Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/9/18

Sixers: The New-Look Bench Unit Has Transformed The Team (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
Ben Simmons: Already Among The Best Cutters (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Fultz’ Return Renders McConnell To “Staying Ready” Status (from Jack McCaffery, Delco Times):
Doncic: Changing The Thinking About Euro Imports (from Mina Kimes, ESPN):
When Players Agree To Take Plays Off (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
The Fizdale List: 10 Black Assistant NBA Coaches Who Could Become Head Coaches (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
A Look At the State Of One-And-Done (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):
DPOY: The Case For Gobert (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):
Stating The Case For Each Of The Top MVP Candidates (from Kelly Scaletta, The Step Back):
Playoff Race: Which Of Monday’s Games Matter (from ESPN):
Will Darius Bazley Be A Pioneer Or An Outlier? (from Sam Fortier, Washington Post):
Can The Celtics Keep Jabari Bird For The Playoffs? (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
How Deep Should The Celtics’ Playoff Rotation Be? (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
With More Minutes And Confidence, Ojeleye Is Finding His Shot (from Tom Lane, Celtics Life):
NBA Scorekeepers Have A Harder Job Than You Think (from Spencer Lund, Complex Sports):
Bulls: Portis Reflects On His Season & Career (from Sam Smith,bulls.com):
Clippers: Tough Decisions Ahead (from Moke Hamilton, NBA Insiders):
The Jazz’ Dominant Run Since January (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
How One Play Tells Us About The Jazz (from David Locke, Locked On Jazz):
How Far Can Becky Hammon Go In The NBA? (from Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker):
Casspi: A Casualty Of Dubs’ Numbers Game (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
Jarrett Jack: Ultimate Professional (from Fred Kerber, NY Post):
Hornets:  Monk’s Progress (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Kris Dunn’s Improvement (from Luke Askew, Pippin Ain’t Easy):
Pacers Need The Spacing That Myles Turner Sometimes Provides (from Dylan Hughes, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):

 

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 7/4/17

Otto Porter: Wizards Have A Decision To Make (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Timberwolves Have Taken Big Step Forward (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
What Makes Paul George A Perfect Fit With The Thunder (from Michael Brock, NBA Math):
Taking Every Team’s Pulse After FA Opening Weekend (from Brandon Anderson, 94FeetReport):
Hornets: Pros And Cons Of Signing MCW (from Colby Giacubeno, Hoops Habit):
Signs That “Trusting The Process” Is Paying Off (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):
The Rockets Have Narrowed The Gap On The Dubs (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
The Highest Three-Year Peaks Reached By Shooting Guards In The Modern Era (from Adam Fromal, BA Math):
Eric Moreland’s Case To  Be The Pistons’ #3 Center (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
FA Willie Reed’s MIP Goal (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Magic’s Isaac Shows Flashes Of Potential And Areas For Growth (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):
Iwundu’s Underdog Mentality (from John Denton, magic.com):
Fultz Follows Trainer’s Grind (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):
Copycat League: The NBA’s Ever-Changing Meta (from Ryan Jarvis, NBA Math):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/23/17

Jokic: The Unlikely Superstar Who Is Transforming The Nuggets  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/23/15036048/nikola-jokic-highlights-video-denver-nuggets-nba

Dragic Has Orchestrated The Heat’s Offensive Leap (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/goran-dragic-orchestrated-heats-offensive-leap/

Finally, A Healthy Bradley Beal  (from Nicholas Arguelles, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/bradley-beal-trusting-the-process-4126e7728e60#.rj1wb09od

MKG: Lots Of Pace, No Space  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/michael-kidd-gilchrist-has-lots-of-pace-and-no-space-805617034e57#.xz2onb4gr

Hoiberg On Robin Lopez (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/coach-hoiberg-robin-lopez

The Numbers Show Where You Are Right And Wrong About Tristan Thompson (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/numbers-lie-tristan-thompson

Storylines For The Homestretch  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read it here: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220257858/7-nba-storylines-to-watch-final-2-weeks

Mavs Impressed With Noel’s Progress (from Dwain Price, star-telgram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article140227508.html

Meyers Leonard: Playing On One Leg  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/meyers-leonard-limited-he-tries-play-through-hip-and-back-pain

Rest May Have Been Turning Point For GSW  (from Michael Shultz, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/03/23/rest-golden-state-warriors-season/

Marcus Smart Cooks Up Another Batch Of Winning Plays (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725615/marcus-smart-cooks-up-another-batch-of-winning-plays

Olynyk’s Hot Streak Boosts His Confidence  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_kelly_olynyk_s_hot_streak_boosts_his_confidence

Jameer Nelson Has Found New Life In Denver (from Brendan Vogt, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jameer-nelson-finds-new-life-in-denver-9a7be49c1a10#.wa3ftk1xd

Role Player Of The Week: Avery Bradley (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/role-player-week-avery-bradley/

 Brandon Jennnings On His Time With Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/brandon-jennings-opens-wrong-knicks-article-1.3006188

DeRozan: Stepping Up In Lowry’s Absence (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/23/toronto-raptors-demar-derozan-complete/

DeRozan Has Taken His Post Game To The Next Level  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/demar-derozan-post-offense-stats-breakdown-highlights-video-kobe-bryant/szxbvoihhza3za5q7thakqt2

What The Pelicans’ Offensive Gelling Looks Like  (from Jake Madison, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/23/what-the-offensive-gelling-looks-like/

Middleton Has The Bucks Slowing Down And Heating Up  (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/khris-middleton-has-the-bucks-slowing-down-and-heating-up/

–  The Smartest NBA Teams Don’t Go Mad Over NCAA Tournament Performances (from Sam Vecenie,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_au/article/prisoners-of-the-moment-how-the-ncaa-tournament-affects-nba-draft-stock

The Spurs’ 10-Game Review: Volume Seven  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-7/

Spurs: Tony Parker’s 2017 Impact (from Collin Reid, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/tony-parkers-impact-for-the-2017-spurs/

MIP Watch (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch/

Why The Wolves Signed Casspi  (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):

Read it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/03/23/timberwolves-sign-omri-casspi/

Nwaba’s Long Road  (from Lee Altman, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/news/david-nwaba-lakers-contract-dfenders-nba-dleague-feature/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/16/17

Saric Is Taking Control Of The ROY Race (from Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/76ers-dario-saric-is-taking-control-of-nba-rookie-of-the-year-race-d8f219415e3#.gvwetcr0u

BI Note:   There is precedent for Dario to win ROY over Joel. 60 years ago Heinsohn won over league RPG leader (19.6) Bill Russell because Russ only played 48 games, due to missing time to play in the Olympics. And like Saric & Embiid, Tommy & Russ were teammates.

Three & D: How The Jazz Are Holding Onto The 4th Seed (from Taylor Griffin, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/three-and-d-how-the-jazz-are-holding-onto-the-fourth-seed-5264baffa0bf#.prsy77b27

The Making Of Rudy Gobert (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/page/presents170316b/how-utah-jazz-turned-rudy-gobert-next-bill-russell

Video Breakdown: Spurs’ Hammer Play  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/15/14942176/spurs-hammer-play-three-pointer-gregg-popovich-inbounds

MIP Favorites: Antetokounmpo, Gobert, Jokic, Beal (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-mip-favorites-signal-changing-trends/

LeBron’s Crazy Workload: Inside The Numbers (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents170316a/numbers-lebron-james-crazy-workload

Chasson Randle’s Seamless Fit: A Bright Spot For Knicks  (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/new-york-knicks/content/vision-key-chasson-wins

4 Little Things Players Use For An Edge (from David Vertsberger, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/4-little-things-nba-players-use-edge/

Why The Rockets May Upset the World (from Kelly Scaletta, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/rockets-might-team-upsets-world/

COY Candidate Scott Brooks (from Kelly Cohen, Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/16/14937068/scott-brooks-coach-year-of-the-nba-2017-washington-wizards

Hornets Reside In Mediocrity  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/charlotte-hornets-reside-in-mediocrity-b30d06901cc7#.nyc8nbl48

–  Spoelstra Drawing Chuck Daly Comparisons  (from AP):

Read it here: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/16/amid-heat-turnaround-spoelstra-drawing-daly-comparisons/99244082/

The Post-Trade Revival Of Dorian Finney-Smith (from Danny Webster, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read and watch it here; http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2017/3/16/14815276/post-trade-revival-dorian-finney-smith

Marks And Atkinson Discuss Nets’ Present & Future (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/3/16/14942400/marks-and-atkinson-talk-about-the-nets-present-and-their-future