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

Ayton’s Debut: The Good And The Bad (from Kevin Pelton/Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Doncic Was The Top Player On Mavs’ Draft Board (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
New Raptors’ HC Nurse Ready To Challenge DeRozan Defensively (from Emily Sadler, sportsnet.ca):
Sean Marks Talks Trades & FAs (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
Q & A: Steve Kerr On Adding DMC (from Scott Ostler, SFGate):
DMC To The Dubs Didn’t Break The NBA (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Mavs: Broekhoff Relishing Dream Opportunity (from Benyam Kidane, Sporting News):
Pistons Likely To Add Grgurich To Coaching Staff (from Sean Corp, Detroit Bad Boys):
– Pistons: Casey’s Staff Hits Ground Running In Player Development (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
The Rise & Fall Of Microfracture Surgery (from Malika Andrews, Chicago Tribune):
Shrinking FA Market Means It’s Likely Celtics Retain Smart (from Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog):
Cavs: Altman Says No To Tanking (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):
Tyreke Evans: Ready For New Role  (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):
What Does O’Quinn Bring To The Pacers? (from Jonathan Matthes, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Pacers: McDermott Hopes He’s Found A Home (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
The Top Day One NVSL Performances (from Real GM):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/3/18

DMC To The Dubs:
The System That Allowed The Dubs To Happen (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
LBJ To The Lakers – Day Two:
Sixers: Silver Linings On Losing Out On LBJ  (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
Sixers Film Study: Shake Milton (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
The East, Post-LBJ (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Free Agency Watch: Day Two (from The Ringer):
Top Remaining FAs (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
The Upcoming WC Playoff Race (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Nets: Why Ed Davis Could Be A Great Fit (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Video Breakdown: New Pacers’ Forward Doug McDermott (from Derek Kramer, ipacers.com):
Suns: Coach Kokoskov’s Journey Began With Near-Fatal Auto Accident (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
How JVG Became The NBA’s John Madden (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
What Role Do Celtics’ Players Need To Play For Robert Williams? (from Gary Washburn/Emerson Latzia, NESN):
Derrick Jones, Jr Knows His His Heat Future Hinges On His Jump Shot (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Meet The Newest Piston:  GRIII (from Joseph Sikne, Hashtag Basketball):
Damion Lee: No White Flags (from The Players Tribune):
Morehouse’s Tyrius Walker: A Step Closer To His NBA Dream (from C. Isaiah Smalls II, The Undefeated):
Special Defenses (from Eric Musselman, coachmuss.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/11/18

Q & A: Daryl Morey (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
CP3 & The Pursuit Of Happiness (from Kelly Iko, Bleacher Report):
Q & A: Ben Simmons (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Q & A: CJ McCollum (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Film Session: Bucks At Sixers (from Steve Jones,Jr/Dylan Murphy, Cleaning The Glass):
G-League Call-Up Andre Ingram Scores 19 In NBA Debut (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
How The Pelicans Survived Without DMC (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
E’Twaun Moore’s Inspirational Story (from Alex Squadron, slamonline.com):
Pacers: Darren Collison’s Landmark Season (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):
The Key To The Pacers’ Success (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
OKC: Working The Pick-And-Roll (from Nick Gallo, Thunder.com):
Where Will Ben Simmons Go From Here? (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
LBJ: King Of Deep Threes (from Owen Phillips, FiveThirtyEight):
Inside The Basketball Education Of Jayson Tatum, Part One (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
Doc Rivers: The Pride Of The Shipwrecked Captain (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):
Fixing The Clippers (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Alternative NBA Awards: Handing Out Made-Up Honors (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Vince Carter: A Tale Of Two Careers (from John Chick, The Score):
How Did The Timberwolves End Up Here? (from Tim Faklis, Zone Coverage):
Jokic Has No Choice But to Be Great As Nuggets Battle For Playoff Spot (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
How Fatigue Shaped The Season & What It Means For The Playoffs (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
How Dario Saric Opened Doors For Simmons & Sixers (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
The Crossover’s All-NBA & All-Defense Picks (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/28/18

OKC: The Fallout From Roberson’s Injury (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Impossible To Guard: The Rockets Shoot From Way Past The 3-Point Line (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
GSW 109, BOS 105 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
–  Q & A With Bucks GM On Kidd Firing & What’s Next (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
How NBA Players Have Historically Fared After Achilles’ Injuries (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Ty Lue Believes Lineup Change Gives Cavs What They Need Defensively (from Cris Fedor, cleveland.com):
–  Scouting Jonah Bolden: Is The Perfect Fit For Simmons & Embiid Stashed Overseas?  (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
G-League: Landry Nnoko’s Long Path (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):
Why Wayne Ellington Is Shooting Better Than Ever (from Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald):
The Nuggets’ Perilous PG Situation (from Max Carlin, Nugg Love):
Wizards Moved The Ball Crisply  With Satoransky & Frazier Filling In For John Wall (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
DMC Injury: Day Two (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Erik Spoelstra On The Players/Officials Issues (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):
Sixers: Surging Behind Elite Defense (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Trae Young & Collin Sexton Impressed NBA Scouts In Their Matchup  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Dakari Johnson: A Brooklyn Family’s Long March Finally Reaches The NBA (from Amos Barshad, NY Times):
Josh McRoberts Focus Is On Getting Healthy, Not The Trade Deadline (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Please check out the first episode in our new podcast series: The Unrestricted Area.  You are probably already familiar with our other podcasts that have featured guests Dean Oliver, Fran Fraschilla, Rick Barry, Mo Dakhil, Jim Petersen, Jim Barnett, Marques Johnson, Sam Smith and others. Those are still available on SoundCloud.  Here is The Unrestricted Area, Episode#1, featuring Ray LeBov and Kelly Scaletta (note that it was recorded before Andre Roberson’s injury):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/15/17 PART ONE

How The Celtics Became The NBA’s Hottest Team (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Anatomy Of The Celtics’ Win Streak (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Brett Brown: The Process’ Survivor (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
How The Blazers Brought Out The Worst In The Nuggets (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Q&A: Kyle Korver (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Q&A: Kyle Kuzma (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Q&A: Dennis Smith, Jr. (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
DMC’s Dominance (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
DMC’s Benching: Performance Or Strategy-Based?  (from Chris Conner, Pelican Debrief):
Why OKC Has Been Bad In Close Games (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
How The Spurs Stay Afloat Minus Kawhi (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
Is Belinelli’s Career Year Happening In Season 11?  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):
Knicks Are More Confident “Running Hornacek’s Stuff”  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
Will Raptors’ Changed Offense Work In The Postseason? (from Tim Bontemps, Washingotn Post):
Hardaway & The Knicks: An Ideal Fit (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Rockets’ Defensive Emphasis Stresses Switching Assignments (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Is This The Real Jeremy Lamb? (from Thomas Rende, NBA Math):
Jonathan Simmons: Toughness And Determination (from John Denton, magic.com):
Wolves’ Film Breakdown: Active Hands (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Ben Simmons: Forcefully Reminding The Basketball World Of His Talent  (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Robert Covington: Leading By Example (from Rusty Gorleick, The Sixer Sense):
Suns: Lack Of PG Production Is Becoming A Problem (from Gerald Bourguet, Valley Of The Suns):
Joe Harris: Getting Shots & Respect (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Shabazz Napier: Earning His Minutes (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Q&A: Bernard King (from Ali Danois, The Shadow League):
Cavs: The Irving Trade Didn’t Cause The Crisis  (from Zachary Tenner, Sir Charles In Charge):
LBJ Is Unstoppable But The Cavs Are In Trouble (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
LBJ’s Most Unstoppable Shot (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
The Rockets Are Shooting Even More 3s & It Is Working (form Tim Cato, SBNation):
Lakers’ Practice Notes: Clarkson, Kuzma, Vander Blue,Thomas Bryant (from Serena Winters, Lakers Nation):