• Tom Ziller, writing at SB Nation, has done two pieces of really interesting work on team three-point shooting over the last two days. The first, published Monday, uses math and charts to show a strong correlation between the number of three-pointers a team takes — regardless of shooting percentage on those shots — and that team’s expected effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the extra value of a three-pointer. The correlation is positive, meaning taking more threes generally results in a higher effective field-goal percentage. That’s good, because effective field-goal percentage on both sides of the floor (i.e. made and allowed) has been found to be the single most important factor in determining whether a team is good or bad. As I’ve written before, three-point attempts (and attempts allowed) and even corner three attempts (and attempts allowed) have correlated very strongly, relative to other factors, with a team’s record over the last few seasons.
Ziller in Monday’s post explores which teams have the “best” shot selection, and which teams actually recorded the highest effective field-goal percentages last season. And today, Ziller looks at which teams shot the most three-pointers, and which teams shot most accurately from long range. How much overlap is there? In other words: Do the most accurate three-point shooting teams attempt more threes? Ziller’s chart has the answers, plus some questions facing Boston, Miami and Memphis next season.
• What should New York fans expect from Raymond Felton in a very different Knicks context from the one in which Felton experienced success in 2010-11?
• SLAM has a nice Q-and-A with Danny Green in which the Spurs’ guard talks about his time at the University of North Carolina, the impact of his father’s prison sentence, the unglamorous life of the D-League and why Gregg Popovich is actually a very funny man.
• Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who grew up in Cameroon and attended the NBA’s first Basketball Without Borders camp in Africa, talks about the lasting influence of that camp and his experience being a counselor this summer.
• Nick Collison is one of several Thunder players taking part in this NBA trip through Africa, and he writes eloquently here about his experiences at a refugee camp, a hospital and other places. Collison is a great asset for die-hard fans — a candid guy willing to talk and write about life in the NBA.
• Marty Markowitz, the noisy borough president of Brooklyn, shockingly wants the Nets to buy a practice facility there.
The team will practice in their current New Jersey facility for the next two seasons, which, as Howard Beck reports at The New York Times, explains why none of of the players plan to live in Brooklyn this season. Some funny quotes in here from Deron Williams and a petrified Gerald Wallace.
• A close look at an issue we’ve addressed several times in this space: the Lakers’ ginormous payroll.
• Rajon Rondo talks to Ethan Sherwood Strauss of Bleacher Report about his pass fakes, how he comes up with his moves, eating some sort of “crazy eel” in the Philippines and other topics. A fun chat. I especially like Rondo’s ultra-specific answer to a question about his favorite type of pass to throw. The guy is a basketball genius.
• Another depressing countdown (why is everyone so glum?): the most “disappointing” player or move in the history of the Warriors. Yikes.
• Jason Friedman of Rockets.com has a nice Q-and-A with Kevin McHale, who does not sound super-thrilled to coach what is suddenly a very young Houston team. McHale gives an interesting answer here to a question about whether traditional positions matter much anymore.
• A Timberwolves official talks about the benefits and challenges of the fancy new camera/tracking system I’ve written about several times. The Wolves are one of 10 current subscribers, and had access to the system, and all of its statistical data, during the 2011-12 season.
• Don Nelson, about to enter the Hall of Fame, reflects on small-ball, Monta Ellis and a very not nice thing he once said about Billy Owens.
• Jonathan Tjarks, writing at RealGM, looks around the pro sports landscape and finds ample reason to be pessimistic about the NBA avoiding another labor dispute in 2017.
• Taj Gibson tells ESPN Chicago he expects the Bulls to do well without Derrick Rose. Chicago was 19-13 combined in the regular season and playoffs without Rose, and if you play league-best defense, it’s really hard to miss the playoffs. (Hat tip: Kurt Helin at Pro Basketball Talk).