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The All-Star Reserves
Devin broke down the All-Star reserves. We were a bit shocked on some missing names. We've been pounding the Lance Stephenson drum for a while now. As commenter carlherrera pointed out, we couldn't even bring ourselves to leave Anthony Davis off the list, for good reason!
Since '85-86, 25 players have averaged 20P/10R/3B through 1/31. Only Olajuwon ('91-injury) and Anthony Davis not selected to ASG.— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) January 31, 2014
LaMarcus Aldridge is Overrated!
Aldridge's stats are pretty damning. He shoots decent from way out, but requires assists from his teammates to do it. He is content to settle for shots closer to the hoop, but not right by the hoop. And on a team with amazing perimeter shooting, why is a top rebounder backing away from the hoop on offense, unlike, say, Robin Lopez?
Thanks to shawn_woods15 for pointing out that Aldridge's "elite" midrange shooting amounts to a 29% three point shooter. As a follow up to that though, thanks to commenter ziggy for pointing out that a downside of threes is an increase in available possessions (via rebounds) for the defense.
Marion's Bad Labor Advice
Patrick wrote about Shawn Marion's bizarre logic that the NBA should up the minimum age requirement. Patrick and Dre are both tech people that have seen the impact of a scarce resource (software developers) on a market. The NBA avoids this problem by using artificial means (the draft, the age requirement, the salary cap). However, is there a scarcer resource than a tall, talented NBA player? And as Kobe (I side with Kobe over Marion!) points out, college may be hurting the development of future players(h/t to Andrew Sutton).
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