Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/17/16

 Nuggets Defense Crumbling Inside The Paint (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

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–   Pistons Defense: Coach Van Gundy Has No Answers  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

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–  The T’wolves Best Offensive Lineup  (from Michael Rand,

Read it here:  Timberwolves offense has taken off with Zach LaVine at shooting guard

–  Sixers’ First Round Draft Odds Are Much Better This Year  (from Bret Stuter,  The Sixer Sense):

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Draymond Green’s Defense Keys Warriors’ Win  (from Rusty Simmons,

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–  The Spurs’ Ball Movement  (from Eli Horowitz/J.R. Wilco,  Pounding The Rock):

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–  His Players Back/Respect Suns’ Coach Earl Watson  (from Craig Grialou,

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–  Pacers’ Bench Is Becoming Effective  (from Mark Monteith,

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–  Recapping  Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Pistons’ Assistant Coach Charles Klask  Q & A  (from Aaron McMann,

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–  Sioux Falls Head Coach Dan Craig  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 Jabari Parker  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):

C.J. McCollum  (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch,  USA Today):    and from Eric Griffith, Blazers’ Edge:

–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo  (from Joshua Priemski, Raptors Republic ):

–  Hassan Whiteside  (from Dave Hyde,

–  Jermaine O’Neal  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):

–  Jared Cunningham  (from Matt Velazquez,

–  Norman Powell (from Donnovan Bennett,

–  Alec Burks  (from Allthatamar,

–  Luis Montero/Cliff Alexander  (from Mike Richman,  Oregon Live):

–  Deshaun Thomas  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):

–  Sim Bhullar  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):

Kris Dunn (from Ron Morris,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 10/15/15

–  How the Bucks landed Greg Monroe   (from Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

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–  Why aren’t the Rockets being taken more seriously as a West contender?  (form Seth Partnow, Sports Illustrated):

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–   The ‘Moneyball’ Man of the NBA: Daryl Morey  (from Andre Cantalogo,

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–  ESPN Analytics Chief Ben Alamar: Using Data to Call the Shots  (from Clare Carr,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–   Tristan Thompson:  The Not So Great Offensive Rebounder….Part I  (from David Wood,


–  How Austin Rivers, coached by his father on the Los Angeles Clippers, turned around his NBA career  (form Jonathan Abrams,  Grantland):


–  R. J. Hunter continues to exceed Celtics’ expectations  (from A. Sherrod Blakely,


–  Rookie is hunting for a role with Celtics  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):


–  RJ Hunter and the other Celtics rookies are all players  (from Jay King,


–   Tiago Splitter transitioning into familiar frontcourt role with Hawks  (from Zach Dillard.


–   Coaching Course Paid Off for Jazz Guard Alec Burks (from Jody Gennessy, Deseret News):


–  Amir Johnson shows what he can do offensively (from A. Sherrod Blakely,


–  Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas working on a new type of jump shot  (form Adam Himmelsbach,  Boston Globe):


–   Nikola Mirotic aims for strong second impression  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):


–   Phoenix Suns: Can Alex Len Turn Into The Next Marc Gasol?  (from Michael Dunlap,


–  Mavericks’ Dwight Powell still coping with mom’s cancer-related death in 2012  (from Dwain Price,  Fort Worth Star-Telegram):


–   T.J. Warren’s Game Evolving After Summer Work  (from Gerald Bourguet,


–  For Jordan Bachynski, Pistons’ preseason a chance to stick in the NBA  (from Aaron McMann,


–  How veteran Joe Johnson is helping Nets’ star rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson  (from Tim Bontemps, NYPost):


–  Pistons bench gets a boost with Aaron Baynes’ return and another eye-opener from Reggie Bullock in win over Bulls  (from Keith Langlois,


–  Anthony Davis adjusting to new role as a tough perimeter defender  (from John Reid,


–  Larry Nance Jr. waits patiently out of limelight for Lakers to call his number  (from Mike Bresnahan,  LATimes):


(NOTE:  We were not able to distribute yesterday’s Basketball Intelligence to some subscribers.  Here  it is: )

Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 9/30/15

–  NBA training camp storylines: Western Conference (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

” With training camps opening across the country, the official start of the 2015–16 NBA season is upon us. This is an uncertain time: optimism runs rampant, as it should, but every team faces ambiguities that could develop into serious problems. On Monday,’s Rob Mahoney previewed the top storylines facing all 15 Eastern Conference teams. Now, it’s time to take a look at the Western Conference landscape.”

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–  NBA training camp storylines: Eastern Conference  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

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How Tyreke, Jrue, and Gentry Can Help Anthony Davis (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland):

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–  The Value of Icing the pick-and-roll  (from John Schuhmann,

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–   Paul George and Frank Vogel Must Recreate Indiana’s Identity  (from Tim Donahue,

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–   Raptors to alter team philosophy  (from Josh Lewenberg,

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–  Kings looking at different options at power forward  (from Jason Jones,

” For most of the past seven seasons, Jason Thompson started at power forward for the Kings.

This season will be different. To revamp the position, the Kings traded Thompson, their longest-tenured player, to the Philadelphia 76ers over the summer. The 76ers dealt Thompson to the Golden State Warriors.

The Kings now have multiple options at power forward as complements to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Coach George Karl began examining the candidates Tuesday during the team’s first practice of training camp at UC San Diego.

The team has looked for a power forward with shooting range, or one who can contribute through effective defense if not an impact scorer.”

–  The rise of Brad Stevens and his starless Celtics  (from ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):


–   As camps begin, Thibodeau looking from outside view  (from Steve Aschburner,

” Out of a job for first time since 1991, ex-Bulls coach on ‘sabbatical'”

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–  Basketball and Learning in Las Vegas: A trip to Pro Scout School  (from Jack Maloney, hardwoodparoxysm):

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(Note:  We have attended PSS each of the last two sessions and highly recommend it to evryone who wants to learn more about hoops.)


–   Dispatches from NESSIS 2015  (from Seth Partnow/ Will Schreefer,  Nylon Calculus):

” (The 2015 New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports was held this past weekend in Boston. Will Schreefer was there, and fills us in with this guest post. Will  lives in New Jersey, where he works and studies as a civil engineer. He does some college basketball stat work on the side1, and is always sure this is the the year Villanova makes it past the first weekend.)

This past Saturday, the biennial-since-2007 ‘New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports’ – or NESSIS – was held at Harvard University’s Science Center. The brainchild of Mark Glickman andScott Evans, distinguished New England-based academics with a passion for (and serious expertise in) the intersection between sports and statistics, the conference is characterized on the program as ‘a meeting of statisticians and quantitative analysts connected with sports teams, sports media, and universities to discuss common problems of interest in statistical modeling and analysis of sports data.’ Describing it, though, is as simple as ‘heaven.’ Heaven, at least, for that population slice who’d want to hear Jeremias Engelmann explain how to recreate Adjusted +/- and RAPM for a pickup basketball game and then take questions on his choice of ridge (Tikhonov) regression vs. ordinary least squares regression from an audience mostly composed of people who know exactly what the choice means.

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


BBall Breakdown’s Player Rankings:  James Harden, #5 (from Kelly Scaletta):


–   Pistons look for Ersan Ilyasova to bring ‘Turkish Thunder’ to backboards  (from David Mayo,


–   Entering his critical fourth season, Wizards’ Bradley Beal is still tweaking his game  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):


–  Monta Ellis wanted to be wanted  (from C.Cooper,


–  Alvin Gentry confident Omer Asik will adapt quickly to new offensive system  (from John Reid,




–  Rockets’ goal for Harden: more catch-and-shoot opportunities  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):


–  Film Room: Breaking Down Tobias Harris’ Offense  (from Josh Cohen,


Nik Stauskas (from Bob Cooney,


Channing  Frye: “I Have A Lot to Prove” (from John Denton.


Joe Young (from Mark Monteith.




–   Clippers’ Wes Johnson happy to get L.A. makeover  (from Janis Carr,


–   NORMAN POWELL IS NEVER SATISFIED  (from Steven Lebron, Vice Sports):


–  Otto Porter Could Emulate Trevor Ariza In Washington  (from Ben mehic,


–  Q&A: Jimmer Fredette  (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):


–   SVG’s reputation, freedom he allows big men helped lure Baynes to Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,


–  This is Isaiah Thomas’ Time to Shine  (from Alex Kennedy,  basketball Insiders):


–   Steve Blake OK with Pistons throwing different roles at him, including not playing  (from Aaron McMann,


–  Utah Jazz: Alec Burks or Rodney Hood? Two good options for one starting job  (from Tony Jones,


–   Meet 17-Year-Old European Dragan Bender, Who Could Be 2016’s Kristaps Porzingis  (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Ten years in, Colangelo’s Team USA vision realized  (frm Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

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–  Will The Younger, Faster Blazers Play A More Uptempo Offense Next Season?  (from evansclinchy,

” The Blazers turned their roster upside down this summer. It stands to reason that their style of play should change accordingly.”

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–  Blazers are bottoming out without tanking  (from Jesus Gomez,

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–  Blazers look to bounce back from tough off season  (from Scott Howard-Cooper,

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–   Bobby Marks On The Complexities Of The Salary Cap, Roster Building  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

” Coach Nick sat down with Bobby Marks, who started with the New Jersey Nets in the mid 90s and moved up to assistant General Manager by the time they moved to Brooklyn. We go over many of the complicated terms that are tossed around but never full understood like the stretch provision, traded player exception, and the tax apron. For a better understanding of how NBA contracts work, this is a must listen.”

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–  Traded 2016 First-Round Pick Exchange Scenarios  (from Chuck Myron,

” The moves that teams make in the offseason don’t merely affect the season to come. Indeed, every transaction has a ripple effect of some kind, and as rosters get either better or worse this time of year, it has significant ramifications on next year’s draft. Nearly 20 different scenarios exist in which a first-round pick may change hands. As usual, some are more likely than others, but the relative likelihood in many cases has changed since July 1st.

We’ll break down every scenario here…”

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–  Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love highlight players looking to bounce back  (form Amin Elhassan)

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  Kevin Durant Reveals Unknown Bone Break in Foot, but Says He’s Healthy Now  (from Kevin Ding,  Bleacher Report):


–  Jeff Teague’s Development Helps Hawks Take Flight  (from Shane Young,  Bball Breakdown):


–  Harrison Barnes/ Festus Ezeli: The Future of the Golden State Warriors  (from Conrad Chow,


–  Ezeli focused on slowing game down (from Monte Poole,


In Defense of Andre Roberson  (from Shawn Woods,


–   The ways Luol Deng can make an impact this season  (from Brandon DiPerno,


Jimmy Butler interview  (from Sam Smith,


– The Anatomy of Tristan Thompson’s Offensive Rebounds  (form Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):


–  What David Lee brings to the Celtics  (from Jeff Nooney,


–  Willie Reed Gets His Shot With Nets  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):




NOTE:  Today’s BI posting was delayed due to this being a travel day as we returned from TeamUSA minicamp in Las Vegas.  Our regular schedule resumes tomorrow



Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Film Room: Lance Stephenson Edition  (from Justin Russo,

” Last season was such a shock to the system of Lance Stephenson that it went down as one of the worst shooting seasons in the history of the NBA. He’s one of just six players ever to log at least 1500 minutes in a season, attempt 100 threes, and still finish with an Effective Field Goal Percentage of under 40 percent. Out of those six, he’s the only guy to ever have a True Shooting Percentage under 42 percent, as well. However, despite all of that, Stephenson can still be a positive contributor to a team if he can get back to doing the things that he excels at. In this edition of the Film Room, we’re going to examine some of those very things.

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–  D-Fenders head coach Casey Owens ready to bring a new culture to the Lakers development team  (from Drew Garrison,

” The D-Fenders new head coach opened up about his role as a leader of men, talent development for the Lakers, and shared plenty of insight — including how and why he embraces analytics.”

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–  Team USA mini-camp primer   (from Steve Perrin,

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–  Jazz need better PG, for frontcourt’s sake  (from Andy Larsen,

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–  The Evolution of the Spurs Offense: 1999-2014  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Greg Monroe:


Nic Batum/Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:


Archie Goodwin:


Pat Connaughton:


Kendall Marshall:


Robert Upshaw:


Marco Bellinelli:


Alec Burks: