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Fun With Bill Reiter …

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2011 at 5:30 am

In the process of avoiding doing work tonight, I ran across this lovely article over at Fox Sports. It’s a fairly concise summation of every lazy bit of basketball analysis on the internet. In other words, this is Bill Reiter’s way of applying for a job at ESPN:

Someone might want to tell ESPN to check with Magic Johnson, one of its basketball analysts, about what exactly matters most when it comes to assessing greatness.

** He didn’t make it through one sentence of this article without resorting to a logical fallacy, in this case the classic “appeal to authority”. Great basketball players do have an inherent ability to “assess greatness” … this is why Michael Jordan is such a legendary talent evaluator. (more…)

Where To Find Me

Posted by    |    August 11th, 2011 at 5:30 am

I haven’t been able to post much on “Get Buckets” lately, but my writing about basketball and all that it implies is sprinkled throughout the internet. I’ve got links to all of my stuff at: jonathantjarks.blogspot.com. Because who wouldn’t want to read 4-5 articles a week about a locked-out sport where literally nothing is happening?

Look for the blog to pick back up in the fall, as the one upside to the NBA lockout is the insane amount of talent in college ball this year. I’ll be continuing my series from last year where I looked at all the big prospects through a five-tool system.

I’m most excited to check out Myck Kabongo, UNC and Kentucky. The top 5 for the Tar Heels (Kendall Marshall / Reggie Bullock / Harrison Barnes / John Henson / Tyler Zeller) and the Wildcats ( Marquise Teague / Doron Lamb / Michael Gilchrist / Terrence Jones / Anthony Davis) are all possible first-round picks. There’s a chance those 10 guys alone will be better than last year’s 14 lottery picks.

Dallas Mavericks: 2011 NBA Champions!

Posted by    |    June 14th, 2011 at 5:30 am

Over at RealGM, I’ve got a look at what the Mavericks long-overdue championship means for the fans, the players and the city of Dallas itself:

Dallas is celebrating: a group of giants from all over the world paid vast amounts of money to represent the city in a league of organized ball-tossing teams just won the annual tournament, throwing a spherical ball into a ten-foot cylinder more often than any of the other 29 teams throughout the country.

And for the last few weeks, be it in the bars of Uptown or the basketball courts of South Oak Cliff, the city was united by one topic of conversation — the Mavericks. Their win wasn’t just for the fans, the players or even the organization, it was for the vibrant metropolis they represent, a blue city in the heart of a red state, and a belief that the promise of the American melting pot where people of wildly varying economic, social and cultural backgrounds can come together for a common purpose, the promise that brought my mother and her family across the Pacific Ocean, isn’t over.

As for me? I didn’t think they would beat the Lakers or the Thunder, but after watching Tyson Chandler play the first few weeks of the season, I knew the Mavericks would be a lot tougher out than most were giving them credit for. (more…)

Chicago/Miami: The Center Gap

Posted by    |    May 20th, 2011 at 5:30 am

I have an article over at RealGM about the Heat/Bulls series:

Chicago’s big men dominated the offensive glass, grabbing 19 offensive rebounds, which led to 31 second-chance points for the Bulls. Miami’s stingy halfcourt defense normally leads to fastbreak points, but it’s impossible to get into transition when you can’t secure a defensive rebound. Chicago’s offensive rebounding yielded them open jumpers against a scrambling Heat defense and allowed them to keep the game in the half-court.

Miami’s centers gave them the worst of both worlds — they couldn’t control Chicago’s big men on the glass and they couldn’t make the Bulls pay for not guarding them.

When Wade, LeBron and Bosh joined forces last summer, they thumbed their noses at the traditional methods of building a team and winning in the post-season. While many criticized them for taking the “easy way out”, in reality, by choosing to play without a center, they were taking on over 40 years of NBA history.

I’ll be writing about two articles a week over at RealGM, so most of my stuff will be over there for now. I want to thank everyone who read, commented or even clicked on my articles here at “GetBuckets”, and also to the good folks over at FanTake headquarters for giving me this opportunity.

Posting will be a lot more infrequent, but I’ll still be around here and over at Barking Carnival occasionally.

Dallas/Oklahoma City: The Age Gap

Posted by    |    May 18th, 2011 at 5:30 am

I’ve got a preview of the Mavericks/Thunder series up over at Barking Carnival. It should be an entertaining series.