Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/28/18

OKC: The Fallout From Roberson’s Injury (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Impossible To Guard: The Rockets Shoot From Way Past The 3-Point Line (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
GSW 109, BOS 105 (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
–  Q & A With Bucks GM On Kidd Firing & What’s Next (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
How NBA Players Have Historically Fared After Achilles’ Injuries (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
Ty Lue Believes Lineup Change Gives Cavs What They Need Defensively (from Cris Fedor, cleveland.com):
–  Scouting Jonah Bolden: Is The Perfect Fit For Simmons & Embiid Stashed Overseas?  (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
G-League: Landry Nnoko’s Long Path (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):
Why Wayne Ellington Is Shooting Better Than Ever (from Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald):
The Nuggets’ Perilous PG Situation (from Max Carlin, Nugg Love):
Wizards Moved The Ball Crisply  With Satoransky & Frazier Filling In For John Wall (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
Sunday Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
DMC Injury: Day Two (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Erik Spoelstra On The Players/Officials Issues (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):
Sixers: Surging Behind Elite Defense (from Sean Kennedy, Fanrag Sports):
Trae Young & Collin Sexton Impressed NBA Scouts In Their Matchup  (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Dakari Johnson: A Brooklyn Family’s Long March Finally Reaches The NBA (from Amos Barshad, NY Times):
Josh McRoberts Focus Is On Getting Healthy, Not The Trade Deadline (from Isaac Harris, The Smoking Cuban):
Please check out the first episode in our new podcast series: The Unrestricted Area.  You are probably already familiar with our other podcasts that have featured guests Dean Oliver, Fran Fraschilla, Rick Barry, Mo Dakhil, Jim Petersen, Jim Barnett, Marques Johnson, Sam Smith and others. Those are still available on SoundCloud.  Here is The Unrestricted Area, Episode#1, featuring Ray LeBov and Kelly Scaletta (note that it was recorded before Andre Roberson’s injury):

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):