This may be the worst Pacer team of all time

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On Eight Points, Nine Seconds, Tim Donahue tackles the question of whether the 09-10 Indiana Pacers are the worst team in the 34 years the franchise has been in the NBA.

Tim uses lots and lots of stats to support his thesis, and if this isn’t the worst Pacer team ever, it’s certainly close. Their winning percentage is bad enough, but it only gets worse from there. The Pacers are having their worst offensive season since the advent of the three-point line. They are deficient in all of the “Four Factors of Winning.”

It really gets ugly when Mr. Donahue considers the Pacers’ struggle with how weak their schedule has been. According to “Win Factor,” a stat which factors in strength of schedule, the Pacers have been downright offensive:

“How bad is this WF?  I charted 900 teams from the 1977 season
through the current year.  Only 24 teams had lower WF than the Pacers
currently have.  Twenty Four out of 900.  That puts the Pacers in the 3rd percentile.

It’s simply not possible to sufficiently express how bad that is.”

The post contains much more extremely advanced analysis of an extremely bad team. If you’ve got the time and have a strong stomach for ugly advanced statistics, I recommend checking the whole thing out.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.