Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART TWO

BOS: As Usual Baynes Did The Little Things That Made Life Easier For His Teammates (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley Is Shooting & Scoring At A High Level (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
*GSW: Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
GSW: Breaking Down The Dubs’ Record-Setting 1st Quarter Vs Denver (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Tried To Get Cleared To Return A Few Weeks Ago (from Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports):
HOU: Will Harden’s Hot Streak Burn Him Out?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
HOU: The Must-See Numbers From Harden’s Hot Streak (from ESPN):
HOU: Harden’s Impossible Box Scores, Explained (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
NOTE: I’ve been pushing this issue for years.  Positive Residual at Nylon Calculus uses “scoring opportunities” (including FTs) instead of shots but very few others have followed his (& my) lead.

I particularly dislike when TV guys compare efficiency, something like this:
Player A, fouled on all 5 unsuccessful FGAs, goes 10-for-10 from line, so has scored 10 points “on zero shots” – “amazingly efficient”
Player B goes 5-for-5 from field…took him 5 shots to get his 10 points – “much less efficient”   (5 shots vs zero shots)
IND: Pacers Defense Is Clearly Better With Turner (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
LAC: Rivers Laments Decision To Cut Ingles (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Walton Is Trying To Find More Minutes For Svi (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: What Has Made McGruder A Fixture In The Starting Lineup (from David Furones, SunSentinel):
OKC: Thunder Fighting Defensive Pick & Roll Pitfalls (from Erik Horne, jsonline.com):
PHI: Q & A: Anelie Schnittel, VP Of Player Development (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAC: Bagley, Giles Give Glimpse Into Bright Future (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
WAS: Why Beal & Wizards Are Flourishing Without Wall (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Ranking The Best Young Cores In The NBA (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/18

League Pass Rankings, Part Two (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BKN: No Limits When Experimenting With Lineups (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BKN: Nets’ Forward Options (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BOS: Bench Role Hasn’t Sapped Rozier’s Energy (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):
BOS: Yabusele Improves His Game (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Globe):
CHA: Hornets’ Plan For Miles Bridges Is Changing Already (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Splitting The Starting Center Job (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: The Cavs’ New Offense (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Notable Aspects Of Preseason Win Over LAL (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
GSW: How Curry’s Usage Has Evolved (from Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Quinn Cook Found His Place In Golden State (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
MIA: Duncan Robinson Now Slinging Instead Of Sprinting  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIA: Winslow Can Fill In All The Blanks (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
MIL: Bucks’ Players Like Budenholzer’s “Daily Vitamins”  (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
NOP: Star Track: Anthony Davis (from The Ringer):
ORL: Film Room At Sixers: Bamba, Vucevic & Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Grading The Magic’s Roster (from NBA Math):
PHI: Monday’s Game Analysis: Fultz, Shamet, Embiid (from David Murphy,  philly.com):
PHI: Fultz Looks Set For Breakout Year Alongside Simmons (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
PHI: Improved Post Play Should Be A Focus For Simmons (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Unlike Fultz, Simmons Not Going To Start Launching Threes (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: JJ Redick Is More Than Just A Mentor To Sixers’ Young Players (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
SAS: When It Comes To D, Spurs Aim To Reload, Not Rebuild  (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
SAS: Can Dejounte Murray Lead Spurs Into New Era? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
TOR:  New Role For Siakam Could Have Big Benefits For Raptors (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
TOR: Raptors’ Playbook: Halfcourt Season Preview (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):
UTA: Joe Ingles: Most Unappreciated Star?  (from Micah Adams, Sporting News):
UTA: Can The Jazz Attack Switching Defenses Effectively? (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Offseason Boxing Workouts Help Gobert On The Court (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
UTA: Ricky Rubio: Case Study In Confidence (from Dan Godziszewski, 94 Feet Report)):
10 Candidates For A Bounce-Back Season (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 81-90  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net ):
Hoop Dreams: Why Basketball Never Sleeps (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
How Can We Best Measure Individual Defensive Impact? (from Daniel Massop, Nylon Calculus):
How Can An Analytic Approach Be Applied To Player Psychology?  (from Sebastian Pycior, Nylon Calculus):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/15/18

The Pels Should Be Better Because AD Will Be Better (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Video: Analyzing Kevin Knox (from Seamus/Ryan, Scot Shot Basketball):
Pistons Have A Valuable Asset In Kennard (from James Edwards III):
Bucks: Can Middleton Continue To Improve As A Playmaker?  (from Adam McGee, Behind The Buck Pass):
–  Heat: What’s Holding Whiteside Back?  (from Leonard Kreicas, Hot Hot Hoops):
Trey Burke Has Found New Life With The Knicks (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
Grizzlies: Poised For Comeback (from Matt John, Basketball Insiders):
Remaining Offseason Questions: Central Division (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Underdog Hero Joe Ingles Has Defied The Odds In A Big Way (from Ryan Aston, The J Notes):
Ricky Rubio: The Next Chapter (from Taylor Griffin, SLC Dunk):
Q & A: Andre Iguodala (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Raptors’ Defense Set For Improvement (from Vivek Jacobs, Raptors Republic):
Nets: Could Jordan McLaughlin Be More Than Long Island’s PG? (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Nike Basketball Academy Camp:  Rising, Falling College Players To Watch (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Nike Basketball Academy Camp: High Schoolers With Pro Potential (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Thunder’s Biggest Fan Lives In Japan  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/26/18

Robert Williams: Following DeAndre Jordan’s Path  (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Will Robert Williams Develop Into A Capela Clone?  (from John Karalis, Boston.com):
Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Why The Mavs Are The Right Fit For Luka (from David Griffin, Dallas Morning News):
Wendell Carter Is A Different Type Of Modern Big Man (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Why Trae Young’s Best Days Have Yet To Come (from Adam Spinella, Clutch Points):
The Nuggets Have Locked Down Nikola Jokic (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
MJP’s Waiting Game (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
Inside the Rockets’ Proposal To Flip The Draft & Free Agency (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Keita Bates-Diop Is A Story Of Resilience (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Wizards’ Pick Troy Brown Is Eager To Prove He Belongs (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Dubs’ Pick Jacob Evans Brings Toughness, Grit (from Ryan Gorcey, SF Examiner):
Pistons’ Pick Khyri Thomas: Defense Is Part Of His DNA (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
Q & A: Pacers’ Pick Alize Johnson (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
What Value Does Wanamaker Have In Boston? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
How Ryan Broekhoff Is Following In Joe Ingles’ Footsteps (from Damien Arsenis, The Pick And Roll):
Oladipo: Still Seeking Improvement (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
How Much Do The Heat Need Ellington To Stay? (from Patrick Miller, Nylon Calculus):
Olynyk Has Found His Groove (from JJ Adams, The Province):
Jazz’ Preseason Preview (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
How Boston & Philadelphia Can Avoid OKC’s Fate (from Ben Mertens, Welcome To Loud City):
On The Eve Of Marcus Smart’s Free Agency, The Celtics Should Remember The Kendrick Perkins Trade (from Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog):
Teams Entering Franchise-Altering Free Agency (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/15/17

3 PGs With Different Skill Sets & How They Fit Today’s Game (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Read it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba/2017/8/15/16146000/nba-point-guards-ricky-rubio-reggie-jackson-malcolm-brogdon

Nets’ Playbook: Three Plays To Watch (from Charles Maniego, Nets Daily):
Dakari Johnson Keeps Working To Find His Fit (from David Ramil, Fanrag Sports):
Proving Grounds: Jabari Parker (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):
Cavs’ Goal Of Irving Trade Tied To Fear Of Losing LBJ  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
How The Schedule Was Made: Taking A Hard Look At Metrics (from Tim Reynolds, AP):
Which Teams Will Make The Biggest Leaps This Season? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
What To Expect From The Celtics’ Rookies (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Just How Good Is Avery Bradley’s Defense? (from Ash Vanclay, Piston Powered):
Read and watch it here:  https://pistonpowered.com/2017/08/15/detroit-pistons-avery-bradley-defense/

Building The Perfect Rookie From This Year’s Draft Class (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Bradley Beal: Rising From Good To Great (from Tony East, NBA Math):
Drummond Passes Post-Surgery Breathing Test (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Talking With Myles Turner (from Grant Afseth, Indiana Sports Coverage):
Jazz Defense: Poised To Be Even Better (from Adam Coffman, Hoops Habit):