Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/12/17

Once In The Vanguard Of Diversity, Knicks Build A Future That Echoes The Past (from Harvey Araton, NY Times):
Sixers: Finally A Team Of Consequence (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
James Johnson: Feeling At Home In Miami (from Shandel Richardson, SunSentinel):
Malcolm Brogdon’s Consistency (from Tim Stubbs, NBA Math):
How SVG Intends To Increase Boban’s Playing Time  (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):
Film Room: How Brook Lopez Fits With The Lakers (from Pete Zayas, Laker Film Room):
Video Breakdown: Enes Kanter (from Gordon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
Can Nets Overcome Lack Of Length?  (from Charles Maniego, Nets Daily):
How Will Rondo Impact The Pelicans?  (from Wes Goldberg, Fanrag Sports):
Timberwolves: Sleeping Giants Of Transition Offense (from Josh Bungum, Dunking With Wolves):
Every Team’s Best And Worst Offseason Move So Far (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/7/17 PART TWO

Crowder Shows Grit As He Fights Off Pain  (from Taylor Snow, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-040617-crowder-shows-grit-he-fights-off-pain-atlanta/

Mavs View Seth Curry As A Rookie  (from Dwain Price, Star-Telegram):

Read it here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article143236309.html

George Hill’s Health Poses Short And Long-Term Questions  (from Aaron Falk, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/home/5147825-155/utah-jazz-george-hills-health-poses?fullpage=1

Tyler Johnson’s Transformation (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/06/tyler-johnson-heat-d-league-pat-riley-erik-spoelstra

Luwauwu-Caborrot Has Earned Starting Role (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2017/04/06/philadelphia-76ers-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot-earned-starting-role-in-2017-2018/

Papagiannis: Carving Out HIs Niche  (from James Ham, csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/papagiannis-carving-out-niche-focusing-one-undervalued-skill

5 Things The Celtics Need To Have A Chance Against Cavs In The Playoffs (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: https://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/06/five-things-the-boston-celtics-need-for-a-chance-to-beat-cavaliers/

James Johnson Q & A  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/james-johnson-q-leader-miami-144246519.html

Raptors: No Coasting Into The Playoffs (from Doug Smith, The Star):

Read it here: https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/04/07/raptors-playbook-rules-out-coasting-into-nba-post-season.html

Film Room: Magic’s Recently Improved Passing And Ball Movement (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magics-excellent-passing-and-ball-movement-cohen-20170407

Ibaka & Tucker Bring Toughness To Raptors (fromDan Feldman, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/04/06/serge-ibaka-and-p-j-tucker-have-raptors-looking-tougher-for-playoffs/

Ask Sam Smith (from bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-04717

Hezonja’s Defensive Improvement (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/07/experience-freedom-helping-mario-hezonja-improve-defense/

Jared Dudley On Mentoring (from Troy Tauscher, Arizona Sports):

Read it here:  https://arizonasports.com/story/1082494/jared-dudley-talks-development-suns-young-players/

This is PART TWO of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  Here is PART ONE:   http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/04/07/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-4717-part-one/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/5/17

Khris Middleton: The Perfect Complement To Giannis (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/khris-middleton-bucks-giannis-playoffs/

GSW 121, MIN 107 (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/04/warriors-sprint-away-from-timberwolves-with-another-dominant-third-quarter/

When Klay Thompson Takes Over (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://www.si.com/nba/2017/04/04/warriors-klay-thompson-kevin-durant-stephen-curry-steve-kerr

Steph Curry Is Magic Again  (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/the-warriors-arent-better-without-kevin-durant-but-stephen-currys-become-magic-again-171130054.html

David West: Giving GSW More Than Its Money’s Worth (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/warriors/david-west-giving-warriors-more-than-their-moneys-worth/

Testing An Innovative Approach To Crunch Time (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078511/zach-lowe-basketball-tournament-innovative-end-game-rule

Sixth Man Of The Year Candidates (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/argument-every-2016-17-sixth-man-candidate/

Paul George Is Playing At All-NBA Level Again  (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/paul-george-is-playing-like-a-superstar-again-a6070448201b

Jaylen Brown: Still Not Getting The Credit He Deserves (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/04/05/jaylen-brown-continues-to-be-overlooked/

Shelvin Mack Adds To Jazz’ Versatile PG Position  (from Adam Coffman, Purple And Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/04/utah-jazz-shelvin-mack-adds-point-guard/

Prospects To Watch In D-League Playoffs (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/04/05/d-league-tavares-moreland-brown-blue-playoffs/

James Johnson MIP?  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article142672154.html

Bradley, Smart, Crowder: Celtics’ Unmatched Defensive Trio  (from Marc D’Amico, Celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-040417-bostons-defensive-trio-is-unmatched-in-nba/

–  How Will The NBA  Address The Star Player DNP-Rest Issue? (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents19071734/end-82-game-nba-season

–  How Dirk Has Changed The Game  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700301-generation-dirk-nowitzkis-heirs-on-how-the-dunking-deutschman-changed-the-game

–  Dirk: Relishing His New Role As Mentor (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19078307/nba-dirk-nowitzki-relishing-new-role-dallas-mavericks-mentor

Singular Trait Links Saric’s Qualities (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-singular-trait-links-sarics-endearing-qualities

Is Nwaba A Keeper?  (from Shereen Rayan):

Read it here: https://lakeshowlife.com/2017/04/04/lakers-newest-player-david-nwaba-proving-keeper/

QOTN (from SVG on the Magic’s “Leaked” Board):

“I don’t know that it has any relevance. There’s no big secret there. He’s got the names of good hybrid forwards on the board. Well, we all like those guys. It not like he’s got a secret list. Like, ‘Oh, you like that guy. I would have never thought of that.’ There were no surprises there, it was simply a working board. … I don’t know if there’s any NBA general manager, president or anything who can take a look at that list and do anything with it or gain any advantage by it.”

 

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.

 

CORRECTED: 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/