Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/27/17

 NBA Scouts On Jayson Tatum  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Marquese Chriss’ Mystery Ceiling  (from Adam Spinella, NBA Math):
–  Masai Ujiri: Our Job Is To Beat LBJ (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
–  How Good Is Kyrie Irving?  (from Adi Joseph, USA Today):
2018 Could Be Wrong Time To Be FA  (from Tim McMahon/Bobby Marks):
10 Teams You Will “Low-Key” Love To Watch In 2017-18 (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):
How Sean Marks Is Improving The Nets (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
A Re-Examination Of Usage Percentage (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Guo Ailun Could Be The 1st Chinese Guard To Impact The Assn  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
Orlando Seeks Modest Short-Term Improvement Without Impairing Cap Flexibility  (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Orlando Magic:  Afflalo’s Fit  (from Cory Hutson, 16 Wins):
Pistons: Reggie Bullock’s Fit   (from Joseph Sinke, Hashtag Sports):
Marcus Georges-Hunt’s Busy Offseason  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):
–  Video Breakdown: Celtics’ Fist Series (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
 The Highest Peaks Reached By Centers In The Modern Era  (from Adam Fromal, NBA Math):
Whatever Happened To OJ Mayo? (from Ryan Jones, Bleacher Report):
Timberwolves’ Breakout Candidates (from Vince Massara, Dunking With Wolves):
The All “Sage Advice From The Sidelines” Team  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
– Continuity The Key In Decision To Retain Otto Porter  (from Chase Hughes, csnmidatlantic):
 Jabari Parker: The Need For Patience  (from Ben Sewell, Behind The Buck Pass):
Revisiting The Pistons’ Positional Needs (from Brendon Welper, Piston Powered):
Can Darren Collison’s Offense Overcome The Cost Of His Poor Defense? (from Ben Gibson, 8points9seconds):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/14/17

Dennis Smith: The Perfect Next Face Of The Mavs (from Tim Cato, SBNation):
NBA Scouts On Dennis Smith, Jr. (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
FA Fit: CP3 On The Rockets (from Mike O’Connor, BBall Breakdown):
Ekpe Udoh Is Back, Better Than Ever (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):
How Sean Marks Is Saving The Nets (from Morgan Dunn, Sir Charles In Charge):
A Fair Appraisal Of Nikola Jokic (from Paul Headley, 16 Wins):
The Cavs Are Standing Idle And It Might Cost Them LBJ (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
The NBA’s New Breed Of Big Men: Joel Embid  (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Summer League Review (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):
LV Summer League Day 7 Standouts (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
6 Young Execs Likely To Become GMs (from Brian Rauf, Chat Sports):
Why Warriors Prefer Klay Thompson Over Paul George (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea):
Avery Bradley: Pistons May Have Found Their “Glue Guy”  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
Celtics Trying To Utilize Zizic’s Strengths (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):
Lonzo Ball’s Agent Harrison Gaines Q & A (from Chris Haynes, ESPN):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/13/17 PART TWO

McCaw’s Potentially Tricky Contract Situation (from Anthony Slater, Mercury News):
The Unintended Consequences In The FA Market (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
How Bogdan Bogdanovic And Milos Teodosic Saved Serbian Basketball (from Andrew Bernucca, defpen.com):
Miami Heat Retain Team, Still Move Up In EC (from Michael Brock, NBA Math):
The Modern NBA Still Has Room For Edy Tavares (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Magic See Hope In Shift To Small Ball (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Frank Mason: Out To Prove He Belongs (from Ashton Ferguson, Las Vegas Review-Journal):
Casspi, Young Fill Bench Void For Dubs (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea):
Shelvin Mack Brings A Winning Attitude (from John Denton, magic.com):
Brad Stevens Likes What He Sees In C’s Summer League Team (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):
Zizic Is Progressing Nicely In Summer League Play (from Mark Allison, Celtics Life):
Semi Ojeleye Is Impressing With His Versatility (from Michael DePrisco, Hardwood Houdini):
Milwaukee Bucks: The Importance Of Patience (from Paul Headley, Behind The Buck Pass):
Blazers’ Coaches Are Comparing Swanigan To Draymond Green (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
OKC Stayed Young While Getting Better (from Berry Tramel, newsok):
Z-Bo’s Departure Could Help Grizzlies On Court (from Eric Monroe, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Jazz Loading Up On Defense & Depth After Losing Hayward (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Scouting Zhou Qi (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Video Breakdown: Elfrid Payton & Aaron Gordon (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
Putting Robert Covington’s Progress In Perspective (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):
Kay Felder Q & A (from Joe Gabrielle, cavs.com):
Video Breakdown: Rudy Gay’s & Joffrey Lauvergne’s Passing Ability (from Paul Garcia, Project Spurs):
The Strange Business Quirk Impacting Free Agency (from Brayden Issa, commentaryboxsports.com):
Troy Williams May Be Ready For A Bigger Role With Rockets (from Jovan Alford, Ridiculous Upside):
John Collins Makes Strong First Impression With Hawks (from W.G. Ramirez, Palm Beach Post):
The Nets’ Plan Begins To Take Shape (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):
Juwan Evans’ Rollercoaster Introduction To The NBA (from Jordan Bishop, CNHI Sports Oklahoma):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/16/17

Saric Is Taking Control Of The ROY Race (from Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/76ers-dario-saric-is-taking-control-of-nba-rookie-of-the-year-race-d8f219415e3#.gvwetcr0u

BI Note:   There is precedent for Dario to win ROY over Joel. 60 years ago Heinsohn won over league RPG leader (19.6) Bill Russell because Russ only played 48 games, due to missing time to play in the Olympics. And like Saric & Embiid, Tommy & Russ were teammates.

Three & D: How The Jazz Are Holding Onto The 4th Seed (from Taylor Griffin, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/three-and-d-how-the-jazz-are-holding-onto-the-fourth-seed-5264baffa0bf#.prsy77b27

The Making Of Rudy Gobert (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/page/presents170316b/how-utah-jazz-turned-rudy-gobert-next-bill-russell

Video Breakdown: Spurs’ Hammer Play  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/3/15/14942176/spurs-hammer-play-three-pointer-gregg-popovich-inbounds

MIP Favorites: Antetokounmpo, Gobert, Jokic, Beal (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-mip-favorites-signal-changing-trends/

LeBron’s Crazy Workload: Inside The Numbers (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/presents170316a/numbers-lebron-james-crazy-workload

Chasson Randle’s Seamless Fit: A Bright Spot For Knicks  (from Jourdan Canil, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here: http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/new-york-knicks/content/vision-key-chasson-wins

4 Little Things Players Use For An Edge (from David Vertsberger, fanragsports.com):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/4-little-things-nba-players-use-edge/

Why The Rockets May Upset the World (from Kelly Scaletta, fanragsports.com):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/rockets/rockets-might-team-upsets-world/

COY Candidate Scott Brooks (from Kelly Cohen, Bullets Forever):

Read it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2017/3/16/14937068/scott-brooks-coach-year-of-the-nba-2017-washington-wizards

Hornets Reside In Mediocrity  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/charlotte-hornets-reside-in-mediocrity-b30d06901cc7#.nyc8nbl48

–  Spoelstra Drawing Chuck Daly Comparisons  (from AP):

Read it here: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/2017/03/16/amid-heat-turnaround-spoelstra-drawing-daly-comparisons/99244082/

The Post-Trade Revival Of Dorian Finney-Smith (from Danny Webster, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read and watch it here; http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2017/3/16/14815276/post-trade-revival-dorian-finney-smith

Marks And Atkinson Discuss Nets’ Present & Future (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/3/16/14942400/marks-and-atkinson-talk-about-the-nets-present-and-their-future

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/15/17 PART TWO

Why Jaylen Brown Will Reach What Jeff Green Couldn’t For Celtics  (from Tom Mulherin, Hardwood Houdini):

Read and watch it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/15/jaylen-brown-will-reach-jeff-green-couldnt-celtics/

Raptors Playbook: Corner Offense And Counters (from Cooper Smither, Raptors Republic):

Read and watch it here; http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2017/03/15/raptors-playbook-corner-offense-counters/

20 Years Apart, Plenty Of Resemblances Between Heat Teams  ( from Jay Man, hothothoops.com):

Read it here: http://www.hothothoops.com/2017/3/15/14931474/twenty-years-apart-two-miami-heat-teams-share-plenty-of-similarities-alonzo-hardaway-pat-riley

Frank Martin: The Haslem/McGruder Connection (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article138651438.html

The Race For The 8th Playoff Spot In The West Has Gotten Interesting  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/wild-west-the-chase-for-the-eighth-playoff-spot-suddenly-got-interesting/

Antetokounmpo Puts Bucks On His Shoulders (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/buck-up-giannis-antetokounmpo-puts-milwaukee-on-his-shoulders/

MIP: Antetokounmpo, Jokic, Porter (from Ananth Pandian, The Step Back):

Read it here; http://fansided.com/2017/03/15/antetokounmpo-jokic-true-candidates-mip-award/

CLE 128, DET 96:

  – 5 Observations (from Chris Fedor, Cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

  – Changes The Cavs Made (from Quenton Albertie, King James Gospel): http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/03/kyrie_irvings_competition_with.html

Bradley’s Health Is Critical To Celtics’ Playoff Run  (from Derek  Mcvay, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/14/avery-bradleys-health-critical-boston-celtics-playoff-run/

Westbrook & OKC Search For Balance (from Adam Joseph, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/doing-too-much-no-but-westbrook-oklahoma-city-search-for-balance-ea6434cad79a#.i7epwecyu

NBA Metrics: The Worst 5 Defenders At Each Position (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697532-nba-metrics-101-the-worst-5-defenders-at-every-position

Chris Paul’s Value To Clippers Huge On Both Ends Of Floor (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/15/one-team-three-stats-clippers-chris-paul-deandre-jordan-blake-griffin

Why The Nets Chose Dinwiddie Over Ferrell (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/15/brooklyn-nets-spencer-dinwiddie/

– Zubac: Playing His Way Into Lakers’ Future (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/rookie-center-ivica-zubac-is-playing-his-way-into-the-lakers-future/

Nets Are Beginning To Match Atkinson’s Vision  (from Charles Daye, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read it here: http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/03/14/nets-small-ball-kenny-atkinson-vision/

SAC 120, ORL 115: Takeaways  (from Basketball Intelligence):

   – The Kids Were Alright: Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere all impressed as starters as Coach Joerger rested  Afflalo, Lawson, Koufos and Evans (who is nursing an ankle injury).  It will be quite interesting to see to what extent  Joerger continues to give more playing time to the youngsters, who, after all, are expected to be key components as the Kings embark on building from the ground up.  Towering rookie Georgios Papagiannis also saw 11 minutes of action.

   – Veterans Darren Collison and Anthony Tolliver also played big roles: Collison provided leadership  with 13 assists to go along with 19 points and was +14. Tolliver scored 19 points, including a career-high 5 treys, several of which were delivered at key moments after Magic runs.

  – Another positive for the Kings was their ability to close out the game.  The tendency this season has been a startling inability to hold leads, regardless of size.  The Kings have generally been at their best when making up large deficits.

  – The Magic defended the paint well but closed out poorly at the three-point arc. The Kings thus were able to continue their success from distance, shooting 53.3 % as they hit 16 treys. As Elfrid Payton put it: ” Our emphais has been cutting off the paint, but I just think we did that too much and should have been closer to shooters.Credit them for making shots, but I would have liked to see us have stayed home (on shooters) a little more.”   The Magic also shot well from afar,hitting on 38.3% but that wasn’t good enough to offset their poor three-point defense.

  – The Kings continued their much-needed post-Cousins offensive balance as 7 players scored in double figures.

  – Elfrid Payton maintained his recent strong play with  60% shooting, 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting (including 3-for-3 from distance) and 9 rebounds.