Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/20/17

Horford, Dennis Smith, Jr., Ben Simmons & More Early Season Takeaways (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Dennis Smith, Jr: The Mavericks’ Present & Future (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
A Day With Hornets’ Assistant Coach Stephen Silas (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
–  Tracing Robert Covington’s Journey: From Unheralded Recruit To $62 Million Man (from Rich Hoffman, The Athletic):
The Week In Review (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
The Blazers’ Fast Break Is So Bad (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
The Making Of Jusuf Nurkic: Uncompromising Bosnian Beast (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Jazz: Sixth Man Role Fits Rodney Hood (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
The Real Ricky Rubio: Finally Ready To Stand Up (from Jordan Ritter Conn, The Ringer):
Raptors: Siakam Appears To Have Found His Niche (from Mike Ganter, Postmedia Network):
It’s VanVleet’s Time To Shine (from Craig Oliver, Hashtag Basketball):
Caboclo: G-League Star Until Further Notice (from Vivek Jacob, Raptors Republic):
Piston Playbook, Week 5 (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Heat: James Johnson’s Handoffs (from Jaelin Wilson, Hashtag Basketball):
Coach Malone Challenged Jokic To Become A Better Defender & Jokic Is Delivering (from Christian Clark, BSNDenver):
Lakers: Brandon Ingram’s Improvement (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):
Celtics: The Curious Case Of Marcus Smart (from Adam Miller, Hardwood Houdini):
Jayson Tatum’s Development (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Blog):
Jayson Tatum & Jaylen Brown: Quickly Coming Of Age (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Celtics’ Defensive Diligence (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Brad Stevens Explains The Crux Of His Coaching Style (from Nicole Yang, Boston.com):
Adjusting Team Ratings For Strength Of Schedule (from Chirag Agriwal, Nylon Calculus):
Oladipo’s Breakout (from Alex West, NBA Math):
Mavs: Antonius Cleveland Earns An Earlier Than Expected Shot (from Chris Reichert, 2days10days):
Julius Randle’s Future Should Be With The Lakers (from Darius Soriano, Forum Blue And Gold):
After 4 Years Away, Damien Wilkins Finds His Way Back To NBA (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Q&A: Personal Trainer Idan Ravin  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
– Phoenix Is The Latest Stop On The Mike James World Tour (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Vanja Marinkovic, Europe’s Best Shooting Prospect (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Glossary: Bird Rights  (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Ben Simmons Isn’t “Really’ 0-for-7 On Three Point Attempts (from Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/11/17

How Giannis Dominates Without Needing A Jump Shot  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
The Sixers Could Be Dominant Soon ( From Chris Herring & Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight):
Ben Simmons’ Dominance Goes Beyond Numbers (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
How Harden Unraveled The Cavs’ Trapping Defense (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
A Terrifying Thought For Opponents: Rockets Threes Aren’t Falling Yet (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
How The Bucks Should Use Bledsoe (form Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
Tyreke Evans’ Hot Start (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
The Nuggets Defense & The Most Valuable Shots (from Max Carlin, Nugg Love):
MCW: “I’ve Been Through A Lot”  (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
The Wide-Ranging Impact Of Drummond’s Improved FT Shooting (from Matt Way, NBA Math):
Zubac: Getting Lost In Crowded Laker Frontcourt (from Michael Dugger, Hoops Habit):
For Jazz To Make Playoffs, The Offense Must Improve (from Mychal Lowman, SLC Dunk):
Durant Has Gone To Great Lengths To Become Dominant Defender (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Steph: Producing In Subtler, More Nuanced Ways (from Paolo Uggeti, The Ringer):
Is Robert Covington The Best 3-And-D Wing? (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Otto Porter: MIP? (from Paul Headley, 16 Wins):
Basketball Dictionary: “Shake”  (from Dylan Murphy, medium.com):
Understanding Floor Spacing (from Matt Craig, Daily Thunder):
Josh Jackson: The Good & The Bad So Far (from Gerald Bourguet, Valley Of The Suns):
Middleton Brings Patience & Shooting To Bucks  (from Robby Kalland, Dime Mag):
Raptors’  Ujiri On Hiring Women (from Sportsnet.ca):
Markkanen’s Early Success (from Dan Cahill, Chicago Sun Times):
Jake Wiley’s Incredible Odyssey (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Rule Change Affecting Lowry Most On Raptors (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
Read it here:  http://torontosun.com/sports/basketball/nba/toronto-raptors/nba-rule-change-impacting-lowry-most-on-raptors

Friday Night Recap (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Should Brett Brown Call TOs In Game-Ending Scenarios? (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/8/17 PART TWO

Dennis Smith, Jr’s Big Night Resulted From Group Education (from Brad Townsend, Dallas News):
Amid Tragedy, Devin Harris’ Bounce-Back Season (from Brad Townsend, Dallas News):
Until This Summer, The Heat Had Always Pursued Stars (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Wolves’ Defense Improves As Chemistry Develops (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
Jimmy Butler Sacrifices Numbers For Wins (from Jace Frederick, Pioneer Press):
Motion Offense Gives Pistons A New Pitch (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Pistons’ Video Playbook: Week 3 (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Defense Has Been A Key To Pistons’ Start (from Brenden Welper, Piston Powered):
Luke Kennard’s Apprenticeship (from Chris McCosky, Detroit News):
Irving & The Celtics: Dominating On Defense (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
Early Season Adversity Is Putting The Spotlight On Brad Stevens’ Magic (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Giannis: Going Inside To Lift Bucks (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
Wolves: Teague Needs To Do More Off-Ball (from Logan Metzger, Dunking With Wolves):
Ben Simmons: Taking The NBA By Storm (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
Ben Simmons: Destroying Pre-Draft Narratives About His Defense (from Brian Bachman, The Sixer Sense):
Q&A: Julius Randle (from Drew Garrison, Silver Screen & Roll):
Wolves: Inspiring Wiggins’ Rise (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Pacers: Collison’s Surprising Second Act (from Ben Gibson, 8points9seconds):
Ntilikina: Shattering The Rookie Mold (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
The Ultra-Modern Bigs Headlining The 2018 Draft Class (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Excerpt From ” Hard Labor: The Battle That Birthed The Billion-Dollar NBA” By Sam Smith (from Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/7/17 PART TWO

–  Grading The MIL-PHO Trade (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
How An Israeli Tech Startup Changed The NBA (from Ben Choen, Wall Street Journal):
Why The Ibaka-Valanciunas Pairing Doesn’t Work (from Sean Woodley, lockonraptors.com):
Mavericks Machine Learning Scout (from Zigzag Analytics):
Ojeleye Seeks Longevity As A 3-And-D Specialist (from Mark D’Amico, celtics.com):
The Week In Review (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):
Jazz’ 1st 10 Games: Sorting Fact From Fiction (from John Keefer, The J Notes):
Spurs’ 10-game Evaluation (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):
Q&A: CJ McCollum (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Analyzing Hardaway, Jr.’s Shooting Woes (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Film Breakdown: Wolves’ Pick & Roll Defense (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Wolves’ Defense Is Improving (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
Brad Stevens: Master Defensive Strategist (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
MIPs So Far This Season (from Darryn Albert, Larry Brown Sports):
Tony Snell: Flamethrower (from Max Carlin, Behind The Buck Pass):
Paul George Trade, Revisited (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Knicks: Ntilikina Is Growing Up Fast (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Terrence Ross: Remaining Positive Despite Shooting Struggles (from John Denton, magic.com):
How Steph Curry Has Reduced Fouling (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Simmons & Embiid: The Fresh Prince & The Process (from Ben Iezzi, The Sixer Sense):
Sixers: Redick Proving To Be An inspired Signing (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/7/17 PART ONE

Blake Griffin Has Been Playing Moreyball (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
The Clippers Are All-In On Griffin (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
The Magic’s Sustainability: For This Year & Beyond (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
How Orlando Has Flipped The Script (from Andrew Bernucca, The Step Back):
Orlando Misses Payton’s Attacking (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):
Tony Snell: Perfect Bucks’ Role Player (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Pacers: What To Make Of Stephenson’s Play So Far (from Tony East, 8points9seonds.com):
Nets: RHJ Is Blossoming (from Dylan Hughes, 16 Wins):
Rookie Update: The Lakers: Ball, Kuzma, Hart (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How Kuzma Has Emerged As A Potential Lakers’ Cornerstone (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):
A Closer Look At Marcus Smart’s Shooting Form (from Jeff Weiss, Hashtag Basketball):
A Look At The Timberwolves’ Defense (from Eric, Canis Hoopus):
OKC Defense: What Needs To Be Cleaned Up (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):
Behind The Cavs’ Defensive Disaster (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Ben Simmons: Elite Without A Jumper (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Rockets: Taking Three-Point Shooting To Unseen Levels (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
LeVert Has Value Even When His Shots Don’t Fall (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Cavs: Korver Shouldn’t Have To Play This Well (from Zack Geoghegan, Fear The Sword):
Lowry: Struggling With The Raptors’ New Approach (from Doug Smith, The Star):
It’s Time Gregg Popovich Finally Has His Moment (from Jeff Weiss, Dim Mage):
G-League: Are Tryouts More Valuable Than Going Into The Draft? (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days):