I write a lot of articles for several different websites and realize that keeping up with all of them is difficult, especially for those who don’t spend all of their time on Twitter, where I post all of my articles but also throw in a ton of other stuff – mostly live notes from games I’m watching or way-too-in-depth thoughts on Game of Thrones. This is a weekly (sometimes!) roundup piece here on Early Bird Rights to both make it easier to find my pieces written elsewhere and build a portfolio of sorts that’s all in one place.
I haven’t written as much in the last two weeks as I really dove into the cap sheets ahead of June’s 30 Teams in 30 Days series, which will be returning for a third year. I spent the last few days building out the Free Agents list with positional and role designations, and there will be more to come on that front in terms of free agency rankings and tiers for positions and roles in the next six weeks or so until free agency opens. I also spent the better part of a week designing a trade calculator, though that won’t be released publicly and is just for my own internal use.
On the draft front, our profile series at Peachtree Hoops rolls on. We’re starting to get into the guys who may get some looks at the bottom of the first round, depending on whom you ask. I wrote a few over the last two weeks, with a lot more to come in the next few weeks.
Playoff coverage rolls on as well, with three pieces on The Basketball Writers over the last two weeks.
I wrote about the adjustments Philadelphia could make for Game 6 of their series with the Toronto Raptors, including some thoughts on Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick and how Embiid and the Sixers defended Toronto’s ball screen actions.
As the Portland-Denver series rolled on, I was somewhat surprised that neither team ended up going small at any time, even as a short experiment to see what a smaller lineup could do. I had a few ideas on how either team could do it and when it would have been a good idea to try it, though neither did before the series came to an end.
Moving into the Conference Finals, I wrote about Milwaukee’s defense and Brook Lopez in particular coming out of Game 2. He’s been unbelievable on that end of the floor in this series and all playoffs long and is really showing himself to be one of those centers a team can build around on both ends with his lethal outside shooting and length and mobility defensively.
After Golden State’s Game 1 win over Portland, I took to Blazer’s Edge to write about how poor the Trail Blazers’ defensive scheme was in that game, particularly in ball screen actions with Stephen Curry. They cleaned up some of that in Games 2 and 3, though obviously it wasn’t enough to win either of those and now that series is over.
That’s all I had for the last couple weeks. Like I said, it’d been a little light as I shifted my work toward ensuring the cap sheets are ready to go for the 2019-20 season. I’m really looking forward to the offseason and I’ll have you covered for all the offseason preview and review analysis to which you’re accustomed from me.