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Warriors Outscore Opponents 37.5-17.7 Per Game On Three-Pointers

Nov 24, 2015 12:25 PM

A big reason why the Golden State Warriors are so successful is by controlling the edges of the scoring area.

The Warriors score 37.5 points per game beyond the arc while allowing opponents just 17.7 points from there.

Stephen Curry has made 74 three-pointers so far this season and just 62 percent of them are assists compared to 84 percent league-wide.

The Warriors lead the NBA in points per 100 possessions with 112 and fifth on defense with 97 points per 100.

Kirk Goldsberry/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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GMs Cite Steep Learning Curve On Defense For Duke Players Coming To NBA

Nov 23, 2015 1:20 PM

Duke players who come to the NBA often have a big adjustment to make in terms of defense due to how Mike Krzyzewski teaches that side of the floor.

Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

"I have had several GMs who have drafted young Duke players tell me that the learning curve between the sort of defense Coach K teaches at Duke and what they're required to play at the NBA level is pretty steep," wrote Chad Ford.

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Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Mark Cuban: It Will Be Tough To Have Multiple $30M+ Players On Single Team

Nov 22, 2015 12:38 PM

Mark Cuban was asked about how the NBA's escalating salary cap will change the way rosters are built.

“It’s going to change a lot," said Cuban. "More from a strategy perspective, it makes the value of draft choices go through the roof because they’re pegged at a certain price. Minimum contracts will go through the roof. Anybody that signs for the mid-level, the value goes through the roof.

“It’s going to be a lot of tough decisions. And in reality, if everything sticks to the projections that we come up with, the cap will go down after that. So that changes what you do as well.

“It will be really interesting. There will be some guys that will get way paid. When guys are making $30 million-plus, it’s going to be tough to have more than one of them.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe


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76ers Considering Swap Of Positions For Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor

Nov 20, 2015 7:17 PM

Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers are considering having Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel switch positions.

Moving Okafor to power forward would take advantage of his shooting touch from the elbow, while sliding Noel to center allows him to be more of a rim protector.

“It’s not even borne out losing,” said Brown. “It’s borne out of just having an opportunity to watch these guys play more and more.”

Okafor is more of a back-to-the-basket big man.

“It’s not even borne out losing,” said Brown. “It’s borne out of just having an opportunity to watch these guys play more and more.”

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Nash: Stephen Curry Turning Into His Own Historical Category

Nov 19, 2015 1:58 PM

Stephen Curry was initially compared to Steve Nash early in his NBA career, but he has created his own style of play with his handle and perimeter shooting.

Nash was hired by the Golden State Warriors this offseason as a player development consultant.

“I wouldn’t compare him to Michael Jordan–I wouldn’t compare anybody to Michael,” Nash said. “But I would say Steph is turning into a historical category of his own, in a way.

"He’s in the prime of his career and will be for a few years and the way he’s improving and the level he’s playing at is… I think he’s unlike anyone else. His ability to make shots and still handle the play-making duties is historic.

"I think you’d be hard pressed to find a player more skilled than him in the history of the game."

Nash was asked if Curry is even better this season.

"Just gets better and better. Game gets sharper. And I still think he’s going to understand things more clearly as well. His skill level improves, which is kind of alarming,

"He’s maybe as skilled a player as we’ve ever had in this game."

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Bulls Have Fallen From 11th To 26th In Offensive Efficiency

Nov 17, 2015 1:45 PM

After 10 games under Fred Hoiberg, the Chicago Bulls rank 26th in the NBA in offensive efficiency with 100.8 points per 100 possessions.

The Bulls ranked 11th in offense last season under Tom Thibodeau with 107.5 points per 100 possessions.

Hoiberg was hired by the Bulls to create a more harmonious work environment, but also for his free-flowing offense.

On defense, the Bulls rank fifth this season with 98.9 points per 100 possessions, an improvement of 11th last season at 104.3 points per 100 possessions under Thibodeau.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Towns Wants To Always Be Strongest, Most Intelligent, Most Skilled Player On Court

Nov 17, 2015 10:51 AM

After a recent loss by the Minnesota Timberwolves in which Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio did not play, Karl-Anthony Towns was visibly frustrated in the locker room for failing alert the team's guards about incoming screens on defense.

The Wolves were given the next day off but Towns was at the team's practice facility by 9 AM.

"I work hard on my game," Towns tells "I want to be the strongest player, the most intelligent player and the most skilled player on the court at all times." 

Towns has been developing his offense around the basket and he'll eventually stretch out to three-point line with regularity.

"We all know I can hit 3s," Towns tells "But for now, I'm taking what the defense gives me." 

Towns ranks 9th in PER in his rookie season amongst all active NBA players.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Undrafted Players Getting 38 Percent Of 76ers' Minutes

Nov 16, 2015 4:39 PM

Undrafted players have combined to log 38 percent of the minutes this season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Six of the 12 players to register minutes so far this season for the 76ers were undrafted.

Among the 29 other NBA teams, undrafted players have accounted for just eight percent of total minutes.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Steve Kerr's Message This Season: Everything Next Level

Nov 16, 2015 1:42 PM

Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors wanted to make sure there was no complacency in defending their title.

"Coming into camp, the one thing Coach Kerr talked about was 'everything next level,'" Draymond Green said. "I think guys have made a concerted effort to do that. There's a lot we can do better at. We had 23 turnovers (against Memphis), some slippage there. But overall, I think guys are really conscious and focused on taking it to the next level."

The Warriors remain undefeated even with Luke Walton serving as interim head coach for Kerr.

"I thought I knew everything that Steve did," Walton said.

David Aldridge/

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Celtics Trying To Balance Player Development With Competing Now

Nov 15, 2015 12:01 PM

With all of the Boston Celtics' draft picks, Danny Ainge is more liberally using the D-League for players to get experience.

“What I don’t want to have happen when we draft a player is for my coaching staff to have such a burden of trying to win, trying to make the playoffs, trying to win games and making judgments on their young players who can’t help them win,” Ainge said.

“We’ve seen many, many franchises give up on players because winning was a precedent over developing players.”

With potentially three more first round picks coming to Boston next summer, the Celtics want to establish a foundation in which their younger players can develop without the pressure of having to perform.

Brad Stevens/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Byron Scott Not Playing D'Angelo Russell In 4th Quarter Regardless Of Score
D'Angelo Russell ranks 11th on the Lakers in fourth quarter minutes.

Harrison Faigen/Silver Screen & Roll

Justise Winslow Already Elite On Defense
Justise Winslow ranks tied for third in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage behind Kawhi Leonard and Ricky Rubio.

Manny Navarro/Miami Herald

NBA PER: Curry, Blake, Westbrook, Lauvergne Lead After Week 2
Blake Griffin has the NBA's second highest PER at 33.1, behind Stephen Curry's 40.2.

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Kevin Love Wasn't The Player LeBron James Expected During First Season
The relationship of actually being teammates was not good initially and team officials now conceded LeBron James didn't treat Kevin Love very well last season.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Stephen Curry's Drive Fueled By Rivalry With Chris Paul
Chris Paul was a prodigy in North Carolina while Stephen Curry was growing up a few years younger without interest from top Division I schools.

Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

Tim Duncan: Porzingis Was Impressive, Skill Set Is There
Kristaps Porzingis had 13 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks and three steals against the Spurs, impressing Tim Duncan in the process.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Holt: R.C. Buford Created Plan To Sign LaMarcus Aldridge
The Spurs were able to keep Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili while signing LaMarcus Aldridge with a plan devised three years prior.

Tom Orsborn/San Antoino Express-News

Kobe Bryant: I'm The 200th Best Player In The NBA Right Now
Kobe Bryant is now 13-for-36 on the season.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Gregg Popovich 'Respects The Hell Out Of' Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens often gushes about how Gregg Popovich and the Spurs run their franchise.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Donovan Concerned About Over-Relying On Westbrook, Durant
Billy Donovan is concerned with how sustainable it is for the Thunder to rely too heavily on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Anthony Bennett Cites Team Canada Play For Helping Him Prepare For Season
Anthony Bennett is in better shape than he was as a rookie coming off surgery.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

D'Angelo Russell: We've Got A Lot Of Players Trying To Do The Same Thing
D'Angelo Russell has fewer opportunities than many of his rookie peers.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Bradley Beal: Nobody Can Stop Me
Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter of the Washington Wizards' comeback win on Friday over the Bucks.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

NBA Pace Up Nearly Six Possessions Per Game
There have been 101.4 possessions per 48 minutes compared to 95.5 last season, representing an increase of 6.2 percent.

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Carmelo Anthony: I Believe In This Team
The Knicks beat the Bucks by 25 points on opening night, which was one of the NBA's biggest surprise results.

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Joakim Noah Started Conversation On Coming Off Bench
Joakim Noah initiated the conversation with Fred Hoiberg that led to him coming off the bench in the final season of his contract with the Bulls.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kevin Love Going To Be Cavs' 'Main Focus' On Offense
Kevin Love's production fell from 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds in 2013-14 with the Wolves to 16.4 and 9.7 last season.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Donovan Trying To Allow Thunder To 'Play In Space'
Billy Donovan isn't actually installing a whole new offensive system with the Thunder.

Royce Young/ESPN

NBA Roster Turnover On Opening Night
One of RealGM's new features is our NBA Roster Turnover page, which shows the players lost and added from Opening Night the previous season to the next.

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Ian Clark Modeling Some Of His Game After Stephen Curry
Ian Clark received recruiting letters in high school mentioning Stephen Curry with the idea he could develop into that type of player.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

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