Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/14/18

Celtics: The League Is Starting To Take Notice Of Terry Rozier (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
The Most Efficient ISO Scorers (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
KAT’s Offensive Brilliance (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Blazers: How Terry Stotts Is Reaching Jusuf Nurkic (from Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
Blazers Average Fewest Assists In The NBA: Why It Doesn’t Matter (from Eric Griffith, Blazer’s Edge):
What NBA Scouts Will Be Watching In Each NCAA Tourney Friday Game (from Mike Schmitz/Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Top Prospects To Watch In Every 1st Round Game (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
Q & A: Fred VanVleet (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
The Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Rockets: Winning At A Slower Pace (from Gavriel Wilkins, Hoops Habit):
Rockets: Improved Defense Gives Them Championship Ceiling (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
CP3 & Harden Are The Opposite Of Bad Playoff Players (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
Fit Matters: The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
The Cavs’ Reliable Shuffle ATO (from Jeff Siegel, Fear The Sword):
What Happened To Malik Monk? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Cavs: Lue Happy With Korver/JR Lineup Switch (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Jrue Holiday Opens Up About The Most Challenging Time Of His Life (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):
Fixing The Lakers (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Pacers: Myles Turner’s Improved Post Play (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
What Trevor Booker Brings To The Pacers (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Jazz: Ricky Rubio Is A Monster (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Bucks: Tony Snell Is Trying To Regain Form After Recent Slump (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Wizards: Leaky Perimeter Defense’s Role In Recent Skid  (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
Grizzlies’ Silver Lining: Dillon Brooks’ Breakthrough (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):
Film Room: Jerami Grant Is OKC’s Biggest X-Factor (from Gideon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
Monty McCutcheon On The Respect For The Game Initiative (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Hawks: Jaylen Morris’ Unlikely Climb To The NBA (from Sam Meredith, Peachtree Hoops):
Brett Brown Lauds Dellavedova & The Growth Of Aussie Basketball (from Ben Mallis, The Pick And Roll):
Markelle Fultz Is Starting To Look Like His Old Self (from Sam Cooper, Yahoo Sports):
Sixers: How Using Data-Driven Analysis Is Changing The Game (from Tim Wigmore, I News):
Podcast: Shooting Coach Ryan Sypkens (from The Unrestricted Area):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/22/17 PART ONE

How Lillard Is Mentoring Nurkic  (from Jayson Quick, NBC Sports):
Minnesota’s Slow Offensive Evolution (from William Bohl, A Wolf Among Wolves):
The Timberwolves Are Losing The Transition Battle (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
Since Joining Celtics, Irving Has Grown Into Complete Player (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Rondo: Student & Teacher Of The Game (from Rod Walker, The Advocate):
Jayson Tatum Stays Ahead Of Rookie Curve (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
NBA’s Small Guys Play Bigger By Getting Smaller (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):
Why Do So Many Players Struggle With FTs? (from Ian McMahan, The Guardian):
Father Taught Tobias Harris To Live With Grateful Heart  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Decreased Ball Movement Is Contributing To Magic’s Woes (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Decision-Making Issues Are Haunting The Magic (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):
Magic Searching For Defensive Rhythm, Toughness (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Jazz: Joe Ingles Does Whatever Is Needed (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
Observations From The Pacers’ Four-Game Win Streak (form Derek Kramer, IPacers.com):
Sam Presti & Billy Donovan:  A Talk About Teamwork In Jazz As It Relates To Hoops (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Heat’s Screen-Setting Problems (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
The Young Raptors Are Handling The Learning Curve (from Doug Smith, The Star):
Rockets Have Quietly Evolved Into A Top 10 Defensive Team (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Otto Porter Keeps Improving To Hold The Wizards Together (from Thomas Boswell, Washingotn Post):
Charts Showing Statistical Trends Since 2002 (from Ed Kupfer):
Nuggets: Different But Familiar Look Without Millsap (from Harrison Wind, bsndenver.com):
Sixers Notebook (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
Amir Johnson: Leading By Example (from Dennis Chambers, Basketball Insiders):
SAS 96, ATL 85 (from Taylor Young, Pounding The Rock):
Mavs: Overcoming Adversity Is Nothing New For Mejri (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban ):
Devin Booker: Savage Mode (from Adam Figman, slamonline.co):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/18/17

OKC & HOU: Does It Matter That There Is Only One Basketball?  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Will Jrue Holiday Benefit From Playing Shooting Guard? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Hayward’s Injury Has Changed The Celtics’ Trajectory (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Hayward’s Injury: Understanding The Early News (from Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes):
With Butler Joining Wiggins & Towns, Can The Wolves Become Elite? (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Presenting The Archetypes For The 2017-18 Season (from Jared Dubin, Dime Mag):
“Betaball” Excerpt: Draymond Green (from Eric Malinowski, Dime Mag):
The Weirdest NBA Season Is Finally Here (from Nathanial Friedman/Eric Freeman, GQ):
Opening Night Observations (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
12 MVP Candidates (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
What Nurkic Brings To The Blazers (from Ben Gordon, 94 Feet Report):
 – The Starting 5 (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Will Andre Drummond Get Another Shot At Stardom? (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Video Analysis: RHJ’s Improved Game (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Daiily):
30 People Who Will Define This Season (from Dave Zarum, Sportsnet.ca):
Players Who Deserve More Run (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Refreshed Dragic: Ready For New Season (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

How The Warriors Plan To Balance Work & Fun (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Knicks Preview (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Knicks: Pick-And-Roll Should Be Key On Offense (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/3017 PART ONE

Inside The Mind Of Draymond Green (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read and watch it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/29/golden-state-warriors-defensive-stopper-draymond-green/99785780/

Kerr On The Warriors: “Tough, Confident And Pretty Good” (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com)

Read and watch  it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/30/golden-state-warriors-rejuvenate-season-back-back-wins

Kaminsky Finds His Rhythm (from David Ramil, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/30/frank-kaminsky-charlotte-hornets-improvement/

What Is The Deal With The Hornets?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/30/charlotte-hornets-record-point-differential/

5 Statistics That Have Defined The Cavs’ Season (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2700754-5-statistics-that-have-defined-cleveland-cavaliers-2016-17-nba-season

LBJ: Flourishing In The Pick-And-Roll (from Zach Harper,  Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/harper-lebron-james-flourishing-pick-roll/

Milwaukee Owns The Paint (from Brian Sampson, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/milwaukee-owns-the-paint-ae9de96dffa2

Brogdon Doesn’t Play Like A Rookie (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline):

Red it here:  http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/29/bucks-103-celtics-100-malcolm-brogdons-big-finish-secures-victory/99757148/

Nurkic & The Blazers Found Each Other Just In Time (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/jusuf-nurkic-portland-trail-blazers-53d8a666f186

The Perimeter Players Who Are The Most Productive Post-Up Threats  (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/examining-nbas-best-perimeter-post-threats/

Nuggets Are In Playoff Contention Because Of Jokic  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/29/nuggets-nikola-jokic-having-fun-not-feeling-pressure-postseason-chase

Sixers And Celtics: Set Up Well For The Future (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/set-up-well-for-the-future-eastern-conference/

Josh Richardson’s  Offensive & Defensive Versatility  (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here: http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/30/josh-richardson-knows-his-3-point-shooting-numbers-are-down-but-he-wants-you-to-know-theres-more-to-his-game/

Taurean Prince: Soaring At The Right Time  (from Eric Yeboah, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/taurean-prince-soaring-at-the-right-time-592f3a95a3e7

From Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2017/3/30/15122512/taurean-prince-transition-defense-atlanta-hawks-mike-budenholzer

–  The Spurs’ Looming Potential Playoff Problem (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/the-problem-looming-for-the-spurs-is-a-tough-one-to-avoid/

Brad Stevens: Real Leadership  (from Justin Bariso, Inc.com):

Read it here: http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/the-boston-celtics-just-took-over-1st-place-and-their-coachs-response-to-that-is.html

Nerlens Noel’s Chemistry With Mavs’ Guards (from Doyle Rader, Mavs Moneyball):

Read and watch it here: http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2017/3/30/15115088/dallas-mavericks-nerlens-noel-and-j-j-barea-are-making-magic-together

Film Room: Terrence Ross’ Recent Success (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-terrence-ross-having-solid-impact-magic-cohen-20170330

AD & DMC: Making Progress In New Orleans (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/pelicans-pairing-anthony-davis-demarcus-cousins-making-recent-progress

Jim Lynam: Quintessential Hoops Guy Who Never Stops Coaching  (from Mike Jensen, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/Jim_Lynam_Sixers_quintessential_Philly_hoops_guy_coach.html

D-League:  ROY Candidates (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/29/15104118/nba-dleague-rookie-of-the-year-nbadl

How Alfonzo McKinnie Became A D-League All-Star (from Austin Cracraft, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/28/15062194/alfonzo-mckinnie-windy-city-bulls-nba-dleague-nbadl

NOTE: This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  We will publish PART TWO later today.  Stay tuned!

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/29/17

This Funky Pick-And-Roll Shows How Smart The Warriors Are (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/29/warriors-pick-roll-curry-green/

The 2017 Marc Gasol All-Stars (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19025784/zach-lowe-2017-marc-gasol-all-stars-featuring-nikola-jokic-andre-iguodala-more

  • 5 Coaching Prospects To Watch  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents18986226/five-nba-coaching-prospects-watch

Inside The Nets’ Late-Season Turnaround (from Charles Maniego, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/inside-the-brooklyn-nets-march-mania-eb4de30099d5

The 180 Degree Guide To The Triangle (from Drew Steele, 16 Wins):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/the-180-degree-guide-to-the-triangle-dad9bcf149a2

Blazers Up Their Lead On Nuggets For Final West Playoff Spot (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):

Read it here: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/256-sports/kerry-eggers/352125-231318-blazers-get-keys-to-the-car

Elfrid Payton: Finishing The Season Strong (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/29/despite-losses-and-uncertainty-orlando-magics-elfrid-payton-finishing-season-strong/

Pau Gasol: Everything The Spurs Expected And More (from Jon Krawczynski, AP):

Read it here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ab6632b3a8904d8886d0c84d8071c185/pau-gasol-giving-spurs-everything-they-expected-and-more

DeAndre Jordan’s All-Star Credentials (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/29/deandre-jordan-makes-case-allnba/

Gary Trent, Jr. Has Been Schooled by His Dad, On & Off The Court (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/duke-bound-gary-trent-jr-nba-father-gary-trent-sr/

Dario Saric: Silver Lining To Embiid’s Latest Injury (from Russell Gorelick, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: http://thesixersense.com/2017/03/29/philadelphia-76ers-dario-saric-become-the-sixers-second-unicorn/

Injuries Are Forcing The Sixers To Get Creative At PG  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/injuries-point-guard-forcing-sixers-get-creative-ball-handlers

Rest Was Just What The Doctor Ordered For The Dubs  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/03/29/rest-turned-out-to-be-just-what-the-doctor-ordered-for-the-streaking-warriors/?utm_term=.879ee84534bf

Reggie Jackson: Confident That Better Days Are Ahead (Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/jackson-shell-myself-times-season-fully-confident-better-days-ahead

–  ESPN Panel Ranks The Head Coaches, 1-30  (from ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19024161/coach-ratings-1-30

D-League: Cheick Diallo (from Chris Reichert/Mason Ginsberg, Bourbon StreetShots.com):

Read it here: http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/29/a-cheick-in-on-diallo-in-the-d-league/

D-League: Abdel Nader Update (from Michael dePrisco, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/29/boston-celtics-stash-update-abdel-nader/

From Steve Sadin, Pioneer Press:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glenview/sports/ct-mgc-abdel-nader-maine-red-claws-tl-0319-20170329-story.html

Stat of the day:  In 12,000 regular-season minutes, Kawhi Leonard has had 0 T’s called on him. In 15,000 minutes, DeMarcus Cousins has 111.