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Author: Jackson McGuire

NBA Blind Comparisons: Part 2

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is a continuation of comparing players using Per 100 stats, Advanced stats, and Situations around these players. Oftentimes I’m trying to portray an underrated or overrated player.    Comparison 1Player A: Per 100: 33.4 points (50.8 FG%, 41.8 3P%, 80.8 FT%, 62.3 TS%), 0.4 ScoreVal, 8.3 assists, 10.7 Box Creation, 6.5 Passer Rating, 0.7 PlayVal, 4.3 turnovers, 6.7 rebounds (0.8 ORB, 5.9 DRB, 1.6 contested rebounds), 2.7 deflections, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocksAdvanced: +2.4 RAPTOR (+3.7 OFF, -1.3 DEF), +2.9 EPM (+3.3 OFF, -0.4 DEF), +0.11 LEBRON (+1.52 OFF, -1.4 DEF), +0.86 RPM (+0.92 OFF,...

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NBA Awards: Who Should Have Won

Reading Time: 3 minutes After another season of Basketball, there is more debate on who should have won each award. That being said, here is my opinion on who should have won each award. MVP: Nikola Jokic – Jokic combines scoring volume and efficiency with some of the best playmaking in the league. Jokic led the league in pretty much every advanced stat, and he played every game. He led in “+/-” stats and “Wins Provided.” To put it simply, Jokic was the most valuable player in the league. Per 100: 37.7 points (56.6 FG%, 38.8 3P%, 86.8 FT%,...

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Blind Stats Comparison

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here is a blind comparison from four different players and their stats. Rank these plates before looking at who they are. Note these stats are from a bit earlier in the year. Player 1: Per 100 Possessions: 26.6 points (44.4% FG, 42.2% 3P, 82.9% FT, and 58.8% TS), 9.4 assists (25.7 AST Points Created and 1.3 Secondary Assists), 3.1 turnovers, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 0.2 blocksAdvanced Stats: (29 games played and 29.4 MPG) 19.2 PER, 3.4 WS (2.3 OWS, 1.1 DWS), .194 WS/48, 3.9 BPM (3.4 OBPM, 0.5 DBPM), 1.3 VORP, 8.9 TOT. Overall...

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How to Build an NBA Championship Contender

Reading Time: 3 minutes Building a NBA Team:Part 1 (Cleaning Up): Before starting a rebuild, teams should hire a new general manager/executive and a new coach. Three candidates I would try bringing in for the general manager/executive position are Sam Hinkie, Sam Presti, and Mike Zarren. In this position, teams should be looking for someone who has been under another executive who has made good trades, has drafted well, and uses analytics. My first head coaching choice would be Kenny Atkinson because of his success with the Nets. Other candidates I would consider would be Jay Wright and Jamahl...

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Underrated and Overrated Basketball Teams for 2020-2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes In this article, I will feature some teams that I think are overrated and underrated by the media. I will soon be making my “Way Too Early High School Basketball Rankings.” UnderratedCamden – Lance Ware will be a tough loss, but I see them being better. The Panthers return seven of their eight top scorers and are headlined by star guard D.J. Wagner (2023), Cian Medley (2023), and Penn State commit Taquan Woodley (2020). Last year the Panthers played some really good teams such as Roselle Catholic, Rancho Christian, and Gill St.Bernard’s, and they should...

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