Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota Timberwolves’

Legitimate Contenders to Win the 2012 NBA Championship: Part II

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Where does your favourite team rank at the halfway point in the regular season schedule?

Legitimate Contenders to Win the 2012 NBA Championship

[as of Thu-Feb-23-2012]

Team PDR PAR RDR QR QIR WCR ECR
Bulls 1 2 1 4 1 1
Heat 2 14 4 20 T-2 2
Lakers 12 6 2 20 T-2 1
Pacers 8 9 8 25 4 3
76ers 3 1 22 26 5 4
Clippers 9 15 3 27 T-6 2
Magic 10 4 13 27 T-6 5
Thunder 3 20 6 29 T-8 3
Mavericks 7 4 18 29 T-8 4
Blazers 5 10 17 32 10 5
Grizzlies 15 8 10 33 11 6
Timberwolves 15 16 4 35 12 7
Hawks 13 7 21 41 T-13 6
Rockets 14 18 9 41 T-13 8
Spurs 6 16 20 42 15 9
Hornets 24 11 11 46 16 10
Celtics 18 3 26 47 17 7
Knicks 17 12 19 48 18 8
Nuggets 11 29 12 52 19 11
Cavaliers 23 23 7 53 T-20 9
Raptors 25 13 15 53 T-20 10
Jazz 19 24 13 56 22 12
Pistons 26 18 16 60 23 11
Bucks 21 21 27 69 T-24 12
Suns 22 22 25 69 T-24 13
Warriors 19 26 29 73 26 14
Nets 27 25 24 76 27 13
Kings 28 30 22 80 28 15
Wizards 29 27 27 83 29 14
Bobcats 30 27 30 87 30 15
LEGEND: PDR – Points Differential Rankng; PAR – Points Allowed Ranking; RDR – Rebounding Differential Ranking; QR – Quality Rating [i.e. PDR + PAR + RDR = QR; QIR – Quality Index Rating [i.e. QR ranking from 1-30]; WC – Western Conference Ranking; Eastern Conference Ranking.

Related:

What it takes to win the NBA Championship

Whenever Coach Pop speaks, others should listen intently

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Rubio’s fourth quarter poise gets noticed

On the merits of the T-Wolves’ increased use of the Pick-and-Roll:

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After Monday’s morning shootaround Popovich talked at some length about his impressions of Rubio and the retooled Wolves lineup.

“There are a lot of changes, not just Ricky Rubio,” Popovich said. “But you can see a lot of good.”

Especially when it comes to the relatively pared-down Wolves offense late in games.

“It’s basketball,” he said. “We all run the pick-and-roll. John [Stockton] and Karl [Malone] ran the pick-and-roll [in Utah] for a gazillion years. It was pretty simple, but it depends on who’s doing it. And [Rubio] is very good at it. No reason to make something complicated if someone is great at doing something simple.”

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On the improvement of Kevin Love:

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He’s more confident than ever. In the past he wondered, ‘Should I shoot this shot or not?’ Now he knows. He knows he’s a stud. He’s out there to win and to kick … ”

Well, you can finish the rest.

He’s a complete pro at this point who knows he’s one of the best players in the league,” Popovich said.

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On the coaching ability of Rick Adelman:

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“Rick has, in many ways, been under the radar for a long time,” Popovich said. “He’s always one of the first people owners want to hire, but he always manages to stay in the background, because he’s that kind of guy. But he probably did a better job than anybody in the league for two, three, four years in Houston with all the injuries they had. I’m not sure anybody figured that out.”

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On the recent direction of so-called ‘American culture’:

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“These guys, they travel around the world,” Popovich said of international players such as Rubio and Ginobili. “They’re more cultured than we are. Everyone acts like Americans are the ones … we have sort of an arrogance about us. Like we’re the cultured ones? Are you serious?

”Have you watched TV lately? Have you seen what Americans do? How many languages do you speak? And you wonder how they’re going to adjust to our culture? I hope they avoid it and keep their own!

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Classic stuff, on several fronts, from one of the very best coaches in the history of the NBA.

The Timberwolves’ next head coach should be …

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

… Rick Adelman, if the following report is accurate:

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Wolves will interview Don Nelson Sunday

Don Nelson has been in town all week prepping for his interview with the Wolves on Sunday.

OK, so maybe he arrived here from Hawaii early this week to spend some time with his daughter, a schoolteacher, and his grandkids in Minnetonka.

Point is, he’s here in town and next on a list that started with Terry Porter on Monday, Mike Woodson on Tuesday and continues with Bernie Bickerstaff today and Rick Adelman on Saturday.

There might be one or two others after that.

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and:

1. David Kahn actually knows what he’s doing, as the GM for Minnesota;

and,

2. The REAL goal for this franchise is to make gradual and consistent progress building towards an upper echelon team in the Western Conference over an extended period of years.

If Rick Adelman has legitimate interest in the T-wolves job, then, he is by far the best fit for this team, since their present roster is chalk full of talented young players in need of constructive direction by a highly successful, veteran, head coach with a track record of being able to communicate effectively with them.

Ricky’s time almost at-hand

Friday, June 17th, 2011

If you watch the following video clip of Ricky Rubio’s play this season with Barcelona:

then, one thing should be perfectly clear.

This young man … 

Signed, Sealed, and Soon to be Delivered: Ricky Rubio

if he’s GMed and coached properly …

is destined to eventually become a “star” player in the NBA, given his level of relative quickness, size, strength, vision and overall skill-set at the PG position.

YOU MAKE THE CALL: Would authentic ‘top notch’ GM be willing to acquire Derrick Williams, in exchange for DeMar DeRozan?

Friday, June 10th, 2011

According to recently published reports, the Toronto Raptors are either:

A. Actively in the running to acquire Derrick Williams [SF-PF], via trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves [who currently hold the rights to the No. 2 [overall] Selection in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery], in exchange for DeMar DeRozan [OG-SF];

or,

B. Not actively in the running to acquire Derrick Williams, since DeMar DeRozan is not actually being offerred to Minnesota in a trade package involving the Timberwolves’ rights to the No. 2 Selection in this year’s NBA Draft Lottery.

Which of these different reports is, in fact, accurate is of little consequence to yours truly.

What is pertinent, however, is whether or not an authentic “top notch” GM in the NBA would actually make this deal, on behalf of the Toronto Raptors, if the Timberwolves’ GM [i.e. David Kahn] is, in fact, willing to go for it. 

Derrick Williams is 20 years of age, 6-7, 248 and plays the game like this:

DeMar DeRozan is 22 years of age [as of August], 6-7, 220 and plays the game like this:

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Would an authentic 'top notch' NBA GM be willing to acquire Derrick Williams in exchange for DeMar DeRozan?

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FWIW …

According to this corner:

1. Jerry West, RC Buford, Pat Riley, Danny Ainge, Joe Dumars, and Mitch Kupchak are in the small group of ‘top notch’ GMs in the NBA today;

2. Demar DeRozan is similar to Vince Carter [OG-SF, 6-6, 220], while Derrick Williams is similar to Paul Pierce [SF, 6-7, 235]; and,

3. The correct answer to this poll question is an unequivocal,

Yes, indeed … in less than a single heart-beat.”

Is K-Love the ‘new’ Wes Unseld?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Matt Scribbins has published a solid article on the statistical prowess of Kevin Love:

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Love is a Four Factor Word

It is fair to wonder if NBA teams could shut down Love if they had to. Did Phil Jackson fret last night about Love leading the Wolves to victory? Probably not. But who else would they game plan for? Right now, Love is a really good player on a really bad team. Consider he has scored less than 15 points only nine times and has snared less than 15 rebounds just 15 times during his 47 game double-double streak. All of his monster performances have only resulted in 10 wins for Minnesota during the streak.

There is no doubt Love’s defense must improve. Heck, he was benched Opening Night in favor of Anthony Tolliver. He may never be a stopper, but who knows what would happen if he is surrounded by great defenders? If Love can convince David Stern to adapt the old Iowa high school girls’ rules of three players on offense and three players on defense, he may become one of the most productive players in history.

With no help around him and no reason for teams to spend days crafting ways to stop him, it is hard to know just how great Love is. Basketball fans should eagerly wait to see Love’s performance when he plays with competent teammates. Whether this is in Minnesota or another city remains to be seen. Until then, NBA fans should just launch League Pass Broadband and marvel as one of the game’s most productive big men wreaks havoc on NBA nerd’s spreadsheets.

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Unfortunately, Hoopdata is having a problem with the upload of comments from those who happen to operate their own blog.

Thus …

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Crow,

You’ve correctly identified the main problem with K-Love, i.e. his decidedly mediocre defense.

Although he is a solid enough offensive player, he is very limited defensively, as an under-sized #4/PF, and is poor in any defensive switch situation, in defensive transition [in general], as a shot-blocker [in any help scenario] and when asked to check a Big with good-to-very-good length and strength.

Despite his at-times astronomical “production numbers”, K-Love is still an average Big Man, when you consider all 3 main phases of the game [i.e. Offense, Defense and Rebounding].

PS. K-Love is, however, a terrific “Back-up Big Man”, who excels in specific situational match-ups, and is someone I would be more than happy to have on a team I happen to coach in the NBA, in this type of capacity. Unfortunately … and, much like it was for the great Wes Unseld/C, back in the 1970’s:

… it is going to be very difficult for any team that K-Love plays for, as a “Starting Big,” to win an NBA Championship … more than one time only.

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what you see above is the comment – directed to fellow-commentor, “Crow” – that yours truly would have normally left there, in response to the piece of work authored by Mr. Scribbins.

Hopefully, the good folks at Hoopdata are able to fix their comment problem, in the not-too-distant future. :-)

Until the T-Wolves improve, Kevin Love does not warrant selection to the all-star game

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

According to Henry Abbott:

“Lots of talk about All-Star reserves. I’ll leave most of the battling to others. However, I’ll say this: Among those on the bubble, Kevin Love is the guy who, to me, simply must make it. Rebounding matters.”

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Hmmm …

It would be fair [and accurate] to say that no other “so-called” NBA expert at-work today actually values The Art & Science of Rebounding more than yours truly.

From the perspective of this corner, however …

Point #1

The current NBA Standings look like this.

30 Minnesota Timberwolves, 11-36/.234

Point #2

A list of the leading rebounders in the NBA today looks like this.

Kevin Love is in the No. 1 position.

Point #3

The list of NBA teams which have surrendered the least amount of points, so far, looks like this.

The Timberwolves are in Last Place [i.e. 30th].

Point #4

If individual rebounding … in isolation … really does matter a great deal, then:

How is it possible that The Team with the No. 1 Rebounder in the entire NBA is currently in Last Place, when it comes to accummulating Wins and Losses?

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When properly understood …

Henry Abbott’s otherwise astute observation about the true [authentic?] value of rebounding in the game of basketball SHOULD actually read like this:

When it results in winning games … and, perhaps, a playoff series, or four … Team Rebounding matters a great deal, if it occurs in conjunction with Team Defense and Team Offense.

An accurate evaluation of individual basketball players is based upon an understanding that the FOUR most important aspects of the game are:

1. Team Winning Percentage;

2. Team Defense Performance;

3. Team Rebounding Performance; and,

4. Team Offense Performance.

Unfortunately, until the team that Kevin Love plays for improves its performance in Aspect 1 and Aspect 2, he should not be thought of as an all-star player in the NBA.

Legitimate Contenders In The NBA, 2010-2011: Part 1

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

At this point of the NBA regular season schedule, each team has played at least 30 games.

 

LEGITIMATE CONTENDERS TO WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP


[as of Friday, December 31, 2010]

 

TEAM

W

L

W%

EAST

WEST

PDR

PAR

RDR

QR

QIR

Heat

25

9

.735

1

 

1

2

6

9

1

Celtics

24

7

.774

2

 

3

1

9

13

T-2

Bulls

21

10

.677

3

 

5

7

1

13

T-2

Magic

21

12

.636

4

 

7

5

2

14

4

Spurs

28

4

.875

 

1

2

11

9

22

5

Lakers

23

10

.697

 

2

4

14

5

23

6

Mavericks

24

7

.774

 

3

6

6

15

27

T-7

Hornets

19

14

.576

 

4

13

3

11

27

T-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blazers

17

16

.515

 

5

15

9

12

36

9

Hawks

21

14

.600

5

 

11

8

18

37

10

Bobcats

11

20

.355

6

 

25

11

4

40

11

Jazz

22

11

.667

 

6

8

10

23

41

T-12

Thunder

23

11

.676

 

7

9

20

12

41

T-12

Bucks

12

18

.400

7

 

20

4

17

41

14

Clippers

10

23

.303

 

8

21

19

2

42

15

76ers

13

20

.394

8

 

18

11

19

48

16

Rockets

16

16

.500

 

9

12

24

16

52

17

Pacers

14

17

.452

9

 

17

15

22

54

18

Nuggets

18

13

.581

 

10

10

25

21

56

T-19

Raptors

11

21

.344

10

 

22

26

8

56

T-19

Grizzlies

14

18

.438

 

11

16

17

24

57

21

Nets

9

24

.273

11

 

26

16

20

62

22

Kings

6

23

.207

 

12

28

21

14

63

23

Timberwolves

8

25

.242

 

13

28

30

6

64

24

Knicks

18

14

.562

12

 

14

28

25

67

25

Pistons

11

22

.333

13

 

24

18

27

69

26

Warriors

13

19

.406

 

14

23

27

27

77

27

Suns

14

17

.452

 

15

19

29

30

78

T-28

Wizards

8

23

.258

14

 

27

22

29

78

T-28

Cavaliers

8

24

.250

15

 

30

23

26

79

30

LEGEND: W – Wins; L – Losses; Win% – Winning Percentage; PDR – Points Differential Ranking; PAR – Points Allowed Ranking; RDR – Rebounding Differential Ranking; QR – Quality Rating [i.e. PDR + PAR + RDR = QR]; QIR – Quality Index Ranking [i.e. QR/#1-30]; * – Clinched playoff position.

Given the history of the NBA … and what it actually takes to be able to win 4 consecutive best-of-seven games series in the playoffs … there is now a strong possibility that the 2010-2011 League Championship will eventually be won by 1 of the 8 teams shown above in “neon green”.

To everyone who takes the time to visit this little corner of the blogosphere …

Happy New Year! :-)

The Decision: En Français?

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Is it fair to say that only in the ‘good ole USA’ would Anthony Tolliver feel the need to explain what “Part Deux” actually means.

Hilarity, thy name frequently is ‘youtube’ … or, perhaps, David – no relation! - KAHHHHN, as the T-wolves continue to corner the market on PGs and PFs.

End of NBA Regular Season, Quality Index Rankings, #1-30

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

At the conclusion of an 82 game schedule …

 

LEGITIMATE CONTENDERS TO WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

[as of Thursday April 15, 2010]

 

TEAM

W

L

W%

EAST

WEST

PDR

PAR

RDR

QR

QIR

Cavaliers *

61

21

.744

1

 

2

5

1

8

1

Magic *

59

23

.720

2

 

1

4

4

9

2

Spurs *

50

32

.610

 

7

4

8

3

15

3

Jazz *

53

29

.646

 

5

3

12

5

20

4

Blazers *

50

32

.610

 

6

11

3

7

21

5

Lakers *

57

25

.695

 

1

6

9

7

22

6

Heat *

47

35

.573

5

 

13

2

11

26

T-7

Bobcats *

44

38

.537

7

 

15

1

10

26

T-7

Thunder *

50

32

.610

 

8

10

11

6

27

9

Hawks *

53

29

.646

3

 

6

9

16

31

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bucks *

46

36

.561

6

 

14

7

17

38

11

Celtics *

50

32

.610

4

 

9

5

25

39

12

Bulls *

41

41

.500

8

 

18

13

9

40

13

Grizzlies

40

42

.488

 

 

17

24

2

43

14

Suns *

54

28

.659

 

3

5

26

13

44

15

Nuggets *

53

29

.646

 

4

8

20

22

50

16

Mavericks *

55

27

.671

 

2

12

15

24

51

17

Pistons

27

55

.329

 

 

27

13

12

52

18

Rockets

42

40

.512

 

 

16

21

21

58

19

76ers

27

55

.329

 

 

24

18

18

60

T-20

Clippers

29

53

.354

 

 

28

19

13

60

T-20

Wizards

26

56

.317

 

 

26

16

19

61

22

Kings

25

57

.305

 

 

25

25

15

65

23

Hornets

37

45

.451

 

 

20

21

26

67

24

Raptors

40

42

.488

9

 

19

27

22

68

25

Pacers

32

50

.390

 

 

21

23

29

73

T-26

Nets

12

70

.146

 

 

29

17

27

73

T-26

Knicks

29

53

.354

 

 

23

27

28

78

T-28

Timberwolves

15

67

.183

 

 

30

29

19

78

T-28

Warriors

26

56

.317

 

 

22

30

30

82

30

LEGEND: W – Wins; L – Losses; Win% – Winning Percentage; PDR – Points Differential Ranking; PAR – Points Allowed Ranking; RDR – Rebounding Differential Ranking; QR – Quality Rating [i.e. PDR + PAR + RDR = QR]; QIR – Quality Index Ranking [i.e. QR/#1-30]; * – Clinched playoff position.

there are now 10 teams left with a legitimate opportunity to win this year’s league championship … none of which are the Mavericks [W2], Suns [W3], Nuggets [W4], Celtics [E4], Bucks [E6] or Bulls [E8], according to the recent history of the NBA.

Related:

What it takes to win the NBA Championship