By Adam Spinella

Adam is currently a college basketball coach at the Division III level working at Dickinson College. He loves watching for offensive schemes while specializing in individual skill development, shooting technique and coach-speak. Born in New Hampshire, Adam grew up as a Celtics fan but now claims to just love "good basketball", which does not include mid-range jumpers.

Where We Hit and Missed on NBA Season Predictions So Far

Before the first game of the season, I threw out 50 fairly bold predictions for the NBA season, all of which were rooted in optimism and belief. As always, one subtle action can change how the dominos fall, whether it’s an injury (here’s looking at you, Stephen Curry) or the unforeseen ascension of talent. We’re…

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NBA Film Study: The Masterful Footwork of Trae Young & Luka Doncic

For better or for worse, Trae Young and Luka Doncic are eternally bound. During the 2018 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks made a pick swap that essentially sent Doncic to the Mavs and Trae to the Hawks. Both are playing like All-Stars and vaulting their offenses to high-caliber levels. We’re not getting…

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Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: How to Stop the Pick-and-Pop

The pick-and-pop has become one of the NBA’s most common plays on offense, even more so as skilled big men continue to get stretchier and the lanes are kept open for ball-handling drivers rather than lumbering rollers. With everyone frequently running this action—even going so far as to invert the look with guards and wings…

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NBA Film Study: The Sabonis Black Hole, Darius Garland Fun, Where Knicks’ Offense Works

Another week of NBA action, another set of tidbits in the film room. As we think about what we’re thankful for this holiday season, I’m very thankful for Synergy, the video and statistical service that allows us to quickly and neatly dive into these tidbits. While this week has a heavy emphasis on offensive sets…

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Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: Phoenix Suns Blade Cut

Simple yet effective. That’s how you describe the Phoenix Suns “blade cut.” New coach Monty Williams and first-year Suns point guard Ricky Rubio have been helpful additions, but so too have competent screeners and improved team chemistry overall. That’s resulted in a better scheme for star Devin Booker and complementary scorer Kelly Oubre Jr. Coach…

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Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: How to Shut Down Joel Embiid

Coach Adam “Spins” Spinella of Dickinson College breaks down how the Toronto Raptors held Joel Embiid scoreless (in 32 minutes played!) during their 101-96 win on Monday. Embiid went 0-11 on the night and was held scoreless for the first time in his career, even as the Sixers tried to change their offensive approach at…

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Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: How Bradley Beal Beats Double Teams as a Lone Star

Coach Adam “Spins” Spinella of Dickinson College breaks down how Bradley Beal consistently beat a Sacramento Kings defense that was specifically designed to shut down the Washington Wizards’ star during their 113-106 loss on Sunday. Though the Wiz came up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, Beal once again showed how he’s been able…

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Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: How Giannis Antetokounmpo Beats Double Teams

Coach Adam “Spins” Spinella of Dickinson College breaks down how the Milwaukee Bucks thwarted the Portland Trail Blazers’ defense whenever they went to double-team Giannis Antetokounmpo in the post during Thursday’s 137-129 home win. Antetokounmpo posted a triple-double with 24 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, despite the Blazers’ best efforts to contain him: “Coach…

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