Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/16/17

Cavs Must Find Success When LBJ Rests (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
The 2007-08 Jazz: Beta Model For The Dubs Offense?  (from Miles Wray, The Step Back):
Mike Conley Interview (from Max Resetar, slamonline.com):
– Inside An NBA Pre-draft Workout (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
What Should We Remember About Lonzo Ball’s Time At UCLA? (from Mark Titus, The Ringer):
The Problem With Player Comparisons (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
Two-Way Contracts: Changing The Draft Dynamic (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
NBA PGs: The College Stats That Really Matter (from Robert Flom, Clips Nation):
Jay Wright’s Advice To Josh Hart (from Bob Brookover, philly.com):
Can Sindarius Thornwell Be What Teams Want Him To Be? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Jaron Blossomgame’s Versatility (from Mike O’Connor, BBall Breakdown):
Who Is Ante Zizic? (from Rich Levine, Boston.com):
Jerry West Explains His Move To The Clippers (from Broderick Turner, LATimes):
Pelicans Assistant Coach Chris Finch Q & A (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):
Magic Assistant Coach Matt Hill (from Dirk Chatelain, Omaha.com):
What The Knicks Can Learn From The 2017 Finals (from Eric Snyder, Hoops Habit):
How To Dethrone The Warriors (from Charley Rosen, Fanrag Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/16/17

Video Breakdown: Simpler Offense Helped GSW Win Game One (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
How GSW Took Advantage Of Kawhi’s Absence (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Spurs Need Aldridge To Be More Decisive (from Chris Barnewall, CBS Sports):
Durant Reiterated His Value In Game One Comeback (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Injuries Give Spurs’ Reserves A Chance To Shine (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Kerr’s Absence: The True Test Of A Leader (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
Life Against The Warriors: Flawless Defense, But Then It’s One Mistake And It’s A Layup (from Ben Falk):
The Warriors Routinely Erase Big Deficits (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
BOS 115, WAS 105 (from Jack Winter, Fanrag Sports):
Marcus Smart’s Great, Invisible Game (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Al Horford’s  Series Vs The Wizards In One Ridiculous Shot Chart (from Gary Dzen, boston.com):
Olynyk: The Improbable Hero (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Appreciating The Celtics’ Moment (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Three Reasons Why Cavs Shouldn’t Overlook Celtics (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports):
Jonathan Jeanne’s Combine Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
BOS-CLE: What Numbers Could Be Difference Makers?  (from Mark Simon/John McTigue. ESPN):
Is Everyone Waiting On David Griffin? (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):
Canada Is Now One Of The Sources Of Elite Recruits (from Michael Fletcher, The Undefeated):
KAT Q & A (from Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis NON-PLAYOFF EDITION

What Went Right For The Magic: Aaron Gordon Found His Position (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Dail):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/04/19/orlando-magic-2017-season-review-went-right-aaron-gordon-found-position/

After Injury-Marred Start, Josh Richardson Finished Strong (from Rob Slater,  allucanheat.com):

Read and watch it here: http://allucanheat.com/2017/04/25/miami-heat-despite-slow-start-josh-richardson-showed-out-late-in-season/

Which Lottery Teams Need To Blow It Up And Start Over?: The Verdicts (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read t here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2704262-blow-it-up-or-nah-which-nba-lottery-teams-need-to-start-over-this-offseason

Every Team’s Salary Cap Situation Entering The Offseason (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:

Nets’ Marks Preaches Patience, Systematic Approach (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson On Playing PF (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Levert Passes Rookie Test (from Cory Wright, Nets.com):
Film Room: Assessing Terrence Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
Ezeli Gets A Second Chance For His Knee (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Dwight Powell Closed The Season Strong (from Earl K. Sneed, mavs.com):
The Defensive Effectiveness Of Miami’s Guards (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
McGruder’s Quiet First-Year Excellence (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Habit):
 SVG Will Ponder Ways To Unlock Marjanovich (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):
MIP Candidates (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

A Look At The Timberwolves’ Deep Bench Players (from Dominique Clare, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:

http://hoopshabit.com/2017/04/23/minnesota-timberwolves-taking-look-deep-bench-players/

 

 

 

 

Draft Profile: Frank Nkilitina (from Christopher Kline, 16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/sixteen-nba-draft-profile-frank-ntilikina-4fb3948d2848

Ryan Hollins On Playing Overseas (from Bjandbucher.com):

Read it here: http://bjandbucher.com/nba-vet-auxilium-torino-center-ryan-hollins-pros-cons-playing-overseas/

NOTE:  Since the regular season ended, our focus has been on the playoffs.  Starting today, we will “play catchup” with editions that focus on lottery team  and other non-playoff reporting. Of course, we will continue to publish daily “playoff editions” as well.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/23/17

Jokic: The Unlikely Superstar Who Is Transforming The Nuggets  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/23/15036048/nikola-jokic-highlights-video-denver-nuggets-nba

Dragic Has Orchestrated The Heat’s Offensive Leap (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/goran-dragic-orchestrated-heats-offensive-leap/

Finally, A Healthy Bradley Beal  (from Nicholas Arguelles, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/bradley-beal-trusting-the-process-4126e7728e60#.rj1wb09od

MKG: Lots Of Pace, No Space  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/michael-kidd-gilchrist-has-lots-of-pace-and-no-space-805617034e57#.xz2onb4gr

Hoiberg On Robin Lopez (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/coach-hoiberg-robin-lopez

The Numbers Show Where You Are Right And Wrong About Tristan Thompson (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/numbers-lie-tristan-thompson

Storylines For The Homestretch  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read it here: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220257858/7-nba-storylines-to-watch-final-2-weeks

Mavs Impressed With Noel’s Progress (from Dwain Price, star-telgram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article140227508.html

Meyers Leonard: Playing On One Leg  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/meyers-leonard-limited-he-tries-play-through-hip-and-back-pain

Rest May Have Been Turning Point For GSW  (from Michael Shultz, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/03/23/rest-golden-state-warriors-season/

Marcus Smart Cooks Up Another Batch Of Winning Plays (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725615/marcus-smart-cooks-up-another-batch-of-winning-plays

Olynyk’s Hot Streak Boosts His Confidence  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_kelly_olynyk_s_hot_streak_boosts_his_confidence

Jameer Nelson Has Found New Life In Denver (from Brendan Vogt, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jameer-nelson-finds-new-life-in-denver-9a7be49c1a10#.wa3ftk1xd

Role Player Of The Week: Avery Bradley (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/role-player-week-avery-bradley/

 Brandon Jennnings On His Time With Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/brandon-jennings-opens-wrong-knicks-article-1.3006188

DeRozan: Stepping Up In Lowry’s Absence (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/23/toronto-raptors-demar-derozan-complete/

DeRozan Has Taken His Post Game To The Next Level  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/demar-derozan-post-offense-stats-breakdown-highlights-video-kobe-bryant/szxbvoihhza3za5q7thakqt2

What The Pelicans’ Offensive Gelling Looks Like  (from Jake Madison, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/23/what-the-offensive-gelling-looks-like/

Middleton Has The Bucks Slowing Down And Heating Up  (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/khris-middleton-has-the-bucks-slowing-down-and-heating-up/

–  The Smartest NBA Teams Don’t Go Mad Over NCAA Tournament Performances (from Sam Vecenie,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_au/article/prisoners-of-the-moment-how-the-ncaa-tournament-affects-nba-draft-stock

The Spurs’ 10-Game Review: Volume Seven  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-7/

Spurs: Tony Parker’s 2017 Impact (from Collin Reid, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/tony-parkers-impact-for-the-2017-spurs/

MIP Watch (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch/

Why The Wolves Signed Casspi  (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):

Read it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/03/23/timberwolves-sign-omri-casspi/

Nwaba’s Long Road  (from Lee Altman, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/news/david-nwaba-lakers-contract-dfenders-nba-dleague-feature/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/8/17

Dirk’s Path To 30,000 (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18837562/how-dirk-nowitzki-fine-tuned-game-path-30000-points

The Mavs’ Accelerated Rebuild  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.mavs.com/recent-results-suggest-mavs-have-achieved-accelerated-rebuild/

The Next Generation (from The Step Back):

   –Dario Saric (from Adam Mcgee): http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/dario-saric-next-generation/

   –Jaylen Brown (from Jeff Siegel):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/jaylen-brown-next-generation/

   –Karl-Anthony Towns (from Chris Manning):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/08/next-generation-karl-anthony-towns/

Scott Brooks: The Wizard Of Washington (from Katie Baker, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-washington-wizards-scott-brooks-john-wall-bradley-beal-33e6a60ed931#.ovqen8z09

From Bradley Beal: http://bradleybeal.net/2017/03/07/a-new-day-in-dc/

 Attention To Defense Separates Spurs’ Leonard (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/OK-go-guard-him-Attention-to-defense-10983921.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=7f69d02a87c6ed8151

How Chris Paul Balanced Playing Ball With Negotiating Labor Peace (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-chris-paul-balanced-playing-ball-with-negotiating-labor-peace-163352019.html

Malcolm Brogdon, ROY Candidate  (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/07/bucks-malcolm-brogdon-breaks-mold-vying-nba-rookie-year/98829510/

James Johnson’s Physical Transformation (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article136917233.html

6th Annual Luke Walton All-Stars: Role Players, Journeymen And Castoffs Thriving In Unexpected Circumstances (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18843801/zach-lowe-2017-luke-walton-all-stars-nba

The Bulls Are Building, Not Rebuilding  (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-chicago-bulls-are-building-not-rebuilding/

Pacers Are Using Small Lineups With Mixed Success (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2017/03/07/insider-pacers-using-small-lineups-mixed-success/98854574/

Patrick Beverley, Mr 94 Feet  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/08/houston-rockets-patrick-beverley-heart/

The Suns’ Youth Movement: Finally And Fully Underway  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/08/phoenix-suns-became-fun/

Isaiah Thomas And The Place Of Experimentation (from Greg Cassoli, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/08/isaiah-thomas-and-the-place-of-experimentation/

Isaiah Thomas: Making History  (from Chris Forsbeg And Luke Knox, ESPN):

Read and watch it here: http://insider.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18749200/nba-how-isaiah-thomas-shattering-expectations-celtics

For Anthony Morrow, Overcoming Obstacles Is Not New (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/anthony-morrow-overcoming-obstacles-nothing-new

Film Room: David West is One Of The Best Passing Big Men  (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/07/film-room-david-wests-brilliant-passing-has-become-a-major-part-of-the-warriors-offense/

Measuring Teams’ Adjustments To New Key Players  (from Danny Clayton, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/measuring-nba-teams-adjustments-new-key-players/

Bogdanovic: Benefitting From Wall’s Playmaking (from Colby Giacubeno, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/wizards/bojan-bogdanovic-already-benefitting-john-walls-playmaking/

From Candace Buckner, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/03/08/once-weak-wizards-bench-now-looking-strong-enough-to-key-a-deep-playoff-run/

Analyzing Detroit’s Offense: Details Matter  (from Steve Shea, Basketball Analytics):

Read it here: http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2017/03/06/analyzing-detroits-offense-details-matter/

The Brain Behind Chasson Randle’s Knicks Emergence (from Marc Berman, Ny Post):

Read and watch it here: http://nypost.com/2017/03/07/the-brain-behind-chasson-randles-knicks-emergence/