Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/26/18

Robert Williams: Following DeAndre Jordan’s Path  (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Will Robert Williams Develop Into A Capela Clone?  (from John Karalis, Boston.com):
Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Why The Mavs Are The Right Fit For Luka (from David Griffin, Dallas Morning News):
Wendell Carter Is A Different Type Of Modern Big Man (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Why Trae Young’s Best Days Have Yet To Come (from Adam Spinella, Clutch Points):
The Nuggets Have Locked Down Nikola Jokic (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
MJP’s Waiting Game (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
Inside the Rockets’ Proposal To Flip The Draft & Free Agency (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Keita Bates-Diop Is A Story Of Resilience (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Wizards’ Pick Troy Brown Is Eager To Prove He Belongs (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Dubs’ Pick Jacob Evans Brings Toughness, Grit (from Ryan Gorcey, SF Examiner):
Pistons’ Pick Khyri Thomas: Defense Is Part Of His DNA (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
Q & A: Pacers’ Pick Alize Johnson (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
What Value Does Wanamaker Have In Boston? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
How Ryan Broekhoff Is Following In Joe Ingles’ Footsteps (from Damien Arsenis, The Pick And Roll):
Oladipo: Still Seeking Improvement (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
How Much Do The Heat Need Ellington To Stay? (from Patrick Miller, Nylon Calculus):
Olynyk Has Found His Groove (from JJ Adams, The Province):
Jazz’ Preseason Preview (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
How Boston & Philadelphia Can Avoid OKC’s Fate (from Ben Mertens, Welcome To Loud City):
On The Eve Of Marcus Smart’s Free Agency, The Celtics Should Remember The Kendrick Perkins Trade (from Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog):
Teams Entering Franchise-Altering Free Agency (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/7/17

Contenders Weighing Stretch-Run Chase Vs. Playoff Health (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/06/morning-tip-rest-driving-teams-players-nba-season-winds-down

SAS 112, HOU 110  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/san-antonio-spurs-houston-rockets-kawhi-leonard-james-harden-40b5e73fb36f#.vi8cefpvp

There Are No Good Answers For Kawhi  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/07/kawhi-leonard-mvp-case-spurs-james-harden-russell-westbrook

Kawhi Keeps Delivering (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18836308/nba-quiet-methodical-rise-kawhi-leonard-superstar

Pelicans: DMC/AD Sets (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read and watch it here;  http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/early-offensive-sets-for-pelicans-davis-cousins-pairing/

Isaiah Thomas Is Using The Rim To Outsmart Tall Defenders (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read and watch it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/isaiah-thomas-is-using-the-rim-to-outsmart-tall-defenders/

From Liam O”Brien, Hardwood Houdini: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/07/isaiah-thomas-nbas-best-pick-roll-ball-handler/

The Next Generation: Nikola Jokic  (from Adam McGee, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/next-generation-nikola-jokic/

Also today in The Next Generation Series:

 – Luka Doncic (from Brandon Jefferson): http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/luka-doncic-greatest-generation/

 – Jabari Parker (from Chris Manning):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/jabari-parker-next-generation/

 – D’Angelo Russell (from Brendon Kleen):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/dangelo-russell-next-generation/

Jamal Crawford’s Long And Winding Road (from Mike Wise, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/jamal-crawford-of-the-clippers-long-and-winding-road/

Dario Saric Interview Translated (from tabslabblue, reddit.com):

Read it here: https://www.reddit.com/r/sixers/comments/5xsusq/darios_big_interview_for_croatian_sports_news/

A Guidebook For Exploiting Playoff Matchups  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/guidebook-exploiting-playoff-matchups/

Kyle Lowry On His Surgery And Its Impact On The Raps  (from Mike Ganter, The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/06/raptors-lowry-opens-up-about-wrist-surgery-its-a-10-year-process

Willy Hernangomez: Second Round Steal  (from Kyle Maggio,The Knicks Wall):

Read and watch it here: https://theknickswall.com/rookie-of-the-year-577de05e1d1d#.bijmly4ag

Ron Baker: With Playing Time Comes Confidence (from Lenn Robbins, msgnetwork.com):

Read it here:  http://www.msgnetworks.com/2017/03/06/with-playing-time-comes-confidence-for-baker/

Where Has The Skyhook Gone? (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-the-skyhook-isnt-a-part-of-todays-game-195220557.html

Bojan Bogdanovic Is Fitting In With The Wizards (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-bojan-bogdanovic-fitting-in-with-washington-wizards/

From Neil Greenberg, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2017/03/07/bojan-bogdanovic-gives-the-wizards-a-player-they-havent-had-in-years/

From Bryan Frantz, truthaboutit.net: http://www.truthaboutit.net/2017/03/scott-brooks-rotational-mystery-tour-rolls-on.html

5 Keys To Bucks’ Winning Streak (from Joshua Cornelissen, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/07/milwaukee-bucks-5-keys-winning-streak/

From Ti Windisch, Behind The Buck Pass:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/03/07/milwaukee-bucks-takeaways-win-philadelphia-76ers/

Grizzlies: The Underrated Importance Of Brandan Wright (from Parker Fleming, Beale Street Bears):

Read and watch it here: http://bealestreetbears.com/2017/03/07/memphis-grizzlies-underrated-importance-brandan-wright/

Glenn Robinson III’s Development (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins A ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/glenn-robinson-iii-more-than-a-dunk-contest-spectacle-72d1781ac464#.85js4ndob

Sean Marks: The Perfect Exec To Lead The Nets Out Of The Dark (from George Kondoleon, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/the-brooklyn-nets-will-eventually-creep-out-of-gloomy-era-59b1ab2c8963#.1jwkre9ge

Breaking Down Where The Nets’ Defense Has Broken Down  (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/06/brooklyn-nets-defense-bad-every-level/

Breaking Down The Nets’ Offense (from Charles Maniego, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read and watch it here:  http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/02/28/breaking-brooklyn-nets-offense/

Why Ibaka/Biyombo Never Gelled (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/07/why-the-serge-ibaka-bismack-biyombo-frontcourt-never-quite-gelled/

Spoelstra’s Case For Coach Of The Year (from Rob Slater, All U Can Heat):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2017/03/07/miami-heat-erik-spoelstras-case-for-coach-of-the-year/

Growing Up In The NBA (from DeAndre Jordan, The Players Tribune):

Read it here: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/deandre-jordan-clippers-rebounding-all-star/

Limiting Opponents’ Offensive Rebounds Is A Growing Priority For Nuggets (from Nick Kosmider, Denver Post):

Read it here: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/06/limiting-offensive-rebounds-opponents-priority-nuggets/

Suns’ New Second Unit Transforms The Offense (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://arizonasports.com/story/1045788/new-second-unit-suns-offense-hottest/

Suns’ GM Saw Winning Trend In Tyler Ulis  (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com):

Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/03/06/suns-gm-mcdonough-saw-winning-trend-ulis/98830564/

Knicks: After Jennings’ Release, Chasson Randle Is Making His Presence Felt  (from Keith Schlosser, sny.tv):

Read it here: https://www.sny.tv/knicks/news/after-release-of-jennings-randle-is-making-his-presence-felt/218291648

From Marc Berman, NY Post: http://nypost.com/2017/03/06/chasson-randle-helps-his-case-and-hurts-tank-in-knicks-rally/

D-League: The Top Catch-And-Shoot Wings (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/catch-shoot-wings-d-league-call-up/

Despite Amazing Week, Felder Still Needs More Time In The D-League (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/6/14834660/kay-felder-nba-dleague-nbadl-canton-charge-cleveland-cavaliers

European Hoops Recap  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fansided):

Read And Watch It Here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/06/european-hoops-recap-playoffs/

QOTN (from Marc Gasol, reacting to the Griz’ 3-game losing streak):

“I thought by now that we had a good idea of what we were going to do, especially from the players’ standpoint, knowing exactly what we are supposed to do. We can look ourselves in the mirror and be honest with ourselves, each and every single one of us. That’s what you’re supposed to do, especially when things don’t go as well as you would want them. Just look at yourself in the mirror instead of looking for an answer somewhere else and trying to point fingers.”

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/4/17

Nurkic’s Versatility Is On Display In Portland  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/3/14803508/jusuf-nurkic-emergence-trail-blazers-trade-nuggets

Timberwolves’ Defense Is Key To Recent Success (from Brian Sampson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/minnesota-timberwolves-defense-key/

Film Room: Magic Better Defensively With Terrence Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magic-look-better-defensive-team-terrence-ross-cohen-20170304

How Gallinari Has Become More Efficient (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/3/4/14811248/how-danilo-gallinari-became-more-efficient-denver-nuggets

OKC: Why Sabonis Remains A Starter  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5540233

What Bogut Brings To The Cavs (from evr1022, Fear The Sword):

Read it here: http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/3/2/14780594/andrew-bogut-cleveland-cavaliers-fit

Jordan McRae, The Cavs, And The NBA’s Sometimes Cruel Business  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3746/jordan-mcrae-the-cavs-and-the-sometimes-cruel-business-of-basketball

Pre-Game Pick-Up Games Help Heat’s Reserves Bond And Improve (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/28/pregame-pick-up-basketball-games-helping-miami-heat-reserves-bond-improve-their-games/

Spurs’ 10-Game Review, Volume 6 (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-6/

Labissiere Is Seizing Opportunity As Joerger Brings Him Along Slowly (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):

Read it here: http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/3/4/14807258/labissiere-seizing-the-opportunity

Justin Anderson Steps Up For Sixers (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-versatility-toughness-anderson-steps-when-summoned

–  Suns: Tyler Ulis, Derrick Jones,Jr., Alan Williams Suddenly Are Playing Major Roles (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/3/4/14813416/suns-future-buoyed-by-sudden-rotation-players-ulis-jones-and-williams

Recapping Friday’s Games  (from Keith Smith, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-celtics-pound-lakers-cavaliers-make-history/

CLE 135, ATL 130 (from Scott Sargent, Waiting For Next Year):

Read and watch it here:  http://waitingfornextyear.com/2017/03/cleveland-cavs-three-point-record-hawks/

Second-Generation NBA Players Discuss Pros And Cons Of Following In Dads’ Footsteps  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/04/second-generation-nba-players-discuss-the-pros-and-cons-of-following-in-their-fathers-footsteps/

The Magic Finally Have Space To Succeed On Offense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/04/orlando-magic-have-the-space-to-succeed/

Dedmon, Crowder, JaMychal Green: Underrated Defenders Who Deserve More Recognition (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2017-nba-playoffs-three-key-underrated-defenders-who-deserve-more-recognition/

Jaylen Brown’s Star Potential Shines (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/4/14812638/jaylen-browns-star-potential-shines-in-los-angeles-boston-dunk-ingram-draft-jordan-layup-highlights

David Nwaba Is Living His Dream With The Lakers  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/3/3/14795852/la-lakers-david-nwaba-cal-poly-la-d-fenders-boston-celtics-call-up-nba-d-league-in-n-out

Biometric Wearables And Injury Prevention (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18801090/deandre-jordan-plays-hidden-device

Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of Jordan Crawford (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/4/14799754/jordan-crawford-grand-rapids-drive-dleague-nba-nbadl-steezus

QOTN (from David Lee on the Dubs): “It’s a pretty big compliment when a slump is losing two games in a row.” 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/19/17

 

As His Stature Grows, Isaiah Thomas Is Dreaming Bigger (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725289/as-his-stature-grows-isaiah-thomas-is-dreaming-bigger

Isaiah Thomas Counts NBA Peers Among His Fans (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/02/18/allstars/ZXRRRE9JL7mPede07EemeN/story.html

A Night On The Road With Isaiah Thomas (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/02/18/thomas/7gJNwcUjpDpyId6PpiCuzN/story.html

Eric Gordon Credits D’Antoni, Teammates For His Success (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-eric-gordon-credits-dantoni-and-teammates-for-his-success/

How His Father’s Tragedy Molded Caris LeVert (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/02/18/how-fathers-tragedy-molded-the-person-caris-levert-has-become/

Sixers Need To Make Covington A Long-Term Piece  (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2017/02/19/philadelphia-76ers-need-make-robert-covington-long-term-piece/

Jimmy Butler: Just A Kid From Tomball (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/just-a-kid-from-tomball

Draymond Green Q & A  (from CL Anthony, The Hardwood Nation):

Read it here: https://thehardwoodnation.net/2017/02/18/qa-draymond-green-4/

Exploring Reggie Jackson’s Struggles (from Jasper Apollonia, Piston Powered):

Read it here: http://pistonpowered.com/2017/02/18/detroit-pistons-reggie-jackson-struggles/

 

 

 

Gordon Hayward’s New Training Regimen Helped Him Become An All-Star (from Tony Jones/Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4955242-155/utah-jazz-offseason-work-pushed-gordon

Even Without KD, Presti’s Plan Holds Up  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/02/18/even-without-kevin-durant-sam-prestis-plan-for-the-thunder-holds-up/?utm_term=.9f69c9f7ed96

The TOR-ORL Trade:

From Philip Rossman-Reich/Brian Boake, Orlando Magic Daily):  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/02/15/meet-terrence-ross-raptors-rapture/

From Brian Boake/Philip Rossman Reich, Raptors Rapture):  http://raptorsrapture.com/2017/02/18/learning-about-serge-ibaka-from-orlando-experts/

Nets: Kenny Atkinson Sees Hope And Progress (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/kenny-atkinson-sees-hope-and-progress-for-his-nets-at-all-star-break-1.13144946

DeAndre Jordan Has Come A Long Way  (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-nba-all-stars-20170218-story.html

Dave Joerger: Soothing Influence On A Hot Mess Organization  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article133648744.html

Gortat On Markieff Morris  (from Ben Standig, Scout.com):

Read it here:  http://www.scout.com/nfl/redskins/story/1755689-1-on1-why-wizards-gortat-stands-with-morris

Abdel Nader: Ready To Kick The Door Down  (from Mark Potash, suntimes.com):

Read it here: http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/fred-hoiberg-guy-abdel-nader-ready-to-kick-the-door-down-to-nba/

D-League: Alfonzo McKinnie’s Ascension  (from Francis Adu, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/17/14651812/alfonzo-mckinnies-nba-dleague-nbadl-windy-city-bulls