Monthly Archives: April 2014

Three Bees

'Bazz plays tonight against 'Bron and Beas.

‘Bazz plays tonight against ‘Bron and Beas.

The Timberwolves play tonight (6:30 CDT tip, views on FSN, sounds on WCCO 830).

So, the Wolves aren’t in playoff contention. The Twins season is underway. The weather is nice should be getting better soon. Only the diehard are following the team as closely as they were a few months ago.

However, there’s a special interest in tonight’s game. Scratch that – three special interests: ‘Bazz, Beas, and, of course, ‘Bron. Three Bees, three angles.

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More Notes on Shabazz

Shabazz Muhammed - Future Timberwolf?

So I just clicked on the Timberwolves team stats page and was shocked by something I saw:

Shabazz Muhammad is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, this year.

That statistic is not shocking because it is great or unusual in any way. It is shocking because, for such a long stretch of this season, Shabazz had pitiful efficiency numbers. For the season’s first three months, he shot just 26.1 percent from the field. That’s obviously terrible. I tend to be an apologist for Timberwolves rookies, and have often advanced the notion that he would shoot a higher percentage from the field if he were given more consistent minutes.

But I am very unfamiliar with my Timberwolves Rookie Apologist takes being proven correct. In the case of Muhammad (and to some extent, Gorgui Dieng) it seems there may be an exception. He saw his first doses of real playing time in February. In that month, he shot 45.7 percent from the field, while producing 20.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per 36 minutes. In March, in even more time, those numbers changed to 53.1 percent, 18.2 points, and 5.2 rebounds. His assist numbers remain extremely low and true to the projections built off of his collegiate stats.

Shabazz’s PER is up to 13.4 and almost at the league average of 15.0.

Three more things about Shabazz:

1. His shot chart: Continue reading

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Link-a-licious, Vol. 2

What LeBron James really means to the city of Akron, Ohio.

“We see your shot charts and raise you ‘scrimmage’ shot charts.” – Basketball-Reference to NBA.com.

Yet another way in which Kobe Bryant is misunderstood.

Jacob Greenberg has a more introspective piece on Kobe.

Steven Lebron and Seerat Sohi (@Damian Trillard) talk about about being Canadian, Sohi’s experiences as a female NBA writer, and avoiding all things Eastern Conference.

 

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Link-a-licious, 4/1/2014

How one of the most successful AAU coaches in America became one of the East Coast’s biggest drug traffickers.

The rise and possible decline of NBA blogging networks.

Gonzo NBA journalism in the Philippines, as only netw3rk and Rafe Bartholomew could do it.

The 1980s NBA, summarized in a three-minute read.

And some thoughts on NBA statistics from the 1960s.

 

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