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.