Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/18

League Pass Rankings, Part Two (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BKN: No Limits When Experimenting With Lineups (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BKN: Nets’ Forward Options (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BOS: Bench Role Hasn’t Sapped Rozier’s Energy (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):
BOS: Yabusele Improves His Game (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Globe):
CHA: Hornets’ Plan For Miles Bridges Is Changing Already (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Splitting The Starting Center Job (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: The Cavs’ New Offense (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Notable Aspects Of Preseason Win Over LAL (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
GSW: How Curry’s Usage Has Evolved (from Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Quinn Cook Found His Place In Golden State (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
MIA: Duncan Robinson Now Slinging Instead Of Sprinting  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIA: Winslow Can Fill In All The Blanks (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
MIL: Bucks’ Players Like Budenholzer’s “Daily Vitamins”  (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
NOP: Star Track: Anthony Davis (from The Ringer):
ORL: Film Room At Sixers: Bamba, Vucevic & Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Grading The Magic’s Roster (from NBA Math):
PHI: Monday’s Game Analysis: Fultz, Shamet, Embiid (from David Murphy,  philly.com):
PHI: Fultz Looks Set For Breakout Year Alongside Simmons (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
PHI: Improved Post Play Should Be A Focus For Simmons (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Unlike Fultz, Simmons Not Going To Start Launching Threes (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: JJ Redick Is More Than Just A Mentor To Sixers’ Young Players (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
SAS: When It Comes To D, Spurs Aim To Reload, Not Rebuild  (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
SAS: Can Dejounte Murray Lead Spurs Into New Era? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
TOR:  New Role For Siakam Could Have Big Benefits For Raptors (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
TOR: Raptors’ Playbook: Halfcourt Season Preview (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):
UTA: Joe Ingles: Most Unappreciated Star?  (from Micah Adams, Sporting News):
UTA: Can The Jazz Attack Switching Defenses Effectively? (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Offseason Boxing Workouts Help Gobert On The Court (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
UTA: Ricky Rubio: Case Study In Confidence (from Dan Godziszewski, 94 Feet Report)):
10 Candidates For A Bounce-Back Season (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 81-90  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net ):
Hoop Dreams: Why Basketball Never Sleeps (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
How Can We Best Measure Individual Defensive Impact? (from Daniel Massop, Nylon Calculus):
How Can An Analytic Approach Be Applied To Player Psychology?  (from Sebastian Pycior, Nylon Calculus):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/22/17

Why The Wizards Were Happy To Give $106M To Their 3rd Best Player (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Draymond Green Shakes Everything Up  (from Ryan Jarvis, NBA Math):
What Rubio Brings To The Jazz (from Tim Stubbs, NBA Math):
Free Agency Bargain: Patrick Patterson  (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Best Value Signings Of The Offseason (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
–  Who Will Be Next Season’s Best Pick-And-Roll Big Man?  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
The Bulls Rebuild: Lauri Markkanen  (from Vincent Goodwill, SLAM):
Cavs Have 3 Choices With Irving & No Rush To Decide  (from Kurt Helin, NBC Sports):
Irving’s List Of Preferred Destinations Doesn’t Really Matter (from Michael Sykes, SBNation):
Ranking Celtics’ Rookies’ Chances (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Heat: Did It Have To End This Way With Willie Reed? (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Summer League Observations (from Jeremy Nellis,  NBADraft.net):
Takeaways From Lonzo Ball’s Summer League Performances (from Nick Birdsong, NBA Math):
Celtics Are Placing A Premium On Sports Science/Biological Analytics  (from Curtis Rafter, Hardwood Houdini):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/4/17

Nurkic’s Versatility Is On Display In Portland  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/3/14803508/jusuf-nurkic-emergence-trail-blazers-trade-nuggets

Timberwolves’ Defense Is Key To Recent Success (from Brian Sampson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/03/minnesota-timberwolves-defense-key/

Film Room: Magic Better Defensively With Terrence Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-magic-look-better-defensive-team-terrence-ross-cohen-20170304

How Gallinari Has Become More Efficient (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here: http://www.denverstiffs.com/2017/3/4/14811248/how-danilo-gallinari-became-more-efficient-denver-nuggets

OKC: Why Sabonis Remains A Starter  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/article/5540233

What Bogut Brings To The Cavs (from evr1022, Fear The Sword):

Read it here: http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/3/2/14780594/andrew-bogut-cleveland-cavaliers-fit

Jordan McRae, The Cavs, And The NBA’s Sometimes Cruel Business  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland-cavaliers/post/_/id/3746/jordan-mcrae-the-cavs-and-the-sometimes-cruel-business-of-basketball

Pre-Game Pick-Up Games Help Heat’s Reserves Bond And Improve (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/28/pregame-pick-up-basketball-games-helping-miami-heat-reserves-bond-improve-their-games/

Spurs’ 10-Game Review, Volume 6 (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-6/

Labissiere Is Seizing Opportunity As Joerger Brings Him Along Slowly (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):

Read it here: http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/3/4/14807258/labissiere-seizing-the-opportunity

Justin Anderson Steps Up For Sixers (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-versatility-toughness-anderson-steps-when-summoned

–  Suns: Tyler Ulis, Derrick Jones,Jr., Alan Williams Suddenly Are Playing Major Roles (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/3/4/14813416/suns-future-buoyed-by-sudden-rotation-players-ulis-jones-and-williams

Recapping Friday’s Games  (from Keith Smith, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/nba-yesterday-celtics-pound-lakers-cavaliers-make-history/

CLE 135, ATL 130 (from Scott Sargent, Waiting For Next Year):

Read and watch it here:  http://waitingfornextyear.com/2017/03/cleveland-cavs-three-point-record-hawks/

Second-Generation NBA Players Discuss Pros And Cons Of Following In Dads’ Footsteps  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/03/04/second-generation-nba-players-discuss-the-pros-and-cons-of-following-in-their-fathers-footsteps/

The Magic Finally Have Space To Succeed On Offense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/04/orlando-magic-have-the-space-to-succeed/

Dedmon, Crowder, JaMychal Green: Underrated Defenders Who Deserve More Recognition (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2017-nba-playoffs-three-key-underrated-defenders-who-deserve-more-recognition/

Jaylen Brown’s Star Potential Shines (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/3/4/14812638/jaylen-browns-star-potential-shines-in-los-angeles-boston-dunk-ingram-draft-jordan-layup-highlights

David Nwaba Is Living His Dream With The Lakers  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here: http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/3/3/14795852/la-lakers-david-nwaba-cal-poly-la-d-fenders-boston-celtics-call-up-nba-d-league-in-n-out

Biometric Wearables And Injury Prevention (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18801090/deandre-jordan-plays-hidden-device

Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of Jordan Crawford (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read and watch it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/4/14799754/jordan-crawford-grand-rapids-drive-dleague-nba-nbadl-steezus

QOTN (from David Lee on the Dubs): “It’s a pretty big compliment when a slump is losing two games in a row.” 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/9/16

Reggie Jackson Pivotal In Initiating Pistons’ Offense (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/08/pistons-will-miss-jacksons-starting-offense

–  Dirk Nowitzki Is The NBA’s Safe Place For Combo Guards  (from Jonny Auping,  Real GM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/243545/Dirk-Nowitzki-Is-The-NBAs-Safe-Place-For-Combo-Guards

–  Joel Embiid: Off To A Strong Start (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-brett-brown-turning-76ers-over-to-joel-embiid/

–  Reggie Jackson Chooses Plasma Injection Treatment; Who Will Fill-In For Him? (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/10/08/pistons-jackson-chooses-plasma-injection-treat-knee/91789690/

–  In Ish We Trust?  (from Ashwin Ramnath,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/10/07/in-ish-we-trust/

–  Video: Steve Kerr Training Camp Interview (from NBA.com):

Watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/video/2016/10/08/20161008rtcgsw7

Trevor Booker Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/trevor-booker-helps-build-nets-foundation/

–  Undrafted Sheldon McLellan On Track To Make Wizards’ Roster  (from Candace Buckner, Washingtn Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/08/undrafted-rookie-sheldon-mcclellan-on-track-to-earning-wizards-roster-spot/ from Mike Knapp, Bullets Forever:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/10/8/13214334/sheldon-mcclellan-washington-wizards-roster-analysis

–  DJ Stephens: Ready For The Next Step  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/8/13210864/dj-stephens-nba-dleague-memphis-grizzlies

–  Ask Sam Smith  (from Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-1072016

–  5 Reasons Why Tony Parker Isn’t Finished Yet  (from Jose Cruz, The Hardwood Nation):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/10/08/5-reasons-why-tony-parker-isnt-finished-yet/

–  Lakers Want D’Angelo Russelll To Be Aggressive  (from Jovan Buha, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/43365/lakers-want-dangelo-russell-to-trust-his-feel-be-aggressive

–  Celtics:  Crowder And Brown Key To Small Ball (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/10/07/boston-celtics-crowder-and-brown-key-to-small-ball/

–  The Clippers’ Biometric Program  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/redick-731457-data-clippers.html

–  Steven Adams Striving To Be Leader Of Thunder’s Defense  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-steven-adams-striving-to-be-the-new-leader-of-the-thunders-defense/article/5521657

–  Terrence Ross Could Be Raptors’ X-Factor  (from Ryan Wolstat, slam.canoe.com):

Read it here:  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/10/08/22673105.html

Cavs:  Chris Fedor’s 5 Observations (from cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/10/iman_shumperts_off-season_chan.html

JaVale McGee: Trying To Climb Into Warriors’ Rotation (from Monte Poole,  nbabayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/csn/warriors/Eager_to_shed_reputation__McGee_trying_to_climb_into_Warriors__rotation-396422791.html

–  How Rick Carlisle Will Select Last Two Roster Players  (from Doyle Rader, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/10/9/13200660/dallas-mavericks-preseason-final-roster

–  Clippers’ Offense Looks Even Better With Increased Movement  (from Mohammed Dahkil, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/10/09/la-clippers-offense-better-new-movement/

–  Should The Knicks Use Hernangomez And Plumlee As A Duo?  (from Maurice Moton, Empire Writes Back):

Read and view it here:  http://empirewritesback.com/2016/10/09/new-york-knicks-use-willy-hernangomez-marshall-plumlee-as-a-duo/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Billy Donovan’s defense: Limit opponents’ 3-point attempts  (form Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/675/donovans-defense-limit-opponents-3-point-attempts

 

–   Trail Blazers’ defense  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_defense_is_something_they_have_to_ta.html

 

–  10 observations about the Hornets after 2 exhibitions in China  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39297906.html

 

–  Jazz: Bench play could be a benchmark for team this season   (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3066850-155/utah-jazz-bench-play-could-be

 

–  The Chicago Bulls Offense Joins The Modern NBA  (from Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/the-chicago-bulls-offense-joins-the-modern-nba/

 

–  Warriors Vs. Thunder: The Ultimate Matchup Masterpiece  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239521/Why-Warriors-Thunder-Would-Be-The-Ultimate-Matchup-Masterpiece

 

 BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Early NBA Preseason Observations  (from BBallBreakdown staff):

Read it here:   http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/bballbreakdowns-early-nba-preseason-observations/

 

–  Warriors’ Interim Coach Luke Walton attempts to maintain normalcy  (form Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

” Champs hope to keep continuity until Kerr recovers from surgery”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/10/16/golden-state-warriors-luke-walton-trying-to-keep-team-afloat-during-steve-kerr-absence/

 

–  The Celtics are making art (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

” Over the last two years, the Celtics have quietly developed from within and targeted players in the draft, free agency, and trade. Finally, the future is becoming a little clearer in Boston and it’s beautiful.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/16/9548607/the-boston-celtics-are-making-art

 

–  We Found Lopez in a Hopeless Place: Your 2015-16 Brooklyn Nets  (from Danny Chau,  Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/we-found-lopez-in-a-hopeless-place-your-2015-16-brooklyn-nets/

 

–   MindRight Pro: The Next Step in Performance Technology  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/mindright-pro-the-next-step-in-performance-technology/

 

–  TRUMEDIA NETWORKS HIRES DEAN OLIVER:

Read it here:  http://www.trumedianetworks.com/analytics-news/2015/10/14/trumedia-networks-hires-dean-oliver

 

–  Q&A: Celtics Director of Basketball Analytics David Sparks  (from Brian Pollack,  dukechronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2015/10/qa-boston-celtics-director-of-basketball-analytics-david-sparks

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Dirk Nowitzki fires on all cylinders  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13893319/how-dirk-nowitzki-prepares-fire-all-cylinders

 

–  Griz counting on Brandan Wright (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-counting-on-wright-dimension-paying-big-dividends-2212833d-6d1e-2661-e053-0100007fd58a-333121541.html

 

–  Emmanuel Mudiay will be a turnover machine, and it’s no big deal  (form Zach harper,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25340273/emmanuel-mudiay-will-be-a-turnover-machine-and-its-no-big-deal

 

–   Wolves’ Dieng expanding his range with corner three  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-dieng-expanding-his-range-with-corner-three/333150001/

 

 Suns’ Sonny Weems fast in transition  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/15/phoenix-suns-sonny-weems-fast-transition/74022056/

–  JJ Redick Q & A (from Kenny Ducey, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/15/jj-redick-clippers-china-globa-games-deandre-jordan-chris-paul-blake-griffin

 

–  Mike Scott’s ball-handling development  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):   http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/scotts-ball-handling-development-included-trip-to-/nn38Q/

 

–  Hassan Whiteside’s return gives Heat a tantalizing taste of what could be  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article39372738.html

 

–  Jordan Clarkson And Julius Randle  (from Jabari A. Davis,  Lakers Nation):  http://www.lakersnation.com/sophomore-slumps-unlikely-for-jordan-clarkson-and-julius-randle/2015/10/15/

 

–  Kelly Oubre has plenty to learn, but his chance may come early (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/rookie-kelly-oubre-jr-has-plenty-to-learn-but-his-chance-may-come-early/2015/10/15/02b5d8ce-737d-11e5-9cbb-790369643cf9_story.html

–  Amir Johnson Developing Offensive Repertoire  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/amir-johnson-developing-offensive-repertoire/

 

–   How John Jenkins is making his case for a Mavs’ rotation spot  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):   https://www.mavs.com/how-john-jenkins-is-making-his-case-for-a-rotation-spot/

 

–  Celtics want more form Olynyk (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/bulpett_celtics_want_more_from_kelly_olynyk