Q & A Of The Day: Bullets Forever’s Jake Whitacre

With the trade deadline come and gone and the season in the home stretch, NBA fans and writers alike are combing through the wreckage, trying to sniff out how the multitude of moves will affect our favorite teams’ futures. Can Reggie Jackson lead Detroit to the playoffs? Will Isaiah Thomas ruin the Celtics’ meticulously crafted tanking plans? (Lord, I hope not). Why is Brandon Knight’s hairline so jagged? I even did some ham-fisted trade grades, …

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Barkley on Analytics, Dragic, and the True Takeaway

The current hot button issue in the NBA is a familiar one: there is a perceived disconnect between players, former players, and analytics.  Whether it’s Charles Barkley, Byron Scott, or Karl Malone, the anti-analytics chatter, up against the backdrop of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, has regenerated as a hot button issue. To preface this commentary, I wish to make one point clear: I am a huge believer in analytics, and think they are …

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