Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/29/18

10 Takeaways From The 1st Preseason Games (from Colin Ward-Heninger, CBS Sports):
Draft & Stash Players: Where Are They Now? (from Alberto De Roa, Hoops Hype):
What NBA Officials Will Focus On This Season (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
BOS: Versatility: Celtics Show Glimpses Of Promising Future  (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Kyrie Irving’s Secret Workouts In Seattle (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
CHI: Bulls Practice Observations (from Will Perdue & Kendall Gill, NBC Sports):
CLE: Osman Is Ready For Expanded Role (from Kaelen Jones, Sports Illustrated):
DAL: Ryan Broekhoff’s Journey To The NBA (from Isaac Harris,


DEN: Nuggets Are Asking Young Vet Gary Harris To Take Another Leap (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):

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GSW: Q & A: Andre Iguodala (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

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HOU: Rockets Like What They See In James Ennis (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
IND: How To Process The Pacers’ Obsession With Rebounding (from J Michael, Indy Star):


IND: Screening: O’Quinn Brings Rare Skill To Pacers (from Mark Monteith,

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LAL: Kuzma Diversifying Role (from Joey Ramirez,
MIL: Bucks’ Roster Analysis (from Matt Velazquez,

MIL: Budenholzer Will Teach His Players To Work Smarter (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):

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MIL: Brook Lopez Gives Bucks A Stretch 5  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

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MIN: Taj Gibson’s Leadership Style (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NOP: Grading The Pels Roster  (from NBA Math):
NYK: Grading The Knicks Roster (from NBA Math):
NYK: Is Mudiay Ready To Break Out?  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
OKC: Training Camp Notes (from Nick Gallo,
OKC: How Much The Thunder Defense Suffers Without Roberson (from John Schuhmann,

ORL: Clifford Working On Determining Vucevic & Bamba’s Roles (from John Denton,

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POR: Seth Curry Brings Shot-Making, Underdog Mentality To Blazers (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

SAC: Harry Giles Is Ready To Unleash (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):

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TOR: Lowry Remains Raptors’ Most Compelling, Complicated Figure (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):

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UTA: For Some Jazz Players, Learning To Sacrifice Playing Time Will Be Key (from Tony Jones, The Athletic):
WAS: Lineup Experimentation (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/14/17

More Thoughts On How Teams Run Shooters Off Screens (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
LBJ & Cavs Need KLove More Than Ever (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Luka Doncic’s EuroBasket Brilliance (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Dark Horse ROY Candidates (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Raptors’ Veteran Corps Ready To Roll (from Shaun Powell,
Toronto Remodels Its Game Plan (from Ian Thomsen,
Grading The Clippers’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Assembling Every Team’s “Death Lineup” (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
What To Expect From Jaylen Brown (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Blog):
Nets Will Miss Brook Lopez’ Three-Point Shooting (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
More, Better 3-Point Shooting Key For Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,
Nine Breakout Season Candidates (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Top 100 Players: 1-10  (from Ben Golliver/Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Jeff Teague’s Strengths & Weaknesses (from Lucas Seehafer, A Wolf Among Wolves):
Ian Clark: Looking To Take Next Step (from Jim Eichenhofer,
Glancing At Bulls’ PG Depth  (from Michael Whitlow, Pippin Ain’t Easy):
NCAA Elite “Student-Athlete” Symposium  (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/30/17

Why The Irving Trade Makes Sense For Boston  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Position Evolution: Centers:  Nurkic, Maker, WCS  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Crowder Is The Role Player The Cavs Have Been Missing (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
The Wizards Are Counting On Internal Progression (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Mavericks: Dennis Smith, Jr Is Key  (from Shaun Powell,
Brook Lopez’ Fit With The Lakers  (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
–  How The Lakers Ended Up Drafting Kuzma: Jesse Buss Interview  (from Mike Trudell,
Klay Thompson’s Transcendent Value (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Top 5 Playmakers Under Age 25 (from Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):
Grading The Celtics’ 2017-18 Roster  (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Jump Ball University: Pick & Roll (from Mo Dakhil):
Relating Offensive Style To Offensive Efficiency (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):
Pelicans: Banking On Three Ex- Kentucky Stars + Jrue Holiday (from Shaun Powell,
Orlando Magic: A More Balanced Roster (from Joe Buckley, Orlando Magic Daily):
Where Did It Go Wrong For Sebastian Telfair? (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/12/17

Once In The Vanguard Of Diversity, Knicks Build A Future That Echoes The Past (from Harvey Araton, NY Times):
Sixers: Finally A Team Of Consequence (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
James Johnson: Feeling At Home In Miami (from Shandel Richardson, SunSentinel):
Malcolm Brogdon’s Consistency (from Tim Stubbs, NBA Math):
How SVG Intends To Increase Boban’s Playing Time  (from Keith Langlois,
Film Room: How Brook Lopez Fits With The Lakers (from Pete Zayas, Laker Film Room):
Video Breakdown: Enes Kanter (from Gordon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
Can Nets Overcome Lack Of Length?  (from Charles Maniego, Nets Daily):
How Will Rondo Impact The Pelicans?  (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):
Timberwolves: Sleeping Giants Of Transition Offense (from Josh Bungum, Dunking With Wolves):
Every Team’s Best And Worst Offseason Move So Far (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/25/17

Suns See Some Kawhi Leonard In Josh Jackson (from Jack Magruder, Fanrag Sports):
GM Dennis Lindsey on The State Of The Jazz (from Kyle Goon, Sal Lake Tribune):
Competitive Family Cultivated Markkanen’s Basketball Obsession (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
Dennis Smith, Jr Joins Mavs’ Growth Situation (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Malik Monk: the Biggest Draft Steal?:
For Spurs’ Derrick White, The Fairy Tale Is Just Beginning  (from Jeff McDonald,
Frank Ntilikina’s Journey (from Daniel Popper, NY Daily News):
Fran Fraschilla On The Knicks’ Picks (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Adebayo’s High Octane Workout Sold Heat (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Spoelstra Won’t Shrink From Adebayo, Whiteside Power Possibilities (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Iwundu’s Road To The NBA (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
The Best Undrafted Players (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Why Drafting Josh Hart Was The Right Move For LAL (from Matt Leaman, Lake Show Life):
Why Kuzma Was A Smart Pick (from Shereen Rayan, Lake Show Life):
Luke Kennard Could Have Immediate Impact For Pistons (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Bucks’ 2nd Round Pick Sterling Brown (from Lucas Harkins, Behind The Buck Pass):
Butler Brings Everything Wolves Need.  And More.  (from Britt Robson, Minn Post):
DeMarcus Cousins’ Conditioning Work Showing Results (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
Lin, Nets Look To Move On Without Lopez (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
Bill Russell Q & A (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):
Tim Duncan, The Spurs And The “Captain Class” (from D.P. Jones, Pounding The Rock):