Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/22/17 PART ONE

How Lillard Is Mentoring Nurkic  (from Jayson Quick, NBC Sports):
Minnesota’s Slow Offensive Evolution (from William Bohl, A Wolf Among Wolves):
The Timberwolves Are Losing The Transition Battle (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
Since Joining Celtics, Irving Has Grown Into Complete Player (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Rondo: Student & Teacher Of The Game (from Rod Walker, The Advocate):
Jayson Tatum Stays Ahead Of Rookie Curve (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
NBA’s Small Guys Play Bigger By Getting Smaller (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
Why Do So Many Players Struggle With FTs? (from Ian McMahan, The Guardian):
Father Taught Tobias Harris To Live With Grateful Heart  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Decreased Ball Movement Is Contributing To Magic’s Woes (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Decision-Making Issues Are Haunting The Magic (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):
Magic Searching For Defensive Rhythm, Toughness (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Jazz: Joe Ingles Does Whatever Is Needed (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
Observations From The Pacers’ Four-Game Win Streak (form Derek Kramer, IPacers.com):
Sam Presti & Billy Donovan:  A Talk About Teamwork In Jazz As It Relates To Hoops (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Heat’s Screen-Setting Problems (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
The Young Raptors Are Handling The Learning Curve (from Doug Smith, The Star):
Rockets Have Quietly Evolved Into A Top 10 Defensive Team (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Otto Porter Keeps Improving To Hold The Wizards Together (from Thomas Boswell, Washingotn Post):
Charts Showing Statistical Trends Since 2002 (from Ed Kupfer):
Nuggets: Different But Familiar Look Without Millsap (from Harrison Wind, bsndenver.com):
Sixers Notebook (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
Amir Johnson: Leading By Example (from Dennis Chambers, Basketball Insiders):
SAS 96, ATL 85 (from Taylor Young, Pounding The Rock):
Mavs: Overcoming Adversity Is Nothing New For Mejri (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban ):
Devin Booker: Savage Mode (from Adam Figman, slamonline.co):

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

Don’t Try To Change Jimmy Butler (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
Steph Curry: Democracy In Action  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
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The Devin Booker Hype Train: How Valid?  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Video Breakdown: “21 Series” Can Help Unlock Rockets’ Offense (from Alykhan Bijani, Fansided):
Film Room: Aaron Gordon’s Offensive Development (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
Anonymous NBA Scouts Preview The Southwest (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Anonymous NBA Scouts Preview The Southeast (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Anonymous Scouts Preview The Atlantic (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
How Denver Is Stealing The Warriors’ Championship Blueprint (from Micah Adams, ESPN):
Nuggets: Juancho Hernangomez Has Earned A Rotation Spot (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs);
How Andre Roberson Complements The New Look Thunder (from Ben Gordon, 94 Feet Report):
Can Schroder Drive The Hawks Offense? (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):
Deep Dive: Wiggins Vs. Advanced Statistics (from Josh Clement, Canis Hoopus):
The Next Offensive Evolution: Scoring Without Dribbling (from Seldon John Levasseur. 94 Feet Report):
Here Comes Ben Simmons (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
So You Think You Know Lonzo Ball (from Mirin Fader, Bleacher Report):
Raptors’ Practice Offers Insight Into Coaches’ Priorities (from Brian Boake, Raptors Rapture):
Meet Semi Ojeleye (from Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Boston.com):
Preseason Notes & Observations (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
How Rookie Extension Deals Are Shaping Up (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Suns Had Biggest Drop In 3-Pt Attempts (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
No Offense In Atlanta (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Irving’s Dribbling Won’t Be An Issue (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
How Towns Can Improve His Defense (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Why Fultz Changed His FT Motion (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Wolves’ Assistant John Lucas III’s Role Models: His Dad & Coach Thibs (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
All Aboard The Jonathan Isaac Hype Train (from Luke Duffy, Hoops Habit):
Assessing The Current State Of The Nuggets (from Rafael Torres, digindenver.com):
J.R. Henderson Still Navigating Through Pro Ball – At 41  (from Noah Perkins, Bakersfield.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/8/17

To Ron Adams, Draymond’s “D” Is The Equivalent Of Steph’s “O”  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/to-ron-adams-draymond-green-is-the-defensive-equivalent-of-steph-currys-magic/

Why Rudy Gobert Is The NBA’s Most Valuable Big Man (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/4/7/15218816/rudy-gobert-utah-jazz-star-blocks-defensive-player-of-the-year

Kenny Atkinson’s First Season’s Highs And Lows  (from Zach Cronin, nothinbutnets.com):

Read it here: http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/04/08/highs-lows-kenny-atkinson/

Spurs Excelling After Duncan’s Departure (from Jon Krawczynski. AP):

Read it here:  http://pilotonline.com/sports/basketball/professional/second-act-spurs-excelling-after-tim-duncan-s-departure/article_1fceb079-d699-5a98-84ab-d652f501b9e0.html

Chris Paul Needs To Shoot More (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/07/chris-paul-needs-shoot/

The Worst “Future Draft Pick” Trades Ever (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-worst-future-draft-pick-trades-ever/

JaVale McGee: Out To Prove That He’s No Joke  (from Yaron Weitzman, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-worst-future-draft-pick-trades-ever/

Some Tales From NBA Timeout Huddles (from Ron Kroichick, SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/What-goes-on-in-NBA-timeout-huddles-some-11056441.php

How Richard Jefferson Overcame Severe Asthma To Prolong His Career (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch, USA Today):

Read it here:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/04/06/cleveland-cavaliers-richard-jefferson-severe-asthma-nba-champion/100119570/

Devin Booker: Stone-Cold Assassin (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/08/phoenix-suns-devin-booker-stone-cold-assassin/

Cheick Diallo Gained Necessary Experience In D-League (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_48942b6a-1a3f-11e7-bbec-b32af3e3aa15.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/26/17

Jerry West On Preparing For An NBA Draft  (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/23/jerry-west-talks-nba-draft-q

Detailing The Cavs’ Defensive Woes (from Ben Belden, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/an-in-depth-analysis-of-the-cavaliers-defensive-woes-bfa5196caccd#.eqsdi23mv

From Dave McMenamin, ESPN:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3850/cavs-latest-defensive-disaster-an-all-too-common-occurrence

 

 

 

Lue’s “Secret Plan” To Fix The Cavs’ Defense (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read it here: Tyronn Lue’s secret plan to fix the Cavaliers’ porous defense

 

 

 

Jaylen Brown Could Change How Rookies Enter The League; Wizards Cohesive And Dangerous; More (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/25/jaylen-brown-could-change-how-rookies-enter-league/

Saric Is Rewarding Sixers’ Faith (from Keith Pompey, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20170326_Dario_Saric_is_rewarding_Sixers__faith.html

From George Kondoleon, Section 215:  https://section215.com/2017/03/25/dario-saric-continues-distance-rest-rookie-class/

Richaun Holmes: Exponentially More Valuable Than Okafor To  Sixers’ Long Term Plans (from Christopher Kline,The Sixers Sense):

Read it here: Richaun Holmes Highlights Why Philadelphia 76ers Must Deal Jahlil Okafor

Knicks’ Bright Spot Willy Hernangomez (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/26/one-knicks-bright-spot-making-case-for-next-year/

Is Marcus Smart’s Shot Becoming A Problem For The Celtics? (from Tom Mulherin, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/25/marcus-smarts-shot-becoming-problem-celtics/

Isaiah Thomas: Playing A Big Role Opening Door For Little Guys  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herlad):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_isaiah_thomas_plays_big_role_across_nba_in_getting_little_guys_like

Exum Is Putting It Together (from Adam Coffman, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/25/utah-jazz-dante-exum-putting-it-together-at-the-right-time/

From Jared Woodcox, purpleandblues.com: http://purpleandblues.com/2017/03/25/utah-jazz-its-time-for-dante-exum-to-take-burks-minutes/

Time Running Out For Jazz To Fix Rotation (from Hayden Van deMaat, purpleandblues.com):

Read it here: http://purpleandblues.com/2017/03/26/utah-jazz-running-out-of-time-to-fix-rotation/

Wayne Embry Q & A  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/25/qa-legendary-nba-executive-wayne-embry

More Jokic Touches Means More Nuggets’ Wins (from Joel Rush, BSNDenver):

Read it here: http://bsndenver.com/its-not-rocket-science-more-nikola-jokic-touches-means-more-nuggets-wins/

–  Ron Baker: From Scott City To NYC (from Kathy Hanks, hutchnews.com):

Read it here: http://www.hutchnews.com/news/local_state_news/from-utica-to-madison-square-garden-ron-baker-makes-it/article_a0c5982b-a00d-5a14-a53a-78177efffbe0.html

Mavs’ Youngsters: A Work In Progress (from Matthew Postins, Scout.com):

Read it here: http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1765906-raptors-top-mavs-kids-a-work-in-progress

Include Zubac When Speaking Of Lakers’ “Baby Core”  (from Sunit Bhakta, isportsweb.com):

Read it here: http://isportsweb.com/2017/03/25/add-ivica-zubac-los-angeles-lakers-baby-core/

Poeltl Shining With Increased Minutes (from Danny McLeod, Raptors’ Rapture):

Read it here:  https://raptorsrapture.com/2017/03/25/raptors-jakob-poeltl-shining-late-in-season/

The Suns Have The Right Attitude About Booker’s Big Night (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/25/onhoop/kMu9ltdBM4prDJZ5wuH5yK/story.html

A Compilation Of Stories About Booker’s Big Night (from Adam Maynes, Valley Of The Suns):

Read it here: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2017/03/25/need-devin-booker-70-right/

The NBA Draft Is Terrible For Everyone: Repeal & Replace It (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/26/14973314/kill-the-nba-draft-rookies-ncaa-free-agency

Knicks’ Plumlee Finding HIs Place By Raising His Voice (from Steve Popper, northjersey.com):

Read it here: http://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nba/knicks/2017/03/25/knicks-plumlee-finding-his-place-raising-his-voice/99618862/

Putting The Rest Issue To Rest (from Bruce Jenkins, SF Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/jenkins/article/Putting-rest-issue-to-rest-for-now-11028204.php

Assist Points Created Rankings (from NBA.com):

Read it here: http://stats.nba.com/players/passing/#!?sort=AST_POINTS_CREATED&dir=1

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/25/17 PART ONE

Devin Booker Scores 70  (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com):

Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/03/24/devin-booker-scores-franchise-record-70-points-but-suns-fall-boston/99608952/

From Chris Forsberg, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18997459/devin-booker-phoenix-suns-scores-70-points-loss-boston-celtics

Nikola Jokic: The Arrival Of The Next Great Passing Big Man  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/behind-the-screen-the-arrival-of-the-nbas-next-great-passing-big-man-nikola-jokic/

Film Room: Vucevic’s Terrific Post Passing (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-nikola-vucevics-passing-has-been-terrific-cohen-20170325

Draymond Green’s DPOY Case (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/draymond-green-bolstering-defensive-player-year-case-sans-kd/

Rudy Gobert’s DPOY Case (from Andrew Bailey, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/jazz/why-rudy-gobert-is-the-nbas-defensive-player-of-the-year/

How Are AD & DMC Progressing? (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: http://allucanheat.com/2017/03/25/miami-heat-have-fallen-without-dion-waiters/

How Spoelstra Has Kept The Heat Alive (from Alanna Tachauer, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/erik-spoelstra-kept-miami-heat-basketball-alive-7043310e5906#.j7d3u4exv

Heat’s Offense Struggles Without Waiters (from Joe Hulbert, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/25/miami-heat-offensive-struggles-without-dion-waiters-are-concerning/

From Frank Urbina, allucanheat.com:  http://allucanheat.com/2017/03/25/miami-heat-have-fallen-without-dion-waiters/

PJ Tucker: Anchoring The Raptors’ Defensive Turnaround (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):

Read it here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/p-j-tucker-helped-anchor-raptors-defensive-turnaround/

Can The Grit’n’Grind Grizzlies Modernize? (from Danny CVhau, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/memphis-grizzlies-grit-n-grind-8c7baa63618d#.c8hqt2yor

Bradley Beal: Finally The Player He Was Meant To Be  (from Kyle Wagner, fivethirtyeight.com):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/bradley-beal-is-finally-the-player-he-was-meant-to-be/

Porzingis: Learning To Be The #1 Option (from Marc Berman< NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/24/kristaps-porzingis-as-no-1-option-an-ugly-work-in-progress/

–  COY Watch (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-briante-weber-gets-his-opportunity/

Mavericks: Coach Carlisle Is Experimenting  (from Isaac Harris, thesmokingcuban):

Read it here: http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/25/carlisles-experiments-indicate-shift-in-dallas-mavericks-season/

Briante Weber Gets His Opportunity (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-briante-weber-gets-his-opportunity/

Tyler Hansbrough Using D-League In Hopes to Return To NBA (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here; http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/24/14965210/tyler-hansbrough-nba-dleague-nbadl-fort-wayne-mad-ants

D-League “Tag Team”: Kay Felder & Eric Moreland  (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read and watch it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/25/cleveland-cavaliers-kay-felder-eric-moreland-tag-team/

Understanding The New CBA (from Eric Pincus/Larry Coon, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/understanding-the-new-cba-in-30-minutes/

Sir’Dominic Pointer’s Progression In Israel  (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel):

Read and  it here: http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/25/cleveland-cavaliers-sirdominic-pointer-progression-israel/

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  PART TWO will follow later today. Stay tuned.