Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/20/19

ATL: DeWayne Dedmon Is Crushing It (from Chris Guest, Soaring Down South):
ATL: Trae Young, Rising Star (from Bret Anderson, Atlanta Sports HQ):
BKN: Joe Harris Is Ridiculous (from Jonathan Rosenberg, BBall Index):
–  BKN: Nets Thriving Because Russell, Dinwiddie Finally Figured It Out (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Hawks (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Cavs Are Struggling To Find Positives Amidst Rash Of Injuries (from Chris Fedor,
DEN: Podcast: POBO Tim Connelly On Building The Nuggets (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
GSW: The Problems DMC Solves (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
– GSW: Video Breakdown: DMC’s Return (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):
GSW: Dubs Are Seeing “Playoff Iguodala” In The Regular Season (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
GSW: Inside The Dubs’ 51 Point Quarter (from Jannelle Moore, BBall Index):
LAL: Ingram Needs To Focus On Being A Playmaker (from Dan Woike, LA Times):
MIA: McGruder Reaches CBA’s “Starter Criteria”  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIL: At Last, Bucks Will Retire Marques Johnson’s #8 (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline):
OKC: PG-13 Is The Steadying Influence The Thunder Needs (from Royce Young, ESPN):
PHI:  Sixers- Thunder: Final Seconds Review (from Sarah Todd,
PHI: Video Analysis: Ben Simmons: Point Big Man (from Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball):
PHI: Do The Sixers Need To Stop Playing Simmons & McConnell Together? (from Kyle Neubeck, Philly Voice):
SAC: What A Difference A Year Makes For Vlade (from Marcos Breton, Sacramento Bee):
*UTA: Here Come The Jazz (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
December In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
Inside The NBA’s Efforts To Reach A Global Audience (from Patrick Murray, Forbes):

*UTA: Here Come The Jazz (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/7/18 PART TWO

Battle For Playoff Seeding: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (from Robert Flom, Clips Nation):
Celtics Seeing Benefits Of Stevens’ Minutes Distribution (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Jrue Holiday’s Improvement Has Been A Key For The Pelicans (from Jake Madison, Locked On Pelicans):
Nine Observations (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Knicks’ Film Room: Hornacek & Hardaway Break Down A Key Play (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
It’s Time For The Hornets To Find Out What They Have In Malik Monk (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Hornets: Willy Hernangomez’ New Beginning (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Bucks: Maker Is Battling Through Difficult Stretch (from Matt Velazquez,
Aminu Has Been The Blazers’ X-Factor This Season (from Ty Delbridge, Hoops Habit):
Blazers: Neil Olshey Talks Balancing Long & Short Term Goals On The Woj Podcast (from Casey Holdahl,
Nuggets: Could Gary Harris Be The Next Kawhi Leonard?  (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
Jokic Is 3rd In The NBA In Assists So Far In 2018 (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Clippers: A Lot Has Changed Since The Deadline Trade, But The Results Haven’t (from Justin Russo, The Beat):
Jazz: Quin Snyder Does The Most With The Least (from Brian Sampson, clutch
The Sixers’ Process Is Finally Yielding Positive Results (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
2018 Draft Picks That Are Currently Projected To Change Hands (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
Trevor Booker’s Homework Led Him To Sign With Pacers (from Mark Monteith,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/7/18 PART ONE

The Week In Review (from Justin, NBA Calculus):
The Rockets Are That Good (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Teams Should Envy & Fear The Rockets’ Defense (from Jenni Carlson,
Harden: Leaving No Doubt For MVP Voters (from Kelechi Iko, The Dream Shake):
Harden’s Bad Defensive Reputation: Mostly Undeserved (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
The 4th Quarter Is Lillard Time (from Zito Madu, SBNation):
Larry Nance: Showing The Cavs Piece Of His Game They Didn’t Know He Had (from Chris Fedor,
The Cavs Are Going Through Changes: Are They Better?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
The Raptors’ Bench Is Destroying The NBA (from Neil Paine/Tony Chow, FiveThirtyEight):
The Raptors Have Transformed From Being Overly Star-Dependent (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):
Video Breakdown: NBA Xs & Os: Swing DHO (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
Celtics: Depth Key To Consistency (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
It’s Ridiculous To Panic Over Al Horford (from Mike Petraglia, Celtics Blog):
Pelicans: Cheicking-In On Diallo’s Progress (from Alex Harari, Locked On Pelicans):
Nets: Isaiah Whitehead Is Making The Most Of His Time With The Long Island Nets  (from Tom Dowd,
Nerlens Noel: Showing Why Mavs Traded For Him (from Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News):
Inside The NBA Journey Of Sudanese-Australian Mangok Mathiang (from Justin Robertson,
Markieff Morris On Player-Referee Tensions (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Kings: Assessing Justin Jackson’s Rookie Season Transition (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Fixing The Suns (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):
Ugu Udezue Gave Up His Job As An NBA Agent To Form The African Basketball League (from Marc J Spears, The Undefeated):
G-League: Jaylen Johnson Has Showcased His Upside With Windy City  (from Vijay Vemu, Ridiculous Upside):
What Is The Value Of In-Person Scouting Of Draft Prospects? (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
The Unrestricted Area Podcast # 3 With Guest Chris Herring Of FiveThirtyEight:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/28/18

OKC: The Fallout From Roberson’s Injury (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Impossible To Guard: The Rockets Shoot From Way Past The 3-Point Line (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
GSW 109, BOS 105 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
–  Q & A With Bucks GM On Kidd Firing & What’s Next (from Matt Velazquez,
How NBA Players Have Historically Fared After Achilles’ Injuries (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Ty Lue Believes Lineup Change Gives Cavs What They Need Defensively (from Cris Fedor,
–  Scouting Jonah Bolden: Is The Perfect Fit For Simmons & Embiid Stashed Overseas?  (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
G-League: Landry Nnoko’s Long Path (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):
Why Wayne Ellington Is Shooting Better Than Ever (from Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald):
The Nuggets’ Perilous PG Situation (from Max Carlin, Nugg Love):
Wizards Moved The Ball Crisply  With Satoransky & Frazier Filling In For John Wall (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
DMC Injury: Day Two (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Erik Spoelstra On The Players/Officials Issues (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):
Sixers: Surging Behind Elite Defense (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Trae Young & Collin Sexton Impressed NBA Scouts In Their Matchup  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Dakari Johnson: A Brooklyn Family’s Long March Finally Reaches The NBA (from Amos Barshad, NY Times):
Josh McRoberts Focus Is On Getting Healthy, Not The Trade Deadline (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/8/18

Tyreke Evans’ New Weapon (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Anunoby: Playing Beyond His Years (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):
Jimmy Butler: Leading The Timberwolves’ Rise (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
The Timberwolves’ Improved Defense (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
Video Breakdown: Inside The Pistons’ Playbook (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
Pistons: Buycks Make The Most Of His Opportunity (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Video Breakdown: Wolves’ L-Corner Three (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Nets: How Joe Harris Morphed Into Rounded Weapon (from Fred Kerber, NYPost):
Andrew Wiggins: Frustratingly Incomplete (from Eric, Canis Hoopus):
The State Of The Bulls Halfway Through The Season (from Sam Smith,
Spurs’ Midseason Breakdown (from Rob Wolkenbrod, Air Alamo):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
5 Observations (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
Lou Williams: Providing Thrills In LA (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Trey Lyles’ Path To Prominence (from Christopher Dempsey,
The Andre Roberson Conundrum (from Serrat Sohi, SBNation):
Breaking Down Toronto’s Hustle Stats (from Curtis Rafter, Hashtag Basketball):
Takeaways From The Heat’s Winning Streak (from Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald):
Josh Richardson: Ready For The Next Jump (from Couper Moorhead,
“Family First” Fuels DeRozan (from Dave Feschuk,
Don’t Be Surprised By John Henson’s Re-Emergence (from Jacob Ahlmann, Behind The Buck Pass):
Daniel Theis’ Quietly Outstanding Rookie Season (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Some Of  The Worst Contracts: What Chance Of Redemption? (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
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