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  1. Is LeBron too passive? Numbers say no

    Ryan Feldman

    LeBron James has often been criticized for being too passive. He's proving lately that the more he passes, the more the Cavaliers win. James was averaging 7.2 assists per game in his first 15 games this season. He's averaging 11.7 assists per game...

    Blog | December 06, 2014
  2. Westbrook returns by outperforming Knicks

    Ryan Feldman

    Layne Murdoch/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook scored 32 points in 24 minutes against the Knicks.We're one game into the return of Russell Westbrook, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are already a significantly improved team. Fresh off his return from a...

    Blog | November 28, 2014
  3. Is Waiters Cleveland's problem?

    Ryan Feldman

    Dion Waiters is playing less lately, isn't playing when the game matters, is getting many fewer touches than last season, hasn't been getting passed to as much by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving over the last two games, isn't passing as much when he ge...

    Blog | November 07, 2014
  4. NBA Draft: Who do analytics rate best?

    Ryan Feldman

    There has been a huge analytics movement lately in the NBA - 23 of the 30 teams have analytics departments. Some, but not all, advanced stats translate well from college to the NBA. Which ones translate the best? REBOUND PERCENTAGE Rebound per...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  5. Is Joel Embiid the next Olajuwon or Yao?

    Ryan Feldman

    Getty ImagesJoel Embiid's freshman numbers compare favorably to Hakeem Olajuwon's freshman numbers.All of the talk right now is about Joel Embiid's injury, a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot. The injury has drawn some attent...

    Blog | June 21, 2014
  6. Double teams hurting the Heat defense

    Ryan Feldman

    Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/Getty ImagesThe Heat defense has really struggled against the Spurs in the Finals. The Miami Heat defense has been out of sorts in the 2014 NBA Finals - so much out of sorts that the San Antonio Spurs are on pace for t...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  7. Why Louisville & MSU should be No. 1 seeds

    Ryan Feldman

    It seems clear that Arizona, Florida and Wichita State will receive No. 1 seeds. But which team should be the 4th No. 1 seed? LOUISVILLE Are choosing No. 1 seeds about who the best four teams are? Or are they about selecting the best 4 resumes u...

    Blog | March 16, 2014
  8. Key to OSU-MSU: Transition game

    Ryan Feldman

    For the first time in series history, Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans will meet as top-5 opponents (9 p.m. ET tonight on ESPN). The AP Poll isn't the only ranking with both teams in the top five. When the Buckeyes and Spartans m...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  9. Celtics and Sixers exceeding expectations

    Ryan Feldman

    Remember all of that talk before the season about tanking? How the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers were expected to lose a lot of games in order to position themselves for a top pick in the 2014 NBA draft? Well, apparently the players and co...

    Blog | November 10, 2013
  10. No. 25? Is Kobe Bryant underrated?

    Ryan Feldman

    David Sherman/Getty ImagesKobe Bryant is entering his 18th NBA season.Kobe Bryant was revealed as the 25th-best player in the NBA this season, according to ESPN.com's #NBArank. Are we really predicting that 24 players will be better than Kobe this...

    Blog | October 16, 2013
  11. More post-ups = more success for LeBron

    Ryan Feldman

    Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesLeBron James has posted up much more often over the last two seasons.In ESPN the Magazine's NBA preview issue, which will be released on Friday, LeBron James commented on how he has plenty of room for improvement in his post-...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  12. McLemore tops 2013 draft class

    Ryan Feldman

    Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesBen McLemore's jump shot has drawn comparisons to Ray Allen.Although opinions vary, advanced analytical data say the best prospect in this year's NBA draft may be former Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore. McLemore is effic...

    Blog | June 26, 2013
  13. NBA Draft: Which 'big' is best?

    Ryan Feldman

    Getty ImagesAlex Len, Nerlens Noel and Anthony Bennett are three notable big men in this year's NBA draft. Who's the best big man in this year's NBA Draft? The answer may surprise you. Using advanced analytical data, let's compare the top big man...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  14. Better duo: Jordan/Pippen or James/Wade?

    Ryan Feldman

    Getty ImagesLeBron James and Dwyane Wade could be on the verge of their second NBA title together, but that doesn't compare to the six rings for Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.Fifteen years ago today, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led the Chic...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  15. Is Stephen Curry the MVP of the playoffs?

    Ryan Feldman

    John Leyba/The Denver Post/Getty ImagesStephen Curry helped the Warriors win a playoff series for the second time in the last 22 years.When David Lee tore his right hip flexor in Game 1, many thought it would be an uphill battle for the Golden State ...

    Blog | May 03, 2013
  16. Lewis may not have huge impact vs Brady

    Ryan Feldman

    US PresswireTom Brady and Ray Lewis face off in the AFC Championship Game.For the final time, future Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Ray Lewis will face off on Sunday. Lewis is hoping to keep his NFL career alive with a win at New England. But Lewis ...

    Blog | January 14, 2013