Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/26/17 PART ONE

Fultz Proved His Mettle At DeMatha High School (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
Behind The Scenes As The Lakers Prepared To Draft Lonzo (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):
The Butler Trade: What Now? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
There’s More Than Unparalleled Athleticism To Dennis Smith’s Game (from Bobby Karalla, Mavs.com):
Undrafted, Not Unwelcome (from Andy Wittry, Sporting News):
Three Undrafted Free Agents To Watch In Summer League (from Max Holm, Hoops Habit):
Video Breakdown: Cavs’ Elevator Doors In Finals’ Game Four (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
Jimmy Butler: From Texas To NBA Stardom To Timberwolves (from Chip Scoggins, Tribune News service);
Interview: Pete Philo On The Draft And Being A Pro Scout (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
Understanding NBA Salaries As A Percentage Of The Cap (from Joel Rush, BSNDenver):
Caleb Swanigan’s Stunning Life Turnaround (from Aaron Mesh, wweek.com):
Magic’s Isaac, Iwundu Grew To Become NBA Players (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Helping Jonathan Isaac’s Development (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
What The Bucks Learned From The Finals (from Josh Cornelissen, Behind The Buck Pass);
–  Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
–  Okafor: A Good Reminder That Sure Things Aren’t Always (from Bob Ford, philly.com):
Life cycle of NBA rumor reporting: 1: The root rumor 2: wild mutations 3: “highly unlikely” that anything will happen 4: Nothing happened  5: lame explanation why something that had zero chance of happening didn’t happen.

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