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Breaking down the Princeton Offense

February 25, 2010

We like basketball. We know some of you like basketball. So here’s a nice piece on the Princeton Offense by ASJ of our sister blog, With No Regard 4 Human Life.


Over a few weeks, I’m going to do a series of threads breaking down different types of offenses and defenses ran in the NBA. Today, we will focus on the Princeton offense.

The Princeton Offense, named rightfully so after the offensive genius of Pete Carril (renowned Princeton head coach), is an offense focused on breaking down an opponents defensive set. The reason the Princeton Offense is so difficult for teams to prepare for is because all 5 players on offense are constantly in motion.

There are four parts to the Princeton Offense set.

Part One:

A Princeton Offense usually starts with a high post entry and a cut at the top of the key on the strong side. The strong side is whatever side the ball is on.

Orange is the movement of the ball. Blue is the movement of the player(s). Excuse the terrible artwork. I’m doing this on MS Paint.

Clockwise, from the bottom left, the players are the G, F, C, F, G. Once the PG makes the high post entry pass, he’ll cut to the basket either to a) Get the ball back and go for a layup or b) if the layup isn’t there, to go to the opposite corner and everyone rotates clockwise. So now the setup looks like this:

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Just how similar are Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki?

November 20, 2009

Here is a basketball post from someone named “ASJ”.  Enjoy the change of pace.

Kevin Garnett is widely regarded as a top 10 player of all-time, and one of the best PF’s of all-time as well. Dirk is usually put somewhere in the top 20, and known by many as the best international player the NBA has ever seen. I felt like comparing these two players, as they seem quite similar on paper.

Dirk Nowitzki: 7’0″, 237 pounds — 9th overall in the 1998 draft
Kevin Garnett: 6’11”, 220 pounds — 5th overall in the 1995 draft

Nowitzki’s Per Game Career Stats:
22.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.9 stl, 1.0 blk, 1.9 TOV in 36.6 mpg.

Garnett’s Per Game Career Stats:
20.1 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 stl, 1.6 blk, 2.5 TOV in 37.5 mpg.

At first glance, it’s easy to tell whose strength is what. Nowitzki is the more talented scorer, having a 2.7 ppg advantage, while Garnett is obviously much better defensively (more blocks and more steals). Garnett, however, does turn the ball over more.

So let’s look a little bit more in depth, shall we?

Nowitzki’s Advanced Career Stats:
23.9 PER, 117 ORtg, 103 DRtg, 58.0 TS%, 51.0 eFG%, 13.3 TRB%, 13.0 AST%, 1.3 STL%, 2.1 BLK%, 26.8 USG% with a total of 140.3 Win Shares

Garnett’s Advanced Career Stats:
23.8 PER, 111 ORtg, 99 DRtg, 54.7 TS%, 50.1 eFG%, 17.1 TRB%, 20.5 AST%, 1.9 STL%, 3.2 BLK%, 25.5 USG% with a total of 159.7 Win Shares.

So again, we see that both players have their own individual strengths. Dirk is minutely more efficient (but that small of a difference is not really much at all). He’s the quite superior offensive player, as he is a much better shooter and his ORtg is a full 6 points higher than KG’s. However, it is also seen that KG is absolutely dominant when it comes to defense and rebounding, posting a sub-100 DRtg (regardless of the teams he has played on), and better rebounding, steals, and block percentages.

Dirk has a higher USG%, as he is, and always has been, the main scoring threat on his team. KG, on the other hand, has seen his USG% decrease during his tenure in Boston, as he is probably the 3rd or 4th option on that team (Pierce and Allen….even though Allen sucks this year, and the emergence of Rondo).

Also, it should be noted that KG is responsible for about 20 more win shares in his career, but that doesn’t mean much, considering he played 3 more seasons than Dirk did.

So what’s the point of all these stats? It just shows that both of these players are so similar, and yet nearly the exact opposite of one another. Dirk’s style of play is much different than KG’s, in that Dirk usually roams the perimeter more, not going down into the post as much as KG. His European style of play, despite being 7 feet tall, allows him to be one of the best shooters in the league today. KG, on the other hand, is usually pounding the ball inside, fighting opposing PF’s and C’s for rebounds and what not.

Dirk’s defense is really not that good at all. he has played on average defensive teams, and posted an average DRtg. KG is obviously a dominant defensive force, having won DPoY before.

Dirk’s offense is better, as KG is not as versatile. KG has range on his shot, but he’s not as mobile, and does not have the handles that Dirk does. At a certain point, KG’s mid-range jumper just does not work!

I do think it’s quite obvious that right now, KG is the better player. However, this year, Dirk has proven himself to be better. If this continues, I do believe Dirk may be able to pass KG in the all-time rankings.

I said “MAY BE”. Don’t get your panties in a bunch, Boston fans 🙂

So what do you all think?

Read our sister blog!

September 16, 2009

WNR4HL is doing a pre-season divisional breakdown. Read it. Here is an excerpt of the NY Knickerbocker:

New York Knicks  (32-50, 5th in the Atlantic)

Offseason Moves:

– Drafted Jordan Hill out of Arizona
– Lost Quentin Richardson.
– Gained THE Darko Millic

Why they might be good:

The Mike D’Antoni “Seven seconds or less” offense might actually work out. I mean, it didn’t work out too well last season, but you all know what they say about Team Chemistry. Al Harrington is a pretty good player. Wilson Chandler has got some upside. David Lee is still David Lee, a really good rebounder and solid block scorer. Nate Robinson was great at the 6th man role. The Knicks could bring it together.

Why the might not be good:

Seven seconds of mess. Jordan Hill makes too many mistakes in Summer League. Larry Hughes still takesbadshots. Darko Millic is still Darko Millic. This team doesn’t look cohesive enough to make a playoff push. While everyone in the Atlantic aside from the Nets gained weapons or systems, the Knicks decided to wait it out for the “Lebron James 2010 sweepstakes”. Expect bad, Knicks fans.

Players to watch:

Nate Robinson. He’s got a forked road ahead of him. On the left, there’s the CYP.He most likely is gonna sign a one year deal with the Knicks, making him a FA for 2010. If he decides to make most of this year to get a good contract for next year, here’s his chance. On the right, its the “trade me please” road. Because he’s got a one year deal, that’s trade bait. Teams that want cap space would SALIVATE to gain Nate Robinson. The Knicks could get the news Lebron is gonna resign with the Cavs, decide to get…um…I dunno…Carlos Boozer, and use Nate as a trade chip. Otherwise, look for Nate to either suck badly, or put up career numbers.


29-53, 4th in Atlantic.

My attempt of an NBA post

August 29, 2009

And this attempt comes in the form of finding out what type of teams are best suited to win. Can an all offense or all defense team be a top team? Can a balanced be a top team? Or must a top team be great at both offense and defense?

To do this, I looked at the ORtg and DRtg of teams from the 2009 season. ORtg is the points a team scored per 100 posessions and DRtg is the points a team allowed per 100 posessions.

The R2 for ORtg to W% is .6467. That is shows that most great teams have a solid offense, but it isn’t a sign of a great correlation. Next up is DRtg.

The R2 here is .7244. So there is a good relationship between a solid defense and wins.

The last thing I did was subtract DRtg from a teams ORtg. Here is the result:

An R2 of .9793. That is amazing.

Essentially, the top tier NBA teams are those with excellent offense and defense. If you are an all defense or an all offense team, you don’t stand a good chance to be a great team. The same goes for those teams that are solid at both offense and defense, but not great (kind of like NO).

Thus, it is no surprise the top four teams last season were the leaders in ORtg-DRtg: CLE, BOS, LAA, ORL. Meanwhile, the best offensive team was Portland while the best defensive team was BOS.

The next step is collecting more data beyond the 2008-2009 season, as well as looking at the ORtg-DRtg leaders and seeing how they fared in the NBA playoffs.

With No Regard for Human Life

August 24, 2009

With my suggestion, some statistically saavy basketball minds created a sister blog to 4PARL. It is WNR4HL, aka, With No Regard for Human Life. For those that love basketball and want a funny yet analytical B-Ball blog, check those guys out. We’ll even let them write about basketball here.

Also, go see Inglorious Basterds. If only it went down like that in real life!