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 10/18/17

OKC & HOU: Does It Matter That There Is Only One Basketball?  (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Will Jrue Holiday Benefit From Playing Shooting Guard? (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Hayward’s Injury Has Changed The Celtics’ Trajectory (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Hayward’s Injury: Understanding The Early News (from Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes):
With Butler Joining Wiggins & Towns, Can The Wolves Become Elite? (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):
Presenting The Archetypes For The 2017-18 Season (from Jared Dubin, Dime Mag):
“Betaball” Excerpt: Draymond Green (from Eric Malinowski, Dime Mag):
The Weirdest NBA Season Is Finally Here (from Nathanial Friedman/Eric Freeman, GQ):
Opening Night Observations (from Jason Patt, Fanrag Sports):
12 MVP Candidates (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
What Nurkic Brings To The Blazers (from Ben Gordon, 94 Feet Report):
 – The Starting 5 (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Will Andre Drummond Get Another Shot At Stardom? (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Video Analysis: RHJ’s Improved Game (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Daiily):
30 People Who Will Define This Season (from Dave Zarum, Sportsnet.ca):
Players Who Deserve More Run (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Refreshed Dragic: Ready For New Season (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

How The Warriors Plan To Balance Work & Fun (from Mark Medina, Mercury News):
Knicks Preview (from Marc Berman, NY Post):
Knicks: Pick-And-Roll Should Be Key On Offense (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/17/17

Dario Saric & The Sixers’ Future (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
The Passing Center: How Horford & Jokic Are Warping Defenses (from Alex West, 94 Feet Report):
The Bucks’ Team-Building Blueprint (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
How The Rockets Landed CP3: The Inside Story  (from Jackie MacMullan, ESPN):
The Basketball Dictionary: “2.9”  (from Dylan Murphy, Medium.com):
Inside The New Superstar Reality Of The NBA (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):
Hornets Rookies Monk & Bacon May Become Key Contributors (from James Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
The Inside Story Of The Celtics’ Crazy Summer (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
Jimmy Butler: Leading The Young Wolves (from Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports):
Why Adam Silver Is Right In Calling For End Of “One & Done” (from Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports):
Lauren Holtkamp’s Cool Job: NBA Referee (as told to Andrew Kahn, ESPN):
Deep Dive: Myles Turner’s Scoring Ability (from Grant Afseth, Indiana Sports Coverage):
Sacramento Kings Season Preview (from Basketball Intelligence):
Rookie Contract Extensions: How They Work & Who Signed Them (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Pistons: Drummond Embraces Facilitator Role (from Ansar Khan, MLive):
Pistons: Avery Bradley Adds Credibility, Respect & Big Defense (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
4 Years Later, Damien Wilkins Reaches His Destination (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):
Raptors Await Full Return Of OG Anunoby (from Francis Okupa, Kwese, ESPN):
Q & A: Koby Altman (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):
Blazers Aim To Prove They Are Better On Defense (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
Wizards’ Old School Centers Are Fighting For Respect (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):
Being Muslim In The NBA (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Pacific Division Offseason Review (from Keith P Smith, RealGM):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/20/17

Draymond Green’s Masterful Defense (from Preston Mott, 16 Wins A Ring):
Video Breakdown: What Exactly Is Secondary Transition?  (from Dane Carbaugh, NBC Sports):
How Isaiah Thomas Attacks The Basket (from Jon Giesbrecht, BBall Breakdown):
A Deep Dive Into The Spurs’ Success (from Chris deSilva, 16 Wins A Ring):
–  How The Spurs Have Built The Most Successful Franchise Of The Last 20 Years (from Peter Walsh, slamonline.com):
Player Availability Could Do Wonders For Spurs (from Michael Wright, ESPN):
Rockets Show That They Can Adjust Scoring Strategy (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):
Marsahll Plumlee/Maurice Ndour: Knicks’ Rookies Who Will Soon Get More Playing Time (from Marc Berman, NYPost):
The Cavs’ Problematic Defense  (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):
Jamal Murray: Productive Role Player With Potential To Be Much More (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Wizards: 4 Lineups To Keep An Eye On (from Steve Couper, Hashtag Basketball):
The Red-Hot Blazers (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):
Nuggets: Living With Rookie Mistakes (from Nick Kosmider, Denver Post):
Robin Lopez: Sometimes Unnoticed, But Consistent (from Sam Smith, Bulls.com):
Basketball Intelligence Interview: The NBAYD Radio Show (from Gary Ayd):
–  OKC: Why Staying With Andre Roberson Was The Right SF Choice (from Matthew Hallett, Thunderous Intentions):
Crowder Is Leading Celtics’ Defensive Surge (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
COY Candidates (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):
Role Switch Sparks D’Angelo Russell’s Scoring Outburst (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):
Rim Protection Factors (from Michael Chang, Nylon Calculus):
Heat Say Whiteside Has “Turned The Corner”  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):
Bulls Seek Maturity, Consistency From Portis, Valentine (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):
Saric’s No-Look Passes (from Dane Carbaugh, NB Sports):
T’Wolves: Casspi A Good Fit (from Brian Sampson, Hoops Habit):
Patrick McCaw Leans On Father’s Advice  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/19/17

Jae Crowder Has Improved Offensively, But Has Accepted A Complementary Role (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/18/jae-crowder-accepts-limited-offensive-role/Zi6H6XzuHJuI1hj4n173VI/story.html

Towns And The Wolves: Right On Schedule  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/a/karl-anthony-towns-timberwolves-work-ethic-sunday-shootaround

Jokic-Plumlee Pairing Is Quickly Finding Success (from Christopher Dempsey, nuggets.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/gameday/031817

Taj Gibson’s Range Is Expanding  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/taj-gibsons-range-expanding-in-the-thunder-starting-lineup/article/5542157

Kevin Calabro Interview (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/article/5542217

Wayne Ellington Has Played A Large Role In Heat’s Recent Run  (from Nekias Daniels, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/wayne-ellington-become-miamis-ray-allen/

Basketball Intelligence: In The News (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/ray-lebov-interesting-guy-havent-heard/

Bucks’ Assistant Sean Sweeney (from Daniel Allar, courierpress.com):

Read it here: http://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/college/evansville/2016/10/13/sweeney-traced-path-evansville-nba/91920162/

Spurs: Patty Mills’ Crucial Impact (from Dylan Carter, Air Alamo):

Read and watch it here: http://airalamo.com/2017/03/19/gday-mate-crucial-impact-patty-mills-spurs/

Jason Smith: Wizards’ Utility Man  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/03/18/evolve-or-die-jason-smith-is-the-wizards-utility-man-on-and-off-the-court/

Film Study: Spurs’ Defensive Efficiency Vs. Hawks  (from Ali Radhi, The Sports Daily):

Read and watch it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/film-study-looking-back-at-spurs-defensive-efficiency-vs-hawks/

Celtics’ Shooters Benefit From Horford’s Presence  (from Taylor Snow, celtics.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-031817-celtics-shooters-benefiting-al-horfords-presence

Gary Harris: Development & Ascension (from TJ McBride, BSNDenver):

Read it here: http://bsndenver.com/hes-committed-to-his-craft-gary-harris-development-as-an-on-ball-playmaker-is-fueling-his-ascension/

Raptors’ Defensive Focus Helps Withstand Offensive Power Outage  (from Mike Ganter, Postmedia Network):

Read it here: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2017/03/18/22711543.html

TJ Warren: Suns’ SF Of The Future?  (from Doug Haller,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/03/18/tj-warren-suns-small-forward-future/99352992/

Frank Vogel’s Positivity (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/frank-vogels-positivity-helps-his-players-stay-confident

Richaun Holmes: Making His Case (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/beast-richaun-holmes-making-strong-case-be-sixers-backup-center

Brandon Ingram: Hitting His Stride In March  (from Joey Ramirez, lakers.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/170318-practice-report-brandon-ingram

Today’s BI is dedicated to the memory of Dave Stallworth, who passed away last week.