Posts by Sebastian Pruiti
Bombs Away … But From Where? It’s the New-Look Orlando Magic
One of the most interesting questions in the NBA right now is, What will the Orlando Magic look like next season? The Magic just lost their superstar center, they have new management, and they’ve got a first-year head coach in Jacque Vaughn. Here’s what Vaughn told the Orlando Sentinel about his offensive philosophy: “I don’t […]
What Will Eddie Jordan’s Princeton Offense Look Like With the Lakers?
When reports of the Lakers and Mike Brown adding Eddie Jordan to their coaching staff surfaced, two questions came to mind: (1) Will Jordan bring the Princeton offense with him, and (2) how effective will it be with the Los Angeles Lakers? The first part of that question was answered rather quickly by Brown, who […]
Does Blake Griffin Have a Post Game?
When we talk about Blake Griffin, we often focus on one of two things: His fantastic athletic ability, or how he can build on it. There’s a tendency to point at the block and criticize Griffin’s post game, but in actuality, he does a decent job of scoring efficiently there, posting a PPP of 0.836, […]
Jeremy Lin on the Rockets Part II: Turnovers in Transition and Defensive Issues
Yesterday we looked at Jeremy Lin and why his ability in the pick-and-roll could wind up warranting the contract that the Houston Rockets gave him. With regard to the Rockets’ half-court offense, Lin and his pick-and-roll play is a very good match. However, in basketball, you don’t play only offense, and that offense isn’t limited […]
Jeremy Lin on the Rockets Part I: Running the Pick-and-Roll
After having Jeremy Lin pre-Linsanity, the Houston Rockets made up for cutting him before last season by agreeing to pay Lin around $25 million over the next three years. While that may seem like a lot for a player who had success for just 36 games as a New York Knick, Lin is coming in […]
How Will Howard, Bynum, and Iguodala Fit In With Their New Teams?
The news that Dwight Howard is heading to the Lakers in a four-team trade means our long national nightmare is over. It also means that with the particulars of the deal — Howard to L.A., Bynum to Philadelphia, and Iguodala to Denver — three teams got pieces that will have a significant impact next season. […]
Breaking Down Russia’s Alexey Shved and His NBA Potential
Alexey Shved has shown during these Olympics that he is an interesting prospect, one who should make the Timberwolves even more exciting to watch. Throughout the men’s basketball competition, we’ve seen the good Shved — a 16-point, 13-assist game against Great Britain — and the bad — getting benched in the fourth quarter of Russia’s […]
The London Olympics and Jonas Valanciunas’s Potential for the Raptors
Since the Toronto Raptors drafted Jonas Valanciunas fifth overall in 2011, the curiosity about the 20-year-old Lithuanian has only grown among basketball fans. With the news that he would make his NBA debut this season, the interest in his performance for the Lithuanian Olympic team was heightened even further. Coming into the Games, Valanciunas had […]
Olympic Basketball Contender or Pretender: Spain
In this year’s Olympic basketball competition, there are several teams that are a threat to medal, and maybe even to contend with Team USA. As the Games ramp up, we’ll be providing looks at the strengths, weaknesses, and medal chances of these possible contenders. Because Spain qualified for the Olympics by winning 2011’s EuroBasket, a […]
Olympic Basketball Contender or Pretender: Brazil
In this year’s Olympic basketball competition, there are several teams that are a threat to medal, and maybe even to contend with Team USA. As the Games ramp up, we’ll be providing looks at the strengths, weaknesses, and medal chances of these possible contenders. Of the five preliminary games that the United States played in […]