Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on December 7, 2010 under xOther | 2 Comments to Read

  • Zach Lowe names his award candidates with a quarter of the season in the books over at SI’s The Point Forward, and the Mavericks are well-represented.
  • Tyson Chandler on Jason Kidd (via Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News): ““J-Kidd, he surprises me all the time. He keeps digging into that tank and pulling out tricks. One night he’s making every single pass. (In Utah), he’s making every single three. (Against Sacramento), he’s making every single defensive play. The guy’s amazing.”
  • Dirk casts his vote for the Mavs’ MVP.
  • Sam Amick profiled Tyson Chandler for NBA FanHouse, and hit on some of the familiar themes of Chandler’s season: his tremendous defensive impact, his recovery from injury, his time with Team USA, and his leadership.
  • Speaking of Chandler, he may end up missing tonight’s game with a stomach bug.
  • Anthony Tolliver, currently of the Minnesota Timberwolves and formerly a D-League staple, threw some praise and took a bit of a shot at current Texas Legend Rashad McCants (via Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune): “I knew he could score, but…He’s amazing, really, really good. It kind of lets you know if you’re super talented and don’t do the right things, you still won’t be in this league. You have to be a professional.”
  • An idea, courtesy of Noam Schiller of Both Teams Played Hard: Should Tyson Chandler be considered for the league’s Most Improved Player award? That likely depends on your interpretation of the meaning of the award, but if we’re going strictly by a difference in production between this year and last year, Chandler has to be up there. Then again, by that same logic, so does Blake Griffin.
  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com used a simple — very simple — measure to look at the Most Improved Player race, and Chandler’s name also came up. Also, among the “Most Regressed” players? Brendan Haywood. Burn.
  • Hey, remember that Jeremy Lin guy?
  • Fantastic diagrams illustrating the diversity of the league’s top assist men, including the Mavs’ own Jason Kidd.
  • tcat75 of Mavs Moneyball went back through the Mavs’ win over the Utah Jazz and classified every defensive possession by the top of D (man or zone) that Dallas played for comparative purposes. The final verdict: Dallas forced a ton of turnovers in a relatively small number of possessions while in the zone, but completely suffocated the Jazz while playing man-to-man.
  • See how the Dallas bench measures up in terms of cost, minutes used, and production.
  • It looks like Dominique Jones will continue to play for the Legends, and this is a great, great thing. This is a crucial part of the system, and exactly the kind of thing Dallas needs to use their affiliate for.
  • Shawne Williams has made 10 of his first 12 three-pointers as a member of the Knicks. What?
  • Pau

    Hey Rob,

    Didn't get to catch the game today, but I was wondering if you could do another installment of the Moving Pictures, but this time with the effectiveness of the Frenchmen, Ajinca and Mahinmi. No major sports network seem to include them in their highlights, so I thought you could help everyone who missed out on the game tonight.

    Thanks,

    Pau

  • http://www.shattertheglass.com Bgalella

    Tyson Chandler has been great this season, his defense has set the tone for Dallas.