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Opportunity Knocks: The Pluses and Minuses of Success
by Eric Weiss

Introducing the Sports Aptitude Plus/Minus system, and analyzing what we can learn from a huge data set of NBA players regarding the outcomes and development of those with the most desirable personality traits.

D'Angelo Russell vs Emmanuel Mudiay 2015-16 NBA Matchup Video
by Mike Schmitz

A breakdown of last night's head to head matchup between the top two point guards picked in the 2015 NBA Draft: Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell.

Opportunity Knocks: The [DeAndre] Jordan Rules
by Eric Weiss

The unique psychological makeup that allowed DeAndre Jordan to rise up from discarded second round pick to arguably the best defensive player in the NBA.

The Evolution of the Center Position, Through The Eyes of Towns/Okafor
by Matt Kamalsky

It would be very surprising if Karl Towns and Jahlil Okafor aren't the first two names called by commissioner Adam Silver as the top of the 2015 NBA Draft. While that won't shock anyone who followed college basketball this season, the proposition of two centers as locks to go 1-2 is significant both from a historical perspective, despite the shifting importance of the position in the NBA.

Opportunity Knocks: DeMarre Carroll's Long and Winding Road to Stardom
by Eric Weiss

The unique psychological makeup that allowed DeMarre Carroll to rise up from being waived by multiple NBA teams to an integral part of the #1 seed Atlanta Hawks.

Opportunity Knocks: The Unbearable Lightness of Beverley
by Eric Weiss

The unique psychological makeup that allowed Patrick Beverley to rise up from being exiled to Russia to arguably the best defensive player in the NBA for the Houston Rockets.

Opportunity Knocks: Jimmy Butler's Rise to Stardom
by Eric Weiss

Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler could have easily become an exiled player, but he has shown a rare resiliency that is atypical of most people.

The Evolution of Anthony Davis: from Kentucky to the NBA
by Mike Schmitz

Studying the evolution of Anthony Davis, from Kentucky to the NBA. What kind of player was he coming out of college, and what areas of his game did he improve the most in to help him develop into arguably the most productive player in the league right now?

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