Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/17

OKC: Teammates Who Will Benefit Most From Formation Of “Big 3”  (from Lawrence George, Thunderous Intentions):
The Westbrook Roadmap 2.0  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
The Knicks’ KP Dilemma (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Sixers: The Value Of JJ & RoCo (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Heat: Spoelstra Conjures Intriguing 5-Men-Out Alignment  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
How Jabari Parker Breaks Down Defenders In Transition (from Scott Rafferty):
Grading The Sixers Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
How Anthony Tolliver Can Help The Pistons (from Lazarus Jackson, Detroit Bad Boys):
LeVert Used 1st Real Offseason To Get Seriously Fit (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Why The Jazz Offense Will Be Better Than People Think (from Jared Woodcox, The JNotes):
Dennis Smith, Jr & Backcourt Depth Will Allow Mavs To Do New Things (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
League Pass Rankings, Part One (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Kings: Buddy Hield “Burns To Win” (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Kuzma Continues To Build Off Impressive Summer (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Avery Bradley’s Work Ethic (from John Niyo, Detroit News):
Brad Stevens Continues To Stress Jaylen Bown’s Defense  (from Jay King, MassLive):
RIP: Frank Hamblen Was A Revered NBA Coach (from Andy Amey, TribStar.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/3/17

Kyrie Irving: Confident In His Decision And Himself (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Assembled Celtics Talent Follows Gospel According To Brad Stevens  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
With Millsap, Can Nuggets Make Playoffs?  (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Saric: Still A Critical Piece In Sixers’ Development  (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Willy Hernangomez: Key To Knicks’ Future (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Kuzminskas: Under The Radar & Poised To Improve (from Randy Porga, Daily Knicks):
No Shortage Of Big-Time Players At Eurobasket 2017  (from Jeff Taylor, FIBA):
Getting To Know Hawks’ Rookie Tyler Dorsey (from Joshua Sutter, Peachtree Hoops):
Undrafted Treasure: Daniel Dixon  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
George McGinnis: LBJ Before LBJ?  (from Clifton Brown, Indy Star):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/29/17

Video Breakdown: Embiid’s Defensive Versatility (from Mike O’ Connor, The Sixer Sense):
Under The Radar Ramifications Of This Summer’s Big Moves  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Why Morey Ball Needs An Adjustment (from Joe Fernandez, House Of Houston):
Patrick McCaw: Rewarded For “Playing The Right Way”  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):
FA Bargain: Raymond Felton (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
How Aron Baynes Will Affect The Celtics’ Offense (from Matt Chin, Hashtag Basketball):
Alan Williams’ Path: Rare & Special (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
–  What Holds JaVale McGee Back & How It Can Be Corrected (from Coach Nick, Bball Breakdown):
Video Breakdown: Brett Brown’s End Of Game Playbook  (from Mike O’Connor, The Sixer Sense):
Mom’s Support, Flint Roots Bouy Kuzma’s Impressive Summer (from Mark Spezia, Detroit Free Press):
3-And-D Wings Are A Prime Commodity (from Ryan Jarvis, NBA Math):
Porzingis: Year Two In Review (from Tim Stubbs,  NBA Math):
What Nwaba Can Bring To The Bulls (from Vijay Vemu, Blog A Bull):
How Steven Adams And Andre Robeson Work To Improve Their FT Shooting (from Fred Katz, CNHI):
Brandon Jennings Leaves The NBA Having Never Shown What He Could Have Been  (from Adi Joesph, USA Today):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/7/17

Aaron Gordon: The Magic’s Future (And, Soon, Its Present)  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/01/07/aaron-gordon-orlando-magics-future-soon-present/

How Embiid And A New Wave Of Mobile Big Men Are Changing The Game  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-a-new-wave-of-mobile-big-men-is-changing-the-game-182359270.html

From Bob Ford, philly.com:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20170108_Ford__Brett_Brown_sees_Sixers__future__and_it_looks_like_Joel_Embiid.html

Overlooked Art: How To Talk To Officials  (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com)

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/01/06/overlooked-art-how-talk-nba-officials/96213574/

The “Glamorous” World Of Overseas Scouting (from John Hollinger, Grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/road-trippin-per-hollinger-170106

–  How Korver Fits With The Cavs  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJj-RNvgdtQ

From James Herbert, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/why-the-cleveland-cavaliers-and-kyle-korver-are-a-perfect-fit/

From Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/06/kyle-korver-trade-cavaliers-hawks-lebron-james-kyrie-irving

–  Brandon Ingram Showed Flashes Of How Great He Can Be  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/1/7/14198072/la-lakers-brandon-ingram-highlights-video-breakdown-stats-analysis-miami-heat

–  KP & Giannis Put On A Show  (from Alysha Tsuji, USA Today):

Read and watch it here:  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/01/kristaps-porzingis-giannis-antetokounmpo-highlights-knicks-bucks-amazing-unicorn-greek-freak

From Joe Pantorno, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2685684-knicks-vs-bucks-score-highlights-reaction-from-2017-regular-season

Myles Turner’s Progress (from Cameron Stewart, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/checking-in-on-the-progress-of-myles-turner-8b192889b4ec#.1kd1lemtn

–  Role Players, Rookies, Ball Screens And More (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/06/from-the-coaches-seat-nba-role-players-rookies-ball-screens-and-more/

Friday Highlights  (from Elias Sports Bureau/ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/elias-says/post/_/id/376/elias-says-jan-7-2017

DeAndre Jordan: Energized As Clippers Fought Their Way Through Injuries  (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/prep-dj-story-170106

–  How The Grizzlies Finally Joined The Modern NBA  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read and watch it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2685570-grit-n-grind-20-how-the-memphis-grizzlies-finally-joined-the-modern-nba

–  Bulls Exploring Grant As Rondo Replacement  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insdiers):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-bulls-exploring-grant-as-rondo-replacement/

Hibbert: A Shell Of His Former Self (from Jerry Stephens, Swarm And Sting):

Read it here:  http://swarmandsting.com/2017/01/06/charlotte-hornets-roy-hibbert-shell-former-self/

–  Nets Need Lin Healthy  (from Alexander Cuesta, nothinbutnets.com):

Read it here:  http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/01/06/brooklyn-nets-need-lin-healthy/

–  Cedi Osman Is The Cavs Best Trade Asset  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fear The Sword):

Read it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/1/6/14183450/cedi-osman-cleveland-cavaliers-trade-deadline

–  Brad Stevens Drew Up A Winner For Al Horford  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724925/celtics-coach-brad-stevens-draws-up-a-winner-for-al-horford

 Ask Sam Smith  (from Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-010617

–  Darrell Arthur Manages Knee Issues While Regaining Playing Time  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/06/darrell-arthur-manages-knee-while-regaining-playing-time/

 SVG On Boban (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-opponents-boban-dilemma-foul-him-or-watch-him-score

–  Ron Baker Makes Hornacek Look Like A Genius  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/01/07/ron-baker-makes-hornacek-look-like-genius-for-sitting-rose-in-4th/

–  Hornacek To Rose: Draw More Fouls/Dish More  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here: http://nypost.com/2017/01/06/hornaceks-advice-may-require-rose-putting-aside-his-ego/

–  Earl Watson, Devin Booker And The Pursuit Of Greatness (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/01/04/phoenix-suns-earl-watson-devin-booker-and-pursuit-greatness/96166166/

D-League: Scott Wood Is A 3-Point Machine (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/1/6/14193654/scott-wood-santa-cruz-warriors-dleague-nbadl

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/14/16

–  Footwork Can Be The Difference Between Good And Great  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-footwork-demar-derozan-giannis-antetokounmpo-jj-redick-c7819c1289b9#.sgsnlcw3g

–  Week 7 In Review: Giannis And Much More  (from Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2016/12/13/nylon-calculus-shooting-fouls-60-points-giannis-mvp/

Is Kawhi’s Defense So Great That It Hurts The Spurs? (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/kawhi-leonard-is-so-great-at-defense-hes-actually-hurting-the-spurs/

Hornacek’s ATOs  (from Zach Diluzio, Poasting And Toasting):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/12/13/13930510/jeff-hornacek-s-after-timeout-plays-have-been-wonderful

Fizdale:  LBJ Values Perfection Too Much To Be A Coach  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18273241/david-fizdale-memphis-grizzlies-see-cleveland-cavaliers-star-lebron-james-future-coach

Steven Adams: On Track To Becoming OKC’s Next Star (from Susan Bible, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/steven-adams-on-track-to-become-thunders-next-star/

Jamal Murray: Steal Of The Draft?  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/14/jamal-murray-denver-nuggets-rookie-kentucky-mike-malone/

–  Durant And Curry Torch Teams Without Even Touching The Ball (from Scott Rafferty, FanSided):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/14/durant-curry-screens-off-ball-warriors/

–  The Raptors’ Points Per Possession: Off The Charts  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/if-you-hadnt-noticed-the-raptors-currently-have-the-best-offense-in-nba-history/

From Mike Ganter, Postmedia Network):  http://www.theprovince.com/sports/basketball/toronto+raptors+having+remarkable+success+shooting/12522797/story.html

From Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/12/14/raptors-scoring-well-warriors/

–  5 Reasons Why Rockets Could Be Western Conf. Dark Horse  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read it here; http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/14/houston-rockets-5-reasons-western-dark-horses/

–  Tuesday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/14/13948352/2016-nba-scores-atlanta-hawks-losing-streak

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/14/three-things-we-learned-tuesday-in-chicago-thibodeaus-minnesota-team-shows-tenacity-finally/

Players Of The Night: Kevin Love/Eric Bledsoe  (from Chris Ryan, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/kevin-love-grizzlies-cavs-all-star-king-court-808c86649b23#.49wy1meh6

–  The Warriors Are Passing Their Way To History  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2016/12/13/nylon-calculus-warriors-passing-history/

Exploring Why The Bulls Beat Good Teams And Then Lose To Bad Ones  (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-bulls-beat-the-best-teams-and-then-lose-to-the-worst-ones/

–  The Battered Grizzlies Are As Close To Perfection As They’ve Ever Been (from Colin McGowan, RealGM):

Read it here: http://basketball.realgm.com/article/244271/The-Battered-Grizzlies-Are-As-Close-To-Perfection-As-Theyve-Ever-Been

–  Most Telling Stats From Lakers’ Losing Streak  (from Eric Yee, Lake Show Life):

Read it here:  http://lakeshowlife.com/2016/12/14/lakers-7-game-losing-stream-most-telling-stats-injury-turnovers-defense/

–  Turning The Timberwolves Around  (from Andy Grimsrud, A Wolf Among Wolves):

Read it here;  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/12/inbox-wolves-transition-d-struggles-rethinking-this-stage-of-development/

George Hill:  Unlocking The Jazz’ Ceiling As Contender  (from Brad Rowland, Dime Magazine);

Read it here;  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/george-hill-utah-jazz/

–  The Effectiveness Of The Different Spurs’ Lineups So Far This Season  (from Dimitrije Curcic, airalamo.com)

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2016/12/13/searching-perfect-spurs-lineup/

–  Rodney McGruder: Heat Bright Spot  (from Joshua Saunders,  The Hardwood Nation):

Read it here: https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/12/13/rodney-mcgruder-the-one-bright-spot-for-the-miami-heat/

–  James Johnson Hopes He’s Found An NBA Home  (from Anthony Chicang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/12/13/james-johnson-hopes-hes-found-an-nba-home-with-the-miami-heat/

How The Rockets’ Survive The Moments Without James Harden  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/14/rockets-james-harden-mike-dantoni-patrick-beverley-eric-gordon

 Porzingis’ Pick-And-Pops Are Unguardable  (from Jeff Siegel, FanSided):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/14/kristaps-porzingis-pick-and-pop/

–  Jae Crowder’s Defense  (from Peter Stringer, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-121316-jae-crowder-kawhi-leonard-defense

–  Tristan Thompson, Rim Protector  (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/tristan-thompson-rim-protector

–  How Boston Changed Its Mind And Lost Out On Tony Parker  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.in/nba/story/_/id/18273391/lamenting-another-super-spur-boston-never-got

 Steve Kerr Wants Extra Ref Focused Solely On Travel Calls (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Steve-Kerr-wants-extra-ref-focused-solely-on-10793776.php

 The Night Billy Kennedy Went Back To Work  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/12dayschristmas9/the-night-billy-kennedy-went-back-work-nba

–  Zubac Gains Experience In The D-League (from Joey Ramirez, lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/161213-ivica-zubac-d-fenders