Two can't-miss reads as the NBA season approaches from Basketball Prospectus and Hardwood Paroxysm


Just wanted to point out a couple of fantastic NBA resources now available for your preseason reading needs. The first, Basketball Prospectus’ (Basketball Prospectus’s? Prospecti?) Pro Basketball Prospectus 2012-13 has been a yearly must-read since its initial edition four years ago. I got to add a blurb to their Pistons section this year in response to a question about who the Pistons go-to player in crunch time should be:

Ideally, Greg Monroe would be getting the bulk  of Detroit’s crunch-time touches. He’s the best  player on the team, an efficient scorer and  added greatly to his offensive repertoire in his  second season. The problem, though, is that  Detroit’s guards have a tendency to forget Monroe exists sometimes. If not Monroe, then next  in line is Rodney Stuckey. He takes decent care  of the ball, can create his own shot and is Detroit’s best player at getting to the line. Brandon  Knight is Detroit’s best three-point shooter, so if  the team needs an outside shot, he’s the guy,  although he’s a bit turnover prone if he has to  do anything other than catch and shoot. Tayshaun Prince probably still fancies himself as a  go-to player too. Although miscast in that role,  he rarely turns it over and usually can get a shot  off in isolation. Detroit’s late-game offense, like  the team in general, has promise but is still a  work in progress.

There’s an incredible amount of information on every NBA team in the book.

The other publication to check out is Hardwood Paroxysm’s 2012-13 NBA preview. This one is available for free online and features content from the many fantastic HP contributors. Definitely check that one out too.