Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/16/18

Kings:  MBIII Will Need To Shoot To Be A Star (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Can Melo Fit In With The Rockets? (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
Can Hayward Give The Celtics Enough Firepower To Make The Finals? (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
D’Angelo Russell, & His Knees, Will Guide Nets’ 2018-19 Plans  (from Brian Lewis,  NY Post):
Gary Trent, Jr.: Son’s Time To Shine (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Celtics Vs. Warriors: 13 Things To Watch  (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
The Upstart Pacers Are Grounded In Restraint (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Where Dejounte Murray Goes From Here (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):
How The Pels Can Maximize Shooting (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
PG Is Only The Start Of ORL’s Weaknesses (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
The Magic Want To Brew Something BIG  (from Nick Zappulla, RealGM):
Pels:  There’s A Wing Missing (form Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
Jazz: Exum Is Both Expendable And Indispensable (from Jared Woodcox, The J Notes):
How Does Donovan Mitchell Compare To Past High-Scoring Rookies?  (from Mychal Lowman, SLC Dunk):
Raptors: Grades For The Past Five 1st-Round Picks (from Mike Bossetti, Raptors Rapture):
Trey Burke Significantly Improved Finishing Near The Rim (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Players Ready To Thrive In New Situations (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Nuggets’ Monte Morris: Strong Facilitator With Underrated Scoring Acumen (from TJ McBride, Mile High Sports):
Nick Young: What It’s Like To Win For The 1st Time (from Adam Caparell, Complex):
Rookie Encyclopedia: Welcome To Europe (from Sam Meyerkopf, nextstep-basketball.com):
2019 Draft Prospects Rankings (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
2019 Draft: An Early Look At Top Prospects (from Steve Dewald, Ridiculous Upside):
Why Shams Charania Is Leaving Yahoo For The Athletic (from Aaron Mansfield, Complex):
Q & A: 17-year-old Agent Ariel Levy (from Ryan Ward, Clutch Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/2/18

Q & A:  Grizzlies’ EVP John Hollinger, Part 3 (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):
Steve Clifford’s Simple Goals Will Set The Magic On The Right Path (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Film Breakdown: How Melo Would Fit Into Rockets’ Offense (from Alykhan Bijani, The Athletic):
Blazers: Neil Olshey Explains The Offseason Moves (from NBC Sports):
How Lillard & Nurkic Can Improve Their Pick And Rolls (from Nate Mann, Rip City Project):
Mike Conley’s Shifting Role In Grizzlies’ Offense (from Eric Spyropolous, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Q & A: Aron Baynes (Boston Sports Journal):
What’s Next For Each Team Before The Season Starts  (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Heat: Counting On Internal Improvement  (from DefPen):
Does Tyus Jones Need To Shoot More?  (from Jake Paynting, On The Prowl):
Faried: Targeting A Spot In Nets’ Rotation (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
Embiid: What A Healthy Offseason Means (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Darleen Santore, Suns’ Life Coach (from Greg Esposito, Bright Side Of The Sun):
The Drew League (from Jerry Bembry, The Undefeated):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/26/18

Daryl Morey Q & A (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
How Reclassification Fast-Tracks Top Prospects To College And The NBA (from Jeff Borzello, ESPN):
The Timberwolves’ Place In The New NBA Landscape (from Josh Bungum, Dunking With Wolves):
What Are Wolves’ Bench Options In 2018-19? (from Jake Paynting, Hashtag Basketball):
What Can Cavs’ Expect From  KLove As #1 Option? (from Jeff Siegel, Fear The Sword):
Grizzlies: JJJ Is Here (from Dave DuFour, Grizzly Bear Blues):
How Good Can These Young Bulls Become? (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Poythress Adds Another SF To Hawks’ Rotation (from Jeff Siegel, Soaring Down South):
Did The Warriors Really Ruin The NBA? (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
Summer League Alums Signing Database (from Nicola Lupo):
Jenny Boucek’s Pregnancy Represents A 1st For The NBA (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Melo: Stint With Thunder “Wasn’t A Good Fit”  (from Jemele Hill, ESPN):
Rockets Are Melo’s Best, Last Hope (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
After Nightmare Year, Will Isaiah Thomas Find HIs Way With Nuggets? (from Ben Ladner, Sports Illustrated):
Terry Rozier’s Most Important Trait: Ball Security (from Jason Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Building USA’s Dream Team For 2020 Olympics (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Sheldon Jeter: Still Searching For His NBA Chance (from Michael Mccleary, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):
Who Ya Got: Warriors Starting 5 Or 5 #1 Picks?  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Vucevic: Future In Doubt, But Magic Still Need His Present (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
ORL: Isaiah Briscoe’s Signing Is An Example Of How Technology Has Changed NBA Scouting (from Mike Vornukov, The Athletic):
Don’t Write Off Henry Ellenson (from Steve Hinson, Detroit Bad Boys):
LBJ Still Soaring At 33: A Close Look At His Workouts (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
Video: “Post Deep” Screen (Triangle O) (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
21 Players Under 21 Who Are Rising In World Cup Qualifiers (from FIBA.basketball):
10 Players Who Remain On The EuroLeague Market  (from George Orfanakis, Eurohoops.net):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/20/18

The ATL-OKC-PHI Trade:
What Happens Now In The EC? (from ESPN):
The Celtics Won Free Agency Without Doing Much (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Marcus Smart: Celtics Keep Their Heart And Soul (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
What’s Next For Each Team Before The Season Starts? (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
JJJ’s NBA Journey Began In The Backyard (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
The Raptors Are Playing With House Money (from Nekias Duncan, Give Me Sport):
Raptors: Greatest Threat To Dubs?  (from Jesse Blanchard, Clutch Points):
Kawhi Makes The Raptors Scary (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Spurs’ System Should Make DeRozan Feel At Home (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
The Spurs’ Offense Could Become A Traffic Jam (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
The Endless Potential Of The Nuggets’ Offense (from Eric Spyropolous, NBA Analysis Network):
Dubs:  DMC’s Stay Will Be Short But Might Be Very Rewarding For Both Sides (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
How Two-Way Contracts Have Changed The SL Scouting Process (from Matt Rybaltowski, Forbes):
Can Robert Upshaw Carve Out Another NBA Path? (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):
Q & A: Nuggets’ TV Analyst Scott Hastings, Part Three (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):
Watanabe Made Good Impression In Summer League (from Ed Odeven, Japan Times):
Q & A: Shane Heal (from Tom Hersz, nbl.com.au):
Blazers: Swanigan Showed Off New Facets Of His Game In SL (from Nate Mann, Rip City Project):

Special Edition: Reaction To The TOR-SAS Trade, Day Two

NOTE:  We have reviewed many of the 3 billion-plus stories that have been written about the trade and now present links to some of the best “day two” reactions.  (See Wednesday’s Basketball Intelligence for links to “Day One” reaction stories.)
What The Trade Means For Both Teams & The NBA (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Why The Other Kawhi Trades Never Happened (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
A Win For Both Teams?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Winners & Losers From The Trade (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
For The Raptors, A Risk Worth Taking (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
The Raptors Are Built For The Long Haul, No Matter What Kawhi Decides (from Jonathan Tjarks):
In Trading For Kawhi, Raptors Sent A Loud Message (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Ujiri’s Career-Defining Trade (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
How Kawhi Fits On The Raptors (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
How Kawhi Changes Raptors’ Defensive Identity (from Steven Loung, Sportsnet.ca.):
A Shallow Dive Into Kawhi’s Advanced Stats (from Colin Connors, Raptors Republic ):
What’s Next For The Spurs? (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Popovich Looks Forward (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Poeltl Could Be A Valuable Piece For Spurs (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
Spurs Finally Succumb To NBA’s Chaos (from Harvey Araton, NYTimes):
The Spurs Will Begin A Strange New Era (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
DeRozan Wanted Help, Not An Escape (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Podcast: Analyzing The Trade (from Alex Kennedy/FrankUrbina, Hoops Hype):