Early Impressions of Cleveland’s Offense

We drooled over the idea of the Cavs’ offense from the moment that Woj #WojBombed our Twitter timelines with the news that Kevin Love would be joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. Whispers out of training camp led us to believe that offensive mastermind David Blatt was constructing a … [Read more...]

Bucks Floppy Play for Khris Middleton

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The NBA is a copycat league. When one team notices another team running a play that works, they smartly attempt to replicate the play and insert it into their own offense. Over the years, floppy has become one of the most common set plays among NBA offenses because of the aforementioned phenomenon. … [Read more...]

Tom Thibodeau, Creator of Elite Point Guards

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Tom Thibodeau is currently in his fifth season as a head coach in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls. During this time the Bulls have ranked, first, sixth, and second (twice) in defensive efficiency. He's a favorite among people who watch a ton of basketball and there's no doubt he's one of the best … [Read more...]

Help Your Team Win

From the Editor: HoopChalk staff writer Harri Mannonen has written a study book called The Basics. It includes 75 compact chapters filled with essential information for basketball players. The business idea is that The Basics may be personalized to meet the needs of an organization or a team. In … [Read more...]

Stephen Curry: The NBA’s Black Hole

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Note: Astronomical terms in the follow article may have been used wildly inaccurately. Take comfort in the knowledge that it was all done in the pursuit of a pleasing aesthetic. The NBA universe is dotted with black holes. Usually this phrase has a pejorative connotation. In my extremely … [Read more...]

The Best Damn Off-Screen Action in the NBA

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“Not everything has to mean something. Some things just are.” – Charles de Lint There are times when I’m writing—and I would guess other people fall into this trap as well—when I feel determined to produce a profound conclusion, that I should unlock an age old mystery. But it’s also cool … [Read more...]

The Finnish Wolfpack Are a Collectivistic Underdog

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If ever, a Rudyard Kipling quote is now called for: “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of Wolf is the Pack.” The obvious reason is that Wolfpack – the nickname of the Finnish national team – are the first opponent of Team USA in FIBA World Cup 2014. The game takes place … [Read more...]

Team Pick-and-Roll Defense: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Since today's NBA is such a heavy pick-and-roll league, being able to defend this play effectively has become almost equally as important as being able to run it. … [Read more...]

Why LaMarcus Aldridge Doesn’t Shoot Threes in the Blazers Offense

LaMarcus Aldridge takes a lot of mid-range jump shots. In 2013-14, nobody made or took close to as many. Even though he’s an excellent shooter from this distance, relative to league average, these are still not especially efficient shots. The equivalent 3PG% for Aldridge's midrange shots, in terms … [Read more...]

Mike Miller Utilizes Flare Screens

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At the age of 34, Mike Miller knows his illustrious basketball career is winding down. That’s a huge part of why Miller hitched his wagon to his friend LeBron James and decided to sign a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason. Miller clearly wants another … [Read more...]

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