Delay of Game’s “Key Terms”
Alpha DOGs (n.)
Reserved for the top 10 teams in the NBA, top 10 NCAA teams.
A head-to-head matchup pitting two players, teams, coaches, etc. against each other.
Boogie Night (n.)
Destructive outing in which Boogie tallies a monster double-double, feeds teammates, swacks a 3, and takes a charge (or two) en route to a Kings victory.
Used to describe players, teams, moves, highlights, etc. – undeniably great
Used to describe players, teams, moves, highlights, etc. – a step above ‘meh’
DIFFERENT BREED (n.)
The game’s most elite talent: Top 10 NBA Superstars, NCAA Players of the Year.
Random blurbs, accomplishments, “worth mentionings”* of a player.
*featured in Delay of Game’s Original Profiles
Mixed Breed (n.)
Rare, hybrid veterans who fall under multiple categories.
Think: Dwyane Wade • (Top DOG, Salty DOG).
NYPS (Nick Young Passing Scale)
A measure of how inefficient one is at recording an assist.
Namesake: LA Lakers swingman, Nick Young.
“Redshirt” Rookie (n.)
A player who sits out his “real” rookie year due to injury.
Ex. Blake Griffin (drafted in 2010, debuted in 2011)
Salty DOG (n.)
From an aging star adjusting to a lessened role or veteran leader with 10+ years experience, Salty DOGs hold everything together.
Think: Vince Carter.
Star UnderDOG (n.)
Top-notch role player or borderline star who always makes an undeniable impact.
Think: Jae Crowder.
Star UnderDOG of the Night (n.)
Role player with the greatest impact of the day or game.
Limited to UnderDOGs, Star UnderDOGs, Future Top DOGs & Salty DOGs.
Swish Mode (n.)
When J.R. Smith catches fire and unleashes a barrage of contested threes.
Top DOG (n.)
Top DOG In Training (n.)
Future Top DOGs who are still in school/overseas or are on the track to stardom in the NBA.
Think: Devin Booker.
Top DOG of the Night (n.)
Player with the best performance of the night.
Anyone can achieve it, from an UnderDOG to DIFFERENT BREED.
From a 12th man to an undrafted rook to a role player/specialist like Doug McDermott, UnderDOGs are key to any squad.