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Can Brandon Knight keep playing like he did last season and lead a productive offense?

Can Brandon Knight keep playing like he did last season and lead a productive offense?

| August 8, 2014 | 3 Replies

Share The one question that seemed like it needed answering more than any last season, a season spent on player development and moving away from the idea of just making the playoffs being good enough, was whether or not Brandon Knight had what it took to be a point guard in the NBA. After a season long [...]

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Zaza Pachulia’s numbers aren’t dazzling, but maybe they don’t need to be

Zaza Pachulia’s numbers aren’t dazzling, but maybe they don’t need to be

| August 7, 2014 | 6 Replies

ShareA detailed look at the numbers reveals that Zaza Pachulia is more or less exactly who we thought he was. The native of Tbilisi, Georgia and his 3-year, $16-million contract did not turn the 2013-14 Milwaukee Bucks into a playoff team, even though that seemed to be the goal of general manager John Hammond when [...]

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The Curious Case Of O.J. Mayo

The Curious Case Of O.J. Mayo

| August 6, 2014 | 23 Replies

ShareWhen you think about O.J. Mayo’s first season in Milwaukee  - which I’m sure you do on a daily, if not hourly, basis – what comes to mind? Conditioning issues? Mid-play shoe-tying? General disappointment? All of the above are acceptable answers. The biggest offseason splash for a team that returned only five players, Mayo was [...]

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He’s through Year 2, so where can John Henson go from here?

He’s through Year 2, so where can John Henson go from here?

| August 5, 2014 | 19 Replies

ShareSince the Milwaukee Bucks have approximately 4300 forwards on their roster as they begin preparing for the 2014-15 season, we’ll continue Synergy Week (and wrap up North Carolina Days) with a look at Kendall Marshall‘s former-and-again teammate, John Henson. In his second season with the Bucks, Henson (along with most of the team) had an [...]

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Kendall Marshall: Milwaukee’s best passing guard and Milwaukee’s worst scoring guard

Kendall Marshall: Milwaukee’s best passing guard and Milwaukee’s worst scoring guard

| August 4, 2014 | 12 Replies

ShareI didn’t realize it at the time, but now I know I’ve spent far too many hours justifying Brandon Jennings‘s ability to play point guard in my life. Virtually for as long as he was with the Milwaukee Bucks, I remember having conversations about his assist numbers and offensive productivity. It wasn’t that he was a bad [...]

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John Henson was Milwaukee’s best big man defender last season and the one with the most room to grow

John Henson was Milwaukee’s best big man defender last season and the one with the most room to grow

| May 29, 2014 | Reply

ShareBe prepared to see a lot of posts like this one, fellow internet travelers. Since I write a blog, it’s almost required that I find something interesting someone else did and see how it applies to the team that I cover. What’s great about our current internet culture is how many people do really smart [...]

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Arbitrarily graded: John Hammond’s draft picks

Arbitrarily graded: John Hammond’s draft picks

| May 28, 2014 | 3 Replies

ShareWe started reviewing John Hammond’s history as the general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks as it relates to the NBA draft on Tuesday. Today, we dig in deeper and analyze how each of his picks performed related to players selected around them and players historically picked in that draft slot. (A note on the charts: The first [...]

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You’ll Never Believe the One Crazy Trick Your Subpar NBA Team Could Use to Become a Contender

You’ll Never Believe the One Crazy Trick Your Subpar NBA Team Could Use to Become a Contender

| May 6, 2014 | 7 Replies

ShareFive, ten, thirty years ago, the world was a simpler place. Titles were titles, tidy encapsulations of stories. When the lead story of a newspaper read, “British Troops Encircle Capital”, the words summed up an entire story in four words. Now, thanks to Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Distractify and the like, titles have been replaced with nebulous mini-paragraphs that [...]

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Individual NBA player points allowed per possession fits an approximate normal distribution

Individual NBA player points allowed per possession fits an approximate normal distribution

| March 25, 2014 | 2 Replies

ShareWhen you make a bar graph of a numeric variable against the frequency with which certain values show up, the normal distribution (i.e., bell curve) shows up in a lot of places. If you graphed variables like the height of adult males in the U.S., or home sales prices in a given zip code for [...]

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