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Dear NBA Coaches: Please Stop Running So Many Isolations

Isolation plays are the running game of the NBA: stale and ineffective. Only the unimaginative rely on the clear-out, mano-a-mano action. It’s a common play in gyms all across the world, but pickup basketball is where it should stay. I know, I know. Your best player brings the ball up the court and notices he has a …

Ranking the NBA’s Top 10 Big 3s by NBA Math’s Total Points Added

Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, before the Age of the Super Team, the NBA-wide trend for elite franchises was to try creating the perfect Big Three. Though there were a few exceptions in the 1980s and ’90s, like the Larry Bird-Kevin McHale-Robert Parish Boston Celtics, or the Charles Barkley-Clyde Drexler-Hakeem Olajuwon Houston …

NBA Meta: The Evolution of The 4

The 1990s and 2000s were riddled with dominant power forwards. Karl Malone, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett represented the archetypal 4: a dominant big who could score in myriad ways and stall an offense with his impeccable defense. However, another future Hall of Famer broke from this strain. Dirk Nowitzki, though not the first jump-shooting …