Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/23/17

Butler Is Who The Timberwolves Need (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back);
Bulls: Hard Decisions Made; New Direction Set (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
Scouting Report Breakdowns Of Every Draft Pick (from NBA.com):
Free Agency Primer (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Anunoby Could Be The Steal of The Draft (from Michael Sykes, SBNation):
Ferguson’s Year Overseas Should Have Him Well Prepared (from Michael Sykes, SBNation):
Stevens, Ainge Enthralled By Tatum’s Potential (from Taylor Snow, Celtics.com):
DJ Wilson’s Positional Versatility Fits The Bucks’ DNA (from Brendan Quinn, MLive):
Draft Day Trades (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):
The Best Players Who Were Not Selected In This Year’s Draft (from Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports):
Undrafted Free Agents: Top Rookie Signings (from Scott Polacek, Bleacher Report):
The Warriors’ Joe Lacob Formula: Buy Another Pick, Land Another Valuable Talent (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News:
Dubs Defy Draft Norm Again With Jordan Bell Pick (from Randy Sharf, Forbes):
Knicks Need To Make Ron Baker An Offer He Can’t Refuse (from Randy Porga, Daily Knicks):
David Griffin’s Top 5 Moves As Cavs’ GM (from Devin Williams, King James Gospel):
Cross-Screen Counters (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/19/17

Fultz Is The Perfect Partner For Simmons (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Fultz’ Defensive Potential (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Richaun Holmes Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Jayson Tatum Was Born And Raised To Be An NBA Star (from Reid Forgrave, Bleacher Report):
Video Breakdown: Warriors Up Screen Decoy With Klay Vs. Cavs (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
Does Size Still Matter When Drafting Post Players? (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentiel):
What Happens In The Days Leading Up To The Draft? (from Ryan McDonald, Deseret News):
Knicks: International Draft Prospects (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Michael Fusek Has The Attention Of NBA Scouts (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):
Positional Versatility And The Draft (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):
Just Who Is The Bucks New GM, Jon Horst? (from Matt Velazques, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel):
How Jeanie Buss Became The Most Powerful Woman In Sports (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/1/17 PLAYOFF FINALS EDITION

Finals Preview (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
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Video Breakdown: Kevin Love’s Rebounding (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
GSW-CLE: Why The Rematch Is Completely Different (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
How The Warriors Can Best Utilize Their “Big Four” (from Nekias Duncan, Fanrag Sports):
The Warriors Aren’t A “Small Ball” Team Anymore (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
The Cavs Have Been On An Offensive Tear Since The Eastern Semis (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Klay Can Win Games With His Defense (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):
The Cavs Success: Built Behind The Scenes (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
–  LBJ: Grooming Kyrie For The Future (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
The Unpredictable Draymond Green (from Robert O’Connell, The Atlantic):
Durant’s Worldview Changed When He Couldn’t Play (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
How The Cavs & Dubs Became Superpowers (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo.co):
Deconstructing JR Smith (from Chris Palmer, The Undefeated):
JaVale McGee’s Redemption (from Daniel Lewis, Bay Area News Group):
Joe Lacob Q & A (from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News):
David West’s Guide: How To Deal With The Media (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):
The Glory of The Cavs’ Glorified Role Players (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
LBJ Has Resurrected Teammates’ Careers (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/28/17 PART ONE

Jeremy Lin’s Return & Impact On The Nets (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/28/jeremy-lin-nets-impact-injury/

Rockets/Dubs Offenses: Similarities & Differences (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-tweaks-on-offense-a-not-to-what-Warriors-11031894.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=65061db172438d9cbb

GSW’s Offense Before And After ASW (from Todd Whitehead, Nylon Calculus):

 Read it here: http://fansided.com/2017/03/28/nylon-calculus-golden-state-offense-evolution/

Nelson And Jokic Turned The Nuggets’ Season Around  (from John Gonzalez, The Ringer):

Read it ere:  https://theringer.com/how-a-second-round-unicorn-and-a-13-year-vet-saved-denvers-season-e6a197b01c0c

Blazers’ Offense Surging Since All-Star Break (from Willy Raedy, Blazers Edge):

Read it here: http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/3/28/15085736/portland-trail-blazers-offense-nba-trade-deadline-all-star-break-nurkic-lillard

How Nurkic’s Screens Transform The Blazers’ Offense (from Dave Deckard, Blazers’ Edge):

Readand watch it here: http://www.blazersedge.com/2017/3/24/15046496/nurkic-lillard-trail-blazers-offense-stats-pick-roll

Does Tyronn Lue Really Have A Magical Plan For The Cavs…And, If So, Will It Work?  (from Chris Almeida, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/cavaliers-spurs-cleveland-second-place-rest-2fe20d441796

Cavs Need KLove To Get Back To Being A Real Weapon  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/cavaliers/harper-cavs-need-kevin-love-get-back-real-weapon/

The Spurs Are The Quiet Contender Again (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/spurs/scaletta-spurs-quiet-contender/

Younger, Stronger, Smarter Assistant Coaches Are In Demand  (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697750-latest-nba-hiring-trend-younger-smarter-stronger-assistant-coaches-in-demand

–  Middleton Getting Bucks Into Playoff Groove  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/27/khris-middleton-helping-milwaukee-bucks-make-playoff-push

Raptors’ Coaches Deserve A Lot Of Credit  (from Spencer Redmond, Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/03/28/raptors-coaching-staff-deserves-lot-credit-recent-stretch/

Timothe Luwawu-Caborrot Helps Reinvigorate Sixers’ Perimeter “D” (from Derek Bodner):

Read it here: http://www.derekbodner.com/2017/03/26/76ers-musings-timothe-luwawu-cabarrot-helps-reinvigorate-sixers-perimeter-defense/

Manny Harris’ Long Travels To Dallas (from Steve Simineri, NY Sports Day):

Read it here: https://www.nysportsday.com/2017/03/28/mavericks-manny-harris-travels-long-way-to-dallas/

Where Are The Best Shooting Zones? (from Drew Steele,16 Wins):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/where-are-the-best-shooting-zones-on-the-court-b2dbf0930bfb

Developing Nerlens Noel’s Offensive Game (from Isaac Harris, The Smokng Cuban):

Read and watch it here: http://thesmokingcuban.com/2017/03/28/the-developing-offensive-game-of-nerlens-noel/

Nowitzki Q & A (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/27/morning-tip-qa-dallas-mavericks-dirk-nowitzki

An Inside Look At Player Bonuses (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/an-inside-look-at-player-bonuses-154533651.html

Magic: Time For A D-League Call-Up (from Zach Palmer, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/28/d-league-its-time-for-the-magic-to-give-somebody-a-shot/

NBA Management Rankings (from ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19017640/nba-2017-nba-management-rankings-top-bottom

COY Candidates (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/28/15086388/nba-coach-of-the-year-gregg-popovich-mike-dantoni

Joe Johnson’s New Assignment (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/26/utah-jazz-joe-johnson-takes-new-assignment

 

 

 

This is PART ONE of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  Watch for PART TWO later today.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/26/17

 

Gary Payton, Isaiah Thomas And Lessons In Fearlessness (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/02/25/gary-washburn-gary-payton-isaiah-thomas-and-lessons-fearlessness/rQfO26WEPlLjjN8YOMOYmL/story.html

Isaiah Thomas Needs Fourth Quarter Help (from Gary Washburn, Boston Glove):

Read it here:   http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/02/25/isaiah-thomas-needs-help-fourth-quarter/RDRVbhtZ5Qs29Z4yJynQQK/story.html

Flip’s Kids Are Alright: The Wolves’ Future Is Now  (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/flips-kids-are-alright-the-future-is-now-in-minnesota-for-the-wolves-young-core-c530c1b4fc37#.wk6pmaqdu

Nerlens Noel’s Dallas Debut  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):

Read it here:  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2017/02/25/nerlens-noel-makes-strong-first-impression-mavericks-debut-dallas-beats-new-orleans

From Bobby Karalla, mavs.com:  https://www.mavs.com/nerlens-noels-gravity-had-mavs-offense-rolling-in-his-debut/

Deron Williams: The Cavs Finally Have Their Backup PG (from Carter Rodriguez, Fear The Sword):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2017/2/25/14739642/deron-williams-cavaliers-signing-analysis

Two New Offensive Weapons Nurkic Gives The Blazers (from Spencer Gordon, Rip City Project):

Read it here: http://ripcityproject.com/2017/02/25/nurkic-blazers-new-offensive-weapons/

Divac: : “It Was Time To Start Over” (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article135024309.html

Frank Kaminsky Takes Control At Center (from AP ):

Read it here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article135036919.html

OKC’s Victory Shows Blueprint For Success (from Max Seng, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/25/oklahoma-city-thunder-victory-shows-blueprint-success/

Player Profile: Doug McDermott (from Matthew Hallett, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2017/02/26/doug-mcdermott-player-profile/

The Magic Are Playing With Renewed Defensive Energy  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/02/26/orlando-magic-build-energy-hustle-stats/

PJ Tucker Gets A Chance To Finish What He Started In Toronto  (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/25/toronto-raptors-p-j-tucker-gets-chance-to-finish-what-he-started/

From Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-p-j-tucker-brings-versatility-to-toronto/

From Sean Woodley, Raptors HQ:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/2/25/14737352/fridays-game-a-win-for-the-raptors-and-qualitative-analysis-celtics-raptors-long-recap

–  Film Room: Terrence Ross  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room-assessing-terrence-ross-performance-vs-hawks-cohen-20170226

Pistons Searching For A Way To Jump Start Reggie Jackson  (from Aaron McMann, MLive):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2017/02/pistons_searching_for_ways_to.html

Suns: Vowing To Play Their Young Bench Players  (from Dave King, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2017/2/26/14742354/kids-are-coming-out-to-play-for-suns-in-second-half

Rodney McGruder’s Defensive Toughness  (from Anthony Chang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/02/26/heat-rookie-rodney-mcgruder-if-you-need-me-to-be-a-pest-i-will-be/

D-League: Chinanu Onuaku Continues To Impress (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/25/14737872/chinanu-onuaku-rio-grande-valley-vipers-nba-dleague