In the NO Podcast Episode 84: Projecting the Hornets with the Basketball Prospectus

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Published: August 26, 2012

Michael and I are joined by Bradford Doolittle of the Basketball Prospectus and ESPN.com. Over the past month, Brad has written several articles (like this one) analyzing the Hornets, and we thought he’d be a great guest to talk about projections for the future.

Oh, and his system is down on Austin Rivers.  So Michael and I can glare and grizzle over that a bit more. Good times!


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17 comments
Josh
Josh

Thanks for the podcast. I hope that Austin Rivers doesn't turn into the worst player in the NBA.

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

Hey audio is broken :(

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

What kind of issues? The player is new, and I don't think we control it. You can try a ctrl+f5 or perhaps another browser. Keep us posted, dude.

loudlikepat
loudlikepat

are we still talking about the hornets with isaac on the way? someone give skynet a giant fan so he can jump up and blow the storm towards mississippi.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Let's swat it back into the Gulf, not toward anyone, eh?

DownUnder
DownUnder

Another good podcast guys but one question, is it supposed to have that cut at about the 27:08 mark? It just sounded unnatural.

Ryan Schwan
Ryan Schwan

That's my less than stellar editing skills. We had some audio problems at that point and I didn't splice it gracefully.

DownUnder
DownUnder

Its ok, Im surprised you guys dont have more issues with all this audio stuff. Hope we didn't miss too much, this was a real interesting one!

504ever
504ever

A couple of things jump out at me from this podcast. First the crazy: Bradford Doolittle said Anderson might not start for the Hornets! We invest $9M/year in Anderson knowing we have won the Anthony Davis Lottery to not start Anderson? I lost so much respect for Bradford Doolittle on that one, especially after he spent so much time talking up Anderson in a fact based, well researched way. Doolittle gained some of that respect back by liking Lopez, and saying Lopez was undervalued, and by saying both Rivers and Barnes project poorly in their first years in the NBA (the truth finally). But I still can't get over the Anddrson might not start comment.

xman20002000
xman20002000

Try this one... Davis might not start nor Rivers.. Let's look at the core from last season... meaning remaining core... Vasquez, Eric Gordon, Aminu, Anderson and Lopez. .... or Smith/Anderson considering Smith knows the system.. but will coach rotate players as he did last season... AND now that we have depth i.e. more quality and the all important ability to score plus a healthy EG.. its on... No one talks about the skill set of Eric Gordon... This dude is a special player with others including the rookies playing off his talent...

Ben
Ben

While I think he will start, look at the seahawks and Matt Flynn.

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

I also think Anderson will start, based off of his talent not his salary. I don't agree with Doolittle's assertion that he won't start, but Manu Ginobli, Jason Terry (in Dallas), etc have made more than Anderson and not started (and Harden will command 10 mil+ and not start) so it is not unfathomable. Who starts really doesn't matter. As Doolittle said, Anderson will get 30+ minutes and will be highly effective when he is on the court. If Monty wants to try and get Aminu and Lopez going early, I would be fine with Anderson coming off the bench- as long as he gets those 30+ minutes and finishes the game

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

You nailed it Jason. Despite Ryan and I saying that it doesn't matter who starts 500 times now, the #1 question we get BY FAR is: Who is going to start this year? We figured we'd let someone else weigh in since it is such an important topic

504ever
504ever

So you think the questions and discussion in the podcast should have been about "aggregate play"?

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Didn't listen to it yet (it's a Monday thing for me), but I think the only reason to talk about starting is to please people who expect to hear about it.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

"Starting" is a caveman concept. It's about aggregate play.

Mike P
Mike P

I wrote earlier this summer that I don't think Anderson can guard 3s. Doolittle claims he can guard 3s that don't move much, which I agree with, but do you guys think that playing him at the 3 kind of takes away from his effectiveness as an offensive player?