Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/18

Each Team’s Greatest Flaw As Training Camps Open (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
10 Breakout Candidates (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
BKN:  How The Boomers Helped Mitch Creek Land An NBA Opportunity (from fiba.basketball):
BKN: New Net Alan Williams Has Service In His Blood (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Horford Welcomes His Role (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
BOS: A Reintroduction To Hayward (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
CHI: Portis Is Embracing His Sixth Man Role (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
DAL:  Inside JJ Barea’s Unique Bond With Puerto Rico  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

DEN: The Nuggets Are Defined By Why They Play, Not Just How (from Brendan Vogt, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: A Statistical Analysis Of Why The Dubs Are The Golden Standard (from Jordan Wong, Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Will Dubs’ Youth Movement Prevail? (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
IND: Pacers Not Letting Contract Situation Affect Chemistry (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
MEM: A Note To Memphis (from Chandler Parsons, The Players Tribune):
MIA: How Much Does The Rotation Matter? (from Couper Moorhead, heat.com):
MIL: Budenholzer Emphasizes Defensive Transition & Offensive Spacing (from Ben Steele, jsonline.com):
NYK: Finally Speaking With One Voice (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
PHO: What Kokoskov’s Offense Is All About  (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
PHO: Ryan Anderson Lands In Ideal Situation For A Fresh Start (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
WAS: Wizards Begin Commitment To Spacing The Floor (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Brooks Wants Otto Porter To Shoot More (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):
Whatever Happened To Big Country Reeves? (from Gerald Narciso, Bleacher Report):
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Checking In On Each Team’s Roster Count (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
QOTD (from PJ Tucker, responding to being asked if he cared about player rankings): “No, I could care less. Some guys care about that crap. But man, they could have me dead last. I really don’t care. What does it mean? If you’re 12, if you’re 15… It doesn’t change how many wins you’re gonna get, what you mean to your team. I’m sure somebody on Golden State isn’t even on the list, but he’s got a lot of rings. So, it doesn’t matter to me.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis MEDIA DAY EDITION 9/25/18

ATL: Lloyd Pierce Is Ready To Work (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
BOS: Kyrie Excited For Something Special (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BKN: Ed Davis: Mature, Focused Winner (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
BKN: Jarrett Allen Adds Muscle, A Mentor & A Three-Point Shot (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
CHI: Bulls Will Only Go As Far As Defense Takes Them (from Mark Strotman, NBC Sports):
CHI: This Season Will Be Critical For Hoiberg (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
CLE: How JR Smith Bounced Back From Finals Game One (from Jesse Washington, The Undefeated):
CLE: Cavs’ New Era: “It’s About Wins And Lessons” (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Can Trey Lyles Play SF? (from Duvalier Johnson, Mile High Sports):
DET: Stanley Johnson Looks To Fulfill Potential  (from John Niyo, Detroit News):
DET: Pistons Giving Drummond 3-Point Shot  Freedom (from Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: Dubs Flip Switch Defensively In Playoffs (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
HOU: Q & A: PJ Tucker (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
HOU: D’Antoni Rates PJ Tucker As One Of NBA’s Best At His Position (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
IND: Oladipo: From Reject To Rolex (from Jake Paynting, DefPen):
LAL: Lonzo Says His Shot Has Improved Due To Adding Muscle (from Ohn Youngmisuk, ESPN):
MIL: Is Budenholzer The Last Big Piece Of The Puzzle?(from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
MIN: KAT Talks Thibs, The Path Forward & More (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
MIN: Thibs Pitches Butler On Rejoining Wolves  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
MIN: What Are Wolves’ Options W/Butler? (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
NYK: Ntilikina Debuts New Body, Height And Position (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
NYK: Mills & Perry Have Helped Change How The Knicks Are Perceived (from Moke Hamilton, The Athletic):
OKC: The Centrality Of A Healthy Roberson To OKC’s Success (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
OKC: Nerlens Noel’s Media Day Takeaways  (from Ananth Pandian, 247 Sports):
ORL: Magic’s Goal: Develop An Identity & Stick With It (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
ORL: Bamba & Isaac Are The Defensive Keys (from Zach Oliver, Orlando Pinstriped Post):
PHI: Notes From Training Camp, Day 3 (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):
POR: Media Day Highlights (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
SAC: Kings Looking To Fox To Lead Faster Paced Offense (from Michael Wagaman, Associated Press):
SAS: Five Storylines To Monitor (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
TOR: Nick Nurse Is Ready For The Raptors’ New Era (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
UTA: Quin Snyder Assesses His Coaching Staff (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):
UTA: Favors Is Working To Adapt His Game (from Ryan Aston, The J Notes):
Around The Rim (from Josh Eberley & Guest Contributors, Hoop Magazine/NBA.com):
Age Variance Within NBA Rosters (from Nate Rattner, Nylon Calculus):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/26/17

How Can George, Anthony & Westbrook Co-Exist On Offense? (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Top 10 ROY Candidates (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
How The Lakers Can Unleash Lonzo (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Dean Oliver On Balancing Stats And “Eye-Test” (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Storybook Ending? Can Melo Change His NBA Story With A Dose Of Humility? (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
The Raptors’ Key Bench Players  (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
Nuggets: Gary Harris, Overlooked Weapon (from Shane Young, Fanrag Sports):
Despite Roster Overhaul, Celtics’ Expectations Remain High (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Popovich: The NBA’s Most “Woke” Coach  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
The Bizarre Adventure Of Wiggins In The Pick-And-Roll (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Rested Reggie Jackson Returns With Renewed Joy For The Game (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Pistons: Numbers To Keep An Eye On  (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):
Bucks: The Benefits Of Continuity  (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
Vogel’s Return Gives Magic Continuity, Confidence (from Terrance Harris, AP):
How Jordan Crawford’s Two-Year NBA Exile Saved His Career  (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Hawks To Prioritize Defense (from Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops):
Suns: Re-Signing TJ Warren Has Many Positives (from Adam Maynes, Valley Of The Suns):
Jamal Crawford: Thibs Is One Of A Kind  (from Jerry Zgoda, Startribune.com):
Warriors: Coach Kerr Is Emphasizing More Accurate Passing (from Carl Steward, Mercury News):
–  Grading The Pelicans’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Grading The Knicks’ Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Harrison Barnes Interview (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Meyers Leonard Talks Expectations (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):
Jazz Offense: The Rubio Effect (from Allen Schowengerdt, Salt City Hoops):
10 Players Who Should Fit In Great With Their New Teams (from Joe Romano, Fansided):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/11/16

–  James Harden Is The Changing Face Of The Point Guard Position  (from Jonathan Tjarks, Real GM):

–  Joe Lacob, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala On Free Agency, Last Season’s Finals And More (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/11/kevin-durant-joe-lacob-shed-more-light-on-durants-free-agency-decision/

and from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/10/10/the-wait-was-worth-it-for-warriors-owner-joe-lacob/

–  The NBA’s Shot Doctors  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-shooting-coaches-kent-bazemore-kawhi-leonard-8660e9939680#.6koxlh1xi

–  The Blazers’ Home-Road Discrepancy  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/one-team-one-stat-portland-trail-blazers-home-road

The Grizzlies: Forcing Turnovers (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/one-team-one-stat-grizzlies-turnovers-rebounds

D’Angelo Russell: Leading The Lakers To Their New Identity (from Drew Garrison, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/10/10/13225104/la-lakers-dangelo-russell-ontario-denver-nuggets

–  Blake Griffin’s Improved Shot Mechanics  (from Tom West, Clipperholics):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/10/07/la-clippers-blake-griffin-improved-shot-mechanics/

–  Glenn Robinson III: Fighting For Minutes (from Al Hamnik,  NWTimes.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/basketball/professional/pacers/glenn-robinson-iii-has-earned-pacers-respect/article_4964976c-cdda-5c54-90e2-2fea9c8ae844.html

Nurkic Could Win Comeback Player Award  (from Brandon Carney,  Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/11/jusuf-nurkic-could-win-comeback-player-of-the-year/

–  Thunder’s Offense Needs Massive Overhaul  (from Jon Hamm, Bleacher report))

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2668049-okc-thunders-offense-needs-massive-overhaul-without-kevin-durant

–  Thunder: Oladipo And Abrines Are Working On Their Post Games  (from Erik Horne):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/what-victor-oladipos-learned-from-russell-westbrooks-post-game/article/5521887

–  Kawhi Leonard:  Filling The Post-Duncan Leadership Void  (from Jeff McDonald, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-becoming-the-voice-of-the-9961543.php?t=b406b5a746927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  Tyronn Lue Interview  (from the Jim Rome Show):

Read it here:  http://cavsnation.com/head-coach-tyronn-lue-opens-coaching-cavs-championship/

–  Heat Ready To Bounce Back After Summer Of Roster Change  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/10/morning-tip-miami-heat-erik-spoelstra-moves-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh

–  Jeremy Lin: Back From The Depths  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/brooklyn-nets/post/_/id/23787/up-from-the-depths-how-jeremy-lin-got-back-on-point

–  Will Teams Double-Team Dwight Howard?  (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/double-team-not-double-team-howard-that-the-question/mH0edlHSZi9LM1qqh1NB9K/

–  Analyzing The Bucks’ Offensive Style  (from Eric Nehm,  brewhoop.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/10/11/13155094/milwaukee-bucks-offensive-style

–  Hornacek “Overjoyed” With Chasson Randle  (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/11/knicks-young-point-guard-picks-up-two-major-endorsements/

–  How Assistant Coach Dan Burke Has Lasted 20 Years With The Pacers  (from Nate Taylor, indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/10/10/insider-pacers-place-their-faith-defense-dan-burke/91847296/

Sergio Rodriguez Is Critical To Sixers’ Big Men’s Progress (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here:   http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20161011_Cooney__Sixers__new_point_guard_critical_to_big_men_s_progress.html

–  Demetrius Jackson “Comes To Work Every Day”  (from Mark D’Amico, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-101016-jackson-is-learning-a-new-routine-as-an-nba-rook

–  How Will Evan Turner Fit With The Blazers Defensively?  (from Willy Raedy,  Blazers’ Edge)

Read and view it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/10/11/13240252/portland-trail-blazers-evan-turner-2016-nba-free-agency-defense-analysis

Orlando Magic Film Room: 5 Keys To Increase FTAs (from Josh Cohen,  magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-increase-free-throws-cohen-20161011

–  Hornets’ Season Preview  (from Nicklaus Denning, At TheHive):

Read it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/10/10/13219182/charlotte-hornets-2016-17-season-preview-nba-sbnation

Spurs’ Season Preview (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):

Read it here: http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/10/10/13213016/san-antonio-spurs-2016-17-season-preview

Podcast: Alvin Gentry And Jason Lloyd Interviews (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/double-team-not-double-team-howard-that-the-question/mH0edlHSZi9LM1qqh1NB9K/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/16

–  Golden State’s Other Fresh Faces  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/golden-states-other-fresh-faces-7b8cb38fe922#.p611a931m

Nuggets On The Rise  (from Coach Nick/Dave DuFour, Bball Breakdown):

Watch and listen to it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=YQA3LTh6Vd8

–  Nuggets Banking On Young Stars, Healthy Vets  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2666184-denver-nuggets-banking-on-young-stars-healthy-vets-to-be-2016-17s-nba-sleeper

–  Clint Capela Determined To Become Elite  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-determined-to-become-an-elite-center-9515039.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=c418d92fc6438d9cbb

Otto Porter/Kelly Oubre, Jr  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/01/his-half-court-shots-falling-otto-porter-jr-turns-to-bigger-prize-in-wizards-camp/

Avery Bradley’s DPOY Goal  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view  it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/avery-bradleys-goal-of-winning-dpoy-isnt-unrealistic-but-its-unlikely/

 Analyzing The Pistons’ Roster  (from Cary Gahm,  Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/10/02/analyzing-detroit-pistons-roster/

 Pelicans’ Season Preview  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2665082-new-orleans-pelicans-complete-2016-17-preview

Grizz Coach Fizz Giving Troy Daniels The Green Light  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-coach-fizz-giving-daniels-the-green-light–3dd6a900-481f-5267-e053-0100007fea0c-395529181.html

 Is A Change In Scenery All That Harrison Barnes Needed?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/harrison-barnes-dallas-mavericks-second-chance-5ee9f7c46440#.sqx7c6nhe

–  Kevin Garnett Takes On A New Role: The Big Mentor  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-kevin-garnett-takes-on-a-new-role/

–  Peja Stojakovic Is Mentoring Willie Cauley-Stein  (from James Ham, csnbayara.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/stojakovic-embracing-role-mentor-kings-cauley-stein

–  Film Study: Fixing Marcus Smart’s Jump Shot  (from Jared Weiss, celticsblog.com):

Rean and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/2/13135364/marcus-smart-boston-celtics-jump-shot-three-pointer-fixed-broken

–  Ersan Ilyasova: The Art Of Drawing A Charge  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-ilyasova-could-be-take-charge-defender-for-thunder/article/5520641

–  Ty Lawson Eager To Put Poor Season, Legal Troubles Behind Him  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article105485791.html

–  Cavs’ Training Camp:  A Great Start  (from Terry Pluto,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/10/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_68.html

–  Ben Simmons Is Expected To Miss 3 Months  (from Marc Stein, SPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17686206/philadelphia-76ers-rookie-ben-simmons-surgery-foot-next-week

 The Mavs’ Versatile Young Playmakers (from Cole Mentzel,  Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/01/dallas-mavericks-athleticism-will-play-success-elite-teams/

–  The Struggles Of Getting To And Sticking In The NBA  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/01/nba-road-well-traveled/

–  Nets Putting In Long Days Under New Regime  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Reaed it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brooklyn-nets-putting-in-long-days-under-new-regime-1.12393757    and from Cory Wright, nets.com:  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/09/30/better-bodied-nets

–  Brandon Ingram/Julius Randle  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ingram-730818-randle-walton.html