Basketball Intelligence for 10/4/23
The Day's Best Basketball Reporting
The 5 most intriguing NBA players this season
Zach Lowe, ESPN+
Ayton is a very good midrange shooter; he hit 48% on long 2s last season, and has nailed better than 50% for his career from floater range. But his aversion to contact and low free throw attempts -- 2.6 per game -- have always nibbled away at the math of his shot diet. His efficiency on post-ups is average, per Second Spectrum.
Ayton is a good passer, but he prefers facilitating from a standstill; the Suns wagered Nurkic's superior passing on the move in the pick-and-roll is a better fit for their team, and for winning basketball.
NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds: Why Evan Mobley, Nic Claxton are best preseason picks
Sam Quinn/Ameer Tyree, CBS Sports
NBA offseason grades: Breaking down the moves in the Atlantic Division
Jonathan Soveta, theScore
Seth's Nerd Nosh: Fortune Favors the Bold
Seth Partnow, Dunc’d On Prime
ATL: Hawks guard Trae Young ready to prove himself right
Lauren Williams, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
So, when asked if he felt he still hadn’t received the respect he felt he deserved, Young didn’t shy away from the question. He added, though, that he has his sights on the bigger picture.
“For sure,” said Young, who was named to two other All-Star teams. “If you don’t think I’ve been disrespected, I mean, you’re just not telling the truth.
BKN: The key Nets defensive adjustment that could change league-worst deficiency
Erik Slater, Clutchpoints