Some interesting league-wide stuff that have built up on the sidebar and my reader over the past week or so that I want to share. I can't say I've actually digested them all yet...but as Bulls fans we certainly have more time, eh? ::sobs::
- Interesting work being done with player tracking by some teams (not the Bulls) in the NBA. One tidbit is that nobody ran per game as much as Luol Deng did this season.
- Crazy graphs showing efficiency by player+play-type for all teams. Here's the Bulls chart.
- This visual aid at Deadspin is more for fun: best shooters in the NBA by area on the floor.
- Hoopidea, like any ideas, are some good and some bad. I think it's a noble goal to try and stop 'hack-a'-tactics though. I don't like their first suggestion very much though. I'm sure my own initial thought can be poked apart, and you don't want to give referees more choices, but why isn't it always an 'intentional foul' with the extra penalties associated with it?
- Kevin Pelton at Basketball Prospectus dug in on associating ACL injuries with fatigue, something that the league tripped over themselves they ran so fast to deny, and even they now realize there's some debate on the issue. This finds some correlation, but nothing conclusive either way. I still maintain that it is both the fatigue and the special case of Rose coming back from other injuries that made Thibodeau's choice in the playoffs a dangerous one.
- Tom Ziller at the mothership is reviewing the past 5 drafts, starting with the epic 2007 one that changed the league. The Bulls come off extremely well here, taking Joakim Noah 9th.