Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/7/16

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–  Daryl Morey: Basketball’s Nerd King  (from Michael Lewis, Slate.com):

Read it here: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2016/12/how_daryl_morey_used_behavioral_economics_to_revolutionize_the_art_of_nba.html

Larry Bird Q & A  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18197737/larry-bird-reveals-secrets-13-year-career

–  Why D’Antoni Is A Great Fit For Rockets  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/columnist/sam-amick/2016/12/06/mike-dantoni-james-harden-daryl-morey-rockets/95058052/

–  LBJ Is Better Than Ever At Picking Defenses Apart (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/07/lebron-james-passing-assists-cavaliers/

–  The Evolution Of LBJ  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/07/lebron-james-cavaliers-heat-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-kyrie-irving

–  Eric Gordon: Finally Hitting His Stride  (from Cameron Stewart, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/07/houston-rockets-eric-gordon-stride/

–  What Is Motiejunas Doing? (from Larry Coon, cbafaq.com):

Read it here:  http://cbafaq.com/blog/?p=381

–  Durant’s Shooting Has Gone From Good To Great  (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/07/nylon-calculus-kevin-durant-shooting-improvement/

How KD Has Become His Most Efficient Self (from Marc Stein, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18226416/nba-how-kevin-durant-became-most-efficient-self-yet

–  Patrick McCaw: Precocious Rookie  (from Janie McCauley, AP):

Read it here;  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9cb77039b65249d996a011ca7c782f1f/warriors-rookie-patrick-mccaw-learns-surrounded-big-stars

–  Tom Thibodeau: A Season Watching From A Distance (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/sports/tom-thibodeau-minnesota-timberwolves-chicago-bulls-basketball.html?_r=0

Giannis: Just Pointing To Pure Talent Sells Him Short  (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18218114/bucks-find-star-antetokounmpo

–  Al Attles: There Was Nothing You Could Do To Stop Wilt  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: http://theundefeated.com/features/klay-thompson-wilt-chamberlain/

–  Brook Lopez, Marksman  (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/brook-lopez-marksman

–  Kent Bazemore’s Story Of Perseverance  (from Lang Greene, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-kent-bazemores-story-of-perseverance/

–  Steve Kerr’s Slow Recovery  (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/05/steve-kerrs-day-by-day-healing-process-hes-feeling-better-and-realizing-the-overnight-recovery-probably-isnt-going-to-happen/

–  The Hawks’ Early-Season Reality Check (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):

Read it here:

http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/06/atlanta-hawks-early-season-slump

Jamal Crawford’s Sixth Man Transformation  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/jamal-crawfords-historic-sixth-man-transformation/

Tuesday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/7/13864500/2016-nba-scores-john-wall-wizards-52-points-loss

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/07/three-things-we-learned-tuesday-even-john-walls-52-cant-get-wizards-win/

–  Tuesday’s Best Players: John Wall/Kris Dunn (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/john-walls-52-points-can-t-mask-the-wizards-stink-83cb6c78fe32#.6j8fr8x0z

–  Oladipo Is Beginning To Make The Jump In OKC  (from Chris Barnewall, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/06/victor-oladipo-thunder-magic-westbrook/

Can The Clippers Derail GSW-CLE III?  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/07/los-angeles-clippers-chris-paul-blake-griffin-doc-rivers-warriors-cavs

–  Phil Jackson On ‘Melo, The Triangle And More  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18224997/carmelo-anthony-new-york-knicks-working-ball-hog-habit-phil-jackson-says

–  GSW-LAC Preview  (from Law Murray, clipperblog.com):

Read it here:  http://clipperblog.com/2016/12/07/best-offense-warriors-meets-best-defense-clippers/

–  Josh McRoberts Makes It Easier For Everyone  (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/12/07/josh-mcroberts-using-on-court-communication-skills-to-help-miami-heats-young-roster/

OKC’s Winning Streak: It’s Westbrook But It’s Not Just Westbrook  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5529908

–  Thomas Robinson: Searching For A Bigger Role (from Mark Whicker, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/robinson-737498-nba-lakers.html

As D-League Matures, Santa Cruz Warriors Toil In The Shadow Of GSW  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-golden-state-almost-warriors-1480974818

–  Manny Harris: Off To Unbelievable Star With Texas Legends  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/6/13857238/manny-harris-nbadl-dleague-texas-legends

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/6/16

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Klay Thompson’s 60 Point Game (from Kristian Winfield/Satchel Price, SBNation):

–  Doc Rivers Q & A (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Bucks Using “Tall Ball” To Counter League-Wide Trend (from Michale Lee, Yahoo Sports):
–  How James Harden Locked In For A Prolific Season  (from Hunter Roland, Houston Chronicle):
–  Scouting Reports On How To Slow Westbrook  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
 Trainer Joey Burton Q & A: On Glenn Robinson’s Big Summer  (from C. Cooper, indycornrows.com):
–  Clippers Search For Consistency  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
–  The Wolves Defensive Struggles (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Is Raptors’ Offense Historically Great?  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
 The Raptors’ Trouble Defending Three-Pointers (from Coach Nick):
 Luke Walton’s Progressive Thinking  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):
 3 Things We Learned Monday (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
–  WAS 118, BKN 113  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):
Comparing Rebuilding Teams  (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
–  League Will Tweak Calendar To Continue Fight Against Fatigue  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
John Vanak, R.I.P.  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):
–  Are The Magic Turning It Around?  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
–  Glenn Robinson III’s Emergence  (from Dylan Hughes, 8poinst9seconds.com):
 James Johnson  (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
Cavs’ Defense Is Leaving Much To Be Desired  (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
–  Jack Cooley Is Thriving In Europe  (from heinnews, Ridiculous Upside):
Advanced Stat Percentile Tables  (from Nick Scirica, Nylon Calculus):
QOTD (from Gregg Popovich, responding to a student who asked if the Spurs will win another title this season:
“Win the championship? I don’t know, but it’s not a priority in my life. I’d be much happier if I knew that my players were going to make society better, who had good families and who took care of the people around them. I’d get more satisfaction out of that than a title. I would love to win another championship and we’ll work our butts off to try and do that. But we have to want more than success in our jobs. That’s why we’re here. We’re here so you’ll understand that you can overcome obstacles by being prepared and if you educate the hell out of yourself. If you become respectful, disciplined people in this world, you can fight anything. If you join with each other and you believe in yourself and each other, that’s what matters. That’s what we want to relay to you all: that we believe that about you or we wouldn’t be here.”
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/5/16

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Popovich: The “Godfather” To Many NBA Coaches  (from Mike Finger, (Express News):

Read it here: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/mike_finger/article/Spurs-Popovich-the-godfather-to-many-NBA-10691959.php

Sunday Recap (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/5/13838494/2016-nba-scores-magic-east-standings-bad-good-who-even-knows

–  Meyers Leonard Talks Expectations (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/meyers-leonard-more-than-basketball/

–  NBA Says Draymond Is Not Being Singled Out  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/12/04/draymond-green-james-harden-kiki-vandeweghe/94969512/

Mirotic Is Frustrated  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/mirotic-frustrated-through-struggles/

Patty Mills’ Scorching Start  (from Jordan treske, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/05/san-antonio-spurs-patty-mills-scorching/

Luc Mbah A Moute’s Impact Can’t Be Overlooked  (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/luc-mbah-moutes-silent-impact-cant-be-overlooked

–  In Praise Of Patrick Patterson  (from Scott Hastie, Raptors Republic):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/12/05/praise-patrick-patterson/

–  Giannis: Combining Elements Of Pippen, Garnett and Magic (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):

Read it here: http://www.givemesport.com/931539-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-better-than-was-meant-to-ever-be-possible

From Sean Hans, Hoops Habit:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/03/giannis-antetokounmpo-has-the-milwaukee-bucks-rising/

Dwane Casey Q & A (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illsutrated):

Readit here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/05/toronto-raptors-dwane-casey-demar-derozan-lebron-james-cavaliers

–  D’Antoni Has The Rockets Humming  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/12/05/mike-dantoni-has-james-harden-and-the-houston-rockets-humming-to-a-familiar-tune/?utm_term=.0698210d9552

George Hill Is Leading The Jazz (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/jazz/2016/12/03/george-hill-quin-snyder-larry-bird-jazz/94882024/

–  Trevor Ariza’s Efficiency (from Tommy Dee, Fan Sided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/05/trevor-ariza-efficiency-helping-rockets-balanced-offensive-attack/

Kevin Durant Is Scoring Big And Efficiently  (from Ron Kroichick, SFGate.com):

Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Kevin-Durant-not-only-scoring-big-but-scoring-10690975.php

 Ray McCallum May Be On His Way Back To The NBA  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/4/13829404/ray-mccallum-nba-dleague-sacramento-kings

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/4/16

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–  Saturday Recap (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/4/13831972/nba-scores-2016-toronto-raptors-blowout-atlanta-hawks-eastern-conference

From BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/02/the-breakdown-rockets-james-harden-has-help-again/

Durant’s Blocks Key Warriors’ Win  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/2958/with-kevin-durant-on-swat-patrol-warriors-make-a-big-splash

Anatomy Of Isaiah Thomas’ ATO Game-Winner  (from Celtics Blog):

Read and Watch It Here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/12/4/13831970/the-read-react-the-anatomy-of-an-isaiah-thomas-game-winner-boston-celtics-philadelphia-76ers

–  Draymond Green Is Ensuring Warriors’ Defense Remains Dangerous  (from Eric Malinowski, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2678957-draymond-green-ensuring-the-warriors-defense-remains-dangerous

–  Joel Embiid Is Even Better Than Advertised  (from Jesse Blancarte, Baskteball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-joel-embiid-better-than-advertised/

–  What’s Ailing The Hawks?  (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/how-the-hawks-trailed-many-points-another-loss/6qOA3j5oGZcSpvzUhS5dSN/

–  The Struggles Of Mirotic, Bulls’ Bench  (from Nick Firedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/23720/mirotic-bench-struggle-again-in-loss-to-lowly-mavs

–  Derrick Rose Q & A  (from Steve Serby, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2016/12/03/derrick-rose-talks-return-to-elite-status-chicago-trauma-and-being-a-loner/

From Peter Walsh, slamonline:  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/derrick-rose-adidas-interview/#i0W9DBA2Y8QzvxPI.97

–  Harrison Barnes Is Adjusting To Go-To Role  (from Pat James, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article118682728.html

–  Clint Capela’s Improvement (from Ben Casey, Space City Scoop):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2016/12/04/clint-capela-most-improved-player/

–  The Cavs’ Losing Streak  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/cavaliers/2016/12/03/lebron-james-kyrie-irving-cleveland-three-game-losing-streak-matters/94867430/

From Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2679632-friday-nba-roundup-are-cavaliers-coasting-or-is-there-cause-for-concern

–  Coach Lue Is Growing In Stature (from Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.macon.com/sports/nba/article118793943.html

–  Thunder Film Room: Struggles Containing The Corner Three (from Bobby Chancellor, Welcome To Loud City):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/12/4/13831726/oklahoma-city-thunder-film-room-defending-corner-three-shot-2016

 Rockets’ Film Room: Takeaways From Back-To-Back Wins  (from Jason Gomez, Space City Scoop):

Read and watch it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2016/12/04/scs-film-room-3-lessons-from-rockets-back-to-back-wins/

–  Celtics’ Three-Guard Lineups Having Been Getting Shredded  (from Jay King, Mass Live):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/12/it-and-d_problem_boston_celtic.html

 

 

Spurs’ Ten-Game Review: Games 11-20 (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-2/

Mbah Moute’s Big Impact  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.sbsun.com/sports/20161203/luc-mbah-a-moute-making-big-impact-with-clippers

–  Jazz Update: Exum, Hayward, More (from Dan Clayton, Salt City Hoops):

Read it here:  http://saltcityhoops.com/salt-city-seven-120116/

–  Pistons Should Remain Patient With Stanley Johnson  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/12/03/ellis-pistons-should-remain-patient-johnson/94880552/

–  Jaylen Brown’s Energy Gives The Celtics A Boost  (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-120316-jaylen-brown-energy-gives-boston-boost-in-philly

Sean Kilpatrick Plays With A ” ‘Healthy Chip’ On His Shoulder”  (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/proving-ground

–  D.J. Stephens’ Life As A Basketball Nomad And His NBA Dream  (from Ian Pierno, Beale Street Bears):

Read it here: http://bealestreetbears.com/2016/12/01/d-j-stephens-playing-overseas-dream-memphis/

 76ers: Reasons To Keep Sergio Rodriguez After This Season  (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2016/12/04/philadelphia-76ers-3-reasons-keep-sergio-rodriguez-around-past-year/

The Raptors Offense Is Historic And Divergent  (from John Gaudes, RaptorsHQ):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2016/12/4/13794806/the-raptors-offense-is-historic-and-wonderfully-divergent

From Russell Peddle:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2016/12/2/13814286/dinos-digits-five-statistics-raptors-historically-great-offense

 Steve Kerr Is Amazed By KD’s Efficiency (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/warriors-kerr-on-kevin-durants-efficiency-he-falls-out-of-bed-and-gets-20/

–  Robin Lopez Is Bulls’ Unsung Hero  (from Jeremy Karll, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/03/chicago-bulls-robin-lopez-unsung-hero-bulls/

 Troy Daniels’ Big Night (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2016/12/04/grizzlies-morning-after-anatomy-troy-daniels-big-night/94951082/

NBA Adjusted Multiple Trade Rules In July (from Eric Pincus, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-adjusted-multiple-trade-rules-in-july/

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/3/16

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–  Giannis Just Keeps Improving (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/sports/basketball/greek-freak-giannis-antetokounmpo-milwaukee-bucks.html

From Neil Paine, fivethirtyeight.com:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/weve-never-seen-a-player-quite-like-giannis-antetokounmpo/

–  From Dan Favale, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2679477-spotlight-or-no-spotlight-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-an-nba-superstar

 Breakdown: Friday’s Games  (from BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/02/the-breakdown-rockets-james-harden-has-help-again/

From Josh Martin, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2679632-friday-nba-roundup-are-cavaliers-coasting-or-is-there-cause-for-concern

Kyle O’Quinn’s Progression  (from Peter Saclarides, The Knicks Wall):

Read it here:  https://theknickswall.com/kyle-oquinn-s-progression-as-a-knickerbocker-3e772fcc4227#.pt8bippov

–  Magic Shift Their Aaron Gordon Strategy  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily:

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/12/03/orlando-magic-shift-aaron-gordon-strategy/

–  Will Reggie Jackson’s Return Make The Pistons A Contender In The East?  (from Bryan Toporek, Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/02/will-reggie-jackson-make-detroit-pistons-a-contender-in-the-east/

–  SVG: Stanley Johnson Must Work Harder  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/12/stan_van_gundy_wants_better_wo_1.html

–  Draymond Green: The Most Important Player In The Assn  (from Brandon Anderson, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://thecauldron.si.com/draymond-green-is-the-most-important-man-in-the-nba-this-season-f205a9d1baf7#.mfa8z6jz0

–  Al Horford Is Playing Great Defense (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-120216-al-horford-stuffs-kings-record-performance

–  Taj Gibson Sets Tone For Bulls  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/23705/reliable-gibson-sets-tone-for-bulls-in-win-over-lebron-cavs

 Goran Dragic And Where To Find Him  (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):

Read and watch  it here:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/goran-dragic-and-where-find-him

–  NBA-Worthy Pick-And-Rolls  (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/12/02/secret-to-nba-worthy-pick-and-roll-its-complicated.html

 Iguodala: Still Plus-Minus Master (from Connor LeTourneau, SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/In-new-role-Andre-Iguodala-still-Warriors-10688466.php

Thursday’s Players Of The Night:  Draymond Green/Ryan Anderson  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/draymond-green-flagrant-1-ryan-anderson-warriors-rockets-a0b39bdfe93d#.a7we5i8z6

–  Early Returns On Moreyball (from Senthil Natarajan, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/02/nylon-calculus-moreyball-seven-seconds-or-less/

 The Rockets Are Good And Fun Again  (from Jordan Sargent, Deadspin):

Read it here:  http://deadspin.com/hell-yeah-the-rockets-are-good-and-fun-again-1789608504

–  Thunder’s Defense Under The Microscope (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/thunders-defense-under-the-microscope-at-quarter-mark/article/5529476

–  Rookie Ratings By Position  (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/01/rookie-ratings-by-position-2016-17-edition-1

 

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