Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/17

OKC: Teammates Who Will Benefit Most From Formation Of “Big 3”  (from Lawrence George, Thunderous Intentions):
The Westbrook Roadmap 2.0  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
The Knicks’ KP Dilemma (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Sixers: The Value Of JJ & RoCo (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Heat: Spoelstra Conjures Intriguing 5-Men-Out Alignment  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
How Jabari Parker Breaks Down Defenders In Transition (from Scott Rafferty):
Grading The Sixers Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
How Anthony Tolliver Can Help The Pistons (from Lazarus Jackson, Detroit Bad Boys):
LeVert Used 1st Real Offseason To Get Seriously Fit (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Why The Jazz Offense Will Be Better Than People Think (from Jared Woodcox, The JNotes):
Dennis Smith, Jr & Backcourt Depth Will Allow Mavs To Do New Things (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
League Pass Rankings, Part One (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Kings: Buddy Hield “Burns To Win” (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Kuzma Continues To Build Off Impressive Summer (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Avery Bradley’s Work Ethic (from John Niyo, Detroit News):
Brad Stevens Continues To Stress Jaylen Bown’s Defense  (from Jay King, MassLive):
RIP: Frank Hamblen Was A Revered NBA Coach (from Andy Amey, TribStar.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/8/17

Why Cody Zeller Is One Of The Most Valuable Big Men  (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Greg Monroe: “How The Moose Gets Loose” (from Michael Snyder, 94 Feet Report):
The 50 Most Interesting Players In European Hoops:  1-10 (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Sophomore Standouts: LeVert, Dejounte Murray, Hield, Jamal Murray, Embiid (from Alex Ellison, The Sports Quotient):
Thunder: In Search Of A Death Lineup (from Jonathan Bates, Welcome To Loud City):
Jazz Are In Transition On Offense (from Dillon Anderson, ksl.com):
Jae Crowder Will Help The Cavs On The Wing (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):
TMac Was A Special Talent (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):
Lonzo Ball’s Scoring Ability (from Laker Film Room):
Offseason Moves Give Thunder Lineup Adaptability (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Brandon Knight’s Downfall (from Ben Gordon, 94 Feet Report):
How To Understand Synergy Play Type Categories (from Cranjis McBasketball, Nylon Calculus):
Video Breakdown: Xavier Munford Can Be A Quality Role Player  (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days):
How To Measure Success For Each WC Team In 2017-18  (from James Herbert, BS Sports):
Celtics: Seeking To Improve Transition Attack (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Blog):
IT Interview (from Fred McLeod, Fox Sports):
PGs: The Depth Of Talent During The Position’s Golden Age (from Michael Brock, NBA Math):
Grading The Nuggets’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
How Kenneth Faried Became A Forgotten Man (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Projecting The Top 5 Breakout Players At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
4 Remaining FAs Capable Of Making An Impact (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Pistons’ Asst. Rex Walters On Luke Kennard (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Draft Prospects Entering Make-Or-Break Seasons (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Cap Space For All 30 Teams (from Keith Smith, RealGM):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/16/17

CP3 To Bring New Layer To Rockets’ Offense (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Brad Stevens Focused On Present, Not Past, In Re-recruiting Hayward (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
JVG Interview (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Jazz Hope Donovan Mitchell Brings The Energy They Need (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Film Breakdown: What Osman Will Bring To The Cavs (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Chris Paul’s Desire To Win Can Be Traced To Upbringing (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Why Summer League Matters To The Warriors (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Darrell Williams Rebounds From Wrongful Conviction For Shot At NBA (from Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle):
From NBA To India, Coach Phil Weber Takes On A New Challenge (from Karan Madhok, The Field):
Five Menu Items From Joel Embiid (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
Simmons And Isaac Represent The Magic’s Future Direction (from Philip Rossman-Reich):
Pat Riley Refused To Lose Wayne Ellington (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Jonathan Motley Is Bouncing Back from Knee Injury (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):
Positionless Basketball Defines NBA’s Copycat Nature (from Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal):
How Avery Bradley Can Make Reggie Jackson Better (from Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press);
Jonah Bolden’s SL Play Showed He Belongs (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Deyonta Davis Looks To Crack The Griz’ Rotation (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Justin Robinson: The Heat’s Summer Revelation (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Nets: No One Has A Better Story Than Jacob Wiley (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
The Rockets Get Their Harrell Replacement: Tarik Black (from Karlo Lovenia, 16 Wins):
The Heat’s Summer League Growth Curve  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
3 Kings Rookies Could Help Right Away; Only One 2nd-Year Player Seems Ready (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/6/17

Understanding The Contenders’ Playoff Rotations  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/nba-playoffs-rotations-cavs-warriors/

–  Analyzing The Bucks’ Defensive Style  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Read and watch it here: https://cleaningtheglass.com/do-the-bucks-stop-here/

CLE 114, BOS 91  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/04/05/onhoop/qlCBUZvrYVYC30VEYjT6DO/story.html

From Jay King, Masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2017/04/boston_celtics_cleveland_caval_16.html

 

 

 

DPOY Candidates: Gobert, D. Green, Leonard  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/argument-every-2016-17-defensive-player-year-candidate/

Richaun Holmes: Proving He Belongs In Sixers’ Rotation (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  https://bballbreakdown.com/2017/04/05/richaun-holmes-proving-belongs-philadelphia-76ers-rotation/

Buddy Hield Is Stepping Up (from Tom West, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/buddy-hield-has-work-to-do-but-hes-stepping-up-with-sacramento-kings-2bb529014d9f

–  Mavs Have Bright Future With Harrison Barnes (from Paolo Pascual, The Smoking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/05/dallas-mavericks-bright-future-barnes/

 Heat Find Success By Spreading The Wealth On Offense (from Nick Sciria, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/nylon-calculus-miami-heat-find-success-spreading-wealth-offense/

Don’t Hold Spurs’ System Against Kawhi In MVP Race (from Eli Horowitz, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/column-spurs-system-held-kawhi-leonard-mvp-race/

Jason Smith: The Ultimate Teammate Always Stays Ready  (from Zach Rosen, Washington Wizards Blog):

Read it here:  https://washingtonwizardsblog.monumentalsportsnetwork.com/2017/04/06/the-ultimate-teammate-jason-smith-always-stays-ready

Pin-Down Passing (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):

Watch it here: http://pickandpop.net/2017/04/pin-down-passing/

Role Player Of The Week: Frank Kaminsky  (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/hornets/role-player-of-the-week-frank-kaminsky/

Steph Curry In Middle School: Origin Of The Baby-Faced Assassin (from Marcus Thompson II, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2695972-stephen-curry-in-middle-school-the-origin-of-the-baby-faced-assassin

Brook Lopez: The (Offensive) Force Awakens  (from Charles Maniego, 16 Wins:

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/brook-lopez-the-offensive-force-awakens-dec531e6aade

TOR 105, DET 102 :10 Observations (from William Lou, The Defeated):

Read it here: https://medium.com/the-defeated/10-things-i-saw-from-raptors-pistons-holy-shit-lowry-is-back-4e0c37740670

Blazers: Surviving Without Nurkic  (from Raymond Simms, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/05/portland-trail-blazers-barely-surviving/

Morey’s Case For Exec Of The Year  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/06/daryl-morey-case-executive-year/

Korver Returns To 3-Point Leaderboard  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/kyle-korver-3-point-leaderboard/

Gasol, Grizzlies Focused On Finding Rhythm  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/04/06/grizzlies-morning-after-gasol-grizzlies-focused-finding-rhythm/100116862/

Increase In Confidence Key For Luwawu-Caborrot  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-increase-confidence-key-luwawu-cabarrot

Monty Williams: Life After Tragedy (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/06/monty-williams-wife-ingrid-family-tragedy-spurs-thunder-pelicans

5 Things We Learned From Eurocup 2016-17  (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/06/5-things-learned-eurocup-2016-2017/

Isaiah Thomas: Picture Me Rollin’  (from Peter Walsh, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazine/features/isaiah-thomas-celtics-cover-story/#L2Ut5Ji5ajPlhuiR.97

–  Nets’ Turnaround Coincides With Lin’s Return  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-turnaround-coincides-with-jeremy-lin-s-return-1.13367899

The NBA’s Subtle, Vital Scheduling Factor  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-nbas-subtle-vital-scheduling-factor/

Langston Galloway: Ready And Steady  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article142963964.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/15/17 PART TWO

Why Jaylen Brown Will Reach What Jeff Green Couldn’t For Celtics  (from Tom Mulherin, Hardwood Houdini):

Read and watch it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/15/jaylen-brown-will-reach-jeff-green-couldnt-celtics/

Raptors Playbook: Corner Offense And Counters (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):

Read and watch it here; http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/03/15/raptors-playbook-corner-offense-counters/

20 Years Apart, Plenty Of Resemblances Between Heat Teams  ( from Jay Man, hothothoops.com):

Read it here: http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/15/14931474/twenty-years-apart-two-miami-heat-teams-share-plenty-of-similarities-alonzo-hardaway-pat-riley

Frank Martin: The Haslem/McGruder Connection (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article138651438.html

The Race For The 8th Playoff Spot In The West Has Gotten Interesting  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/wild-west-the-chase-for-the-eighth-playoff-spot-suddenly-got-interesting/

Antetokounmpo Puts Bucks On His Shoulders (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/buck-up-giannis-antetokounmpo-puts-milwaukee-on-his-shoulders/

MIP: Antetokounmpo, Jokic, Porter (from Ananth Pandian, The Step Back):

Read it here; http://fansided.com/2017/03/15/antetokounmpo-jokic-true-candidates-mip-award/

CLE 128, DET 96:

  – 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

  – Changes The Cavs Made (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

Bradley’s Health Is Critical To Celtics’ Playoff Run  (from Derek  Mcvay, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/14/avery-bradleys-health-critical-boston-celtics-playoff-run/

Westbrook & OKC Search For Balance (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/doing-too-much-no-but-westbrook-oklahoma-city-search-for-balance-ea6434cad79a#.i7epwecyu

NBA Metrics: The Worst 5 Defenders At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697532-nba-metrics-101-the-worst-5-defenders-at-every-position

Chris Paul’s Value To Clippers Huge On Both Ends Of Floor (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/15/one-team-three-stats-clippers-chris-paul-deandre-jordan-blake-griffin

Why The Nets Chose Dinwiddie Over Ferrell (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/15/brooklyn-nets-spencer-dinwiddie/

– Zubac: Playing His Way Into Lakers’ Future (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookie-center-ivica-zubac-is-playing-his-way-into-the-lakers-future/

Nets Are Beginning To Match Atkinson’s Vision  (from Charles Daye, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here: http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/03/14/nets-small-ball-kenny-atkinson-vision/

SAC 120, ORL 115: Takeaways  (from Basketball Intelligence):

   – The Kids Were Alright: Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere all impressed as starters as Coach Joerger rested  Afflalo, Lawson, Koufos and Evans (who is nursing an ankle injury).  It will be quite interesting to see to what extent  Joerger continues to give more playing time to the youngsters, who, after all, are expected to be key components as the Kings embark on building from the ground up.  Towering rookie Georgios Papagiannis also saw 11 minutes of action.

   – Veterans Darren Collison and Anthony Tolliver also played big roles: Collison provided leadership  with 13 assists to go along with 19 points and was +14. Tolliver scored 19 points, including a career-high 5 treys, several of which were delivered at key moments after Magic runs.

  – Another positive for the Kings was their ability to close out the game.  The tendency this season has been a startling inability to hold leads, regardless of size.  The Kings have generally been at their best when making up large deficits.

  – The Magic defended the paint well but closed out poorly at the three-point arc. The Kings thus were able to continue their success from distance, shooting 53.3 % as they hit 16 treys. As Elfrid Payton put it: ” Our emphais has been cutting off the paint, but I just think we did that too much and should have been closer to shooters.Credit them for making shots, but I would have liked to see us have stayed home (on shooters) a little more.”   The Magic also shot well from afar,hitting on 38.3% but that wasn’t good enough to offset their poor three-point defense.

  – The Kings continued their much-needed post-Cousins offensive balance as 7 players scored in double figures.

  – Elfrid Payton maintained his recent strong play with  60% shooting, 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting (including 3-for-3 from distance) and 9 rebounds.