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Shook Ankles: O.J. Mayo Teaches Danny Green How To Jump

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Admit it. Every time you look at O.J. Mayo the first thing that comes to mind is Kevin Love. How could he not? The two were dealt for one another in what’s quickly become one of the more lopsided trades in recent history. One might say it’s looking less even by the day. Memphis is doing okay for themselves right now as a legitimate Western Conference bully, but just imagine them with Love’s ridiculous consistency instead of Mayo’s unpredictable temperament. Banging inside with a legitimate defensive center to ease up the load, complimenting a fellow budding superstar in Rudy Gay, and continuing on the Hall of Fame path he’s currently treading, Memphis would be an even greater entity than they are right now. But the past is the past. The draft night trade that put Mayo in Memphis and Love in Minnesota happened. So is life.

When we boil this down, how unfair is it to compare O.J. Mayo with one of the NBA’s best players (who doesn’t even play the same position!) just because they were unwillingly linked a few years ago? Mayo isn’t a terrible basketball player—not in the least. He’s a 23-year-old dynamo, shooting 41% from the three-point line, coming off the bench for a player who can’t hit a layup (and once beat him up on an airplane), and doing it all without public complaint. And is it so naive as to remember the 19-year-old rookie who averaged nearly 20 points per game? The offensive deviant who went from West Virginia to Southern California to the NBA with seamless ease? Mayo may never tip the scales to make the trade for Kevin Love look good in his favor, but there’s still plenty of time for him to close the gap.

 

 

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Shook Ankles: O.J. Mayo’s Coming Out Party

Last night O.J. Mayo saw himself in the Grizzlies’ starting lineup for the first time since early April, when his team was actively trying to lose basketball games. He was tremendous, going 6-12 from the field for 16 points, four boards, and four (!) steals. What most sticks out to me is his ability to stretch the floor, allowing Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to do what they do best, unimpeded with no double teams. (Randolph absolutely murdered Serge Ibaka when the two were on an island last night.) In the first postseason of his young career, Mayo’s shooting 43% from the three-point line. For Memphis in these playoffs he’s fourth in scoring, third in assists, first in three-pointers, and he’s averaging more minutes a game than Shane Battier, Tony Allen, and Sam Young. He’s still the same guy who insists on driving wildly to the basket every now and then, but quite possibly for the first time in his professional career, O.J. Mayo’s giving his coach a legitimate reason to keep him on the floor.

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Essay: Playoff Unit Analysis

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

(Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

From studying the postseason’s top units by way of the incredibly insightful site Basketballvalue.com, here are a few thoughts I’ve put together. Some of these are more or less obvious, while others may make you check the site for yourself. Enjoy. Read more…

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