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

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/22/17

 

Celtics: Legitimate Threat Facing Crossroads (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/21/coaching-spin-boston-celtics-legitimate-threat-facing-crossroads/

Houston Acquires Lou Williams  (from Frank Urbina, NBA Math):

Read it here:  http://nbamath.com/houston-rockets-building-upon-strengths-with-lou-williams-acquisition/

Dante Exum Is Showing Signs For Jazz (from Nicholas Sciria, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/21/dante-exum-showing-signs-for-jazz/

–  How NBA Trades Go Down  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here: http://hoopshype.com/2017/02/21/this-is-how-trades-go-down-in-the-nba/

–  How Harden Draws Fouls At The Three-Point Line  (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/02/22/james-harden-3-point-foul-rockets/

–  DMC & AD: Finding Balance In Real Time  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/02/21/demarcus-cousins-trade-anthony-davis-pelicans-kings-vlade-divac

From Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=kbOSXhOUYjw

–  Analyzing Buddy Hield’s Game  (from William Travis, NBA Math):

Read and watch it here: http://nbamath.com/checking-in-with-buddy-hield-unexpected-centerpiece-of-demarcus-cousins-deal/

From BabyGiraffe, Sactown Royalty:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/2/21/14685544/sacramento-kings-trade-buddy-hield-please-dont-be-another-ben-mclemore

For Warriors, Depth Isn’t An Issue (from Mike Brady, Golden State Of Mind):

Read it here: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/2/21/14667184/2017-nba-warriors-bench-depth-durant-iguodala-mcgee

Horford Breaks The Mold (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/misc-022117-parquet-magazine-horford-breaks-the-mold/

Lakers’ Rebuild Will Take Time (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/02/21/lakers-magic-johnson-president-jeanie-buss-rob-pelinka

Rob Pelinka: New Age GM  (from Dan Woike, LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/2017/02/22/rob-pelinka-los-angeles-lakers/98247718/

This Week’s “Four Statistical Trends” (from Chris Herring, fivethrtyeight.com):

Read it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/demarcus-cousins-is-slow-the-pelicans-are-fast-somethings-gotta-give/

Terrence Ross: Adjusting To New Environment (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/terrence-ross-adjusting-well-new-environment/

 1979-80: The NBA’s First Three-Point Season  (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/02/21/history-3-pointer-evolution-nba-game-larry-bird-stephen-curry-james-harden