LeBron And The Rest Of The Cavs Are Better This Year

But it also bears mentioning that Cleveland has been playing well above its established talent level during the playoffs thus far. Their offense has been an order of magnitude better than it was during the regular season, and although some of that has come from simply shooting the lights out (their effective field goal percentage has been a league-best 5.1 percentage points above what we’d expect from the quality of their shots during the playoffs), they’re also assisting on a higher percentage of their made buckets in the playoffs — perhaps a sign of the greater cohesion James alluded to.So if we gauge supporting casts by postseason performance alone (again measured by BPM), the 2016 Cavs emerge as the best group of teammates ever to accompany James to the NBA Finals — and the 10th best to support any star player, period: For the 14th time, we’ll get an NBA Finals rematch, this one between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year, the Warriors overcame a few early-series hiccups to close out LeBron James and the otherwise-undermanned Cavs in six games, beating them by an average of 7.2 points per game in the series. But James thinks things will be different this time around.“We’re better built to start the finals than we were last year,” James told reporters Tuesday. “We have another year under our belt and more chemistry, [and] healthwise, you know we’re healthy and we’re excited about the opportunity.”He’s right that this version of the Cavs is far better than the iteration Cleveland sent to the finals last season. Missing Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving for much of the postseason a year ago — Love was lost for the playoffs in the first round, and Irving logged only one appearance in the finals — the Cavs provided James with one of the worst supporting casts ever dragged to the cusp of a championship. That Cleveland at one point managed to claim a 2-1 series lead against Golden State was mostly a testament to the singular greatness of James, who produced one of the best individual performances in finals history despite losing.The Cavaliers who suit up alongside James this year will be far better. To measure the quality of James’ supporting cast (and those of every player who led his team to the NBA Finals since 19791The earliest season for which data availability makes this exercise possible.), I first calculated a multi-year Box Plus/Minus (BPM) talent projection for every player on a finalist’s playoff roster, tracking the number for the team’s best player2I was liberal in my definition of a team’s “best player” — if a player either had the highest talent rating on his team’s postseason roster, or led the team in playoff value over replacement player, I included him in the sample. as well as his teammates. (Defining the quality of a player’s teammates as his team’s BPM if that player was replaced with a league-average, zero-BPM talent.) While James’ supporting cast last year ended up ranking 88th out of 93 entrants since 1979 — sixth from the bottom of the list — this year’s version ranks a far more respectable 50th in terms of raw talent. It isn’t James’ most talented set of finals teammates — that honor is reserved for the 2011 Heat (for all the good it did them). And it still isn’t more talented than the crew Stephen Curry will be rolling with in Golden State. The Warriors’ supporting cast ranks 42nd if you consider Curry their top player. (They also rise to 22nd if Draymond Green is considered No. 1; Green leads the team in VORP this postseason, though it’s mostly a function of Curry’s missing so many games earlier in the playoffs.) VIDEO: LeBron’s supporting cast is playing better than Curry’s Furthermore, James himself is also enjoying one of his best-ever playoff performances this season. That’s why, according to playoff BPM, the Cavs as a whole rank fourth among all NBA Finalists since 1979. If we focus on recent play, Cleveland certainly looks “better built” this time around.But a team’s long-term track record should count for something as well, and by that standard the Warriors still have the edge. Golden State went into last year’s finals with an Elo rating (our pet metric for gauging team strength) 90 points ahead of Cleveland — the equivalent of 3.2 points per game on the scoreboard at a neutral court — and they currently lead the Cavs by 64 — about 2.3 points per game — despite Cleveland’s playoff surge. Slicing the favorite’s edge by nearly a point per game isn’t nothing, but the Warriors also have home-court advantage again, to say nothing of the benefits they might reap from their championship experience of a year ago.So even the better-built version of the Cavs comes into the finals as an underdog. But with superior teammates this time around, James will have a far better opportunity than last year to change his underwhelming lifetime finals record for the positive. The rest will be up to him.Check out our latest NBA Finals predictions. read more

TCI completes National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 28, 2017 – Providenciales – A team from the Financial Market Integrity Unit of the World Bank Group is in the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist in the completion of a National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. The risk assessment process itself is organized, led and undertaken by the national Anti-Money Laundering Committee using the World Bank Group’s self-assessment methodology. The Hon. Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE chairs the Anti-Money Laundering Committee.The assessment aims to identify the primary money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks in the country through a comprehensive analysis that will facilitate the making of comprehensive action plans to allow for a consistent approach to decrease the levels of risks, and strengthen controls and supervisory oversight in each sector. This will help allocate resources for the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing more effectively and efficiently, while meeting international standards as established by e.g., the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).The World Bank Group has assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands in understanding the underlying methodology and in the use of the tool. This way, the Turks and Caicos Islands will build the capacity to undertake future risk assessments with no or minimal external support. The self-assessment methodology supports collaboration between the different government agencies and private sector parties that are jointly responsible for the country’s anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing efforts. The World Bank Group has supported over seventy (70) countries in performing their national risks assessments since 2010.The Turks and Caicos Islands National Risk Assessment was launched during the first initial workshop which was held over the period October 21-23, 2014. This second and final workshop marks the end of the NRA project with around fifty stakeholders and representatives from both the public and private sectors from 26th and 27th June 2017 at the Blue Haven Resort Conference Room on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands from 8am to 4:30pm daily with a half day closed policymakers’ workshop on 28th June 2017.Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles said; “This exercise will provide an opportunity for the Turks and Caicos Islands to evaluate whether existing legislative and administrative arrangements are adequate and sufficient to address existing and emerging threats in line with international standards. The assessment will also assist the TCI, including financial sector stakeholders to apply a risk-based approach in their business practices. We have had the support of both public and private sector stakeholders and are very grateful for their collaboration.”For more information on the National Risk Assessment, please contact Khalila Astwood, Principal Crown Counsel, International at the TCI Attorney General Chambers at [email protected] or Paul Coleman Head of the Compliance Unit at the Turks and Caicos Financial Services Commission at: [email protected] Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Subcommittee Chairman Appears to Favor Consolidation Plan for Exchanges Commissaries

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR After gaining support among top DOD leaders, a plan to consolidate the military’s commissary and exchange systems now may be favored by a key lawmaker responsible for personnel policy.Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, has been reviewing the report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which in January called for consolidating DOD’s three exchange services with the Defense Commissary Agency into a single Defense Resale Activity.The commission concluded the move would generate $426 million in annual savings by fiscal 2020 by combining many of the activities’ back-end office and support functions such as logistics and staffing. The extent of Heck’s support may become clear on Thursday when his subcommittee marks up its portion of the FY 2016 defense authorization bill, reported Stars and Stripes.The Pentagon, meanwhile, appears to be moving ahead with the consolidation plan at the same time it has proposed slashing funding for commissaries by $322 million in FY 2016 and by $1 billion the following year. The department’s FY 2016 budget request calls for U.S. commissaries to be operated more like a business, forcing the grocery stores to reduce customer discounts. DOD’s cost-saving reforms also would trim staff, store hours and the days stores are open.Opponents of the proposed commissary reforms — including advocates for military shoppers, and manufacturers and suppliers doing business with base stores — last week told the armed services committees that DOD’s plan “will destroy the commissary benefit” and “severely impact young families and fixed-income retirees,” according to the story.Significantly reducing the commissary benefit will eliminate tens of thousands of “much needed jobs for the military community,” according to the April 16 letter from the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits.last_img read more