Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball on Carmelo Anthony: "Is Anthony a top five player? No. Is Anthony an efficient player on offense? No. Anthony’s True Shooting Percentage and effective field goal percentage were at or below the league average last season. Granted, Anthony’s Offensive Rating was 110, which was above the league average. Also, if there’s a bright side to Anthony’s obscenely high usage rate (33.4 percent in 2010), it’s that he does an excellent job of taking care of the basketball. That being said, Anthony doesn’t compare favorably to his peers offensively. Yes, Anthony can score and if there’s one thing the Magic desperately need, it’s a dominant perimeter scorer, but he does so with nary an ounce of efficiency."
Now that all the moving parts have come and gone from Phoenix, what did the Suns ultimately net from Amare Stoudemire's departure? Michael Schwartz of Valley of the Suns: "In essence the Suns traded Stoudemire and Leandro Barbosa for Hedo Turkoglu, Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick plus about $5 million worth of trade exception that could still be put to good use. When you consider the pu pu platter offers on the table this February, the Suns made a brilliant decision not to unload STAT at the deadline just to unload him. Sure, maybe they could have gotten a J.J. Hickson here or a Mario Chalmers there, but you really can’t compare that to the haul of established players the Suns acquired instead."
Gian Ciasmiro of Posting & Toasting looks at some interesting findings yesterday from Neil Paine about what happens when a player sees his offensive role change dramatically and applies them to Raymond Felton.
Charley Rosen of Fox Sports enumerates the things a top NBA coach must have in his professional arsenal. On Rosen's list: "A work ethic that sets an example for his staff and players. Or else having several assistants willing to compensate for his laissez-faire attitude by working overtime and allowing him to claim the credit."
With Turkoglu and Chris Bosh moving on from Toronto, the Raptors have a ton of possessions to distribute this season. Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic looks at how equitably those opportunities should be spread out.
Eric Freeman has a new blog, Early Termination Option, which warrants a bookmark or RSS feed subscription.
Trey Kirby of Ball Don't Lie breaks down the NBA rookie photo shoot.
Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm asks how much of an apology -- if any -- does Brandon Roy owe the public after appearing for about 10 seconds in a Cali & Cavalli video that "is seemingly promoting the non-medicinal usage of marijuana."
When we discuss the end of positional orthodoxy in basketball, the Nets' Terrence Williams is one of those guys who is relevant to the conversation. At 6-foot-6, Williams can handle the ball, has good court vision and could potentially defend anywhere on the perimeter once he gets a better grasp of NBA rotations. He's also critical to the Nets' long road back to respectability.
Beno Udrih: Better than you think.
James Posey might not have been anything more than carry-on baggage in the four-team deal that sent Darren Collison to Indiana last week, but Jared Wade of 8 Points, 9 Seconds would like to remind you that Posey has won two rings since the Pacers last reached the postseason.
After watching the Hubie Brown video on setting screens, Game Time Workouts sends in this Red Auerbach and Rick Barry production on the underhand free throw.
Big thanks to commenter micaroni715, who sent a long an incredible 1983 piece from the Sports Illustrated vault titled "The Gospel According to Hubie," which is a fascinating read and full of details about Brown's contentious relationship with many in the NBA's coaching fraternity.