Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/29/18

BKN: The Emergence Of Rodions Kurucs (from Chris Von Achen, Hashtag Basketball):
BKN: Marks & Atkinson Have Used Minimal Resources To Build Nets For Long-Term Success (from Jeff Feld, Forbes):
BOS: Indispensable Irving Gives The Celtics Time To Figure Things Out (from Ben Ladner, The STep Back):
BOS: Video: Marcus Smart’s Defense On Harden (from Matt Esposito):
CHA: How Long Can Tony Parker Keep Doing This? (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
DAL: Barnes Is Changing His Game Next To Luka (from Vladislav Shufinskiy ,The Smoking Cuban):
DET: Bruce Brown Makes The Grade In Defensive Tests (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
GSW: What Are The Dubs’ Options With McCaw?  (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
HOU: Harden Is Amazing But We’re Getting Worried About His Minutes (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):
HOU: What Rivers Brings To The Rockets (from Alykhan Bijani, The Athletic):
LAL: Q & A: Ivica Zubac (from Mike Trudell, lakers.com):
MIA: Winslow Flashes Potential As Starting PG (from Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald):
MIL: Brook Lopez Is Making Opponents Pay For Hard Closeouts Along The Arc (from Matt Velazquez, jsonline.com):
MIN: What’s Left Of Wiggins’ Potential? (from James Grieco. Hoops Habit):
MIN: Thibodeau Through The Eyes Of His TimberBulls (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic):
PHO: Recapping The Suns’ Road Trip (from Yusuf Saleem, Bball Index):
PHO: TJ Warren’s Historic Three-Point Percentage Increase (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
SAC: Buddy Hield: Stellar Start To His 3rd Year (from Nick Agar-Johnson, Hashtag Basketball):
SAS: Bertans Is Becoming An Elite Role Player (from Jared Johnson, Bball Index):
UTA: Rudy Gobert Is Still Evolving As A Defender (from Ryan Miller, KSL):
UTA: The 2nd-Half Surge Is Coming For The Jazz (from John Keeffer, The JNotes):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 6/15/18

Doncic: Living HIs Best Life Twice (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
Drafting A Top-5 Center: Riskier Than Ever Before (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):
Lonnie Walker & Zhaire Smith: The Most Known Unknowns Of The Draft (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
A Deep Dive On Zhaire Smith (from Mike O’Connor, The Athletic):
Michael Porter’s Back Injury, Explained By A Surgeon (from Matt Ellentuck, SBNation):
Miles Bridges’ Shooting: More Than Meets The Eye (from Trevor Magnotti, Clips Nation):
NBA Talent Evaluators Intrigued By JJJ’s All-Around Potential (from John Denton, magic.com):
Q & A: Draft Prospect Arnoldas Kulboka (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Each Team’s Biggest Draft Question To Answer (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
Every Lottery Teams’ Plans A, B & C (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Mikal Bridges: The Rare 4-Year Player Destined To Be A Lottery Pick (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today):
Is Ayton A Better Defensive Prospect Than His Numbers Indicate?  (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
There’s Never A Bad Time Wirth DeAndre Ayton (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
How Bamba’s Help Defense Might Translate To The NBA (from Dylan Murphy, Cleaning The Glass):
Bulls Bring In Trae Young For Pre-Draft Workout (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
Q & A: Mavs’ GM Donnie Nelson On The Draft (from Tim Cowlishaw/Chuck Cooperstein, KESN/Dallas Morning News):
Cavaliers’ Offseason Preview (from Danny Leroux, The Athletic):
What We Know, And What We Have To Find Out About The Latest Coaching Hires (from Haley O’Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Stealing How The Rockets Use Capela Could Benefit The Pistons (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
Nick Nurse Made A Lasting Impression On Masai Ujiri (from Associated Press):
Nurse Intends To Think Outside The Box (from Josh Lewenberg, tsn.ca):
Danny Green: There’s No Locker Room Tension With Kawhi (from Marilyn Dubinski, Pounding The Rock):
Danny Green’s Offensive Decline (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
Debunking 5 Myths Re: The Dubs’ Season (from Daniel Hardee, Golden State Of Mind):
Khris Middleton: Poised To Help Take Bucks To Next Level (from Max Resetar, slamonline.com):
Brett Brown’s Ability To Learn On The Fly Will Be Tested (from Derek Bodner, The Athletic):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/16/17

The 4-Year Rebuild That Has Transformed The Celtics (from Chris Forsberg/Luke Knox, ESPN):
Markelle Fultz’ Potential (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
Ideal Laker Playbook (from Forum Blue And Gold):
Designing A Great Offense (from Forum Blue And Gold):
2017-18 Breakouts: Three Players With New Roles (from Eric Spyropolous, NBA Math):
Cousins Is An Elite Scorer, Jokic Is An Elite Basketball Player (from Ryan Blackburn, Denver Stiffs):
Top 2018 Draft Prospects (from Ricky O’Donnell, SBNation):
Dejounte Murray: Replacing Tony Parker (from PSherman42, Pounding The Rock):
Wolves’ Backup PG Duty: Tyus Jones (from Andy Grimsrud, A Wolf Among Wolves):
Transition Program Helps Rookies Avoid Financial, Social Pitfalls (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch, USA Today):
Best Ball Fakes From 2017 Season (from NBA.com):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/23/17

Jokic: The Unlikely Superstar Who Is Transforming The Nuggets  (from Mike Prada, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2017/3/23/15036048/nikola-jokic-highlights-video-denver-nuggets-nba

Dragic Has Orchestrated The Heat’s Offensive Leap (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/goran-dragic-orchestrated-heats-offensive-leap/

Finally, A Healthy Bradley Beal  (from Nicholas Arguelles, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/bradley-beal-trusting-the-process-4126e7728e60#.rj1wb09od

MKG: Lots Of Pace, No Space  (from Max Seng, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/michael-kidd-gilchrist-has-lots-of-pace-and-no-space-805617034e57#.xz2onb4gr

Hoiberg On Robin Lopez (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/coach-hoiberg-robin-lopez

The Numbers Show Where You Are Right And Wrong About Tristan Thompson (from Kevin Nye, Hashtag Basketball):

Read it here:  http://www.hashtagbasketball.com/cleveland-cavaliers/content/numbers-lie-tristan-thompson

Storylines For The Homestretch  (from Michael Pina, Sports On Earth):

Read it here: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/220257858/7-nba-storylines-to-watch-final-2-weeks

Mavs Impressed With Noel’s Progress (from Dwain Price, star-telgram.com):

Read it here:  http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article140227508.html

Meyers Leonard: Playing On One Leg  (from Jason Quick, csnnw.com):

Read it here: http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/meyers-leonard-limited-he-tries-play-through-hip-and-back-pain

Rest May Have Been Turning Point For GSW  (from Michael Shultz, Blue Man Hoop):

Read it here: http://bluemanhoop.com/2017/03/23/rest-golden-state-warriors-season/

Marcus Smart Cooks Up Another Batch Of Winning Plays (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here: http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4725615/marcus-smart-cooks-up-another-batch-of-winning-plays

Olynyk’s Hot Streak Boosts His Confidence  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):

Read it here: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/03/bulpett_kelly_olynyk_s_hot_streak_boosts_his_confidence

Jameer Nelson Has Found New Life In Denver (from Brendan Vogt, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read and watch it here: https://16winsaring.com/jameer-nelson-finds-new-life-in-denver-9a7be49c1a10#.wa3ftk1xd

Role Player Of The Week: Avery Bradley (from Donnie Kolakowski, Fanrag Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/celtics/role-player-week-avery-bradley/

 Brandon Jennnings On His Time With Knicks  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/brandon-jennings-opens-wrong-knicks-article-1.3006188

DeRozan: Stepping Up In Lowry’s Absence (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here: http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/23/toronto-raptors-demar-derozan-complete/

DeRozan Has Taken His Post Game To The Next Level  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):

Read and watch it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/demar-derozan-post-offense-stats-breakdown-highlights-video-kobe-bryant/szxbvoihhza3za5q7thakqt2

What The Pelicans’ Offensive Gelling Looks Like  (from Jake Madison, Bourbon Street Shots):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2017/03/23/what-the-offensive-gelling-looks-like/

Middleton Has The Bucks Slowing Down And Heating Up  (from Louis Keene, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/khris-middleton-has-the-bucks-slowing-down-and-heating-up/

–  The Smartest NBA Teams Don’t Go Mad Over NCAA Tournament Performances (from Sam Vecenie,  VICE Sports):

Read it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_au/article/prisoners-of-the-moment-how-the-ncaa-tournament-affects-nba-draft-stock

The Spurs’ 10-Game Review: Volume Seven  (from Paul Garcia, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/spurs-10-game-review-volume-7/

Spurs: Tony Parker’s 2017 Impact (from Collin Reid, The Sports Daily):

Read it here: http://thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/tony-parkers-impact-for-the-2017-spurs/

MIP Watch (from Buddy Grizzard, Basketball insiders):

Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/most-improved-player-watch/

Why The Wolves Signed Casspi  (from Ben Beecken, Dunking With Wolves):

Read it here:  http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2017/03/23/timberwolves-sign-omri-casspi/

Nwaba’s Long Road  (from Lee Altman, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here: http://dleague.nba.com/news/david-nwaba-lakers-contract-dfenders-nba-dleague-feature/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/5/17

What It’s Like To Play With LBJ  (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/a/lebron-james-playmaker-cavaliers-sunday-shootaround

Grizzlies Urge Patience With Parson’s Difficult Comeback From Injury  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/post/_/id/30716/grizzlies-urge-patience-as-chandler-parsons-scuffle-through-comeback

Jusuf Nurkic’s Strong Start In Portland (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-strong-start-for-jusuf-nurkic-in-portland/

Tyler Ulis Is Finding His Footing  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/03/04/phoenix-suns-tyler-ulis-quickly-finding-nba-footing/

Suns: The Rise Of Alan Williams  (from Nick Veronesi, isportsweb.com):

Read it here: http://isportsweb.com/2017/03/04/phoenix-suns-the-rise-of-alan-williams/

Kyrie Irving Has Become A Willing Passer  (from Robbie DiPaola, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2017/03/05/cleveland-cavaliers-kyrie-irving-willing-passer/

Zipser And Portis Giving Bulls A Boost  (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/features/zipser-and-portis-giving-bulls-boost

Bobby Portis’ New Role (from Patrick Sheetz, pippenainteasy.com):

Read it here: http://pippenainteasy.com/2017/03/04/bobby-portis-new-role-trade-deadline-chicago-bulls/

Hornacek: Knicks Being Hurt By Defensive Lapses, Not The Triangle  (from Al Iannazzone, Newsday):

Read it here:

http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/knicks-jeff-hornacek-it-s-not-triangle-s-fault-it-s-defensive-lapse-1.13209777

McCaw Seizing Chance As A Starter  (from Connor Letourneau, SFGate):
Timberwolves: Tyus Jones Is Contributing  (from Logan Metzger, The Sports Daily):
Can Abdel Nader Make The Celtics Next Season? (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):

LaMarcus Aldridge Plays Best When Tony Parker Is Healthy, Active And Productive  (from Michael Erler, Pounding The Rock):

Read it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2017/3/4/14810058/lamarcus-aldridge-best-barometer-spurs-success

2017 Draft: Some International Prospects  (from Maxwell Ogden, Knicks Daily):

Read and watch it here:  http://dailyknicks.com/2017/03/04/new-york-knicks-international-prospects-2017-nba-draft/

Payton May Benefit Most From Magic’s Small-Ball Lineup (from John Denton, magic.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/magic/news/elfrid-payton-may-benefit-most-small-ball-lineup

Caris LeVert Is Impressing The Nets (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/caris-levert-starting-to-impress-nets-1.13210149

Eric Musselman Finds Success At Nevada  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article136533788.html