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

Thunder: Swinging For The Fences (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Paul George, the People’s Champion (from Kelly Iko, 94feetreport.com):
DeMar DeRozan Q & A (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Biggest Questions In Another Wild Offseason (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Is Teague An Upgrade For Wolves At PG? (fromGerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
Iguodala: Team Culture Changer (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):
Rubio & The Jazz: Defensive Hand In Glove Fit (from My_Lo, SLCDunk):
Can MCW Bounce Back? (from Ti Windisch, The Step Back):
What Korkmaz’ Arrival Means To Sixers (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Jonah Bolden Could Be Sixers’ Back-Up Four Next Season (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Meet Harrison Gaines, Lonzo Ball’s Agent (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
The Phil Jackson Era Wasn’t A Total Dumpster Fire (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
Guide To 2017 Contract Options, Qualifying Offers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
How An NBA Front Office Handles Free Agency, Step-By-Step (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Ekpe Udoh: From NBA Bench Player To Turkish Hero (from Patrick Kingsley, NYTimes):
D-League Alums To Watch At Orlando Summer League (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days.com):
Rob Pelinka Q & A: Draft Evaluation & Offseason Outlook (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):
Lakers’ Priority: Cap Flexibility For Next Summer (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News);

 

 

 

 

Derrick Caracter Is Still Ballin’ (from Shereen Rayan, Lake Show Life):

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/2/17

Knicks: Greater Focus On The Triangle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2017/03/01/how-phil-jackson-meddled-his-way-to-triangle-triumph/

Karl-Anthony Town’s Amazing Sophomore Season  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/karl-anthony-towns-minnesota-timberwolves-sophomore-season-849b7e961ed4#.jzw25mvth

Jamal Murray Is Finding His Footing  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/03/02/jamal-murray-starts-to-find-his-footing-in-nba-just-in-time-to-help-lift-nuggets/

Durant Injury Opens Door For Warriors’ Young Bench  (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/kevin-durant-injury-patrick-mccaw-bench/

Cauley-Stein & Labissiere: Filling The Cousins Void  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/boogie-on-filling-the-demarcus-cousins-void/

From Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring:  https://16winsaring.com/keep-an-eye-on-kings-willie-cauley-stein-3acef3e94e7c#.rw6x4v5ai

Previewing The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/02/mit-sloan-sports-analytics-preview/

Can Pelinka Save The Lakers?  (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pelinka-745309-maggette-lakers.html

–  Westbrook Can’t Stop Going Left  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):

Read it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/russell-westbrook-cant-stop-going-left/

CJ McCollum: Midrange Assassin  (from Winners View):

Watch it here:  http://www.winnersview.com/videos/cj-mccollum-midrange-assassin

Raptors: Trying To Find A Way Without Lowry  (from Daniell Hackett, Raptors HQ):

Read it here: http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/28/14754592/kyle-lowry-injury-toronto-raptors-lineups-numbers

Wizards’ Bench Is Stepping Up  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/for-wizards-bench-suddenly-has-plenty-of-appeal/2017/03/01/2df92916-feb2-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

For D’Antoni & The Rockets: No Such Thing As Too Many Three-Pointers  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):

Read it here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/rockets/2017/03/02/mike-dantoni-rockets-three-pointers/98625444/

Video: Nuggets’ Beautiful Ball Movement  (from Scott Davis, Business Insider):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.businessinsider.com/nuggets-ball-movement-vs-bucks-2017-3

From Matt Moore, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-nuggets-offense-shows-off-insane-ball-movement-before-getting-bucket/

Despite Loss, Cavs Excited About Their “Mad Science Experiments” (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3740/despite-loss-cavaliers-excited-by-their-mad-science-experiments

Cavs’ GM Griffin’s Bet On The Buyout Market Is Paying Off (from Chris De Silva, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/with-new-arrivals-incoming-cleveland-heads-for-the-home-stretch-e71090fdee88#.obrphk6ni

–  With Bradley Back, The Celtics Were A “Completed Puzzle” In Defeating Cavs  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/2/14786610/with-avery-bradley-back-celtics-were-a-completed-puzzle-in-cavs-win

–  The Celtics’ Front Court Of The Future?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/02/projecting-bostons-front-court-of-the-future/

–  NBA Unveils Initiatives To Improve Officiating (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-unveils-new-initiatives-improve-officiating/98603338/

 Thank You, Toronto  (from Terrence Ross, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/terrence-ross-thank-you-goodbye-toronto-raptors-orlando-magic/

–  JC Team “Plagiarizes” GSW, Is Undefeated (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-south-plains-texans.html

–  The Suns’ New Two-Man Game, Featuring Tyler Ulis And Alan Williams (from Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/1039220/welcome-suns-2-man-game-tyler-ulis-alan-williams/

Is Cam Payne The Bulls PG Of The Future?  (from Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-cameron-payne-bulls-spt-0302-20170301-story.html

Why George Hill Has Fit So Well With The Jazz (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-george-hill-has-fit-so-well-with-the-jazz-164148997.html

SVG: “There Are No Corners”  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here: http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/03/dont_ask_stan_van_gundy_about.html

–  Dedmon Needs To Stay As Spurs’ Starting Center  (from Jared Johnson, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/dewayne-dedmon-needs-stay-spurs-starting-center/

Tyler Johnson: Answering Critics With Strong, Consistent Play  (from Brandon Di Perno, Hot Hot Hoops):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/1/14782814/tyler-johnson-emerging-as-one-of-the-heats-most-consistent-players-goran-dragic-james-johnson-riley

Byron Spruell: New President Of League Operations  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/02/nba-new-president-league-operation-byron-spruell/98600788/

Nowitzki Is Embracing His New Role At “5”  (from Sam Casey, The moking Cuban):

Read and watch it here:  http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/02/dirk-nowitzki-embracing-role-mavs-center/

Korver: Cavs Have Unique Mindset  (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):

Read it here:  http://www.wkyc.com/sports/nba/cavaliers/kyle-korver-cleveland-cavaliers-have-unique-mindset/416211905

–  D-League: Kevin Murphy Is Ready To Return To NBA (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/1/14782470/kevin-murphy-nba-dleague-nbadl-grand-rapids-drive

–  11 Former NBA Players You May Not Have Realized Are College Head Coaches  (from Aaron Torres, Fox Sports):

Read it here: http://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/gallery/college-basketball-coaches-coaching-changes-details-bracketology-ncaa-tournament-030117

– QOTW (from Gregg Popovich on the value of continuity):

 
“It’s better than conflict and chaos, right?… (O)wners who let people do their jobs end up being more successful in our business. And obviously, if someone has made a lot of bucks doing something else, the pitfall is always to think that you can do that no matter what business you might be in. Some organizations get into trouble because of that.
 
“Instant gratification seems to be the factor that runs things the most, as far as whether you can have continuity or not.”

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