Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/28/17

Warriors Make The Most Of Their Talent With Historic Assist Rate (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Video: Secrets To The Warriors’ Offense (from Steve Kerr/Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
12 Players Who Could Breakout This Season (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
How An NBA Video Coordinator Reconciles Stats & Eye Test  (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Thunder: Lineup Versatility Is No Longer A Weakness (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Cavs: Wade Alone Won’t Move The Needle (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Cavs Set All-Time Record For Corner Threes (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Clippers: How Things Will Be Different Without Chris Paul  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Cousins’ Weight Loss Could Lead To Pelicans’ Transformation (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
Nuggets:  Why Mason Plumlee Could Be Worth Every Penny (from David Ramil, Fanrag Sports):
Ben Simmons: Mismatch Nightmare (from Bob Ford, Philly.com):
Earl Watson On Josh Jackson: “A Superstar Waiting To Happen”  (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
Celtics: Marcus Smart Got A Key Assist From Chauncey Billups This Offseason (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
Finally Healthy, Jodie Meeks Aims To Give Wizards The Shooter They Targeted  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
What Kennard Brings To The Pistons (from Jamie Delancey, Detroit Bad Boys):
Most Important Training Camp Decisions, Questions For Every Team (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Thunder: How To Incorporate Carmelo (from Kenneth Teape, Hoops Habit):
Suns Look To Use Blistering Pace (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
The Rise, Fall & Possible Redemption Of Brandon Jennings  (from Brian Sampson, NBA Math):
A Day In The Life Of Chris Brickley (from Justin Tinsley, The Undefeated):
Automatic NBA Scouting With Machine Learning (from Michael Watson, Zig Zag Analytics):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/29/17

Video Breakdown: Embiid’s Defensive Versatility (from Mike O’ Connor, The Sixer Sense):
Under The Radar Ramifications Of This Summer’s Big Moves  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Why Morey Ball Needs An Adjustment (from Joe Fernandez, House Of Houston):
Patrick McCaw: Rewarded For “Playing The Right Way”  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
FA Bargain: Raymond Felton (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
How Aron Baynes Will Affect The Celtics’ Offense (from Matt Chin, Hashtag Basketball):
Alan Williams’ Path: Rare & Special (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
–  What Holds JaVale McGee Back & How It Can Be Corrected (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):
Video Breakdown: Brett Brown’s End Of Game Playbook  (from Mike O’Connor, The Sixer Sense):
Mom’s Support, Flint Roots Bouy Kuzma’s Impressive Summer (from Mark Spezia, Detroit Free Press):
3-And-D Wings Are A Prime Commodity (from Ryan Jarvis, NBA Math):
Porzingis: Year Two In Review (from Tim Stubbs,  NBA Math):
What Nwaba Can Bring To The Bulls (from Vijay Vemu, Blog A Bull):
How Steven Adams And Andre Robeson Work To Improve Their FT Shooting (from Fred Katz, CNHI):
Brandon Jennings Leaves The NBA Having Never Shown What He Could Have Been  (from Adi Joesph, USA Today):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/13/16

 

–  Replacing Solomon Hill’s Defense Could Prove Challenging For Pacers  (from C. Cooper, indycornrows.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.indycornrows.com/2016/9/12/12873044/catch-44-why-replacing-solomon-hill-s-defensive-specialty-could-prove-challenging-for-pacers

–  Sixers Will Start With Experimentation  (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2016/09/12/philadelphia-76ers-2016-will-start-experimentation/

 Thunder Player Profiles And Analysis  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17469726/oklahoma-city-thunder-player-profiles-russell-westbrook-steven-adams-victor-oladipo-more-nba

–  Magic Outlook: Coach Vogel  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/09/13/2017-orlando-magic-player-outlook-frank-vogel/

–  Getting D’Angelo Russell More Open Threes  (from Darius Soriano, Forum Blue And Gold ):

Read it here:  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2016/09/12/one-player-one-skill-dangelo-russells-spot-up-shooting/

–  Lakers Assistant Coach Jesse Mermuys  (from Joey Ramirez, Lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/160912-coaching-staff-jesse-mermuys

–  First Rounders Who Are Likely To Struggle For Playing Time As Rookies  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Reead it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/12-nba-first-rounders-likely-to-struggle-for-playing-time-in-rookie-year/

–  Guess The Shot Chart:  Big Man Edition (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/13/guess-shot-chart-big-man-edition/

–  The (Maybe) Thoroughly Modern Grizzlies  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bdl-25-introducing-the-maybe-thoroughly-modern-grizzlies-214139478.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Russell Westbrook (from Scott Rafferty, Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/09/13/russell-westbrook-transition-scorer-thunder/

 

 

 DeAndre Jordan  (from Advith Sarikonda, Bball Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/12/deandre-jordan-the-evolved-center/

–  Brandon Ingram/Buddy Hield/Ben Simmons  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):  https://theringer.com/2016-nba-rookies-dont-panic-adf187180678#.wla0ncfxq

–  Seth Curry  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/which-position-will-seth-curry-play-in-dallas/

 Shane Larkin  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/shane-larkin-explains-decision-to-sign-abroad-nba-spain-baskonia/

–  Aaron Gordon  (form Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/09/12/2017-orlando-magic-player-outlook-aaron-gordon/

Clint Capela  (from Chris Reichert, Upside And Motor):  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/09/12/clint-capela-houston-rockets-morey-leap/

–  Kemba Walker  (from Brett David Roberts,  3guardrotation.com):  http://3guardrotation.blogspot.com/2016/09/maximizing-kemba-walker-is-absolute-key.html

–  Khris Middleton (from David Ramil,  Today’s Fastbreak):  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/milwaukee-bucks/breaking-khris-middleton-deadliest-shot/

–  Josh Richardson  (from Allana Tachauer, allucanheat.com):  http://allucanheat.com/2016/09/12/miami-heat-player-preview-josh-richardson/

–  George Hill (from Dan Clayton,  BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/12/utah-jazz-are-quietly-make-some-noise/

–  Kyle Singler  (from Eric Horne, Newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-kyle-singler-reflects-on-thunders-summer-quest-for-improvement-after-down-season/article/5517832

–  Meyers Leonard  (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/09/countdown_to_trail_blazers_training_camp_meyers_le_1.html

Brandon Jennings  (from Luke Duffy, Hoops Habit):  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/13/new-york-knicks-brandon-jennings-thrive/

–  Tobias Harris  (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com): http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/best-spot-his-nba-career-tobias-harris-poised-big-things-pistons

–  Nando DeColo  (from Vijay Vemu,  Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/09/13/nando-de-colo-olympics-france-nba/

–  Corey Brewer  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):  http://nbpa.com/corey-brewer-expands-diabetes-outreach-to-honor-his-late-father-and-affected-family/

–  Avery Bradley  (from Jeremy Karll, Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/09/13/boston-celtics-player-profile-avery-bradley/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/5/16

Free Agency:

–  How The Warriors Got Durant  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/07/04/kevin-durant-warriors-free-agent-thunder/86684632/

–  How Durant Will Fit With Warriors  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMJZ6CLrwcM    and from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/kevin-durant-warriors-scheme-offense-shots-curry-thompson-green-thunder/klh4d8bkusp41qc4gar7mbf7r

–  Q & A With Thunder GM Sam Presti  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/07/05/sam-presti-thunder-kevin-durant-warriors/86698372/

–  What Next For The Thunder? (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/whats-next-for-the-thunder-after-kevin-durants-shocking-departure/article/5508051

–  Trail Blazers Improve Despite Misses In Free Agency  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/trail-blazers-2016-foray-free-agency-has-been-one-marked-misses-even-they

–  Al Horford Scouting Report  (from Tom Westerholm, masslive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/07/al_horford_scouting_report_bos.html

 

–  Rondo Signing Signifies Lack Of Direction  (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2650109-rajon-rondo-signing-signifies-lack-of-direction-for-chicago-bulls

–  Hornets’ Deals With Sessions, Hibbert  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article87648117.html

–  Knicks Take Risk With Brandon Jennings As Backup PG  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/07/04/knicks-land-derrick-rose-backup-in-brandon-jennings/

–  Luke Walton’s Promise Of A Significant Role For Mozgov  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160704/nba-free-agency-timofey-mozgovs-sold-on-luke-waltons-promise-of-a-significant-role

–  Day 4 Recap  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2650054-2016-nba-free-agency-everything-you-need-to-know-from-day-4

–  Chandler Parsons And The History Of Grizzlies Wings  (from Ian Levy,  fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/07/05/chandler-parsons-perfect-for-memphis-grizzlies/

 Sergio Rodriguez  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/8-things-know-about-new-sixers-point-guard-sergio-rodriguez

–  CBA/Salary Cap Basics  (from Daniel Rowell/Philip Rossman-Reich/Jacob Rosen, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/07/05/kevin-durant-contract-cba-bird-rights-warriors-thunder-cap-holds/

Summer Leagues:

 

–  Utah Summer League, Day One  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/utah-summer-league-day-1-roundup/

–  Five D-League Alums To Watch In Utah Summer League  (from Chris Priczak,  Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/4/12092986/five-d-league-alums-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-utah-summer-league

–  Ben Simmons Summer League Debut  (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865657434/Top-draft-pick-Simmons-impresses-with-his-passing-skills-in-summer-league-opener.html

–  Eight D-League Alums To Watch In Las Vegas Summer League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/4/12091184/eight-d-league-alums-to-watch-at-las-vegas-summer-league

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article87628167.html

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/07/04/johnson-showing-summer-league-growth-spurt/86691284/

–  Lorenzo Brown  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/07/04/detroit-pistons-orlando-magic-summer-league/86684790/   and from David Mayo,  mlive.com:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/07/pistons_notes_lorenzo_brown_co.html

–  Even NBA Stars Must Follow Drew League Protocol  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2649779-with-drew-league-popularity-soaring-even-nba-stars-must-follow-protocol-to-join

–  Dean Tolson Writes The Story Of His Life  (from Dave Boling,  TheOlympian.com):

Read it here:  http://www.theolympian.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dave-boling/article87640177.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Andrew Bogut  (from Ronaldinho, Golden State Of Mind):  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/7/5/12093996/nba-trade-rumor-2016-andrew-bogut-golden-state-warriors-season-review

–  Tibor Pleiss  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4080540-155/utah-jazz-german-center-tibor-pleiss?fullpage=1

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Clippers and the Quest for Versatility  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/25/9399175/clippers-and-the-quest-for-versatility-media-day

 

–  With DeAndre Jordan back, Clippers must now learn to thrive without him  (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

” Here’s a quick guide to make sure you’re up to speed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Out: rehashing the saga of how the Clippers retained DeAndre Jordan this summer.

In: talking about how the Clippers will fare without him this season.

Sure, the Clippers are counting on an even better version of Jordan than the one who was plus-11.8 per 100 possessions while on the court last season. But they’re also excited to see the options their improved depth and more versatile roster can provide when Jordan comes out of the game. In other words, they went to great lengths to keep their center while acknowledging the diminished importance of centers in today’s NBA.

“I do like the fact that we can stay big when we want to and we can stay small when we want to,” Doc Rivers said. “Staying small when we wanted to, we haven’t had that luxury since I’ve been here, and now we do.””

Read it here:  http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/deandre-jordan-back-clippers-now-learn-thrive/story?id=34055912

 

–  Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel: Can Brett Brown make it work? (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/jahlil-okafor-nerlens-noel-can-brett-brown-make-it-work

 

–   Isaiah Thomas studied Steve Nash this summer (from Tom Westerholm, celticshub.com):

” While he’s probably the best scorer on the team, a big part of his effectiveness lies in his role off the bench — Thomas dominates opposing second units, who can’t answer for his quickness and ability to score off the dribble in a variety of ways.

Thomas said he worked on expanding that variety this offseason.

“I worked on extending my range,” he said on Friday. “Trying to be able to shoot from wherever on the basketball court. Also, I watched Steve Nash film, trying to figure out different ways to finish not just around the rim, but extending to the 3-point line.”

Read it here:  http://www.celticshub.com/2015/09/26/isaiah-thomas-studied-steve-nash-doesnt-mind-sixth-man-role-boston-celtics/

 

–   For Better or Worse, These Knicks Belong to Phil Jackson  (from Scott Cacciola, New York Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/26/sports/basketball/for-better-or-worse-these-knicks-belong-to-phil-jackson.html

 

–  Celtics expect Lee, Johnson to provide necessary leadership  (from Ian Thomsen,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/ian_thomsen/09/25/boston-celtics-media-day-2015-feature/index.html

 

Cavs:  all key players are returning  (form Terry Pluto, Cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/09/post_127.html

 

–  Nets’ Frontcourt Rotation (from Anthony Puccio,  netsdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/9/25/9396093/burning-hot-qs-depth-in-the-front-court

 

–   SVG Part V: Until Jennings’ return, Jackson and a mixed cast will bear brunt of carrying Pistons offense  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-v-until-jennings-return-jackson-and-mixed-cast-will-bear-brunt-carrying-pistons

 

–   The Timberwolves’ season of uncertainty  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  http://www.minnpost.com/sports/2015/09/timberwolves-season-uncertainty

 

–   Training Camp Protocol  (from Charley Rosen, todaysfastbreak.com):

”  (L)et’s take a look at the itineraries and goals that normally are in play from now until the preseason games begin.

” Once the season kicks off, practice sessions will be few and far between, so the next 7-10 days are extremely valuable. So critical that each practice session is planned to the minute with schedules often printed and distributed to the players beforehand.

While the specifics vary from team to team, every ball club hopes to reach several common goals during this period.”

Read it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/from-the-courts/rosen-2015-training-camp-protocol/

 

–  The four injury risks today’s young players face  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

” Many (health professionals in and out of the Association) say the injuries are indicative of four key issues players face in today’s NBA: poorer sleep, in part because of technology; weaker bones, in part because of low calcium and high sugar intake; an uptick in wear and tear, thanks largely to players specializing in basketball at a young age; and weaker muscles, as a result of shucking traditional weight training for more en-vogue methods.”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13217004/the-four-injury-risks-today-young-nba-players-face

 

–  Jrue Holiday’s camp is determined to overcome his bad history with lower leg stress injuries  (from Oleh,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/9/25/9393647/jrue-holiday-pelicans-minutes-trainer-mike-management-fracture

 

–  “Playing Up” and Rebounding: Adjustments faced by a player moving from small forward to power forward (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/25/paul-george-playing-up-and-rebounding/

 

Nets’  Off-Season Report  (from netincome, nets daily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/9/26/9400489/netsdaily-off-season-report-no-22

 

–   Lauren Holtkamp preps for her second season as NBA ref  (from Christian Red, NYDailyNews):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/ref-lauren-holtkamp-opens-news-nba-season-article-1.2374437

 

–   NBA Player Stats: Top 6 Players – Passing  (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscooop.com):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/28/nba-player-stats-top-6-players-passing/

(Note: This is Part 3 of a 9-part series)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player rankings:  DeMarcus Cousins, No. 9  (from Bryan Toporek):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/23/demarcus-cousins-no-9/

 

–  Festus Ezeli Has Battled His Way into Golden State’s Future  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2571519-always-a-warrior-festus-ezeli-has-battled-his-way-into-golden-states-future

 

–  Jared Sullinger  (from A Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/sullinger-reminded-trainer-what-hard-work

 

David Lee brings unselfish attitude to the Celtics  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com): http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/lee-brings-unselfish-attitude-celtics

 

–  Anderson Varejao Bounces Back from Last Year’s Injury  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/varejao-150925

 

–  Pistons’ Granger (knee) to miss start of training camp  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/09/25/detroit-pistons-danny-granger-rehab/72825524/

 

QOTD (from Steve Kerr on the Warriors adding Steve Nash as a player development consultant):  ” “I think Steve is the most innovative athlete I’ve ever seen, when it comes to pursuing greatness – whether it’s conditioning, basketball drills, whatever,” Kerr said. “He’s got an amazing feel for the game and an amazing mind. Steve was the most efficient player I’ve ever been around, and my hope is that he can make our guys more efficient.””