Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/24/17

Raptors Weekly: DeRozan Improved…Again (from William Lou, Medium):
The Sixers’ December Slump (from Kyle Neubeck, phillyvoice.com):
–  Brad Stevens: Jayson Tatum Will Have More Opportunities/Usage As Season Progresses (from Jay King, Mass Live):
Jaylen Brown: Making An Impact In Season Two (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Myles Turner Does It A Both Ends (from Chris Thompson, Deadspin):
Bam Adebayo: Learning At A Rapid Pace (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
How The Bulls Became The Hottest EC Team (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Video Breakdown: How The Spurs Defend The Pick & Roll, Part One (from Coach Daniel):
Andrew Bogut: We Can’t Let Business Decisions Distract Us  (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
The Lakers’ Defensive Improvements (from Faisan Haznany, NBA Math):
OKC 103, UTA 89 (from Nick Gallo, Thunder.com):
Beasley Is Flourishing With Knicks After Roller-Coaster Start To Career (from Frank Isola, NY Daily News):
Reasons Not To Worry About The Wolves (from Jake Paynting, Dunking With Wolves):
Bucks: The Impact Of Role Change On Malcolm Brogdon (from Matthew Hallett, Behind The Buck Pass):
Clippers: The Rise Of Jamil Wilson (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Clipperholics):
– Stauskas & Levert Are Back Together (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
Kevin Pritchard Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving For The Pacers (from Derek Kramer, Indiana Sports Coverage):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/8/17

Dwight Howard Looking For Career Rebound In Charlotte (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Sixers: Redick Poised To Make Huge Impact (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Jimmy Butler: From Obscure Rookie To All-Star (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Nuggets: Will Barton Gearing Up For Increased Workload  (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):
SVG: Ellenson, Johnson Each Likely To Stick To One Spot This Season  (from Keith Langlois, pisotns.com):
Most Important Players: Pacific Division (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Bulls: Justin Holiday Is Turning Heads As Preseason Leader (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Heat: Tyler Johnson Is Already Proving His Worth (from Allana Tachauer, All U Can Heat):
Orlando’s Game Plan Is Simple (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Bogut Offensive Data Dive (from Cranjis McBasketball, Forum Blue & Gold):
Great Passing Centers (from Cort Reynolds, Celtics Blog):
Embiid Provides Big Impact (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Raptors’ Historically Low Assist Percentage (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Spurs: Brandon Paul’s Defense-First Attitude Makes Him Perfect Fit  (from Tom Orsborn, Express News);
Pistons: Will Reggie Jackson Return To Pre-Injury Form?  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
Seth Curry’s Tibia Injury (from Mike Fisher/Jeff Stotts, scout.com):
In-Depth Injury Outlooks For Embiid, Simmons, Thomas, Kawhi & More (from gearsofbiz.com):
Jazz: Impact Of Exum’s Injury (from David Locke, lockedonjazz.net):
Sixers:  The Importance Of Jerryd Bayless (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
Top 100 Euroleague Players: 41-50 (from Sportando.com):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/19/17

 –How Draymond Green Has Helped Jordan Bell Prepare For Rookie Season (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
How Dwight Howard Lost His Way & Is Trying To Get It Back (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
Lue: KLove Isn’t Taking Tristan Thomspon’s Spot, Yet  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):
In Midst Of League Activity, Spurs Hold Tight (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Warriors: Primed For Another Dominant Season (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
The Rockets’ Roster Reshaping  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
LBJ: The Ultimate Clutch Weapon (from Tim Stubbs, NBA Math):
Grading The Grizzlies’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Could Shawn Long Emerge As Rockets’ Surprise Contributor? (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Colangelo: Building On Hinkie’s Groundwork (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
Nearly Half The NBA Lost Money Last Season; Now What?  (from Brian Windhorst/Zach Lowe):
Don’t Overlook Myles Turner (from Noah Shatzer, Real Ball Insiders):
Talks With Steve Kerr Engaged The Mind And Soothed The Soul (from Jack McCallum):
Anthony Tolliver Returns To Pistons Ready To Lead (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Doncic: The Future (from Ilia Shatashvili, The Sports Daily):
Consistency Will Be The Key For Terry Rozier This Year (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Blog):
What Bogut’s Laker Deal Means (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Deep Dive On Regularized Adjusted Plus-Minus (from Justin Jacobs, squared2020 ):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/6/17

The Next Generation: Giannis Antetokounmpo  (from Rory Masterson, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/06/next-generation-giannis-antetokounmpo/

The Next Generation: Zach LaVine (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/06/next-generation-zach-lavine/

The Rockets’ Bench Is Taking Them To New Heights  (from Eric Spyropolous, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/blast-off-the-houston-rockets-bench-is-taking-them-to-new-heights-4b14609f8b0a#.fhwsrmqar

–  Sets, Plays And Actions: Korver Is In The Perfect Situation (from Preston Mott, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/sets-plays-actions-kyle-korver-perfect-situation-17a84f34f269#.qbpuiz9p5

Gordon Hayward: The Basketball Player For Basketball Junkies (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/while-you-werent-looking-gordon-hayward-became-amazing-abb2d361c744#.497tavop0

Kawhi’s “Two-Wayness” Makes Him Special (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News);

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Leonard-s-quiet-MVP-campaign-gaining-noise-10979025.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=d6c796c9b94d6fa174

February Wrap-Up, Willy Hernangomez, Sets Of The Week, More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/05/coaches-seat-february-wrap-willy-hernangomez-sets-week/

Video Breakdown: The Dubs Deal Death By 1000 Back Cuts (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/3/5/14823060/nba-2017-highlights-video-analysis-knicks-warriors-back-cuts

Sunday’s Top Performances: Tyler Ulis/Paul George/Bojan Bogdanovic (from Chris Almeida, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/tyler-ulis-suns-celtics-isaiah-thomas-62657eaec858#.n9hrvfh6m

Saturday Recap (from Keith Smith, fanrag.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-clippers-spurs-come-behind-pick-wins/

How Kyrie Became The NBA’s Best Ball-Handler (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/kyrie-irving-dribbling-cleveland-cavaliers/

Suddenly, Mavs Seem To Have “Real Potential” For Future  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4706725/suddenly-mavs-seem-to-have-real-potential-for-future

Al-Farouq Aminu Has Rediscovered His Jump Shot  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2017/03/al-farouq_aminu_aka_el_hefe_rediscovers_jumper_for.html

Bucks Believe Maker’s Minutes Are Time Well Spent (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/05/bucks-believe-thon-makers-minutes-time-well-spent/98769364/

Next For The Magic: Learning to Make And Defend Three-Point Shots  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/06/next-orlando-magic-mastering-3-point-line/

LaMarcus Aldridge: Struggling On Offense But Still Pulling His Weight (from Jared Johnson, fanrag.com);

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/lamarcus-aldridge-struggling-offense-hes-still-pulling-weight/

New Type Of Center: The Stretch 5  (from James,  Basketball Gods):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballgods.net/evolution-nba-center-created-new-type-center-called-stretch-5-new1/

–  Why The Pelicans Should Run The Triangle (from Kumar, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/06/alvin-gentrys-secret-sauce-a-look-at-why-the-pelicans-should-run-the-triangle/

Stanley Johnson’s Challenging But Promising Season  (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):

Read and watch it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2017/03/06/detroit-pistons-stanley-johnson-speaks/

Spotting Reggie Jackson’s Time Is Prudent (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/rod-beard/2017/03/05/beard-spotting-jacksons-time-prudent/98791086/

Bogut’s Arrival Completes Deepest Bench In Cavs’ History  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/andrew_boguts_arrival_complete.html

Justin Harper Jumps Eagerly Into Latest Opportunity  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-harper-jumps-eagerly-latest-nba-opportunity

D-League: Jarrod Uthoff Is Receiving NBA Interest  (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/5/14814448/jarrod-uthoff-nba-dleague-fort-wayne-mad-ants

QOTN (from David Locke):  ” Sacramento had great balance and played really hard. They didn’t complain about calls every second and they had a zest to how they played.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/4/17

Nurkic’s Versatility Is On Display In Portland  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/3/14803508/jusuf-nurkic-emergence-trail-blazers-trade-nuggets

Timberwolves’ Defense Is Key To Recent Success (from Brian Sampson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/minnesota-timberwolves-defense-key/

Film Room: Magic Better Defensively With Terrence Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magic-look-better-defensive-team-terrence-ross-cohen-20170304

How Gallinari Has Become More Efficient (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/3/4/14811248/how-danilo-gallinari-became-more-efficient-denver-nuggets

OKC: Why Sabonis Remains A Starter  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5540233

What Bogut Brings To The Cavs (from evr1022, Fear The Sword):

Read it here: http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/3/2/14780594/andrew-bogut-cleveland-cavaliers-fit

Jordan McRae, The Cavs, And The NBA’s Sometimes Cruel Business  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3746/jordan-mcrae-the-cavs-and-the-sometimes-cruel-business-of-basketball

Pre-Game Pick-Up Games Help Heat’s Reserves Bond And Improve (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/28/pregame-pick-up-basketball-games-helping-miami-heat-reserves-bond-improve-their-games/

Spurs’ 10-Game Review, Volume 6 (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-6/

Labissiere Is Seizing Opportunity As Joerger Brings Him Along Slowly (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):

Read it here: http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/3/4/14807258/labissiere-seizing-the-opportunity

Justin Anderson Steps Up For Sixers (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-versatility-toughness-anderson-steps-when-summoned

–  Suns: Tyler Ulis, Derrick Jones,Jr., Alan Williams Suddenly Are Playing Major Roles (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/3/4/14813416/suns-future-buoyed-by-sudden-rotation-players-ulis-jones-and-williams

Recapping Friday’s Games  (from Keith Smith, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-celtics-pound-lakers-cavaliers-make-history/

CLE 135, ATL 130 (from Scott Sargent, Waiting For Next Year):

Read and watch it here:  http://waitingfornextyear.com/2017/03/cleveland-cavs-three-point-record-hawks/

Second-Generation NBA Players Discuss Pros And Cons Of Following In Dads’ Footsteps  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/04/second-generation-nba-players-discuss-the-pros-and-cons-of-following-in-their-fathers-footsteps/

The Magic Finally Have Space To Succeed On Offense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/04/orlando-magic-have-the-space-to-succeed/

Dedmon, Crowder, JaMychal Green: Underrated Defenders Who Deserve More Recognition (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2017-nba-playoffs-three-key-underrated-defenders-who-deserve-more-recognition/

Jaylen Brown’s Star Potential Shines (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/4/14812638/jaylen-browns-star-potential-shines-in-los-angeles-boston-dunk-ingram-draft-jordan-layup-highlights

David Nwaba Is Living His Dream With The Lakers  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/3/3/14795852/la-lakers-david-nwaba-cal-poly-la-d-fenders-boston-celtics-call-up-nba-d-league-in-n-out

Biometric Wearables And Injury Prevention (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18801090/deandre-jordan-plays-hidden-device

Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of Jordan Crawford (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/4/14799754/jordan-crawford-grand-rapids-drive-dleague-nba-nbadl-steezus

QOTN (from David Lee on the Dubs): “It’s a pretty big compliment when a slump is losing two games in a row.”