Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer at why the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans are better than their records.
Talking about the Jazz, O'Connor writes, "But don’t be fooled by their wins and losses: Utah’s near-.500 record is a ruse. The Jazz have the NBA’s second-best defensive rating (98.7) and are anchored by Rudy Gobert, the league’s best rim protector. They have the fifth-best net rating (plus-5.3), which is a better indicator for predicting success. Over the past 10 nonlockout seasons, the 36 teams with a net rating between four and six finished with an average of 53 wins, and only three had fewer than 50. The historical chances of the Jazz failing to hit the 50-win mark are slim."
After talking about injuries and the play of both George Hill and Trey Lyles, O'Connor closes by saying, "The Jazz lack a superstar, but they have an elite defense complemented by a flexible offense and can play virtually any way they want."
Jimmer Fredette's Weschester Knicks debut recounted
Chris Priczak of Fansided's, Daily Knicks relived former BYU legend, Jimmer Fredette's first game with the Westchester Knicks.
Priczak writes, "Not only were there 974 fans at the Westchester County Center who were impressed by Fredette’s debut, but his performance caught the eye of a former boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather."
After talking about the interaction between Mayweather and the stat line which saw Fredette go for 37 points, eight assists and four rebounds, Priczak continued, "For those who attended the game or watched via YouTube, they saw Fredette do what he does best: score at an efficient rate. On that night, the Westchester Knicks picked up their sixth win of the season over the Grand Rapids Drive."
Eric Weddle eats tons of ice cream when Raven win
Michael David Smith of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk took a look at how former Utah star Eric Weddle celebrates each win.
Smith wrote, "Weddle said that he goes to the grocery store, buys a huge quantity of ice cream, mixes in the Oreos and caramel the way he likes it, and then goes to town on Sunday nights when the Ravens win on Sunday afternoon."
Smith then quotes Weddle from an appearance on PFT Live where Weddle says, "I would think that I consume a full gallon. I usually take the first batch of some ice cream, eat it and then about an hour later, at halftime of the Sunday night game, I go after a second serving. So I pretty much get a whole gallon of ice cream Sunday night. It’s pretty bad."