Max Levy

Fresh out of NBA Twitter, Max is the vocational Mavs scout for the site and hopes to one day become a real NBA scout.

The 3rd Round Picks return to breakdown the Gonzaga...

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The 3rd Round Picks is a podcast about 3 diehard Dallas Mavs fans interested in evaluating players and the NBA Draft. In this episode: An explanation of our scouting processes, biases/preferences, and some of our early...

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This past season, DeAndre Jordan showed a rather drastic decline on the defensive end of the floor, with his highest Defensive Rating since his rookie year. At the same time, he was becoming less involved on the offensive end due to less ball movement as Clipperland transitioned from "Lob City" to "Iso and Pick and Roll Off the Dribble City." The fulcrum of  this offense was based around guys like Austin Rivers, Lou Williams, Blake Griffin(in the limited action he played), and Tobias Harris. None of the aforementioned players could possibly replace the playmaking acumen of Chris Paul III, nor could European sensation, Milos...

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Ding Yanyuhang most definitely had a career year last year, carrying a net rating of 6.5(121.7, 115.2) in CBA competition, and a career high 59.6% true shooting %. Ding’s overall career is much more of a roller coaster, with moments of improving efficiency followed by abhorrent inefficiency, with multiple years in the negative, and turnover percentages above assist percentages. The only thing that worries me is that Ding’s effectiveness seems to have increased as his usage increases, inciting concerns over whether or not he can adapt to a smaller role in the NBA. Sure, he was great in 2013-14, but even then he was taking 13 shots a game. This simply isn’t happening in the NBA. The only year that provides some hope for Ding in a smaller role is 2012-13, which is 5 seasons before this recent one, and the last time he returned to a similar role in 2014-15 he couldn’t replicate those shooting numbers. Finally, his defense did regress, perhaps because he was focusing solely on his...

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Ding Yanyuhang played all 7 years of his pro career for Shandong in the Chinese Basketball Association. While he was a role player in his rookie year of 2011-12, he took up expanded minutes in the following season. His efficiency also improved drastically while nearly doubling his volume, especially as he shot a career best 38% from 3 that year on 4.3 attempts. That year was by far the best for Shandong(at the time still the Shandong Gold Lions), as Ding and company ran all the way to the finals, led by Eugene “Pooh” Jeter with 25 PPG, and Zaid Abbas, a big double double machine averaging 18 and 11, but were thereby swept 4-0 by...

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Ryan Broekhoff flew off the page last season, with an insane net rating of 57.2(155.6 O, 98.4 D) combined across EuroCup and VTB United League play, to go along with an incredible true shooting % of 74%. While these numbers are definitely not sustainable across multiple seasons, he still was rather effective every year but his rookie year at Beşiktaş, and even then he still produced a net rating of...

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Once again, Tony Ronzone and the international scouting department have found another foreign veteran for the Mavs. Broekhoff spent four years in college at Valparaiso, finally earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament as Horizon League champions in his senior year. The appearance would be short-lived, however, as his team would be ousted by Michigan State in the 2nd round. Despite his impressive play, he found no interest from NBA teams, leading the Australian to sign with Turkish club...

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