Storylines to look for in the NBA Playoffs 2018

With the NBA playoffs just underway, we have already seen some exciting games played. This year’s NBA playoffs is sure to be one of the most exciting we have seen in a long time with many storylines. Will the Cavs and Warriors meet in the Finals again? This past offseason was one of the most interesting in recent history with 8¬†all-stars from the previous season changing teams as well as…

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What Trae Young’s emergence can mean for future guards

One of the biggest storylines of the first half of the college basketball season has been the surprising emergence of Trae Young. The freshman from Oklahoma has averaged 30.5 points and 9.7 assists per game(as of January 21), leading the country in both. He was only ranked 23rd in the ESPN 100 in 2017 and was ranked 4th among point guards, yet he has been able to outshine every prospect…

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College Data Analysis Pt. 1

Every year since 2007, ESPN puts out their rankings of the top 100 high school players in the country. While analyzing these rankings, I began to wonder which colleges got the most top recruits. So I put together this chart which shows how many recruits have gone to each college over the past 10 years: As you can see, Kentucky is first by a significant margin with 42 total commits….

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Where You Should go to College

Imagine a player who is ranked 20th in the nation. Every school in the country has offered him a scholarship. He has no bias towards any school and no personal preferences. Where should he go if he wants to make it to the pros? Maybe he should go to a powerhouse like Kentucky or Duke. Maybe he wants to be the star on his team and should go to a…

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2007 ESPN 100 Analysis

In 2007, ESPN released their first annual rankings of the top 100 high school players in the nation. Now, 10 years later, we can look back and see which players ESPN overlooked and which they players they overhyped. Out of the top 100 high school players in the country from 2007, 6 became future all-stars; Kevin Love(#1), Derrick Rose(#5), Blake Griffin(#18), James Harden(#21), Deandre Jordan(#25), and Jeff Teague(#67). It is…

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Four Young Players Who Will Become Stars

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo¬† 2. Anthony Davis 3. Karl-Anthony Towns 4. Kristaps Porzingis … Hah. Gotcha. You thought I was going to talk about the same young players everyone and their mothers are talking about. No, today I will talk about young players who have been flying under the radar and do not get as much attention as Davis, Towns, etc. To qualify as a “young player who is flying under…

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Rookie Rankings – Quarter Mark

Almost a quarter of the way into the season, many rookies have lived up to, or exceeded expectations. Here is the ranking of the top three rookies. 1. Ben Simmons This should not come as a surprise to anyone. With a stat line of 18.7 points per game on 52 percent shooting from the field, 9.2 rebounds per game, and 7.6 assists per game, he has played at an all-star…

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What does it take to be a Hall of Famer?

Whenever I’m with my dad in the car, I’ll usually ask him, “Is Derrick Rose a Hall of Famer? Is Chris Bosh? Is Dwight Howard?” and so on. Well today I will finally answer my own questions by looking at past Hall of Famers and their stats and make my own criteria for making the Hall of fame. Then I will look at 5 current borderline Hall of Famers and…

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Who won the Kyrie Irving trade?

Last night, the Boston Celtics unexpectedly traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected 1st round pick in 2018 for Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavailers. While this move makes sense for both teams, I believe that one team definitively “won” the trade. I will now analyze why this trade makes sense for both teams but why one team got the better deal: Cleveland Cavaliers: When…

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