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The Utah Jazz Offense Under Quin Snyder (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):

View it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMQAIdo40uU&feature=youtu.be

– Hinkie says first-round pick was key to trade (from Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News):

” IT DOESN’T appear that it was the additions of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved that prompted 76ers president and general manager Sam Hinkie to agree to the deal that sent Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team trade this weekend, the same deal that sent Kevin Love from Minnesota to Cleveland and land the Timberwolves the last two No. 1 picks – Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

As with most of the decisions that Hinkie has made during his short time with the Sixers, this move was made with the future in mind, most notable the first-round pick the Sixers acquired from the Cavs, which they owned from the Miami Heat. The pick will be top 10 protected in 2015 and 2016 and then unprotected in 2017. Most likely the Sixers will get the pick after this upcoming season and it will probably a choice that will be later in the round. Though it lost LeBron James to Cleveland, Miami probably will still be a pretty formidable team in the East.”

Read it here: http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-27/sports/53290079_1_minnesota-timberwolves-moute-sixers

– Unheralded additions all finished in top 25 in one of most valuable shots in basketball (from Sean_corp, detroitbadboys.com):

” Pistons were among NBA’s best at taking quality shots and among the worst at making them. Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin, Caron Butler and Cartier Martin are here to change tha”

Read and view it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2014/8/28/6074291/pistons-jodie-meeks-dj-augustin-3-point-shooting-above-the-break

– Tiago Splitter’s best assists of 2013-14 Part 1 (from Chris Itz, poundingtherock.com):

” The Brazilian big man is a gifted passer. Let’s check out some of his finest assists from the past season”

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2014/8/28/5977283/tiago-splitters-best-assists-of-2013-14

Victor Oladipo’s growth potential (from Phillip Rossman-Reich, orlandomagicdaily.com):

” The Magic future for the 2015 season is tied completely with Victor Oladipo‘s continued improvement. There is no other way around it. No pressure, Victor.

Oladipo has noted throughout the summer that he expects to take on a bigger leadership role this year. That is asking a lot of a second-year player. Even if he was the No. 2 overall pick.

The opportunity is undoubtedly there though. The Magic traded away Arron Afflalo and let Jameer Nelson walk in free agency. The veterans who might have demanded the ball are gone. The constant theme for the 2015 season will be how the Magic’s young core handle the added attention and handle the responsibility of being the leaders of the team. Expect some bumps in the road as the team matures.

Oladipo is the center of this.

The question is can he step into this role?”

Read and view it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2014-articles/victor-oladipos-growth-potential.html

– Leandro Barbosa to Warriors: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction (from Timothy Rapp, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2136640-leandro-barbosa-to-warriors-latest-contract-details-analysis-and-reaction

– Breaking it Down: The Raptors’ Clutch Playbook (from William Lou, raptorsrepublic.com):

“Oddly enough, despite their overall fourth-quarter dominance, the Raptors were actually quite average offensively in “clutch” (+/- 5 points, less than 5 minutes left) scenarios, ranking just 13th in Net Rating. Depending on how you manipulate the clutch goalposts, the Raptors fared a tad better or a bit worse, but for the most part, the general theme was that the Raptors’ were a pretty average squad late in games.

In particular, the Raptors shot just 35.1 percent from the field with under a minute left in close games. That made me wonder, which clutch plays worked, and which ones didn’t?”

Read and view it here: http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2014/08/28/breaking-raptors-clutch-playbook/

– Breaking Down the Lakers’ Best and Worst Fits in Byron Scott’s System (from Ehran Khan, Bleacher Report):

” New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott has already made it clear how he will run his team.

First and foremost comes a fundamental defensive identity and toughness.

“Defensive philosophy has to be constant”, Scott told Lakers.com’s beat reporter Mike Trudell. “Defensively, we’ll start to work from day one, because that’s something we have to get better at right away, and we will.”

Scott vows to hold players accountable on the defensive end and enforce a policy that will prioritize locating the ball and getting back on defense to limit transition opportunities.

On offense, Scott will install the same scheme he has taught at previous stops.

As he told Trudell, “I want a mixture of some of what I’ve done in the past, which is the Princeton offense, along with traditional NBA sets.”

With Scott’s coaching philosophies in mind, let’s take a look at who may derive the greatest—and least—benefit from playing in his system.”

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2178210-breaking-down-the-lakers-best-and-worst-fits-in-byron-scotts-system

– Diagnosing Chicago Bulls’ Remaining Roster Flaws (from Andres Montero, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2177299-diagnosing-chicago-bulls-remaining-roster-flaws

– James Jones reflects on leaving Heat, Ray Allen, Erik Spoelstra (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):

” A month after joining LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, forward James Jones said Wednesday it wasn’t a matter of turning his back on his own hometown team or jumping from a sinking ship.

Jones instead told the Sun Sentinel that in the wake of James’ free-agency move to the Cavaliers, and with the Heat talking of going with a younger roster, it simply was time to move on after six seasons in South Florida.

“We talked. There were discussions,” he said of his end game with the Heat. “But at the end of the day, a lot is predicated on the direction of the team, personnel and style of play. With LeBron leaving, that was a big factor. There was interest on both sides, but at the end of the day, wanting to assess what was best going forward for me, it seemed like the better fit. It was really about fit.””

Read it here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-james-jones-s082714,0,7867962.st

– Two on Anderson Varejao:

– Taking Anderson Varejao for Granted (from Mike Schreiner, kingjamesgospel.com)

Read it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2014/08/28/taking-anderson-varejao-granted/

– What does Anderson Varejao do for the Cleveland Cavaliers defense? (from Trevor Magotti, fearthesword.com):

Read it here: http://www.fearthesword.com/2014/8/18/5998675/how-good-is-anderson-varejaos-defense

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