By Kelly Scaletta

Spent 4.5 years in the USAF before attending University of Minnesota, Bible college in Anaheim and 15 years in youth ministry. Basketball blogger-turned-NBA Featured Columnist with Bleacher Report, BBallBreakdown, Fansided, The Step Back, Hoops Habit, SportsNet, Vantage Sports, Dime and FanRag, among others, accumulating over 25 million views. Former full-time NBA Assistant Editor at FanRag (2016-18). An NBA Twitter staple: Well-connected and respected among today’s finest basketball writers.

Don’t Get Duped in NBA Trade Season

Anthony Davis has informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he will not re-sign with them and has asked for a trade to a contender. Thus, Adrian Wojnarowski hereby officially rang the opening bell for “NBA trade season.” Over the next few weeks, roughly 1.37 million articles will have 23.45 million trade rumors about Davis and…

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ Increasingly Precarious Perch

When the Los Angeles Lakers inked arguably the greatest player ever, it seemed their prolonged playoff drought was over, and they were on the precipice of returning to dynasty form. However, that future is less certain and we haven’t even reached the All-Star Game of LeBron James’ first season. The Lakers started slow (2-5) but…

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How do we truly judge the value of an assist?

NBA Assists Are Everything and Almost Nothing

Assists are simultaneously one of the most important aspects of basketball, one of the most overrated stats and one of the most underrated. That’s right. They can mean virtually everything or almost nothing. I’ve been percolating on the idea of assists for years now, and how we could come up with a better version of them.…

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Hail, James Harden: New King of the Unassisted 3

When Stephen Curry unanimously won MVP in 2015-16, it was in large part because he redefined the pull-up, hitting off-the-bounce shots from downtown at a previously unseen rate. The season rightfully earned Curry the honor of “Greatest Pull-up Shooter in the World”, and it’s an unofficial one he has carried to today. But James Harden…

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How Scheduling Can Tell NBA’s Subtlest Lies

You often hear about the “lies” that statistics tell, but they ain’t got nothin’ on the lies scheduling tells. Everything from hot streaks to disappointing starts, to hitting the right team at the wrong time or the wrong team at the wrong time can influence outcomes of games. Those things get aggregated, and often, that…

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James Harden Must Be Houston Rockets’ Ignition

James Harden drove straight at the rim, past Lonzo Ball and into the outstretched arms of JaVale McGee reaching out for the block. Harden cocked back the ball and hammered it through the rim into McGee’s chest, who staggered about on the floor before completely falling down like he’d been shot in the gut. It…

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Depth, Defense Have OKC Thunder Quietly Rolling

Last year, the Oklahoma City Thunder lived up to their name: There was a lot of noise about them but very little danger. This season appears to be different: They’re quietly rolling through the league with some accompanying lightning. OKC started off losing their first four, but since then have been the league’s best team,…

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Kelly’s Korner 3: On Curry’s Letter, Lowry’s Presser and the Bulls

While most of my time on The Basketball Writers is going to be spent doing editing behind the scenes, I’ll be doing a weekly column I’m dubbing “Kelly’s Korner 3”: my thoughts on three of the stories circulating the NBA each week. Stephen Curry’s Letter Writing Let’s start with a feel-good story that will warm…

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On the Dangers of Single-Number Metrics

I don’t want to say single-number metrics are completely useless, but the people who create them think they’re completely useless. Of course, they don’t think the one they created is completely useless. They just think all of the other ones are completely useless. So collectively, they all think that all but one of the single-number metrics…

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