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Summer League Player Evaluation: Ben McLemore

by Peter Chalach

Jul 17, 2013 8:46 PM

The Kings are a great fit for Ben McLemore, who brings a scoring punch they have desperately needed, as well as great potential to be great on both ends of the court, no matter how mediocre things look right now defensively. Read more »

Tags: Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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Summer League Player Evaluation: Kelly Olynyk

by Peter Chalach

Jul 12, 2013 12:18 PM

It isn’t by chance that Kelly Olynyk is so refined offensively. As a kid, he was taught the game of basketball by having it broken down for him completely, making him a very fundamentally-sound player. In the same way, he must break the game down on the defensive end of the floor in order to elevate his IQ and develop his skills as a defender. Read more »

Tags: Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics, NBA

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Summer League Player Evaluation: Trey Burke

by Peter Chalach

Jul 10, 2013 8:16 PM

Taken with the No. 9 pick in the draft, Trey Burke is believed to be the most NBA-ready point guard in this year’s lottery. The expectations on Burke are high, but he has proven to have leadership qualities in this past year’s Final Four. Read more »

Tags: Trey Burke, Utah Jazz, NBA

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Summer League Player Evaluation: Michael Carter-Williams

by Peter Chalach

Michael Carter-Williams has had some intriguing stat-lines during his initial Summer League games. Here we breakdown the tape on his tendencies and what he will need to improve upon to reach his NBA potential. Read more »
Summer League Player Evaluation: Andre Drummond

by Peter Chalach

Andre Drummond's impressive physical profile allowed him to have an excellent rookie season in limited minutes. This summer, Drummond is working with Hakeem Olajuwon to develop his post game while also improving his conditioning. Read more »
The Potential Rebirth Of Greg Oden

by Peter Chalach

Greg Oden is attempting an NBA comeback. We outline how he would fit for the Spurs, Heat, Cavaliers, Celtics and Grizzlies, the five teams interested in signing him. Read more »
2013 NBA Finals Retrospective

by Peter Chalach

Through the first five games of the series, we had noticed a trend that had developed: The winner of the points in the paint battle turned out to be the victor in that particular game. Game 6 and Game 7 went the other way. Read more »
Breaking Down The Epic Game 6

by Peter Chalach

Down 10 and in desperate need of a run, Erik Spoelstra went with the lineup that initiated the 33-5 run for the Heat in Game 2: Maro Chalmers, Ray Allen, Mike Miller, LeBron James and Chris Andersen. They scored on their first four possessions and opened up the floor. Read more »
Spurs Isolate, Defend Paint, Go Up 3-2

by Peter Chalach

Prior to Game 5, the Heat were averaging 58.7 percent on shots in the paint in the series, going 81-for-138 as a team. In Game 5, the Spurs did an excellent job of defending the paint, allowing the Heat to convert on just 46.5 percent. Read more »
The Big Three Make It Best-Of-Three

by Peter Chalach

It all started in the first quarter, with the Heat playing aggressively on defense and on offense with their modified starting lineup, aiming to play the way they play best: small. Read more »
Behind Spurs' Three-Point Explosion In Game 3

by Peter Chalach

The Spurs took advantage of Miami’s lack of aggression and energy in Game 3 to get the shots they wanted instead of taking the shots the Heat wanted them to take: great ball movement led to great shot selection. Read more »
Behind Spoelstra's Successful Adjustments For Game 2

by Peter Chalach

The two keys to the massive 33-5 run by the Heat were the pick-and-roll with LeBron James as the screener and Mario Chalmers being the primary ball-handler, and the lockdown defense they played in the second half, forcing 17 turnovers and converting them into 19 points. Read more »
How Spurs Can Defend LeBron

by Peter Chalach

Who better to defend LeBron then a 225 pound, 6’7” defensive specialist with a 7’3” wingspan, quick feet, fast reflexes, and a high defensive IQ in Kawhi Leonard? But Gregg Popovich will also need to scheme ways to provide help for Leonard. Read more »
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