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

The DHO: Overlooked Key To NBA Offenses (from Mike O’Connor, Bball Breakdown):
Video Breakdown: Hawks’ Horns Action (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
Film Room: Garry Harris’ Growth As A Playmaker (from Joel Rush, bsndenver.com):
Offensive Spacing: The Brilliance Of Erik Spoelstra (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math ):
Kris Dunn Never Seems To Give Up  (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
Two Areas Where The Sixers Need To Improve (from Kevin Love, The Sixer Sense):
Stanley Johnson At Heart Of SVG’s Vision Of Pistons As Elite On Defense (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Don’t Forget About Malik Monk (from Richie Randall, Queen City Hoops):
Myles Turner: Statistical Analysis (from Ryan Eggers, 8points9seconds.com):
Best International NBA Draft Prospects At U18 Euros  (from Jonathan Gvony, ESPN):
Is Doncic A Mystery?  (from Nick Flynt, Courtside Diaries):

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.

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

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

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18927392/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-kyrie-irving-artistry-nba

Greg Monroe Is Playing Like The 6th Man Of The Year (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/17/greg-monroe-playing-like-6th-man-year/

–  Thursday Recap (from Keith Smith, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-russell-westbrook-leads-night-triple-doubles/

From Tim Cato, SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/17/14955594/2017-nba-scores-nuggets-playoffs-west-standings-denver

OKC 123, TOR 102: Three Takeaways  (from Noah Torr, Fansided):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/17/thunder-roll-lowry-less-raptors-3-takeaways/

Karl Anthony-Towns Is Transforming Into A Superstar (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read  it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698251-karl-anthony-towns-is-transforming-into-a-superstar-right-before-our-very-eyes

James Johnson’s Long Quest (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-james-johnsons-long-quest-toward-adulthood/

James Johnson’s Defensive Impact (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read and watch it here: http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/17/hassan-whiteside-believes-james-johnson-should-be-in-all-defense-conversation-what-do-the-numbers-say/

Q & A: Dwight Howard Sets The Record Straight (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/atlanta-hawks-dwight-howard-kobe-bryant-james-harden-orlando/

Jamal Crawford Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/17/jamal-crawford-discusses-clippers-title-hopes-trade-rumors-health-isaiah-thomas-success-and-more/

Video Highlights: Double Split Cuts For Curry To Draymond Dunk (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/3/17/14955842/nba-2017-video-highlights-double-split-cuts-for-stephen-curry-draymond-green-dunk

Jeremy Lin’s Impact (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/brooklyn-nets/content/jeremy-lin-still-underrated

From Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/3/17/14955954/the-difference-maker-jeremy-lin

How Green Light Sparked Brook Lopez Revolution  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/15/how-nets-green-light-has-revolutionized-brook-lopezs-game/

Labissiere: Giving The Kings Something To Be Excited About (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/kings/skal-labissiere-giving-kings-something-excited/

Richaun Holmes: Processing In Philadelphia (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/76ers/richaun-holmes-also-processing-philadelphia/

Finding Spacing In The Pistons’ Offense (from Matthew Way, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/finding-spacing-in-the-pistons-offense-5590dbd3cac6#.erbmg81qi

How Spoelstra Saved The Heat From A Lost Season (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697853-how-erik-spoelstra-saved-the-miami-heat-from-a-lost-season

Video: Heat’s Winning Plays During Their Turnaround (from Leonard Kreicas, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/17/14958044/miami-heat-winning-plays-turnaround-wayne-ellington-dwyane-wade-kobe-bryant-josh-richardson

Wayne Ellington Has Transformed The Heat Bench (from Joe Hulbert, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/17/miami-heat-wayne-ellington-bench/

–  Understanding Lonzo Ball’s Shooting Mechanics (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/lonzo-ball-ucla-shooting-mechanics-6eeda2ef3e41#.gtt2ywxyh

Andre McCarter’s Touch Glove May Change The Game (from Daryl Bell, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/ucla-all-american-guard-andre-mccarter-touch-glove/

Hoops Brothers: Marcus Smart, Phil Forte  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/17/marcus-smart-phil-forte-bond-oklahoma-state-ncaa-tournament

D-League: Jarell Eddie  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/16/14944058/jarell-eddie-windy-city-bulls-nba-dleague-nbadl

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  PART TWO will be published later today.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/16/17

Saric Is Taking Control Of The ROY Race (from Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/76ers-dario-saric-is-taking-control-of-nba-rookie-of-the-year-race-d8f219415e3#.gvwetcr0u

BI Note:   There is precedent for Dario to win ROY over Joel. 60 years ago Heinsohn won over league RPG leader (19.6) Bill Russell because Russ only played 48 games, due to missing time to play in the Olympics. And like Saric & Embiid, Tommy & Russ were teammates.

Three & D: How The Jazz Are Holding Onto The 4th Seed (from Taylor Griffin, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/three-and-d-how-the-jazz-are-holding-onto-the-fourth-seed-5264baffa0bf#.prsy77b27

The Making Of Rudy Gobert (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/page/presents170316b/how-utah-jazz-turned-rudy-gobert-next-bill-russell

Video Breakdown: Spurs’ Hammer Play  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/15/14942176/spurs-hammer-play-three-pointer-gregg-popovich-inbounds

MIP Favorites: Antetokounmpo, Gobert, Jokic, Beal (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-mip-favorites-signal-changing-trends/

LeBron’s Crazy Workload: Inside The Numbers (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents170316a/numbers-lebron-james-crazy-workload

Chasson Randle’s Seamless Fit: A Bright Spot For Knicks  (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/new-york-knicks/content/vision-key-chasson-wins

4 Little Things Players Use For An Edge (from David Vertsberger, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/4-little-things-nba-players-use-edge/

Why The Rockets May Upset the World (from Kelly Scaletta, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/rockets-might-team-upsets-world/

COY Candidate Scott Brooks (from Kelly Cohen, Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/16/14937068/scott-brooks-coach-year-of-the-nba-2017-washington-wizards

Hornets Reside In Mediocrity  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/charlotte-hornets-reside-in-mediocrity-b30d06901cc7#.nyc8nbl48

–  Spoelstra Drawing Chuck Daly Comparisons  (from AP):

Read it here: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/16/amid-heat-turnaround-spoelstra-drawing-daly-comparisons/99244082/

The Post-Trade Revival Of Dorian Finney-Smith (from Danny Webster, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read and watch it here; http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2017/3/16/14815276/post-trade-revival-dorian-finney-smith

Marks And Atkinson Discuss Nets’ Present & Future (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/3/16/14942400/marks-and-atkinson-talk-about-the-nets-present-and-their-future

 

Today’s Beat NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/13/17

HOU 117, CLE 112: 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/cleveland_cavaliers_victimized.html

Three Takeaways From Sunday’s Games (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/13/three-things-we-learned-sunday-james-harden-is-good-but-so-is-rockets-defense-in-win/

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):

   – Bradley Beal (from Bryan Harvey): http://fansided.com/2017/03/12/bradley-beal-next-generation/

   – Dejounte Murray (from Brandon Jefferson): http://fansided.com/2017/03/12/dejounte-murray-next-generation/

   – Clint Capela (from Jared Dubin): http://fansided.com/2017/03/12/cant-stop-wont-stop-clint-capela-records/

Nerlens Noel’s 1st Two Weeks With The Mavs Were A Great Success (from JC Fischer, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/dallas-mavericks/content/nerlens-noel-first-two-weeks-huge-success-dallas

LBJ & Harden’s Passing  (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/lebron-and-harden-are-the-nbas-best-quarterbacks/

How Westbrook Found His Singular Driving Force  (from Tim Keown, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/18893454/the-driving-force-oklahoma-city-thunder-russell-westbrook

Griz’ Coach Fizdale Q & A (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2017/03/12/q-fiz-fire-state-grizzlies-address/99092774/

Video Breakdown: What Nurkic Has Brought To The Blazers  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):

Watch it here: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/13/video-breakdown-how-jusuf-nurkic-has-lifted-up-the-portland-trail-blazers/

How Nurkic’s Arrival Has Impacted Noah Vonleh (from Peter Sampson, Blazers Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/3/13/14902814/portland-trail-blazers-jusuf-nurkic-noah-vonleh

 Ibaka And Tucker: Defensive Versatility And Toughness (from Craig Oliver, Hashtag Basketball):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/toronto-raptors/content/serge-ibaka-pj-tucker-disciples-dwane-casey

Do The Warriors Have Enough Shooting From Their Role Players? (from Carter Rodriguez, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/13/warriors-need-more-shooting/

10 Things I Like And Don’t Like About The Pistons (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2017/03/13/10-things-like-dont-like-detroit-pistons/

–  The Heat Are Erik Spoelstra’s Coaching Opus (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-red-hot-miami-heat-are-erik-spoelstras-coaching-opus

Porzingis Unloads On Knicks’ “Confusion” (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read and watch it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/13/frustrated-kristaps-porzingis-unloads-on-knicks-confusion/

Heat’s Wayne Ellington Creating Fits For Opponents  (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):

Read it here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-sp-miami-heat-main-20170313-story.html

Mirotic Frustrated By Removal From Rotation (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18892485/nikola-mirotic-frustrated-removal-chicago-bulls-rotation

How Black Utah Jazz Players Have Embraced SLC (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: http://theundefeated.com/features/how-black-utah-jazz-players-have-embraced-salt-lake-city/

Eurocup Semifinal Preview (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/13/eurocup-semifinal-preview-watch-online/

Progressing Toward Personalized Analytics: Q & A With Patrick Lucey Of STATS (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/13/nylon-calculus-personalized-analytics-qa-patrick-lucey-stats/