Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis PART ONE 10/27/17

Rookie Status Update: Simmons, Tatum, Anunoby (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Zach Lowe’s Weekly Roundup (from ESPN):
The Raptors’ New Bench Mob (from Jared Dubin,The Step Back):
Pacers Film Room: Darren Collison (from Tony East, 8points,9seconds):
Rockets: Capela Is Hitting The Right Notes (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Checking In On The Nonconformist Pelicans (from Malika Andrews, NYTimes):
Thursday Night Recap (With Links To Game Stories) (From Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Knicks’ Film Room: Pick-And-Roll Defense, Tim Hardaway,Jr. And More (from Jeffrey Bellone, Medium.com):
Week One Observations (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Early Season Takeaways (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Is Tobias Harris Taking A Leap? (from Jonathan Raymond, Mediu.com):
3 Stats That Will Define Cavs’ Chances (from Jason Timpf, King James Gospel):
Basketball Dictionary: “X-Out”  (from Dylan Murphy, Medium.com):
2018 Draft: The Top Ten International Prospects (from Jonathan Givony, ESPN):
Clippers: Still The Best Show In L.A.  (from Rohan Nadkarni, Sports Illustrated):
What Would Take Wizards From Good To Great?  (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
Steph Curry Is Nearly Automatic From FT Line (from Ron Kroichick, SF Chronicle):
Which Offensive Styles Confound The Blazers’ Defense? (from Eric Griffith, Blazers Edge):
Video Breakdown: How The Nets Beat The Cavs (from Coach Nick/Spencer Didwiddie, BBall Breakdown):
Porzingis: Right Man For NY, But Are Knicks Right For Him?  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Giannis Looks Like An MVP (from Chris Herring FiveThirtyEight):
Giannis Is Breaking Out His Own Way (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):
The Importance Of Jae Crowder (from Scott Recker, Fear The Sword):
A Stop In Europe Paved The Way For Udoh’s NBA Return (from Kyle Goon, Salt Lake Tribune):
Anatomy Of LAL’s OT Victory Over WAS (from Joey Ramirez, Lakers.com):

The Spurs’ 4-0 Start (from Tim Reynolds, AP):
Mozgov Ventures Into 3-Point Land (from Scott cacciola, NYTimes):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/21/17 PART ONE

Draft Scouting Report: Derrick White (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
Why Family Chose Life Abroad To Prep Isaiah Hartenstein For NBA (from Malika Andrews, Bleacher Report):
Draft Scouting Report: Jayson Tatum (from Sam Vecenie, Sporting News):
Draft: Guide To Aussie Prospects (from Olgun Uluc, Fox Sports):
Cam Oliver: From Dollar Tree To NBA Draft (from Chris Muray, rgj.com):
Free Agent Scouting Report: CJ Miles (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
5 Ways The Dubs Are Shaping The NBA’s Offseason (from Evan Dyal, Sir Charles In Charge):
Danny Ainge’s Patience (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):
Pistons: SVG & Jeff Bower Discuss Their Draft Strategy (from Duncan Smith, Piston Powered):
How Will Simmons And Fultz Mesh? (from Joshua Morgan, The Sixer Sense):
Draft And Stash 2.0 (from CJ Moore, sethsdrafthouse.com):
Trade Grade: Hornets/Hawks (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):
The LAL-BKN Trade (from Christian Rivas, 16 Wins):
Brook Lopez’ Long Ride With The Nets (from Anthony Puccio/Net Income, Nets Daily):
Draft Sleeper: Sterling Brown (from JZ Mazlish, SBNation):
Dan Gilbert Continues To Be A Nuisance To HIs Own Franchise (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/4/17

–  The Warriors Have Made Durant Even More Dominant In Transition  (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/04/kevin-durant-transition-warriors-curry/

From Monte Poole, CSNbayarea:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/durants-game-elevates-hes-pushed-himself-and-warriors-teammates

 

 

 

–  Kevin Durant Is A Better Rim Protector Than Most Centers  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/1/3/14112906/kevin-durant-warriors-defense-highlights-rim-protector

–  Golden State’s Bench: Old, Shallow And Good  (from Jared Dubin, VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/golden-states-bench-is-old-shallow-and-still-pretty-good

From Carl Steward, Mercury News:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/03/warriors-30-something-vets-thriving-under-kerrs-wary-eye/

From Connor Letourneau, sfchronicle.com: http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/articleComments/Shaun-Livingston-feels-at-home-with-Warriors-10833881.php

Pachulia Fitting In With Warriors  (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/zaza-pachulias-importance-to-the-warriors-and-georgia/

Pelicans Fly With Small Ball (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/03/coaching-spin-pelicans-fly-small-ball/

–  How Porzingis Can Become Even Better  (from Adam Mares, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/how-kristaps-porzingis-can-become-even-better-adam-mares-nba-wraparound

–  Rudy Gobert’s Path To Stardom  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/raw-to-revered-rudy-goberts-path-to-stardom/

–  Bogut To Come Off Bench, Per His Request  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18400518/dallas-mavericks-bring-andrew-bogut-bench

Tuesday Roundup, Featuring Joel Embiid   (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2685071-tuesday-nba-roundup-joel-embiid-continues-march-toward-rookie-of-the-year

Tuesday Breakdown, Featuring Celtics, Spurs, 76ers (from James Holas, Eli Horowitz, Bryan Toporek at BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/01/04/the-breakdown-celtics-spurs-76ers/

–  Nikola Jokic Q & A  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18400852/zach-lowe-qa-nikola-jokic-denver-nuggets-more-nba

–  The Evolution Of Nikola Jokic (from Robson Friend,  nugglove.com):

Read it here:  http://nugglove.com/2017/01/04/jokic-evolution-potential-all-star/

–  Playing Seraphin At PF May Pay Off For Pacers  (from Debbie Considine, 8points9seconds.com):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2017/01/04/playing-kevin-seraphin-power-forward/

–  The Value Of Channing Frye (from Luke Goodman, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/01/04/cleveland-cavaliers-channing-frye-value/

–  Isaiah Thomas Shows He’s More Than Just A Scorer  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/01/bulpett_isaiah_thomas_shows_he_s_more_than_scoring_machine

From Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2017/01/04/isaiah-thomas-continues-to-show-adaptability/

 Jaylen Brown Is Blooming  (from CelticsBlog):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/1/4/14163580/the-read-react-jaylen-brown-blooming-boston-celtics-utah-jazz

Robert Covington: Shooting Poorly But Positively Impacting The Sixers  (from Kyle Neubeck, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2017/1/4/14163522/sixers-robert-covington-deserves-more-respect-defense-all-around-game-joel-embiid-brett-brown

–  Mozgov Pledges To Be More Physical (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mozgov-740165-walton-lakers.html

Randle: Miles Ahead Of His Draft Class (from Christian Rivas, Lake Show Life):

Read it here:  http://lakeshowlife.com/2017/01/03/lakers-julius-randle-2014-nba-draft-class/

 How Jabari Parker Can Get Even Better  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4I5eqcbDwow

 Steven Adams: Then And Now  (from Marina Mangiaracina, Welcome To Loud City):

Read it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2017/1/3/14159988/steven-adams-is-now-the-second-best-scorer-in-okc-enes-kanter-victor-oladipo-russell-westbrook

From Erik Horne, newsok.com:  http://newsok.com/thunder-how-steven-adams-offense-continues-to-expand/article/5533036

–  David Griffin’s 5 Best Moves As GM  (from Luke Goodman, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/01/04/cleveland-cavaliers-david-griffins-top-5-transactions-gm/

Abundance Of Young Talent Is A Blessing And A Curse For Nuggets  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/01/04/the-nuggets-have-lots-of-the-nbas-most-precious-commodity-and-thats-been-a-problem/?utm_term=.f43c49ae9433

 Bulls Focus On Future Amid Rondo Situation (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/01/03/chicago-bulls-rajon-rondo-impasse-situation

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/3/16

 Frank Vogel Brings Positive Approach To Magic  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando magic Daily):
–  Warriors’ Film Room:  Breaking Down Patrick McCaw’s Debut  (from Anthony Slater,  Mercury News):
–  Why KD Already Fits With The Warriors  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):
–  Thaddeus Young Catches A Break  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

 The Multiple Layers Of Ben Simmons’ Story  (from Brian Seltzer, Sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-simmons-story-one-multiple-layers

–  C. J. Miles Changes His Plan After Reading His Scouting Report (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):
–  Ask Sam Mailbag  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
–  Nets’ Season Preview  (from Brian Fleurantin, Nets Daily):
–  Observations After 1st Week Of Nuggets’ Preseason Camp  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):
–  Grizzlies Hope Chandler Parsons Can Revolutionize Their Offense (from Brendan Galella,  Hoops Habit):
–  Pistons:  10 Observations From Opening Of Training Camp  (from Rod Beard, Detroit news):
–  Hornets’ Marvin Williams Would Be Hard To Replace  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):
–  Sergio Rodriguez Is Suddenly Very Important For Sixers  (from Sean O’Connor, Liberty Ballers):
–  Jimmy Butler: Ready For The Spotlight  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):
–  The Elements Of The Magic’s Pace-Heavy Offense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
–  Offseason In Review: Brooklyn Nets  (from Eddie Scarito, Hoops Rumors):
–  Thibodeau’s 1st Wolves Offseason  (from Michael Pina,  Real GM):
–  Raptors Expect Big Things From Siakam  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

–  Mozgov Confident He’ll Be Ready  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/firmly-730896-typical-santa.html

–  The Case For Damjan Rudez  (from Luka Jelcic, Orlando Magic Daily):
–  DeAndre Liggins: Getting Defensive  (from Joe Gabriele, cavs.com):
–  Connaughton Works On Ways To Get More Playing Time  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
–  Shabazz Muhammad Must Improve His Defense And Versatility  (from Kent Youngblood,  Star Tribune):
–  Thibodeau Has Big Plans For Bjelica  (from Jace Frederick,  twincities.com):
–  Clippers’ Player Preview:  Austin Rivers  (from Robert Flom):
–  New Heat Backup Center Willie Reed  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):
–  Robin Lopez’ “Under Pin” For Damian Lillard  (from Jon Giesbrecht,  BBall Breakdown):
–  More Than 125 Players Will Be Cut Before Season Starts  (from Eric Pincus, Basketball Insiders):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   NBA refs trained to keep their cool as they make the call  (from Brian Mahoney,  Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba-refs-trained-keep-cool-call-225823165–nba.html

 

–   Mitch Kupchak: Ten Things to Know  (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/150924_kupchakPressConference

 

–  Untangling The Gridlock Of Cleveland’s Frontcourt  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239306/Untangling-The-Gridlock-Of-Clevelands-Frontcourt

 

–   SVG Part II: Straight shooting from Dave Hopla and the boost Arn Tellem brings the Pistons  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-ii-straight-shooting-dave-hopla-and-boost-arn-tellem-brings-pistons

 

–  SVG Part III: On another year of roster churning and the need for better Pistons D this season  (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/svg-part-iii-another-year-roster-churning-and-need-better-pistons-d-season

 

–   Hornacek wants Phoenix Suns players to focus on defense over offense this season  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read it here:  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/9/24/9362515/hornacek-wants-phoenix-suns-players-to-focus-on-defense-over-offense

 

–  Scott Skiles Q & A (form John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magic-q-scott-skiles

 

–  Brett Brown, Sixers looking for fewer ‘gypsies’ in 2015-16  (from John Finger, CSNphilly.com):

“One of the lasting moments from last year’s 18-win season was when Brett Brown sounded off about the Sixers’ high-volume roster turnover.

First, the third-year Sixers head coach was disappointed that player Brandon Davies had been traded last December, saying the move made it tough to build a team and culture. Then later, Brown expressed reluctance to coach a team of “gypsies.”

“To coach gypsies, to have to coach a revolving door, that’s not what I’m looking for,” Brown said.

But as the Sixers enter the third year of the epic rebuilding process, Brown expects a lot less roster turnover.”

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/brett-brown-sixers-looking-fewer-gypsies-2015-16

 

–   NBA Player Stats: Top 7 Players – Touches & Possessions (from Tamberlyn Richardson,  spacecityscoop):

Read it here:  http://spacecityscoop.com/2015/08/28/nba-player-stats-top-7-players-touches-possessions/

(Note: This is Part Two of a Nine part series)

 

Bully Ball (from Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus):

” (S)ome players are quite effective at bullyball. One of the theoretical pluses of the Spurs acquiring LaMarcus Aldridge is his supposed ability to negate smallball by being an effective scorer when presented with a smaller defender. At least in 2014/15, this theory appears to hold up. I’ll get to the methodology in a moment, but Aldridge shot just under 72% from the floor from around the post area when the closest defender was undersized. Combine that efficiency with his minuscule turnover rateand the mobility and length to allow him to catch the ball in a variety of positions on the floor, and yes, it’s probably fair to say Aldridge is a weapon who can pick on the mouse in the house. So, which other players struggle or excel when confronted with a smaller defender? Which players in fact require  the mismatch to be effective?”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/24/bullyball/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

BBall Breakdown Player Ranks:  #10 Marc Gasol (from Will Gottlieb):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/22/marc-gasol-no-10/

 

Pacers look forward to having Paul George at full strength, in new position  (from Mike Mazzeo,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13731617/paul-george-indiana-pacers-eager-show-recovery-gone-hitch

 

Paul George not thrilled about move to power forward  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/09/24/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-paul-george-projected-start-power-forward/72627034/

 

–  DeAndre Jordan is returning to Southern California to continue his career with the Los Angeles Clippers  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation.com):  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/9/24/9184491/there-can-only-be-one-hylander-deandre-jordan

 

–  Joe Harris Gears Up for His Sophomore Campaign in Cleveland  (from Joe Gabriele,  cavs.com):  http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/features/harris-150924

 

–   Embiid surgery involved five doctors  (from Keith Pompey,  Philadelphia Inquirer):  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/deep-sixer/Embiid-surgery-all-good.html

 

–  Offseason has Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson leaner and more prepared  (from Scott Kushner,  theadvocate.com):  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/13535167-128/rewarding-offseason-has-pelicans-ryan

 

–  Is *this* the year Brook Lopez becomes a three-point shooter?  (from Devin Kharpertian,  thebrooklyngame.com): http://thebrooklyngame.com/year-brook-lopez-becomes-three-point-shooter/

 

–  A Life of Change Leads to Consistency in Basketball for Terry Rozier  (from Jessica Camerato,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/a-life-of-change-leads-to-consistency-in-basketball-for-rozier/

 

–  Happy and Healthy: Chris Bosh values life after near-death experience  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/09/23/chris-bosh-heat-raptors-georgia-tech-health-blood-clots-lebron-james

 

Michael Carter-Williams/ Shaun Livingston (from Scott rafferty, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-09-25/michael-carter-williams-shaun-livingston-bucks-jump-shot

 

QOTD:  “(O)ne of Gregg Popovich’s secrets in plain sight has been the way he builds a bench and employs them and trusts them so much during the regular season that he can rest his starters so much and still win so many games. He doesn’t have better reserves than other teams, and he loses guys regularly. But his players abide by their system of play and he relies on them and trusts them. It’s a big part of coaching (and running any successful business), making your employees feel a part of the organization and success and trusting them and taking an interest in their fate.”