JaVale McGee Is No Joke

15Karl-Anthony TownsMIN3,0301301.5 Among the top 15 in total dunks during the 2016-17 regular season.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 7Hassan WhitesideMIA2,5131632.3 PLAYERTEAMMIN. PLAYEDTOTALPER 36 MINUTES 8Mason PlumleePOR, DEN2,1481312.2 1JaVale McGeeGS7391215.9 During the 2016-17 regular season, McGee took a career-high 78 percent of his shots at the rim. In 2012-13, rim shots accounted for only 65 percent of his total attempts.2Before this season, McGee’s career high for the share of his field-goal attempts at the rim was 65.4 percent in 2015-16. Similarly, just 3 percent of McGee’s field goals this season were attempted from outside of 10 feet, whereas these jumpers made up at least 10 percent of his shots in each of his previous campaigns. While McGee’s effectiveness at the rim this season (73 percent field-goal percentage) is basically unchanged from the past two seasons, his condensed shot distribution means that he’s more efficient overall.The Warriors have several actions designed to get McGee near the rim. Most reliably they deploy a Curry-Green high pick-and-roll with McGee positioned at the edge of the lane. Curry’s dead-eye shooting tends to demand a double team in this situation, allowing him to slip a pass to Green around the free-throw line. From there, the Warriors gain a numerical advantage with only McGee’s defender remaining to stop Green’s marauding drive down the lane. The ultimate result is a lob to McGee and a slam dunk.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-02-curry-green-pnr-to-green-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Warriors also use a McGee-Curry ball screen up top. In this variation, McGee picks Curry’s defender and rolls hard to the rim, Curry slings the ball toward Green at the wing, and Green relays it to the cutting McGee for an alley-oop.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-03-mcgee-curry-pnr-green-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McGee gets dunks when he rolls to the basket after setting off-ball screens for Klay Thompson, too. He gets dunks when Andre Iguodala beats his man off the dribble. He gets dunks in transition. He gets dunks on putbacks. He gets all kinds of dunks, all the time. In fact, McGee led the league in dunks per 36 minutes this season.3Among players who played at least 200 minutes. 4Dwight HowardATL2,1991993.3 3DeAndre JordanLAC2,5702533.5 5Rudy GobertUTA2,7442353.1 14Steven AdamsOKC2,3891121.7 12Anthony DavisNO2,7081361.8 McGee has been spectacularly efficient with his shots, posting a career-high true shooting percentage of 64 percent this season. And even though he doesn’t play a lot, when he’s on the floor, he’s a big part of the Warriors offense. McGee was one of just 14 players — including superstars LeBron James, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Durant and Curry — who combined 60+ percent true shooting with a 20+ percent usage rate this season.Although some of it is a luxury of playing with his talented Warrior teammates, McGee’s improved efficiency is mainly the result of a more disciplined shot selection. Compare his shot chart from this season with the one from the 2012-13 season, when he played for a 57-win Denver Nuggets team. Note that with the Warriors, McGee is attempting nearly all of his shots from inside the paint; whereas with Denver, he regularly stepped away from the basket to shoot. 9Tristan ThompsonCLE2,3361221.9 DUNKS 11Kevin DurantGS2,0701071.9 2Clint CapelaHOU1,5511633.8 6Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL2,8451942.5 13Andre DrummondDET2,4091181.8 The Golden State Warriors have acted out many familiar scenes during this year’s playoff run. Kevin Durant has crossed up big men en route to vicious slams, Draymond Green has continued to revolutionize rim protection, and Stephen Curry has danced his way to almost 30 points a night. But a bit player has elbowed his way into the spotlight, too: Warrior reserve center JaVale McGee.In Golden State’s opening series against Portland, McGee was outstanding in his supporting role, chipping in 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 12 minutes per game. He also gave the Warriors a decided advantage over the Blazers when he was playing, contributing to a +48 scoring margin for the Warriors during his 48 minutes on the court. In Game 1, McGee stuffed Portland’s Damian Lillard to ignite a fast break, hustled down court to rebound a missed transition jumper, and set up Curry for a corner three that gave the Warriors the lead. The sequence was emblematic of McGee’s play during the series: exuberant and useful. You could describe McGee’s whole season like that. A player who was once derided as a laughingstock of the NBA is enjoying an unexpected breakout year.In the offseason, McGee had to scratch and claw just to earn an NBA roster spot. After a slew of leg injuries limited the big man to only 62 regular-season appearances over the previous three seasons combined, McGee was waived by the Dallas Mavericks in July. He eventually accepted a non-guaranteed contract and a training-camp invitation to audition for Golden State’s final roster spot.McGee’s image wasn’t helping his prospects, either. After years of unwanted attention on “Shaqtin’ A Fool” — the NBA’s blooper show hosted by Shaquille O’Neal — McGee was saddled with a nasty reputation as basketball’s court jester. Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Washington Post that his view of McGee had been colored from afar — “he’s had the reputation of being flighty.” Speaking to the Mercury News earlier this season, McGee characterized the opinion held by many NBA fans more bluntly: “They think I’m a dumb person.”Once in camp, however, he won over his teammates and coaches with a bevy of high-flying dunks and blocks and earned the 15th spot on the squad. Before a preseason game, Kerr told SFGate that he was optimistic about the player’s fit with Golden State: “He gives us something that we don’t have with our other centers, just with that ability to catch a lob and finish. I think he has the potential to help us. We’ll see how it all goes.” As it turns out, it has gone really well.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-01-mcgee-curry-dribble-handoff-curry-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.During the regular season, McGee led all NBA players1Minimum 20 games played. in plus-minus per possession, with the Warriors edging their opponents by an average of 19.2 points for every 100 possessions he was on the court. This impressive stat stands in stark contrast to McGee’s career norms — he’s posted negative plus-minus numbers in nearly all of his previous seasons. In part, McGee’s statistics reflect the strength of his new team. He’s asked to play only about 10 minutes a night, and those minutes rarely come during clutch situations. Still, his plus-minus mark substantially surpassed the numbers of his more-renowned teammates: Curry (17.5), Durant (15.9), and Green (15.5), suggesting that he isn’t just an anonymous extra, either. McGee’s dream season has been about more than just a string of dunks, though. With the encouragement of the Warriors coaches, he has distilled his game down to its essence. “The thing about it is I have to know my role, and my role isn’t to get post-up touches and stuff like that,” McGee told reporters after the playoff opener. “My role is to rebound, block shots and run the floor.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-04-mcgee-blocks-rebounds-runs-the-floor.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McGee is providing a lift on defense, too. He’s tall, long and springy, which allows his teammates to funnel ball handlers in his direction. It’s a perfect responsibility for McGee, who is good at sloughing off his man in search of blocks. During the regular season, McGee contested shots at the fifth-highest rate in the NBA (0.5 contests per minute). One benefit of this McGee-centric Warriors defensive scheme is that his teammates — Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant and Green — each foul at a lower rate when he is on the court to back them up, saving them each an average of 0.6 fouls4Includes shooting, personal and blocking fouls on defense. per 100 possessions.Despite the seeming transformation, McGee told the Post that he hasn’t metamorphosed into some more-mature version of himself. “I’ve been the same goofy guy I’ve been this whole time,” he said. And there have been some goofy moments: missed dunks, behind-the-back turnovers, even one attempt to inbound the ball for the wrong team. But McGee told the Post that his new team recognized that he is also earnest: “They knew who I am and realized, underlying me laughing all the time, I’m actually working hard.” Indeed, many of McGee’s bloopers this season — and even his mishaps from his peak Shaqtin’ years — are errors of overzealous activity and effort.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-05-mcgee-misses-multiple-layups-trys-hard.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the opening round of the playoffs, the Trail Blazers were an undermanned and undersized team that offered McGee an ideal opportunity for success. The Western Conference semifinals provide a new challenge for McGee: the Utah Jazz and their likely soon-to-be All-NBA center Rudy Gobert. Gobert demands more attention from McGee on defense and makes it more difficult for McGee to find dunk opportunities on the other end. Indeed, McGee had a very quiet Game 1 against Utah, tallying just one dunk and one block in nine minutes. But I don’t expect that Gobert will be taking him lightly moving forward. McGee has opened eyes and shut mouths all season with his stellar play. And he has long since proved that he’s more than just a 7-foot punchline.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 10LeBron JamesCLE2,7941451.9 This JaVale McGee guy sure can dunk read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of January 6 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, January 6, 2019:190021 — Deadline For Warrant Articles181610 — Walsh — 22 Brentwood Street190009 — Land Court — Katsikis vs Caswell190028 — Removal of PR Estrella Estate190029 — Successor PR Estrella Estate(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

The musics officially over for Woodstock 50 festival

first_imgA music fan at the Woodstock festival in his car covered in anti-war slogans for love and peace. The Woodstock 50 event celebrating the anniversary of the iconic event has been canceled.  Getty Images The Woodstock 50 music festival is a no-go. The festival made an official statement on Wednesday canceling the event, but said it’s hoping the artists already paid to perform will donate 10% of their fees to the charity HeadCount, a nonprofit targeting voter registration in the US.The legendary Woodstock music festival — which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in August — was originally scheduled for Aug. 16 through Aug. 18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Tags 22 Photos 0 “We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the festival we imagined with the great lineup we had booked and the social engagement we were anticipating,” Michael Lang, co-founder of Woodstock, said in the statement.”We released all the talent so any involvement on their part would be voluntary,” Lang added. “Due to conflicting radius issues in the DC area many acts were unable to participate and others passed for their own reasons.”Festival headliner Miley Cyrus announced on Tuesday that she backed out of the festival. Along with other musical acts including the Raconteurs, the Lumineers, Jay-Z and the Dead & Company, John Fogerty also confirmed he will not be performing at Woodstock.Original Woodstock 1969 performers Santana, John Sebastian and Country Joe McDonald also pulled out of the festival. Originally published July 31, 7:07 p.m. PT.  Post a commentcenter_img Lollapalooza 2019: YouTube lets you watch without heading to Chicago Uh-oh. Ja Rule might be planning a Fyre Festival follow-up SXSW 2019: The weirdest sights from the world’s largest culture fest Test your music system with these great rock tracks Share your voice More music festivals Musiclast_img read more

US Supreme Court backs Trump travel ban

first_imgDemonstrators chanting during a #NoMuslimBanEver rally and march “to protest discriminatory policies that unlawfully target and hurt American Muslim and immigrant communities across the country” in Washington, DC. AFP file photoThe US Supreme Court said Monday that the government could fully enforce a revised ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries pending appeal, backing President Donald Trump in the year-long battle over the controversial measure.The court stayed October rulings from two lower courts that had blocked implementation of the ban on visitors from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen while legal challenges to it continued.The third version of Trump’s travel ban, unveiled in September, drew immediate challenges in federal appeals courts in Richmond, Virginia and San Francisco, California.Plaintiffs argued that the measure targets Muslims in violation of the US Constitution and did not advance security goals as the government claimed.The challengers convinced the lower courts to put implementation on hold while they and government lawyers fight out the legality of the policy.But the Trump administration, which says the ban is crucial to protect US national security and deter terror attacks, secured strong support from the Supreme Court in a 7-2 vote to let the government move ahead while the appeals continue.“We are not surprised by today’s Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the President’s proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism,” the White House said.“The proclamation is lawful and essential to protecting our homeland. We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts,” it added.The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, criticized the ruling.“This decision ignores the very real human consequences to American citizens and their families abroad imposed by President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.The Supreme Court justices said they expect the lower appeals courts to expedite their decisions, leaving open the possibility that the policy could return to the Supreme Court in yet another legal challenge to the White House.The San Francisco court will hear the case on Wednesday and the Richmond court on Friday.Open-ended banThe ban also covers people from North Korea and a selection of senior officials from Venezuela, but its main focus is travelers from the six mainly Muslim countries.Trump has battled to implement a travel ban since just after he became president on January 20, after having repeatedly promised during last year’s election campaign to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.Those promises have undermined the administration’s argument in a series of court challenges that its policy is not Muslim-focused but rather based on security needs.After Monday’s court ruling the Department of Homeland Security said: “the administration’s common sense travel restrictions on countries that do not meet basic security standards and do not share critical information with us about terrorists and criminals are designed to defend the homeland and keep Americans safe.”The initial ban was to be for 90 days, ostensibly to give the US and the targeted countries time to implement tougher and more thorough vetting procedures for visitors.After rolling court battles, the 90 day ban was finally allowed in June. Meanwhile, vetting for US-bound travelers from every country has intensified.But when the six-country ban expired in September, the administration sought to replace it with an open-ended ban, with Chad added to the list while Sudan was removed, and North Korea and Venezuela appended as well.Immigration and civil rights activists maintain it still essentially targets Muslims, which would violate the US Constitution’s guarantees of religious rights.When Trump last week retweeted three video clips from an extremist British group that vilified Muslims, his critics said it supported the idea that his immigration policies were anti-Muslim.“President Trump’s anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret-he has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.“It’s unfortunate that the full ban can move forward for now, but this order does not address the merits of our claims. We continue to stand for freedom, equality, and for those who are unfairly being separated from their loved ones.”last_img read more

New Study Says Not All Houstonians Have Equal Access To Transit

first_img Share X 00:00 /00:43 Gail Delaughter Metro’s 32 Renwick bus pulls into downtown Houston.
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Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: A report by the group LINK Houston says according to the data, about 40 percent of local bus riders don’t have a vehicle at home. Nineteen percent were using  the bus as their only transportation option.LINK Houston Executive Director Oni Blair said in neighborhoods where there’s infrequent bus service it’s especially tough for people who work late into the evening.“If you are doing something early in the morning or late at night, how easy it is for you to get from your neighborhood to where those activity centers are,” said Blair. “Particularly those places that do run late and house hourly jobs like the Convention Center, the Galleria, and the airports.”And for other transit riders it can be difficult to get anywhere at any time of day.“In some low-income neighborhoods the bus comes every hour,” explained Blair. “Which is a really long time to wait for a bus especially if you miss that bus.”And it’s not only the frequency of service that can make travel tough for low-income Houstonians. Some neighborhoods have cracked and broken sidewalks that make getting to a stop difficult, especially for disabled riders. In other places there are no bus shelters so riders have to wait next to a sign on a busy street.“The riders in the region who are most acutely in need of equitable or affordable transportation will go through quite an ordeal to use the affordable resources already present,” said Jonathan Brooks, LINK Houston Director of Policy and Planning.Brooks said more frequent transit service will give Houstonians increased access to jobs and education, allowing people to improve their quality-of-life.“If service is more frequent it’s able to attract more riders,” Brooks said. “There’s a lot of research around that nationally and we’ve seen that locally. And there’s a case to be made that it’s best long-term for the region to improve equitable outcomes by improving frequency.”In 2015 METRO launched its new bus network, with additional direct routes and more frequent service. The agency is also hoping to put a bond issue on the ballot later next year to pay for additional improvements under a new Regional Transit Plan.  Among other recommendations, the LINK Houston study asks Metro to increase the number of frequent routes, along with adding more late-night service.last_img read more