Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/23/17 PART ONE

Q & A:  James Harden’s Trainer Paul Gabritz  (from Gavriel Wilkins, Space City Scoop):
Clint Capela Has Arrived (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
The Nets’ Young Guns (from Jacob Ahlmann, Nothin’ But Nets):
Why Brad Stevens Doesn’t Overreact To Foul Trouble (from Jay King, Mass Live):
Melo’s New Role (from Royce Young, ESPN):
Casspi’s Cutting Makes Him Ideal Fit With Warriors (from Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle):
Jordan Bell’s Evolution On Display (from Logan Murdock, Mercury News):
Ben Simmons Bends The Game To His Will (from Mike Prada, SBNation):
Sixers: TLC Isn’t Playing Like A Viable Reserve (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Can The Raptors Reverse Their Playoff Trend?  (from Michael Brock, NBA Math):
Anunoby Finds Shooting Stroke, Gives Raptors Potential 1st Round Steal  (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):
Inside The Heat’s Quest To Win Without A Superstar  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):
Through Off-Court Tragedy, Devin Harris Remains A True Professional  (from Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News):
Bucks: John Henson’s Connections Lead To Consistent PT (from Eric Nehm ESPN):
Friday Night Recap – With Links To Game Stories (from Michael D. Sykes, SBNation):
Devin Booker Is Becoming A More Complete Player (from Reid Forgrave, CBS Sports):
Suns:  Isaiah Canaan Is Making The Most Of His Opportunity (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):
Lakers Like What They Are Seeing From Lonzo Ball’s Shot (from Josh Martin, USA Today):
Are The Cavs Better Prepared For The Dubs?  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
Film Room: Episode Two (from Dylan Murphy, Medium):
Lakers’ Film Room: Kuzma’s 38-Point Game (from Pete Zayas, Forum Blue And Gold):
Jameel Warney, Team USA’s Unsung Male Athlete Of The Year  (from DefPen):

 

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

4 Ways The Celtics Can Use Hayward (from John Karalis, Boston.com):
Hawks’ Offensive Playbook: Pick And Roll Action, Part Two (from Glen Willis, Peachtree Hoops):
Rudy Gobert Q & A (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Malcolm Delaney: A Rookie, A Brother & A Hail Of Gunfire (from Yaron Weitzman, ESPN):
The Case For Bagley As 2018 Draft’s “Crown Jewel” (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
“Baby Euro” Step By Scoring Move (from Zak Boisvert, pickandpop.net):
Why Embiid Is Great (from Daniel Stets, The Sixer Sense):
Every Team’s Best And Worst Current Contract (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
US Men’s Basketball Enters A New World – Without Its Stars (from Associated Press):
What Is A “Glue Guy”? (from Josh Bungum, Dunking With Wolves):
Examining Each Team’s Schedule (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):
Protecting Marquee Games With Schedule Tweaks (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
RJ Barrett: Next Canadian Star (from Alex Wong, slamonline.com):
Podcast: Royce White (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Hezonja: Working To Regain Health (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
NOTE: Today’s edition of Basketball Intelligence is dedicated to the memory of Tommy Hawkins:

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/18/16

 Olympic Update  (from Kyle Neubeck and Harrison Faigen,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/8/18/12518816/olympic-basketball-scores-2016-usa-kevin-durant-paul-george-draymond-green

–  Paul George’s Defense Propels US Into Semifinals  (from JohnSchuhmann,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/john_schuhmann/08/17/paul-george-defensive-impact-propels-u-s-into-semifinals/

 Argentina’s End Of An Era  (from Marc Stein,  ESPN):

Read it here:   Manu, Argentina bid an emotional adieu

–  What Makes Team Australia So Good?  (from Miles Wray,  fansided.com):

Read and view it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/08/18/team-australia-basketball-rio-olympics/

–  Fringe Players Have Tough Decisions (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-fringe-players-have-tough-decision/

–  Symbiosis Of 76ers & 87ers  (from Bret Stuter,  The Sixer Sense0:

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2016/08/17/symbiosys-of-philadelphia-76ers-and-delaware-87ers/

–  Each Team’s Most Underappreciated Player  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2657893-the-most-underappreciated-player-on-every-nba-team

Position Counts In Determining Defensive Value  (from Abraham Budow,  Sir Charles IN Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2016/08/18/defense-nba-position-determines-value/

 The Clippers’ Offseason  (from James Polazzon,  Sir Charles In Charge):

Read it here:  http://sircharlesincharge.com/2016/08/18/os-angeles-clippers-offseason-recap/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/node/598376

 Nikola Mirotic  (from George Eisner, BBall breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/08/17/nikola-mirotic-is-hoibergs-best-hope/

 Caris LeVert  (from Jay Siskin,  nothinbutnet.com):  http://nothinbutnets.com/2016/08/17/nba-brooklyn-nets-caris-levert/2/

–  Buddy Hield  (from Brett Dawson, theadvocate.com):  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_d5755244-47b7-11e6-b49a-2b3af8bab84a.html

–  Joe Harris (from Anthony Parisi,  Nets Daily):  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/8/18/12477468/who-is-joe-harris

–  Jon Leuer  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-sees-leuer-key-addition-pistons-roster-suddenly-deep-versatile-parts

–  Channing Frye/James Jones/Richard Jefferson  (from Joe Gabriele, cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/features/review-reserves-160818

 Xavier Henry  (from Joey Ramirez,  lakers.com):  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/160817xavierhenry-minicamp

–  Yi Jianlian  (from Chris Barnewall,  Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/08/18/yi-jianlian-lakers-bucks-cba/

–  Ra’Shad James  (from Gery Woelfel, woelfelspressbox.com):  http://www.woelfelspressbox.com/blog-entry/41/james-makes-marked-impression-on-bucks

 Eric Griffin  (from Chris Priczak,  Daily Knicks):  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/08/18/eric-griffin-fighting-dream/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/4/16

–  Breaking Down The Warriors By Play Type:  Post-Ups  (from Andy Serbe, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here;  http://bluemanhoop.com/2016/08/03/breaking-warriors-play-type-post-ups/

–  Seven NBA Players To Watch In Rio  (from Andrew Sharp,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/olympics/2016/08/03/rio-2016-usa-basketball-nba-carmelo-anthony-klay-thompson

–  New Greensboro Swarm Coach Says Synergy With The Hornets Will Be “Everything”  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article93619607.html

–  Where Each Hornets’ Starter Can Improve  (from Jerry Stephens,  swarmandsting.com):

Read it here:  http://swarmandsting.com/2016/08/03/charlotte-hornets-where-each-starter-can-improve/

–  Thunder Extend Westbrook  (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/08/04/russell-westbrook-extension-oklahoma-city-thunder-billy-donovan

–  The Blazers’ Trail To Contention  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17213986/the-blazers-looking-get-better-build-future  and from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune:  http://pamplinmedia.com/pt/317472-195832-blazers-spending-spree-team-banks-on-future

Five Hawks To Watch In Training Camp  (from Colby Giacubeno, oaring own South):

Read it here:  http://soaringdownsouth.com/2016/08/04/5-atlanta-hawks-to-watch-during-training-camp/

–  Carmelo Anthony:  The Difference In His Team USA Play Vs Play With The Knicks  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=gKz8GC5Dgps

 The Spurs’ PG Troubles  (from Zach Goding, airalamo.com):

Read it here: http://airalamo.com/2016/08/04/will-one-spurs-positions-ruin-title-chances/

–  Five Most Intriguing Magic Tandems To Watch In 2016-17  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/film-room/5-most-intriguing-magic-tandems-cohen-20160803

Pistons’ Forecast (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/season-business-wrapped-forecast-pistons-full-speed-ahead

Suns’ Offseason Review  (from Ian Levy, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/08/04/phoenix-suns-offseason-review/

–  Basketball By The Numbers: An Introduction  (from EVR1022, Fear The Sword):

Read it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/8/3/12321028/basketball-by-the-numbers-nba-finals-kyrie-irving

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Ben Simmons (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):   http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/ben-simmons-credits-experience-other-sports-playmaking-ability

–  Karl-Anthony Towns  (from Metz Camfield, coachcal.com):  http://www.coachcal.com/39807/2016/08/towns-talks-kentucky-nba-rookie-season-future/

–  Dante Exum  (from Kncade Upstill,  Deseret News):  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659298/Kincade-Upstill-What-to-expect-from-Dante-Exum-as-year-mark-of-his-ACL-tear-approaches.html

Tim Frazier  (from Jim Eichenhofer,  pelicans.com):  http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/re-signed-tim-frazier-eager-build-his-late-season-performance-pelicans

–  Angel Rodriguez (from Michael Rehome, Air Alamo):  http://airalamo.com/2016/08/03/angel-rodriguez-clears-the-air-about-time-with-san-antonio/

–  Kyle Collinsworth, Keith Hornsby, Jameel Warney  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):  http://airalamo.com/2016/08/03/angel-rodriguez-clears-the-air-about-time-with-san-antonio/

–  Jordan Hill (from Kyle Ratke,  timberwoves.com):  http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/roster-review-jordan-hill?

 Jordan Mickey, Terry Rozier, James Young  (from Jay King, Mass Live):  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/08/jordan_mickey_terry_rozier_bos.html

–  Kyle Anderson  (from Winston Harris,  Project Spurs):  http://projectspurs.com/2016-articles/spurs-season-review-kyle-anderson.html

–  Jarrett Jack/Dennis Schroder  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):  http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/basketball/jack-will-help-schroder-adjust-to-new-role-style-o/nr9Bk/

 David Lee  (from Eli Horowitz, poundingtherock.com):  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/8/3/12367962/spurs-maximize-david-lee

Chasson Randle  (from Maxwell Ogden, Daily Knicks):  http://dailyknicks.com/2016/08/04/knicks-rumors-reasons-to-love-chasson-randle-signing/

–  Caris Levert  (from Brendon Kleen, Upside Motor):  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/08/03/brooklyn-nets-caris-levert-youth-draft/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/27/16

–  The Magic Hit Reset  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/nba/story/_/id/17145557/the-orlando-magic-fighting-become-viable-again

–  Next Level Warriors Already Forming  (from Monte Poole, csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/durant-green-klay-give-preview-next-level-warriors

–  DerMarr Johnson Is Alive And Well And Dominating  (from Tim Casey, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/dermarr-johnson-is-alive-and-well-and-dominating

–  USA 107, China 57  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/7/27/12294056/usa-basketball-china-2016-results-scores-kevin-durant-oracle-oakland-carmelo  from Tim Kawakami, Mercury News: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/tim-kawakami/ci_30174110/kawakami-first-many-happy-moments   from Zach Harper, CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/usa-beats-china-107-57-takeaways-from-durants-oracle-homecoming/ and from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2654219-golden-state-warriors-dreams-get-real-as-kevin-durant-lights-up-oracle-arena

–  Rookies To Watch In Rio  (from NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/07/27/blogtable-rookies-eager-to-watch-in-rio/

–  Introducing Dredge:  A Play-by-Play Derived Metric  (from Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/07/26/introducing-dredge-a-play-by-play-derived-metric/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  Joakim Noah  (from Chris Herring, Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-knicks-can-make-the-most-out-of-an-aging-joakim-noah-1469562935

Rudy Gay  (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2016/7/26/12283364/sacramento-kings-rudy-gay-frustration

–  Solomon Hill (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/07/solomon_hill_eager_to_expand_h.html  from Justin Verrier, ESPN:  http://espn.go.com/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/488/solomon-hill-sees-an-opportunity-to-spread-his-wings-with-pelicans  and from Brett Dawson, The Advocate:  http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_2c7f9592-536e-11e6-9ab9-37c501f974bc.html

–  Semoj Christon  (from Nick Gallo,  Thunder.com):  http://www.nba.com/thunder/summersitdown-semajchriston-160715

 

Langston Galloway  (from Pelicans.com):  http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/langston-galloway-introductory-conference-call-transcript-july-25-2016

 Josh Richardson  (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-josh-richardson-s072616-story.html

 Zach LaVine  (from Kyle Ratke. Timberwolves.com):  http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/zach-lavine-has-been-putting-work-summer/

–  Harrison Barnes  (from Earl K. Sneed, mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-see-harrison-barnes-tapping-full-potential-dallas/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Casey Holdahl,  forwardcenter.net):  http://forwardcenter.net/mccollum-talks-extension-and-staying-hungry-on-rip-city-radio/

–  Dion Waiters (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

   ”  A veteran scout, on what the Heat is getting in guard Dion Waiters: “The reigning perception is he’s a knucklehead, but I have heard otherwise from one of Oklahoma City’s scouts who said he wasn’t. He’s a streak shooter, can get to the basket, can get his own shot. He is not bad defensively. He can get into guys. I’ve always liked his passing. He can make plays. He’s got a pretty good feel.

“The reservations about him are he was such an erratic player. He had a terrific playoff [this past season] at different points. He’s a good backup on a very good team. If he’s starting, his warts are going to come to the forefront more.

“He’s a talent, better than Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington,  different than Josh Richardson. Richardson is the better defender. Waiters has got a got a game off the dribble. Ellington has no game off the dribble; he’s a spot up guy, end of story.”

–  Troy Williams  (from Chip Williams, Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/7/27/12290504/memphis-grizzlies-sign-troy-williams-analysis

–  James Farr (from Jake Hyman, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/25/12208648/james-farr-xavier-big-east-basketball

 

 Michael Stockton  (from Quenton Albertie,King James Gospel):  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/07/27/summer-league-player-report-michael-stockton/