Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/15/19

BKN: D’Lo’s Growth (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):
CHA: Kemba Is Always The Surprise Star (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):
CHA: Kupchak’s Quest To Build A Contender (from Bill Oram, The Athletic):
CLE: 4 Players Who Have Hit Their Stride (from Tony Pesta, Hoops Habit):
DET: Reggie Jackson’s Revival Is Reigniting The Pistons (from Mike Snyder, Detroit Bad Boys):
LAL: LeBron Is A Hero For Our Time (from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Newsweek):
LAL: Kuzma’s Intriguing Effectiveness (from Alex Regla, BBall Index):
NOP: Q & A: Jahlil Okafor (from William Guillory, The Athletic):
NYK: Knicks Give Dennis Smith Room To Explore (from Nekias Duncan, The Basketball Writers):
ORL: Trade For Fultz: Low-Risk, Potentially High Reward (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
ORL: What Has Gotten Into The Magic?  (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
POR: Brian Grant’s Battles Continue (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
TOR: Where Does Lin Fit In? (from Josh Kern, Raptors HQ):
TOR: Siakam: The Face Of The Raptors’ Future? (from Dan Devine, The Ringer):
Respecting The Bucks; Monte Morris: Draft Steal; Impact Of Trades On Teammates (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Zion’s Defense (from Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation):
QOTD: (from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar): ”  (Asking who is the GOAT) is akin to asking, Which superpower is better, flying or invisibility?… The game has changed so much over the years that there is no leveling rubric to take into account the variables…(the) GOAT is a mythological beast. It’s like asking, How big is the horn on a unicorn?

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/8/19

 BKN: Nets’ Biggest Pickup At Trade Deadline: Caris LeVert! (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Read it here: https://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/nets-caris-levert-returns-from-injury-1.27027082

– BKN: Q&A With Ian Eagle, Nets Announcer For The Past 25 Years (from Neil Best, Newsday):

Read it here: https://www.newsday.com/sports/media/ian-eagle-nets-announcer-25-years-1.27012934

– BOS: Showtime Theis: C’s Big Man Has Career Night Vs. Lakers (from Taylor C. Snow, Celtics.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/post-020819-showtime-theis-celtics-big-man-career-night-lakers

– DET: In 12 Hours, Pistons Take First Steps To Solving Next Season’s Roster Puzzle (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/pistons/features/12-hours-pistons-take-first-steps-solving-next-seasons-roster-puzzle

– GSW: Nylon Calculus: Stephen Curry Is Inevitable (from Senthil Natarajan, FanSided):

Read it here: https://fansided.com/2019/02/08/nylon-calculus-stephen-curry-inevitable/

– IND: Pacers Thriving In Drama-Free Setting (from Mark Montieth, Pacers.com):

Read it here: https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/pacers-thriving-drama-free-setting

– LAL: What Did We Learn About The Lakers From The Trade Deadline? (from Sabreena Merchant, SB Nation: Silver Screen & Roll):

Read it here: https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2019/2/7/18215921/lakers-nba-trade-deadline-grade-magic-johnson-rob-pelinka-tenure-rumors-mike-muscala-reggie-bullock

– MEM: Leaving Home With Marc Gasol (from Joe Mullinax, SB Nation: Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read it here: https://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2019/2/7/18216144/the-mythical-marc-gasol-nba-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-toronto-raptors

– MIA: Heat Embrace New Perimeter Reality In Wake Of Dealing Ellington, Johnson (from Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel):

Read and watch it here: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-sp-miami-heat-nba-trading-deadline-s20190207-story.html

– NYK: Knicks Three-Point Woes: Will They Catch Up With The Rest Of The NBA Soon? (from Nick Scolaro, The Knicks Wall):

Read and watch it here: https://theknickswall.com/knicks-three-point-woes-catch-up-with-rest-of-the-nba/

– OKC: If Defense Matters, Shouldn’t Paul George Be Getting More MVP Love? (from Matt Moore, Action Network):

Read it here: https://www.actionnetwork.com/nba/paul-george-nba-mvp-case-analysis-matt-moore-2018-19?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mattmoore

– ORL: Magic View Their Trade For Markelle Fultz As Low-Risk, High-Reward Opportunity (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/807201/2019/02/08/magic-trade-for-markelle-fultz/

– PHI: Sixers GM Elton Brand: ‘I’d Be Disappointed For Sure If We Don’t Get To The Eastern Conference Finals’ (from Keith Pompey, The Inquirer):

Read it here: https://www.philly.com/sixers/sixers-elton-brand-eastern-conference-finals-philadelphia-nba-20190208.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

– PHI: Examining How Tobias Harris Will Fit In Offensively With The 76ers (from Bryan Kalbrosky, HoopsHype):

Read it here: https://hoopshype.com/2019/02/08/philadelphia-76ers-tobias-harris-trade-deadline-recap-analysis/

– PHI: With Jersey Retirement, Moses Malone And His Legendary Hustle Are Finally Immortalized In Philadelphia (from Michael Lee, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/806358/2019/02/08/with-jersey-retirement-moses-malone-and-his-legendary-hustle-are-finally-immortalized-in-philadelphia/

– SAC: Vlade Divac’s Growth Into GM Job Has Kings Heading In Right Direction (from James Ham, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.yahoo.com/vlade-divacs-growth-gm-job-062327334.html

– TOR: Masai Ujiri Swings Big For The Fences In Bringing Marc Gasol To Raptors (from Eric Koreen, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/806001/2019/02/07/masai-ujiri-swings-big-for-the-fences-in-bringing-marc-gasol-to-raptors/

– TOR: Raptors Take Calculated Risk With All-In Push For Marc Gasol (from Blake Murphy, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/805920/2019/02/07/raptors-take-calculated-risk-with-all-in-push-for-marc-gasol/

– TOR: Raptors Getting Marc Gasol Is Just Business, And Their Business Is Winning And Keeping Kawhi (from Seerat Sohi, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.yahoo.com/raptors-getting-marc-gasol-just-business-business-winning-keeping-kawhi-leonard-043205110.html

– TOR: Grade The Trade: Raptors Make Big Play By Acquiring Marc Gasol From Grizzlies (from Zach Harper, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/805938/2019/02/07/grade-the-trade-raptors-make-big-play-by-acquiring-marc-gasol-from-grizzlies/

– 2019 NBA Trade Deadline: Ranking The 10 Most Important Deals, From Kristaps Porzingis To Lakers’ Backup Plans (from Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports):

Read and watch it here: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2019-nba-trade-deadline-ranking-the-10-most-important-deals-from-kristaps-porzingis-to-lakers-backup-plans/

– Adidas Next Generation Tournament: Scouting Usman Garuba (from Pietro Caddeo, BBall Index):

Read and watch it here: https://www.bball-index.com/angt-usman-garuba-2019/

– Buckle Up, The Eastern Conference’s Upper Echelon Is A War Zone (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2019/2/7/18216323/bucks-raptors-celtics-sixers-east-elite

– Euros Dominate The NBA Trade Deadline (from Emmet Ryan, BallinEurope.com):

Read it here: http://ballineurope.com/nba-trade-deadline-europe-8058/

– Inside Landry Shamet’s Meteoric Rise In The NBA And Final Day As A Philadelphia 76er (from Taylor Eldridge, The Wichita Eagle):

Read and watch it here: https://www.kansas.com/sports/college/wichita-state/article225595400.html

– Markelle Fultz And The Smaller NBA Deals That Mattered (from Benjamin Hoffman, The New York Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/sports/markelle-fultz-trade-deadline.html

– NBA Trade Tracker: Grades And Details For Deadline Deals (from ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23736393/nba-trade-tracker-players-picks-grades-details-every-deal

– NBA Buyout Market: What Is It And How Does It Work? (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/2/9/16994790/nba-free-agency-nba-buyout-market-explained-how-do-contract-buyouts-work

– The Important Stuff That Did (And Didn’t) Happen During NBA Trade Season (from Mike Prada, Matt Ellentuck, Kristian Winfield, Seth Pollack; SB Nation):

Read it here: https://www.sbnation.com/2019/2/7/18210686/nba-trades-2019-deadline-recap

– The Solution For Eradicating The NBA’s Tanking Problem (from Mike Vaccaro, New York Post):

Read it here: https://nypost.com/2019/02/08/the-solution-for-eradicating-the-nbas-tanking-problem/

– Top NBA Buyout Candidates Now That Trade Deadline Has Passed (from Bryan Kalbrosky, HoopsHype):

Read it here: https://hoopshype.com/2019/02/07/carmelo-anthony-deandre-jordan-enes-kanter-wes-matthews-nba-contract-buyouts/

– Top Of The East Can Now Swing Superstar Free Agency (from Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer):

Read and watch it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25944936/top-east-now-swing-superstar-free-agency


The Basketball Writers

– What Do Falling TV Ratings Mean For The NBA? (from Sara Peters, The Basketball Writers):

Read it here: https://bballwriters.com/analysis/what-do-falling-tv-ratings-mean-for-the-nba/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/7/19

– BKN: As Injuries Start To Catch Up To The Nets, What The Pending Returns Of Caris LeVert And Allen Crabbe Mean (from Michael Scotto, The Athletic)
– BKN: Behind The Nets’ Success Is A Carefully Crafted Culture And, Finally, A Clue (from Harvey Araton, New York Times)
– BOS: Marcus Smart Is East’s Most Accurate Three-Point Shooter Since January 1 (from Bryan Kalbrosky, HoopsHype)
– CHI: After The 200th Loss Of His NBA Career, Zach Lavine Can Only Hope Otto Porter Will Help Him Win (from Jon Greenberg, The Athletic)
 DAL: Dallas Mavericks’ Salary Breakdown (from HoopsHype Salary Database)
– DET: Pistons Deal With Lakers Better Positions Them To Fill Needs For 2020 And Beyond (from Keith Langlois, Detroit Pistons Web Editor)
– GSW: NBA Daily: Alfonzo McKinnie’s Road To The NBA (from David Yapkowitz, Basketball Insiders)
– LAC: Clippers’ Big Trade Has Brought Them Assets To Build For The Future, Now Or This Summer (from Andrew Grief, LA Times)
– LAC: The Clippers Pivot Again, This Time To Build The West’s Next Super Team (from Wes Goldberg, FanSided)
 LAL: How The Stabbing Death Of His Transgender Sibling Shaped Newest Laker Reggie Bullock (from Arash Markazi, LA Times)
– LAL: Lakers Understand The Cautionary Tale Of Giving Up Too Many Draft Picks For A Star (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times)
MIL: Brook Lopez Is The Bucks’ 3-Point Shooting Avenger (from Martenzie Johnson, The Undefeated)
– ORL: Inside The Magic: Want To Trade Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Fans? Be Careful What You Wish For (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic)
– ORL: Stress Fracture Could Cost Magic’s Mo Bamba Remainder Of His Rookie Season (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic)
– PHI: The 76ers Upcoming Offseason Will Have Historic Luxury Tax Obligations (from yossinba, SixersWire)
– PHI: In Trading For Tobias Harris, The Sixers Have Chosen Their Course (from Dan Devine, The Ringer)
– PHI: 8 Possible Reasons For The 76ers Going All-In With The Tobias Harris And Jimmy Butler Trades (from Kristian Winfield, SB Nation)
PHI: Will The Sixers’ Big Deal Be Enough? (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight)
– SAC: Kings Trades: When Human Emotions Collide With Business Side Of Basketball (from Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee)
– WAS: Otto Porter Jr. Was A Luxury The Cap-Strapped Wizards Could No Longer Afford (from Ben Golliver, Washington Post)
– WAS: After 7 Years, Washington Was More Than Just Place Of Business For Otto Porter (from Ben Standig, NBC Sports)
– WAS: Why Bobby Portis And Jabari Parker Were Exactly What The Wizards Were Looking For (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports Washington)
– Forbes Says Knicks Most Valuable Team, Worth $4B (from The Associated Press)
Trade Grades: Sixers Go All-In For Tobias Harris While Clippers Reload For The Offseason (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated)

The Basketball Writers

– You Know It’s Coming, But You Can’t Stop These NBA Sets (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):
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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/25/19

– BOS: As Kyrie Irving Works To Evolve As A Leader, His Greatest Influences Emerge (from Jared Weiss, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/779518/2019/01/24/as-kyrie-irving-works-to-evolve-as-a-leader-his-greatest-influences-emerge/

– CHI: ‘We’re Looked Down Upon’: Bulls Defensive Issues Piling Up As High As Zach Lavine’s Frustration With The Offense (from K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-bulls-zach-lavine-defense-jim-boylen-20190124-story.html

– DEN: Torrey Craig: Nuggets Defense Feeling ‘Tired, Mentally, Physically’ (from Sean Keeler, The Denver Post):

Read it here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-bulls-zach-lavine-defense-jim-boylen-20190124-story.html

– GSW: It’s Alive: The Boogie Cousins Experiment (from Jannelle Moore, BBall Index):

Read it here: https://www.bball-index.com/the-boogie-cousins-experiment/

– HOU: How Long Rockets’ Harden Can Keep This Up Is The Real Question (from Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/brian-t-smith/article/Smith-How-long-can-Rockets-Harden-keep-this-up-13558777.php

– HOU: No Limit To James Harden’s Potential Individual Accomplishments (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet):

Read and watch it here: https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/no-limit-james-hardens-potential-individual-accomplishments/

– IND: Understanding Victor Oladipo’s Quadriceps Tendon Tear (from Jeff Stotts, In Street Clothes):

Read it here: http://instreetclothes.com/2019/01/24/understanding-victor-oladipos-knee-injury/

– IND: As Management Considers Its Options, The Pacers Bravely Contemplate Life Without Victor  (from Bob Kravitz, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/784677/2019/01/24/kravitz-as-management-considers-its-options-the-pacers-bravely-contemplate-life-without-victor/

– MIL: Fave Five: Milwaukee Bucks’ Five Favorite Plays (from Bryan Oringher, @ScoutWithBryan):

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heM6Q_fpw_s

– NOP: The Underrated Star Who Loves Causing Problems For KD, Russ, Kawhi (from Zach Lowe, ESPN Senior Writer):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25842091/what-jrue-holiday-wants-why-makes-special

– NYK: Did Frank Ntilikina Play Good Defense Despite James Harden’s 61 Points? (from Knicks Film School, @KnickFilmSchool):

Read and watch it here: https://knicksfilmschool.com/2019/01/24/did-frank-ntilikina-play-good-defense-despite-james-hardens-61-points/

– PHX: Suns’ Dragan Bender Stepping Up In Absence Of Deandre Ayton, Richaun Holmes (from Katherine Fitzgerald, Arizona Republic):

Read it here: https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2019/01/24/suns-dragan-bender-stepping-up-absence-deandre-ayton-richaun-holmes/2669580002/

– POR: Former Maryland Standout Jake Layman Getting NBA Shot After Languishing On Trail Blazers’ Bench For Two Years (from Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun):

Read it here: https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bs-sp-jake-layman-portland-0124-story.html

– UTA: How Jazz Star Donovan Mitchell Overcame Dreaded Sophomore Slump (from Seerat Sohi, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.yahoo.com/jazz-star-donovan-mitchell-overcame-dreaded-sophomore-slump-164147927.html

– WAS: Bradley Beal Is More Athletic Than We Thought (from Nate Wolf, BBall Index):

Read it here: https://www.bball-index.com/bradley-beal-is-strong/

– WAS: Even In Loss To Warriors, Wizards Prove Recent Success Is No Fluke (from Chase Hughes, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/even-loss-warriors-wizards-prove-recent-success-no-fluke

– Execs Unplugged: A Behind The Scenes Look At The Real NBA Trade Deadline (from Sam Amick, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/783508/2019/01/24/execs-unplugged-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-the-real-nba-trade-deadline/

– Running And Gunning (And Occasional Yawning) (from Marc Stein, The New York Times):

Read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/sports/nba-scoring.html

– Secret Guard-en: The Story of Luka Doncic’s Secret Steph Curry Workout (from Tom Haberstroh, NBC Sports):

Read it here: https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/nba-insider-tom-haberstroh/secret-guard-en-story-luka-doncics-undercover-steph-curry-workout


The Basketball Writers

– Busting NBA Myths: Big Man Edition (from Adam Spinella, The Basketball Writers):

Read it here: https://bballwriters.com/analysis/busting-nba-myths-big-man-edition/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/14/19

ATL: Trae Young Is Awash In Opportunity (from Howard Megdal, The Step Back):
ATL: Huerter’s Coming Out Party Is A Promising Sign For Hawks’ Future (from Chris Kirschner, The Athletic):
BKN: What Is RHJ’s Future With The Nets?  (from Eric Spyropolous, Hoops Habit):
BKN: Defenses Throwing Dinwiddie Change Of Space (from Phil Watson, Nothin’ But Nets):
BOS: Jayson Tatum Season Analysis (from Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball):
CHA: Why Tony Parker Became A Hornet (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):
CLE: Cavs’ Win Over Lakers Is Their Blueprint For Now (from Dan Gilinsky, King James Gospel):
DET: What’s Gone Right, What’s Gone Wrong, What’s Ahead? (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):
GSW: Durant, Kerr Prove Democracy Can Work In The NBA (from Monte Poole, NBC Sports):
HOU: Running Out Of Days With Two-Way Player Danuel House (from Rahat Huq, Forbes):
HOU: Harden’s Wild Night (from Associated Press):
MIA: The Heat Now Face The Hard Part & Cold Reality (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):

MIN: 3 Saunders Adjustments From 1st Three Games (from Dane Moore. 1500ESPN):

OKC: Thunder’s Season By The Numbers (from Berry Tramel, newsok.com):
OKC: Thunder’s Gamble On Nader Is Paying Dividends (from Larence George, Thuncerous Intentions):
OKC: Patterson Is Finding His Shot (from Lawrence George, Thunderous Intentions):
ORL: The Magic Should Move Birch Into The Rotation (from Josh Robbins, The Athletic):
PHI: A Special Season For PBP Announcer Marc Zumoff (from Sheil Kapdia, The Athletic):
PHO: The Floater Is Becoming Richaun Holmes’ Money Shot (from Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic):
WAS: Beal – Bryant Bond Is Getting Stronger Every Game (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
WAS: Time To Stop Making Fun Of Jeff Green (from Nate Wolf, BBall Index):
4 Teams That Have Improved Since Early Season Struggles (from Jake Peterson, Hoops Habit):
Finding New Roles For Misused Players: Aaron Gordon, Saric, Ingram (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
That Was One Hell Of A Ride (from Richard Jefferson, The Players Tribune):
NOTE: Internet Connectivity Impairment Affected Production Of Today’s BI.  We will play “Catch-Up” tomorrow.