The Daily ATO: YouTube Playlist
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Each day, Coach Spins will post his Daily ATO video with sets from the prior night. Those can be found here on this YouTube playlist, updated daily with the best and most successful designs.
This article is a facsimile of an earlier publication on The Basketball Writers (TBW), which recently closed its doors.
Last week, a few games I watched left me simultaneously impressed by young talent and worried about their development. I shouldn't be surprised.
Teenagers with immense skill don't get enough credit for their maturity, growth and the difficulty of their tasks. These are guys a few years removed from high school social studies that are already among the best in the world at what they do.
No businessmen, politicians or physicists can stake that claim.
It's fine to praise these young men that cannot legally purchase alcohol for how incredible their accomplishments are. But there are indeed times when their youth, inexperience and lack of savvy show through.
Some immensely talented players—that have long dominated lesser competition with their skill and/or athleticism—lack the nuances to accomplish their goals consistently against similarly-gifted athletes.
That's where shot selection comes in.
The NBA's Pick-and-Pop Poison
This article is a facsimile of a prior publication on The Basketball Writers (TBW), which recently closed its doors.
The NBA has been a ball screen league for over a decade.
Great guards score with advantages created by hard-set picks. Big men roll to the rim and put pressure on help defenders with their size and finishing prowess. The action is difficult to stop when run at such an elite level.
As the league has evolved, a new wrinkle has emerged as a consistently lethal auxiliary threat: the pick-and-pop.
Every team has bigs that step away from the rim and shoot, as floor spacing is now a pre-requisite for roster construction.
But not all pop threats are created equal. Some are better shooters, some better playmakers, and some exist within the perfect schemes to maximize their strengths. Diving into some of the best pick-and-pop players—and how they positively impact their team's offensive success—illuminates a lot about how important the action has become.
This article is a facsimile of an earlier post on The Basketball Writers (TBW), which recently closed its doors.
Nearly two months ago, the most insane scoring streak of the last several decades began. James Harden put up a 50-piece on the Los Angeles Lakers via only twenty-six shots. The win jump-started a Houston Rockets squad that had lost seven of their last ten and served as a reminder for what a special scorer Harden is.
He hasn't looked back since.
In 27 games from then until this writing, Harden's averaged 42 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, 2.3 steals, one block and 44 percent shooting, 36.8 percent from three, and just under 14 free throw attempts.
Harden essentially is the Rockets offense at this point, and so many of his scores are of the unassisted variety.
At one point during his scoring spree, he scored 298 consecutive points without a teammate setting him up. Whether you view this as sickening towards team basketball, an indictment on his teammates' abilities, or the ultimate sign of scorer panache, there is no denying how amazing Harden has been.
This article is a facsimile of an original version published on The Basketball Writers (TBW), which recently closed its doors.
The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets Saturday night.
During what became a one-point game with only a minute remaining, the Timberwolves had an incredibly disappointing sequence that basically cost them the win:
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