Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/13/19

ATL: The Hawks Can Use Beal & LaVine As Models For Huerter’s Offensive Development (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
BKN: The Nets Are Ahead Of Schedule (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
BOS: Everything To Know About Celtics’ Future Draft Picks (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
CLE: Brandon Knight Showing Glimpses Of Old Form (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DET: Kennard Is At His Best As A Shooter When Pistons Play Fast (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
DET: Healthy Ish Smith Proving To Be Pistons’ X-Factor (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
HOU: The Keys To Austin Rivers’ Defensive Success (from Kelly Iko, The Athletic):
LAC: Why Lou Williams Embraced Life As Bench Player (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
MEM: Valanciunas Has Been Unleashed (from Blake Murphy, The Athletic):
MIL: Giannis: DPOY?  (from Alex Boeder, bucks.com):
MIL: Pat Connaughton: The NBA’s Kyler Murray (from Alan Siegel, The Ringer):
MIN: KAT’s All-NBA Play Puts Wolves In A Tricky Spot (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
MIN: KBD Is Impossible To Ignore (from Julian Andrews, timberwolves.com):
NOP: Can AD Find A Better Running Mate Than Jrue Holiday? (from Preston Ellis, Bleacher Report):
Read and watch it here:  https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2825251-does-anthony-davis-realize-jrue-holiday-is-a-top-15-player
PHO: Josh Jackson: From Detroit To Napa To The NBA (from Cyril Penn, Napa Valley Register):
UTA: How Black Utah Jazz Players Have Embraced Salt Lake City (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The 7 Teams That Could Win It All If Their Pieces Fit (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
Video: Daily ATO (from Adam Spinella):
Future Team Power Rankings, By Category (from Kevin Pelton/Bobby Marks, ESPN):
The Shifting Scouting Landscape (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/30/18

BOS: Irving’s “Tough Love” For His Young Teammates (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
BOS: Once Again, Smart Made Winning Plays Down The Stretch (from Bill Sy, Celtics Blog):
BOS: The Impact Of Jaylen Brown’s Hand Injury (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
CHI: Jabari Parker: Staying Prepared And Patient (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
CLE: How Tristan Thompson’s Injury Has Played A Part In Sexton’s Recent Struggles (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: Savoring The Journey: Blossongame’s Basketball Odyssey (from Joe Gabriele, cavaliers.com):
– HOU: James Ennis III Has Used Basketball To Improve His Family’s  Lot (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
IND: Domantas Sabonis Is The NBA’s Best-Kept Secret (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
LAC: Another Episode Of The Lou Williams Show (from Mirjam Swanaon, OC Register):
MEM: Parsons Says He Ready To Play But That FO Won’t Let Him (from Mark Giannotto, Commercial Appeal):
OKC: Inside Schroder’s Evolution (from Noah Schulte, Thunderous Intentions):
PHI: 6 Thoughts On The Sixers (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
PHI: The Celtics Loss Wasn’t That Bad (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
PHI: Starters Still Setting League Pace In Efficiency (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
PHO: Suns Are Forming An Offensive Identity Around Booker (from Brendon Kleen, Bright Side Of The Sun):
PHO The Suns Are Starting To Take Advantage Of Length & Athleticism (from Duane Rankin, azcentral.com):
SAC: Kings On The Right Path (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
SAS: The Shooting Efficiency Of The Spurs (from Scott LaForest, Nylon Calculus):
UTA: Exum Is Playing With More Poise & Confidence (from Aaron Falk, utahjazz.com):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/8/18

Jazz’ Assistant Coach Johnnie Bryant Works Behind The Scenes But His Impact Is Unmistakable (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Everyone In The West Playoff Race Controls Their Own Destiny (from Tom Ziller, SB Nation):
Knee Expert Explains Irving’s Status & What Could Come Next (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Brad Stevens Sees Similarities Between Horford & Monroe (from Quenton Albertie, USA Today):
VanVleet: 6MOY? (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
Observations From Jimmy Butler’s Return (from Kyle Ratke, Timberwolves.com):
Q & A: Jeff Green (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Q & A: Trey Burke (from Steve Serby, NY Post):
Knicks: Ntilikina’s Progress (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Clint Capela: Greatly Improved, But Just Scratching The Surface (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):
How The NBA Schedule Rattled The Nuggets…And Their Opponents (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Tanking Has Become A Problem (from Al Iannazzone, Newsday):
The Evolution Of Jonas Valanciunas (from Mike Rouleau, Raptors HQ):
Heat: Adebayo Won’t Forget Where He Came From But His Sights Are Set On A Bright Future (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
Wizards Struggle To Explain What’s Wrong (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
NBA Draft: International Prospect Scouting Reports (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
The Sixers Have Six Picks In The 2018 Draft (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
Is Role Change The Culprit In Dinwiddie’s Drop-Off? (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

 

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

The Invisible Superpowers Of Steven Adams  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/02/steven-adams-screens-russell-westbrook-thunder-the-craft

Do Two-Center Lineups Still Work?  (from Reinis Lacis, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/03/02/two-center-lineups-still-work-nba/

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

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18808626/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-golden-state-warriors-nba

Top Defenders So Far This Season (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2695467-2017-nba-defensive-player-of-the-year-rankings-at-start-of-march

February Was One Of Blake Griffin’s Best Months Ever  (from Rowan Kavner, clippers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/blake-feature-170228/

The Sixers Should Be Thanking Sam Hinkie  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-the-76ers-should-be-thanking-sam-hinkie-145925655.html

Matt Barnes: Polarizing Pariah  (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/04/10/matt-barnes-los-angeles-clippers-kobe-bryant-lakers-chris-paul

Arvydas Sabonis: The Original Unicorn  (from Keith Smith, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/arvydas-sabonis-the-original-unicorn-a10ab6c3738e#.l3co0iy3n

Who’s Got Next?: The GM Edition (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Readit here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-whos-got-next-the-gm-edition/

Defense Is Key For Taurean Prince (from Chris Vivlamore, ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/defense-key-prince-place-hawks-rotation/8jKM0UFDGfWA5j86zDL4fM/

Fizdale Preaches Patience With Parson’s Comeback Progress (from Michael Wallace, grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grind-city-media/mikecheck-fizdale-defends-parsons-maintain-patience-amid-struggles-170302/

Can DMC & Pels Adjust In Time? (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18810923/new-orleans-fits-cousins-pelicans-win

Three Ways Jennings Will Improve Wizards’ Bench (from Jerran Anderson, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/washington-wizards-brandon-jennings/

Okaro White’s New Challenge (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article136184758.html

Hawks: Finding Ilyasova’s Role (from Tyler Sellers, Soaring Down South):

Read it here: http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/03/03/the-many-possibilities-and-strategies-of-ersan-ilyasova/

Korver Kalculus  (from Mitch Suchan, cavstheblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cavstheblog.com/?p=46410

The Importance Of Avery Bradley’s Defense (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725409/avery-bradley-offers-reminder-of-how-important-his-defense-is-for-celtics

Four Types Of Passes The Hawks Are Using With Dwight Howard  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/four-types-passes-hawks-are-using-dwight-howard

Isaiah Whitehead: Opportunity Knocking  (from Cory Wright, nets.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2017/02/21/opportunity-knocking-isaiah-whitehead

At Friendship Or Business, Noah Kone Will Manage  (from David Ramil, Fansided):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/03/noah-kone-will-manage/

NOTE:  PART TWO of Today’s Basketball Intelligence will be published later today.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/23/17

Steph Curry’s Secrets To Success: Brain Training, Float Tanks And Strobe Goggles (from Bradon Sneed, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2693694-steph-currys-secrets-to-success-brain-training-float-tanks-and-strobe-goggles

The HOU/LAL Trade:

From David Brandon, 16 Wins A Ring:  https://16winsaring.com/trade-grades-skip-to-my-lou-554c54567307#.eyo0ntowv

From Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/21/nba-trade-grades-houston-rockets-add-lou-williams-from-lakers/

The PHI/ATL Trade  (from Adam McGee, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/23/atlanta-hawks-analyzing-ersan-ilyasova-trade/

–  The WAS/BKN Trade (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/2/23/14706874/trade-grades-nets-get-high-marks-for-wizards-deal

From Keith Smith, Real GM: http://basketball.realgm.com/article/245034/Grading-The-Deal-Wizards-Acquire-Bojan-Bogdanovic-From-Brooklyn

From Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/22/nba-trade-grades-wizards-acquire-bojan-bogdanovic-nets/

Nerlens Noel’s Breakout Season  (from Kevin Rowley, The Sixer Sense):

Read and watch it here: http://thesixersense.com/2017/02/23/philadelphia-76ers-nerlens-noel-secretly-having-breakout-season/

(NOTE:  BI will link to coverage of the PHI/DAL trade tomorrow)

 

 

 

 

 

DeMarcus Cousins’ Fresh Start  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/766374-031535387.html

AD & DMC Won’t Be Exclusively Inside Oriented ( from John Reid, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2017/02/anthony_davis_demarcus_cousins.html

The Warriors’ “Center By Committee” Situation (from Anthony Slater, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170222/SPORTS/170229892

–  Pelicans’ New Look Creates Curiosity, Not Concern, Among Rockets  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-ready-for-three-for-all-against-Cousins-10952316.php

Tyus Jones: In NBA “Choppy Waters”  (from Ken Berger, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2694165-two-years-removed-from-duke-stardom-tyus-jones-swimming-in-nba-choppy-waters

Buddy Hield Reached The NBA With Hard Work  (from Matt Kawahara, Sacrmento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article134416239.html

Tyreke Evans Returns To Sacramento (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article134420674.html

–  Willie Cauley-Stein’s Development Is A Top Kings’ Priority (from Omer Khan, Sactown Royalty):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/2/22/14703632/willie-cauley-stein-is-ready-for-more-minutes

Serge Ibaka: Learning Quickly To Be A Raptor (from Frank Zicarelli, Postmedia Network):

Read it here: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2017/02/22/22705983.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

The Trade Deadline Period Can Be Nerve-Racking For Players (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/02/22/trade-deadline-can-be-roller-coaster-ride-nba-players

Robin Lopez’ Midrange Shooting Improvement (from Sean Highkin, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/39567/2017/02/21/robin-lopez-making-unexpected-improvements-as-a-midrange-shooter/

Kemba Walker’s Arrival Was No EZ Pass (from Alejandro Danois, The Shadow League):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theshadowleague.com/story/kemba-walker-s-arrival-was-no-ez-pass

D-League Gaining Respect (from Kareem Copeland, AP):

Read it here: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/league-respect-legit-nba-minor-league-system-45679706

Kendall Williams Update (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/22/14540910/kendall-williams-nba-dleague-nbadl-new-mexico-lobos