Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 2.23.16

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 2.23.16

The All Star break is done, the trade deadline has passed and now we keep our eye on the ever-changing playoff seeds as we finish the last quarter of the season.  With 22 games left (for most teams) the NBA season is coming down to the wire.  The Western Conference bottom half of the playoffs is a dogfight with five teams battling for four spots.  Let’s get into this weeks column. Three Positive Plays Damian Lillard and the Blazers In fairness I should have just titled this section the Blazers with CJ McCollum also on a tear but I wanted to tie in the snubbing of Damian Lillard at the All Star game, which will cause opposing coaches to have some sleepless nights. Since the All Star reserves were announced Damian Lillard is scoring 27.8 ppg, 8.1 apg, 3.8 rpg on 45% from the field.  He has four consecutive games with 30 points or more including that famous 51 points on the victory over the Warriors.  It’s not just Damian that is on a tear but the entire team is playing well.  Portland has won 14 out of their last 17 games including victories over Cleveland, Golden State and the Thunder.  With only 26 games left the Blazers are in a good position to make the post season, especially since only 16 of those games are against playoff teams. Utah’s Young Core Another team fighting for a playoff birth this season in the Western Conference is the Utah Jazz.  I was on 1280 the Zone in Utah gushing about how the Jazz have been performing as of late as...
Trade Deadline Redux: What Happened, and What Didn’t

Trade Deadline Redux: What Happened, and What Didn’t

The NBA trade deadline came and went.  While some saw it as underwhelming, several significant moves did occur, all of which showed the direction in which multiple teams seem to be headed.  The deadline, by virtue of its relative quiet (no superstars or elite players were moved) also may signal that we have a busy summer ahead.   Here is a look at the trades, and what they mean going forward.   Magic and Pistons Pistons Get: Tobias Harris Magic Get: Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova Why They Did It: For the Pistons, the rationale to this great trade for them is a simple one: if you are building a team, and you can add a core player without subtracting a core player or a noteworthy draft pick, you do it.  The Pistons clearly made their team better with this deal.  Jennings had no real place with the team (was he going to stick around as a change of pace reserve forever), while Ilyasova was in many ways a place holder upon Monroe leaving, playing the four because the Pistons felt he fit their spread the floor vision.  Harris is a way more talented piece to place in his stead. There are other takeaways here involving the Pistons. First, the argument that you cannot rebuild through the middle, despite so many recent contenders proving otherwise (the Rockets before this year; the Pacers before last year, are examples, among others) continues to be exploited by actual evidence that you indeed can.  There is nothing wrong with the middle of the standings, if you have flexibility: because that puts you in...
TRADE DEADLINE ADVICE: CELTICS, CLIPPERS, KINGS, & PELICANS

TRADE DEADLINE ADVICE: CELTICS, CLIPPERS, KINGS, & PELICANS

The best week of the NBA regular season is here – the NBA trade deadline.  History tells us that the deadline may be robust, and full of deals, or paltry, and full of rumors that do not come to fruition.  Regardless, there will be a lot of talk about rumored deals, roster shaping, and ideas teams have to pull of major heists. Inevitably, like any other year, some teams have more assets, and are in a better position to make a big trade than other teams.  However, whenever you have a ton of assets, there is always the danger that you will overpay in a trade,  So here is a word of caution to four teams — the Celtics, Clippers, Kings, and Pelicans — as they mull over their options Boston Celtics: Don’t Trade the Nets’ 2016 First Rounder for Al Horford              Sitting at third place in the East at the moment, excitement is building in Boston.  Their young core is coming together.  Isaiah Thomas was an all-star.  They won on the road in Cleveland, where LeBron’s Cavs are 22-4 on the year (with one of the losses coming to the Warriors).  And with as vulnerable as the East is, you can see reason for optimism. With that has come the idea that the Celtics, owners of Brooklyn’s 2016 first round draft pick (which will likely fall in the top 5), should deal that pick now, to help boost their 2016 run.  That school of thought has led to the belief that the Celtics should take advantage of the Atlanta Hawks’s sudden desire to rebuild, and should trade the...
Taking Attendance: An Investigative Report On How Certain Intrinsic Variables Dictate The Rates At Which NBA Fans Show Up For Games

Taking Attendance: An Investigative Report On How Certain Intrinsic Variables Dictate The Rates At Which NBA Fans Show Up For Games

Amongst NBA fans and players alike, fan attendance is often a matter of much back-and forth. Diehard NBA supporters often lament fanbases of other franchises for being fair-weather or fickle in their loyalty, while platitudes such as “we have the best fans in the world” or “our fans stick by us no matter what” are a common feature of post-game press conferences and preseason rallies. While such commentary has largely become synonymous with NBA culture as a whole, however, the manner in which preseason hype, variability in team success, or autonomous factors such as location relate to regular season attendance–not only on special, nationally televised occasions, but on a daily basis–is rarely, if ever, investigated. While many NBA aficionados may like to believe that their respective NBA fanbases are superior to those of others, for whatever special reason, the truth is that many exterior, overarching variables—ones largely out of the hands of any regular, everyday NBA fan—significantly impact the rate of attendance throughout the NBA. As such, after speculating as to the identity of these factors and the manner in which they dictate NBA attendance, I chose four particular variables—projected wins, regular season wins, market size, and recent playoff success—and plotted them against fan attendance for each and every team, as a means to investigate how highly each correlates with the rate at which NBA fans tend to turn out. The following table displays all of my potential explanatory variables, along with my response variable. In order, “Projected_Wins” denotes each team’s projected win total (which I gathered via ESPN, the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports), “Real_Wins” denotes each team’s regular...
Hoopscritic DFS: Tips For Developing a Cash Strategy

Hoopscritic DFS: Tips For Developing a Cash Strategy

One of the big keys to becoming a successful DFS player, no matter the sport, is to have a repeatable process when building lineups for the day. It takes time to find what sort of games you excel at, (cash, GPP’s, etc.) but once you have a process you like down, it greatly reduces the amount of time and more importantly, the guesswork put into researching the slate. I’ll go through some of my process of building cash lineups that hopefully give you a few good ideas to add to your own roster building. Let’s get right into it: Start with the top game totals of the day Unless there’s a blatantly obvious play plug and play, (like Anthony Towns against the Lakers or Kidd-Gilchrist against the Lakers a few games earlier) start your research with the top game totals of the day. Most of the time, the top building block players and value guys will be in these games and are players you will want to take advantage of. It’s extremely rare that any of your rosters, cash or GPP, will be without at least one or two plays in the highest game totals on the slate. Diagnose the injury news Injury news updates throughout the day, but it’s important to sift through what information you do have when you’re building your lineups. Don’t just look at injury news through one scope though; view it through every possible angle. For instance, if Hassan Whiteside is out, the value opens up for guys like Chris Bosh, but also Justice Winslow and Amare Stoudemire. Their role and minutes increase in...