NBA Trade Deadline

Who was the big winner at the deadline? Jamie The trade deadline itself. You’re damn right that’s a cop out. With the exception of Utah and Phoenix, all the teams involved in a significant trade came out in better shape. It was a remarkable chain of events that led to a lot of teams getting exactly what they needed. Plus, it was loads of fun, something we haven’t been able to say about recent deadlines. The downside of the analytics movement has been a surge of reports that follow this format: “Team 1 wants to trade player X for a player younger, cheaper and better than player X and a draft pick.” For a moment, it looked like the magic of the deadline was lost for another year. Then Woj tweeted about Reggie Jackson getting traded to the Pistons and all hell broke loose. Justin Big Winner: The extremely sad Chris Bosh news aside, the Miami Heat. I once thought Pat Riley was an overrated GM, but that’s over with: he pulled a huge score here. No player Riley dealt has any real value: he essentially dealt a top 7 protected pick, and a pick so far in the distance he likely won’t even be around to see it, for an elite player, and seriously upgraded the roster. Some have criticized this trade because the popular trend in the NBA is to stockpile picks and assets and build properly, but your plan should always be specific to what you have. Dwyane Wade is 33, Chris Bosh soon to turn 31. Miami does not have time to sit and wait...
The Best Team on Paper: Part 1 West

The Best Team on Paper: Part 1 West

The Best Team on Paper: Part 1 West:   Who has the best team on paper? Who has the deepest team? Both questions are rather subjective. As talent is impressionable and not fixed, we never truly know who has the most talent on their roster. In a perfect world the first player in the draft, would be the most talented player of the class, and it would be a simple matter of addition to see who had the most talent suiting up for them on a nightly basis. For fun let’s live in that world for a moment, the Philadelphia 76ers sure do. The following charts have taken the average draft slot of every teams players and compared it to the team’s win percentage. I added up the draft selection of every player on each roster and divided the total number by the number of players under contract. That is the formula for the ADS (Average Draft Selection) per team. Any player undrafted was awarded a value of 61, one pick outside of the second round.   Team: ADS (Average Draft Selection) Rank in Western Conference  1) Clippers 17.61 5 2) Thunder 18.87 8 3) Warriors 19.38 1 4) Suns 19.43 9 5) Nuggets 21.91 12 6) Pelicans 22.80 10 7) Kings 23.78 13 8) Mavericks 23.80 7 9) Trail Blazers 24.42 4 10) Rockets 25.76 3 11) Timberwolves 25.80 15 12) Grizzlies 26.69 2 13) Jazz 30.50 11 14) Spurs 33.46 7 15) Lakers 33.90 14   Some of my observations: Half the current slotted playoff teams sit outside the top eight in ADS, making it far from...