Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/9/18

How Coach Budenholzer Can Use Giannis (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Can Rick Celebrini Help Steph Curry Age Like Steve Nash? (from Patrick Murray, Forbes):
Bucks: Brook Lopez’ Offensive Impact (from Max Carlin, Hoops Habit):
Raptors: The Pros And Cons Of Greg Monroe (from Joshua Howe, Raptors Republic):
Dillon Brooks: Memphis’ Swiss-Army Knife (from pfleming15, Grizzly Bear Blues):
The Spurs’ Defense Is In Danger Of Being Mediocre (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
What Wolves’ Signees Nunnally & CJ Williams Bring (from Dane Moore, Zone Coverage):
Draymond Green Encourages Players To Rise And Grind (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
5 Youngsters With “Franchise Player” Potential (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):
Video Breakdown: “Stampede” Action (from Zak Boisvert, Pick And Pop):
2019 Salary Cap Projection & How It Impacts Spending Power (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
NCAA’s Proposed New Rules Blindside NBA, USA Basketball Execs (from Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN):
Making Sense Of The NCAA’s New Rules (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Meet The Reddit User Who Keeps Beating Powerful NBA Reporters To Scoops (from Owen Phillips, Deadspin):
Can Kostas Antetokounmpo’s Versatility Ultimately Translate Into NBA Success? (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
Hawks Announce Basketball Operations Additions, Promotions (from hawks.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/7/18

Dejounte Murray & Lonnie Walker Are What’s Next For Spurs (from Ian Levy, The Step Back):
The NW Division Is For Gladiators (from Lucas Seehafer, The Step Back):
DeRozan Will Always Go Home To Compton (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):
Thank You, San Antonio (from Tony Parker, The Players’ Tribune):
Grading Mid-Tier FA Signings (from Matt Moore, The Action Network):
5 Bold Predictions For Ben Simmons Next Season (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
How Fultz Can Take Sixers’ Offense To Next Level (from Christopher Kline, he Sixer Sense);
Myles Turner Is Using Yoga To Reshape His Body & His Career (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Q & A: Assistant Coach Mermuys Breaks Down Lakers’ New Roster (from Mike Trudell, Laskers.com):
Ranking How Each Team Did In The Offseason (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
How Lowry Benefits Most From Leonard Trade (from Matthew Blum, Raptors.com):
How Free Agency, Salary Cap Work (from Kerry Miller, Bleacher Report):
Draft Stock Watch: 5 Top U18 International Prospects (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Arenas Vs. Crittendon: Inside The Gambling Showdown That Rocked The NBA (from Jon Gold, The Action Network):
NBA Is Experimenting With Deep Learning As League Interest In VR Grows (from  VR Fitness Insider):
Clippers: Coaching Moves Show Commitment To Development (from Tomer Azarly, Clippers.com):
Beware Of The Nuggets (from Jordan Scott, The All Around):
How One Team Built A Dynasty – And Won $7 Million – In  TBT  (from Tim Casey, Deadspin):
How To Read Basketball Play Diagrams (from Silver Screen And Roll):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/29/18

Kenny McFadden: The Man Who Shaped Steven Adams & New Zealand Basketball (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):
Phil Handy: Former Cavs’ Assistant Who Is Now With The Raptors (from Colton Jones, Amico Hoops):
A Statistical Deep Dive Into Joe Ingles’ Performance (from Andrew Bailey,  SLC Dunk):
Q & A: Drew Hanlen (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Mikal Bridges: Bigger Upside Than You Think (from Evan Sidery, Bright Side Of The Sun):
How Mitch Creek Could Help The Nets (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Nets Daily):
Mirotic Is Ready To Breakout For Pels (from Preston Ellis, The Bird Writes):
How To Build The Pacers Into NBA Champ (from J. Michael, Indy Star):
– Trae Young: SL Synopsis (from Graham Chapple, Peachtree Hoops,):
What Can The Hawks Expect From Jeremy Lin? (from Sam Meredith, Peachtree Hoops):
What To Expect From Hawks’ New HC Lloyd Pierce (from Zackery Rogers, Soaring Down South):
Draft Stock Watch: Breakout International Prospects (from Mike Schmitz, ESPN):
As Sterling Brown Fights For An NBA Job, He’s Embraced His Role In A Bigger Struggle (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Smart & Horford: Best Defensive Duo In The Assn?  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
Will DeRozan’s Old School Game Be A Problem?  (from Kelly Scaletta, Bleacher Report):
The Really Real Conversation Between CJ & KD (from BBall Breakdown):
Watch and listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgN2jeXt7jo
Pull-Up Jumpers Held The Heat Back Last Season (from Leonard Kreicas, Hot Hot Hoops):
Jerian Grant: Struggling To Find PG Versatility (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Nerlens Noel: Recruited And Rejuvenated (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Wolves’ SL Review: Okogie & Bates-Diop (from Tim Faklis, A Wolf Among Wolves):
Pistons’ Two-Way Prospect Keenan Evans (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):
TBT: The Best Basketball Event Of The Summer (from Dan Wolken, USA Today):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/22/18

Kawhi & The Spurs: How It Fell Apart (from Jeff McDonald, Express-News):
Nuggets Assistant Jordi Fernandez Combines Academic Background, Worldwide Experience (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
Heat’s Dan Craig Eager For Olympic Call To Duty Alongside Popovich (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
Kawhi & The Raptors: The Best Case Scenario (from Andre Snellings, ESPN):
Danny Green’s Fit In Toronto (from Joshua Howe, Raptors Republic):
Sunday Basketball Notes (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):
Podcast: Drew Hanlen (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Sophomore Breakout Candidates (from Daniel Poarch, Clutch Points):
What We Can Learn From Summer League (from Justin Jett, Def Pen):
Budenholzer: The Key To The Bucks Breaking Through (from Mitchell Mauer, Brew Hoop):
Celtics Work On New Skill For Yabusele (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):
Ennis, Hunter, Brown Can Make Mark With Rockets (from Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle):
Clipper Darrell Won’t Bow To King James (from Kurt Streeter, NY Times):
A Statistical Deep Dive Into Derrick Favors’ Performance (from Andrew Bailey, SLCDunk):
Low-Stakes Move For The Hawks: Just What Alex Len Needs (from Jeff Siegel, Peachtree Hoops):
Pels Think They Have The Right Formula To Replace Rondo (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):
 Justise Winslow: Time To Establish Offensive Identity Is Now (from Jackson Frank, Clutch Points):
Each Team’s Most Troubling Number Heading Into 2018-19 (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
What Are The Rockets Thinking?  (from Xiane, The Dream Shake):
The Jazz Are Betting On Continuity (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Celtics: Baynes Has Molded His Game To The Modern Style (from Greg Cassoli, Celtics Wire):
Ask Sam Smith (from Bulls.com):
Jake Layman’s Summer League May Have Earned Him Minutes (from Nate Mann, Rip City Project):

 

Special Edition: Reaction To The TOR-SAS Trade, Day Two

NOTE:  We have reviewed many of the 3 billion-plus stories that have been written about the trade and now present links to some of the best “day two” reactions.  (See Wednesday’s Basketball Intelligence for links to “Day One” reaction stories.)
What The Trade Means For Both Teams & The NBA (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Why The Other Kawhi Trades Never Happened (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
A Win For Both Teams?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Winners & Losers From The Trade (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
For The Raptors, A Risk Worth Taking (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
The Raptors Are Built For The Long Haul, No Matter What Kawhi Decides (from Jonathan Tjarks):
In Trading For Kawhi, Raptors Sent A Loud Message (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Ujiri’s Career-Defining Trade (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
How Kawhi Fits On The Raptors (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
How Kawhi Changes Raptors’ Defensive Identity (from Steven Loung, Sportsnet.ca.):
A Shallow Dive Into Kawhi’s Advanced Stats (from Colin Connors, Raptors Republic ):
What’s Next For The Spurs? (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Popovich Looks Forward (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Poeltl Could Be A Valuable Piece For Spurs (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
Spurs Finally Succumb To NBA’s Chaos (from Harvey Araton, NYTimes):
The Spurs Will Begin A Strange New Era (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
DeRozan Wanted Help, Not An Escape (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Podcast: Analyzing The Trade (from Alex Kennedy/FrankUrbina, Hoops Hype):