Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/3/19

BKN: DLo Adds To Nets Player Development Success Story (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
BOS: Hayward Is Feeling His Athleticism Slowly Coming Back  (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley’s “Thrill”-Ing Path (from James Siegle, Hoops Habit):
DEN: Mike Malone Earns All-Star Bid, Respect & Gratitude Of His Players (from Mike Singer, Denver Post):
DET: The Pistons’ Epic Collapse Vs LAC (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: Dubs’ “Dribble Back Door” Play (from Bryan Oringher):
MEM: Julian Washburn Achieves His Dream Of Playing In The NBA (from David Cobb, Commercial Appeal):
MIA: Dion Waiters: Out Of Rhythm, Searching For Answers (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIL: The Wizards Got Their 1st Look At Giannis & The New-Look Bucks (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):
MIN: The Wolves Need More From Wiggins (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
ORL: Magic Showing They Can Become Elite Defensive Team (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
PHI: Missing Redick & Chandler In Loss Showcased The Sixers Need For More Depth (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
PHO: Mikal Bridges: More Than Just A 3-And-D Prototype  (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
So You Just Got Traded – Now What?  Players Share Their Stories (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
Franchises That Are Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths: MIL, SAC, SAS, IND (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball insiders):
QOTD (from Jared Dudley): “90 percent of the trade rumors on social media don’t happen. It’s the ones  that are super quiet, that’s when you’re agent says, ‘Here it is.’ “
Australia’s Talent Pool Runs Deep (from Damian Arsenis, Pick And Roll):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART TWO

BOS: As Usual Baynes Did The Little Things That Made Life Easier For His Teammates (from John Karalis, Mass Live):
DEN: Malik Beasley Is Shooting & Scoring At A High Level (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
*GSW: Dubs Just Sent A Message To The NBA (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
GSW: Breaking Down The Dubs’ Record-Setting 1st Quarter Vs Denver (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
GSW: DMC Tried To Get Cleared To Return A Few Weeks Ago (from Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports):
HOU: Will Harden’s Hot Streak Burn Him Out?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
HOU: The Must-See Numbers From Harden’s Hot Streak (from ESPN):
HOU: Harden’s Impossible Box Scores, Explained (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
NOTE: I’ve been pushing this issue for years.  Positive Residual at Nylon Calculus uses “scoring opportunities” (including FTs) instead of shots but very few others have followed his (& my) lead.

I particularly dislike when TV guys compare efficiency, something like this:
Player A, fouled on all 5 unsuccessful FGAs, goes 10-for-10 from line, so has scored 10 points “on zero shots” – “amazingly efficient”
Player B goes 5-for-5 from field…took him 5 shots to get his 10 points – “much less efficient”   (5 shots vs zero shots)
IND: Pacers Defense Is Clearly Better With Turner (from Grant Afseth, Kokomo Tribune):
LAC: Rivers Laments Decision To Cut Ingles (from Andrew Greif, LA Times):
LAL: Walton Is Trying To Find More Minutes For Svi (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
MIA: What Has Made McGruder A Fixture In The Starting Lineup (from David Furones, SunSentinel):
OKC: Thunder Fighting Defensive Pick & Roll Pitfalls (from Erik Horne, jsonline.com):
PHI: Q & A: Anelie Schnittel, VP Of Player Development (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
SAC: Bagley, Giles Give Glimpse Into Bright Future (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
WAS: Why Beal & Wizards Are Flourishing Without Wall (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Ranking The Best Young Cores In The NBA (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/12/19

ATL:  Q &A:  GM Travis Schlenk (from Chris Kirschner, The Athletic):
CLE: Cavs Don’t Have The Personnel To Fix Their Historically Bad Defense (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DAL: Doncic Is Erasing The Euro Prospect Stigma  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
DAL Carlisle Gets Real About How He Will Use Dirk  (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
DEN: Malik Beasley’s Breakout Season (from Harrison Wind, BSN Denver):
DET: Was Trading For Griffin Worth It? (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: What Really Happened With Patrick McCaw (from Marcus Thompson III, The Athletic):
IND: The Pacers Are Here To Disrupt The EC (from Ian Begley, ESPN):
LAL: Luke Walton’s Week That Was (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
LAL: Ingram’s Defensive Impact (from Raj C, Medium):
MEM: How Bickerstaff Developed Plan For JJJ (from David Cobb, Commercial Appeal):
MIA: At PG, All Of Winslow’s Talents Are On Display (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
NOP: Mirotic Opens The Floor For Pels (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
PHI: TJ McConnell Has Become Indispensable (from Matty Breisch, Section 215):
SAC: De’Aaron Fox’s Defense (from Richard Ivanowski, Sactown Royalty):
–  SAC: What Giles Hopes To Do With Increased Playing Time (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
SAS: LMA Is Thriving With Slow & Steady Approach (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
SAS: How The Spurs’ Super-Small Lineup Helped Defeat OKC (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
UTA: Jazz 113, Lakers 95 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
How The Celtics’ Offense Has Surged, Jaylen Brown’s Roller Coaster Ride, Spurs’ 3-Point Game (from Brad Botkin, CBS Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/9/18 PART ONE

ATL: Takeaways From Hawks’ Preseason Games (from Greg Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
–  BOS: Kyrie’s Sick Handles: Inside His Bag Of Tricks (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
DAL: The Mavs’ Pick-And-Roll Academy (from Shehan Peiris, Blog Don’t Lie):
DEN: How The Nuggets & Jokic Are Trying To Survive Against Pick-And-Rolls  (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
DEN: Malik Beasley Knows His Role. Can He Flourish Within It?  (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
LAL: The Metamorphosis Of Brandon Ingram  (from Mirin Fader, Bleacher Report):
MIL: We’re About To See A New Giannis  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
MIL:  Q & A: Khris Middleton (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
MIN: In Meeting With Thibs, Butler Reiterates His Desire To Be Traded (from Jon Krawcynzski, The Athletic):
NOP: Depression Had Jahlil Okafor In A Dark Place, But He’s Come A Long Way (from Shams Charania, The Athletic):
PHI: Sixers Could Draw On Lob City’s Offense  To Utilize Fultz & Simmons  (from Kevin F. Love, Liberty Ballers):
PHO:  McDonough’s Firing:
SAC: Grading The Kings’ Roster (from NBA Math):
SAS: Grading The Spurs’ Roster (from NBA Math):
TOR: Inside The Raptors’ Big Bet Of Kawhi Loving Their Culture (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
TOR: The Raptors Want Even More From Delon Wright (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
Top 100 EuroLeague Players:  11-20 (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net):
Q & A: Spanish Coach Joan Plaza (from Alex Madrid, eurohoops.net):
What Impact Will The New Draft Lottery Rules Have On Tanking (from Bryan Toporek, The Step Back):
Next Step For NBA Is Hiring Women In Positions Of Power (from Associated Press):
Q & A: “Basketball: A Love Story” Director Dan Klores (from Paul Flannery, SB Nation):
“Love Of The Game”: Excerpt From “Basketball: A Love Story” (from ESPN):