Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/12/17

Pleasant Surprise Players Having Career Seasons (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
Kris Dunn’s Most Important Improvement Is At The Rim (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Harden & CP3: The Perfect Backcourt Combo (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Isaiah Thomas’ Versatility Will Transform Cavs’ Backcourt (from Matt Chin, NBA Math):
Oladipo’s Emergence: Lessons About Success & Patience (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
The Week In Review (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
David Nwaba Has Put In The Work Throughout His Career (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Magic Film Room:  Vucevic Has Become Elite Playmaker  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
Kevin Martin: The Blueprint For Fixing Lonzo Ball’s Shot (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
The Lakers’ Kids Go Back To School (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
Q & A:  Brandon Ingram (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
How Gobert’s Injury Forced Jazz To Embrace Small-Ball  (from Blog Don’t Lie):
What Happens With Adebayo When Whiteside Returns?  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Q & A:  Stauskas & Okafor (from Anthony Puccio & Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Q & A: Cedi Osman (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Week 8 In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Knicks: Doug McDermott Is Proving His Value (from Randy Porga, Daily Knicks):
How Could George Hill Have Thought The Kings Would Be Competitive? (from Tony Xypteras, dimemag.com):
Why Does The Wolves’ Defense Get Worse In The Fourth Quarter? (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
Brett Brown: Ben Simmons Has Exceeded Expectations (from Fox Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/24/17

 

The 15-Year Chain Reaction That Led To The NBA’s Offensive Explosion (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/02/21/the-15-year-chain-reaction-that-led-to-the-nbas-current-offensive-explosion/

–  How The Celtics Created The Best Pick-And-Roll Offense In The Assn. (from Jeff Nooney, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/2/24/14652258/boston-celtics-best-pick-and-roll-offense-nba-isaiah-thomas-al-horford

The TOR-PHO Trade (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/toronto-raptors-phoenix-suns-pj-tucker-trade-6c741b95a95a#.mnlzs2egx

Raptors Bolster Their Wing Play With Ibaka And Tucker (from Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/p-j-tucker-deal-caps-off-a-brilliant-trade-deadline-for-raptors-37be54fe831d#.sjqojf7re

The DAL-PHI Trade (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/philadelphia-76ers-dallas-mavericks-nba-trade-nerlens-noel-d706e2cf7710#.ksgdfiamk

From Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown: http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/24/dallas-mavericks-fleece-philadelphia-76ers-nerlens-noel-trade/

The Sixers Traded The Wrong Big Man (from Michael Baumann, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/philadelphia-76ers-jahlil-okafor-trade-e8636f6a2d69#.hkrs2sw4b

Jrue Holiday Is The Key To Making AD/DMC Work  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/2/23/14259530/jrue-holiday-pelicans-leader-anthony-davis-demarcus-cousins

Jamal Murray: Rising Star  (from Tom West, 16 ins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/denver-nuggets-have-a-genuine-rising-star-in-jamal-murray-6e6ca92ecc43#.h1deucfki

Pachulia Powered The Warriors’ 50 Point Quarter  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/2/24/14723524/nba-video-highlights-clippers-warriors-zaza-pachulia-durant-curry-50-point-quarter

23 Thoughts About The Cavs  (from Jason Lloyd, Ohio.com):

Read it here: http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/cavs-119-knicks-104-jason-lloyd-s-final-final-thoughts-1.749434

–  Taj Gibson’s Bulls’ Legacy  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/24129/taj-gibson-leaves-lasting-legacy-as-he-says-goodbye-to-chicago

From KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-taj-gibson-leaves-bulls-with-class-spt-0224-20170223-story.html

 Thunder Gets Better With Gibson, McDermott (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/tramel-thunder-gets-better-with-trade-for-gibson-mcdermott/article/5539204

 David Lee: Sacrifice And Success (from Lorne Chan, Spurs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/spurs/david-lee-sacrifice-and-success/

Each Team’s Pre-All Star Game Story In One Stat (from Brandon Anderson,medium.com):

Read it here:  https://medium.com/sportsraid/the-first-half-story-for-every-nba-team-in-one-stat-90a0cfdd68ed#.5lj7a0och

Grizzlies’ Rookie Head Coach Fizdale Earns Acclaim  (from Don Wade, Memphis Daily News):

Read it here:  https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2017/feb/24/as-rookie-nba-head-coach-grizzlies-david-fizdale-earns-acclaim/

Grizzlies: 3 Things To Keep In Mind (from Red Coleman, Three Shades Of Blue):

Read it here: http://www.3sob.com/?p=24298

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/6/17

Warriors’ New Defense: Different But Still Very Good (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
–  Going Small With Millsap At Center  (from Reinis Lacis, BBall Breakdown):
Malcolm Brogdon: The Steal Of The Draft  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
Most Improved Players  (from The Step Back, fansided.com):
–  Eric Gordon:  Achieving The Success That Injuries Delayed  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
 The Buzz About The Hornets Is Getting Louder  (from Howard Megdal, Sports On Earth):
David Griffin’s Magic Touch  (from Trevor Magnotti, fansided.com):
–  Thursday Recap, Featuring Harden & Westbrook (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Marjanovich Dazzles As Pistons Hold On  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Antetokounmpo Is A Statistical Wonder  (from Jose DeLeon, ESPN):
 The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Jamal Crawford Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy/Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):
 Nate McMillan Q & A  (from mvp247.com):
The JaMychal Green/Zach Randolph Tag Team (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):
The Bucks’ Mediocre Record Is Hiding A Dangerous Team  (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):
–  Nick Young’s “Rebirth”  (from Chris Palmer, The Undefeated):
–  Dwight Powell’s Pick-And-Roll Skills  (from Josh Bowe, mavsmoneyball.com):
Kent Bazemore Q &A  (from Alex Kennedy/Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):
–  How Does Korver Fit With The Cavs?  (from Ryan Mourton, Fear The Sword):
Kyle O’Quinn: Knicks’ Best Center  (from Ti Windisch, Hoops Habit):
–  Doug McDermott’s Dark Post-Concussion Days  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
10-Day Contract Candidates (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insdiers):
Markelle Fultz Scouting Report (from Matthew Giles, Washington Post):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/30/16

Celtics: Building From The Middle  (from Ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bdl-25-al-horford-the-celtics-and-building-from-the-nba-middle-193013927.html

–  Dwyane Wade Continues To Expand His Game  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/dwyane-wade-continues-expand-his-game

–  Derrick Rose Is Getting Used To The Triangle (from Ian Begley, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/65298/knicks-derrick-rose-getting-used-to-foreign-triangle-offense

–  Lopez/Lin Relationship Vital For Nets  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/09/29/nets-hopes-rest-on-budding-relationship-of-their-big-two/

–  Denzel Valentine’s Versatility  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-denzel-valentine-developing-bulls-spt-0930-20160929-story.html

–  DeAndre Bembry’s Versatility  (from Chris Vivlamore, myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-bembry-opening-eyes-of-coaches-teammates-wit/nshDh/

–  Four Ways Dwight Howard Can Make The Hawks Better  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/dwight-howard-season-preview-hawks-fit/45rwz80th6w51fpxe654jhsjp

–  Mindaugas Kuzminskas May Be Carmelo’s Backup  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/09/29/knicks-rookie-with-catchy-nickname-may-be-carmelos-backup/

 Ibaka Embracing New Opportunity  (from John Denton, Magic.com):

Reaed and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/serge-ibaka/motivated-story-denton-20160929

–  SVG Considering 10-Deep Rotation  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/09/29/detroit-pistons-roster/91274104/

–  Pau Gasol Can Be A Better Duncan Replacement Than You Think  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/pau-gasol-spurs-tim-duncan-offense-breakdown/odl08k4j9qbj15dt5ozraum0x

–  Aldridge, Gasol And Extra Spacing  (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and view it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/aldridge-gasol-and-extra-spacing.html

–  Tyson Chandler Embraces Suns’ Direction  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/29/tyson-chandler-embraces-phoenix-suns-youth-direction/91281406/

–  Marquese Chriss’ Potential  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/29/marquese-chriss-potential-leaps-suns-forefront/91299602/

Karl-Anthony Towns: The Perfect Storm  (from Adam Figman, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/the-perfect-storm/

–  Nets Embrace Holistic Approach To Health (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/09/28/nets-buy-in-to-tough-training-but-brook-lopez-misses-slurpees/

–  Why Watching Has Made Embiid Better  (from Mike Sielski, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160930_Sielski__Why_watching_made_Wentz_and_Embiid_better.html

How Beal Can Be Great For The Wizards  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/bradley-beal-john-wall-wizards-offense-fit-breakdown-preview/3wsejqxz2i8f17j5hlh4omzs7

–  Gerald Henderson Gives Sixers Consistent Wing Play  (from Jake Pavorsky, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/9/30/13115062/gerald-henderson-sixers-2016-nba-free-agency-portland-trail-blazers-charlotte-hornets

–  Tobias Harris’ Improving Defense  (from Aaron McMann,  MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/09/tobias_harris_offseason_workou.html#incart_river_index

–  The Bucks’ Greg Monroe Problem  (from Andrew Snyder, Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/30/milwaukee-bucks-the-greg-monroe-problem-lingers/

–  In Praise Of Players Too Talented To Start  (from Jack Winter, Dime Magazine):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/nba-best-bench-players/

–  Why Steph Could Be Better Than Ever With KD  (from Eric Malinowski, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2666652-warriors-notebook-why-steph-curry-could-be-better-than-ever-with-kevin-durant

–  Doug McDermott: Bulls’ Offseason Changes Have Left A Better Vibe  (from Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun Times):

Read it here:  http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/offseason-changes-have-left-a-better-vibe-says-doug-mcdermott/

–  Terry Rozier Is Distinguishing Himself In Celtics’ Camp (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724080/hey-bulldog-terry-rozier-distinguishing-himself-early-in-celtics-camp

–  Mike Dunleavy Is Excited To Be In Cleveland  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/09/mike_dunleavy_cleveland_cavali.html

–  Celtics’ Defense Should Be Among NBA’s Best  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2016/09/celtics_notebook_with_al_horford_on_board_defense_should_be_among_nba_s_best

 Derrick Williams Hoping To Finally Make His Mark  (from Manny Navarro, Miami herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article105033106.html

Raptors’ VanVleet Moves Past Draft Snub  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here;  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/09/29/22670886.html

–  Ron Baker Hoping To Land Roster Spot With Knicks (from Adam Zagoria, sny.tv):

Read it here:  https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/despite-no-guaranteed-deal-ron-baker-hoping-to-land-roster-spot-with-knicks/204081804

–  Reflecting On The NBA Hackathon  (from Chris Pickard, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/30/reflecting-time-nba-hackathon/

–  Warriors’ Player Profile: Damian Jones  (from Ian Smith, warriorsworld.net):

Read and view it here:  http://www.warriorsworld.net/2016/09/29/warriors-player-profile-damian-jones/

My Journey To Professional Basketball, Part II  (from Brian Freeman, Blazer’s Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/9/22/12638994/brian-freeman-professional-overseas-basketball-west-albany-clackamas-long-beach-state

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/19/16

–  Time For Sixers To See Results  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20160919_Time_for_Sixers__Brown_to_see_net_results.html

–  Sixers’ Scouting Reports And Analysis  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17502771/philadelphia-76ers-player-profiles-ben-simmons-joel-embiid-more-nba

–  Which Celtics Draw The Most Trade Interest?  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/cs-question-day-which-celtics-draws-most-trade-interest

Pistons Point Guards At A Glance  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/09/pistons_training-camp_preview.html

–  Regrading The Celtics’ Rebuild: Part One   (from Ryan Bernardoni, celticshub.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticshub.com/2016/09/19/re-grading-the-rebuild-part-1-2013-14/

–  A Simple Tool To Analyze The 2016-17 Schedule  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/19/analyze-nba-schedule/

–  Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Thaddeus Young  (from Mark Monteith, Pacers.com):   http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/thaddeus-young-sees-opportunity-new-look-pacers

Nerlens Noel (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/09/19/proving-grounds-nerlens-noel/

–  DeAndre Bembry  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/hawks-deandre-bembry-on-rookie-goals-nba-transition-honoring-late-brother/

Doug McDermott  (from Michael Wonsover, Today’s Fastbreak):  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/chicago-bulls/bulls-offseason-series-doug-mcdermott-must-expand-game/

–  Derrick Williams (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-derrick-williams-s092016-story.html

Lance Thomas  (from Chip Murphy, elitesportsny.com): http://elitesportsny.com/2016/09/19/new-york-knicks-counting-lance-thomas/

–  Matt Bonner  (from Ray Duckler, Concord Monitor):  http://www.concordmonitor.com/For-Bonner-the-long-and-winding-road-has-no-dead-end–yet-4787765

 Tyler Johnson  (from David Chavez, The Collegian):  http://collegian.csufresno.edu/2016/09/18/from-the-valley-to-south-beach-tyler-johnson-strikes-fire-with-miami-heat/

–  Terry Rozier  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):  Is Terry Rozier Being Set up for Disappointment?

–  Kristaps Porzingis  (from Tommy Dee, sny.tv):  https://www.sny.tv/knicks/news/realistic-offensive-expectations-for-kristaps-porzingis/202175226

 Arron Afflalo (from Omer Khan, Sactown Royalty ):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2016/9/19/12933912/is-arron-afflalo-the-answer-at-sg

Jahlil Okafor  (from Max Rappaport, libertyballers.com):  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/9/19/12964074/jahlil-okafor-sixers-offense-ben-simmons-2015-nba-draft

Evan Turner (from Steven Dewald, Rip City Project):  http://ripcityproject.com/2016/09/19/trail-blazers-turner-portlands-version-livingston/

–  Ben Simmons  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/browns-outlook-simmons-has-great-potential-desire

Brandon Ingram  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160812/brandon-ingram-hopeful-nba-rookie-program-will-aid-transition

 Derrick Jones (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/9/17/12942812/derrick-jones-phoenix-suns-nba-dleague-nbadl