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  1. Bombs Away ... But From Where? It's the New-Look Orlando Magic

    Sebastian Pruiti

    One of the most interesting questions in the NBA right now is, What will the Orlando Magic look like next season? The Magic just lost their superstar center, they have new management, and they've got a first-year head coach in Jacque Vaughn. Here's w...

    Blog | August 24, 2012
  2. What Will Eddie Jordan's Princeton Offense Look Like With the Lak...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    When reports of the Lakers and Mike Brown adding Eddie Jordan to their coaching staff surfaced, two questions came to mind: (1) Will Jordan bring the Princeton offense with him, and (2) how effective will it be with the Los Angeles Lakers? The first ...

    Blog | August 23, 2012
  3. Does Blake Griffin Have a Post Game?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    When we talk about Blake Griffin, we often focus on one of two things: His fantastic athletic ability, or how he can build on it. There's a tendency to point at the block and criticize Griffin's post game, but in actuality, he does a decent job of sc...

    Blog | August 20, 2012
  4. Jeremy Lin on the Rockets Part I: Running the Pick-and-Roll

    Sebastian Pruiti

    After having Jeremy Lin pre-Linsanity, the Houston Rockets made up for cutting him before last season by agreeing to pay Lin around $25 million over the next three years. While that may seem like a lot for a player who had success for just 36 games a...

    Blog | August 14, 2012
  5. How Will Howard, Bynum, and Iguodala Fit In With Their New Teams?...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The news that Dwight Howard is heading to the Lakers in a four-team trade means our long national nightmare is over. It also means that with the particulars of the deal — Howard to L.A., Bynum to Philadelphia, and Iguodala to Denver — thr...

    Blog | August 10, 2012
  6. Breaking Down Russia's Alexey Shved and His NBA Potential

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Alexey Shved has shown during these Olympics that he is an interesting prospect, one who should make the Timberwolves even more exciting to watch. Throughout the men's basketball competition, we've seen the good Shved — a 16-point, 13-assist ga...

    Blog | August 09, 2012
  7. The London Olympics and Jonas Valanciunas's Potential for the Rap...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Since the Toronto Raptors drafted Jonas Valanciunas fifth overall in 2011, the curiosity about the 20-year-old Lithuanian has only grown among basketball fans. With the news that he would make his NBA debut this season, the interest in his performanc...

    Blog | August 07, 2012
  8. How Ray Allen Will Help the Miami Heat

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Over the weekend, Ray Allen chose to leave the Boston Celtics' original big three to join the Miami Heat's villainous big three. Since Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James joined forces, the Heat have sorely missed having a knock-down shooter. M...

    Blog | July 09, 2012
  9. Steve Nash Is the Point Guard the Lakers Have. Is He the Point Gu...

    Sebastian Pruiti

    The Los Angeles Lakers made noise on the Fourth of July when they acquired Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns for four draft picks. Can they work, as presently constructed, on the offensive end? Why It Will Work: Steve Nash's pick-and-roll play will...

    Blog | July 06, 2012
  10. 2012 NBA Draft: Predicting Sleepers

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Last year, the Sacramento Kings got lucky with their second-round pick. With the 60th and final pick, they selected Isaiah Thomas. By the end of the season, he was an effective starter for them. Every team hopes they will choose guys who can make an ...

    Blog | June 28, 2012
  11. 2012 NBA Draft: Evaluating the Big Men

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Bigs tend to be selected based on potential more than any other type of player in the NBA draft. If you have size and athleticism, you are nearly a lock for a lottery selection. Thus, teams make their choices based on projected skill, and scouts must...

    Blog | June 27, 2012
  12. 2012 NBA Draft: Evaluating the Wings

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Evaluating wing players is difficult because there are many types: shooting specialists, athletic freaks, defensive specialists, slashers, and more. Very often, teams choose a player based on need as opposed to sheer talent. That said, here are my to...

    Blog | June 26, 2012
  13. 2012 NBA Draft: Evaluating the Point Guards

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Of all the positions in the NBA, maybe the toughest one to project is the point guard spot. The pro game is very demanding on point guards, constituting a real leap from college, especially in terms of the defense the players face. The most interesti...

    Blog | June 25, 2012
  14. Could Any Team Stop This Miami Play?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    For all the isolation sets the Heat ran for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, they also ran some beautiful plays. Toward the end of the first quarter, they went to a staple of their offense (and a favorite of mine) from which they scored 10 points on jus...

    Blog | June 22, 2012
  15. Can the Thunder Stop LeBron James?

    Sebastian Pruiti

    During Game 4 on Tuesday night, Miami executed their plan to post up LeBron James. He essentially played point guard, with his back toward the basket. James caused havoc for the Thunder, leading to many opportunities for himself and his teammates. ...

    Blog | June 21, 2012
  16. How James Harden's Hesitation Cost the Thunder

    Sebastian Pruiti

    Against the Miami Heat, James Harden hasn't looked like the James Harden we saw in the regular season or the James Harden we saw earlier in the playoffs. Harden has struggled in the Finals, only scoring in double-digits once. Harden's worst night ...

    Blog | June 20, 2012