Friday Film: Reading the Defense, PNR Timing, FloppyNov 17th, 2017
Watch Kyle Anderson anticipate the defensive rotations, the effectiveness of a slow pick-and-roll, and Denver's Floppy defense.
The Evolving NBA: Big-Big Pick-and-RollsNov 16th, 2017
Another battle site in the NBA's evolutionary arms race: big-big pick-and-rolls.
Friday Film: Clever Counter, Corner DHO, JaValeNov 10th, 2017
Watch OKC's simple but clever counter to Boston's pick-and-roll defense, the Sixers generate a wide open three, and JaVale being JaVale.
Breaking Down the Bledsoe DealNov 9th, 2017
A deep-dive on the Eric Bledsoe trade: the strategic factors in play for both front offices, and an examination of Bledsoe's value as a player and fit in Milwaukee.
"You F*** Up Sometimes": Additional ThoughtsNov 6th, 2017
Some further thoughts following my article on Archie Goodwin and draft mistakes: discussing the importance of process, whether I was really wrong, and group dynamics.
Friday Film: Snake, Wedge, Getting BackNov 3rd, 2017
Watch a master demonstrate snaking the pick-and-roll, a clever variation of a common set, and an overeager rookie.
Is the Magic Real?Oct 31st, 2017
The Orlando Magic are 5-2, but how seriously should we take them? And what does answering that question tell us about early season results in general?
Friday Film: Hammer, Marc, WeakOct 27th, 2017
San Antonio's (not so) surprising Hammer action, the craftiness of Marc Gasol, and "weaking" the middle pick-and-roll.
Ask Ben: Game-to-Game Strategy and Play-by-PlayOct 25th, 2017
Answering questions from subscribers: on game-to-game strategic coaching adjustments and play-by-play errors.
2017-18 Questions: Plus-Minus MachinesOct 23rd, 2017
Part three of my questions for this coming season: will the plus-minus machines keep humming? On how to think about plus-minus metrics, and the players that will test our conclusions this year.
2017-18 Questions: Evolution of the Big ManOct 18th, 2017
Part two of my questions for this coming season: how will the evolution of the big man continue? On New Orleans and San Antonio pushing their twin towers to the perimeter.
Anatomy of a Play: 10/17/17 BOS @ CLEOct 18th, 2017
Breaking down a set the Cavaliers ran twice at the end of their opening night game against the Celtics.
2017-18 Questions: Only One BallOct 17th, 2017
Part one of my questions for this coming season: does it matter that there’s only one ball? On Oklahoma City and Houston's star acquisitions.
How to Get a Job in the NBANov 14th, 2017
It is the most frequent question I get asked: how can I get a job in the NBA? My advice, based on lessons from my story and experience working for teams.
"You F*** Up Sometimes"Nov 2nd, 2017
Something to think about as scouting season gets underway: we all make mistakes in the draft. We shouldn't run from them, but learn from them.
Introducing InsiderOct 16th, 2017
Welcome to the next phase of Cleaning the Glass: Insider. What exactly is Insider? And why did I decide to go this route?
Cornered MarketJul 12th, 2017
Why don’t the Thunder sign big money free agents? Because the market isn’t what it seems. How max and rookie contracts distort the free agency market and alter the NBA landscape.
A Roll of the Dice, Part 3Jul 5th, 2017
If you’re not thinking about risk when you’re thinking about the draft, you’re missing something key. On Giannis, youth, and uncertainty vs. risk. The third and final part in this three part series about the draft.
A Roll of the Dice, Part 2Jun 28th, 2017
Scouting beats stats, but scouting plus stats beats anything else. What’s the right way to make front office decisions? There’s actually a science to it. The second in a three part series about the draft.
A Roll of the Dice, Part 1Jun 20th, 2017
On Bill Simmons' podcast, Malcolm Gladwell said that he doesn't believe there's "any great predictability" to the draft. Why he’s right - and why he’s wrong. The first in a three part series about the draft.
Making the TransitionJun 15th, 2017
The Cavs broke about every transition defense rule in the book in the Finals…and that might be reason for optimism. On transition defense in general, the Cavs' in particular, and what it tells us about what they do now.
LeBron Reads the DefenseJun 11th, 2017
A small demonstration of LeBron’s incredible basketball IQ: 30 seconds from Game 4.
Finals Notebook: Games 1 and 2Jun 6th, 2017
Three keys for Game 3, plus some subtle things you may have missed.
Working Out WorkoutsMay 30th, 2017
Draft workouts can be a powerful evaluation tool - but they also are uniquely dangerous.
In the ArenaMay 24th, 2017
No coaches were fired this season. That shouldn’t be so notable, and yet it is. Why?
Flipping the SwitchMay 18th, 2017
Switching defenses are becoming more popular in the NBA and perhaps no team plays against them more than the Warriors. But Golden State has been able to attack switches in creative ways.
Size MattersMay 11th, 2017
Houston has led the charge towards a new style of basketball, playing small and avoiding midrange shots - and the league has mostly followed suit. But one team is going the opposite direction. Who, how, and why?
The Worldwide Leader and the Cap JumpMay 3rd, 2017
How do the ESPN layoffs connect to the NBA’s changing financial landscape, and what might they mean for the future of the league?
On the Outside, Looking InApr 26th, 2017
How do you watch the playoffs as a non-playoff team? A front office perspective. Plus some thoughts on playoff choking: I don’t know if some players choke in the playoffs, but I don’t think you do either.
The Best AdjustmentApr 20th, 2017
A break down of the Clippers vs. Jazz series through the first two games, with in-depth video examples and some general thoughts on playoff adjustments.
Why Are These Games Different from All Other Games?Apr 13th, 2017
A look at what distinguishes the playoffs from the regular season, using examples from the epic 2014 Portland-Houston series.
Do the Bucks Stop Here?Apr 5th, 2017
How the Bucks' defense reveals an underlying strategic tension in the game itself.
Welcome to Playoff PreparationApr 5th, 2017
A short introduction to the upcoming period of playoff coverage on this site.