- Free Darko's Big Baby assembles a sublime menagerie of great basketball archetypes. It must be seen to be believed.
- Per John R., check out Chad Ford's Daily Dish podcast with Coach Mike Dunleavy.
- According to the trusty Pro Sports Daily's NBA Rumors, today, by my count, is the first since opening night 2004 that Corey Maggette hasn't been mentioned in a trade rumor. Remember that you've heard it here: Corey's contract is far too valuable for the Clippers to move. At this juncture - assuming that Corey will logically opt out after next season - the contract is reasonable in both dollars and years. Barring a meltdown in the locker room, it's not going to happen before Draft Day 2007. Though I did hear one rumor this morning that Corey was headed to Burma in exchange for the unconditional release of political dissident Aung San Suu Kyi.
As alluded to in the previous post, the Clippers' efficiency stats are exactly where you'd expect them to be. The team excels in overall defensive efficiency [8th in EFF, 9th in eFG], with a low forced turnover rate [a stat I find more reflective of a team's philosophy than its ability]. Offensively, the Clips are struggling in overall efficiency [19th in EFF, 25th in eFG], but are excelling at keeping turnovers low [9th], working the offensive glass, and getting to the line [7th]. Some random stat facts for you:
Corey Maggette is third in the league in free throws made per shot attempt.
Quinton Ross is the least turnover-prone player in the league by a startling margin.
Shaun Livingston is now 10th in the league in assist ratio.
The Clippers usage leaders are Cassell, Maggette, and Brand - in that order - with Brand much, much closer to 4th place Tim Thomas than to Maggette.