Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/22/18

To Medicate Or Not: The Thorny Mental Health Issue In The NBA (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
Q & A:  Jerami Grant (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Jerami Grant, The Finisher (from Nick Gallo, thunder.com):
Raptors: What’s The Next Step For Anunoby?  (from Scott Rafferty, NBA.com):
The Lakers’ Offense Should Revolve Around LBJ In The Post (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Clint Capela Is Not Your Average Big Man (from Nathaniel Kudla, Space City Scoop):
How Will Melo Fit In Houston? (from Jordan Brenner, Cleaning The Glass):
Video: Comparing Jokic & Embiid (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
Remaining Offseason Questions: Pacific Division  (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Pacers: The Mad Ants Are An Important Player Development Tool (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Nuggets: How Trey Lyles Can Build On His Breakout Season (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
Isaiah Austin Is Putting Up Big Numbers In China  (from Leo Sepkowitz, Bleacher Report):
Lakers: Can Svi Crack The Rotation?  (from Michael Dugger, Hoops Habit):
Kobe Bryant’s Biggest Individual Rivalries (from Micah Adams/Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Draft Stock Watch: Roko Prkacin & Rising U16 Prospects (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
The USIU Soaring Gulls Were The Greatest Show In College Basketball (from Russell Steinberg, The Step Back):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/30/18

How Does Josh Jackson Build On The End Of Last Season? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Jayson Tatum’s Three-Point Shooting (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
Ryan Broekhoff’s Long Road To Dallas (from Steve Smith, ESPN):
Trainer Chris Brickley’s Offseason Work With Melo, Ntilikina, Kanter (from Mike Vornukov, The Athletic):
How Effective Can Reggie Jackson Be Playing Off The Ball?  (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
Interview: Sixers’ Former Director Of Applied Analytics Lance Pearson (from Brian Jacobs, sixersfrontoffice.net):
Is It Make Or Break Time For Justise Winslow?  (from Jonathan Macri, The Step Back):
The Ripple Effects Of A Busy Nuggets Offseason (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
Can Juan Hernangomez Re-Emerge In Year 3? (from Max Carlin, Hoops Habit):
3 Kings Players Facing The Most Pressure Next Season (from Tomas Kassahun, Hoops Habit):
Draft Scouting: Best Prospects At U20 Euros (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Predicting 3-Point Shooting For Incoming Rookies (from Patrick Miller, Nylon Calculus):
Jerry Colangelo; Isaiah Thomas; Andre Drummond; Kyle Lowry (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Harrison Barnes: Excited To Spread “The Game Of Basketball” At NBA Africa (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Jazz: Udoh Will Continue To Stay Ready (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune);
Porzingis Visit Is Everything Knicks Love About Coach Fizdale (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Upcoming Salary Guarantee Dates To Watch (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Mid-Major Prospects To Watch   (from Jackson Hoy, The Stepien):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/6/17

Warriors’ New Defense: Different But Still Very Good (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
–  Going Small With Millsap At Center  (from Reinis Lacis, BBall Breakdown):
Malcolm Brogdon: The Steal Of The Draft  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
Most Improved Players  (from The Step Back, fansided.com):
–  Eric Gordon:  Achieving The Success That Injuries Delayed  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
 The Buzz About The Hornets Is Getting Louder  (from Howard Megdal, Sports On Earth):
David Griffin’s Magic Touch  (from Trevor Magnotti, fansided.com):
–  Thursday Recap, Featuring Harden & Westbrook (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Marjanovich Dazzles As Pistons Hold On  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Antetokounmpo Is A Statistical Wonder  (from Jose DeLeon, ESPN):
 The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Jamal Crawford Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy/Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):
 Nate McMillan Q & A  (from mvp247.com):
The JaMychal Green/Zach Randolph Tag Team (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):
The Bucks’ Mediocre Record Is Hiding A Dangerous Team  (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):
–  Nick Young’s “Rebirth”  (from Chris Palmer, The Undefeated):
–  Dwight Powell’s Pick-And-Roll Skills  (from Josh Bowe, mavsmoneyball.com):
Kent Bazemore Q &A  (from Alex Kennedy/Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):
–  How Does Korver Fit With The Cavs?  (from Ryan Mourton, Fear The Sword):
Kyle O’Quinn: Knicks’ Best Center  (from Ti Windisch, Hoops Habit):
–  Doug McDermott’s Dark Post-Concussion Days  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
10-Day Contract Candidates (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insdiers):
Markelle Fultz Scouting Report (from Matthew Giles, Washington Post):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/3/17

–  Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Most Intriguing PG In NBA History  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/03/giannis-antetokounmpo-milwaukee-bucks-greek-freak-jason-kidd

Myles Turner Deserves Your Undivided Attention (from Chris Reichert, fansided.com):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/01/02/myles-turner-towns-porzingis-embiid/

–  Why The Rockets Went 15-2 In December  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/1/2/14146008/houston-rockets-december-winning-streak-james-harden-montrezl-harrell-threes-nba

From Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer:  https://theringer.com/inside-daryl-morey-and-mike-dantoni-s-houston-basketball-laboratory-8f5ccb6c6302#.wn2r7qsgz

–  Monday Recap, Featuring Butler Scores 52  (from Whitney Medworth, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/1/3/14151568/2017-nba-scores-jimmy-butler-scores-52-bulls-hornets

–  Harden’s Night For The Ages  (from Duncan Smith, 16winsaring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/james-harden-has-a-night-for-the-ages-d345841e551#.lbuy35c9r

–  The Brilliance Of James Harden  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/02/james-harden/

–  The Cavs’ “Punch Snap Hammer” Play  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18395156/nba-unabridged-story-one-brilliant-lebron-play

–  Video Breakdown: Curry/Durant Pick-And-Rolls  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/1/3/14151578/nba-2017-warriors-vs-nuggets-video-analysis-highlights-draymond-green-curry-durant-pick-and-roll

–  Hield’s Improvement After Slow Start  (from Spencer Davies, 16winsaring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/hield-embracing-the-grind-in-rookie-year-with-pelicans-f2968e25d8b9#.f1u1k4q4l

Otto Porter, Jr.: MIP?  (from Nicholas Arguelles, 16winsaring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/otto-porter-jr-most-improved-player-dark-horse-7e803a350a1e#.65haxq2ii

–  Effective On-Court Communication  (from Jon Giesbrecht, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=CcVMBWaYgIQ

 LeBron James’ Improved 3-Point Shooting  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/01/02/lebron-james-three-point-shooting/96088028/

–  Wizards Are Not Yet Contenders: Don’t Blame John Wall  (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/03/washington-wizards-john-wall-not-arrived/

 Ilyasova Is Exceeding Expectations With The 76ers  (from Lucas Johnson, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2017/01/03/philadelphia-76ers-ersan-ilyasova-best-stretch-fours-nba-season/

–  Top PGs Available From The D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/1/3/14143658/nba-point-guard-dleague-nbadl

–  Powell And VanVleet Proving Staying In School Can Pay Off (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2017/01/02/raptors-powell-and-vanvleet-proving-staying-in-school-pays-off

Vogel Challenges Magic During Intense Film Session  (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/orlando-magic-new-york-knicks-notebook-denton-20170102

Hornacek: Knicks Reserves Have Earned More Minutes  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/01/02/hornacek-why-knicks-bench-has-earned-a-minutes-shake-up/

 The Warriors Are Settling Into Their Roles  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/3275/pattern-emerging-as-warriors-settle-into-familiar-roles

–  The Knicks’ “Defensive Incompetence” (from Zach Diluzio, postingandtoasting.com):

Read it here: http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2017/1/3/14151238/magic-115-knicks-103-i-think-this-team-tries-to-outdo-itself-in-defensive-incompetence-every-game

–  Starting Nokic Has Propelled Nuggets Into Playoff Contender Status  (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/one-big-change-turned-nuggets-viable-playoff-contenders-010317

 DeMarre Carroll’s Recovery: Taking The Long View  (from Blake Murphy, Raptor Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/01/03/raptors-keep-trying-demarre-carroll/

Celtics’ Top 5 Strengths  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/01/03/boston-celtics-top-five-strengths/

–  Kay Felder’s Growth  (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/01/03/cleveland-cavaliers-growth-felder/

–  Nets’ Prospects Watch  (from Net Income,  netsdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/1/1/14077448/nets-prospect-watch-ii-the-kids-are-alright

–  Tarik Black Aims To Be Ready When Called On  (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-report-20170102-story.html

–  Patrick Patterson: Raptors’ Unsung Hero  (from Aaron Senghera, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/01/03/toronto-raptors-patterson-hero/

–  Film Study:  Why Trey Burke And Jason Smith Are Playing Better  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/film-study-why-are-trey-burke-jason-smith-playing-better-wizards

–  Hornets Are Rebounding By Committee (from Nick Sciria, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/01/03/nylon-calculus-charlotte-hornets-rebounding/

 

 

 

Can 2017 NCAA Seniors Replicate Malcolm Brogdon’s NBA Success?  (from Trevor Magnotti, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/03/2017-seniors-replicate-malcolm-brogdon-success/

–  European Hoops Wrap-Up, Including Breaking Down Zizic’s Euroleague Debut  (from Trevor Magnotti, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/02/european-hoops-ante-zizic-euroleague-debut/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/25/16

The Magic’s New Defensive Identity  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/08/24/orlando-magic-all-about-defense-with-serge-ibaka-bismack-biyombo/

Dave Joerger Interview  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Listen to it here:  http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play/_/id/17383599

–  Royce White: Dear NBA  (from pg-sports.com):

Read it here:  http://pg-sports.com/dear-nba/

–  Introducing Fouls Drawn Percentage  (from Matt Femrite,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/08/25/introducing-foul-drawn-percentage/

Which College Coach Will be The Next To Jump To The NBA?  (from Matt Norlander,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/candid-coaches-which-college-coach-will-be-the-next-to-make-the-jump-to-the-nba/

–  NBA D-League Expansion Draft Selections  (from Harrison Faigen, Ridiculous Upside):

Readit here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/8/24/12631176/nba-d-league-expansion-draft-results-greensboro-swarm-long-island-nets-windy-city-bulls

–  Using Cash To Facilitate Transactions  (from Eric Pincus, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/19-5-million-in-cash-swapped-in-2015-16/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Meyers Leonard  (from Tom West,  Today’s Fastbreak):  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-west/portland-trail-blazers/something-prove-meyers-leonard/

–  John Wall/Bradley Beal  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/what-it-means-and-doesnt-wizards-john-wall-and-bradley-beal-admit-tension  and from  Candace Buckner, Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/08/24/its-bickering-not-beef-but-john-wall-and-bradley-beal-still-need-to-figure-it-out/

–  Terry Rozier  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/boston-celtics-ceiling-to-floor-profiles-terry-rozier-continues-to-emerge

–  Jusuf Nurkic  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/08/24/jusuf-nurkic-nuggets-evaluation/

–  Harrison Barnes  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/here-are-some-ways-harrison-barnes-can-score-and-facilitate-within-the-mavs-offense/

–  Derrick Favors  (from Max Resetar, Slamonline.com ):  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/derrick-favors-great-expectations/?#68Wls9VciUIUrw2Z.97

–  E’Twaun Moore  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/etwaun-moore-on-why-he-joined-pelicans/

–  Jason Terry  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2016/08/24/jason-terry-aims-play-mentor-role-bucks/89228330/

–  Abdel Nader (from Brian Robb, CBS Boston):  http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/08/24/boston-celtics-abdel-nader-d-league/

 Shawn Dawson  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_4de7a608-6a47-11e6-bc03-5be4a40e265a.html

Shabazz Muhammad  (from Jace Frederick, twincities.com):  http://www.twincities.com/2016/08/24/wolves-shabazz-muhammad-hopes-tom-thibodeaus-influence-helps-defense/

–  Rodney Hood  (from Derek Simshauser,  purpleandblues.com):  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/08/24/deep-dives-rodney-hood/

–  Kay Felder  (from Aaron Ferguson, King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/08/24/kay-felder-provides-perfect-balance/

–  Ersan Ilyasova  (from Fred Katz, normantranscript.com):  http://www.normantranscript.com/sports/thunderroad/the-importance-of-ersan-ilyasova/article_6bd121da-6a01-11e6-8b5d-57ec78f96c87.html

–  Josh Huestis (from Fred Katz, cnhi):  http://www.claremoreprogress.com/sports/thunder-the-curious-case-of-josh-huestis/article_6ea531fc-6a34-11e6-95f6-c33c7ac975af.html