Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/8/17

Why Hayward Is A Seamless Fit For Celtics (from Michael Brock, NBA Math):
Orlando’s Conundrum: Payton’s Inconsistency (from Ruben Badillo, Orlando Magic Daily):
–  Karl-Anthony Towns’ 2018 Defensive Outlook (from Michael Walton, Hoops Habit):
Day 7 Free Agency Recap (from Jeff Siegel, Medium.com):
FA Winners And Losers So Far (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Five Draftees Exceeding Expectations In Summer League (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Heat: The Importance Of Re-Signing Waiters (from Allana Tachauer, All U Can Heat):
Heat: Olynyk’s Fit/Role (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):
Fultz/Harden Comparison (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Intriguing Rookie Jordan Bell Set To Debut For Dubs (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):
Two-Way Contract Tracker (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days.com):
Dakari Johnson: Hoping Hard Work Pays Off (from Fred Katz, CNHI Sports):
Justin Robinson/Dylan Ennis: Summer League Paths (from Dennis Chambers, Basketball Insiders):
Nwaba’s Role In Year Two (from Lloyd Tunstill, Lake Show Life):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/16/17

Video Breakdown: Simpler Offense Helped GSW Win Game One (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How GSW Took Advantage Of Kawhi’s Absence (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Spurs Need Aldridge To Be More Decisive (from Chris Barnewall, CBS Sports):
Durant Reiterated His Value In Game One Comeback (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Injuries Give Spurs’ Reserves A Chance To Shine (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Kerr’s Absence: The True Test Of A Leader (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
Life Against The Warriors: Flawless Defense, But Then It’s One Mistake And It’s A Layup (from Ben Falk):
The Warriors Routinely Erase Big Deficits (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
BOS 115, WAS 105 (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Marcus Smart’s Great, Invisible Game (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Al Horford’s  Series Vs The Wizards In One Ridiculous Shot Chart (from Gary Dzen, boston.com):
Olynyk: The Improbable Hero (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Appreciating The Celtics’ Moment (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Three Reasons Why Cavs Shouldn’t Overlook Celtics (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports):
Jonathan Jeanne’s Combine Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
BOS-CLE: What Numbers Could Be Difference Makers?  (from Mark Simon/John McTigue. ESPN):
Is Everyone Waiting On David Griffin? (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):
Canada Is Now One Of The Sources Of Elite Recruits (from Michael Fletcher, The Undefeated):
KAT Q & A (from Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/22/17 PART ONE

Karl-Anthony Towns From The Triple Threat Position (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/22/karl-towns-triple-threat-timberwolves/

Dario Saric’s Compelling ROY Case (from Ben Detrick, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/dario-saric-interview-philadelphia-76ers-nba-ae72d28e5ac2#.n1x63vam3

From Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense: http://thesixersense.com/2017/03/22/philadelphia-76ers-dario-saric-steps-up/

Brett Brown’s Patience Promotes Confidence  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-more-minutes-rookies-mean-more-opportunities-learn

Deciphering Julius Randle’s Talent & Value (from Adam Jospeh, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/deciphering-the-talent-value-of-julius-randle-9d1ec04b3721#.ujgd0qsdl

The Mavericks’ Rebuild  (from Vijay Vemu, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and wtach it here: https://16winsaring.com/life-after-dirk-how-the-dallas-mavericks-slowly-made-an-investment-in-youth-b847b0b7149b#.8arkqwbgs

 The Raptors’ Defensive Improvement (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/raptors/raptors-defensive-improvement-leading-without-kyle-lowry/

DPOY Watch (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read and watch it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/defensive-player-of-the-year-watch/

By The Numbers: Top 5 Defenders At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698613-metrics-101-the-top-5-nba-defenders-at-every-position

Ranking The Most Hopeless Teams (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/22/nba-hopeless-rebuilding-teams-knicks-nets-lakers

How Brogdon Went From Draft Afterthought To All-Rookie Team Season (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698424-how-malcolm-brogdon-went-from-nba-draft-afterthought-to-rookie-of-the-year-race

From Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated:  https://theundefeated.com/features/milwaukee-bucks-malcolm-brogdon-nba-rookie-of-the-year-race/

Anthony Tolliver: So Good At Taking Charges That A Stat Was Invented For Him  (from Chris Herring, fivetirtyeight.com):

Read and watch it here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nba-player-whos-so-good-at-taking-charges-we-created-a-stat-for-him/

Pacers: Hurtling Toward A Wild Summer  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18959003/zach-lowe-paul-george-future-indiana-pacers

Millsap’s Heavy Load Is Taking Its Toll (from Graham Chapple, Hawks Hoop):

Read and watch it here: http://hawkshoop.com/millsaps-heavy-load-finally-takes-toll/

How Kelly Oubre Can Keep His Spot In Wizards’ Rotation (from Marcus Atkinson, Sr., Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/22/14972452/kelly-oubre-washington-wizards-rotation-player-analysis-defense-open-shots

DMC’s Big Night Sparks Pelicans’ Dimming Playoff Hopes  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/1127/demarcus-cousins-big-night-sparks-pelicans-dimming-playoff-hopes

Bucks’ Lockdown Defense Thwarts Blazers At Finish  (from Charles F. Gardner, isonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/22/bucks-93-trail-blazers-90-lockdown-defense-thwarts-blazers-finish/99432128/

Marcus Smart’s Burgeoning Post Game (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/22/marcus-smarts-burgeoning-post-game/

Behind The Numbers: Why Does Conley Shoot Better With Parsons On The Floor? (from Ross Jarrar, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read and watch it here: http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2017/3/22/15016904/memphis-grizzlies-stats-they-got-numbers-part-2-mike-conley

Len’s Future With The Suns Is In Question (from Gavin Schall, arizonasports.com):

Read it here: http://arizonasports.com/story/1065093/alex-len-future-with-suns-is-in-question/

Euroleague Overview (from Andrew Bernucca, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/catching-up-on-euroleague-basketball-cbc6ffc75671#.njzydfmsi

D-League: Trahson Burrell (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/21/15010848/trahson-burrell-nba-dleague-nbadl-nbadleague

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 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.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/10/17

The Spurs Might Be The Best Team – Again (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/the-spurs-might-be-the-best-team-in-basketball-again-f0f15a253ac8#.c0t87m798

The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18856846/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-thunder-russell-westbrook-nba

Nurkic’s Monster Night (from Willy Raedy, Blazers Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/3/10/14877686/blazers-sixers-nurkic-lillard-saric-ot-edge-night

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):

   – Dragan Bender (from Brendon Kleen):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/10/dragan-bender-next-generation/

   – Joel Embiid (from Bryan Toporek): http://fansided.com/2017/03/10/next-generation-joel-embiid/

   – Dante Exum (from Tommy Dee):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/09/dante-exum-next-generation/

   – Brandon Ingram (from Ian Levy):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/09/brandon-ingram-los-angeles-lakers/

   – Nerlens Noel (from Chris Manning): http://fansided.com/2017/03/09/nerlens-noel-next-generation/

   – Kristaps Porzingis (from Trevor Magnotti): http://fansided.com/2017/03/10/kristaps-porzingis-knicks-potential/

–  Now Healthy, Mahinmi Is Proving His Value To The Wizards (from LW, Bullets Forever):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/10/14865866/ian-mahinmi-washington-wizards-player-analysis

How Derrick Rose Drills His Ugly Midrange Jumpers (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):

Read and watch it here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-derrick-rose-drills-his-ugly-midrange-jumpers/

Pacers Need More Fluidity In Pick-And-Roll Coverage (from C. Cooper, Indy Cornrows);

Read and watch it here: http://www.indycornrows.com/2017/3/9/14870080/pacers-need-to-be-more-fluid-with-myles-turners-pick-and-roll-coverage

 Patty Mills Give Voice To Indigenous Australians  (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18839614/for-spurs-patty-mills-giving-voice-indigenous-australians-comes-naturally

Karl-Anthony Towns Takes Charge For Desparate Timberwolves (from Jon Krawczynski, AP):

Read it here: https://apnews.com/0f9cfb471fa943cdb2439103d8338753/Karl-Anthony-Towns-takes-charge-for-desperate-Timberwolves

Jae Crowder Interview (from Yaron Weitzman, slamonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.slamonline.com/nba/jae-crowder-interview-boston-celtics/#9c89FTw2fCkHF6Yg.97

Joe Ingles’ Future (from Jason Oliver, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/09/utah-jazz-future-joe-ingles/

Brandon Ingram: Showing Some Progress (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/lakers/harper-brandon-ingram-is-quietly-moving-in-right-direction-for-lakers/

The Warriors’ “Errant” Three-Point Shooting  (from Anthony Slater), Mercury News):

Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/09/whats-at-the-root-of-the-warriors-struggles-errant-3-point-shooting/

The ’96 Mavs: The Warriors Before The Warriors (from Rob Mahoney, Sportts Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/09/dallas-mavericks-three-point-shooting-warriors-jason-kidd-dick-motta

Sixers Musings (from Derek Bodner):

Read it here: http://www.derekbodner.com/2017/03/09/76ers-musings-embiids-injury-moving-forward-and-the-future-of-analytics/

D-League: JJ Moore (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/9/14871702/jj-moore-nba-dleague-nbadl-long-island-nets

Yabusele Will Play For The Celtics Next Season (from Paolo David, Chinatopix.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/112302/20170310/shanghai-sharks-star-guerschon-yabusele-playing-for-the-boston-celtics-next-season.htm