Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/18

League Pass Rankings, Part Two (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BKN: No Limits When Experimenting With Lineups (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BKN: Nets’ Forward Options (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
BOS: Bench Role Hasn’t Sapped Rozier’s Energy (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):
BOS: Yabusele Improves His Game (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Globe):
CHA: Hornets’ Plan For Miles Bridges Is Changing Already (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
CLE: Splitting The Starting Center Job (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: The Cavs’ New Offense (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
DEN: Notable Aspects Of Preseason Win Over LAL (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
GSW: How Curry’s Usage Has Evolved (from Golden State Of Mind):
GSW: Quinn Cook Found His Place In Golden State (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
MIA: Duncan Robinson Now Slinging Instead Of Sprinting  (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
MIA: Winslow Can Fill In All The Blanks (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
MIL: Bucks’ Players Like Budenholzer’s “Daily Vitamins”  (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
NOP: Star Track: Anthony Davis (from The Ringer):
ORL: Film Room At Sixers: Bamba, Vucevic & Ross (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
ORL: Grading The Magic’s Roster (from NBA Math):
PHI: Monday’s Game Analysis: Fultz, Shamet, Embiid (from David Murphy,  philly.com):
PHI: Fultz Looks Set For Breakout Year Alongside Simmons (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
PHI: Improved Post Play Should Be A Focus For Simmons (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
PHI: Unlike Fultz, Simmons Not Going To Start Launching Threes (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: JJ Redick Is More Than Just A Mentor To Sixers’ Young Players (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
SAS: When It Comes To D, Spurs Aim To Reload, Not Rebuild  (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
SAS: Can Dejounte Murray Lead Spurs Into New Era? (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
TOR:  New Role For Siakam Could Have Big Benefits For Raptors (from Michael Grange, sportsnet.ca):
TOR: Raptors’ Playbook: Halfcourt Season Preview (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):
UTA: Joe Ingles: Most Unappreciated Star?  (from Micah Adams, Sporting News):
UTA: Can The Jazz Attack Switching Defenses Effectively? (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Offseason Boxing Workouts Help Gobert On The Court (from Eric Woodyard, Deseret News):
UTA: Ricky Rubio: Case Study In Confidence (from Dan Godziszewski, 94 Feet Report)):
10 Candidates For A Bounce-Back Season (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 81-90  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, eurohoops.net ):
Hoop Dreams: Why Basketball Never Sleeps (from Ethan Strauss, The Athletic):
How Can We Best Measure Individual Defensive Impact? (from Daniel Massop, Nylon Calculus):
How Can An Analytic Approach Be Applied To Player Psychology?  (from Sebastian Pycior, Nylon Calculus):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/14/16

–  Footwork Can Be The Difference Between Good And Great  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/nba-footwork-demar-derozan-giannis-antetokounmpo-jj-redick-c7819c1289b9#.sgsnlcw3g

–  Week 7 In Review: Giannis And Much More  (from Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2016/12/13/nylon-calculus-shooting-fouls-60-points-giannis-mvp/

Is Kawhi’s Defense So Great That It Hurts The Spurs? (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/kawhi-leonard-is-so-great-at-defense-hes-actually-hurting-the-spurs/

Hornacek’s ATOs  (from Zach Diluzio, Poasting And Toasting):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/12/13/13930510/jeff-hornacek-s-after-timeout-plays-have-been-wonderful

Fizdale:  LBJ Values Perfection Too Much To Be A Coach  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18273241/david-fizdale-memphis-grizzlies-see-cleveland-cavaliers-star-lebron-james-future-coach

Steven Adams: On Track To Becoming OKC’s Next Star (from Susan Bible, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/steven-adams-on-track-to-become-thunders-next-star/

Jamal Murray: Steal Of The Draft?  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/14/jamal-murray-denver-nuggets-rookie-kentucky-mike-malone/

–  Durant And Curry Torch Teams Without Even Touching The Ball (from Scott Rafferty, FanSided):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/14/durant-curry-screens-off-ball-warriors/

–  The Raptors’ Points Per Possession: Off The Charts  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/if-you-hadnt-noticed-the-raptors-currently-have-the-best-offense-in-nba-history/

From Mike Ganter, Postmedia Network):  http://www.theprovince.com/sports/basketball/toronto+raptors+having+remarkable+success+shooting/12522797/story.html

From Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/12/14/raptors-scoring-well-warriors/

–  5 Reasons Why Rockets Could Be Western Conf. Dark Horse  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read it here; http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/14/houston-rockets-5-reasons-western-dark-horses/

–  Tuesday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/14/13948352/2016-nba-scores-atlanta-hawks-losing-streak

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/14/three-things-we-learned-tuesday-in-chicago-thibodeaus-minnesota-team-shows-tenacity-finally/

Players Of The Night: Kevin Love/Eric Bledsoe  (from Chris Ryan, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/kevin-love-grizzlies-cavs-all-star-king-court-808c86649b23#.49wy1meh6

–  The Warriors Are Passing Their Way To History  (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2016/12/13/nylon-calculus-warriors-passing-history/

Exploring Why The Bulls Beat Good Teams And Then Lose To Bad Ones  (from Chris Herring, fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-bulls-beat-the-best-teams-and-then-lose-to-the-worst-ones/

–  The Battered Grizzlies Are As Close To Perfection As They’ve Ever Been (from Colin McGowan, RealGM):

Read it here: http://basketball.realgm.com/article/244271/The-Battered-Grizzlies-Are-As-Close-To-Perfection-As-Theyve-Ever-Been

–  Most Telling Stats From Lakers’ Losing Streak  (from Eric Yee, Lake Show Life):

Read it here:  http://lakeshowlife.com/2016/12/14/lakers-7-game-losing-stream-most-telling-stats-injury-turnovers-defense/

–  Turning The Timberwolves Around  (from Andy Grimsrud, A Wolf Among Wolves):

Read it here;  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/12/inbox-wolves-transition-d-struggles-rethinking-this-stage-of-development/

George Hill:  Unlocking The Jazz’ Ceiling As Contender  (from Brad Rowland, Dime Magazine);

Read it here;  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/george-hill-utah-jazz/

–  The Effectiveness Of The Different Spurs’ Lineups So Far This Season  (from Dimitrije Curcic, airalamo.com)

Read it here:  http://airalamo.com/2016/12/13/searching-perfect-spurs-lineup/

–  Rodney McGruder: Heat Bright Spot  (from Joshua Saunders,  The Hardwood Nation):

Read it here: https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/12/13/rodney-mcgruder-the-one-bright-spot-for-the-miami-heat/

–  James Johnson Hopes He’s Found An NBA Home  (from Anthony Chicang, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/12/13/james-johnson-hopes-hes-found-an-nba-home-with-the-miami-heat/

How The Rockets’ Survive The Moments Without James Harden  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/12/14/rockets-james-harden-mike-dantoni-patrick-beverley-eric-gordon

 Porzingis’ Pick-And-Pops Are Unguardable  (from Jeff Siegel, FanSided):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/14/kristaps-porzingis-pick-and-pop/

–  Jae Crowder’s Defense  (from Peter Stringer, celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-121316-jae-crowder-kawhi-leonard-defense

–  Tristan Thompson, Rim Protector  (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

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

–  How Boston Changed Its Mind And Lost Out On Tony Parker  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.in/nba/story/_/id/18273391/lamenting-another-super-spur-boston-never-got

 Steve Kerr Wants Extra Ref Focused Solely On Travel Calls (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Steve-Kerr-wants-extra-ref-focused-solely-on-10793776.php

 The Night Billy Kennedy Went Back To Work  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/12dayschristmas9/the-night-billy-kennedy-went-back-work-nba

–  Zubac Gains Experience In The D-League (from Joey Ramirez, lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/161213-ivica-zubac-d-fenders

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/14/16

 

Timberwolves: The Next Step  (from Jonathan Abrams, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/Timberwolves-NBAs-hottest-young-team-and-ready-to-take-over/

And from Tim Faklis, A Wolf Among Wolves:  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/10/kat-bigs-dissecting-wolves-depth-front/

–  The Great Aaron Gordon Positional Experiment  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/orlando-magic-aaron-gordon-small-forward-36df66a13320#.lt05rjiwl

–  The Misunderstanding Of JR Smith  (from Charles Bethea, The New Yorker):

Read it here:  http://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/the-misunderstanding-of-j-r-smith

–  How The Nuggets Built Their International Army  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/how-the-nuggets-built-their-international-basketball-army-794bee9b6c56#.gcjs3hrv7

Celtics: 5 Things We’ve Learned So Far  (from Brian Robb, boston.com):

Read it here:  http://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2016/10/14/5-things-weve-learned-so-far-in-celtics-preseason

–  Boston Now Has Its Own “Lineup Of Death”  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2669333-the-boston-celtics-now-have-their-own-lineup-of-death

–  Cavs:  Chris Fedor’s Five Observations  (from Cleveland.com):

Read  it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/10/tristan_thompson_looking_to_ad.html

–  What Can Jeremy Lin Do Back In New York? (from Howard Megdal, VICE Sports):

https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/what-can-jeremy-lin-do-back-in-new-york

And from Brian Lewis, NY Post:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/13/a-jeremy-lin-scouting-report-from-a-coach-who-knows-him-best/

–  Bogut Gives Mavs Effective Rim Protection And More (from Dwain Price, star-telegram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article108150777.html

–  Nemanja Bjelica Hopes To Improve In Year Two  (from Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune):

Read t here:  http://www.startribune.com/nemanja-bjelica-hopes-his-game-translates-better-in-second-year-with-wolves/397038071/

–  Stanley Johnson: Look For Improvement  (from Lazarus Jackson, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/10/14/12833662/2016-nba-preview-detriot-pistons-stanley-johnson-look-for-improvement

–  The Pistons Forced Opponents To Take The Right Shots, But Didn’t Defend Them Well  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/13/one-team-one-stat-detroit-pistons-opponent-shooting

–  Mavs:  Justin Anderson Aims To Be Bigger Contributor This Season  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas News):

Read it here:  http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2016/10/13/sweating-small-stuff-justin-anderson-aims-even-bigger-contributor-sophomore-year

Malcolm Delaney: “I’m Supposed To be Here” (from Chris Vivlamore,  ajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/delaney-supposed-here/ZJt21D1fyPBsxqdElMN2NO/

–  The Hornets Were The Most Offensively Improved Team Last Season  (from Jhn Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/13/one-team-one-stat-charlotte-hornets-offensive-improvement

–  For Some Teams, Prepping For Back-To-Backs Is Important In The Preseason (from Tim Reynolds, AP):

Read it here:  https://apnews.com/df9a2e46047041b58e6b86ba4bb4fb35/For-some-NBA-teams,-prepping-for-back-to-backs-is-important

–  SVG Wants Scrimmages Against Other Teams In Preseason  (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-nba-coaches-bat-around-better-ways-use-their-time-preseason

The Celtics Have A Bargain In Jonas Jerebko  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724188/jonas-jerebko-putting-in-work-to-improve-his-shot

Rudy Gay Rediscovers His Comfort Zone  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article108165347.html

–  DeMarre Carroll Expects A Full Return To Form  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/12/carroll-wants-raps-fans-to-see-the-real-him

–  Hassan Whiteside: Flourishing In Increased Role (from Cory Sanning, All U Can Heat):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2016/10/14/miami-heat-hassan-whiteside-flourishing-in-increased-role/

–  Jonathan Simmons And Kyle Anderson Vital For Spurs’ Bench  (from Jeff McDonald, Express News):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/For-Spurs-bench-Simmons-and-Anderson-prove-9969438.php

Marcus Paige Looks To Transition To D-League  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/13/13271514/marcus-paige-dleague-nba-north-carolina

–  Wizards’ Season Preview  (from Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/10/13/13242338/washington-wizards-preview-season-nba-2016-2017-celticsblog

–  Grizzlies’ Season Preview  (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/10/13/13273224/season-preview-memphis-grizzlies-sb-nation-nba

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 10/13/15

–  Bradley Beal is ready to follow the path of James Harden and Klay Thompson  (from Sporting News):

” Beal is determined to eliminate long 2-pointers from his game.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/bradley-beal-long-2s-breakout-season-wizards-harden-thompson/1hs1fdwl6azsh15sbmh8w6i08k

 

–  Billy Donovan is changing the way the Thunder approaches defending the 3-pointer  (from Newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-billy-donovan-is-changing-the-way-the-thunder-approaches-defending-the-3-pointer/article/5453125

 

–   Thunder Film Room: Three new ways to set up Serge Ibaka  (from  Marina Mangiaracina, welcome to loud city.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/10/12/9512743/film-room-three-new-ways-to-set-up-serge-ibaka

 

–  Denver Nuggets 2015-16 Offensive Playbook Preview  (from gibsonpyper,  denverstiffs.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/10/12/9487057/denver-nuggets-2015-16-offensive-playbook-preview

 

–  The Lakers are taking baby steps toward embracing modern basketball  (from Harrison Faigen, silverscreenandroll.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/12/9504595/la-lakers-byron-scott-coach-progress

 

–  The NBA’s Next Shooting Revolution Has Already Been Televised  (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland):

”  The basketball of the ’90s and early ’00s — the days of Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant — calls to mind a certain aesthetic. The defense was rougher, the fouls were harder, and the playmakers played hero ball. Of course, memory does funny things — that’s not exactly how things were. But the offensive game has certainly moved out of the paint and beyond the arc, and the best squads play pass-happy team basketball. And they have a very good reason to do so.”

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-nbas-next-shooting-revolution-has-already-been-televised/

 

–  Big men anchor Kings’ improving defense  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article38892948.html

 

–   Kings Continue to Build Chemistry  (from Kyle Ramos,  Kings.com):

Read “what the squad had to say following practice in Sacramento before their final two preseason games” here:  http://www.nba.com/kings/blog/practice-notes-kings-continue-build-chemistry

 

–  Former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell has a team full of promise in Minnesota Timberwolves  (from Eric Koreen,  nationalpost.com):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/former-toronto-raptors-coach-sam-mitchell-has-a-team-full-of-promise-in-minnesota-timberwolves-andrew-wiggins

 

–  Timberwolves Interim Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from Ryan McNeill,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsaddict.com/nba-audio-podcast/in-the-scrum-with-sam-mitchell/

 

–  Toronto Raptors: The curious case of starting Patrick Patterson  (from Quenton Albertie,  raptors rapture.com):

Read it here:  http://raptorsrapture.com/2015/10/12/curious-case-starting-patrick-patterson/

 

–   Hawks’ big lineup a work in progress  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

” The early reviews are mixed.

The Hawks have used training camp and exhibition games to experiment with a “big” lineup with Tiago Splitter at center, Al Horford at power forward and Paul Millsap at small forward. The oversized frontcourt debuted early in Friday’s exhibition against the Pelicans.

Most agree it’s a work in progress.

“It’s something we are going to give a look and see if we can get comfortable with,” Budenholzer said Monday. “Obviously, we have a lot of good big guys. We are trying to figure out a way to play them together.”

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-big-lineup-a-work-in-progress/nnz6z/

 

–  Toronto Is Hedging Its Bets for Better Defense  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):

” Toronto’s attacking screen defense is in stark contrast to teams like the Bulls and Trail Blazers, who preferred to focus containment by dropping their bigs into the paint, or the Rockets and Warriors, who switch on roughly one out of every five screens. Switching on screens may take some of the pressure off backcourt defenders, making it harder for the offense to force rotations. Packing the paint with bigs puts a ton of pressure on backcourt players to recover from screens, opening up the middle of the floor where playmakers can do major damage.

Hedging brings its own set of defensive risks, however. It requires frontcourt players to have nimble feet and an ability to cover ground quickly. It also requires a great deal of communication between teammates in order to rotate correctly. Everyone needs to be able to time his rotations to compensate for contingencies like a big man getting completely hung out to dry beyond the three-point line or a team that gets wise and releases early on the roll. Toronto may not allow many points on the screen itself, but they can get punished later in plays as the ball finds its way around the horn.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhvXYh8AACAArrCS/toronto-is-hedging-its-bets-for-better-defense

 

–   Utah Jazz put in some extra work in Sunday’s long practice  (from Jody Gennessy, Deseret News):

” “We’ve got a young team”, said Gordon Hayward.  “Other teams are going to throw stuff at you that maybe we aren’t prepared for. We’ve got to stick to our habits and take care of the ball.”

Utah is averaging 20 turnovers a game this preseason. Hayward said the Jazz offense has counters in place to help give options when opponents take things away from them — such as perimeter passes — but it’s a matter of being on the same page with teammates.

“It’s just all reads. It’s all just being mentally sharp, mentally focused and that’s everybody,” Hayward said. “If you have one person who forgets what they need to do, it messes up the whole flow of the offense. We’ve all got to be sharp. When a team tries to deny you, take things away, you’ve just got to go to your counter.”

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638831/Utah-Jazz-put-in-some-extra-work-in-Sundays-long-practice.html?pg=all

 

–  Sixers 2016 draft choices: Picks, Pick Swaps, Protections  (from Michael Levin,  libertyballers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/10/13/9513755/sixers-2016-nba-draft-picks-pick-swaps-protections

 

–  Reading too much into preseason: Minnesota Timberwolves-Toronto Raptors  (from Derek James, hardwoodparoxysm.com):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/13/reading-too-much-into-preseason-minnesota-timberwolves-toronto-raptors/

 

–  International Prospects Bender and Gentile Impress in American Tour  (from Michael Wonsover,  todaysfastbreak.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/from-the-courts/nba-draft/bender-gentile-impress-american-tour/

 

– Potential Nirvana for Viewers:

When will TNT or ESPN or SOMEONE wise up and have the broadcasters for an NBA game be folks like this sharing their observations with each other while watching the game, as if they aren’t even aware they are on the air:  http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2015/10/13/thibodeau-and-sloan-catch-a-game-together/

 

 

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

–  How the NBA is doubling down on its love of the 3-pointer  (from Tom Haberstroh):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13873793/nba-how-nba-doubling-love-3-pointer

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Jahlil Okafor Q & A (form Scoop Jackson, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13869643/qa-philadelphia-76ers-jahlil-okafor

 

–  Richard Jefferson  Q & A (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13873785/qa-cleveland-cavaliers-richard-jefferson

 

–  Tyler Zeller’s calm demeanor belies his intensity  (from  Scott Souza,  Providence Journal):   http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151012/SPORTS/151019788/14007

 

–   Andrew Wiggins learning from a legend in Minnesota  (from Lori ewing, theglobeandmail.com):  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/timberwolves-andrew-wiggins-learning-from-a-legend-in-minnesota/article26775673/

 

–  Christian Wood makes case for roster spot in Sixers’ loss (from John Finger, csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/christian-wood-makes-case-roster-spot-sixers-loss

 

–   ‘A great sign’ for Mavs guard Wesley Matthews  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151012-sefko-a-great-sign-for-mavs-guard-wesley-matthews.ece

 

–  Anthony Bennett embraces fresh start with Raptors  (from Josh Lewenberg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/bennett-embraces-fresh-start-with-raptors-1.376001

 

–   Be patient with Heat rookie Justise Winslow  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article38897172.html

 

–  Nets’ Karasev: How brutal injury made me a better player  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/12/nets-karasev-how-brutal-injury-made-me-a-better-player/

 

–  Rashad Vaughn Hopes To Contribute in Rookie Season for Bucks (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsolnline.com)  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/rashad-vaughn-hopes-to-contribute-in-his-rookie-season-with-bucks-b99594634z1-332270892.html

 

–  Phoenix Suns’ Cory Jefferson fighting for his spot  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/12/phoenix-suns-cory-jefferson-fighting-roster-spot/73845124/

 

–   Chris Kaman emerges as a mentor for young Trail Blazers  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/chris_kaman.html

 

–   Lakers already feeling Roy Hibbert’s sizable impact  (from Anthony Irwin,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/13/9511423/la-lakers-roy-hibbert-presason-analysis

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Pelicans Injuries Could Create Ample Opportunites For Role Players  (form Michael McNamara,  bourbonstreetshots.com):

Read it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/10/08/pelicans-injuries-could-create-ample-opportunites-for-role-players/

 

–  How Will Houston Rockets Make the Bold James Harden/Ty Lawson Experiment Work?  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Blear Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2577356-how-will-houston-rockets-make-the-bold-james-hardenty-lawson-experiment-work

 

–  Why now? Wizards slowed down for Pierce  (frm J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):

” The logical question for the Wizards is if this smaller, fast-paced style is so much better, why didn’t coach Randy Wittman start using it sooner? The answer is pretty simple, and he said it many times without actually saying it in previous seasons: They’ve lacked the personnel — until now.”

Read and view it here:   http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-why-now-wizards-slowed-down-pierce

 

–   How Minnesota Should Use Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones  (from Wes Kosel,  hoopscoop.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mensbasketballhoopscoop.com/how-minnesota-should-use-karl-anthony-towns-and-tyus-jones/

 

–   How Stephen Curry works on slowing the game down  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

“How can Stephen Curry improve?”

It’s a question usually asked more with incredulity than curiosity. It would seem the 2015 NBA MVP has topped out, optimized as much as one can from a skinny frame and normal-person height. In theory, Curry has less upside to work with than the game’s athletic wings and burly bigs. His MVP award doesn’t come with a popular expectation that he’ll ever claim status as the NBA’s top player. After all, the 6-foot-3 guard won’t suddenly sprout as tall as Anthony Davis or jump as high as LeBron James.

Indeed, if Curry ever does claim that top-player status, it won’t be because he starts jumping over defenders or bullying foes in the post. The improvements will result from something internal — the slowing of time inside his mind. They will be the function of weaponized perception, a training of the brain to think quicker than your opponent can leap.

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13836125/nba-how-stephen-curry-golden-state-warriors-gets-even-better

 

–  How Marc Gasol’s Fellow Bigs Fit  (from Joe Mullinax, grizzlybearblues):

Read and view it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2015/10/8/9478857/marc-gasol-memphis-grizzlies-front-court-fit-NBA

 

–   Half Court Creators  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” Earlier this week, I looked at how good half court offense relies to some degree on a team having one or more creators. The common expression is “ability to break a defense down,” which in practical terms means forcing a second and possibly even third defender to guard the ball, leaving others open to make less demanding plays. Against modern exacting and drilled NBA defensive schemes, somebody or combination of bodies has to do something to break that initial shell.

So, while talk of “alpha dogs” and “true number one options” can be tedious, there is probably something to the notion that having someone1 to take the game by the scruff of the neck is if not essential, extremely useful to having a quality offense. As with many situationally good things, this can get taken too far, and this sort of “heroball” often becomes a goal in and of itself rather than an instrument to pry open a defense to allow the application of more refined approaches. Identifying that line is all but impossible in a vacuum, and plenty difficult even knowing the full context of a situation.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/08/straws-that-stir-the-drink-half-court-creators/

 

–  Rebounding Rates and the 2014/15 “J.J. Hickson All-Stars”  (from Mika Hokasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

” At first glance, the rebounding column in the box score seems like a relatively straightforward indicator of how good of a player’s rebounding ability. Increasingly, however, I’ve come to believe that how many rebounds a player gets has very little to do with how good of a rebounder they are. The difference between the top and bottom quartile of defensive rebounders among big men is only about two defensive rebounds per 36 minutes, and a lot of factors goes into whether or not you grab those two extra rebounds that has nothing to with providing value to a team. Stealing rebounds from teammates, or diligently boxing out and allowing your guards to pick up the rebound, can quite easily increase/decrease a player’s rebounding totals by an extra board or two without having any effect on the game. And chasing boards recklessly without boxing out can often be harmful to a team.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/10/08/rebounding-rates-and-the-201415-j-j-hickson-all-stars/

 

–  What teams will climb the rankings in offensive efficiency this season?  (from John Schumann,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/john_schuhmann/10/08/most-improved-offenses/index.html

 

–  Dissecting Clipper Defense  (from   Larson Ishii and Caden Kinard,  clipsnation.com):

” I’m not one to put too much stock into anything that happens in preseason basketball, especially the first two games. However, in watching the Clippersplay the Nuggets and Raptors, there was one meaningful thing that jumped out at me: the Clippers have completely changed how they defend the pick and roll.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/9/9485983/clip-chat-dissecting-clippers-new-defense

 

For those with access to NBA Insider:

 

Golden State Warriors: 2015-16 player profiles (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/preview2015/insider/story/_/id/13431825/golden-state-warriors-player-profiles

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Pacers:   Mahinmi Happy with Limited Role  (from Mark Monteith,  paacers.com) : http://www.nba.com/pacers/mahinmi-happy-limited-role

 

–  Raptors’ James Johnson looking forward to playing time  (from Mike Ganter, Post Media Network):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2015/10/08/22560601.html

 

–   Cauley-Stein impressing coaches, teammates with energy, effort  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article38293308.html

 

–  Blazers’ Allen Crabbe playing with house money, cashes in  (from Peter Socotch,  csnnw.com):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/crabbe-playing-house-money-cashes

 

–  Outspoken Enes Kanter has a complicated relationship with his home country of Turkey (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-outspoken-enes-kanter-has-a-complicated-relationship-with-his-home-country-of-turkey/article/5452222/?page=2

 

–  PIERCE, JOHNSON OFFER DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR DOC RIVERS  (form Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/pierce-johnson-offer-different-options-for-rivers

 

–   Avery Bradley goes back to the future  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):  http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720545/avery-bradley-goes-back-to-the-future

 

–   Childhood finger injury helped motivate Heat guard Gerald Green to succeed  (from Linda Robertson, Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article38271498.html

 

–   Film Room: The Lance Stephenson Exemplum – Part 2  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/8/9474317/film-room-the-lance-stephenson-exemplum-part-2

 

–   Terrence Ross Is Ready To Bring More To The Raptors This Year  (from Stephen Brotherston,  Pro Bball Report):   http://probballreport.com/terrence-ross-is-ready-to-bring-more-to-the-raptors-this-year/

 

–   LaMarcus Aldridge seeking balance between aggressive and selfless with Spurs  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/spurs/2015/10/09/lamarcus-aldridge-balance-aggressive-selfless-spurs-preseason-debut/73638170/

 

–  Reason to believe in Dion Waiters?  (from Luke McConnell, dailythunder.com):  http://dailythunder.com/2015/10/reason-to-believe-in-dion/

 

–  Cleveland Cavaliers Player Previews: Richard Jefferson  (from Trevor Magnotti,  fearthesword.com):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2015/10/9/9451331/2015-cleveland-cavaliers-player-previews-richard-jefferson-just-needs

 

–   Robert Upshaw is focused on reaching his defensive potential with the Lakers  (from Drew Garrison, silverscreenandroll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/9/9485963/la-lakers-robert-upshaw-preseason-analysis