Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/11/18

Tiers: Contenders, Hopefuls & Bad Teams (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Anonymous Scouts’ Takes: Previewing All 30 Teams (from Sports Illustrated):
ATL: 3 Ways Trae Young Will Impact The Team (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
BKN: The Key To Unlocking The Offense  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
BOS: It’s Not What Irving Sees, It’s How He Sees It (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
BOS: Jaylen Brown & The Quest To Reach His Ceiling  (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
CHA: Hornets Are Shifting From “Kemba-Or-Bust” Offense (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
GSW: Q & A: Draymond Green (from Sam Alipour, ESPN):
GSW: The Death Of Bully Ball & The Rebirth Of Steph Curry (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
HOU: Rockets Getting In Touch With New Freedom Of Movement Calls (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
HOU: Will Change Be Good For The Rockets?  (from Eric Spyropolous, The Step Back):
IND: Pacers Need Less Iso-Ball (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
IND: Should Pacers Convert Sumner’s Two-Way Contract?  (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
LAL: Exploring LBJ’s Offensive Role (from Jackson Frank, The Step Back):
LAL: Why The Lakers Might Not Make The Playoffs (from Daniel Lubofsky, Hoops Habit):
MIL: Video: Breaking Down The Bucks’ Secondary Series (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
MIN: Jimmy Butler’s Return (from Jon Krawczynski/Shams Charania):
NYK: For Enes Kanter, Basketball Is More Than A Paycheck Or Even A Passion (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
ORL: Film Room: Isaac’s Versatility, Magic’s Smothering Defense (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Isaac Puts The Magic At Ease & Makes Their Job Easier (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
POR: Role Players Who Will Decide Blazers’ Fate (from Dane Delgado, NBC Sports):
SAC: On The Rise: WCS  (from Alex Squadron, Slamonline):
SAC: Kings’ Rotation Coming Into View (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
UTA: Grading The Jazz Roster (from NBA Math):
Players, Coaches Are Trying To Adapt To New Clutching, Grabbing Calls (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Preseason Injury Updates  (from Justin Fensterman, Fantasy Alarm):
USA Basketball Adds Star Power To Its Coaching Staff (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
Today’s BI Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Tex Winter:

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/8/18

ATL: The Hawks Took A Big Step Backwards Defensively Last Season  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
BOS: Terry Rozier’s Dad Sees Him Play In NBA For 1st Time (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
BOS: Video: Gordon Hayward – The Return, Part One (from The Athletic):
CHA: Hornets’ Preseason: What’s Left To Decide? (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Cavs Adjust Shot Clock At Practice To Help Ensure Faster Pace (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: 6 Players Are Fighting For The Cavs’ Last Roster Spot.  Their Stories Are Compelling  (from Joe Vardon, The Athletic):
DET: Blake Griffin’s Role Under New Coach Casey (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
DET: The Pistons Have Improved Defensively In Each Of The Past Four Seasons (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
GSW: Q & A: Danuel House (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
GSW:  DMC’s Unusual Situation: Why His 1st Season With Dubs Might Be His Last (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
GSW: How Long Do Dubs Enjoy Championship Before Preparing For Next Season? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
HOU: MCW’s New Role: So Far, So Good  (from Colin Connors, The Dream Shake):
IND: Why Tyreke Signed With The Pacers (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
IND: Pacers: Now Featuring More Than 8 Rotation Players (from 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
LAL: Why The Lakers Will Thrive At Being Positionless (from Jason Reed, LA Sports Hub):
LAL: How LBJ Will Bolster The Lakers’ Transition Game (from Alex Regla, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIN: Inside The Play: KAT’s Corner Three (from Lucas Seehafer, A Wolf Among Wolves):
MIN: Butler Status Update (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
NYK: How Fizdale Is Evaluating Knicks’ PG “Competition” (from Chris Iseman, northjersey.com):
NYK: Fizdale Has Been The Real Star Of The Preseason (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
OKC: New Assistant Coach Bob Beyer’s Offensive Philosophy (from Jordan Buckamneer, Thunderous Intentions):
ORL: Jonathon Simmons Is Impressing Coach Clifford With Toughness & Fearlessness (from John Denton, magic.com):
POR: Nurkic: A Few Added Threes Could Be Plenty (from Mike Tokito, Forbes):
WAS: Dwight Howard’s back Injury Is Forcing Him To Miss Benefits Of Preseason (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Austin Rivers Is An Ideal Fit In Wizards’ System (from Zach Rosen, washingtonwizrds.com):
Q & A: NBA Officiating VP Monty McCutcheon (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
Feature Film: 2018-19 Preseason (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 21-30  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/4/18

BOS: Terry Rozier, Jr Rekindles Relationship With His Father (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
CLE:  Sexton Can’t Drink With The Cavs Yet, But He Can Play (from Joe Vardon, The Athletic):
DET: Tim Grgurich: The “Yoda” Of The NBA  (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):
DET: Casey’s Shot Spectrum: A Different Brand Of Basketball (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
LAL: How Switchable Are The Guards In Lakers’ Defense?  (from Pete Zayas, The Athletic):
LAL: The Lakers’ Big Man Mystery (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):
LAL: How Javale McGee Survived The “Dilution” Of The Big Man (from Bill Oram, The Athletic):
LAL: LBJ Ready To Pace & Race In Year 16 (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
MEM: Garrett Temple Gives Grizzlies Veteran Stability (from Chris Kern, Beale Street Bears):
MIA: Whiteside For 3?  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIN: Derrick Rose: Relearning His Game In A New Spot (from Chris Hine, Star Tribune):
NYK: Fizdale Likes Trier’s One-On-One Ability (from Steve Popper, Newsday):
ORL: Vucevic Still Loves Playing For The Magic (from Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel):
ORL: Augustin Excited To Be Key Cog For Magic (from John Denton, magic.com):
PHI: Fultz Is Starting To Find The Confidence He Needs (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
SAS: Lonnie Walker Is Building A Bond With Tim Duncan  (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
UTA: Jazz Offense About To Set NBA On  Fire?  (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
WAS: Who Is Chasson Randle?  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Jimmy Butler Update:
Evaluating The Two-Way Contract Experiment (from Micahel Scotto, The Athletic):
NBA Going All-In On New Rule Emphasis (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):
Top 100 EuroLeague Players (from Antonis Stroggylakis, europhooops.net):
Answers To 8 Big 2019 Draft Questions (from Kyle Boone, CBS Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/1/18

The 2018-19 League Pass Rankings, Part One (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BOS: Quality 3-Pointers On Celtics’ Menu (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
CHI: Markkanen’s Out 6-8 Weeks: Now What?  (from Ryan Borja, bullsconf.com):
DAL: The Mavs Could Be Better Than You Think, Sooner Than You Think (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
LAL: Key Takeaways From LBJ’s Lakers Debut  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
LAL: Observations From Training Camp (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
MIA: Whiteside The Big Positive In Heat’s Preseason Opener (from Anthony Chicang, Miami Herald):
MIN: Wolves Facing Rising Pressure In The Butler Saga (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
NYK: What Fizdale Wants From Hezonja (from Greg Joyce, NY Post):
OKC: Grading The Thunder Roster (from NBA Math):
OKC: Takeaways From Blue & White Scrimmage (from Nick Gallo, thunder.com):
OKC: Schroder Could Lead Thunder To New Heights (from Chris Guest, 94 Feet Report):
PHO: Suns’ Preseason Keys (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Blazers Shoot For Improvement (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
POR: Setting A Baseline For Blazers’ Assists This Season (from TeamMom, Blazer’s Edge):
SAS: The Debut Of The New-Look Spurs (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
TOR: Simplifying The Offense Is Just One Step In Acclimating Kawhi (from Eric Koreen, he Athletic):
TOR: Raptors Have Two Weeks To Prepare Their Defense (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
TOR: Miles Looking To Overcome Defensive-Minded Depth on The Wing (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
The Next EC Dynasty Could Depend On The…Sacramento Kings  (from Bryan Mears, The Action Network):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 91-100  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, Eurohoops.net):
Josh Boone: Finding A Home In The NBL  (from Matthew Kipp, Liberty Ballers):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/27/18

How NBA Moms Help Their Sons Deal With Fame & Fortune (from Benjamin Rachlin,The Atlantic):

Read it here:  https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/how-moms-help-nba-players-adjust-league/571195/

BKN: Theo Pinson, Diamond In The Rough (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  https://www.netsdaily.com/2018/9/27/17909268/theo-pinson-a-diamond-in-the-rough-with-a-chip-on-his-shoulder

BKN: Working On Forcing More Turnovers (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/09/26/nets-coach-already-working-on-fixing-a-past-weakness/

BOS: Brad Stevens’ Year Away From Basketball (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2794424-spreadsheets-poker-and-run-down-camry-brad-stevens-year-away-from-basketball

BOS: Marcus Smart Is Adjusting To Life Without His Beloved Mother (from Jay King, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/549552/2018/09/26/a-beautiful-nightmare-marcus-smart-adjusting-to-life-without-his-beloved-mother/

CHA: What Tony Parker Hopes To Bring To The Hornets (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article219008980.html

DET: Inside Blake Griffin’s “Scientific” Offseason (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/546394/2018/09/26/inside-blake-griffins-scientific-offseason/

DET: Dwane Casey’s Culture Revolves Around Honest Communication (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  https://www.detroitbadboys.com/2018/9/27/17878274/dwane-caseys-culture-revolves-around-honest-communication-media-day-andre-drummond-blake-griffin

GSW: Steph Curry On His Offseason Work (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Read it here:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/26/stephen-curry-calls-his-offseason-work-one-of-the-best-summers-i-had/

GSW: Mike Dunleavy, Jr: Complicated Past, New Scouting Future With The Dubs (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/550772/2018/09/26/mike-dunleavy-jr-complicated-past-new-scouting-future-with-the-warriors/

LAL: Lonzo May Be The Key To LBJ’s Golden Years (from DJ Foster, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/25/17896972/lonzo-ball-lebron-james-lakers

LAL: Post-Break Jump In Threes (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2018/09/25/one-team-one-stat-los-angeles-lakers-3-point-shooting

MEM: Grading The Grizzlies Roster (from NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-memphis-grizzlies-for-2018-19/

MIA: Grading The Heat Roster  (from NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-miami-heat-for-2018-19/

MIA: Heat Can Capitalize On Versatility With Olynyk (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):

Read and watch it here:  https://allucanheat.com/2018/09/27/miami-heat-can-capitalize-versatility-kelly-olynyk/

MIA: Meet The Personal Chef Who Helped DWade Change His Diet To Prolong His Career (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/26/17827222/dwyane-wade-chef-richard-ingraham-nba-player-diet-nutrition-day-in-the-life

MIL: Budenholzer Has Everyone Shooting Threes (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2018/09/26/budenholzer-has-bucks-all-them-shooting-three-pointers/1426257002/

MIN: Luol Deng Has That Fire Back (from Kyle Ratke, timberwolves.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/luol-deng-has-fire-back

NOP: Q & A: Darren Erman (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):

Read it here: https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_f41adbb2-bc11-11e8-9441-93f72e1b4bbb.amp.html

NYK: Hezonja Confident Career Will Turn Around (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-sports-hezonja-knicks-breakthough-20180926-story.html

ORL: Bamba’s Quest For Greatness (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/bamba-focused-quest-greatness

PHO: 1st Impressions Of Deandre Ayton (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2018/9/25/17902260/deandre-ayton-phoenix-suns-teammates-astounded

SAS: Dejounte Murray Could Be Spurs’ Next Star (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/09/27/dejounte-murray-spurs-homegrown-star/

TOR: Why The New-Look Raptors Could Lead The NBA In 3-Pointers  (from William Lou, The Score):

Read it here:  https://www.thescore.com/nba/news/1613840

TOR: Nick Nurse Thrives In The Details (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/raptors/nick-nurse-thrives-in-the-details

TOR: Raptors Hoping Championship Pedigree Of Spurs Vets Will Rub Off (from Josh Lewenburg, tsn.ca):

Read it here:  https://www.tsn.ca/raptors-hoping-championship-pedigree-of-spurs-vets-will-rub-off-1.1181469

WAS: Satoransky Is Ready To Embrace His Positional Versatility (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/tomas-satoransky-ready-embrace-his-positional-versatility-never

WAS: Wall Knows That Being Better On Paper Means Nothing (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/the-wizards-are-a-better-team-on-paper-john-wall-knows-that-means-nothing/2018/09/26/f423b050-c1ae-11e8-b338-a3289f6cb742_story.html

Brian Bowen’s Situation May Prove That Australia’s NBL Is A Viable Workaround  (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/541085/2018/09/26/brian-bowen-situation-may-prove-australias-nbl-is-a-viable-work-around-of-ncaa-eligibility-rules/

Video Breakdown: Veer Finish (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop/Drew Hanlen, Pure Sweat):

Watch it here:  https://pickandpop.net/2018/09/veer-finish/

Today’s BI Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Jack McKinney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/obituaries/jack-mckinney-dead.html