Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/19/17

Steve Clifford & The Hornets Offer Dwight Howard A Home & Hope (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
The Celtics Will Miss Avery Bradley (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Breaking Down The 2017-18 Schedule (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
CJ McCollum: Well-Rounded Scorer (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
How The SG Position Is Changing (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Predicting Every Team’s 2017-18 Breakout Player (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
Harden: Slimmed Down, Fired Up For Upcoming Season (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
The Timberwolves’ Big Expectations (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Grizzlies: NBA’s Worst Cap Situation (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Ntilikina: Enjoying The Moment (from Mike Vorkunov, NY Times):
Michael Beasley: Tired Of Not Getting Respect (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
A Moment Of Silence For KJ McDaniels’ Potential (from IanLevy, The Step Back):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 620/17

Markelle Fultz Never Forgets (from Kent Babb, Washington Post):
How Fultz Complete The Process (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
The Value Of Josh Jackson (from Luke Winn, Sports Illustrated):
The Defensive Rarity Of Jonathan Isaac (from Francis Adu, Ridiculous Upside):
De’Aaron Fox Q & A (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):
New Nuggets’ GM Arturas Karnisovas Q & A (from TJ McBride, bsndenver.com):
Danny Ainge Stays True To His Path In Building The Celtics (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
How Did The Celtics Get So Many 1st Round Picks? (from Michael D. Sykes & Mike Prada, SBNation):
Why David Griffin Stepped Down (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Draft Sleepers: Tony Bradley & Cam Oliver (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Sam Hinkie Saw The Future (from Nathaniel Friedman, GQ):
CJ McCollum Podcast (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Elfrid Payton Podcast (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
The G-League: New Name, Same Insulting Salaries (from David-George, 16 Wins):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/17

Knicks: Greater Focus On The Triangle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/01/how-phil-jackson-meddled-his-way-to-triangle-triumph/

Karl-Anthony Town’s Amazing Sophomore Season  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-sophomore-season-849b7e961ed4#.jzw25mvth

Jamal Murray Is Finding His Footing  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/02/jamal-murray-starts-to-find-his-footing-in-nba-just-in-time-to-help-lift-nuggets/

Durant Injury Opens Door For Warriors’ Young Bench  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/kevin-durant-injury-patrick-mccaw-bench/

Cauley-Stein & Labissiere: Filling The Cousins Void  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/boogie-on-filling-the-demarcus-cousins-void/

From Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring:  https://16winsaring.com/keep-an-eye-on-kings-willie-cauley-stein-3acef3e94e7c#.rw6x4v5ai

Previewing The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/mit-sloan-sports-analytics-preview/

Can Pelinka Save The Lakers?  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pelinka-745309-maggette-lakers.html

–  Westbrook Can’t Stop Going Left  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):

Read it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/russell-westbrook-cant-stop-going-left/

CJ McCollum: Midrange Assassin  (from Winners View):

Watch it here:  http://www.winnersview.com/videos/cj-mccollum-midrange-assassin

Raptors: Trying To Find A Way Without Lowry  (from Daniell Hackett, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/28/14754592/kyle-lowry-injury-toronto-raptors-lineups-numbers

Wizards’ Bench Is Stepping Up  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/for-wizards-bench-suddenly-has-plenty-of-appeal/2017/03/01/2df92916-feb2-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

For D’Antoni & The Rockets: No Such Thing As Too Many Three-Pointers  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/rockets/2017/03/02/mike-dantoni-rockets-three-pointers/98625444/

Video: Nuggets’ Beautiful Ball Movement  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.businessinsider.com/nuggets-ball-movement-vs-bucks-2017-3

From Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-nuggets-offense-shows-off-insane-ball-movement-before-getting-bucket/

Despite Loss, Cavs Excited About Their “Mad Science Experiments” (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3740/despite-loss-cavaliers-excited-by-their-mad-science-experiments

Cavs’ GM Griffin’s Bet On The Buyout Market Is Paying Off (from Chris De Silva, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/with-new-arrivals-incoming-cleveland-heads-for-the-home-stretch-e71090fdee88#.obrphk6ni

–  With Bradley Back, The Celtics Were A “Completed Puzzle” In Defeating Cavs  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/2/14786610/with-avery-bradley-back-celtics-were-a-completed-puzzle-in-cavs-win

–  The Celtics’ Front Court Of The Future?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/02/projecting-bostons-front-court-of-the-future/

–  NBA Unveils Initiatives To Improve Officiating (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-unveils-new-initiatives-improve-officiating/98603338/

 Thank You, Toronto  (from Terrence Ross, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/terrence-ross-thank-you-goodbye-toronto-raptors-orlando-magic/

–  JC Team “Plagiarizes” GSW, Is Undefeated (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-south-plains-texans.html

–  The Suns’ New Two-Man Game, Featuring Tyler Ulis And Alan Williams (from Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/1039220/welcome-suns-2-man-game-tyler-ulis-alan-williams/

Is Cam Payne The Bulls PG Of The Future?  (from Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-cameron-payne-bulls-spt-0302-20170301-story.html

Why George Hill Has Fit So Well With The Jazz (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-george-hill-has-fit-so-well-with-the-jazz-164148997.html

SVG: “There Are No Corners”  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here: http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/03/dont_ask_stan_van_gundy_about.html

–  Dedmon Needs To Stay As Spurs’ Starting Center  (from Jared Johnson, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/dewayne-dedmon-needs-stay-spurs-starting-center/

Tyler Johnson: Answering Critics With Strong, Consistent Play  (from Brandon Di Perno, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/1/14782814/tyler-johnson-emerging-as-one-of-the-heats-most-consistent-players-goran-dragic-james-johnson-riley

Byron Spruell: New President Of League Operations  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-new-president-league-operation-byron-spruell/98600788/

Nowitzki Is Embracing His New Role At “5”  (from Sam Casey, The moking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/02/dirk-nowitzki-embracing-role-mavs-center/

Korver: Cavs Have Unique Mindset  (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/kyle-korver-cleveland-cavaliers-have-unique-mindset/416211905

–  D-League: Kevin Murphy Is Ready To Return To NBA (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/1/14782470/kevin-murphy-nba-dleague-nbadl-grand-rapids-drive

–  11 Former NBA Players You May Not Have Realized Are College Head Coaches  (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/gallery/college-basketball-coaches-coaching-changes-details-bracketology-ncaa-tournament-030117

– QOTW (from Gregg Popovich on the value of continuity):

 
“It’s better than conflict and chaos, right?… (O)wners who let people do their jobs end up being more successful in our business. And obviously, if someone has made a lot of bucks doing something else, the pitfall is always to think that you can do that no matter what business you might be in. Some organizations get into trouble because of that.
 
“Instant gratification seems to be the factor that runs things the most, as far as whether you can have continuity or not.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/11/17

Teams Can’t Even Handle The Threat Of John Wall’s Pick-And-Rolls  (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/11/john-wall-pick-and-roll-pass-assist/

–  How James Harden Leads The League In Assists  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/01/11/james-harden-assists-mvp-triple-double-houston-rockets-russell-westbrook-carbaugh-video-breakdown/

–  The Defensive Surprise In Houston  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-the-defensive-surprise-in-houston/

–  Joel Embiid’s Ambitions  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Rimger):

Read and listen to it here:  https://theringer.com/joel-embiid-point-guard-podcast-d76a4644101#.epv1056ui

Avery Bradley Q & A  (from Warren Shaw, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/10/avery-bradley/

Nikola Jokic: From Serbia To The Nuggets  (from Paul Klee, gazette.com):

Read it here:  http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nikola-jokic-from-serbia-to-the-denver-nuggets-with-love/article/1594083

–  Hayward And The Jazz Are For Real  (from Patrick Redford, Deadspin):

Read and watch it here:  http://deadspin.com/gordon-hayward-and-the-utah-jazz-are-for-real-1791057354

Blazers’ Give-And-Go 3-Point Play For CJ McCollum (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here:  http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/blazers-give-go-3-point-play-for-mccollum/

Thunder Film Room: Examining Adams And Kanter As Creators (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read and watch it here: http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-examining-steven-adams-and-enes-kanter-as-offensive-creators/article/5533883

 What Does The Future Have In Store For Demetrius Jackson?  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/01/11/future-store-demetrius-jackson/

Point Guard Defense (from Josh Eberley, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hoop.nba.com/nba_hoop_featured/defensive-pointers/

Bucks Strike Gold With Brogdon (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/01/10/malcolm-brogdon-milwaukee-bucks-mature-success-draft-steal

The Knicks’ Real Problem (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):

Read it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2017/01/11/new-york-knicks-real-problem-basketball/

From Marc Berman, NY Post:  http://nypost.com/2017/01/10/joakim-noahs-a-horrible-fit-and-carmelo-has-to-bolt-tnt-analyst/

–  Garrett Temple Took Long, Strange Trip To NBA  (from Ailene Vosin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article125796744.html

GSW 107, MIA 95  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724951/celtics-are-still-chasing-the-raptors-in-the-east

–  What The First Half Of The Season Taught Us About The Magic  (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read and watch it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/01/10/what-the-first-half-taught-us-about-the-orlando-magic/

Pistons’ Midseason Report (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/01/10/pistons-midseason-report-failure-launch/96398704/

 Six Reasons The Rockets Are Dominating Opponents (from Jeff Balke, Houston Press):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonpress.com/news/six-reasons-the-rockets-are-dominating-opponents-9095189

–  Covington’s Shooting Slump Doesn’t Worry The Sixers  (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/why-robert-covingtons-shooting-slump-doesnt-worry-the-sixers/

–  Lowry’s Transformation Into Elite Long-Range Assassin  (from Blake Murphy, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/kyle-lowrys-transformation-into-elite-long-range-assassin/

–  Celtics: Areas Of Needed Improvement  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724951/celtics-are-still-chasing-the-raptors-in-the-east

Ajinca Sees No Future For Himself In New Orleans (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2017/1/10/14232600/alexis-ajinca-seeks-nba-trade-new-orleans-pelicans-omer-asik-small-ball-improvement

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/10/17

Draymond Green Q & A  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/warriors/2017/01/09/draymond-green-kevin-durant-warriors-grizzlies/96363540/

OKC’s Transition Defense Is Paying Dividends  (from Bobby Chancellor, Welcome To Loud City):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2017/1/10/14213502/oklahoma-city-thunder-film-room-thunders-fast-break-defense-keep-okc-competitive

–  The New CBA’s Designated Player Veteran Extension Explained  (from Cole Zwicker/ Eric Pincus, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/the-nba-cba-explaining-the-designated-player-veteran-extension-and-choice-615f76872fb9#.ckgi8p3fu

The “Glamorous” World Of Overseas Scouting: Part Two (from John Hollinger, grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/road-trippin-per-hollinger-pt2-170109/

–  Jeff Green: All Heart  (from Jeff Green/Jared Dubin, NBPA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/jeff-green-all-heart/

 Was The 2013 Draft Really All That Bad? (from Spencer Davies, 16winsaring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/was-the-2013-nba-draft-really-all-that-bad-3c1652349abc#.xbv5n3vkc

 Clippers Stopped Being “Too Clever” And Found Their Defensive Stride Again (from Bill Oram, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/clippers-740657-rivers-defense.html

–  Tyus Jones: Still A “Situational Player” Despite Strong Play  (from Jace Frederick, twincities.com):

Read it here:  http://www.twincities.com/2017/01/10/timberwolves-tyus-jones-still-a-situational-player-despite-strong-play/

–  Brandon Ingram Has Started Turning The Corner  (from Eric Pincus, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2686077-brandon-ingram-has-started-turning-the-corner-for-los-angeles-lakers

–  The Amazing Fit Of Eric Gordon In Houston  (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-the-amazing-fit-of-eric-gordon/

–  Checking In On The Suns’ Rebuild  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/09/the-coaching-spin-checking-on-the-suns-rebuild-in-phoenix/

–  An Early Progress Report On The Suns’ Frontcourt Of The Future  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/the-suns-frontcourt-of-the-future-is-going-through-growing-pains-and-so-is-the-nba-3cd39347acd2#.frawpqk9f

–  There Are Some Positives To The Suns’ Season So Far  (from deadpoolio, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/1/10/14222468/even-in-this-trying-season-positives-do-exist-for-the-phoenix-suns

–  Zaza Finds His Comfort Zone (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):

Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Zaza-Pachulia-finds-comfort-zone-with-Warriors-10846372.php

From Carl Steward, Mercury News:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/09/pachulias-fabulous-pass-just-one-element-of-blossoming-game/

 

 

 

Have The Pacers Turned The Corner? (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/10/indiana-pacers-turning-corner/

Film Room: 5 Stephen Zimmerman Strengths In Erie  (from Josh Cohen, Magic.com):

Watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-5-stephen-zimmerman-strengths-erie-cohen-20170109

–  Podcast: CJ McCollum/Bobby Marks  (from  Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://art19.com/shows/vertical-chris-mannix/episodes/bc079218-215e-47bd-a2c0-835f39516e34