The Thunder Almost Drafted Brook Lopez Over Russell Westbrook

In a fascinating conversation with Grantland’s Zach Lowe, Ben Alamar, former director of analytics of the Oklahoma City Thunder and author of Sports Analytics, Alamar discusses the team’s analytic practices, specifically how they related to drafting Russell Westbrook in the 2008 NBA Draft. Alamar says he was in favor of drafting Westbrook over Lopez, and […]

Brook Lopez and “The Dwight Effect”

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh receives an entry pass about fifteen feet from the basket on the left side of the floor. The Heat, up seven with plenty of time left in the game and on the shot clock, all stack up on the other side of the floor, giving Bosh all the space he […]