Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/4/17 PART ONE

Rockets Look To Keep Improving (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Since Acquiring Bledsoe, The Bucks’ Defense Is Clicking (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Raptors’ Lorenzo Brown is The Perfect Two-Way Contract Player (from Stephen Brotherston, Pro BBall Report):
Weekly TV Guide (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Three Random NBA Thoughts: Cutting In Transition, Brandon Ingram, The Pass Defenses Fear (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
NOTE: For more great insight from Mo, be sure to check out BI Podcast #8:  http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/11/29/basketball-intelligence-podcast-8-guest-mo-dakhil/
ORL’s Young Guns Deserve A Longer Leash (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):
Teams That May Be Regretting Their 2017 Draft Decisions  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Ranking The Teams By Tiers (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
NBA Teams That Should Already Be Tanking (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Dennis Smith, Jr Has Bought Into Rick Carlisle’s Philosophy (from Josh Bowe, Mavs Moneyball):
Nerlens Noel Q & A (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Myles Turner’s Rebounding & Defense (from Derek Kramer,  ipacers.com):
Nuggets Are Finding Lineups That Works With Jokic & Millsap Out (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):
Adebayo’s Next Challenge (from Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel):
Anthony’s Sacrifices Are Allowing Players Like Steven Adams To Step Up (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Markieff Morris: Searching For A Surge (from Todd Dybas, Washington Times):
With More Playing Time, Joe Harris Is Delivering (from Roger Rubin, Newsday):
Q & A With Kuzma’s Trainer Clint Parks (from Hannah Kulik, lakersnation.com):
Why Steve Kerr Struggles Managing Iguodala’s Minutes (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Lakers: KCP’s Defensive Impact (from Cameron Neimand, Silver Screen And Roll):
TJ Warren: By The Numbers (from Kyle Clark, 94 Feet Report):
NBA Sophomores Who Are Making The Leap (form Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/29/17

Modern NBA Offense: How Is The Post-Up Utilized  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
Spurs: Bench Production Is A Reliable Strength (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Breaking Down A Summer Of Blockbuster Trades (from Jeremy Layton/Bobby Marks, NY Post):
Jaylen Brown Looks To Up His Defensive Play (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
As Training Camps Open, Every Team’s Biggest Flaw (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Rookies With The Steepest Learning Curves (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
Grading The Magic’s Roster (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Shane Larkin’s Second Chance  (from Benny Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Despite Distance, Miami Heat Forging True Partnership With Its G-League Team  (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days.com):
Raptors Talk About Change While Remaining The Same (from Jesus Gomez, Fanrag Sports):
Raptors: Greater Focus On Off-Season Conditioning (from slam.canoe.com):
Blatant Tanking To Get Slightly Less Valuable For Some Teams (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Sixers Have Three Weeks To Figure Themselves Out (from David Murphy, philly.com):
Mavericks: Lack Of Paint Shots, Free Throws (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Taurean Prince: Ready For Expanded Role (from Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops):
Jahlil Okafor: Extreme Reclamation Project  (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Pelicans: Three Storylines  (from Evan Dyal, Sir Charles In Charge):
Slimmer Nurkic Grasps His Role (from Casey Holdahl, blazers.com):
How A Year Away From Hoops Made Ben Simmons Better  (from Kyle Neubeck, phillyvoice.com):
Millsap Solidifies Nuggets’ Incredible Culture Shift (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/12/16

Evan Turner: At Home At On The Midrange (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

–  Kristaps Porzingis And The Path To Greatness (from M Miranda, Posting And Toasting):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2016/10/10/13218556/kristaps-porzingis-and-the-path-to-greatness

Kevin McHale On Whether Harden Can Be A Facilitator First  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17773729/former-houston-rockets-coach-kevin-mchale-unsure-james-harden-become-facilitator-first

–  Monitoring Dwyane Wade Will Be A Matter Of Feel  (from Vincent Goodwill,  CSNChicago):

Read it here:  http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-bulls/bulls-monitoring-dwyane-wade-matter-feel-opposed-model

–  Dwyane Wade Vows To Extend His Career With An Evolving Game  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-dwyane-wade-evolving-game-bulls-spt-1010-20161009-story.html

–  Ten Replacement Players With Big Shoes To Fill (from Shaun Powell,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/11/10-players-replacing-stars-nba-kevin-durant-kobe-bryant-derrick-rose

–  The Rubio Effect  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/11/one-team-one-stat-minnesota-timberwolves-zach-lavine-ricky-rubio

–  What Are The Lakers Running?  (from Coach Nick, BBall breakdown):

Read it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=iolBtjFD3YU

–  Using Bogut’s Playmaking Skills Is A Two-Way Adjustment For Mavs  (from Earl K. Sneed, mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/utilizing-andrew-boguts-playmaking-skills-is-two-way-adjustment-for-mavs/

–  Mike Malone:  We Are At Our Best In Transition  (from Harrison Wind, bsndenver.com):

Read and view it here:  http://bsndenver.com/when-were-at-our-best-is-in-transition-malone-nuggets-want-to-push-the-pace-this-season/

–  Basketball Is Fun Again For Kenneth Faried  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/11/kenneth-faried-reinvigorated-denver-nuggets/

–  For Alan Anderson, Basketball Isn’t Just A Job, It’s Been A Journey  (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-alan-anderson-20161011-snap-story.html

–  Al Horford, Amir Johnson Forming Frontcourt Fellowship  (from Taylor C. Snow,  celtics.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-101116-horford-johnson-forming-frontcourt-fellowship

–  Zach Lowe’s “Thirty Crazy Predictions” For 2016-17  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17734638/30-crazy-predictions-2016-17-nba-season-zach-lowe

–  Mavs Partner With Bedgear’s Sleep Experts  (from Kendra Andrews, sporttechie.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sporttechie.com/2016/10/12/sports/nba/mavericks-partner-with-sleep-experts/

–  Nick Zeisloft: From IU Role Player To NBA Training Camp  (from Jim Ayerllo,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2016/10/11/iu-role-player-nba-training-camp-why-nick-zeisloft-pacer/91897370/

–  Ilyasova: The Thunder’s X-Factor  (from Tony Heim, Thunderous Intentions):

Read it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2016/10/12/ersan-ilyasova-x-factor/

–  D-League Diversity: A History Of Minority Coaches  (from Adam Johnson, D-League Digest):

Read it here:  http://dleaguedigest.com/2016/10/11/dleague-diversity-minority-head-coaches/

Referee Bill Kennedy’s “Coming Out Party”  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/17764735/nba-referee-bill-kennedy-long-coming-story

–  What To Look For In A New CBA  (from Eric Pincus, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/what-to-look-for-in-a-new-collective-bargaining-agreement/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/31/16

–  Scott Brooks Won’t Immediately Reward Young Players With Playing Time  (from Ben Mehic Wiz Of Awes):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2016/08/30/washington-wizards-2016-17-season-predictions-scott-brooks-wont-immediately-reward-young-players-with-playing-time/

–  Spurs Stamp Evident As Sean Marks Hires Staff (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/8/30/12708344/spurs-stamp-evident-as-sean-marks-hires-staff

–  Are The Rockets Headed For Terrible Defense?  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/08/30/houston-rockets-terrible-defensive-season/

–  The Most Intriguing Offseason Moves (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Ilsutrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/08/29/kevin-durant-stephen-curry-warriors-celtics-timberwolves-nba-free-agency

–  Clippers’ Player Profiles  (from Kevin Pelton,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17368113/los-angeles-clippers-player-profiles-chris-paul-blake-griffin-deandre-jordan-more-nba

–  Draymond And Durant Will Be Just Fine Together  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/draymond-green-kevin-durant-warriors-breakdown-nba-season-preview/1x6nyk5lmv3vd1pyrewcavsq45

 Is Steve Clifford The Most Undervalued NBA Asset?  (from Jonny Auping, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/243221/Is-Steve-Clifford-The-Most-Undervalued-Asset-In-The-NBA

–  The Continuing Education Of Larry Sanders  (from Mike Pielucci,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-continuing-education-of-larry-sanders

–  The Knicks’ Potential Point Guard Problems  (from Tommy Beer, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-knicks-potential-point-guard-problem/

 How NBA Coaches Use Their Point Guards Off The Ball (from John Zall):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ8h9IAH5J4

–  Cavs’ Baseline Out-Of-Bounds Plays (from John Zall):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bnNEM_0kCw

 Elder Statesmen On New Teams  (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Ilustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/08/31/dwyane-wade-pau-gasol-david-west-warriors-spurs-bulls-cavaliers-free-agency

 What Does The Lauvergne Trade Mean For Thunder And Nuggets?  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nuggets-trade-joffrey-lauvergne-to-thunder-for-two-second-round-picks/

 Who, Exactly, Is “The League” You Talk About  (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/who-exactly-is-the-league-you-talk-about/

Stretch Provision Deadline (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/08/stretch-provision-deadline-for-201617-salary.html

Empty Tank:  Hinkie’s Shadow Looms Large  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/empty-tank-hinkies-shadow-looms-over-nba/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Karl-Anthony Towns (from Brandon Jefferson, BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/08/30/next-level-karl-anthony-towns/

Jeremy Lamb  (from Jerry Stephens, Swarm And Sting);  http://swarmandsting.com/2016/08/30/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lamb-realize-potnetial/

Evan Turner (from Willy Raedy, Blazers Edge):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/8/30/12706794/portland-trail-blazers-2016-nba-free-agency-evan-turner-off-ball-analysis

 Serge Ibaka (from Sports Illustrated);  http://www.si.com/thecauldron/2016/08/30/serge-ibaka-orlando-magic-oklahoma-city-thunder

Alexis Ajinca  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/8/30/12695106/nba-alexis-ajinca-new-orleans-pelicans-center-omer-asik-anthony-davis

–  Jaylen Brown (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/potential-there-now-how-quickly-will-jaylen-brown-reach-it

 Julius Randle  (from Jameson Miller,  Silver Screen And Roll):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/8/30/12666350/la-lakers-julius-randle-stats-analysis-breakdown-rank

–  Kendall Marshall (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/8/30/12698654/kendall-marshall-nba-d-league-utah-jazz

–  Bradley Beal (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/major-hurdle-clear-bradley-beal-en-route-becoming-max-player

 Tim Hardaway, Jr  (from Chris Herbert, Peachtree Hoops):  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2016/8/31/12702776/the-hawks-tim-hardaway-second-season-jump

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/29/15

– Reviewing Wednesday night’s action (from Satchel Price, sbnation): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9632816/nba-scores-2015-thunder-spurs-nuggets-rockets-bulls-nets

– Nothing was more compelling on opening night than Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard (from Jenni Carlson, newsok.com): http://newsok.com/nothing-was-more-compelling-on-opening- night-than-kevin-durant-vs.-kawhi-leonard/article/5456740/?page=2

– Cavaliers show improved depth and beat the Grizzlies at their own game (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/10/cleveland_cavaliers_show_impro.html

– Raptors adapt well in opener (from Eric Koreen, National Post): http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-adapt-well-in-opener-storm-back-to-subdue-indiana-pacers

– Heat shows off depth in season opener (from Ethan J. Skolnick,Miami Herald): http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article41768553.html

– Spoelstra key to strong start for revamped Heat (from Israel Gutierrez, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998460/erik-spoelstra-role-most-critical-early-revamped-miami-heat

– Hornets a work-in-progress (from Rick Bonnell. Charlotte Observer): http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article41770617.html

– Grizzlies: Defining the problem with grit and grind (from Peter Edmiston, commercialappeal.com): http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Defining-the-problem-with-grit-and-grind-337983372.html

– Knicks’ first game makes Phil Jackson look good (from Frank Isola, NYDailyNews): http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/isola-phil-jackson-article-1.2415755

– Clippers 111, Kings 104 (from Justin Russo, clipsnation.com): http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/10/28/9633110/game-1-recap-los-angeles-clippers-sacramento-kings-october-28-2015

– 5 reasons to be optimistic about Pistons (from Jamie Samuelsen, freep.com): http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-jamie-samuelsen-blog/74787588/

– Notes on Tuesday’s Pistons vs Hawks game (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Pattern of Basketball): http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/10/pistons-vs-hawks.html

-Pistons leaving no game unwatched in hopes of uncovering the NBA’s secrets (from Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-reggie-jackson-andre-drummond-film-tape

– Tale of two debuts: Towns looks ready, while Russell seems to drift aimlessly (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated): http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/29/karl-anthony-towns-dangelo-russell-lakers-wolves-kevin-garnett-kobe-bryant-rookies

– Towns had solid debut (from Broderick Turner, LATimes): http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-ln-karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-debut-20151028-story.html

– Pacers a ‘work in progress’ in season-opening loss (from Candace Buckner, indystar.com): http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/29/pacers-drop-season-opener-raptors-106-99/74726586/

– First game for Nuggets’ rookie Emmanuel Mudiay and coach Michael Malone a success (form Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post): http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_29038955/nuggets-dominate-road-win-at-houston-open-season

– Brad Stevens vows to think outside the box, shows some of that against Philadelphia 76ers (from Jay King, masslive.com): http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/jared_sullinger_boston_celtics_10.html

– Bulls’ Coach Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from Zach Lowe, Grantland): http://grantland.com/the-triangle/five-minutes-with-bulls-coach-fred-hoiberg/

– The Next 3-And-D Players (from Joshua Riddell, BBall Breakdown): http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/28/robert-covington-next-3-d-players/

– Dead money looks bad, but more NBA teams are smartly using it to stretch salary cap (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13956906/dead-money-paying-opposing-players-looks-bad-lets-nba-teams-stretch-salary-cap

Kings Assistant Coach Nancy Lieberman: “One of the Guys” (from Nancy Lieberman, The Players Tribune): http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nancy-lieberman-kings-women-in-coaching/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

– Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor Era begins (from Marcus Hays, philly.com): http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151029_Sixers__Jahlil_Okafor_Era_begins.html

– Okafor’s Debut gives Sixers’ Process Clearer Focus: (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News): http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4659603-sixers-76ers-tank-rebuild-sam-hinkie-jahlil-okafor-philadelphia-nba-draft-lottery-nerlens-noel

– While his body recovers, Derrick Rose’s mind stays intact (form Vincent Goodwill, csnchicago): http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/bulls-while-his-body-recovers-derrick-roses-mind-stays-intact

– Blake Griffin showed the complete package against the Kings (from sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9634596/blake-griffin-highlights-stats-clippers-kings

– Isaiah Thomas played like a superstar in the Boston Celtics 112-95 opening night victory (from Kevin O’Connor, celticsblog.com): http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/29/9633966/isaiah-thomas-plays-like-a-superstar-in-boston-celtics-112-95-opening-night-win-nba-victory

– Trail Blazers’ guard CJ McCollum and his career night: ‘A long time coming’ (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com): http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/cj-mccollum-and-his-career-night-emerge-dark-place-long-time-coming

– John Wall in the Wizards’ new up-tempo system (from Jesus Gomez, sbnation.com): http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/10/29/9636536/john-wall-highlights-wizards-magic-statstics

– Jared Sullinger seizes his chance (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe): http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/28/jared-sullinger-seized-his-opportunity/CshYzIPvf9xlQASTFLHRYN/story.html

– Rookie Jerian Grant soaking in advice from Knicks vets like Jose Calderon (from Ian Begley, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13998366/nba-newyork-knicks-point-guards-jose-calderon-jerian-grant-develop-mentor-relationship

– Gordon Hayward Q & A (from Scoop Jackson, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13994995/qa-utah-jazz-shooting-guard-gordon-hayward

– Lance Stephenson May be the Clippers X-Factor (from Sam Amick, USAToday): http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/clippers/2015/10/29/lance-stephenson-los-angeles-starter-sacramento-kings/74789162/

– Tony Parker Embracing New Role (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN): http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/15/tony-parker-embracing-new-role-with-spurs

– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Breaking Down his Performance (from Ryan B. Winner, nothinbutnets.com): http://nothinbutnets.com/2015/10/29/rondae-hollis-jefferson-breaking-down-his-performance/

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