Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/5/17

Strengths & Weaknesses Of The WC’s Middle Tier  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Nuggets’ Film Room: Paul Millsaps’ Passing (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):
The 50 Most Interesting Players In European Hoops: Numbers 31-40 (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Analyzing The Rockets’ Lineup Possibilities (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
The Bulls Have Made Youth A Priority  (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Blazers Look To Build From Within (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Grading The Cavs’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
The Awkward Dynamic Between DRose & The Cavs (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Is Davis Bertans The Next Great Spurs’ Role Player? (from Tim Stubbs, NBA Math):
The Knicks’ PG Conundrum (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
Draft Assets/Traded Picks For All 30 Teams (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
The Proving Grounds: Dante Exum  (from Dan Clayton, Bball Breakdown):
Brandon Ingram: Sophomore Expectations (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Pacers: Making “Good Lance” Sustainable  (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Steven Adams’ Importance To The Thunder (from Tony Heim, Thunderous Intentions):
Updates On Players Who Received Qualifying Offers (from Austin Kent, Hoops Rumors):
Sean Elliott: Miracle In The Making (from Jeph Duarte, Pounding The Rock):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/10/17

The Spurs Might Be The Best Team – Again (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/the-spurs-might-be-the-best-team-in-basketball-again-f0f15a253ac8#.c0t87m798

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18856846/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-thunder-russell-westbrook-nba

Nurkic’s Monster Night (from Willy Raedy, Blazers Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/3/10/14877686/blazers-sixers-nurkic-lillard-saric-ot-edge-night

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):

   – Dragan Bender (from Brendon Kleen):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/10/dragan-bender-next-generation/

   – Joel Embiid (from Bryan Toporek): http://fansided.com/2017/03/10/next-generation-joel-embiid/

   – Dante Exum (from Tommy Dee):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/09/dante-exum-next-generation/

   – Brandon Ingram (from Ian Levy):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/09/brandon-ingram-los-angeles-lakers/

   – Nerlens Noel (from Chris Manning): http://fansided.com/2017/03/09/nerlens-noel-next-generation/

   – Kristaps Porzingis (from Trevor Magnotti): http://fansided.com/2017/03/10/kristaps-porzingis-knicks-potential/

–  Now Healthy, Mahinmi Is Proving His Value To The Wizards (from LW, Bullets Forever):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/10/14865866/ian-mahinmi-washington-wizards-player-analysis

How Derrick Rose Drills His Ugly Midrange Jumpers (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-derrick-rose-drills-his-ugly-midrange-jumpers/

Pacers Need More Fluidity In Pick-And-Roll Coverage (from C. Cooper, Indy Cornrows);

Read and watch it here: http://www.indycornrows.com/2017/3/9/14870080/pacers-need-to-be-more-fluid-with-myles-turners-pick-and-roll-coverage

 Patty Mills Give Voice To Indigenous Australians  (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18839614/for-spurs-patty-mills-giving-voice-indigenous-australians-comes-naturally

Karl-Anthony Towns Takes Charge For Desparate Timberwolves (from Jon Krawczynski, AP):

Read it here: https://apnews.com/0f9cfb471fa943cdb2439103d8338753/Karl-Anthony-Towns-takes-charge-for-desperate-Timberwolves

Jae Crowder Interview (from Yaron Weitzman, slamonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.slamonline.com/nba/jae-crowder-interview-boston-celtics/#9c89FTw2fCkHF6Yg.97

Joe Ingles’ Future (from Jason Oliver, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/09/utah-jazz-future-joe-ingles/

Brandon Ingram: Showing Some Progress (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/lakers/harper-brandon-ingram-is-quietly-moving-in-right-direction-for-lakers/

The Warriors’ “Errant” Three-Point Shooting  (from Anthony Slater), Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/09/whats-at-the-root-of-the-warriors-struggles-errant-3-point-shooting/

The ’96 Mavs: The Warriors Before The Warriors (from Rob Mahoney, Sportts Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/09/dallas-mavericks-three-point-shooting-warriors-jason-kidd-dick-motta

Sixers Musings (from Derek Bodner):

Read it here: http://www.derekbodner.com/2017/03/09/76ers-musings-embiids-injury-moving-forward-and-the-future-of-analytics/

D-League: JJ Moore (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/9/14871702/jj-moore-nba-dleague-nbadl-long-island-nets

Yabusele Will Play For The Celtics Next Season (from Paolo David, Chinatopix.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/112302/20170310/shanghai-sharks-star-guerschon-yabusele-playing-for-the-boston-celtics-next-season.htm

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/17

Dirk’s Path To 30,000 (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18837562/how-dirk-nowitzki-fine-tuned-game-path-30000-points

The Mavs’ Accelerated Rebuild  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.mavs.com/recent-results-suggest-mavs-have-achieved-accelerated-rebuild/

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):

   –Dario Saric (from Adam Mcgee): http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/dario-saric-next-generation/

   –Jaylen Brown (from Jeff Siegel):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/jaylen-brown-next-generation/

   –Karl-Anthony Towns (from Chris Manning):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/next-generation-karl-anthony-towns/

Scott Brooks: The Wizard Of Washington (from Katie Baker, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-washington-wizards-scott-brooks-john-wall-bradley-beal-33e6a60ed931#.ovqen8z09

From Bradley Beal: http://bradleybeal.net/2017/03/07/a-new-day-in-dc/

 Attention To Defense Separates Spurs’ Leonard (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/OK-go-guard-him-Attention-to-defense-10983921.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=7f69d02a87c6ed8151

How Chris Paul Balanced Playing Ball With Negotiating Labor Peace (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-chris-paul-balanced-playing-ball-with-negotiating-labor-peace-163352019.html

Malcolm Brogdon, ROY Candidate  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/07/bucks-malcolm-brogdon-breaks-mold-vying-nba-rookie-year/98829510/

James Johnson’s Physical Transformation (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article136917233.html

6th Annual Luke Walton All-Stars: Role Players, Journeymen And Castoffs Thriving In Unexpected Circumstances (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18843801/zach-lowe-2017-luke-walton-all-stars-nba

The Bulls Are Building, Not Rebuilding  (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-chicago-bulls-are-building-not-rebuilding/

Pacers Are Using Small Lineups With Mixed Success (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2017/03/07/insider-pacers-using-small-lineups-mixed-success/98854574/

Patrick Beverley, Mr 94 Feet  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/08/houston-rockets-patrick-beverley-heart/

The Suns’ Youth Movement: Finally And Fully Underway  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/08/phoenix-suns-became-fun/

Isaiah Thomas And The Place Of Experimentation (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/08/isaiah-thomas-and-the-place-of-experimentation/

Isaiah Thomas: Making History  (from Chris Forsbeg And Luke Knox, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://insider.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18749200/nba-how-isaiah-thomas-shattering-expectations-celtics

For Anthony Morrow, Overcoming Obstacles Is Not New (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/anthony-morrow-overcoming-obstacles-nothing-new

Film Room: David West is One Of The Best Passing Big Men  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/07/film-room-david-wests-brilliant-passing-has-become-a-major-part-of-the-warriors-offense/

Measuring Teams’ Adjustments To New Key Players  (from Danny Clayton, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/measuring-nba-teams-adjustments-new-key-players/

Bogdanovic: Benefitting From Wall’s Playmaking (from Colby Giacubeno, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/wizards/bojan-bogdanovic-already-benefitting-john-walls-playmaking/

From Candace Buckner, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/03/08/once-weak-wizards-bench-now-looking-strong-enough-to-key-a-deep-playoff-run/

Analyzing Detroit’s Offense: Details Matter  (from Steve Shea, Basketball Analytics):

Read it here: http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2017/03/06/analyzing-detroits-offense-details-matter/

The Brain Behind Chasson Randle’s Knicks Emergence (from Marc Berman, Ny Post):

Read and watch it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/07/the-brain-behind-chasson-randles-knicks-emergence/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/7/17

 

Last Night’s CLE-WAS: The Game Of The Year So Far  (from Dylan Hughes, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/cavs-wizards-is-the-eastern-conference-finals-we-need-d9f9f3f2eb9#.k3vs24eq1

From Danny Chau/Chris Almeida, The Ringer:  https://theringer.com/cavs-wizards-lebron-kevin-love-pass-overtime-1b8fca8e7ca3#.y6pw2y1gy

From Whitney Medworth, SBNation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/2/7/14528090/2017-nba-scores-cavaliers-wizards-overtime-game-of-year

(NOTE: If last night’s CLE-WAS game were the 7th Game Of An NBA Finals, people today would 1)have forgotten about Sunday’s Super Bowl and 2) be saying things like “it was the greatest game ever.” (Yes, many are prone to hyperbole but it was awesome and is the game of the year, so far).

–  Eric Bledsoe Is Having A Career Year (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/eric-bledsoe-is-having-a-career-year-do-the-phoenix-suns-sell-high-on-him-c81a5237bbf5#.xl7yf9kdo

 Will The Suns Build Slowly Or Flip Assets For A Star?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/phoenix-suns-rebuilding-devin-booker-earl-watson-ryan-mcdonough-9185630cf56e#.23j4r9cr0

–  Has Nerlens Noel Cemented His Place In The Sixers’ Future? (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/06/nerlens-noel-cemented-place-sixers-future/

Evaluating Anthony Davis And Rudy Gobert  (from Jake Rauchbach, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/prodigies-anthony-davis-and-rudy-gobert/

–  Video Breakdown: Knicks’ Passing Issues (from Drew Steele, Gothamsn.com):

Read and watch it here; https://gothamsn.com/derrick-rose-and-the-importance-of-passing-ebd6ab002799#.rp6emador

Is There Still Optimism For DRose?  (from Jose Cruz, Hardwood Nation):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2017/02/07/is-there-still-optimism-for-derrick-rose/

Goran Dragic’s Development (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

Read it here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-goran-dragic-s020717-story.html

The Heat Never Lost Hope, Even At 11-30  (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/07/heres-proof-that-the-miami-heat-never-lost-hope-even-with-11-30-record/

This Season’s Statistical Outliers  (from Kris Fenrich, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/07/nba-d-league-rankings-jones-cook-benson/

Marcus Smart: The Challenge Of Balancing Emotion And Composure  (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-fire-of-marcus-smart-i-can-let-my-emotions-get-the-best-of-me-160720847.html

Steph Curry Is Finding His MVP Groove (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here;  http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/stephen-curry-finding-mvp-groove/

Ferrell Has Helped Bring The Mavs Back  (from Dar-Wei Chen, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/yogi-ferrell-the-latest-from-the-dallas-mavericks-bag-of-tricks-d5db0afd701f#.igjx4dtr2

–  Khris Middleton: The Bucks’ Missing Piece Returns (from Vijay Vemu, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/khris-middleton-can-help-the-bucks-three-point-shooting-problem-3298e47eb5dc#.s8101sya3

VanVleet Was Ready When Called Upon (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/02/07/fred-vanvleet-ready-called-upon-will/

LAL-NYK: 5 Takeaways (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/lakers-knicks-tarik-black-brandon-ingram-b06a36797487#.4ltyapnpx

From Marc Berman, NY Post:  http://nypost.com/2017/02/06/is-the-knicks-slow-play-messing-with-kristaps-porzingis/

5 Players Who Are Resurrecting Their Careers (from Tomas Kassahun, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/02/07/nba-five-players-resurgence-2017/

Mid-Season Awards For The Rookie Class (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2691501-2017-midseason-awards-for-the-nbas-rookie-class

Earl Watson: Changing The Suns’ Culture  (from Lucas McLean, Valley Of The Suns):

Read it here: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2017/02/07/earl-watson-season-bigger-basketball/

D-League Call-Up Rankings (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/07/nba-d-league-rankings-jones-cook-benson/

Dakari Johnson In The D-League (from Tony Heim, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here: http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/02/06/dakari-johnson-selected-asg/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/26/17

Is DeMarcus Undoing The Kings Or Are The Kings Undoing DeMarcus?  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/presents2/is-demarcus-cousins-sacramento-kings-real-problem

–  Brook Lopez Is Finding His Inner Unicorn  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/24/nylon-calculus-brook-lopez-inner-unicorn/

Otto Porter Fixed His Shot Without Fixing His Form (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/wizards-otto-porter-jr-breakout-season-shooting-182800da9510#.mb080cr82

D’Antoni’s New “21” Wrinkles  (from Zak Boisvert, Pickandpop.net):

Watch it here:  http://pickandpop.net/2017/01/dantonis-21-wrinkles/

–  Zach Lowe’s All-Star Starters And Reserves (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18546871

 Caris Levert: Intriguing Rookie Swingman (from Quentin Haynes, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch  it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/26/rookie-caris-levert-intriguing-brooklyn-nets/

Sefolosha’s Offensive Improvement (from Jeff Siegel, Soaring Down South):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2017/1/25/14380974/thabo-sefoloshas-offensive-improvement-atlanta-hawks

–  Determining Andre Drummond’s Role  (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):

Read and watch it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2017/01/26/detroit-pistons-andre-drummonds-role/

 The Lakers’ Poor Rim Protection (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/1/26/14343956/la-lakers-poor-rim-protection-stats-worst-defense-in-franchise-history-analysis-mozgov

–  Cut Derrick Rose Some Slack  (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/26/time-cut-derrick-rose-slack/

Player Development: Kent Bazemore’s Brave New World  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/26/kent-bazemore-atlanta-hawks-jump-shot-the-craft

How Are The Raptors Scoring So Efficiently? (from Cooper Smither, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://thecauldron.si.com/xs-and-o-s-how-are-the-raptors-scoring-so-efficiently-74c35275ef31#.j7u2viou9

Under-Appreciated Patrick Patterson Is Back  (from Sean Woodley, RaptorsHQ):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/1/25/14390762/patrick-patterson-is-back-and-the-return-of-the-good-raptors-might-soon-follow

Video Highlights: Winning Out Of Bounds Plays For Durant And Thompson  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/1/26/14395386/nba-2017-video-highlights-warriors-hornets-out-of-bounds-plays-durant-kerr-thompson-curry

 The Resurgence Of Eric Gordon And Ryan Anderson  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/25/eric-gordon-rockets-pelicans-ryan-anderson-james-harden

–  The Emergence Of Sam Decker & Montrezl Harrell (from Eric Spryropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/26/houston-rockets-emergence-sam-dekker-montrezl-harrell/

Sixers’ Newfound Poise (from Andrew Wagner, CSNPhilly):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/sixers-show-newfound-poise-down-stretch-win-over-bucks

–  Tyson Chandler Takes The Fight To Father Time (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/01/25/phoenix-suns-tyson-chandler-takes-fight-father-time/97061260/

–  Film Study:  How The Wizards Defended Isaiah Thomas (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/film-study-how-wizards-diffused-celtics-sparkplug-isaiah-thomas

D-League: Celtics Taking Unique Approach With Abdel Nader  (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/26/boston-celtics-nba-draft-dleague-abdel-nader-maine/

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