Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/14/18

BKN: Afterthought Treveon Graham Is Making A Case For Serious Court Time (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
BOS: Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
CLE: George Hill Is Looking To Be Collin Sexton’s Tony Parker (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
CLE: Unresolved Issues (from Chris Parker, King James Gospel):
DAL:  Doncic & Jordan Set To Make Magic Out Of Pick-And-Roll (from Frank Urbina, Hoops Hype):
DAL: Can Doncic Be A Good Defender?  (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban):
DET: Fully Healthy, Blake Griffin Is Out To Silence Doubters (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
DET: Pistons Will Rely On Unconventional Lineups At Times (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: When The Warriors Took Root In Oakland (from Bruce Jenkins, SF Chronicle):
HOU: Rockets Run On CP3’s Competitive Spirit (from Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle):
IND: McMillan Is Tapping The Breaks On Turner-Sabonis Pairing  (form Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
MEM: Grizzlies Roster Analysis  (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
MEM: Grizzlies’ Rebounding Need A Quick Fix (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):
MIA: Q & A: Udonis Haslem (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
OKC: What’s Real & What’s Fake From Thunder’s Preseason  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
PHI: Q & A: Robert Covington (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
PHI: Landry Shamet’s Expected Role (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):
SAC: Finishing Better Could Make A World Of Difference For De’Aaron Fox (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):
TOR: Kawhi: No Talk, All Action (from Dave Zarum, Sportsnet.ca):
Rules Changes: What To Expect  (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):
Get To Know The 8 New Head Coaches (from Kyle Irving, Sporting News):

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 10/1/18

The 2018-19 League Pass Rankings, Part One (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
BOS: Quality 3-Pointers On Celtics’ Menu (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
CHI: Markkanen’s Out 6-8 Weeks: Now What?  (from Ryan Borja, bullsconf.com):
DAL: The Mavs Could Be Better Than You Think, Sooner Than You Think (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
LAL: Key Takeaways From LBJ’s Lakers Debut  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
LAL: Observations From Training Camp (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
MIA: Whiteside The Big Positive In Heat’s Preseason Opener (from Anthony Chicang, Miami Herald):
MIN: Wolves Facing Rising Pressure In The Butler Saga (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):
NYK: What Fizdale Wants From Hezonja (from Greg Joyce, NY Post):
OKC: Grading The Thunder Roster (from NBA Math):
OKC: Takeaways From Blue & White Scrimmage (from Nick Gallo, thunder.com):
OKC: Schroder Could Lead Thunder To New Heights (from Chris Guest, 94 Feet Report):
PHO: Suns’ Preseason Keys (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
POR: Blazers Shoot For Improvement (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
POR: Setting A Baseline For Blazers’ Assists This Season (from TeamMom, Blazer’s Edge):
SAS: The Debut Of The New-Look Spurs (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
TOR: Simplifying The Offense Is Just One Step In Acclimating Kawhi (from Eric Koreen, he Athletic):
TOR: Raptors Have Two Weeks To Prepare Their Defense (from Doug Smith, Toronto Star):
TOR: Miles Looking To Overcome Defensive-Minded Depth on The Wing (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
The Next EC Dynasty Could Depend On The…Sacramento Kings  (from Bryan Mears, The Action Network):
EuroLeague Top 100 Players, 91-100  (from Antonis Stroggylakis, Eurohoops.net):
Josh Boone: Finding A Home In The NBL  (from Matthew Kipp, Liberty Ballers):

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 9/27/18

How NBA Moms Help Their Sons Deal With Fame & Fortune (from Benjamin Rachlin,The Atlantic):

Read it here:  https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/how-moms-help-nba-players-adjust-league/571195/

BKN: Theo Pinson, Diamond In The Rough (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  https://www.netsdaily.com/2018/9/27/17909268/theo-pinson-a-diamond-in-the-rough-with-a-chip-on-his-shoulder

BKN: Working On Forcing More Turnovers (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  https://nypost.com/2018/09/26/nets-coach-already-working-on-fixing-a-past-weakness/

BOS: Brad Stevens’ Year Away From Basketball (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2794424-spreadsheets-poker-and-run-down-camry-brad-stevens-year-away-from-basketball

BOS: Marcus Smart Is Adjusting To Life Without His Beloved Mother (from Jay King, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/549552/2018/09/26/a-beautiful-nightmare-marcus-smart-adjusting-to-life-without-his-beloved-mother/

CHA: What Tony Parker Hopes To Bring To The Hornets (from Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article219008980.html

DET: Inside Blake Griffin’s “Scientific” Offseason (from James Edwards III, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/546394/2018/09/26/inside-blake-griffins-scientific-offseason/

DET: Dwane Casey’s Culture Revolves Around Honest Communication (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  https://www.detroitbadboys.com/2018/9/27/17878274/dwane-caseys-culture-revolves-around-honest-communication-media-day-andre-drummond-blake-griffin

GSW: Steph Curry On His Offseason Work (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):

Read it here:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/26/stephen-curry-calls-his-offseason-work-one-of-the-best-summers-i-had/

GSW: Mike Dunleavy, Jr: Complicated Past, New Scouting Future With The Dubs (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/550772/2018/09/26/mike-dunleavy-jr-complicated-past-new-scouting-future-with-the-warriors/

LAL: Lonzo May Be The Key To LBJ’s Golden Years (from DJ Foster, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/25/17896972/lonzo-ball-lebron-james-lakers

LAL: Post-Break Jump In Threes (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2018/09/25/one-team-one-stat-los-angeles-lakers-3-point-shooting

MEM: Grading The Grizzlies Roster (from NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-memphis-grizzlies-for-2018-19/

MIA: Grading The Heat Roster  (from NBA Math):

Read it here:  https://nbamath.com/crystalbasketball-ranking-the-miami-heat-for-2018-19/

MIA: Heat Can Capitalize On Versatility With Olynyk (from Brandon Johnson, All U Can Heat):

Read and watch it here:  https://allucanheat.com/2018/09/27/miami-heat-can-capitalize-versatility-kelly-olynyk/

MIA: Meet The Personal Chef Who Helped DWade Change His Diet To Prolong His Career (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2018/9/26/17827222/dwyane-wade-chef-richard-ingraham-nba-player-diet-nutrition-day-in-the-life

MIL: Budenholzer Has Everyone Shooting Threes (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):

Read it here:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2018/09/26/budenholzer-has-bucks-all-them-shooting-three-pointers/1426257002/

MIN: Luol Deng Has That Fire Back (from Kyle Ratke, timberwolves.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/timberwolves/news/luol-deng-has-fire-back

NOP: Q & A: Darren Erman (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):

Read it here: https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_f41adbb2-bc11-11e8-9441-93f72e1b4bbb.amp.html

NYK: Hezonja Confident Career Will Turn Around (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-sports-hezonja-knicks-breakthough-20180926-story.html

ORL: Bamba’s Quest For Greatness (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/magic/news/bamba-focused-quest-greatness

PHO: 1st Impressions Of Deandre Ayton (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):

Read it here:  https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2018/9/25/17902260/deandre-ayton-phoenix-suns-teammates-astounded

SAS: Dejounte Murray Could Be Spurs’ Next Star (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here:  https://fansided.com/2018/09/27/dejounte-murray-spurs-homegrown-star/

TOR: Why The New-Look Raptors Could Lead The NBA In 3-Pointers  (from William Lou, The Score):

Read it here:  https://www.thescore.com/nba/news/1613840

TOR: Nick Nurse Thrives In The Details (from Holly MacKenzie, raptors.com):

Read it here:  https://www.nba.com/raptors/nick-nurse-thrives-in-the-details

TOR: Raptors Hoping Championship Pedigree Of Spurs Vets Will Rub Off (from Josh Lewenburg, tsn.ca):

Read it here:  https://www.tsn.ca/raptors-hoping-championship-pedigree-of-spurs-vets-will-rub-off-1.1181469

WAS: Satoransky Is Ready To Embrace His Positional Versatility (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/tomas-satoransky-ready-embrace-his-positional-versatility-never

WAS: Wall Knows That Being Better On Paper Means Nothing (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/the-wizards-are-a-better-team-on-paper-john-wall-knows-that-means-nothing/2018/09/26/f423b050-c1ae-11e8-b338-a3289f6cb742_story.html

Brian Bowen’s Situation May Prove That Australia’s NBL Is A Viable Workaround  (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/541085/2018/09/26/brian-bowen-situation-may-prove-australias-nbl-is-a-viable-work-around-of-ncaa-eligibility-rules/

Video Breakdown: Veer Finish (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop/Drew Hanlen, Pure Sweat):

Watch it here:  https://pickandpop.net/2018/09/veer-finish/

Today’s BI Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Jack McKinney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/obituaries/jack-mckinney-dead.html