Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/27/17

George & Anthony Will Help Steven Adams Reach A New Level (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
What Wade Brings To The Cavs (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How Good Can The Celtics’ Offense Be? (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Blog):
– Celtics’ Task: Complementing The New “Big 3”  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
How Good Is Jae Crowder? (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Projecting The Top 5 Defenses (from Daniel O’Brien, Fanrag Sports):
Six Players Who Must Adjust To New Roles After Big Offseason Trades (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
How The The Most Impactful Role Players Fare With Their New Teams?  (from Michael Shapiro, Sports Illustrated):
Melo’s Playbook Model: 2008 Paul Pierce (from Gideon Lim, Thunderous Intentions):
Melo Can Push Thunder Back To Elite Offensive Status  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
Grading The Thunder Roster  (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Stotts Eyes Subtle Changes To Improve Blazers’ Defense (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):
Nuggets Making Key Changes To Improve Defense (from Harrison Wind, BSNDenver):
Saric’s Eurobasket Performance (from Tyler King, The Sixer Sense):
Frank Kaminsky: Healthy Again After “Miserable Process”  (from Steve Reed, AP):
Q & A: Travis Schlenk (from Michael Cunningham, Hardwood Nation):
Omri Casspi Interview (from Brady Klopfer, Golden State Of Mind):
Dante Cunningham Brings A Lot To The Table For Pelicans (from Hunter Noll, Pelican debrief):
Pacers: Thad Young, Ready For A New Role (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
There Are Numerous Layers To G-League Assignment Usage From NBA Teams (from Chris Reichert, 2ways10days.com):
Lottery Reform: Is It Necessary?  (from Just Carter, 94 Feet Report):
Dorrell Wright: Seeking An NBA Return (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/7/17

Can Westbrook Become More Of An Off-Ball Threat? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
This Is For Boston (from Isaiah Thomas, The Players Tribune):
Brad Stevens Responds To IT’s Comments (from Scott Polacek, Bleacher Report):
Top 50 Most Interesting Players In European Hoops:  11-20 (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
The New And Improved Nuggets (from Austin Hutchinson, medium.com):
Pacers Hopes Center Around Myles Turner (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Markkanen: Already Easing The Blow From Losing Butler (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
Mark Cuban Q & A (from Oliver Maroney, uproxx.com):
Kyrie Irving: Brad Stevens’ Next Project  (from wjsy, Celtics Blog):
The Summer League Story Of John Collins  (from Greg Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
What Can Otto Porter Do To Live Up To His Max Contract? (from Eric Spyropolous, NBA Math):
Biggest Impacts Of Players Changing Teams This Offseason (from Joe Romano, fansided.com):
Attacking The Switch – Concepts  (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Rex Walters Joins SVG’s Staff To Help Player Development (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
The Grizzlies’ Training Camp Concerns  (from BC Abraham, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Phil Jackson On Jerry Krause (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
Vin Baker’s Journey To Sobriety (from Bill Littlefield, WBUR):
Introduction To Dean Oliver’s Four Factors (from Justin Jacobs, squared2020):
Why Jaylen Brown And Other NBA Players Use Mental Skills App Lucid  (from Avery Yang,  Sporttechie.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/7/16

Pacers’ Offense Could Make Thad Feel Young Again  (from Mark Monteith, indystar.com):

–  Warriors’ Offense Needs To Get Centered  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/golden-state-warriors/post/_/id/2406/the-warriors-win-need-to-get-centered

–  Warriors’ Lack Of Big-Man Depth (from Anthony Slater, mercurynews.com):

–  C.J. Miles Is Embracing Fresh Start  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-c-j-miles-embracing-fresh-start/

–  The Clippers Are

The NBA’s True Jump-Shooting Team  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/06/one-team-one-stat-clippers-true-jump-shooting-team

–  The Knicks Have Ranked Last In Fast Break Points In Each Of The Past 4 Years (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/06/one-team-one-stat-no-pace-new-york

–  Film Review: Bill Herenda’s Kings Breakdown  (from Bill Herenda, iheart.com):

Watch it here:  http://kfbk.iheart.com/onair/bill-herenda-52749/bills-breakdown-kings-loss-to-the-15179272/

  Annual League Pass Rankings (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
JaMychal Green Not Feeling Pressure (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):
 – Injuries Complicating Matters For Sixers  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):
–  Dragan Bender, An Old Pro At 18, Knows The Grind  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Curry, Anderson Set To Lead Mavs’ Bench Production  (from Cole Mentzel, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/07/dallas-mavericks-curry-anderson-set-lead-bench-production/

–  Brian Shaw Is Happy To Be Back With The Lakers  (from Bill Oram, OC Register):
Rivers Likes Energy, Ball Movement From Three-Guard Lineup  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

–  Kevin Love Q & A  (from Matthew Rothstein, dimemag.com):

Read it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/kevin-love-interview-nba-title-chris-bosh/

–  Will Wes Matthews Return To Pre-Injury Form?  (from J.C. Fischer, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/10/7/13189918/wes-matthews-season-preview-achilles-injury

 

–  The Defensive 3-Point Revolution (from Chris Baker and Steve Shea, Basketball Analytics):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballanalyticsbook.com/2016/09/23/the-defensive-3-point-revolution/

–  Celtics’ Starters/Bench On Offense  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com ):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/7/13194192/celtics-bench-starting-to-fly-around-on-offense-jaylen-brown-terry-rozier-marcus-smart

–  James Harden: Context And Perception  (from Zachary Diluzio, Real GM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/243511/James-Harden-And-The-Issues-Of-Context-Perception

–  Mavs: Bogut’s Expected Impact  (from Earl K. Sneed, mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-see-new-center-andrew-bogut-immediate-impact-inside-season/

CJ McCollum: Improving The Most Improved  (from Mike Richman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/10/improving_the_most_improved_the_challenge_facing_c.html

 

–  Kelly Oubre’s Improvement  (from Jake Whitacre, bulletsforever.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/10/7/13199482/kelly-oubre-washington-wizards-hot-start-analysis

–  Malik Beasley Has The Tools  (from TJ McBride, bsndenver.com):

Read it here:  http://bsndenver.com/malik-beasley-has-the-tools-to-be-the-nuggets-future-at-shooting-guard/

 

–  A Peek Inside The Blazers’ Culture  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/peek-inside-culture-and-chemistry-makes-trail-blazers-click

–  Pistons Preview: Boban Marjanovich  (from Sean Corp, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/10/7/13186822/detroit-pistons-boban-marjanovic-player-preview-goat-emoji

–  The First Team Meeting  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/front-office-perspective-the-first-team-meeting-154348171.html

–  Delaware 87ers Head Coach Brandon Williams Q & A  (from Jake Pavorsky, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/10/7/13198970/delaware-87ers-general-manager-brandon-williams-philadelphia-76ers-d-league

Can Zach Auguste Make The Lakers’ Roster?  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/can-zach-auguste-make-the-lakers-roster/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/3/16

 Frank Vogel Brings Positive Approach To Magic  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando magic Daily):
–  Warriors’ Film Room:  Breaking Down Patrick McCaw’s Debut  (from Anthony Slater,  Mercury News):
–  Why KD Already Fits With The Warriors  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):
–  Thaddeus Young Catches A Break  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

 The Multiple Layers Of Ben Simmons’ Story  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-simmons-story-one-multiple-layers

–  C. J. Miles Changes His Plan After Reading His Scouting Report (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):
–  Ask Sam Mailbag  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
–  Nets’ Season Preview  (from Brian Fleurantin, Nets Daily):
–  Observations After 1st Week Of Nuggets’ Preseason Camp  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):
–  Grizzlies Hope Chandler Parsons Can Revolutionize Their Offense (from Brendan Galella,  Hoops Habit):
–  Pistons:  10 Observations From Opening Of Training Camp  (from Rod Beard, Detroit news):
–  Hornets’ Marvin Williams Would Be Hard To Replace  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
–  Sergio Rodriguez Is Suddenly Very Important For Sixers  (from Sean O’Connor, Liberty Ballers):
–  Jimmy Butler: Ready For The Spotlight  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
–  The Elements Of The Magic’s Pace-Heavy Offense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
–  Offseason In Review: Brooklyn Nets  (from Eddie Scarito, Hoops Rumors):
–  Thibodeau’s 1st Wolves Offseason  (from Michael Pina,  Real GM):
–  Raptors Expect Big Things From Siakam  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

–  Mozgov Confident He’ll Be Ready  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/firmly-730896-typical-santa.html

–  The Case For Damjan Rudez  (from Luka Jelcic, Orlando Magic Daily):
–  DeAndre Liggins: Getting Defensive  (from Joe Gabriele, cavs.com):
–  Connaughton Works On Ways To Get More Playing Time  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
–  Shabazz Muhammad Must Improve His Defense And Versatility  (from Kent Youngblood,  Star Tribune):
–  Thibodeau Has Big Plans For Bjelica  (from Jace Frederick,  twincities.com):
–  Clippers’ Player Preview:  Austin Rivers  (from Robert Flom):
–  New Heat Backup Center Willie Reed  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):
–  Robin Lopez’ “Under Pin” For Damian Lillard  (from Jon Giesbrecht,  BBall Breakdown):
–  More Than 125 Players Will Be Cut Before Season Starts  (from Eric Pincus, Basketball Insiders):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/16

–  Golden State’s Other Fresh Faces  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/golden-states-other-fresh-faces-7b8cb38fe922#.p611a931m

Nuggets On The Rise  (from Coach Nick/Dave DuFour, Bball Breakdown):

Watch and listen to it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=YQA3LTh6Vd8

–  Nuggets Banking On Young Stars, Healthy Vets  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2666184-denver-nuggets-banking-on-young-stars-healthy-vets-to-be-2016-17s-nba-sleeper

–  Clint Capela Determined To Become Elite  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-determined-to-become-an-elite-center-9515039.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=c418d92fc6438d9cbb

Otto Porter/Kelly Oubre, Jr  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/01/his-half-court-shots-falling-otto-porter-jr-turns-to-bigger-prize-in-wizards-camp/

Avery Bradley’s DPOY Goal  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view  it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/avery-bradleys-goal-of-winning-dpoy-isnt-unrealistic-but-its-unlikely/

 Analyzing The Pistons’ Roster  (from Cary Gahm,  Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/10/02/analyzing-detroit-pistons-roster/

 Pelicans’ Season Preview  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2665082-new-orleans-pelicans-complete-2016-17-preview

Grizz Coach Fizz Giving Troy Daniels The Green Light  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-coach-fizz-giving-daniels-the-green-light–3dd6a900-481f-5267-e053-0100007fea0c-395529181.html

 Is A Change In Scenery All That Harrison Barnes Needed?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/harrison-barnes-dallas-mavericks-second-chance-5ee9f7c46440#.sqx7c6nhe

–  Kevin Garnett Takes On A New Role: The Big Mentor  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-kevin-garnett-takes-on-a-new-role/

–  Peja Stojakovic Is Mentoring Willie Cauley-Stein  (from James Ham, csnbayara.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/stojakovic-embracing-role-mentor-kings-cauley-stein

–  Film Study: Fixing Marcus Smart’s Jump Shot  (from Jared Weiss, celticsblog.com):

Rean and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/2/13135364/marcus-smart-boston-celtics-jump-shot-three-pointer-fixed-broken

–  Ersan Ilyasova: The Art Of Drawing A Charge  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-ilyasova-could-be-take-charge-defender-for-thunder/article/5520641

–  Ty Lawson Eager To Put Poor Season, Legal Troubles Behind Him  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article105485791.html

–  Cavs’ Training Camp:  A Great Start  (from Terry Pluto,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/10/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_68.html

–  Ben Simmons Is Expected To Miss 3 Months  (from Marc Stein, SPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17686206/philadelphia-76ers-rookie-ben-simmons-surgery-foot-next-week

 The Mavs’ Versatile Young Playmakers (from Cole Mentzel,  Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/01/dallas-mavericks-athleticism-will-play-success-elite-teams/

–  The Struggles Of Getting To And Sticking In The NBA  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/01/nba-road-well-traveled/

–  Nets Putting In Long Days Under New Regime  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Reaed it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brooklyn-nets-putting-in-long-days-under-new-regime-1.12393757    and from Cory Wright, nets.com:  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/09/30/better-bodied-nets

–  Brandon Ingram/Julius Randle  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ingram-730818-randle-walton.html