There are a lot of links this week so I won’t bore you with a long, unnecessary introduction to this post that would be nothing more than my pointless drivel about what I think the state of the team is and how I personally feel about the Milwaukee Bucks’ trade for J.J. Redick because that would be a waste of everyone’s time, including mine, which I tend to value very greatly but that’s enough about me here’s your recap of the week that was.
Before we get into the Redick links (Redlinks? Redinks? RedLinkedIns?), here’s a great research paper about interior defense by Kirk Goldsberry and Eric Weiss for the SLOAN Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. They label LARRY SANDERS! as the best interior defender in the NBA and they provide us with this incredible graphic. It’s amazing. Read it.
Now on to Redick. Here are some grades of the trade from the ESPN TrueHoop Network.
And here’s Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe’s instant analysis of the trade (halfway down the page).
Then Kevin Pelton of ESPN offered some more detailed grades of the trade, giving the Bucks a C+. He isn’t quite sure what the Bucks are doing.
Finally from ESPN, Tom Haberstroh wrote about how he believes Redick and Monta Ellis should fit together. He of course thinks that Ellis should come off the bench and that Redick should be the Bucks’ future shooting guard. He also plays this fun game:
“Let’s play a little game. Here are two players’ stat lines this season on a per-36 minute basis.
Player A: 17.8 points, 5.4 assists, 2.9 turnovers on 16.8 field goal attempts.
Player B: 17.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.4 turnovers on 13.3 field goal attempts.
Player A is Monta Ellis. Player B is J.J. Redick. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. If the Bucks truly want to boost their firepower, handing Redick 35 minutes a night — and not Ellis — would do wonders for their 25th ranking in offensive efficiency. Redick scores just about as well as Ellis on a per-minute basis, but he does it in about 3.5 fewer shots. Behold, the power of efficiency! Redick owns a .592 true shooting percentage which is a full 120 percentage points higher than Ellis’ .472 rate.”
Interesting analysis of the trade was offered by Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. He, too, believes that the best thing for the Bucks to do is to keep Redick. It seems like Orlando really loved them some J.J.
Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated listed the winners and losers from the deadline and guess who’s a loser?! J.J. Redick! Here’s why!
“Redick’s reward for suffering through months of rumors and being one of the most coveted trade deadline targets could very well be a four-game sweep in the first round at the hands of the Heat before he undergoes the madness and uncertainty of free agency. He will surely take it all in stride, but you can’t help but feel sympathy for him.”
Doron Lamb seems okay with the trade, climate-wise.
— Doron Lamb (@DLamb20) February 23, 2013
Over at Grantland, Spike Friedman wrote a nice little poem about Redick and the trade deadline (it’s towards the end of the post).
And staying at Grantland, Brett Koremenos wrote about how the Bucks should have traded Ellis to Siberia (also at the end of the post).
Now to Brew Hoop, Steve von Horn wrote a huge article about the trade offering grades, reasoning and analysis. It’s well done.
And then Dan Sinclair gave us a much better look at Ayon and Smith. I’m excited about Ayon.
On to Behind the Buck Pass, K L Chouinard asked Magic blogger Adam Papageorgiou for more insight into Redick, Ayon, and Smith. We learn that Ayon’s nickname is “Goose” and that is the most important thing I’ve learned all day.
And finally, this video happened.