Nathan Begley | Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:04PM
Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
- Wendell Maxey covers the “soap operas” at One Center Court and say that the Blazers will just keep on truckin’.
- Dwight Jaynes has some sympathy for Kevin Pritchard and for General Managers everywhere.
- To me, this RealGM article on Joel Freeland seems a bit bi-polar. It seems that the author is alternating between saying “Oh, he’s great!” and “Well… he’s actually not that good right now.” However, that may indeed be an accurate take on an “upside” player like Freeland, though I doubt he’ll ever see minutes at small forward for Portland.
- Casey Holdahl has a fantastic article on Marcus Camby and how his acquisition has impacted the Trail Blazers on offense, on defense, and in the locker room.
- Dave Deckard from BlazersEdge answers some more mail.
- “The Blogfather” Henry Abbott, talks about the nature of a good assist and links to this fantastic article on the value of an assist by the frequently linked Tom Haberstroh over at TrueHoop Network sister blog Hardwood Paroxysm.
- After the Tom Penn fiasco and because of the lull between games, we’re a bit short on “news.” So let me take a moment to introduce you to some “must read” links that aren’t necessarily Blazer centric, but great for general basketball knowledge.
- Draftexpress is a great resource for info on all draft prospects, foreign and domestic.
- Chad Ford’s draft blog and almost anything by John Hollinger really make the ESPN INsider subscription worth while.
- When seeking out potential trade targets, I always like to take a look at NBA.com’s Hotspots. For instance, when I look for a small forward for a trade target, I look at their field goal percentage from the corner three, because that’s a look that the small forward gets pretty often in Nate McMillan’s offense. Likewise, I look for power forwards with range at least to the foul line.
- Along those lines, I find that Hoopdata’s shot location charts are both insightful and interesting.