Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/9/18 PART TWO

Assessing The Buyout Market (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Big Men Pull-Up Shooting: A Measure Of Offensive Ceiling (from Cole Zwicker, The Stepien):
Revisiting The 2017 Deadline Trades (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Conversation With Mbah A Moute (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Cavs Hit The Reset Button To “Avert A Slow Death” (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Nuggets Decided It Was Time To Get Off The Mudiay Roller Coaster (from Zack Mikash, Denver Stiffs):
Pat Riley Explains The Heat’s DWade Acquisition (from Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post):
–  Bob Myers: Why The Warriors Made No Moves (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
With Technical Fouls Mounting, Warriors Look To Strike A Balance (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
Paxson Feels Good About Where The Bulls Are Heading (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Kings Seem To Finally Commit To Youth Movement (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Assessing The ROY Race (from Sam Prescott, The Wesleyan Argus):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/9/18 PART ONE

Rubio & Mitchell’s Unlikely Partnership Is Driving The Jazz (from Brendon Kleen, The Step Back):
The Cavs’ Imperfect Deadline Was The Best They Could Do  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Will The Cavs’ Dramatic Overhaul Save Their Season?  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
New Cavalier Breakdowns (from Mike Zavagno, Fear The Sword):
George Hill: The Perfect Complement To LBJ (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Koby Altman: Cavs Trades Were About Building Chemistry (from Matthew Florjancic, WKYC):
Trade Deadline Winners & Losers (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
The Lakers Cleared Long-Term Salary While Adding A First-Round Pick  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Best, Worst & Most Surprising Moves (from ESPN Expert Roundtable):
Not Trading Evans Will Hurt The Grizzlies (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Why Teams Were Hesitant To Trade First-Round Picks At The Deadline (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
A Sign Of Rockets’ Strength: No Deadline Deals (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Sixers:  JJ Redick & Justin Anderson Know What It’s Like To Be Traded At The Deadline (from Zack Rosenblatt, NJ.com):
Greg Monroe’s Strong Debut (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):
Meet New Piston Jameer Nelson (from Joseph Sinke, Hashtag Basketball):
The Complexity Of Scouting Trae Young (from Patrick Oxford, 94 Feet Report):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/8/18

Heat: Josh Richardson Flourishing Despite Losing Streak (from Simon Smith, All U Can Heat):
HOU 109, MIA 101 (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
NOTE: The following story was published prior to yesterday’s game vs CLE.  In that sense, it may be about the Cavs’ defense as much as it is about the Wolves’ offense:
How The Wolves Have Defied The “Modern NBA” To Achieve Offensive Success (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
If The Cavs Can’t Fix Their Defense, They Won’t Fix Their Season (from Michael D. Sykes II, SBNation):
Cavs: Promise Of More Playing Time For Osman After Strong Effort Vs. Wolves (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):
CLE-MIN: LBJ’s Ridiculous Final 30 Seconds (from Emma Baccellieri, Deadspin):
OKC vs. GSW: Paul George’s Defensive Brilliance (from Whitney Medworth, SBNation):
Thunder: How Does An NBA Team Replace The Irreplaceable? (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
How The Pistons Are Working Blake Griffin Into Their Offense (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
DET 111, POR 91 (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Raptors’ Process-Oriented Approach Is Working (from Seerat Sohi, The Athletic):
Raptors’ Blowout Of BOS: A Warning To East’s Elite (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Raptors’ Youngsters Form One Of The NBA’s Bench Units (from Rachel Brady, The Globe And Mail):
Video Breakdown: Pacers’ “Curl Down Flare” (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Wolves: How Butler & Gibson Have Helped Coach Thibs Set The Tone (from Joseph Casciaro, The Score):
The Knicks Must Solidify Their Foundation (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):
Knicks: KP Injury Has No Silver Lining (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Welcome Back, Emeka Okafor (from Jackson Lloyd, 94 Feet Report):
Glossary: Traded Player Exception  (from Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors):
The Underdog: Torrey Craig (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):
Trey Burke: Embracing His New Opportunity (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Kris Dunn: Eager To Exit Concussion Protocol & Get Back To Work (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
Jahlil Okafor: Struggling In Brooklyn (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Wizards: Mike Scott, Quirky Locker Room Favorite (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/7/18

Paul George Has Evolved Into Westbrook’s Ideal Sidekick (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):

OKC’s Turnover-Forcing Defense & How It Fuels Their Offense (from SBNation):
The Raptors Show How Good They Can Be (from Michael D. Sykes II, SBNation):
Raptors & Celtics Are Examples Of Importance Of Player Development (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):
KP’s ACL Tear: A Franchise Altering Injury (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Behind The Scenes Story Of A Deadline Deal That Changed The Trajectory Of A Franchise (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Jazz Sets That Create Open 3s (from Mike Zavagno):
Meet The Nuggets’ Point Guard: Center Nikola Jokic  (from Josh Plaos, Washington Post):
Oladipo’s Underrated Defense (from Tony East, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Pacers: Why Making No Move At The Trade Deadline May Be Their Best Move (from Adam Friedman, Indy Cornrows):
Grading 2017’s Deadline Deals One Year Later (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Reggie Bullock Has Been A Delightful Surprise For The Pistons This Season (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
The Distance Between LBJ & The Cavs Is Growing (from Jason LLoyd, The Athletic):
Cristiano Felicio: Trying To Show He’s Still Got Game (from Will Gottlieb, The Athletic):
Sixers Assistant Coach Billy Lange’s Role Regarding Markelle Fultz (from Bret Stuter, The Sixer Sense):
Sixers: The Fultz Saga Continues (from Sarah Todd, philly.com):
Trade Deadline BS Meter (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
Seth Curry’s Injury Changed The Season For The Mavericks (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):

Key Factors In ORL’s Improved Play: Trust & Jonathon Simmons (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):

Michael Beasley Is Instant Offense But He’s Stuck Being An NBA Nomad (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
How Steve Kerr’s Talented Roster Helped Him Build The Culture He Wanted (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Read it here:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/06/how-steve-kerrs-talented-roster-helped-him-build-culture-he-wanted/

Blake Griffin’s Leadership Style (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Has SVG Finally Figured Out The Stanley Johnson Puzzle? (from Ku Khahlil, Piston Powered):
Juancho Hernangomez: Staying Patient & Prepared (from Brendan Vogt, Mile High Sports):
Heat: Spoelstra Looking To Play Whiteside & Adebayo Together More  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
16 Years, Nine Teams, One Love (from Caron Butler, The Players Tribune):
What’s Next For The Bulls’ Rebuild? (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):
Shabazz Napier: Seizing Opportunity With The Blazers (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
Cavs: How To Solve Their IT Problem  (from Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report):

The Clippers-Pistons Trade: Special Edition

It seems as if virtually everyone published a “take” on the deal.  Here are some interesting ones: