Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/1/18

BOS: Marcus Morris, Unsung Hero (from Jack Noonan, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Kyrie Is Going To Be Whoever The Celtics Need Him To Be (from Jay King, The Athletic):
CLE: The Real Reason Lue Was Fired (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):
CLE: Larry Nance Is The Centerpiece Of The Cavs’ Future Frontcourt (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
GSW: The Dubs Are Having Fun & May Be Better Than Ever (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
GSW: The Scripted Chaos Of Steph Curry (from Seerat Sohi, SB Nation):
GSW: Draymond Sets The Tone In Win Over Pels (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
HOU:  Rockets: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (from Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):
MIN: How Rose Scored 50 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
MIN: Josh Okogie Defensive Highlight Reel (from Jake Paynting):
NYK: Ntilikina: Learning Offense After Mastering Defense (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
ORL: Vicevic Has Proven Is Loyalty, Will The Magic Reciprocate? (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
PHI: How Fultz Hurts Sixers Spacing As A Starter (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: The Suns Are A Turnover Machine (from Gina Mizell, The Athletic):
SAC: Encouraging Signs (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
SAC: De’Aaron Fox Is Driving The Kings (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
TOR: The Duality Of The Raptors’ Defense (from Blake Murphy, The Athletic):
TOR: The Magic Of Catalyzing Offense With Defense (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
TOR: Raptors Xs & Os  (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
TOR: Siakam Is Blossoming Into A Star (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
UTA: Rudy Gobert Is On The Cusp Of Becoming Elite Thanks To His Offense  (from Ben Dowsett, The Athletic):
UTA: Jazz Offense Seems To Be Clicking (from Jordan Hicks, Basketball Insiders):
WAS: Meet The Wizards’ Resident Problem Solver (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):
The Most Interesting Teams In Week Three (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
Teams’ Unsustainable Fast & Slow Starts (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
The Stack Pick-And-Roll (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/31/18

BKN: Jarrett Allen’s Next Step Is Already Here (from Alex Liebsch, Hoops Habit):
BKN: Sean Marks Is Already One Of The NBA’s Best GMs  (from Jonathan Saponara, Nothin’ But Nets):
BOS: The Celtics Own The NBA’s Best Defense (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Celtics Notebook (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
BOS: Irving’s Return To Form (from Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston):
CHI: What Markkanen, Dunn & Valentine Will Bring When They Return (from Michael Walton, NBC Sports):
DAL: Doncic & DSJ Provide A Glimpse Of The Future (from Sam Guertler, Mavs Moneyball):
DEN:  Gary Harris Is Making A Leap As A Passer (from Jackson Frank, BBall Index):
GSW: Kevin Durant’s Crossover Move (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
GSW: Which Teams “Worry” The Dubs?  (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
GSW: Video Analysis: How Klay Got HIs 14 Threes (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
HOU: Why The Rockets’ Defense Has Been Bad (from Colin Connors, The Dream Shake):
LAC: Gallinari Is On His 3rd Act (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):
MIL: Lopez & Ilyasova: The Benefits Of The Bucks’ Jumbo Frontcourt Pairing  (from Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass):
MIN: Derrick Rose Opens Up About Overcoming Injuries And Adversity (from Shams Charania, The Athletic):
MIN: Anthony Tolliver Is The Face Of Consistency (from Jake Paynting, Canis Hoopus):
NYK: How Failing In Memphis Prepared Fizdale For Knicks’ Job  (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
NYK: Why Ntilikina Is Shooting More Threes (from Chris Iseman, northjersey.com):
OKC: How Paul George’s Hometown Of Palmdale Played A Role In His Journey To OKC (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
PHI: Simmons & Fultz Thrive Apart, Struggle Together (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
SAC: The Kings’ New Fast Pace Is Paying Off  (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
From Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee:  https://www.sacbee.com/article220858105.html
SAS: How DeRozan Got Over Being Traded & Embraced The Spurs (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
TOR: Mastering The Little Things: Lowry In The Paint (from Samson Folk, Raptors Republic):
TOR: Kawhi Shows Why The Raptors Traded For Him (form Jack Maloney, CBS Sports):
Playing Trick-Or-Treat With Each Team’s Early Season Trend (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
Early Season Storylines: GSW, WAS, SAC, SAS, MIL (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
How Scoring Trends Are Setting A New Bar For What Good Defense Is  (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
Three Former Teammates Tell How To Be LBJ’s Perfect Teammate (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
2019 Draft Class And Position Rankings (from Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz, ESPN):

 

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/