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,
Brad Stevens Explains The Crux Of His Coaching Style (from Nicole Yang,
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,
Q&A: Personal Trainer Idan Ravin  (from David Aldridge,
– 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,
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
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):
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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,
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,
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,
Mavericks Machine Learning Scout (from Zigzag Analytics):
Ojeleye Seeks Longevity As A 3-And-D Specialist (from Mark D’Amico,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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):