Analyzing the Chicago Bulls’ Draft

Featured Image From the Associated Press By Andrew Lawlor This was the first draft in Chicago for the Bulls’ new front office regime of Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley, and nobody really knew what they were going to do. There were rumors all over the place; I saw that they were looking to trade upContinue reading “Analyzing the Chicago Bulls’ Draft”

Winners and Losers of the NBA Draft

Featured Image By Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE via Getty Images By Andrew Lawlor Winner – Oklahoma City Thunder Sam Presti is a shark on the trade market. In the past couple days he has traded: Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and aContinue reading “Winners and Losers of the NBA Draft”

Predicting NBA Three-Point Shooting Part 2: Random Forests

Featured Image By Eli Lucero / Herald Journal By Andrew Lawlor A few weeks ago, I published a model projecting three-point shooting numbers in the NBA for this year’s draft class. I used a linear model based on college statistics, and it was pretty good, but it did have some problems, particularly around upperclassmen andContinue reading “Predicting NBA Three-Point Shooting Part 2: Random Forests”

The Playgrounder Mock Draft

Featured Image By Rick Rycroft/AP Minnesota Timberwolves – LaMelo Ball, Guard, Illawarra Hawks The consensus on internet mock drafts had been centering on Ball as the top pick until some late action for Edwards yesterday. Still, Ball is the better prospect. He has been famous for years, but LaMelo has some real game, too; heContinue reading “The Playgrounder Mock Draft”

Checking in on the Magic’s Length Experiment

Featured Image By Kim Klement / Getty Images By Andrew Lawlor I love when a team zigs when the rest of the league zags. Stylistic differences are good for the league; it is better when not every game looks the same. With that in mind, what Jeff Weltman has been building with the Orlando MagicContinue reading “Checking in on the Magic’s Length Experiment”

Checking in on the Wizards’ Forgotten Dynamic Duo

Featured Image By Brett Davis / USA TODAY Sports By Andrew Lawlor In this era of big twos, the Washington Wizards are often forgotten. It is easy to see why: John Wall has been hurt or ineffective for much of the last three seasons and Bradley Beal, while great last year offensively, was a zeroContinue reading “Checking in on the Wizards’ Forgotten Dynamic Duo”

Checking in on the Bucks’ Existential Crisis

Featured Image By Christian Petersen / Getty Images By Andrew Lawlor Nothing gold can stay. Just two seasons ago, the Milwaukee Bucks were the darlings of the NBA, a small-market team with a young, likable superstar that captured the hearts of neutral fans, along with the East’s top seed. But now, it looks like dawnContinue reading “Checking in on the Bucks’ Existential Crisis”

Checking in on the Bulls’ Plodding Rebuild

Featured Image By Dylan Buell / Getty Images By Andrew Lawlor On draft night in 2017, the Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the pick that would become Lauri Markkanen, kick-starting a rebuild for a squad that had made the playoffs as the eighth seed theContinue reading “Checking in on the Bulls’ Plodding Rebuild”

Checking in on the Detroit Pistons’ New Regime

By Andrew Lawlor It is a new day in Detroit. After years of mediocre front offices making misguided moves, the Pistons have a new general manager in Troy Weaver, who comes over from the Oklahoma City Thunder with a good reputation around the league. Weaver had been with the Thunder since 2008, and was partContinue reading “Checking in on the Detroit Pistons’ New Regime”

Free Agency Preview – Christian Wood

By Andrew Lawlor In Mario Kart on Nintendo 64, the mother of all tracks is Rainbow Road. With its length and difficulty, it separates the pros from mere amateurs. Racers have a choice at the beginning of the track. If you jump off the edge, and time it juuuuuuust right, you bypass a large partContinue reading “Free Agency Preview – Christian Wood”