Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/20/17

Horford, Dennis Smith, Jr., Ben Simmons & More Early Season Takeaways (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Dennis Smith, Jr: The Mavericks’ Present & Future (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
A Day With Hornets’ Assistant Coach Stephen Silas (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
–  Tracing Robert Covington’s Journey: From Unheralded Recruit To $62 Million Man (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
The Week In Review (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
The Blazers’ Fast Break Is So Bad (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
The Making Of Jusuf Nurkic: Uncompromising Bosnian Beast (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Jazz: Sixth Man Role Fits Rodney Hood (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
The Real Ricky Rubio: Finally Ready To Stand Up (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
Raptors: Siakam Appears To Have Found His Niche (from Mike Ganter, Postmedia Network):
It’s VanVleet’s Time To Shine (from Craig Oliver, Hashtag Basketball):
Caboclo: G-League Star Until Further Notice (from Vivek Jacob, Raptors Republic):
Piston Playbook, Week 5 (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Heat: James Johnson’s Handoffs (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
Coach Malone Challenged Jokic To Become A Better Defender & Jokic Is Delivering (from Christian Clark, BSNDenver):
Lakers: Brandon Ingram’s Improvement (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):
Celtics: The Curious Case Of Marcus Smart (from Adam Miller, Hardwood Houdini):
Jayson Tatum’s Development (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Blog):
Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown: Quickly Coming Of Age (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Celtics’ Defensive Diligence (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Brad Stevens Explains The Crux Of His Coaching Style (from Nicole Yang, Boston.com):
Adjusting Team Ratings For Strength Of Schedule (from Chirag Agriwal, Nylon Calculus):
Oladipo’s Breakout (from Alex West, NBA Math):
Mavs: Antonius Cleveland Earns An Earlier Than Expected Shot (from Chris Reichert, 2days10days):
Julius Randle’s Future Should Be With The Lakers (from Darius Soriano, Forum Blue And Gold):
After 4 Years Away, Damien Wilkins Finds His Way Back To NBA (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Q&A: Personal Trainer Idan Ravin  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
– Phoenix Is The Latest Stop On The Mike James World Tour (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Vanja Marinkovic, Europe’s Best Shooting Prospect (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Glossary: Bird Rights  (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Ben Simmons Isn’t “Really’ 0-for-7 On Three Point Attempts (from Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/16/17 PART TWO

Timberwolves’ Film Breakdown: Mixing Up The Pick-And-Roll (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Each Team’s Biggest Question Mark (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
How Kemba Walker Grew Into A Star (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Inside The Celtics’ Win Streak (from Ken Berger, Bleacher Report):
Celtics: The Only Team That Has Improved All 4 Defensive Factors (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Jayson Tatum: Making It Look Easy (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Current Warriors’ Broadcasters Had A Front-Row Seat When The Dubs Stunk (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
Speights Personifies Orlando’s Depth (from Luke Duffy, Orlando Magic Daily):
–  The Bad Teams’ Little Things To Appreciate (from Jacob Doole, Sir Charles In Charge):
Follow Ben Simmons Into The Future (from Phillip Barnett, Yardbarker):
Rondo Gives The Pels A “Floor General”  (from Hunter Noll, Pelican Debrief):
Wade Has Become LBJ’s Backup (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):
–  The Sixers’ Eurostashees  (from Kevin Rice, Liberty Ballers):
Luke Kennard: Cracking SVG’s Circle Of Trust (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
The Wizards’ Defensive Revival (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/7/17 PART TWO

–  Grading The MIL-PHO Trade (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
How An Israeli Tech Startup Changed The NBA (from Ben Choen, Wall Street Journal):
Why The Ibaka-Valanciunas Pairing Doesn’t Work (from Sean Woodley, lockonraptors.com):
Mavericks Machine Learning Scout (from Zigzag Analytics):
Ojeleye Seeks Longevity As A 3-And-D Specialist (from Mark D’Amico, celtics.com):
The Week In Review (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
Jazz’ 1st 10 Games: Sorting Fact From Fiction (from John Keefer, The J Notes):
Spurs’ 10-game Evaluation (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):
Q&A: CJ McCollum (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Analyzing Hardaway, Jr.’s Shooting Woes (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Film Breakdown: Wolves’ Pick & Roll Defense (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Wolves’ Defense Is Improving (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
Brad Stevens: Master Defensive Strategist (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
MIPs So Far This Season (from Darryn Albert, Larry Brown Sports):
Tony Snell: Flamethrower (from Max Carlin, Behind The Buck Pass):
Paul George Trade, Revisited (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Knicks: Ntilikina Is Growing Up Fast (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Terrence Ross: Remaining Positive Despite Shooting Struggles (from John Denton, magic.com):
How Steph Curry Has Reduced Fouling (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Simmons & Embiid: The Fresh Prince & The Process (from Ben Iezzi, The Sixer Sense):
Sixers: Redick Proving To Be An inspired Signing (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/2/17

Reuniting With Steve Clifford Has Been Good For Dwight Howard (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Inside The NBA’s Most Essential Defensive Tactic (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Antetokounmpo & Simmons Need Space, Not A Jump Shot (from Dylan Hughes, 16 Wins):
Watch Out For Jaylen Brown (from Robby McKittrick, Hashtag Basketball):
Daniel Theis: Providing Intensity Off The Bench (from Varun Tekur, Chowder And Champions):
Theis, Ojeleye Solidifying Celtics’ Bench (from Jay King, Mass Live):
Celtics’ Defense Has Come To The Fore (from Bill Doyle, Worcester Telegram):
Mike James, The 27-Year Old Rookie (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Who Is The Raptors’ Best Defender?  (from Sean Woodley, Locked On Raptors):
Durant Emerges As Elite Shot Blocker (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Orlando: Finding Different Ways To Win (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Are The Magic For Real? (from Keith Smith, Real GM):
–  Video: The Triangle Is Alive In Minnesota (from Brian Sampson):
Video: How The Celtics Attack The Bucks Pressure (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Aaron Gordon’s Transformation (from Tariq Saleh, Give Me Sport):
Blake Griffin’s Offensive Revolution Is Spearheading The Clippers (from Faizan Hasnany, NBA Math):
Adreian Payne: Looking For A Chance (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):
Suns: Early Observations From The Triano Era (from Gerald Bourguet, Valley Of The Suns):
Bender Has New Life With The Suns (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
PHO 122, WAS 116 (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Wednesday Recap – With Links To Game Stories (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Ben Simmons: Improving At Finishing (from Sarah Todd, Philly.com):
Kelly Oubre’s Improvement (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):
Maybe We Should Call It Skinny Ball: Height Vs. Weight In The NBA (from Harvard Sports Analysis):
Warriors: Getting A Dose Of Their Own Medicine (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):
Some Interesting Half-Month Stats (from Tony East, NBA Math):
Ntilikina: Quiet Defensive Star (from Thomas O’Callaghan, The Sports Quotient):
Jumpin’ Joe Caldwell (from Robert Silverman, Victory Journal):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/29/17

Al Horford’s Versatility (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):
Who Is Ben Simmons’ Closest Comparison? (from Luke Swiatek, The Sixer Sense):
Warriors: Living On The Edge (from JasonPatt, Fanrag Sports):
 – Joel Embiid’s Turnovers (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Aron Baynes: The Little Things Matter (from Mark D’Amico, Celtics.com):
 – The Cavs Say That They Are Not Concerned (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
The Value of The Two-Minute Report Seems Minimal (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
The Raptors’ New Offense: Early Returns (from Shyam Baskaran, Raptors Republic):
Celtics’ Analysis: Irving, Tatum & More (from Mass Live):
Gary Washburn’s Sunday Notes (from Boston Globe):
Olynyk’s Slimmer Frame Is Paying Off (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
Turnovers Are Hijacking Denver’s Offense (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):
Nuggets’ Offense: A Work In Progress (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Connaughton Is Filling Crabbe’s Shoes For Blazers (from Ryne Buchanan, Blazers Edge):
Unlocking Giannis (from Max Carlin, Hoops Habit):
Doncic Is Already Dominating Europe This Season (from Max Holm, Hoops Habit):
De’Aaron Fox’s Link To John Wall (from Alex Kramers, Kings.com):
Tony Snell: Early Impressions (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):
Saturday Night Highlights (from Jack Maloney, CBS Sports):
Buckets With Brock: Early Surprises, Weekly Awards, Games To Watch  (from Michael Brock, NBA Math):
Q&A: Walt Frazier (from Ian Begley, ESPN):