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Paul’s Place In the Small-Guard Pantheon

Posted by Neil Paine on October 7, 2009

Chris Paul's new children's book, "Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big," is about how a young CP3 was able to overcome his short stature to become an NBA superstar. It's a feel-good story for the whole family, I'm sure, but it also begs the question: where does Paul stand among the great small guards of all time?

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Tutorial Videos: Head-to-Head Finder

Posted by Neil Paine on October 7, 2009

Here's another feature we posted about a while ago, but this time we'll give you the tutorial in video form:

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Layups: Sagarin’s All-Time NCAA Rankings

Posted by Neil Paine on October 5, 2009

ESPN is rolling out a new encyclopedia -- this time for college hoops -- and they preview it with page 1196: Jeff Sagarin's all-time NCAA program ratings... Oh, and it turns out UCLA isn't number one, a fact that has some people angry (the coaches' reactions are more subdued, though).

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Layups: BDL’s NBA Previews

Posted by Neil Paine on October 5, 2009

Ball Don't Lie kicks off its NBA Preview today, with the Boston Celtics. Enjoy!

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BBR Mailbag: 10 Years With the Same Franchise

Posted by Neil Paine on October 5, 2009

In the comments section of our Andre Iguodala post last week, Joe Schaller had this request for us:

I would like to see a blog on players who played their entire career of at least 10 seasons with just one team, a truly great achievement when you really think about it and very rare. I think Reggie Miller was the last to do it.

No problem, Joe. Here's every player in NBA history to spend at least 10 seasons with the same franchise:

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Layups: Which Season Had the Most “Superpowers”?

Posted by Neil Paine on October 4, 2009

This weekend, Gutsy Goldberg of Back Seat Drivers took an interesting look at the NBA seasons in which the best teams were the strongest, using our very own SRS formula. The challenge to this year's Lakers, Cavs, Celtics, Magic, and (maybe) Spurs? Beat the 1995-96 crop of Chicago, Seattle, Utah, San Antonio, and Orlando.

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SR News: 2009-10 Stats at

Posted by Neil Paine on October 2, 2009

In case you hadn't made your way over to Hockey-Reference yet today, here's a reminder that H-R is up-to-date with stats and information through the current 2009-10 season, and will be automatically updated with the previous day's results every morning from now until the end of the playoffs in June.

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Layups: Name the Arenas

Posted by Neil Paine on October 2, 2009

No, not Gilbert Arenas... Sporcle wants to know: Can you name every team's arena?

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Layups: Dwyer’s 10 Best of the Decade

Posted by Neil Paine on October 1, 2009

I'd be remiss if I didn't link to BBR Blog fave Kelly Dwyer's ongoing series at Ball Don't Lie, highlighting the top 10 players of the Oughts by position:

As always, they're fun reads even though I don't agree with everything in there. And besides, it's nice to see somebody getting more Kobe-related hate mail than me.

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Ode to Iggy

Posted by Neil Paine on September 30, 2009

Quick, name the NBA's leader in minutes played over the past four seasons...

OK, turn in your answers!

I see a lot of Kobe Bryant... LeBron James... a stray Joe Johnson here and there. But the answer is actually:

Andre Iguodala.

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