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Jason Kidd: Basketball Savant

Jason Kidd: Basketball Savant

Let’s start with an understatement: Jason Kidd has a brilliant basketball mind. Throughout his 19-year (future) Hall-of-Fame playing career, Kidd was never the tallest, quickest or most athletic.  But he was the sharpest. Blessed with an outstanding understanding of the game and incredible basketball instincts, Kidd retired second all-time in the NBA in both assists and steals (behind John Stockton)… Read more →

"Mr." Anthony Davis

“Mr.” Anthony Davis

Somewhere, on the south side of Chicago, Cortez Hale sits and smiles. He shakes his head every now and then, but then the pride and happiness take over. Watching the skinny kid nicknamed “The Brow” dominate the NBA on a nightly basis must be very rewarding for Hale; Davis’ High School Coach. After all, Davis has come a long way… Read more →

Aron Baynes, Blake Griffin and the Legacy of the AND1 Mixtapes

Aron Baynes, Blake Griffin and the Legacy of the AND1 Mixtapes

The San Antonio Spurs are defined by their diamonds in the rough. Guys like Danny Green and Patty Mills have extracted NBA careers in Texas. But something struck me just before I watched Blake Griffin and Chris Paul disembowel the Spurs in Game One: Aron Baynes was this year’s 2013-14 Regular Season Patty Mills. The defending champs survived Tiago Splitter’s… Read more →

Starting Five: Potential First Round Upsets

Starting Five: Potential First Round Upsets

Each week NBA Australia‘s stable of experts – which includes Downtown’s Liam Santamaria - takes a close look at the big issues in the NBA. The playoffs are finally upon us, and the Starting Five can whiff a few potential upsets in the first round.   Liam Santamaria: Clipper vs. Spurs Who is considered the underdog in the Western Conference 3 vs. 6… Read more →

In Defense of Byron Scott

In Defense of Byron Scott

Nobody pulls for The Empire, aside from those who… pull for the empire. There are industries and economies in every sport, in every country, driven by the polarizing effect of the resident juggernaut. Their gravity is such that not just a culture is formed around them, but a counter culture. For every five tickets sold to a Man United or Yankees game, there’s an infant sized… Read more →

15 Things the 2014/15 NBA Regular Season Taught Us

15 Things the 2014/15 NBA Regular Season Taught Us

Oi! Chris Paul is really freaking good The 2014-15 regular season was arguably the most enjoyable season we’ve ever had. LeBron came home. More teams moved the ball. Detroit cut Josh Smith and formed a F****** Wall. Hassanity happened. Klay Thompson dropped 37 in a freaking quarter.  Kyrie Irving slaughtered the Spurs in the most outrageously competitive regular season game… Read more →

Minister of Defence: The DPOY Discussion using Advanced Metrics

Minister of Defence: The DPOY Discussion using Advanced Metrics

Six weeks ago a couple of Kirk Goldsberry’s Harvard University colleagues presented a paper at this year’s MIT Sloan Sports Conference in Boston. The paper focused on the lack of data to analyse defensive performance. It’s very easy to measure a player’s impact on offense, they argued, but aside from tallying blocks, steals and defensive rebounds, a typical NBA box… Read more →

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: NBA Playoffs Preview

Grizz & Tizz From Way Downtown Podcast: NBA Playoffs Preview

Welcome to the Playoffs! With the regular season in the books the boys preview the first round matchups and give their thoughts on who will advance to the second round. Click here to subscribe via iTunes. Click here to access the podcast via Stitcher. If you enjoy the show, feel free to tell the world by rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes.  … Read more →

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