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Thinking Basketball

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 #46: Types of athleticism | Zion vs. Luka vs. Jokic with Eric Leidersdorf of P3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:40

Eric Leidersdorf, director of biomechanics of P3 Sports Science, helps expand on our idea of “athleticism” and discusses his experience measuring and testing over 600 NBA players. What happened when Zion Williamson was measured in high school? How are Luka Doncic, James Harden and Nikola Jokic athletic in non-traditional ways? Follow P3 on twitter at @P3sportscience. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE week trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

 #45: Jackson Frank on Zion, Lillard & Jayson Tatum | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:59

Jackson Frank of the Athletic stops by to discuss the beginning of Zion Williamson's career, the white shot scoring of Damian Lillard and the nuances of first-time All-Star Jayson Tatum. Follow Jackson @jackfrank_jjf. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE month trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

 #44: 2020 Sub All-Stars | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:16

Who are the best players after the All-Stars? It's the 2nd annual sub All-Star team, where I agonizingly select the next group of players who are still valuable, but not quite All-Stars. Apologies to Montrezl Harrell in advance. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball

 #43: Most Improved Players in 2020 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:17

How much should defense factor into the MIP discussion? Is the award too scoring centric? I stack up the Most Improved players this year by diving into overall changes in impact and looking at where players have grown on offense and defense. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE week trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

 #42: How players use data | Shane Battier | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:09

Heat VP Shane Battier joins to discuss how players use data as part of their game preparation and how it can create an advantage. How has the scouting process changed in the last 20 years? Are players resistant to more data? And did he really have a special packet of information delivered before each game by the analytics maesters in Houston? Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball

 #41: Duncan vs. Garnett | Andre Snellings, Great Debates | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:37:24

ESPN's Andre Snellings and I go deep on a classic player comparison between Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. We stack up their playoff comparisons, historical impact metrics, team circumstances and how they would fare in today's NBA. Follow Andre @ProfessorDrz and support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball

 #40: Should the Board Man get paid!? | Rebounding 101 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:26

How important is rebounding? And how much do rebounding stats really tell us about players today? This episode takes a deep dive into the value of rebounding, the context behind rebounding numbers and the diminishing returns involved. http://basketball-statistics.com/blog1/2009/12/06/the-diminishing-returns-of-rebounds-and-other-stats/ Pomeroy: https://theathletic.com/789794/2019/01/29/kenpom-offensive-rebounding-is-at-an-all-time-low-what-are-teams-really-missing-out-on/ Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE week trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

 #39: The post up is dying & the stunning physics of out of bounds calls | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:54

An actual physicist joins to explain the stunning reality of out of bounds calls like the LeBron James one on Christmas. Also, diving into modern post ups and Rick Carlise's controversial comments on Kristaps Porzingis and some observations from the Christmas games. Follow Matt at @MrJCrossesRoads Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE week trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

 #38: Analyzing trades | Who fits where and what do teams need? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:06

Breaking down a number of proposed trades involving marquee players like Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, Jrue Holiday and more, with an emphasis on how these players fit on contending teams and what those top teams need to get over the hump. Also, is heliocentrism good for basketball? Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE week trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

 #37: Dirk vs. Barkley vs. Malone | Nate Duncan, Great Debates | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:28:39

In the 2nd episode of the Great Debates series, Nate and I size up Dirk Nowitzki, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and the best portage systems in Eastern Canada. Who was better at his best? What are the important numbers and trends to know about each player? How do they succeed in the regular season versus the playoffs, and which of these players is best suited for playing next to high-level teammates? Follow Nate @NateDuncanNBA and support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball

 #36: Steve Jones Jr. | The best offenses in the NBA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:57

Former Nets assistant coach Steve Jones discusses the principles of the best offensive teams in the NBA in 2020, including the incredible Raptors, Kemba replacing Kyrie and the LeBron-Anthony Davis partnership. Also, stories of dislocated shoulders. Follow Steve @stevejones20 and support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball

 #35: Designing a more perfect NBA based on fan behavior | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:17

I went out to talk to real fans, both casual and hardcore, to research the things NBA consumers love and hate about the current state of the league. Is it load management? Tanking? In a special episode, we'll try to identify the real problems facing the league and use fan feedback to propose ideas for a more perfect NBA. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball

 #34: Harden vs. Kobe vs. Wade | Great Debates | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:25

In the first episode of the Great Debates series, I size up James Harden, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and deep sea aquatic creatures. Who was better at his best? What are the important numbers and trends to know about each player? How do they succeed in the regular season versus the playoffs, and which of these players is best suited for playing next to high-level teammates? Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE month trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

 #33: J. Kyle Mann | Luka, Legacies & LeBron Jr. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:56

The Ringer's J. Kyle Mann joins to discuss Luka Doncic, legacies, along with Kevin Garnett and Shaq in the modern NBA. Also, how does having a legendary parent impact young players? And what does that mean for LeBron James Jr. and 2020 draft prospects like Cole Anthony? Following Kyle @jkylemann. Post show at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE month trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

 #32: The Science and data of Load Management | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:45

Why are do superstars really play fewer minutes today? Does load management work? In this episode I take a deep dive into this hot button issue by looking at available data and unpacking some of the biomechanics involved in basketball. I also answer questions about true shooting percentage and share how my magic facial recognition powers led to some real-life magic. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball and get a FREE month trial at the Athletic at http://www.theathletic.com/thinkingbasketballpod

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