Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/20/18

A Look Back At The Wolves’ Best Start In 14 Years (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
Analyzing The Wolves’ Pick-And-Roll Defense (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
Ben Simmons & Donovan Mitchell: Breaking Down The Two Best Rookies’ Games (from Jake Paynting, 94 Feet Report):
Q & A:  Kyle Kuzma (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Q & A: Steve Clifford (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
The Evolution Of The G-League (from Keith Smith, RealGM):
Assessing Jaylen Brown’s Progress Toward Accomplishing Key Objectives (from Greg Cassoli, USA Today):
Blazers Confident In Zach Collins (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Oladipo: Behind The Scenes At ASG (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
8 Observations: ASG Review & More (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):
Each Team’s Stretch Run “Stat That Could Matter”  (from Andrew Bailey, Fanrag Sports):
New Wrinkles That Have Invigorated The Cavs’ Offense (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
Knicks Should Drop Jarrett Jack – And That’s Just The Start (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Dubs’ Assistant Ron Adams: “This Is Kind Of How Our Team Has Operated” (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
5 Up-And-Coming Stars (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
How Tiny Kinston, NC Became The Greatest Per Capita Producer Of  NBA Talent (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Draft Report: Taking Stock Of The Talent At BWB (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
Hawks: Ahead Of The Game When It Comes To Future Payroll Flexibility (from Sam Meredith, Peachtree Hoops):
The Kings’ Final 25 Games: What To Watch For (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
Teams That Are Poised To Make A Post-ASG Run (from Dan Favale, Bleahcer Report):
The Rise Of The NBA In Australia (from Bryan Curtis, The Ringer):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/16/18

10 Things (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Clippers Loss Exposed Celtics’ Defensive Issues (from Tom Westerholm, Mass Live):
–  Celtics: The Importance Of Marcus Smart (from A Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports):
Jonathan Isaac Knows Patience Is Key To Long-Term Success (from John Denton, magic.com):
Heat: Adebayo Is Proving To Be A Genuine Building Block (from Simon Smith,  All U Can Heat):
Magic: A Deeper Look At Hezonja’s Improvement (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
Oladipo & Sabonis: The Dynamic Duo (from Jonathan Macri, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
What The Blazers Are Learning From A Ref Consultant About Getting More Foul Calls (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
Nikola Jokic: Highlights From Last Night (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Steven Adams’ Offensive Impact (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Q & A: Kevin McHale (from Justin Terranova, NY Post ):
Suns: Can Elfrid Payton Become A Long-Term Answer? (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
Q & A: Elfrid Payton (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
OKC: Paul George Was Exactly What Was Needed (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Goran Dragic’s Wild Ride To All-Star Status (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Hard Work, Steady Development Paid Off For Tatum, Celtics (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
–  Diminishing Returns: Less-Skilled Shooters Are Adding The Step Back (from Sydney Robinson, Nylon Calculus):
Nets: Loyalty To Allen Crabbe Is Finally Paying Off (from Bryan Fonseca, Nets Daily):
Anthony Davis Is Carrying A Team That Needs Him More Than Ever (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Pistons GM Bower: Secrecy, Trust Are Key In Trade Talks (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
2018 Draft: Elie Okobo, Hiding In Plain Sight (from Jackson Hoy, The Stepien):
Remembering & Celebrating Flip Saunders (from Charlie Johnson, Canis Hoopus):
NBA Coaches: Sharing Teaching Techniques in eCoach Program (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

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):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/1/18

LaMarcus Aldridge: “On A Mission” Without Kawhi (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
Wizards: Life Without Wall, Part Two (from Jerran Anderson, Wiz Of Awes):
PG Al Horford Shows One Way Celtics Were Planning To Use Gordon Hayward (from Jay King, Mass Live):
Cavs: Finding New Ways To Use Channing Frye (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Cavs: Former GM David Griffin Talks (from Joseph Zucker, Bleacher Report):
Brook Lopez’ Frustrating Season (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Can The Blazers Be More Than Just Good Enough? (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Dennis Smith Jr’s Defense: A Work In Progress (from Josh Bowe, Mavs Moneyball):
How The New Two-Way Contracts Helped Reshape The Clippers (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
The Raptors Need To Change Their Late-Game Offense (from Simon Broder, Raptors HQ):
Don’t Bet Against CJ McCollum (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
With Winning Streak Snapped, Thunder Now Focused On Defensive Issues (from Brett Dawson newsok.com):
G-League Gains Importance (from Paul Coro, LA Times):
14 Injuries That Have Shaped The Season (from Ethan Sears, Sportsnaut):
Celtics: Theis Brings Unique Reliability Off The Bench (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Video Breakdown: Tony Parker’s Stretch Finish (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
De’Aaron Fox: Production Is Catching Up With Potential (from James Ham, NBC Sports):
Suns: Brandon Knight Still Believes He Can Be An Asset (from Scott Bordow, azcentral.com):
Jabari Parker & The Second Comeback (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
What The Lakers Are Learning Without Lonzo In The Lineup (from Alex Regla, Silver Screen And Roll):
The Hernangomez Brothers’ Basketball Story (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Isiders):
Denzel Valentine Remains Confident (from James Tillman III, Pippen Ain’t Easy):
The Mavericks’ Way: Loyalty, Respect, Integrity (from Sean Bush, The Smoking Cuban):
Today’s Edition Of Basketball Intelligence Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Rasual Butler, who died on Wednesday:

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/23/18

What’s Changed For Lou Williams? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
The Warriors’ Defense Is Tough To Crack (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
The Rockets Are A Legitimate Threat To The Warriors (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Mbah A Moute Has Been Key Since Returning (from Michael Knight, Space City Scoop):
What Are The Keys To Being An Elite Shot-Blocker?  The Best Share Their Secrets (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Coach Kevin Boyle’s Never-Ending Stream Of Top NBA Draft Picks (from Adam Zagoria, Bleacher Report):
How Do You Fix A Problem Like The Cavs?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
It’s Proving Time For Kings’ Young Players (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):
Analyzing The WC Middle, Part One: OKC (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
How Good Are The Raptors? (from Mark Deeks, Give Me Sport):
Q & A:  Jimmy Butler (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Time For The Celtics To Make A Trade (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Struggling Celtics Have Hayward-Sized Hole (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Bulls: Jerian Grant Is Coming Into His Own (from Jeff Siegel, The Step Back):
Zach Lowe’s All-Star Starters & Reserves (from ESPN):
Why The Bucks Fired Kidd (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
What’s Next For The Bucks? (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Part-Time Blazers Job Turned Into 30-Year NBA Career For Dan Burke (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
Journeymen & Glue Guys Q & As, Part One: Shane Battier (from Steve McPherson, Medium):
Mike Conley Q & A (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Spencer Dinwiddie: Flourishing With The Nets (from Dan Feldman, NBC Sports):
Nate McMillan Reflects On His Coaching Career, Part Two (from AKicks, Blazers’ Edge/Jason Quick, NBC Sports):
TLC Finally Flashed Potential (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Have The Nets Made Joe Harris Too Valuable To Keep? (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Khem Birch’s Hustle & Energy Are Helping The Magic (from John Denton, magic.com):

Last Seven Games: Magic Rank First In Paint Points (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
DPOY Watch (from Spencer Davies, Basketball Insiders):
Wolves: More Consistent Playing Time For MGH?  (from Brian Sampson, Dunking With Wolves):
For Arcidiacono, It’s About The Intangibles (from Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune):
Nets: RHJ’s Mid-Season Review (from Lance Roberson, Brook-Lin.com):