Mike Dunleavy Starting for the Chicago Bulls is a Good Thing

After Derrick Rose went down on November 22, 2013, the Chicago Bulls playoff hopes were in question. DJ Augustin and Joakim Noah stepped up, providing flashes of dominance during the season. The player that brought the most balance to the hardwood was Mike Dunleavy Jr., though.
Stability
Dunleavy started 61 games for the Chicago Bulls last season, racking up the third most minutes with 2,584 behind Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler. Dunleavy also had the fourth most points on the team, despite only averaging 11.3 PPG. Now, Dunleavy will enter his 13th NBA season and has EARNED a starting spot in this league.
The thing that makes Dunleavy valuable despite his consistency is his defense and impact while on the floor. For as much as people want Jimmy Butler to be the next Bruce Bowen, Dunleavy matches Butler in every defensive category. This number may be a bit skewed due to who the two players are guarding night in and night out, but Dunleavy had more blocks and rebounds than Butler in 2013-14. MDJ also had a DRtg o

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Knicks fans jimmy rig air conditioning unit to pay tribute to Mike Woodson (video)

The New York Knicks may have cut Mike Woodson loose all the way back in April, but the oft-criticized and constantly beleaguered former head coach still weighs on the hearts and occupies the minds of some Knickerbocker backers. Or at least two of them. Two Knicks fans posted a video to VINE showcasing how they, […] The post Knicks fans jimmy rig air conditioning unit to pay tribute to Mike Woodson (video) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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Mike Krzyzewski defends work with USA Basketball

The Duke coach is coming off a U.S. title in the FIBA World Cup.

      
 

 

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Mike Krzyzewski: Photo with Paul George not orchestrated

For anybody to think that, if you want to think that, then you are a bad person,” he said.

      
 

 

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Mike Krzyzewski defends his work with USA Basketball

The Duke coach is coming off a U.S. title in the FIBA World Cup.

      
 

 

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Cleveland Cavaliers: Mike Miller fitting in

The sharp shooter from three point land has made his arrival in Cleveland, Ohio. Shooting guard Mike Miller is eager to get things started in his new home with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Mike Miller playing for Wizards
Miller has been in the league for 14 years and has played with numerous teams. He has been with the Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards, and the Miami Heat. Miller came to play at an elite level since he first entered the NBA back in 2000. He went on to win rookie of the year during his first season.
Miller has scored 10,773 points so far in his career, 1,531 of them being from three point range.  He has averaged 40.9% from three point land thus far in his career while snagging 4,194 rebounds and adding 2,558 assists.
Miller’s primary objective with this Cavaliers team will be to hit three pointers and contribute on the defensive end. Last season, Miller averaged 7.1 points per game with the Memphis Grizzlies and shot 45.9% from three point land. If he can kee

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Mike Davis lands big recruits for Texas Southern

Mike Davis has made the Texas Southern Houston campus a resort for second chances players.

      
 

 

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John Calipari Calls into Mike Francesa’s Show to Defend His Coaching Abilities

When someone questions Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari‘s coaching abilities, he’s going to defend himself.

Calipari recently did an interview on Mike Francesa‘s radio show. After the interview was over, Francesa said that he didn’t believe Calipari was a “classic X’s and O’s coach.” Calipari took that pretty personally.

Shortly after that comment, Francesa received a call from a “John from Kentucky.” It turned out to be Calipari, who initially used a fake voice. The two men quickly got into an argument over Calipari’s coaching abilities.

Although not much came from the argument, it certainly was entertaining.

[SoundCloud, h/t Kentucky Sports Radio and USA Today's FTW]

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Can the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley Finally Be an All-Star This Season?

Mike Conley‘s incremental evolution will soon pay off. The Memphis Grizzlies‘ point man should tip the scale on his borderline All-Star ability in 2014-15 after validating his scoring ability last season.

Entering his eighth season, Conley keeps rising through the ranks at his position. His recent maturation as a scorer has made him a threat on both ends of the floor.

This spurred discussion of Mike Conley as underrated. As ESPN Radio Memphis’ Brad Carson tweeted, Charles Barkley was among those with this utterance on his lips.

 

Defense demanding attention

His defensive play garners the greatest respect. Conley earned an All-Defensive Second Team honor in 2012-13. He has placed in the top six in steals per game three times. In 2012-13, he allowed 100 points per 100 possessions.

Don Wade of the Memphis Daily News discussed Conley’s mastery of the steal, in which he describes his study of the art and says, “I think I’ve learned a happy medium to where I’m physical and then I can back off.”

Conley will easily bounce back from a subpar defensive year in which he allowed 106 points per 100 possessions while ranking among the top 20 with a steals rate of 2.4 percent.

Like any other Grizzly, Conley struggled to plug holes with Marc Gasol injured for 23 games, allowing 111 points per 100 possessions during that time. He experienced a small boost after Marc Gasol returned, allowing 105 per 100.

He allowed 103 per 100 or fewer in three playoff games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and had four games with multiple steals. While the team failed to slow the Thunder in Game 7, he snatched four steals.

For Conley, this won’t be as important to attaining his first All-Star spot as what he’ll do with the ball.

 

Meeting the scoring standard

Offensive figures play a large role in All-Star selections, even for point guards. All four Western Conference All-Stars at the position posted at least 19.6 points per 36 minutes last season.

After his best scoring campaign, Conley still must work to close the gap. He averaged 18.4 points per 36 minutes while shooting 45 percent from the field.

He removed dead spots in his shooting. He shot 61.3 percent at the rim, five percent better than a year earlier. His 37.9 percent from between three and 10 feet was a 4.3 percent improvement. 

Basketball Insiders’ Jessica Camerato pointed out that Conley can “see the path to the basket before it is created.”

He’s an above-average outside shooter, hitting 36.1 percent last year and 37.2 percent for his career. He justifies the 19.4 percent career portion of shots as long twos by hitting at a high clip. At this point, that figure will normalize in the neighborhood of his past two seasons, with 44.3 percent in 2012-13 and 42.6 percent last year.

His technique makes him an outside threat. SB Nation’s Andrew Ford broke down Conley’s jump shot, noting his quick release and the forward sway in his legs that relaxes his shoulders.

Conley will continue to be aggressive. He had a career-high 26 20-point games last season. Topping 30 is manageable with Conley’s 24.8 percent usage rate last season, which will likely increase as Zach Randolph eases off a bit in his later years.

Also, Conley will have more opportunities to commandeer the offense with Courtney Lee occupying a starting spot for a full season. Lee is a lower-maintenance offensive player than Tony Allen, who periodically takes inexplicable shots. Besides being more effective, Lee had a 16.3 percent usage rate, 3.8 lower than Allen.

 

Efficiency as an answer to low assist numbers

All-Stars tally more assists than Conley, even though he’s a solid offensive manager. He ranked 17th in the category last season. 

But assists are a function of an offense. For the Grizzlies, Conley shares facilitation duties with Gasol. Hence, he’ll never average much more than six assists per game, especially after the team ranked seventh in field-goal percentage.

Rather, one should view his low turnover numbers. He committed 2.2 turnovers per 36 minutes and had an 11.5 percent turnover rate. Lillard was the only All-Star point guard with a turnover rate that low. Also, Conley had the lowest turnover rate of anyone with six or more assists per game.

Unless otherwise noted, advanced metrics come from basketball-reference.com.

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Marist hires Mike Maker as men’s basketball coach (Yahoo Sports)

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Mike Maker, who led Williams College to the Division III national championship game last season for the second time in five years, has been hired as the men’s basketball coach at Marist College.

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