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.

Remembering the Heatles’ Fallen Foes, Part 1: Tom Thibodeau’s Chicago Bulls

For eight straight seasons, LeBron James led a team to the NBA Finals. That reign of terror upon the Eastern Conference began in the 2010-11 season when LeBron made the controversial decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat. After four years and two championships, he left to return home to…

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Washington Wizards are Perfect Pick-and-Pop Artists

Just two years ago, the Washington Wizards were a trendy pick to make a run in the Eastern Conference. John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. were an effective trio, while other youngsters and role players made them a difficult matchup on paper. Fast forward to September 2019: Wall is out for the season…

Why NBA Playcalling Matters: A Defensive Masterclass in Foiling ATO’s

Earlier this week, we published a piece on the surprising analytic findings surrounding after timeout (ATO) situations. The data points show a slight shift favoring the defenses in these situations, despite the offense having the opportunity to reset in a specific and patterned manner under the coach’s direction. Thus, it’s more difficult to score after…

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Does NBA Playcalling Matter? ATO Analytics Tell a Strange Story

Those who follow me on Twitter (shameless plug) are likely familiar with the affinity I have for X’s and O’s. Basketball’s set plays are an incredible form of human manipulation: leading an individual to do something they believe is in their best interest when it really isn’t. The best plays both target an individual to…

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Finding the Forgotten Hoops Value in Andre Roberson

Outcasted comedian Louis CK once did a bit about how he would try the best of anything. How do you know you don’t like something if you’ve never tried the best version of it? At least try it if you can guarantee it is the best. That may be the case with Andre Roberson. When…

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Analytics Predict Positive Changes for These NBA Teams in 2019-20

Caution: The following includes overall plus-minus and lineup analytics to color optimism about the upcoming season. Put this power into the wrong hands and those conclusions can be drawn incorrectly. An over-emphasis on lineup statistics and metrics can lead to seeing players as the sole reason their lineups performed poorly, which is never the case.…

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5 NBA Youngsters Who Just Need a Chance to Play

Sitting on the bench early in an NBA career is no easy task. Routinely, sports media will heave colloquialisms about paying dues, learning the ropes, sitting and learning from the bench. Plenty of veterans echo that, and the notion makes sense—though it’s also a completely biased position coming from those trying to protect their own…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Lauri Markkanen & Wendell Carter Jr.

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier than ever to be a guard. The trends are certainly changing towards skill and versatility over size and strength. So, why are teams still investing in high-caliber frontcourt tandems? This piece is the final installment in a five-part series here…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Jaren Jackson Jr. & Brandon Clarke

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier than ever to be a guard. The trends are certainly changing towards skill and versatility over size and strength. So, why are teams still investing in high-caliber frontcourt tandems? In a five-part series here at TBW, we dive into…

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