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New College Shot Charts Available for Doug McDermott and Cameron Bairstow

August 29th, 2014 at 3:20 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Earlier today, the good people at Nylon Calculus unveiled their newest version of shot charts with data available for the 2013-14 college season. Previously, this type of data was difficult to chart, and even more difficult to track. Now, we have information showing us the volume of shots a player takes in a given area on the floor in relation to all of the shots a player takes, and what that data also tells us is his field goal percentages from those areas. Red indicates great, blue indicates poor, and yellow is an average of 50 percent.

The reason this is being brought to your attention now is because Nylon Calculus also updated their NBA shot chart tracking (which will be graciously be updated weekly, not easy work), and it’ll likely be a main feature at this site used to track how a player on the Bulls is producing. So in the meantime, now would be a good time to introduce you to these charts and play around/get used to what they do and what they tell us.

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It Shouldn’t (And Doesn’t) Matter If Derrick Rose Starts for Team USA

August 28th, 2014 at 2:49 PM
By Christopher Terzic

For the umpteenth time: Derrick Rose is playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup to recondition his body to game speed, to get his game legs underneath him and to get his cardiovascular endurance at game level, and use the games as a personal service to his betterment. Call it selfish if you’d like, but then don’t go wagging your finger at Kevin Durant for not playing for Team USA this summer.

For all intents and purposes, Rose is obviously a hyper competitive person and for every second he’s on the floor for Team USA he’s going to do everything in his power to get his team closer to victory and eventually reaching the ultimate goal of winning a gold medal. But Rose’s interest in playing for Team USA is personally vested; the atmosphere in the FIBA games will be intense enough to resemble the NBA regular season, but inconsequential in the grander picture of Rose’s career.

After all, Rose already won a gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Cup, and was a starter on that team when a raw Russell Westbrook was serving as his backup. In 2014, Rose will get his share of time on the floor which will be about 20 minutes a game, and the usefulness of Rose is that he can be paired with any of the other guards on Team USA’s roster.

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Nikola Mirotic not Playing for Spain in World Cup

August 27th, 2014 at 12:40 PM
By Christopher Terzic

In news that kind of got swept under the rug a bit, one of the sparkling new additions to the Chicago Bulls for this forthcoming season Spanish-Montenegrin Nikola Mirotic, the highest paid European rookie in NBA history, will not be playing in the FIBA World Cup for his naturalized country of Spain. Mirotic had previously expressed that his intention was to participate in the World Cup (which begins Aug. 30) if he were to make the roster, but the puzzling thing is that he didn’t make the roster.

Spain’s 12-man roster includes three of the NBA’s top talents at the forward/center position in Marc Gasol, the nimble big man of the Memphis Grizzlies; Marc’s brother Pau Gasol who is another newly acquired Bull but also a former NBA champion; and Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder who shifts opposing offensive game plans by his imposing defensive presence.

Aside from the Gasol’s and Ibaka, Spain also boasts three other players 6-foot-9 or taller, two of which have had previous national team experience, and experience is a much-valued quality in the international circuit. Mirotic’s likelihood of making the team hinged on the health of Ibaka, and once it was known Ibaka would be healthy enough to be a contributor, that left Mirotic as the odd man out.

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Team USA Blows Past Slovenia in Exhibition, Rose Struggles

August 26th, 2014 at 4:23 PM
By Christopher Terzic

In their final exhibition before the group stage of the FIBA World Cup gets underway, Team USA won quite easily 101-71 against Slovenia in Gran Carnaria, Spain. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls did not start the contest for Team USA, which coincides with what head coach Mike Krzyzewski stated regarding Rose and Kyrie Irving alternating as starters earlier this week in practice to reporters.

Irving played for nearly the first five minutes of each quarter, (which are ten-minutes in FIBA games) and Rose would check in the game for the final five minutes of each quarter. The two did play on the court together for a brief period in the second quarter.

Looking at how the two played comparatively, Irving’s play against Slovenia far exceeded Rose’s. Irving led the team in +/- at +39 for the game, Rose was -4. Additionally, Irving played only four more minutes than Rose did in the game (24 to 20, respectively).

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ICYMI: Doug McDermott Sings ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ (VIDEO)

August 25th, 2014 at 10:55 AM
By Christopher Terzic

Doug McDermott is a fine basketball player, and thankfully for him singing isn’t part of the criteria of what makes a good basketball player. Last Thursday at Wrigley Field McDermott hopped on the microphone for the seventh inning stretch, as is tradition at Chicago Cubs games. What ensued was not McDermott’s finest 60 seconds in the public eye, and will surely be a running joke for his teammates to use to razz the Bulls rookie.

Fortunately for McDermott, he’s far from the worst ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ rendition Wrigley Field has ever seen. But McDermott is definitely now in a category of athletes who’ve proven they are not multi-talented entertainers, and sticking to his day job is what serves his future best.

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