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Historical Context for Zion Williamson with CBSR

A holistic approach to talent evaluation involves qualitative and quantitative analysis. However, a few times in every generation a talent shines so bright that all it really takes is the good old “eye test” to take notice. It only took a few minutes of watching Zion Williamson in a Duke uniform to see the obvious – he is something special that we haven’t really seen in college basketball before. The intellectually curious urge is to contextualize his play against the other top NBA prospects from recent drafts. But how do we do that without establishing a metric or baseline for comparative purposes? With Zion’s impact this college basketball season serving as convenient inspiration, my goal was simple – create a statistical profile or rating system that can be reasonably used to compare production amongst college basketball players across different seasons. This College Basketball Statistical Rating (CBSR) doesn’t exactly have an acronym that rolls off the tongue so all name suggestions are very welcome.
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Denver Nuggets X-Factor: Is Isaiah Thomas the Answer?

Having moved back to the South Jersey/Philly area (after a brief two-year stint in Texas) around age 10, I was among those fortunate enough to grow up watching the man, the myth and the Answer, Allen Iverson.
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New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina is the X-Factor

There may not be many wins to go around at the Garden this year, but player development is key. The lanky Frenchman Frank Ntilikina is the young gun to watch, as sophomore success for him could bring benefits in the future for New York.
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Chicago Bulls: Jabari Parker is the X-Factor

Chicago’s own Jabari Parker became the latest NBA player to head home. But will he be a boon or a bust for the Bulls?
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