Who Benefit’s From the NBA’s Recent Pace Revolution: Transition in Effect. (2.1.1)

As is well-noted throughout NBA circles and is logically discernible, transition possessions on average produce more points than the mean possession. This season has operated no differently. So far this season, transition possessions have produced an average of 1.1 points/possession, whereas a non-transition possession produces an average of 1.03 points. Thus, a 0.07 point/possession difference is … Continue reading Who Benefit’s From the NBA’s Recent Pace Revolution: Transition in Effect. (2.1.1)

Big Men, Big Results: The Zverev Effect and the Disappearance of the So-Called “Prime Tennis Age” (Part 2)

What happens when you take a backhand on par with Nishikori, the ability to move well on any surface, a surprisingly aggressive second serve, and place it inside a 21-year old. You get the future of tennis. We don’t have to look much further than the dynamic Alexander Zverev to see the archetype of the … Continue reading Big Men, Big Results: The Zverev Effect and the Disappearance of the So-Called “Prime Tennis Age” (Part 2)

Big Men, Big Results: Examining the Effects of Height on Modern Tennis (Part 1)

Part 1: 2018 – A Record Year For the Very Tall 2018 was a year of intriguing storylines in the world of men’s tennis. We saw Roger Federer re-ascend to the top of the ATP World Tour Rankings, his first top spot since 2012. We watched the breakout campaigns of the tour’s youngest in Karen … Continue reading Big Men, Big Results: Examining the Effects of Height on Modern Tennis (Part 1)

The Key to Sustained Success? Fight the Classic ‘Franchise’ Quarterback

Jared Goff and the Rams have had a volatile four weeks. The four game stretch, beginning with a week 13 road trip to Detroit, began with a pounding of the Lions (albeit a mediocre performance by Goff), followed by a dismal showing in Chicago where they were held to less than 250 offensive yards. A … Continue reading The Key to Sustained Success? Fight the Classic ‘Franchise’ Quarterback

Who Benefits from the NBA’s Recent Pace Revolution? (Part 1 of 3)

As we approach the end of the first third of the NBA season, paradoxically, the picture seems to have become more nebulous. Questions concerning the legitimacy of the Kings and Mavericks, the sustainability of the Clippers, the potency of the Raptors, and a multitude of others involving the likes of Jimmy Butler, Brad Stevens, and … Continue reading Who Benefits from the NBA’s Recent Pace Revolution? (Part 1 of 3)

Synthesizing Old and New: Analysis of the Jimmy Butler Trade

Unless you have recently emerged from a nuclear bunker after a prolonged sabbatical, it is almost certain that you were aware of the ongoing feud between Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves organization. Thirteen games into the season and on a five game skid, Thibodeau decided that the Timberwolves can't win as currently constructed, and dealt … Continue reading Synthesizing Old and New: Analysis of the Jimmy Butler Trade