Collected Daryl Morey Responses at Reddit 2013.04.19

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DavisAg 30 points 4 hours ago*
Thanks for doing another AMA, Daryl!
Lifelong Rockets fan here. I always hear about Hakeem working with other teams' big men. Is there not a permanent postion the Rockets would be willing to give him? He seems like too much of a wanted commodity to just let others have.
[–]dmorey[S] 52 points 2 hours ago
Our big men have worked with Hakeem. That said, we have a richness of big men coaches here in Houston with Carroll Dawson (who worked with Hakeem/Ralph/Moses/Yao) and Kevin McHale (top 10 big man ever).

]HoustonRocket 33 points 4 hours ago
Hello Daryl. As my username shows, I'm a huge Rockets fan.
I'd love to hear your opinion on Wednesday night's Rockets game. We got off to a good start, but once our lead hit 11, we stopped moving the ball, we stopped getting good shots, and we stopped pushing the tempo. What happened? Why were those offensive possessions the best we could get?
Why were we playing small ball in the 4th and putting Delfino on Gasol when he was dominating us? Why didn't we put Greg Smith or Terrence Jones on him?
Very frustrating, we should be playing the Spurs right now. Regardless, I'm proud of this team and I'm humbled to finally be back in the playoffs after a 4 year drought. Thanks for all the hard work you've done thus far. #rednation
[–]dmorey[S] 57 points 2 hours ago
you are clearly a Rockets fan as all of the problems you listed from the game are correct. Coaches and players working to correct.
with the benefit of hindsight, it probably was not the correct move. That said, if Delfino had made a few 3s during that stretch it may have worked out. Very hard to coach in this league as everyone else gets the benefit of seeing how things work out and then criticizing.
Gelatinous_Queef 31 points 3 hours ago
Give me your thoughts on Royce White? Do you ever think he'll play for the Rockets?
How do you feel Lin is developing? Do you see him as your pg for the future? I feel like he needs the ball in his hands to be truly effective and with Harden commanding the ball most of the time, Lin becomes redundant.
Also you should play Terrence Jones more. The guy is a winner and a competitor.
[–]dmorey[S] 31 points 2 hours ago
I was happy Royce played for the Vipers at the end of their regular season. We only want him to succeed.
For his first year as a starter, I thought Jeremy was fantastic and given his physical ability, competitiveness, and work ethic I only expect him to get better. His primary weakness is his shot which is a skill that generally improves as your career progresses. See also my Quora answer on what he has improved this season
Terrence Jones has worked hard to get his shot and is making the most of it. Love him.

Sean88888 82 points 4 hours ago
Hi Daryl, nice of you to be doing this.
As a fan of advanced stats I'm sure you realise that Harden's PPP from ISO is lower than his PPP from PnR. Have you ever discussed this with coach McHale?
With the emergence of Terrence Jones and Greg Smith as starting calibre power forwards, are you still looking to sign a star big man in the coming free agency, or will you sign the best player available regardless of position?
[–]dmorey[S] 116 points 3 hours ago
Pretty much every NBA player has a lower PPP from ISO than PnR so there would not be much to discuss.
We are excited about Terrence Jones and Greg Smith emergence - both are clearly rotation caliber players. We have not developed our full free agency plans yet.

TheSuitedMonk 318 points 4 hours ago*
Daryl, will you promise to never break up this Lin-Chandler bromance?
I understand your hard-core use of data and analytics, but don't forget to listen to your heart. Don't underestimate the power of love.
[–]dmorey[S] 405 points 3 hours ago
How can we ever break that up?

yellowstonedelicious 32 points 4 hours ago*
Harden took and made the most unassisted 3s in the NBA. Is this something you'd like to see more or less of going forward? Is this something you've discussed with Coach McHale?
[–]dmorey[S] 52 points 2 hours ago
The best 3s are off the catch. That said, it is pretty hard to take a bad three, it is almost always better than most other options once you pass up the shot. Harden is one of the top players in the league in shooting% on 3s off the dribble.

ChristheGreek 30 points 4 hours ago
This season the Rockets have taken very few mid range shots (especially since PPat left). It's pretty widely known that you've stated the most efficient way to get points in the NBA is via 3s, layups, and free throws. Now that the Rockets have been playing in such a style this season, has it changed your analysis at all? Have any surprising trends or conclusions pertaining to this come up?
[–]dmorey[S] 34 points 2 hours ago
One interesting thing is that folks think we are proscribing mid-range shots, which is not the case. Our transition based attack and open sets give us the best chance to win with our personnel and generally this type of offense leads to high quality shots.

bobo_hobo 28 points 4 hours ago
How do you feel about what Coach McHale has done this year?
[–]dmorey[S] 72 points 2 hours ago
Taking the 6th youngest and least experienced team ever to the playoffs in the tough western conference when we were picked by multiple publications to finish last? I would say Coach McHale has done a great job.

josephcook0 26 points 4 hours ago
How difficult has it been drafting true NBA talent with the implementation of the one-and-done rule and the fact that we are usually in the 14-18 slot in the draft? Are this team's best years ahead?
[–]dmorey[S] 69 points 2 hours ago
The good news is we don't have a 14ish pick this year. The bad news is that it happened because of my worst trade: Terrence Williams for this years 1st.

IanicRR 20 points 3 hours ago*
Hey Daryl, huge NBA fan here. The team you have put together is incredibly fun to watch and likable.
My question, did you know from your analytical data when you drafted chandler parsons that he would be as good as he is this quickly?
[–]dmorey[S] 28 points 1 hour ago
No, no one could predict how good Chandler would be. We obviously thought he was very good or we would not have picked him but his success should be attributed to him and his hard work.

yellowstonedelicious 17 points 4 hours ago
What was the most interesting paper to come out of this year's SSAC?

[–]dmorey[S] 15 points 2 hours ago
Value of Flexibility in Roster Construction
Research papers will be much bigger next year. Stay tuned!

yellowstonedelicious 16 points 4 hours ago
What changes need to be made, if any, to maximize our chances of beating the Thunder?
[–]dmorey[S] 43 points 2 hours ago
Increase the variance
Lorkovicious 16 points 4 hours ago
Who's a young or unproven player on the Rockets that you're particularly excited to see develop in the upcoming years?
[–]dmorey[S] 29 points 2 hours ago
Too many to choose from (in no particular order): Patrick Beverly, Terrence Jones, Furkan Aldemir, Donatas, Thomas Robinson, Greg Smith
Interesting lack of White or Llull

Bearsh 14 points 4 hours ago
What move/trade do you think was the biggest statistical gain for the Rockets? In other words, which move made the biggest overall impact for us as a team?
Thanks for bringing an exciting product back to Houston, I fully believe you will bring a championship to the city. RED NATION FOREVER
[–]dmorey[S] 26 points 1 hour ago
Rafer Alston for Lowry for Toronto guaranteed lottery 1st were probably the most important trades as it set up the Harden trade more than any other moves
[–]Sean88888 4 points 1 hour ago
So the Thunder values the Toronto pick more than Jeremy Lamb. Interesting....
To bad for them the Raptors were only mediocre instead of terrible this year.

ak2themax 55 points 4 hours ago
Before the season started (but after the Harden trade), where did the analytics have the Rockets finishing?
Can we ever get the actual throwback uniforms for a game?
I know you're a regular at r/NBA, but how often do you trek to other Rockets blogs like The Dream Shake, Clutchfans, and *****?
[–]dmorey[S] 95 points 3 hours ago
Vegas over/under was 29 wins, that is about as objective a number as you can get.
Not my area but I do love the classic uniforms.
I consider it part of my job to stay up on all analysis of the Rockets. May learn something.

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