Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/6/18

Josh Richardson: MIA’s Most Important Player? (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Top 4 ROY Candidates (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
Defense Makes “Playoff Lebron” A Thing  (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):
Kyle Korver: Still Playing At A High Level (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
Can We Just Enjoy Nikola Jokic For A Minute? (from Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Nuggets: Will Barton Recaptured Thrill After Dark Times (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):
Will Gobert Be The Jazz’ Big Advantage AND Big Problem In The Playoffs? (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
VanVleet May Be The Key To Raptors’ Success (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):
The Celtics’ Best Non-Irving Lineups (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
How Losing Irving Impacts The Celtics’ Playoff Run (from Neil Paine/Kyle Wagner, FiveThirtyEight):
Pacers: GR III Is Making A Defensive Impact (from Sean Reynolds, Hashtag Basketball):
Nate McMillan’s Genius: Getting A Complete Team Effort Every Night (from Gregg Doyel, Indy Star):
Lillard: The Meaning Of “Dame Time” (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
How Portland Fell In Love With Lillard (from Paul Flannery, SB Nation):
Blazers: Wade Baldwin IV’s Defensive Impact (from Jayson Quick, NBC Sports):
Heat: Spoelstra Won’t Hesitate To Play McGruder In The Playoffs (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Video: Watch College Coaches Implement Pro Xs & Os: How Basketball Lessons Translate Across Levels (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
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Q & A: Jonathan Isaac (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Devin Booker Aims To Rise With The Suns (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
In Season Full Of Surprises, Bogdanovic May Be Pacers’ Biggest (from J.Michael Falgoust, Indy Star):
Julius Randle’s Tortuous Path (from Davide Tovani, Lake Show Life):
Knicks: O’Quinn Makes Most Of Opportunities (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Why I’m Jumping To The G-League (from Darius Bazley, The Players’ Tribune):
Doncic: International Man Of Mystery (from Eustacchio Raulli/Trevor Magnotti, 94 Feet Report):
What Can NBA Teams Do With Dzanan Musa? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/16/18

The Week In Review (from Justin, Nylon Calculus):
8 Observations (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
KAT Is Improving On Offense, Too (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):
How Have Team Offensive Play Types Changed? (from Positive Residual, Nylon Calculus):
Under-Appreciated Aspects Of Some Trade Deadline Targets (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
With Trade Deadline Approaching, What Some Teams Need To Consider (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
Cavs’ Lingering Issues Continue (from Michael Singer, USA Today):
The Cavs Must Make A Trade  (from Nathan Beighle, King James Gospel):
 (BI Note:  On 12/9, we wrote: “What’s the real import of the Cavs’ just-ended win streak? It was in part a “schedule” streak which means there will be “schedule payback”. From 1/8 thru 2/25: MIN,TOR,IND,GSW,ORL,OKC,SAS,IND,DET,DET,MIA,HOU,ORL,MIN,ATL,BOS,OKC,WAS,MEM,SAS”)
Q & A: Jamal Crawford (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
For The Moment, TJ McConnell Is The Sixers’ Only Solution To Their Biggest Weakness (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Darren Collison Takes Care Of The Ball (from Tony East, 8Points9Seconds):
John Wall: A View From 22+ Feet (from Rob Athmer, Hashtag Basketball):
Chris Paul’s Return Gets Ugly (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
ORL: Biyombo Elevates His Play, But Not The Team’s Defense (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
G-League Showcase: Day 4 Recap (from Alex Busch,
The EC All-Role Player Team (from Dennis Dow, 94 Feet Report):
Judging Win Probability Models (from Michael Beuoy, Inpredictable):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/20/17

Durant: Playing Like An MVP In Steph’s Absence (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
On Rotations, Rest & Ramifications For The Timberwolves (from Senthil Natarajan, Nylon Calculus):
Grading The 2017 First Round Draft Picks So Far (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Gordon Hayward’s Immense Pride & Unspeakable Agony (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
Jayson Tatum’s 3-Point Efficiency (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
CP3’s Presence Has Restructured Harden’s Minutes (from Max Croes, The Dream Shake):
Wizards: Three Troubling Stats (from Kenny Chapman, Wiz Of Awes):
Bucks: Brogdon’s Defensive Struggles (from Max Carlin, Behind The Buck Pass):
Book Excerpt: Betaball: How Data Saved The Warriors (from Eric Malinowski,
An Early Look At Kawhi’s Return (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Dejounte Murray: Poised To Breakout?  (from Taylor Young, Pounding The Rock):
It’s Mirotic’s Moment (from Sam Smith,
Jerry Reinsdorf On The Bulls’ Rebuild (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
Q & A: Eric Bledsoe (from Steve Aschburner,
Joe Ingles: Role Player Extraordinaire (from Paul Headley, 16 ins):
Finding Tristan Thompson’s Ideal Role Will Require Patience, Experimentation  (from Chris Fedor,
Josh Huestis’ Potential (from Gideon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
After The Loss Of His Mother, A New Ricky Rubio (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
Oladipo Gets His Opportunity & Breaks Out (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball Insiders):
What’s Going On With The Pelicans’ Rotations?  (from Jason Quigley, Locked On Pelicans):
Are The Kings Really A Young Team? (from Otis, Sactown Royalty):
Getting To Know Bogdan Bogdanovic (from Jack Maloney, CBS Sports):
Q & A: Marc Gasol (from David Aldridge,
Video Breakdown: Warriors’ OT Switching Confusion Vs. Lakers (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):
Has MKG’s “Unfixable” Flaw Been Fixed? (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Kris Dunn’s Improvement (from Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune):
How The Thunder Reversed Its “Clutch Curse” (from Erik Horne,
The Thunder Need To Play Faster (from Tony Heim, Thunderous Intentions):
Orlando Magic Playbook: The Power Of Switching  (From Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Kennard Not Fazed By SVG’s Demanding Ways (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
How Kyle Collinsworth Earned A Two-Way Contract With The Mavs (from Jay Yeomans,
Lance Stephenson’s Mid-Range Shooting (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/6/17 PART TWO

Tatum’s Lomg-Range Shooting: Just The Beginning  (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
3 Unexpected Teams With Potential To “Make Some Noise” (from Dan Karpuc, GIve Me Sport):
Celtics’ Defense Starts With Baynes (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Marcus Smart: A Terrible Shooter Who Is Nonetheless Essential To Celtics’ Offense (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
Jay Triano: Running With Second Chance As Head Coach (from Michael Grange,
Manu & Pau: The Spurs’ 77-Year Old Pick & Roll Machine (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):
Positionless Warriors Set The Bar For Interchangeable Defenders (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
Saric’s Rich Hoops History Fuels Him (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Magic Look To Take More Charges (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Q & A: Jodie Meeks (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype);
Danny Green: Self-Made Shot-Blocker (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
A Brief History Of The Warriors’ Growing Feud With Officials This Season  (from Chris Barnewall, CBS Sports):
Superteams’ Super Role Players (from Yaron Weitzman,
Hornets: A Closer Look At Dwight Howard’s Poor Post-Ups  (from Jerry Stephens, Swarm And Sting):
Jrue Holiday: Beginning To Pay Dividends At SG (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):
Pacers: Leaf Rejoins Rotation With Focus On Improvement (from Mark Monteith,


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/17/17

4 Ways The Celtics Can Use Hayward (from John Karalis,
Hawks’ Offensive Playbook: Pick And Roll Action, Part Two (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
Rudy Gobert Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Malcolm Delaney: A Rookie, A Brother & A Hail Of Gunfire (from Yaron Weitzman, ESPN):
The Case For Bagley As 2018 Draft’s “Crown Jewel” (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
“Baby Euro” Step By Scoring Move (from Zak Boisvert,
Why Embiid Is Great (from Daniel Stets, The Sixer Sense):
Every Team’s Best And Worst Current Contract (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
US Men’s Basketball Enters A New World – Without Its Stars (from Associated Press):
What Is A “Glue Guy”? (from Josh Bungum, Dunking With Wolves):
Examining Each Team’s Schedule (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Protecting Marquee Games With Schedule Tweaks (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
RJ Barrett: Next Canadian Star (from Alex Wong,
Podcast: Royce White (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Hezonja: Working To Regain Health (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
NOTE: Today’s edition of Basketball Intelligence is dedicated to the memory of Tommy Hawkins: