In searching for the latest NBA trends, Kevin Pelton finds Dwight Howard having an off-the-charts month, sees the Cleveland Cavaliers starting to turn things around thanks to Ramon Sessions and discusses the historical impact of deadline deals.
Kevin Pelton looks at three star veterans -- Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash -- who will be free agents in 2012. He writes that although all are on the decline, they can be valuable pickups for teams next summer.
Kevin Pelton writes that certain stats reveal that defensive-minded coaches have a greater impact on a team's play, and that new Lakers hire Mike Brown (a defensive guru) is also a better offensive coach than he is usually given credit for.
Kevin Pelton writes that with three of four conference finalists very young by historical measures, we'd expect them to be back next season. But history also says you can never count on a return trip just because youth was served the first time.
Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus looks at the coming week in the NBA with an eye toward fantasy matchups and lists five players with favorable matchups worth starting, five with unfavorable matchups to bench and one waiver pickup to target.