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 9/28/18

At Long Last, Nets & Knicks Are Being Patient  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/09/28/long-last-knicks-nets-are-employing-profound-strategy-patience/?utm_term=.8d1e5ac92def

BKN: D’Angelo Russell Is All In On The Intensity (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/nets/news/2018/09/27/brooklyn-nets-training-camp-dangelo-russell-is-all-in-on-the-intensity

From Greg Logan, Newsday: https://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-focal-point-remains-fourth-year-point-guard-d-angelo-russell-1.21289233

BOS: Horford Leads By Example (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/27/17907084/boston-celtics-al-horford-brad-stevens

CHI: Wendell Carter: Most Likely To Succeed (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/bulls/features/wendell-carter-jr-most-likely-succeed

DAL: No One Position Defines Doncic’s Game (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban):

Read it here:  https://thesmokingcuban.com/2018/09/28/dallas-mavericks-2018-luka-doncic-position-define-game/

DEN: Film Study: Anatomy Of The Nuggets’ Horns Flex (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.denverstiffs.com/2018/9/27/17907852/anatomy-of-a-play-from-the-denver-nuggets-playbook-horns-flex

GSW: Demarcus: Coming To The Warriors Is “The Best Basketball Decision I Ever Made” (from Demarcus Cousins, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/demarcus-cousins-golden-state-warriors

GSW: How Steph Handled An Offseason Of Change (from Connor Letourneau, SF Chronicle):

Read it here:  https://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/How-Stephen-Curry-handled-an-offseason-of-change-13264866.php

GSW: They Are The Warriors’ System, Part Two: Draymond Green (from Joe Viray, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2018/9/24/17874072/nba-2018-golden-state-warriors-draymond-green-system-video-play-breakdown

IND: Turner-Sabonis Experiment To Enter New Trial Phase (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turner-sabonis-experiment-enter-new-trail-phase

MEM: What We Learned From 1st Week Of Training Camp  (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/sports/nba/grizzlies/2018/09/28/nba-memphis-grizzlies-training-camp/1448260002/

MIA: What Whiteside Did This Offseason To Improve  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article218828095.html

MIN: The KAT Era Will Soon Begin In Earnest (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/27/17910312/karl-anthony-towns-tom-thibodeau-wolves

NYK: Kevin Knox: Training Camp Isn’t Summer League (from Marc Berman, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/09/27/kevin-knox-is-looking-much-different-against-real-nba-players/

NOP: Julius Randle’s Winding Road (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/julius-randle-from-hollywood-to-the-big-easy/

ORL: Coaches, Teammates See Jonathan Isaac As Potential X-Factor (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/coaches-teammates-think-jonathan-isaac-could-be-magics-x-factor-20180927

PHO:  What Type Of System Will Coach Kokoskov Run? (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/09/28/igor-kokoskov-phoenix-suns-system-playbook/

SAS: Dejounte Murray: The Spurs’ Crucial Point (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):

Read it here:  https://cleaningtheglass.com/the-spurs-crucial-point/

TOR: Will Last Season’s G-League MVP Lorenzo Brown Have A Meaningful Role With The Raptors? (from Mike Bossetti, Raptors Rapture):

Read it here: https://raptorsrapture.com/2018/09/28/toronto-raptors-lorenzo-brown-preview/

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Hambone Williams:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/nba/sd-sp-sports-hambone-williams-nba-death-20180927-story.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/20/18

Pelicans: Jrue Holiday Ready For Different Challenge (from William Guillory, The Athletic):
How The Jazz Use Misdirection (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
Video Breakdown: A Look Into Gordon Hayward’s Versatility (from Chris Grenham, Celtics Blog):
Can Bud Boost The Bucks?  (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
Dwane Casey Q  & A, Part Two  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Q & A: Enes Kanter, Man Without A Country (from Diamond Leung, The Athletic):
How Oladipo Aggressively Attacked The Offseason (from Scott Agness, The Athletic):
Ricky Rubio 2.0  (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
Video Breakdown: “Seal” And “Snake” Screens (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
9 Storylines That Will Define The Biggest Year In Aussie Hoops History (from Ben Mallis, pickandroll.com.au):
Australia: The NBL Import Class Of 2018-19 (from Peter Munt, The Pick And Roll):
Glenn Robinson & The Birth Of The Rookie Wage Scale (from Scott Romportl, Behind The Buck Pass):
Assessing The Mavs’ Investigation & Penalties (from Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated):
NOTE:  Digging through the tsunami of Butler stories seems to be taking the better part of forever.  So, in order to publish this edition of BI at a reasonable time, we will publish a later edition with links to the “Best of Butler”, once we have completed the review process.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/17/18

Jokic Pushes The Boundaries Of Big Man Offense (from Shehan Peiris Blog Don’t Lie):
Q & A: Terry Rozier (from Clay Skipper, GQ):
How The Suns Have Turned Over The Roster Around Booker (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Nets: Dzanan Musa’s Basketball Journey (from Tom Dowd, Nets.com):
Nets: What Impact Will New Two-Way Signee Alan Williams Make?  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
Raptors: Will The Bench Remain Dominant?  (from Louis Zatzman, Raptors Republic):
Should The Heat Start Adebayo?  (from Jackson Frank, The Step Back):
Unlikely Rookies Who May Surprise (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Celtics: What To Expect From Theis  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Jazz: Is This The Year Exum Arrives?  (from Mychal Lowman, SLC Dunk):
How The Pacers Could Manage Their Crowded Backcourt (from Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows):
Pistons: Galloway Ready To Get Going In Casey’s 3-Point Attack (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
Meet The Locals Chasing Dreams At G-League Tryout (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/14/18

5 ROY Favorites (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Dissecting Doncic’s D (from Max Levefvre, Cleaning The Glass):
5 EC Players Poised For Breakout Seasons (from Shlomo Sprung, Forbes):
Ben Simmons Doesn’t Need The Three-Pointer (from Trevor Magnotti):
Grading The Pistons’ Roster (from NBA Math):
Grading The Warriors’ Roster (from NBA Math):
Hayward: “Basically 100 Percent” (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):
The Best Passing Centers In NBA History  (from NBA.com):
Thibodeau On Acquiring Deng (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Q & A: Kevin Pritchard (from Scott Agness, The  Athletic):
Q & A: NBA Head Of Referee Ops Michelle Johnson (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
The Difficulty In Understanding The Importance Of Rebounding (from CharlieOCharles, Pounding The Rock):
This Proposed Rule Change Will Lead To “The Fast Break Reborn” (from Xiane, The Dream Shake):
Orlando Magic Film Room: Bigs Already Terrific Defensively (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
What Is It Like To Try Out For A G-League Team? (from Jovan Buha, The Athletic):
Today’s BI Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Coach Don Newman:
QOTD (from Ti Windisch on player ranking lists):  “…those kinds of lists are always going to be limited in how useful they can be. Any list of simply the “best” player is devoid of context. It takes place in a weird vacuum universe where it’s impossible to weigh the surrounding pieces.”