Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/3/18

Spurs: Playing For Pop (from Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News):
Kyle Anderson’s Story: Speed Is Overrated (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):

Week 24 Review: LBJ’s Defense, 76ers, TOR’s Playoff Rotation (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):

8 Observations: Figuring Out The Wild, Wild West, NBA Awards & More (from Zach Harper, frshoopz):
Bucks: Top 5 Plays Of The Week (from Brian Sampson, Dairyland Express):
Stating The Case For Each COY Candidate (from Matt Cianfrone, The Step Back):
Stating The Case For Each MIP Candidate (from Kelly Scaletta, The Step Back):
Additional MIP Candidate Assessments:
  From David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch-3-31-18/
  From Zach Harper, frzhoopz: see 8 Observations story, above
Klay Thompson: Dive, Pop Or Curl? (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Steve Kerr: Tinkering With The Dubs’ Starting Center Position (from Logan Murdock, Mercury News):
Jazz: Taking Note(s) Of A Small Market Team (from Mason McFee, Hoops Habit):
LBJ Isn’t The Cavs’ Coach, But Here is How He “Coaches” Them (from Ken Berger, Bleacher Report):
Thaddeus Young’s Consistency Is Key To Pacers’ Success (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
The Switch The Mavs Made To Help Harrison Barnes Get His Groove Back (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
VanVleet Has Been Proving People Wrong His Entire Life (from Alex Wong, slamonline.com):
Q & A: Zach LaVine (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Nets: Joe Harris Is No “Average Joe” (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
Hollis-Jefferson: How A Project Has Quietly Turned Himself  Into A Nets Asset (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
How Valuable Are Two-For-Ones?  (from Positive Residual, Cleaning The Glass):
All The Times Scott Brooks And Bradley Beal Have Described The Wizards’ Play As “Unacceptable”  (from Scott Allen, Washington Post):
Marquese Chriss: No Longer Taking Opportunities For Granted (from Craig Grialou, Arizona Sports):
Ish Smith: Finding A Home In Detroit (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Knicks: Burke Entered The Starting 5 & Became A New Player (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Amir Johnson Is Filling The Defensive Void Left By Embiid’s Absence (from Kevin F. Love, Liberty Ballers):
Dario Saric: Misunderstood (from Justin Jett):
Sixers: A Masterful Team Effort In March (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):
The Resurrection Of Markelle Fultz (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Why It May Be Difficult For NBA Teams To Pry Jay Wright Away From Villanova (from Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports):
Q & A: Grant Hill (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
What An NBA, USA Basketball, NCAA Partnership Means For Future Draft Prospects (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/27/17

 NBA Scouts On Jayson Tatum  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Marquese Chriss’ Mystery Ceiling  (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
–  Masai Ujiri: Our Job Is To Beat LBJ (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
–  How Good Is Kyrie Irving?  (from Adi Joseph, USA Today):
2018 Could Be Wrong Time To Be FA  (from Tim McMahon/Bobby Marks):
10 Teams You Will “Low-Key” Love To Watch In 2017-18 (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):
How Sean Marks Is Improving The Nets (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
A Re-Examination Of Usage Percentage (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Guo Ailun Could Be The 1st Chinese Guard To Impact The Assn  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
Orlando Seeks Modest Short-Term Improvement Without Impairing Cap Flexibility  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Orlando Magic:  Afflalo’s Fit  (from Cory Hutson, 16 Wins):
Pistons: Reggie Bullock’s Fit   (from Joseph Sinke, Hashtag Sports):
Marcus Georges-Hunt’s Busy Offseason  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
–  Video Breakdown: Celtics’ Fist Series (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
 The Highest Peaks Reached By Centers In The Modern Era  (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Whatever Happened To OJ Mayo? (from Ryan Jones, Bleacher Report):
Timberwolves’ Breakout Candidates (from Vince Massara, Dunking With Wolves):
The All “Sage Advice From The Sidelines” Team  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
– Continuity The Key In Decision To Retain Otto Porter  (from Chase Hughes, csnmidatlantic):
 Jabari Parker: The Need For Patience  (from Ben Sewell, Behind The Buck Pass):
Revisiting The Pistons’ Positional Needs (from Brendon Welper, Piston Powered):
Can Darren Collison’s Offense Overcome The Cost Of His Poor Defense? (from Ben Gibson, 8points9seconds):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/10/17

 

–  Andre Robeson’s Elite Defense (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-roberson-on-entering-nbas-defensive-elite/

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

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18655198/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-miami-heat-nba

James Harden’s Deceleration Explains How He Dominates  (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Read it here:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/james-hardens-secret-talent-is-slowing-down-1486667420

Markieff Morris Has Become A Key Wizards’ Contributor (from Aaron Zenghera, Sir Charles In Charge):

Read and watch it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2017/02/10/washington-wizards-morris-key-success/

Derrick Williams Offers Cavs A Glimmer Of Hope  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3651/derrick-williams-debut-offers-glimmer-of-hope-as-the-cavs-missing-piece

Mavericks’ Special Assistant Mike Weinar: Q & A (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/02/02/day-life-dallas-mavericks-mike-weinar

–  The Warriors’ Organization Is At The Forefront Of D-League’s Continued Growth  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/05/warriors-organization-at-the-forefront-of-d-leagues-rapid-development/

The Mavericks: Refusing To Die (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/2/10/14573298/2017-nba-scores-dallas-mavericks-playoffs-standings-carlisle-nowitzki

From Tim McMahon, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4706682/harrison-barnes-seth-curry-provide-hope-for-mavericks-present-and-future

Charting A Path Forward For The Magic  (from Bryan Toporek, Bball Breakdown):

Raed it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/09/charting-path-forward-orlando-magic/

Aron Baynes Does What Needs To Be Done  (from Prava88, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read and watch it here: http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2017/2/10/14546718/cherish-aron-baynes-in-detroit-while-you-still-can-detroit-pistons-nba-trade-deadline

Channing Frye And The Value Of Open Jumpers (from Mike Zavagno, Fear The Sword):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/2/10/14565774/channing-frye-cleveland-cavaliers-open-jumpers

–  Eastern Conference: 8 Teams Fighting For The Last 2 Playoff Spots (from Jared Dubin, Fansided):

Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/02/10/eastern-conference-playoff-seeds/

JaVale McGee’s Positive Impact (from Dan Karpuc, Give Me Sport):

Read it here: http://www.givemesport.com/982712-javale-mcgee-from-shaqtin-a-fool-legend-to-championshipquality-xfactor

–  Dejounte Murray Warms To Coach Popovich’s Tough Love  (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News)

Read it here: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Murray-warms-to-Popovich-s-tough-love-10921285.php?t=a5bda3f74d927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  Tyus Jones’ Growth (from Jace Frederick, twincities.com):

Read it here:  http://www.twincities.com/2017/02/09/is-tyus-jones-finally-ready-to-crack-timberwolves-lineup/

–  Rodney McGruder’s Contributions Go Beyond The Box Score (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/09/miami-heat-rookie-rodney-mcgruders-contributions-go-beyond-the-box-score/

Marquese Chriss: The Intersection Of Development And Opportunity  (from Brendon Kleen, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read and watch it here: http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/2/9/14562284/phoenix-suns-player-week-marquese-chriss-rookie-month

Brett Brown: Building A Winning Culture (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20170210_Cooney__Sixers__Brown_eager_to_build_a_winning_culture.html

George Blaha, Voice Of The Pistons, Still Going Strong At 71  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2017/02/09/george-blaha-voice-pistons-still-going-strong/97730072/

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