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Friday, November 28, 2014

Knicks Morning News (2014.08.29)

  • [New York Times] Familiar Names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:55:03 GMT)
    Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro basketball: Ogwumike Is Rookie of Year (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:05:53 GMT)
    Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun won the W.N.B.A. rookie of the year award.

  • [New York Times] On Basketball: Derrick Rose Plays for Team U.S.A. Despite His Injury History (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:29:21 GMT)
    N.B.A. players who choose to represent their nations in international competition know they could get hurt but ignore the danger “because they care.”

  • 11 comments on “Knicks Morning News (2014.08.29)

    1. Cole Aldrich's Second Cousin's Best Friend's Boyfriend

      It’s strange how few defensive rebounds he gets, relative to his offensive rebounding. Some freaky numbers, there.

    2. Z-man

      Yeah, I saw that too, small sample size? Maybe that’s why his DRtg is so poor.

      I wonder if he’d be a better “Triangle” fit than Dalembert. If yes, a “cut and sign” might be a good idea. Dalembert is a veteran that we know can play NBA-level ball, but he is at his very mediocre ceiling. Making that swap would open things up for Cole to get starter’s minutes right from day 1.

    3. johnlocke

      @ ephus — doesn’t carmelo have two full season of above 38% shooting from 3 pt range?

      What’s interesting about Melo is that both his number of threes taken and efficiency have improved as a Knick. Can’t be too many players who have experienced both at the same time this late in their career.

    4. DRed

      Bargs has only really sucked from downtown for like 300 shots. So you’re saying there’s a chance?

    5. swiftandabundant

      Yeah Melo has basically 3 full seasons as a Knick with good 3 point shooting. I don’t think at this point its a blip anymore. Plus going back to his Denver days, its steadily improved throughout his career. Its not like he sucked and then suddenly shot well for a season or two. Its gradually improved while he was in Denver and then took a nice jump up when he got here. That to me shows long term sustainable improvement.

    6. Jack Bauer

      “Bargs has only really sucked from downtown for like 300 shots. So you’re saying there’s a chance?”

      Yes, there’s a small chance, up until he takes another swan dive through the lane and bends his arm into a position it is not designed to bend upon landing and is out for 5 months again….

    7. ephus

      Carmelo’s 3pt % for the last few years:

      2010-11: 37.8% (251 attempts)
      2011-12: 33.5% (203 attempts)
      2012-13: 37.9% (414 attempts)
      2013-14: 40.2% (415 attempts)

      I think it is fair to say that the numbers are pretty robust that he is at least a 38% 3pt shooter. But we need more data before we can conclude that he has really climbed into the rarified circle of 40% 3pt shooters.

    8. Brian Cronin

      Oh yeah, agreed. He’s already proven himself to be a strong three point shooter but it still remains to see if he has taken that extra leap. I would bet on “yes,” as he looked so good from three last year. Really great form.

    9. ephus

      I do not think the eye test can distinguish between a 38% and 40% 3pt shooter. Here are the factors that I think could lead to Carmelo Anthony having a great 3 point shooting season.

      1. More ball movement should lead to more open catch-and-shoot opportunities.
      2. Fewer last second heaves when the offense has bogged down.

      On the other hand, it appears that Phish plans to use Carmelo primarily at the 3. That may reduce his 3 pt effectiveness because 3s are more likely than 4s to guard him closely on the perimeter.

      My WAG – Carmelo shoots 41% from 3 this year on around 350 attempts.

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