Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/19/18

ATL: Hawks’ Opening Night Offensive Issues Should Be Easy To Correct (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
ATL: Jeremy Lin Has Lived A Basketball Lifetime (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
CHA: Tony Parker’s Stellar Hornets’ Debut (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
DEN: Jokic Showed Defensive Improvement In Opener (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
DET: Emergency Starter Bruce Brown Proves Unflappable (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):
DET: Game Film: The Blake Griffin Effect (from Matt Way, Motor City Made):
GSW:  Steph At 30 (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
GSW: How Do The Warriors Handle Their Tenuous Wing Position? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: McMillan Gets His Point Across: Rebound  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
IND: What Tyreke Brings Offensively (from Sean Reynolds, Hashtag Basketball):
IND: Q & A: Myles Turner (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
LAL: LBJ Has Plenty Of Patience. For Now (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
LAL: Will Lakers’ Lack Of Shooters Be An Ongoing Issue? (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
– – LAL: How LeBron Came To Embrace SoCal (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
MEM: Are The Grizzlies Playing It Too Safe?  (from pfleming15, Grizzly Bear Blues):
MIL: Playbook: Cross Double STS (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
NYK: Enes Kanter: Many Of Many Faces (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
NYK: Kevin Knox’ Journal, Vol 1 (from Drew Steele, Posting & Toasting):
OKC: The Thunder’s Wing Time Share (from Erik Horne, The Oklahoman):
– – ORL: Ross Superb Defensively Against Heat  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Mo Bamba Game One Recap (from Spencer Pearlman, Front Office Eye):
PHI: Embiid Can Defend Smaller Perimeter Players (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
– – SAC: Cauley-Stein Impressive Against Gobert In Opening NIght Loss (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAC: Bagley To Learn From The Bench Early On (from Jason Jones, The Athletic):
– – UTA: Analysis Of Jazz’ Opening Night Win (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
– – Opening Night Takeaways (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):

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Past Trades That Are Still Hurting Franchises (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
CourtVision Could Revolutionize The Way We Watch Basketball (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Inside The World Of Players Turned Broadcasters (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
The “Select Contract”: The NBA’s New Alternative To One-And-Done  (from Jonathan Givony,  ESPN):
The 1 Reason To Tune In To Each Team’s Games This Season  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Draft Thoughts: A New Approach To Scouting (from Eustachhio Raulli, The 94):
NOTE:  Due to yesterday’s internet service issues, today’s BI contains some of yesterday’s stories as well as we play catch-up.  We will return to normal publishing tomorrow.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/18/18 PART ONE

BOS:  How Baynes Limits Embiid  (from Jack Noonan, Celtics Blog):
–  CHI: Tyler Ulis Is Still Surprising Doubters (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
GSW: Q & A: Draymond Green (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
HOU: Can Melo Change To Play The Rockets’ Way?  (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):
HOU: It’s A Good Time To Be PJ Tucker (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):
LAL: How LBJ Became An Offensive Force  (from Kirk Goldsberry, ESPN):
MIL: The Bucks’ New Style Of Play (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
NOP: Have The Pels Finally Given AD A Real Supporting Cast?  (from Matt Ellentuck, SB Nation):
NYK: How Allonzo Trier Has Surprised Everyone (from Benoit Lilievre, Knicks Film School):
PHI: Observations From Opening Night Loss (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
PHO: Bahamian DeAndre Ayton: Son Of The Soil  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
TOR: The Raptors’ Defensive Blueprint (from Craig Oliver, Hashtag Basketball):
WAS: How Wizards’ Players Are Navigating Fatherhood (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Video Breakdown: Best Sets: NBA Day One (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
How The Lottery Picks Did On Opening Night (from Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports):
Ayton, Doncic Showcase Bright Futures On Opening Night (form Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
LBJ’s 1st NBA Game: An Oral History (from Justin Tinsley/Aaron Dodson):
Success For New Agents Is A Long Shot  (from Kevin Draper, NY Times):
NOTE:  Today’s BI is delayed & abbreviated due to Comcast internet service interruption.  We will play catch-up in Part Two later today.  Thank you for your patience.

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 8/31/18

Joel Embiid In The Post (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
It’s Story Time (from Joel Embiid, The Players’ Tribune):
Will This Be OKC’s Breakthrough Season? (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
How The Dubs Create Open Looks For Steph & Klay (from Matt Moore, The Action Network):
Is Jordan Bell The Warriors’ Center Of The Future?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back ):
Q & A: Warriors’ Team President Rick Welts  (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
Grizzlies:  Ivan Rabb Needs To Become More Versatile  (from Nathan Chester, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Grizzlies: SG Has Been Transformed To A Position Of Strength (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
Grizzlies: Watanabe’s 3-And-D Potential (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
The Rise Of Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
Who Will Fill Out The Celtics’ Rotation? (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Inside The Week Of Uncertainty Before Kyrie Officially Became A Celtic (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
The Celtics’ Best Defenders (from Kenny Doyle, Guy Boston Sports):
Heat: Should Whiteside Prioritize His Three-Point Game?  (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):
The Future Of The Bucks & Bledsoe (from Dan Godziszewski, 94 Feet Report):
Nets: Extending Dinwiddie Is Complicated (from Jeff Siegel, Forbes):
Hornets: Two Potential Rotation Shifts  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Mirotic: The Pelicans’ Low-Usage, High-Efficiency Third Option (from Scott Levine, 94 Feet Report):
Close-up On Nuggets’ Big Three (from James Siegle, Nugg Love):
Jamal Murray & Gary Harris: Underrated Young Duo (from Bryan Toporek, Give Me Sport):
David West Was A Baaaaaaad Man During His Career (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Hack-A-Shaq Math: The Numbers Behind The Strategy (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Podcast: Journey Inside The Numbers With Dean Oliver (from Adam Finkelstein, yurview.com):
The EuroLeague’s Best Players: 1-10  (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Proximous Spirou GM Sebastian Bellin’s Inspiring Story: Don’t Call It A Comeback (from Jonathan Macri, The Step Back):
2017-18 Stat Leaders: Top Scorers Off Drives To The Rim (from NBA.com):
Saying Goodbye To Manu (from James Holas, Clutch Points):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/3/18

Spurs: Playing For Pop (from Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News):
Kyle Anderson’s Story: Speed Is Overrated (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):

Week 24 Review: LBJ’s Defense, 76ers, TOR’s Playoff Rotation (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):

8 Observations: Figuring Out The Wild, Wild West, NBA Awards & More (from Zach Harper, frshoopz):
Bucks: Top 5 Plays Of The Week (from Brian Sampson, Dairyland Express):
Stating The Case For Each COY Candidate (from Matt Cianfrone, The Step Back):
Stating The Case For Each MIP Candidate (from Kelly Scaletta, The Step Back):
Additional MIP Candidate Assessments:
  From David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch-3-31-18/
  From Zach Harper, frzhoopz: see 8 Observations story, above
Klay Thompson: Dive, Pop Or Curl? (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Steve Kerr: Tinkering With The Dubs’ Starting Center Position (from Logan Murdock, Mercury News):
Jazz: Taking Note(s) Of A Small Market Team (from Mason McFee, Hoops Habit):
LBJ Isn’t The Cavs’ Coach, But Here is How He “Coaches” Them (from Ken Berger, Bleacher Report):
Thaddeus Young’s Consistency Is Key To Pacers’ Success (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
The Switch The Mavs Made To Help Harrison Barnes Get His Groove Back (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
VanVleet Has Been Proving People Wrong His Entire Life (from Alex Wong, slamonline.com):
Q & A: Zach LaVine (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Nets: Joe Harris Is No “Average Joe” (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
Hollis-Jefferson: How A Project Has Quietly Turned Himself  Into A Nets Asset (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
How Valuable Are Two-For-Ones?  (from Positive Residual, Cleaning The Glass):
All The Times Scott Brooks And Bradley Beal Have Described The Wizards’ Play As “Unacceptable”  (from Scott Allen, Washington Post):
Marquese Chriss: No Longer Taking Opportunities For Granted (from Craig Grialou, Arizona Sports):
Ish Smith: Finding A Home In Detroit (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Knicks: Burke Entered The Starting 5 & Became A New Player (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Amir Johnson Is Filling The Defensive Void Left By Embiid’s Absence (from Kevin F. Love, Liberty Ballers):
Dario Saric: Misunderstood (from Justin Jett):
Sixers: A Masterful Team Effort In March (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
The Resurrection Of Markelle Fultz (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Why It May Be Difficult For NBA Teams To Pry Jay Wright Away From Villanova (from Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports):
Q & A: Grant Hill (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
What An NBA, USA Basketball, NCAA Partnership Means For Future Draft Prospects (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):