Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/10/17

Raptors: How Ibaka Fits Into The Culture Change  (from Nate Wolf,Hoops Habit):
Luka Doncic: Europe’s Next Big Thing (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Big Men As Pick & Roll Ball Handlers (from Scott Rafferty, Fansided):
Read and watch it here:  https://fansided.com/2017/08/10/big-man-pick-and-rolls-blake-griffin-cousins-davis/

2017-18 Best Newcomers (from ESPN):
Best Offseason Role Player Signings (from Eric Spyropolous, NBA Math):
Stanley Johnson: Humbled And Eager To Improve (from Yaron Weitzman, Bleacher Report):
How Can Thon Maker Take The Next Step? (from Mike Bossetti, Behind The Buck Pass):
DeMarre Carroll: More Than A Salary Dump (from Sean Costello, nothinbutnets.com):
Matt Williams: The Next Great Shooter?  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/7/17

Contenders Weighing Stretch-Run Chase Vs. Playoff Health (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/06/morning-tip-rest-driving-teams-players-nba-season-winds-down

SAS 112, HOU 110  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here: https://theringer.com/san-antonio-spurs-houston-rockets-kawhi-leonard-james-harden-40b5e73fb36f#.vi8cefpvp

There Are No Good Answers For Kawhi  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: http://www.si.com/nba/2017/03/07/kawhi-leonard-mvp-case-spurs-james-harden-russell-westbrook

Kawhi Keeps Delivering (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/18836308/nba-quiet-methodical-rise-kawhi-leonard-superstar

Pelicans: DMC/AD Sets (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read and watch it here;  http://thesportsdaily.com/analyzing-the-league/early-offensive-sets-for-pelicans-davis-cousins-pairing/

Isaiah Thomas Is Using The Rim To Outsmart Tall Defenders (from Chris Herring, Five Thirty Eight):

Read and watch it here:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/isaiah-thomas-is-using-the-rim-to-outsmart-tall-defenders/

From Liam O”Brien, Hardwood Houdini: http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/03/07/isaiah-thomas-nbas-best-pick-roll-ball-handler/

The Next Generation: Nikola Jokic  (from Adam McGee, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/next-generation-nikola-jokic/

Also today in The Next Generation Series:

 – Luka Doncic (from Brandon Jefferson): http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/luka-doncic-greatest-generation/

 – Jabari Parker (from Chris Manning):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/jabari-parker-next-generation/

 – D’Angelo Russell (from Brendon Kleen):  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/dangelo-russell-next-generation/

Jamal Crawford’s Long And Winding Road (from Mike Wise, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/jamal-crawford-of-the-clippers-long-and-winding-road/

Dario Saric Interview Translated (from tabslabblue, reddit.com):

Read it here: https://www.reddit.com/r/sixers/comments/5xsusq/darios_big_interview_for_croatian_sports_news/

A Guidebook For Exploiting Playoff Matchups  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/guidebook-exploiting-playoff-matchups/

Kyle Lowry On His Surgery And Its Impact On The Raps  (from Mike Ganter, The Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/06/raptors-lowry-opens-up-about-wrist-surgery-its-a-10-year-process

Willy Hernangomez: Second Round Steal  (from Kyle Maggio,The Knicks Wall):

Read and watch it here: https://theknickswall.com/rookie-of-the-year-577de05e1d1d#.bijmly4ag

Ron Baker: With Playing Time Comes Confidence (from Lenn Robbins, msgnetwork.com):

Read it here:  http://www.msgnetworks.com/2017/03/06/with-playing-time-comes-confidence-for-baker/

Where Has The Skyhook Gone? (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-the-skyhook-isnt-a-part-of-todays-game-195220557.html

Bojan Bogdanovic Is Fitting In With The Wizards (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-bojan-bogdanovic-fitting-in-with-washington-wizards/

From Neil Greenberg, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2017/03/07/bojan-bogdanovic-gives-the-wizards-a-player-they-havent-had-in-years/

From Bryan Frantz, truthaboutit.net: http://www.truthaboutit.net/2017/03/scott-brooks-rotational-mystery-tour-rolls-on.html

5 Keys To Bucks’ Winning Streak (from Joshua Cornelissen, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/07/milwaukee-bucks-5-keys-winning-streak/

From Ti Windisch, Behind The Buck Pass:  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2017/03/07/milwaukee-bucks-takeaways-win-philadelphia-76ers/

Grizzlies: The Underrated Importance Of Brandan Wright (from Parker Fleming, Beale Street Bears):

Read and watch it here: http://bealestreetbears.com/2017/03/07/memphis-grizzlies-underrated-importance-brandan-wright/

Glenn Robinson III’s Development (from Cameron Stewart, 16 Wins A ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/glenn-robinson-iii-more-than-a-dunk-contest-spectacle-72d1781ac464#.85js4ndob

Sean Marks: The Perfect Exec To Lead The Nets Out Of The Dark (from George Kondoleon, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/the-brooklyn-nets-will-eventually-creep-out-of-gloomy-era-59b1ab2c8963#.1jwkre9ge

Breaking Down Where The Nets’ Defense Has Broken Down  (from Christopher Lavinio, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/06/brooklyn-nets-defense-bad-every-level/

Breaking Down The Nets’ Offense (from Charles Maniego, Nothin’ But Nets):

Read and watch it here:  http://nothinbutnets.com/2017/02/28/breaking-brooklyn-nets-offense/

Why Ibaka/Biyombo Never Gelled (from Ricky Scricca, Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2017/03/07/why-the-serge-ibaka-bismack-biyombo-frontcourt-never-quite-gelled/

Spoelstra’s Case For Coach Of The Year (from Rob Slater, All U Can Heat):

Read it here:  http://allucanheat.com/2017/03/07/miami-heat-erik-spoelstras-case-for-coach-of-the-year/

Growing Up In The NBA (from DeAndre Jordan, The Players Tribune):

Read it here: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/deandre-jordan-clippers-rebounding-all-star/

Limiting Opponents’ Offensive Rebounds Is A Growing Priority For Nuggets (from Nick Kosmider, Denver Post):

Read it here: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/06/limiting-offensive-rebounds-opponents-priority-nuggets/

Suns’ New Second Unit Transforms The Offense (from Kellan Olson, Arizona Sports):

Read and watch it here: http://arizonasports.com/story/1045788/new-second-unit-suns-offense-hottest/

Suns’ GM Saw Winning Trend In Tyler Ulis  (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com):

Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/03/06/suns-gm-mcdonough-saw-winning-trend-ulis/98830564/

Knicks: After Jennings’ Release, Chasson Randle Is Making His Presence Felt  (from Keith Schlosser, sny.tv):

Read it here: https://www.sny.tv/knicks/news/after-release-of-jennings-randle-is-making-his-presence-felt/218291648

From Marc Berman, NY Post: http://nypost.com/2017/03/06/chasson-randle-helps-his-case-and-hurts-tank-in-knicks-rally/

D-League: The Top Catch-And-Shoot Wings (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/07/catch-shoot-wings-d-league-call-up/

Despite Amazing Week, Felder Still Needs More Time In The D-League (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/3/6/14834660/kay-felder-nba-dleague-nbadl-canton-charge-cleveland-cavaliers

European Hoops Recap  (from Trevor Magnotti, Fansided):

Read And Watch It Here:  http://fansided.com/2017/03/06/european-hoops-recap-playoffs/

QOTN (from Marc Gasol, reacting to the Griz’ 3-game losing streak):

“I thought by now that we had a good idea of what we were going to do, especially from the players’ standpoint, knowing exactly what we are supposed to do. We can look ourselves in the mirror and be honest with ourselves, each and every single one of us. That’s what you’re supposed to do, especially when things don’t go as well as you would want them. Just look at yourself in the mirror instead of looking for an answer somewhere else and trying to point fingers.”

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/24/17

 

The 15-Year Chain Reaction That Led To The NBA’s Offensive Explosion (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/02/21/the-15-year-chain-reaction-that-led-to-the-nbas-current-offensive-explosion/

–  How The Celtics Created The Best Pick-And-Roll Offense In The Assn. (from Jeff Nooney, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/2/24/14652258/boston-celtics-best-pick-and-roll-offense-nba-isaiah-thomas-al-horford

The TOR-PHO Trade (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/toronto-raptors-phoenix-suns-pj-tucker-trade-6c741b95a95a#.mnlzs2egx

Raptors Bolster Their Wing Play With Ibaka And Tucker (from Tom West, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/p-j-tucker-deal-caps-off-a-brilliant-trade-deadline-for-raptors-37be54fe831d#.sjqojf7re

The DAL-PHI Trade (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/philadelphia-76ers-dallas-mavericks-nba-trade-nerlens-noel-d706e2cf7710#.ksgdfiamk

From Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown: http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/24/dallas-mavericks-fleece-philadelphia-76ers-nerlens-noel-trade/

The Sixers Traded The Wrong Big Man (from Michael Baumann, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/philadelphia-76ers-jahlil-okafor-trade-e8636f6a2d69#.hkrs2sw4b

Jrue Holiday Is The Key To Making AD/DMC Work  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/2/23/14259530/jrue-holiday-pelicans-leader-anthony-davis-demarcus-cousins

Jamal Murray: Rising Star  (from Tom West, 16 ins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/denver-nuggets-have-a-genuine-rising-star-in-jamal-murray-6e6ca92ecc43#.h1deucfki

Pachulia Powered The Warriors’ 50 Point Quarter  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/2/24/14723524/nba-video-highlights-clippers-warriors-zaza-pachulia-durant-curry-50-point-quarter

23 Thoughts About The Cavs  (from Jason Lloyd, Ohio.com):

Read it here: http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/cavs-119-knicks-104-jason-lloyd-s-final-final-thoughts-1.749434

–  Taj Gibson’s Bulls’ Legacy  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/24129/taj-gibson-leaves-lasting-legacy-as-he-says-goodbye-to-chicago

From KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-taj-gibson-leaves-bulls-with-class-spt-0224-20170223-story.html

 Thunder Gets Better With Gibson, McDermott (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/tramel-thunder-gets-better-with-trade-for-gibson-mcdermott/article/5539204

 David Lee: Sacrifice And Success (from Lorne Chan, Spurs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/spurs/david-lee-sacrifice-and-success/

Each Team’s Pre-All Star Game Story In One Stat (from Brandon Anderson,medium.com):

Read it here:  https://medium.com/sportsraid/the-first-half-story-for-every-nba-team-in-one-stat-90a0cfdd68ed#.5lj7a0och

Grizzlies’ Rookie Head Coach Fizdale Earns Acclaim  (from Don Wade, Memphis Daily News):

Read it here:  https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2017/feb/24/as-rookie-nba-head-coach-grizzlies-david-fizdale-earns-acclaim/

Grizzlies: 3 Things To Keep In Mind (from Red Coleman, Three Shades Of Blue):

Read it here: http://www.3sob.com/?p=24298

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/23/17

Steph Curry’s Secrets To Success: Brain Training, Float Tanks And Strobe Goggles (from Bradon Sneed, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2693694-steph-currys-secrets-to-success-brain-training-float-tanks-and-strobe-goggles

The HOU/LAL Trade:

From David Brandon, 16 Wins A Ring:  https://16winsaring.com/trade-grades-skip-to-my-lou-554c54567307#.eyo0ntowv

From Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/21/nba-trade-grades-houston-rockets-add-lou-williams-from-lakers/

The PHI/ATL Trade  (from Adam McGee, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/23/atlanta-hawks-analyzing-ersan-ilyasova-trade/

–  The WAS/BKN Trade (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here: http://www.netsdaily.com/2017/2/23/14706874/trade-grades-nets-get-high-marks-for-wizards-deal

From Keith Smith, Real GM: http://basketball.realgm.com/article/245034/Grading-The-Deal-Wizards-Acquire-Bojan-Bogdanovic-From-Brooklyn

From Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/02/22/nba-trade-grades-wizards-acquire-bojan-bogdanovic-nets/

Nerlens Noel’s Breakout Season  (from Kevin Rowley, The Sixer Sense):

Read and watch it here: http://thesixersense.com/2017/02/23/philadelphia-76ers-nerlens-noel-secretly-having-breakout-season/

(NOTE:  BI will link to coverage of the PHI/DAL trade tomorrow)

 

 

 

 

 

DeMarcus Cousins’ Fresh Start  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/766374-031535387.html

AD & DMC Won’t Be Exclusively Inside Oriented ( from John Reid, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2017/02/anthony_davis_demarcus_cousins.html

The Warriors’ “Center By Committee” Situation (from Anthony Slater, Bay Area News Group):

Read it here: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170222/SPORTS/170229892

–  Pelicans’ New Look Creates Curiosity, Not Concern, Among Rockets  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-ready-for-three-for-all-against-Cousins-10952316.php

Tyus Jones: In NBA “Choppy Waters”  (from Ken Berger, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2694165-two-years-removed-from-duke-stardom-tyus-jones-swimming-in-nba-choppy-waters

Buddy Hield Reached The NBA With Hard Work  (from Matt Kawahara, Sacrmento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article134416239.html

Tyreke Evans Returns To Sacramento (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article134420674.html

–  Willie Cauley-Stein’s Development Is A Top Kings’ Priority (from Omer Khan, Sactown Royalty):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2017/2/22/14703632/willie-cauley-stein-is-ready-for-more-minutes

Serge Ibaka: Learning Quickly To Be A Raptor (from Frank Zicarelli, Postmedia Network):

Read it here: http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2017/02/22/22705983.html?cid=rsssportsbasketball

The Trade Deadline Period Can Be Nerve-Racking For Players (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/02/22/trade-deadline-can-be-roller-coaster-ride-nba-players

Robin Lopez’ Midrange Shooting Improvement (from Sean Highkin, The Athletic):

Read it here:  https://theathletic.com/39567/2017/02/21/robin-lopez-making-unexpected-improvements-as-a-midrange-shooter/

Kemba Walker’s Arrival Was No EZ Pass (from Alejandro Danois, The Shadow League):

Read and watch it here: https://www.theshadowleague.com/story/kemba-walker-s-arrival-was-no-ez-pass

D-League Gaining Respect (from Kareem Copeland, AP):

Read it here: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/league-respect-legit-nba-minor-league-system-45679706

Kendall Williams Update (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/22/14540910/kendall-williams-nba-dleague-nbadl-new-mexico-lobos