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Great article over at FTS about the specific kind of role player that the Cavaliers need: “This brings up an intriguing question in my mind, because Arron Afflalo is the perfect case study in the value of a “3 and D” player in the NBA. Let’s stop and define “3 and D” players first. In my mind, a pure “3 and D” guy must be able to shoot threes at at least a 38% clip, plus play above-average defense while guarding multiple positions. Most of the time, these guys are swingmen, however I do think that Harrison Barnes may present an interesting case study in the future if he doesn’t improve from this season and stays as a combo forward, playing the small-ball 4.” [Sam Vecenie/Fear The Sword]
Nice look at all the options for the Cavs at No. 1: “The team landed budding superstar Kyrie Irving with the top overall selection in 2011, Tristan Thompson three picks later and Dion Waiters last season. Irving has been a stud, Thompson serviceable and the jury is still out on Waiters who was a questionable pick just one year ago. The one thing that all of this lottery luck hasn’t brought the team thus far? On-court success. And that lack of success in the W-L column is the exact reason why GM Chris Grant needs to hit a home run with this pick. Unfortunately landing the top pick brings expectations that will difficult to fulfill in such a mediocre draft.” [Clayton Crowe/NBADraft.net]
Detailed article on the mystery of the Tom Hamilton Facebook page: “In fact, 12,573 people and counting feel the same way I do about Tom Hamilton. The Facebook fan page “Tom Hamilton has the Best Home Run call in all of Baseball” was a haven for those looking to relive great Indians moments over the last few seasons through the sultry sounds of Hamilton. As page creator Ben told me, he “saw a void that Major League Baseball wasn’t filling”. Major League Baseball has held its entire media collection as close to the vest as it possibly can for a long time. It wasn’t until this season that MLB started posting videos on Youtube.” [Adam Burke/The Cleveland Fan]
Always fun to read a Pluto recap after an Indians victory: “Last season, Jimenez was 1-10 with a 6.63 ERA after the All-Star break. His 17 losses led the league, as did his 16 wild pitches. Since coming to the Tribe from Colorado on July 31, 2011, he is 17-24 with a 5.20 ERA, but Francona’s “forget the past” policy seems to have helped Jimenez. He is now 4-3 with a 4.83 ERA. This was the sixth time in seven games that Jimenez has held a team two or fewer runs.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]
A quick-and-dirty review of May for the Indians: “There was a lot to be happy about this month. The two biggest pleasant surprises: Going 16-8 the first four weeks of the month and the solidification of the starting rotation. Going into this season, the biggest question mark was the starting pitching.” [Susan Petrone/It’s Pronounced “Lajaway”]
ESPN is ranking all of the various college basketball programs at their ability to create good pros since 1989. The Buckeyes ranked No. 19: “Because this is a solid, albeit not particularly inspiring, list of former NBA draftees? Let’s start with that. If you’re young enough to have just started watching professional basketball in the past few years, and have only seen an aging, slightly paunchy Redd chucking 3s for the Phoenix Suns, you might not be aware of just how good of a pro he was for almost all of the aughts.” [Eamonn Brennan/ESPN.com]
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.