Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/4/17

Otto Porter: Wizards Have A Decision To Make (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Timberwolves Have Taken Big Step Forward (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
What Makes Paul George A Perfect Fit With The Thunder (from Michael Brock, NBA Math):
Taking Every Team’s Pulse After FA Opening Weekend (from Brandon Anderson, 94FeetReport):
Hornets: Pros And Cons Of Signing MCW (from Colby Giacubeno, Hoops Habit):
Signs That “Trusting The Process” Is Paying Off (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
The Rockets Have Narrowed The Gap On The Dubs (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
The Highest Three-Year Peaks Reached By Shooting Guards In The Modern Era (from Adam Fromal, BA Math):
Eric Moreland’s Case To  Be The Pistons’ #3 Center (from Keith Langlois,
FA Willie Reed’s MIP Goal (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Magic’s Isaac Shows Flashes Of Potential And Areas For Growth (from Fran Blinebury,
Iwundu’s Underdog Mentality (from John Denton,
Fultz Follows Trainer’s Grind (from Keith Pompey,
Copycat League: The NBA’s Ever-Changing Meta (from Ryan Jarvis, NBA Math):

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,
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,
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,
Rob Pelinka Q & A: Draft Evaluation & Offseason Outlook (from Mike Trudell,
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

Michael Malone goes to great lengths to know his Nuggets players  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

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–   With Monroe gone, who will be Pistons’ low post threat?  (from Vince Ellis,

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–  Raptors still have plenty to learn as training camp ends  (from Mike  Ganter,  Toronto Sun):

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–   Green says Warriors’ players will hold each other accountable during Kerr’s absence  (from Carl Steward,  Contra Costa Times):

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–   Warriors say Year 2 in offensive system will be even better  (from Rusty Simmons,

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–  Bucks have plenty of Point Guard options   (from Charles F. Gardner,

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–   Orlando Magic get stern message as Scott Skiles pull starters  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,

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–  Hinrich says Hoiberg has brought fast pace, calm demeanor to Bulls  (form Mike McGraw,

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–  Pierce fits in seamlessly with Clippers  (frm Dan Woike,


–  Hornet Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dislocates right shoulder; likely out for weeks (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):


–  Kobe Bryant might be changing positions  (form Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):


–  New-look Bogut turning heads at Warriors training camp  (from Monte Poole,


–  Will Additions of Splitter, Tavares Help Hawks Offensively?  (from KL Chouinard,


–  Sasha Vujacic Offers Knicks Stability  (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):


–   Rehab work gives Chandler Parsons a different perspective  (from Eddie Sefko,


–   Deron Williams hopes to rejuvenate career with Mavericks  (from Dwain Price,


–   Paul George Looking To Find A Medium as a 3 and 4  (from Mark Monteith,


–  A breakout spring has Wizards thinking Porter’s time could be now   (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):


–   Crabbe looks to break out for Blazers  (from  Grant Lucas,


–  Gortat rolling with Wizards move toward small ball  (from Ben Standig,


–   Rajon Rondo: The King Of Sacramento’s Playoff Hopes  (from Brad Winter,


–   Blazers Player Review: Noah Vonleh  (from Joel Viss,  ripcityproject):


–   Blazers’ Gerald Henderson remains sidelined, but surgically-repaired hip is improving ‘every day’  (from Joe Freeman,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   NBA refs trained to keep their cool as they make the call  (from Brian Mahoney,  Associated Press):

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–   Mitch Kupchak: Ten Things to Know  (from Mike Trudell,

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–  Untangling The Gridlock Of Cleveland’s Frontcourt  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

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–   SVG Part II: Straight shooting from Dave Hopla and the boost Arn Tellem brings the Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,

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–  SVG Part III: On another year of roster churning and the need for better Pistons D this season  (from Keith Langlois,

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–   Hornacek wants Phoenix Suns players to focus on defense over offense this season  (from Dave King,

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–  Scott Skiles Q & A (form John Denton,

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–  Brett Brown, Sixers looking for fewer ‘gypsies’ in 2015-16  (from John Finger,

“One of the lasting moments from last year’s 18-win season was when Brett Brown sounded off about the Sixers’ high-volume roster turnover.

First, the third-year Sixers head coach was disappointed that player Brandon Davies had been traded last December, saying the move made it tough to build a team and culture. Then later, Brown expressed reluctance to coach a team of “gypsies.”

“To coach gypsies, to have to coach a revolving door, that’s not what I’m looking for,” Brown said.

But as the Sixers enter the third year of the epic rebuilding process, Brown expects a lot less roster turnover.”

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–   NBA Player Stats: Top 7 Players – Touches & Possessions (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscoop):

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Bully Ball (from Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus):

” (S)ome players are quite effective at bullyball. One of the theoretical pluses of the Spurs acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge is his supposed ability to negate smallball by being an effective scorer when presented with a smaller defender. At least in 2014/15, this theory appears to hold up. I’ll get to the methodology in a moment, but Aldridge shot just under 72% from the floor from around the post area when the closest defender was undersized. Combine that efficiency with his minuscule turnover rateand the mobility and length to allow him to catch the ball in a variety of positions on the floor, and yes, it’s probably fair to say Aldridge is a weapon who can pick on the mouse in the house. So, which other players struggle or excel when confronted with a smaller defender? Which players in fact require  the mismatch to be effective?”

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BBall Breakdown Player Ranks:  #10 Marc Gasol (from Will Gottlieb):


Pacers look forward to having Paul George at full strength, in new position  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):


Paul George not thrilled about move to power forward  (from Candace Buckner,


–  DeAndre Jordan is returning to Southern California to continue his career with the Los Angeles Clippers  (from Justin Russo,


–  Joe Harris Gears Up for His Sophomore Campaign in Cleveland  (from Joe Gabriele,


–   Embiid surgery involved five doctors  (from Keith Pompey,  Philadelphia Inquirer):


–  Offseason has Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson leaner and more prepared  (from Scott Kushner,


–  Is *this* the year Brook Lopez becomes a three-point shooter?  (from Devin Kharpertian,


–  A Life of Change Leads to Consistency in Basketball for Terry Rozier  (from Jessica Camerato,  Basketball Insiders):


–  Happy and Healthy: Chris Bosh values life after near-death experience  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):


Michael Carter-Williams/ Shaun Livingston (from Scott rafferty, Sporting News):


QOTD:  “(O)ne of Gregg Popovich’s secrets in plain sight has been the way he builds a bench and employs them and trusts them so much during the regular season that he can rest his starters so much and still win so many games. He doesn’t have better reserves than other teams, and he loses guys regularly. But his players abide by their system of play and he relies on them and trusts them. It’s a big part of coaching (and running any successful business), making your employees feel a part of the organization and success and trusting them and taking an interest in their fate.”

Today’s Basketball Intelligence

–  Roy Hibbert vs. Roy Hibbert  (from Baxter Holmes,  ESPN):

” Roy Hibbert is sweating, the beads gathering along his brow. After a one-hour workout, Hibbert has dressed in a royal blue suit with a gray flower on his lapel to sit before a bank of cameras and about a dozen reporters at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility. To Hibbert’s left are fellow Lakers acquisitions Lou Williams and Brandon Bass. To his right, retired jersey numbers of Lakers centers grace the wall: Mikan, Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, O’Neal.

Just 18 months prior, Hibbert appeared on course to finish his career in the same rarefied air. He was arguably the MVP of the NBA’s best team, the closest thing to a LeBron James stopper, the reason the Miami Heat had to reconfigure an offense that later won titles. He turned “rim protector” and “verticality” into catchphrases. The NBA even chose him to solo star in an “NBA Cares” commercial.

“It’s tough to find guys like that, 28 years old, 7-2, that have had that kind of success,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says proudly.

Yet the Lakers got him for essentially nothing. Reporters lob question after question about what went wrong in Indiana for the two-time All-Star and 2013-14 runner-up for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The Pacers gave Hibbert away in a salary dump for just a second-round draft pick, marking one of the steepest downturns for a player in recent memory.”

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–  Q&A: Why Metta World Peace needed a sports psychologist  (from Baxter Holmes,  ESPN):

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–  ‘The Lowe Post’ Podcast: Mark Cuban on DeAndre Jordan, Tanking, and ‘Shark Tank’  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


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Chris Bosh:


Xavier Silas:


Marreese Speights:


Tyler Ennis:


Elfrid Payton:


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Ty Lawson:


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