Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/17/19 PART ONE

BOS: Ainge On Celtics’ So-Called Drama: “These Aren’t Stories” (from Darren Hartwell, NBC Sports):
BOS: How Irving Took Over Crunch Time Vs. The Raptors (from Brian Robb, Boston Sports Journal):
BOS: Takeaways From Win Over Raptors (from Keith Smith, Celtics Blog):
CLE: Lack Of Attention To Detail Haunts The Cavs (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
DET: Toughness, Resilience The Key To Return To Early Season Form (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
GSW: Depth Looking Formidable With DMC Set To Return (from Simon Cherin-Gordon, Hoops Habit):
GSW: Klay Thompson’s Under-The-Radar Defensive Work (from Steffen Pedersen, Blue Man Hoop):
GSW: What The DMC Experiment Means (And Doesn’t Mean) (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury News):
GSW: Dubs 147, Pels 140 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
*HOU: Harden’s Great Offensive Run: An Historical Perspective (from Kelly Scaletta, The Basketball Writers):
HOU: Rockets Send Down House: A Gamble For Both Sides (from Rahat Huq, Forbes):
IND: Doug McDermott Does More Than Shoot (from Tony East, BBall Index):
IND: The Pacers Are So Much More Than  Oladipo (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
OKC: Two Games To Understand Westbrook (from Rory Masterson, The Step Back):
OKC: Steven Adams Is The NBA’s Immovable Object (from Royce Young, ESPN):
PHI: What’s Wrong With Sixers’ Defense & How They Can Improve It (from Noah Levick, NBC Sports):
PHI: Elton Brand Tries To Complete The Process (from Michael Lee, The Athletic):
PHO: Oubre’s Emergence Raises Lineup & Roster Construction Questions (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
TOR: Inside The New, Free Raptors (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
UTA: Jazz 129, Clippers 109 (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
WAS: Post-Wall Injury, Beal Has Turned Into A Monster (from Andrew Favakeh, Clutch Points):
Where Bitadze’s Draft Stock Stands (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
Which Teams Are Saving Cap Space For Free Agency? (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
Sleep Is For Cowards: Europe’s NBA Fans Watch Hoops In The Dark (from Fred Katz, The Athletic):

The Basketball Writers
*HOU: Harden’s Great Offensive Run: An Historical Perspective (from Kelly Scaletta, The Basketball Writers):

As a spiritual outgrowth of Basketball Intelligence, The Basketball Writers features original NBA- and other pro basketball-related content from great writers that you can support directly via your subscription. TBW’s mission is to enhance your appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the game. Check out details and subscription info here:

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/7/18

– BKN: Dudley Worked Hard To Rebound As Nets Starter (from Greg Logan, Newsday):
– BOS: Featuring Hayward Through His Playmaking (from Alex Kungu, Celtics Blog):
BOS: The Celtics’ Fundamental Problem (from Gary Washburn, Boston Celtics):
– CHI: Arcidiacano Is Proving That He Belongs (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
– CHI: How Is Tyler Ulis Looking To Make An Impact For Windy City Bulls? (from Sam Smith,
– CLE: Chris Fedor’s Mailbag  (from
– DAL: Q & A: Dirk Nowitzki (from Marc Stein, NY Times):
– DAL: How DeAndre Jordan Became An 80% FT Shooter  (from Tim Cato, The Athletic):
– DEN: 10 Nuggets Numbers Through Ten Games (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
– LAC: The Clippers Are Outrunning NBA Purgatory (from Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer):
– LAC: Gallinari Is A Silent Killer (from Chris Murch, Clips Nation):
 NOP: How Missing Payton Affects The Pels (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
– NOP: Recapping The Road Trip From Hell (from James Grieco, Hoops Habit):
– NYK: How Ntilikina Is Trying To Become A More Willing Scorer (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic);
– PHI:  How RoCo Has Become The Shooter The Sixers Need (from Andrew Favakeh, Liberty Ballers):
– PHI: Joel Embiid Continues To Improve (from Jackson Frank, Liberty Ballers):
– PHO: What’s Wrong With The Suns Has Become Systemic (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
– POR: McCollum Breaks Out (from Jason Quick, The Athletic):
 SAC: Bagley: Fit For The Kings’ Future  (from Greg Wissinger, Sactown Royalty):
– SAC: Zach Randolph Understands His Reduced Role (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee):
– TOR: Changing Positions Has Revitalized Ibaka’s Career (from Mike Bossetti, Raptors Rapture):
– TOR: Lowry: The Raptors’ Other Superstar (from Anthony Doyle, Raptors Republic):
 UTA: How The Jazz Use Gobert’s Offensive Game (from Jake Paynting, DefPen):
UTA: Gobert & Favors Are Struggling When On Court Together (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
– WAS: Wizards Lack Decisiveness & Offensive Activity (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
 Week 3 Recap  (from Michael Dugger, Hoops Habit):
– How New HCs Kokoskv & Nurse Are Adjusting (from Duane Rankin,
– The Offensive Explosion Is Unstoppable (from Brian Windhorst, ESPN):
– Dark Horse MVP Candidates (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
NOTE:  We will soon be announcing the launch of our exciting affiliated venture.  Follow the countdown on Twitter @bballwriters

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/25/18

–  ATL: Why Taurean Prince Could Be In Line For A Breakout Year (from Mike Zavagno, Dime Mag):
ATL: Anatomy Of A 26-Point Comeback (from Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops):
BOS: Is The Celtics’ Offense Broken?  (from Sam Sheehan, Celtics Blog):
BOS: Is The NBA’s Scoring Rise Good For The Celtics?  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
CHI: Zach Lavine Is Embracing Leadership Role (from Sam Smith,
CHI: Unlikely Options Contributed To First Win (from Mark Karantzoulis, BlogABull):
DAL:  Dallas’s Love Affair With Doncic Has Already Begun (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
DEN: Defense Is The Nuggets’ New Calling Card (from Christopher Dempsey,
DET: Blake Griffin’s Reinvention (from Joe Wolfond, The Score):
GSW: Curry’s 51-Point Explosion (from Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury News):
HOU: D’Antoni Stresses Patience (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
HOU: Examining The Rockets’ Defense (from Nekias Duncan, BBall Index):
LAL: Stephenson’s Balanced Attack Keys Win (from Joey Ramirez,
NOP: Pelicans Are Launching The NBA’s Next Revolutionary Play Style (from Charles LaRocca, The Bird Writes):
NOP: Checking In On The Undefeated Pels  (from James Grieco, Hoops Hait):
NOP: Solomon Hill’s Impact May Not Show In Box Score (from Andrew Lopez,
PHI: Landry Shamet Could Give Sixers More Than Anticipated (from Tom West, Liberty Ballers):
TOR: Nick Nurse Could Be Key To Raptors’ Reset  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):
UTA: Analysis Of Win Over HOU (from Andy Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune):
UTA: Donovan Mitchell Returns To Form (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):
Trae Young/Luka Doncic Give Early Taste Of  Boom-Or-Bust vs Consistency (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Rich Paul: Bazley’s Internship Is Product Of Broken System (from ESPN):
Five Star Recruits Offer Mixed Reaction To New G-League Alternative (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
NBA Players Don’t Need College (from Andrew Zimbalist, Wall Street Journal):
The 10 Youngest Players On NBA Rosters At The Start Of The Season (from Fox Sports):
Filmmaker Rues Moses Malone’s Absence From “Basketball: A Love Story” (from Gordie Jones, Forbes):


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,
BKN: Nets’ Forward Options (from Tom Dowd,
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,
CLE: The Cavs’ New Offense (from Chris Fedor,
DEN: Notable Aspects Of Preseason Win Over LAL (from Christopher Dempsey,
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,
NOP: Star Track: Anthony Davis (from The Ringer):
ORL: Film Room At Sixers: Bamba, Vucevic & Ross (from Josh Cohen,
ORL: Grading The Magic’s Roster (from NBA Math):
PHI: Monday’s Game Analysis: Fultz, Shamet, Embiid (from David Murphy,
PHI: Fultz Looks Set For Breakout Year Alongside Simmons (from David Aldridge,
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,
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,
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, ):
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 MEDIA DAY EDITION 9/25/18

ATL: Lloyd Pierce Is Ready To Work (from Ben Ladner, The Step Back):
BOS: Kyrie Excited For Something Special (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
BKN: Ed Davis: Mature, Focused Winner (from Net Income, Nets Daily):
BKN: Jarrett Allen Adds Muscle, A Mentor & A Three-Point Shot (from Anthony Puccio, Nets Daily):
CHI: Bulls Will Only Go As Far As Defense Takes Them (from Mark Strotman, NBC Sports):
CHI: This Season Will Be Critical For Hoiberg (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
CLE: How JR Smith Bounced Back From Finals Game One (from Jesse Washington, The Undefeated):
CLE: Cavs’ New Era: “It’s About Wins And Lessons” (from Chris Fedor,
DEN: Can Trey Lyles Play SF? (from Duvalier Johnson, Mile High Sports):
DET: Stanley Johnson Looks To Fulfill Potential  (from John Niyo, Detroit News):
DET: Pistons Giving Drummond 3-Point Shot  Freedom (from Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press):
GSW: Dubs Flip Switch Defensively In Playoffs (from John Schuhmann,
HOU: Q & A: PJ Tucker (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
HOU: D’Antoni Rates PJ Tucker As One Of NBA’s Best At His Position (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
IND: Oladipo: From Reject To Rolex (from Jake Paynting, DefPen):
LAL: Lonzo Says His Shot Has Improved Due To Adding Muscle (from Ohn Youngmisuk, ESPN):
MIL: Is Budenholzer The Last Big Piece Of The Puzzle?(from Matt Velazquez,
MIN: KAT Talks Thibs, The Path Forward & More (from Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic):
MIN: Thibs Pitches Butler On Rejoining Wolves  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
MIN: What Are Wolves’ Options W/Butler? (from David Aldridge,
NYK: Ntilikina Debuts New Body, Height And Position (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
NYK: Mills & Perry Have Helped Change How The Knicks Are Perceived (from Moke Hamilton, The Athletic):
OKC: The Centrality Of A Healthy Roberson To OKC’s Success (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
OKC: Nerlens Noel’s Media Day Takeaways  (from Ananth Pandian, 247 Sports):
ORL: Magic’s Goal: Develop An Identity & Stick With It (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
ORL: Bamba & Isaac Are The Defensive Keys (from Zach Oliver, Orlando Pinstriped Post):
PHI: Notes From Training Camp, Day 3 (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):
POR: Media Day Highlights (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
SAC: Kings Looking To Fox To Lead Faster Paced Offense (from Michael Wagaman, Associated Press):
SAS: Five Storylines To Monitor (from Jabari Young, The Athletic):
TOR: Nick Nurse Is Ready For The Raptors’ New Era (from Michael Grange,
UTA: Quin Snyder Assesses His Coaching Staff (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):
UTA: Favors Is Working To Adapt His Game (from Ryan Aston, The J Notes):
Around The Rim (from Josh Eberley & Guest Contributors, Hoop Magazine/
Age Variance Within NBA Rosters (from Nate Rattner, Nylon Calculus):