Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/19/17

Steve Clifford & The Hornets Offer Dwight Howard A Home & Hope (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
The Celtics Will Miss Avery Bradley (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Breaking Down The 2017-18 Schedule (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
CJ McCollum: Well-Rounded Scorer (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
How The SG Position Is Changing (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Predicting Every Team’s 2017-18 Breakout Player (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
Harden: Slimmed Down, Fired Up For Upcoming Season (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
The Timberwolves’ Big Expectations (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Grizzlies: NBA’s Worst Cap Situation (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Ntilikina: Enjoying The Moment (from Mike Vorkunov, NY Times):
Michael Beasley: Tired Of Not Getting Respect (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
A Moment Of Silence For KJ McDaniels’ Potential (from IanLevy, The Step Back):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/6/17

How Have The Warriors Slowed Kyrie Irving? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Game Two Film Study:  Cavs’ Mistakes Leave Dubs Open Beyond The Arc (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Takeaways From Games One And Two (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
The Brilliance Of GSW Assistant Ron Adams (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
How KD Dominated Game Two (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
Kevin Love Has Been Great…And It Hasn’t Mattered (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports);
Talent Is Only Part Of It For The Warriors (from J.M. Poulard, BBall Breakdown):
Stats That Help Explain The Finals So Far (from Zach Kram, The Ringer):
Cavs’ Daring The Dubs’ Role Players (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Steph & KD: Literally Wearing Out The Nets (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
The Quiet Journey Of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (from David Ramil, The Step Back):
The Vertical Podcast: Kings VP Of Basketball Ops Scott Perry (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sorts):
The Future Of The NBA Could Be The G-League (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Lottery Teams With Biggest Turnaround Potential For 2017-18 (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Horford Embraces High Expectations (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/29/15

– Reviewing Wednesday night’s action (from Satchel Price, sbnation): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9632816/nba-scores-2015-thunder-spurs-nuggets-rockets-bulls-nets

– Nothing was more compelling on opening night than Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com): http://newsok.com/nothing-was-more-compelling-on-opening- night-than-kevin-durant-vs.-kawhi-leonard/article/5456740/?page=2

– Cavaliers show improved depth and beat the Grizzlies at their own game (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/cleveland_cavaliers_show_impro.html

– Raptors adapt well in opener (from Eric Koreen, National Post): http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-adapt-well-in-opener-storm-back-to-subdue-indiana-pacers

– Heat shows off depth in season opener (from Ethan J. Skolnick,Miami Herald): http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article41768553.html

– Spoelstra key to strong start for revamped Heat (from Israel Gutierrez, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998460/erik-spoelstra-role-most-critical-early-revamped-miami-heat

– Hornets a work-in-progress (from Rick Bonnell. Charlotte Observer): http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article41770617.html

– Grizzlies: Defining the problem with grit and grind (from Peter Edmiston, commercialappeal.com): http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Defining-the-problem-with-grit-and-grind-337983372.html

– Knicks’ first game makes Phil Jackson look good (from Frank Isola, NYDailyNews): http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/isola-phil-jackson-article-1.2415755

– Clippers 111, Kings 104 (from Justin Russo, clipsnation.com): http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/28/9633110/game-1-recap-los-angeles-clippers-sacramento-kings-october-28-2015

– 5 reasons to be optimistic about Pistons (from Jamie Samuelsen, freep.com): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-jamie-samuelsen-blog/74787588/

– Notes on Tuesday’s Pistons vs Hawks game (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Pattern of Basketball): http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/10/pistons-vs-hawks.html

-Pistons leaving no game unwatched in hopes of uncovering the NBA’s secrets (from Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-reggie-jackson-andre-drummond-film-tape

– Tale of two debuts: Towns looks ready, while Russell seems to drift aimlessly (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/karl-anthony-towns-dangelo-russell-lakers-wolves-kevin-garnett-kobe-bryant-rookies

– Towns had solid debut (from Broderick Turner, LATimes): http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-ln-karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-debut-20151028-story.html

– Pacers a ‘work in progress’ in season-opening loss (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com): http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/29/pacers-drop-season-opener-raptors-106-99/74726586/

– First game for Nuggets’ rookie Emmanuel Mudiay and coach Michael Malone a success (form Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post): http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_29038955/nuggets-dominate-road-win-at-houston-open-season

– Brad Stevens vows to think outside the box, shows some of that against Philadelphia 76ers (from Jay King, masslive.com): http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/jared_sullinger_boston_celtics_10.html

– Bulls’ Coach Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from Zach Lowe, Grantland): http://grantland.com/the-triangle/five-minutes-with-bulls-coach-fred-hoiberg/

– The Next 3-And-D Players (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown): http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/28/robert-covington-next-3-d-players/

– Dead money looks bad, but more NBA teams are smartly using it to stretch salary cap (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13956906/dead-money-paying-opposing-players-looks-bad-lets-nba-teams-stretch-salary-cap

Kings Assistant Coach Nancy Lieberman: “One of the Guys” (from Nancy Lieberman, The Players Tribune): http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nancy-lieberman-kings-women-in-coaching/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

– Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor Era begins (from Marcus Hays, philly.com): http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151029_Sixers__Jahlil_Okafor_Era_begins.html

– Okafor’s Debut gives Sixers’ Process Clearer Focus: (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News): http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659603-sixers-76ers-tank-rebuild-sam-hinkie-jahlil-okafor-philadelphia-nba-draft-lottery-nerlens-noel

– While his body recovers, Derrick Rose’s mind stays intact (form Vincent Goodwill, csnchicago): http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/bulls-while-his-body-recovers-derrick-roses-mind-stays-intact

– Blake Griffin showed the complete package against the Kings (from sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9634596/blake-griffin-highlights-stats-clippers-kings

– Isaiah Thomas played like a superstar in the Boston Celtics 112-95 opening night victory (from Kevin O’Connor, celticsblog.com): http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/29/9633966/isaiah-thomas-plays-like-a-superstar-in-boston-celtics-112-95-opening-night-win-nba-victory

– Trail Blazers’ guard CJ McCollum and his career night: ‘A long time coming’ (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com): http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/cj-mccollum-and-his-career-night-emerge-dark-place-long-time-coming

– John Wall in the Wizards’ new up-tempo system (from Jesus Gomez, sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9636536/john-wall-highlights-wizards-magic-statstics

– Jared Sullinger seizes his chance (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe): http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/28/jared-sullinger-seized-his-opportunity/CshYzIPvf9xlQASTFLHRYN/story.html

– Rookie Jerian Grant soaking in advice from Knicks vets like Jose Calderon (from Ian Begley, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998366/nba-newyork-knicks-point-guards-jose-calderon-jerian-grant-develop-mentor-relationship

– Gordon Hayward Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13994995/qa-utah-jazz-shooting-guard-gordon-hayward

– Lance Stephenson May be the Clippers X-Factor (from Sam Amick, USAToday): http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2015/10/29/lance-stephenson-los-angeles-starter-sacramento-kings/74789162/

– Tony Parker Embracing New Role (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/15/tony-parker-embracing-new-role-with-spurs

– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Breaking Down his Performance (from Ryan B. Winner, nothinbutnets.com): http://nothinbutnets.com/2015/10/29/rondae-hollis-jefferson-breaking-down-his-performance/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Will the Clippers Make the Leap or Hit Reset?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-edge-of-glory-will-the-clippers-make-the-leap-or-hit-reset/

 

–   Lakers’ Byron Scott defends conditioning-heavy practices  (form Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151005/lakers-byron-scott-defends-conditioning-heavy-practices

 

–   Lakers, Kobe set to navigate this transition together  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/10/05/morning-tip-kobe-bryant-future-with-los-angeles-lakers-milwaukee-bucks-look-to-build-on-success-qa-with-chicago-bulls-jimmy-butler/index.html

(Note:   DA’s weekly column also focuses on the Bucks and a Jimy Butler Q & A)

 

–   Celtics take science tests   (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

” Physiologist to track workout, diet habits”

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_take_science_tests

 

–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Goes Down  (from Danny Chau, Grantland):

” This will be the third consecutive season in which Kidd-Gilchrist misses more games than the last. In his first three seasons, he’s missed an average of 17 games a season. If you like to connect dots, you might find yourself, like I did, relating MKG’s string of unfortunate events to his stylistic forebear and fellow Charlotte basketball great. Gerald Wallace, in his six full seasons in Charlotte, averaged 14 missed games per season, with injuries from concussions to broken ribs to partially collapsed lungs. Like Kidd-Gilchrist, Wallace’s distinct kind of brilliance had already been lost in the margins as a result of playing on awful teams in Charlotte. The succession of untimely injuries only added to his obscurity. Yet even though Wallace is widely considered to be the best player to play for the Charlotte franchise, he never had the monumental on/off impact that Kidd-Gilchrist has.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/dead-or-a-hive-michael-kidd-gilchrist-goes-down-and-the-hornets-go-with-him/

 

–  Five things to know about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shoulder injury  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328500/five-things-to-know-about-michael-kidd-gilchrists-shoulder-injury

 

–   Charlotte Hornets throw themselves into modern basketball with many 3s   (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328764/charlotte-hornets-throw-themselves-into-modern-basketball-with-many-3s

 

–   Orlando Magic displaying new offense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/05/orlando-magic-displaying-new-offense/

 

–  Mirza Teletovic says “somebody’s gonna be open every time” in Phoenix Suns offense  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/6/9461425/mirza-teletovic-says-somebodys-gonna-be-open-every-time-in-phoenix

 

–   Who will — or should — the Grizzlies start on the wing?  (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Chris-Herringtons-Pick-and-Pop-Who-will—-or-should—-the-Grizzlies-start-on-the-wing-329726271.html

 

–  Ball-handling coach Johnny “Dribbles” Stephene adds new dimension during Mavs camp  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/ball-handling-coach-johnny-dribbles-stephene-adds-new-dimension-during-mavs-camp/

 

–  Using The System (And Drummond) To Understand Reggie Jackson’s Contract  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239417/Using-The-System-And-Drummond-To-Understand-Reggie-Jacksons-Contract

 

Why 3-pointers will matter for the Heat (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/three-years-of-threes-why-theyll-matter-for-heat.html

 

Celtics:  The “five quarterbacks” system  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/6/9421583/boston-celtics-read-and-react-five-quarterbacks

 

–  Huge opportunity, huge pressure for Donovan as OKC’s Billy Ball era begins  (form Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25329170/huge-opportunity-huge-pressure-for-donovan-as-billy-ball-era-starts-in-okc

 

–   How a Hawks regime fell  apart  (from Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13457071/nba-how-atlanta-hawks-regime-fell-apart

 

 Why This May Have Been Final NBA Offseason to Rebuild Through Free Agency  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2572072-why-this-may-have-been-final-nba-offseason-to-rebuild-through-free-agency

 

–  Players Who Can Veto Trades  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/players-who-can-veto-trades-2.html

 

–   Player Rankings Are Silly  (from Seth Partnow, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/05/player-rankings-silly/

 

(NOTE:  We agree.  Player rankings are essentially a parlor game, at best triggering an opportunity to”chew the fat”.  From a serious analytic perspective, pretty much useless.  Of the multiplicity of “player rankings” that have been appearing recently, we have linked only to the ones from BBball Breakdown.  In that case, it wasn’t because of where players were “ranked” (who cares?) but because BBall Breakdown accompanied the rankings with well-informed analyses of each player’s games that are definitily worth reading.)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  The Difference Between Chris Paul and Everyone Else  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhPjyiIAACIAMwiW/the-difference-between-chris-paul-and-everyone-else

 

–  Beal: Goodbye long 2s; hello stepback 3s and All-Defense?  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/beal-goodbye-long-2s-hello-stepback-3s-and-all-defense

 

–  Players buzzing about Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope  (from  Vince Ellis,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/06/detroit-pistons-kentavious-caldwell-pope-improving/73419550/

More KCP (form Aaron McCann, mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/pistons_kentavious_caldwell-po_3.html

 

–  At age 35, Bulls forward Pau Gasol is still at the top of his game  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp/2015/fine-wine

 

–   After a season of doing so much, Harden seeks more  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/10/06/james-harden-houston-rockets-ready-to-show-more-in-2015-16/index.html

 

–  Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola:  Raptors under-the-radar signings could make big impact  (from Josh Lewenburg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-under-the-radar-signings-could-make-big-impact-1.372203

–  Terrence Ross looking like a new man with Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/05/terrence-ross-looking-like-a-new-man-with-raptors

 

–  Quincy Pondexter helping mentor teammates while working to get back on court  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/quincy-pondexter-helping-mentor-teammates-while-working-get-back-court

 

–   Zach LaVine wants to prove he’s a shooter, too  (from Marcus R. Fuller,  twincities.com):  http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_28926058/timberwolves-dunking-zach-lavine-wants-prove-hes-shooter

 

–   Rockets have more minutes in store for Capela  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-have-more-minutes-in-store-for-Capela-6552458.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=e276284c73438d9cbb

 

–  The Journey Back for Chris Bosh (from Michael Wallace, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13819384/chris-bosh-tough-journey-back

 

Could Kyrie Irving  stay healthy by making small changes to his game? (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-06/kyrie-irving-knee-injury-prevention-playoffs-cavaliers

–   Dragan Bender’s Rising NBA Draft Stock  (from Michael Scotto,  sheridanhoops.com):  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/10/05/scotto-dragan-benders-rising-nba-draft-stock/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Kyle Korver and Steph Curry: Comparing NBA’s Most Elite 3-Point Snipers  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read  and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2562997-korver-or-curry-comparing-nbas-most-elite-3-point-snipers

 

–  The Curious Case of Markieff Morris  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-curious-case-of-markieff-morris/

 

–  Pacers buy D-League’s Mad Ants to enhance player development  (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/09/09/indiana-pacers-buy-d-leagues-fort-wayne-mad-ants/71928660/

 

–   11 NBA teams are stuck without a D-League affiliate.  (from Satchel Price,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/9/9/9296055/pacers-purchase-fort-wayne-mad-ants-d-league-franchise-affiliation-nba

And from Chris Reichert, upsidemotor.com:  http://upsidemotor.com/2015/09/10/indiana-pacers-mad-ants-d-league-nba-affiliate/

 

–   Q&A with Pacers strength coach Windle (from Jeff Kasler,  amicohoops.com):

Read it here: http://amicohoops.net/2015/09/pacer-power-qa-with-strength-coach-windle/

 

John Wall: Defensive Dynamo  (from Evan Gualberto):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w_dHsfCTKM

 

CBA Corner: Renegotiate and Extend  (from Nate Duncan,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/09/cba-corner-renegotiate-and-extend/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Film Room: Elfrid Payton/Victor Oladipo (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-developing-backcourt

 

–  Why Trevor Booker Could Be Utah’s Small-Ball Alternative  (from Ben Dowsett,  saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/why-trevor-booker-could-be-utahs-small-ball-alternative/

 

–  Danilo Gallinari has been roasting the competition in Germany this summer  (from Mike Olson, denverstiffs.com):  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/9/10/9300029/danilo-gallinari-the-rooster-crows

 

–  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope worked on ballhandling to diversify his offensive game over the summer  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/kentavious-caldwell-pope-worked-ballhandling-diversify-his-offensive-game-over-summer

 

–  Tarik Black is vying for a spot in the Lakers’ core  (from Apratim Ghosh,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/10/9286445/la-lakers-tarik-black-anaylsis

 

–   How we have to measure Jordan Clarkson’s growth  (from Harrison Faigen, silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/9/9275017/la-lakers-jordan-clarkson-analysis

 

–  Remaining 2015 free agents  (from Nick Borges,  ESPN):  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/basketball/post/_/id/6866/remaining-2015-free-agents

 

–   Each team’s roster changes since opening night of the last season (from RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/roster-turnover/2015