Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/21/18

BKN: LeVert Can Thrive As A Point Forward (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
BKN: LeVert’s Medical Journey (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
CHI: Wendell Carter: Undergoing Trial By Fire (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
DAL: Doncic Was Must-See In Home Opener (from Tyler Watts, The Smoking Cuban):
DEN: Video: Jokic’s Perfect Shooting Night:
DEN: The Nuggets’ New Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Jackson Frank, BBball Index):
DET: Griffin Is Back To All-Star Form  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: Alfonzo McKinnie: Under The Big Lights Now (from CJ Peterson, SF Examiner):
HOU: Melo & The Rockets Are An Odd Fit (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
IND: “This Is What We Brought (O’Quinn) Here For”  (from Scott Agness, The Athletic):
ORL: Passing Has Become One Of Vucevic’s Top Strengths (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
TOR: Kawhi Is Back To MVP Level Form (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
UTA: Jazz Are Lighting It Up On Offense, Struggling On Defense  (from Eric Walden, Salt Lake Tribune):
Sunday Notes: Markelle Fultz & More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Ugly LAL-HOU Brawl  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
From Sam Amick, USA Today:
Six Small Sample Size Overreactions (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
The NBA Feels Like The Future, The NFL Like The Past (from Will Leitch, nymag.com):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/13/17 PART ONE

Raptors: Trying To Win The Right Way (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):
Suns’ GM Ryan McDonough Q & A (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Tom Thibodeau Q & A (from Nick Friedell, ESP):
Despite HIs Flaws, Why Drummond Has Value To Pistons (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):
Dwight Howard’s Fit With The Hornets (from Coach Percy, Queen City Hoops):
Welcome To The NBA’s Era Of Positionless Offense (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math ):
The Celtics’ Young Talent (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Wade Baldwin: Year Two Is Vital After Underwhelming Rookie Season (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days):
Summer League Grizzlies Lack Consistency (from Mac Trammell, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Summer League: Most Intriguing Players List (from Sports Illustrated):
Summer League Intel Report On Stars In The Making (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
The Nets Focus Is On Continuity And Culture (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Why A Possible Melo Trade To Rockets Is Taking So Long (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Jordan Bell Shows His Versatility (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
New Hawks’ GM Schlenk Quick To Dump Pricey Vets, Go With Youth (from Shaun Pawell, NBA.com):
Jaylen Brown Enjoys Mentor Role (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
The Two Men Who Make Money From The NBA In Summer (from Kevin Draper, NYTimes):
NBA Approves Rule Changes To Improve Game Flow (from NBA.com):
–  Video: “4 Away” Late Game SLOB Package (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Video Breakdown: Raptors’  Zipper Pick And Roll SLOB (from Cooper Smither,  Raptors Republic):
Video: GSW: Using Shooters To Set Screens (from John Zall):
Redick’s Likely Impact On Sixers’ Offense (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Quinn Cook: “Staying Paranoid” (from Cassie Calvert, goduke.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/9/17

David Fizdale’s Genius, March Stats, Zipper Plays, Drop Back PNR, Brook Lopez, Spurs’Passing, More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/coaches-seat-passive-pnr-defense-zipper-plays-david-fizdale/

Lillard Torches Jazz (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/damian-lillard-torches-jazz-career-high-franchise-record-59-points-050253461.html

Redick Has Become A Historic Outside Shooter  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch  it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/clippers/jj-redick-clippers-become-historic-outside-shooter/

Don’t Overreact: Celtics Are Just Fine (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/4/7/15215220/the-read-dont-overreact-boston-celtics-just-fine-atlanta-hawks

 

 

 

–  The Cavs’ Small-Ball Lineup Should Terrify Opponents  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/lebron-james-cavs-lineup-center-highlights-breakdown-nba-playoffs-2017-tyronn-lue/10qngpaqubnxf1qjvgocw5avss

 Cavs Need More From Shumpert (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/04/cavaliers_need_more_from_iman.html

How Should The Pistons Proceed? (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/08/pistons-proceed-late-season-tailspin/

Steve Nash Q & A (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch, UA Today):

Read it here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/08/steve-nash-q-and-a-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-james-harden/100166310/

Labissiere Flashes His Talent  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article143565934.html

Willy Hernangomez Hopes To Learn From Marc Gasol This Summer (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/04/08/knicks-willy-hernangomez-hopes-to-work-with-his-idol/

Julius Randle’s Growth (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coach-748872-pleasantries-initial.html

Underrated Coaches (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/six-underrated-nba-coaches/

Jeremy Lin’s Redemption (from Wardell, Sir Charles In Charge);

Read and watch it here: http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/04/09/jeremy-lin-nets-brooklyn-2017/

The Nets’ Core Four Shines (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/brooklyn-core-four-shines-as-season-winds-down

Nuggets Playoff Push: Invaluable To Young Core, Regardless Of Outcome (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/regardless-of-outcome-nuggets-playoff-push-invaluable-for-young-core/

KD Returns (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/4270/warriors-depth-replenished-with-return-of-kevin-durant

From Associated Press:  http://www.espn.com/nba/recap?gameId=400900573

You Should Be Watching Rudy Gobert (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/utah-jazz/content/you-should-be-watching-rudy-gobert-utah-jazz

Tyler Johnson’s Growth And Future (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article143519484.html

–  The Magic’s Poor Defense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/09/orlando-magic-continue-find-no-response-poor-defense/

–  Ellenson’s Place In The Piston’s Future (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/ellensons-flashy-starting-debut-affirms-his-place-pistons-future

Udrih Shifts Focus To Coaching Skills (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/04/08/pistons-udrih-shifting-focus-coaching-skills/100231644/

Doc Rivers On Double High Screen (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/rivers-on-double-high-screen-everyone-does-it-now/

Nwaba’s Unique Journey (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20170408-story.html

From Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/4/8/15230346/la-lakers-david-nwaba-stats-schedule-d-league-call-up-d-fenders-playoffs-rio-grande-valley-vipers

RU’s D-League COY: Jerry Stackhouse  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/4/8/15227658/jerry-stackhouse-coach-of-the-year-raptors-905-nba-dleague-nbadl

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting

–   The five favorites for Eurobasket  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/09/05/the-five-favorites-for-eurobasket/

 

–  When Good Shots Turn Bad and Bad Shots Turn Good  (from Kelly Scaletta, Vantage Sports):

” How tightly a shooter is guarded, whether the defender has his hands up, where the shot is from, and how much time is on the clock all influence whether a shot is going to go in or not. Lost in this analysis is often the most important factor of all, and that’s who is taking the shot.

You can only generalize shots so much. Ultimately, people take them, and like all things dealing with people, you can’t be too universal in you assessments. Some shots are generally better than others. Maybe some are even usually better than others. But there are times when you’d take a midrange jumper over a corner three or shot at the rim depending on who takes the shot.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vedm0SAAABNci3m9/when-good-shots-turn-bad-and-bad-shots-turn-good

 

–  Labor Peace in Our Time: How the NBA’s Money Train Could Keep Chugging  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/labor-peace-in-our-time-how-the-nbas-money-train-could-keep-chugging/

 

Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Ty Lawson Helps the Rockets (from Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-ty-lawson-could-make-rockets-top-tier-contenders/

 

–   Clippers Preview: Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ykd2dGIQ1WY

 

–  DeShaun Thomas is testing the Spurs’ draft-and-stash system (from Jesus Gomez,  poundngtherock.com):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2015/9/5/9263581/deshaun-thomas-tender-offer-change-nba

 

–  Jordan Clarkson’s Mid-Range Jumper  (from Darius Soriano, forumblueandgold.com):  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2015/09/04/one-player-one-skill-jordan-clarksons-mid-range-jumper/

 

–   Sizing up Henry Sims  (from Rollin J. Mason/Sean O’Connor,  birghtsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/5/9264881/sizing-up-henry-sims-liberty-ballers-offers-insight-to-the-phoenix

 

–   Carving Out An NBA Role For Nik Stauskas  (form Aaron Mah,  hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/05/stauskas-stauskas-carving-nba-role-nik-stauskas/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – PART ONE

 

–  A Tale of Two Cities: Phoenix and Philly Plot Different Courses to Contention  (from Zach Lowe,  Grantland):

Read it here:   http://grantland.com/the-triangle/a-tale-of-two-cities-phoenix-and-philly-plot-different-courses-to-contention/

 

 

–  WIZARDS ON PATH TO DURANT?  (from Michael Pina,  sportsonearth.com):

” Over the past couple of weeks, few teams did a better job turning lemons into lemonade than the Washington Wizards. After getting rebuffed by Paul Pierce and David West (two free agents who took less money to climb aboard championship contenders out west), Washington scrambled to grab a trio of unsexy yet capable veterans: Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson and Gary Neal.

This sounds bad, but it’s not. One summer before Kevin Durant becomes an unrestricted free agent, Washington brought versatile outside shooters into the fold, complementary pieces to help modernize its roster and finally adjust to a sport that’s racing out to the three-point line faster and faster every year.”

Read it here:  http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/136568988/washington-wizards-offseason-kevin-durant-2016

 

 

–  Silver expects changes to playoff seeding next season  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

”  Also addresses free agency moratorium, Hack-a-Shaq rules and more at Board of Governors media availability”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/07/14/board-of-governors-2015-recap/index.html

 

 

– In developing Kristaps Porzingis and building New York Knicks, Phil Jackson takes long view  (from Michael Lee, Washingtn Post)):

” We’re going after solid players who will step into vacuums, who will play ball. And if we have system to play basketball with, that will work itself out.”

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/07/14/in-developing-kristaps-porzingis-building-new-york-knicks-phil-jackson-takes-long-view/

 

 

–  League executives, coaches, players give outside perspective on Cleveland Cavaliers from Las Vegas  (from Chris Haynes,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/07/league_executives_coaches_play.html

 

 

 Can’t Knock the Hustle, But Can We Measure It?  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

“Intangibles. Winning plays. Good floor game. Contributions that don’t show up in the box score.

Whatever the term used, nearly everyone recognizes that even in this age of SportVU cameras and detailed game charting a lot happens in a game that simply can’t be quantified. 1 If Matthew Dellavedova diving on the floor and/or opponents’ ankles makes an appreciable difference, that difference would should up in his adjusted on/off data in a way not explained by his more traditional stats. Or so the conventional wisdom goes.

The NBA is putting that theory to the test during the Las Vegas Summer League. By tracking what they have termed “hustle stats” the league is attempting to make those intangibles a little less so. For every game here, a team of two charters is tallying up all the times players contest shots with their hands up, draw charges, deflect passes and recover loose balls. Those stats are then combined into a hustle score. These charters are in addition to and separate the regular score and stat-keeping crew.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/07/15/cant-knock-the-hustle-but-can-we-measure-it/

 

 

–  Karl-Anthony Towns’ Busy Summer Hands  (from Steve McPherson,  awolfamongwolves.com):

” In three Summer League games so far, Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 7.3 personal fouls per game. Not per 36 minutes, but PER GAME, because in keeping with the “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” marketing slogan, you don’t foul out until your tenth foul. Against the Lakers and Jazz, Towns had 9. That’s a lot of fouls.

And it’s actually no reason to be concerned. We tend to split stats into good things (points! rebounds! steals!) and bad things (fouls! turnovers!), but there’s nothing inherently moral about any of these stats. Steals are good, but if you’re constantly gambling for them, that could be a problem. Fouls and turnovers can be problematic, but when it comes to young players, they’re actually indicators of activity, and that can be a good thing.”

The  list of all the players in the 3-point era who averaged more than four fouls per game while playing in at least 40 games and averaging 20 minutes per game in their rookie season includes such illustrious names as Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson, DeMarcus Cousins, Bill Laimbeer and Kenyon Martin (who had a decent if not stellar career). Roy Hibbert averaged 7.7 personal fouls per 36 minutes his rookie year, eventually cutting that to less than half that (3.6) in his fourth season. Ben Wallace averaged 4.9 per 36 his rookie season before settling in around 2.2 per 36 for the rest of his career.

Just as you don’t worry about point guards and superstars turning the ball over a lot early on (Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan and Larry Bird all averaged over 3.1 turnovers per game their rookie seasons), you shouldn’t worry too much about big men — especially ones who should develop into defensive stoppers — committing fouls. Not in their rookie years, and especially not in Summer League.”

Read it here:  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2015/07/murder-most-foul-karl-anthony-towns-busy-summer-hands/

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  Minor free-agent signings that could plug major holes  (from Bradford Doolittle):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13248665/nba-lakers-cavaliers-teams-holes-fill-free-agency

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Aaron Gordon:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/07/15/scott-skiles-practices-with-luol-deng-shawn-marion-will-benefit-aaron-gordon/

 

Delon Wright:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/07/15/the-idiosyncratic-delon-wright/

 

Tibor Pleiss:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765677433/Utah-Jazz-officially-sign-German-center-Tibor-Pleiss-to-deal.html

 

Stanley Johnson:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/07/14/detroit-pistons-stanley-johnson/30162805/

 

Jordan Mickey:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/07/boston_celtics_summer_league_2_12.html

 

Josh Harrellson:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/7/15/8968403/2015-nba-summer-league-do-the-phoenix-suns-need-a-player-like-josh-harrellson-phoenix

 

Jerian Grant:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jerian-grant-knicks-welcome-to-new-york/

 

Jahlil Okafor/ Kristap Porzingis/ Doug McDermott/Ryan Boatright:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nba-summer-league-shootaround-okafor-vs-porzingis-the-reinvention-of-doug-mcdermott-and-more/

 

He Tianju:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2523008-he-tianju-trying-to-bring-china-back-to-the-nba

 

Joe Harris:  http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=35294

 

Nemanja Bjelica:  http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=35294

 

Jarrid Famous:  http://www.csnwashington.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-no-plays-no-problem-jarrid-famous

 

Norman Powell:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/07/14/powell-could-be-the-gem-the-raps-have-longed-for

 

Chris Bosh:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article27273670.html

 

Bobby Portis:  http://pippenainteasy.com/2015/07/15/chicago-bulls-rookie-bobby-portis-possesses-crucial-intangibles/

 

NOTE:  Be sure to check out PART TWO of today’s Basketball Intelligence this afternoon.  Attendance at Pro Scout School and NBA Summer League kept us form posting BI yesterday so we are “playing catchup” today.