Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/19/18

Hezonja: The Curse Of Bravado & The Gift of Opportunity (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Cavs: The Advanced Stats That Improved The Team (from Ryan Piers, King James Gospel):
Dario Saric, Overlooked Sixer (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
Wolves: KAT & Butler Work On Forging A Connection (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
Checking In On The Wolves’ Progress (from Adam Ziobrowski, Dunking With Wolves):
Horford: Center Of Evolution (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Suns: Payton’s 1st Impression Is Both Encouraging And Concerning ( from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
How The NBA’s “Next Generation” Stars Fell In Love With The League (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Pelicans: What Is The Future Path For AD & DMC ?: (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
Dillon Brooks’ Season, So Far (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Coach Kerr: Leadership In Action (from Jonny McMurtry, Coaching The Coaches):
Oladipo: The Star The Pacers Needed (from Ryan Eggers, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
How The Pacers Can Benefit From The NBA’s Market Correction (from Jonathan Matthes, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Basketball Broke Out At The ASG (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Most Promising “Stars In The Making” (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
What Do The Knicks Have To Look Forward To The Rest Of This Season? (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
What Killed Off The Hook Shot? (from Mark Story, kentucky.com):
Hawks: Tyler Dorsey’s Development  (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Evaluating The Top Prospects At Basketball Without Borders (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/18/18

– Celtics’ Defensive Struggles: A Closer Look (from Jeremy Stevens, Hardwood Houdini):
– How Kyrie Irving Learned To Be Effective In Small Spaces (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
– Celtics: Why Marcus Smart Is So Important (from Jesse Collings, Hardwood Houdini):
– Draymond Green Has Redefined What It Means To Be A Superstar (from Melissa Rohlin, Mercury News):
– MVP Favorite Harden Is Far From Satisfied (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
– Joel Embiid’s Next Goal (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
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– Hawks: Non-Lottery Objectives For Remainder Of The Season (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
– The Hawks’ Player Development Culture (from Sam Meredith, Peachtree Hoops):
– Josh Jackson’s Progression Since 2018 Began (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
– Adam Silver: NBA Is Conflicted On One-And-Done (from Jack Maloney, CBS Sports):
– Adam Silver: Evaluating Playoff Format Changes (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
– Oladipo’s Excellent Season (from Dylan Hughes, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
– Satoransky: Bright Spot In Wizards’ Confusing Season (from Kevin So, Hashtag Basketball):
– Giannis: From Rising Star To Household Name (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
– Raptors: Bench Depth Could Take Them Deep Into The Playoffs (from Quinn Allen, Sir Charles In Charge):
– Nets: Sean Marks Talks Patience, “Hitting Singles” (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
– Q & A: Suns’ GM Ryan McDonough (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
– Ben Simmons: The Somehow Disputed ROY (from Rory Fette, The Sixer Sense):
– Knicks At Midseason: Full Arena, No Plan (from Harvey Araton, NY Times):
– Cavs: Stats That Will Define The Rest of The Season (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
– Will The New ASG Format Produce Something Bearing A Resemblance To A Basketball Game? (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
– Q & A: Joe Harris (from Sam Blum, Daily Progress):
– 2018 Draft Preview: Why Isn’t Ayton The Clear Favorite For #1 Pick? (from Mike Schmitz/Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
– What Regions Of The World Produce The Most Successful Basketball Players? (from David Sauriol):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/18

OKC: Josh Huestis Could Be The Answer At SG (from Albert Dadson, Thunderous Intentions):
Bogan Bogdanovich: Proving He Belongs (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):
Film: ROY Debate (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Q & A: Herb Magee On Markelle Fultz (from Dennis Young, Deadspin):
Four Nets Players Give Their Perspective On Season So Far (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
Kevin Love Says Chemistry Won’t Be A Problem (from ESPN):
Q & A: Larry Nance, Jr (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
Q & A: NBPA ED Michele Roberts (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Ntilikina’s Family Ties Run Strong (from Barbara Barker, Newsday):
DPOY Watch (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
What Is The Future Of The Turner/Sabonis Combo? (from Jacob Breece, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Dwane Casey Gets His Moment (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Paul George’s L.A. Homecoming (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):
–  DeMar DeRozan: No Stranger To Pain (from Mark Kriegel, ESPN):
Andrew Wiggins’ Mysterious Inconsistency (from Michael Rand, Star Tribune):
Kyrie Irving Looks Forward To A Future With Gordon Hayward, Brad Stevens (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Spencer Dinwiddie’s Hard Work Is Paying Off (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
Koby Altman Has Put His Stamp On The Cavs (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):
Q & A: Kevin Garnett (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
Unicorns Might Not Exist Without KG (from Andy Bailey, Bleacher Report):
Trey Burke: Dealing With Knicks’ PG Glut (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Q & A: Xavier Munford (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Jazz: Jae Crowder Appears To Be A Perfect Fit (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/25/18

Nuggets: The Mason Plumlee Conundrum (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Nugg Love):
Why Jamal Murray Is Hitting His Stride (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
Leading Trade Targets: Their Strengths (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Raptors’ Bench Has Reinvigorated The Franchise (from Alex Wong, VICE Sports):
Trae Young Joins Top Pick Discussion (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Knicks’ Ron Baker: Leading By Example (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Knicks: Grading THJ’s Post-Injury Performance (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Meet KP’s Personal Health Guru (from Robert Silverman, VICE Sports):
Marvin Williams Has Morphed Into A Modern Stretch Four (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Pistons Have a Bottom-Three Offense Without Reggie Jackson (from Vince Ellis, freep.com):
Oladipo: Pacers’ All-Star Steps Aside, Aids Cause (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Physicality Is A State Of Mind For Domantas Sabonis (from Ben Gibson, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Don’t Count Al Jefferson Out Just Yet (from Adam Friedman, Indy Cornrows):
Celtics Float In Calm Waters Amidst The NBA’s Sea Of Chaos (from Jeff Clark, Celtics Blog):
Marcus Smart: NBA’s Biggest Anomaly & Celtics’ Biggest Question Mark (from Brendan Ronan, Celtics Life):
Celtics & Doc Rivers: Neither Has Regrets Over HIs Departure (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Do-Or-Die Time For The Wizards (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Unique Tandem: Brett Brown & Ben Simmons (from Nick Metallinos, ESPN):
Kuzma: Evolving Into More Than Just A Hot Scorer (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Dubs: Kevon Looney’s Opportunity (from Corey Libow, Blue Man Hoop):
Video Breakdown:  Low Post Defense: Double Off The Cutter (from Zak Boisvert, Pickandpop.net):
The ASG Draft: The Goofy Gimmick That’s A Natural For TV But Won’t Be Televised (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
Eric Bledsoe: Professional Defensive Pest (from Max Carlin, Behind The Buck Pass):
Film Breakdown: Zach Lavine (from Austin Hutchinson, Locked On Bulls):
Nets: Jarrett Allen Is Ahead Of Schedule (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
Defense Could Make The Heat Contenders (from Chase Eyrich, All U Can Heat):
Mavs: Yogi Ferrell Has Led A Surprisingly Effective Offense (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Myke Henry: Taking Advantage Of His Opportunity (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
From Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-sptmyke-henry-illinoisdepaul-20180124-story.html
Sixers: TLC Thriving In Redick’s Absence (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
Now Healthy, Duje Dukan Eyes NBA Return (from Steve Clark, USA Today Network):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/21/17

SAC/NOP Trade: Ripple Effects  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/demarcus-cousin-trade-effects-sixers-bulls-jimmy-butler-celtics-bc7e5af236ff#.s1erbqdwn

The Trade: Hard Not To Focus On The Optics  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/02/20/trading-demarcus-cousins-was-not-the-worst-move-in-nba-history/

Kings: The Headache Is Gone But The Disease Remains  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/20/for-the-kings-the-headache-of-demarcus-cousins-is-gone-but-the-disease-remains/

(NOTE: Links to the best first day coverage of the trade are in yesterday’s Basketball Intelligence:  http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/02/20/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-22017/ )

Questions Before The Trade Deadline (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18727231/zach-lowe-jimmy-butler-boston-celtics-latest-nba-trade-deadline-talk

Ending Contracts To Watch At Trade Deadline  (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-ending-contracts-to-watch-at-the-deadline/

What To Expect From Wade Baldwin And Deyonta Davis  (from emekab, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2017/2/21/14667284/memphis-grizzlies-rookies-wade-baldwin-deyonta-davis-nba-draft

Kyle O’Quinn Is Here To Save The Knicks…If They Let Him (from Jacob Eisenberg, Medium.com):

Read it here: https://medium.com/@Eisenberg43/kyle-oquinn-is-here-to-save-the-knicks-ca248e09ca1c#.i1vt7ktqj

John Wall: Unappreciated Star  (from Eric Spyropolous, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/john-wall-the-unappreciated-star-1483b9cab543#.wod1dr88s

Video: Interview With Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey (from David James, kutv.com):

Watch it here:  http://kutv.com/sports/utah-jazz/utah-jazz-dennis-lindsey-part-2

David Lee is Back In Business  (from David Ramil, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/21/david-lee-spurs-warriors-home/

–  TJ MCConnell: Here To Stay  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2693385-whether-you-call-him-water-boy-or-paperboy-tj-mcconnell-is-here-to-stay

Will LBJ’s Workload Catch Up With Him This Season? (from Zach Kram, The Rinnger):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/will-lebrons-workload-finally-catch-up-to-him-this-season-1bf0a7f7e775#.jxfiq4yun

–  No Man’s Land: Charlotte Hornets  (from Brett Koremenos, Real GM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/244996/The-NBAs-No-Mans-Land-Charlotte-Hornets

The Status Of Scoring From The Low-Block  (from Frank Urbina, NBA Math):

Read it here: http://nbamath.com/the-last-of-the-nbas-post-up-scorers/

Jerry Stackhouse: Making Serious Inroads Toward Becoming NBA Coach  (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/02/14/jerry-stackhouse-improving-as-coach-nba-d-league-raptors-905

D-League: It’s Time For Axel Toupane To Return To The NBA (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/20/14669330/axel-toupane-nba-nbadl-toronto-raptors-raptors-905

Kyrie Wants More (Some? Any?) Defense In Future ASGs  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/02/kyrie_irving_said_nba_all-star.html

–  Pro Basketball Writers  Awards Announced (from PBWA):

Read it here:  http://probasketballwriters.org/armstrong-ballard-powell-skolnick-win-2016-pbwa-blumenthal-memorial-writing-contest/