NBA: Sacramento Kings’ Season Preview

NBA: Sacramento Kings’ Season Preview

 

Team Name:  Sacramento Kings

Last Year’s Record:  33-49
Key Losses: Quincy Acy, James Anderson, Marco Belinelli, Seth Curry, Rajon Rondo,Seth Curry
Key Additions: Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes, Isaiah Cousins, Jordan Farmar, Skal Labissiere, Ty Lawson, Georgios Papagiannis, Malachi Richardson, Garrett Temple, Anthony Tolliver

1. What significant moves were made during the offseason?

 
 
The most significant move was hiring Dave Joerger as head coach.  He had a .598 winning percentage in Memphis and made the playoffs in all three of his seasons there, most recently in spite of a massive injury epidemic affecting key players. He enjoys an excellent tactical reputation at both ends of the floor. Not re-signing Rajon Rondo is likely a plus given his propensity to be an assist whore and to avoid playing meaningful defense.
In free agency, the Kings were able to sign a large number of players to shore up their depth but were unable to land any players of major significance.  The best of the lot is likely to be Arron Afflalo who can help with outside shooting, spacing and defense. The draft selections mostly duplicate the team’s strengths positionally and, while positive results may result in future seasons, the draftees are unlikely to produce much help this season.
 
 

2. What are the team’s biggest strengths?

 
DeMarcus Cousins is as talented an any center in the Association and for sure he will get along better with, and perform better for, new coach Joerger.  Willie Cauley-Stein’s defensive versatility is another plus.  The team is so much deeper than last season, it is fair to call the bench a strength.  And while it will take time to adjust to his preferences and incorporate his schemes, Coach Joerger may well be the biggest strength.
 
 
 

3. What are the team’s biggest weaknesses?

 
Team defense was nearly nonexistent last season.  It should be better this year as a point of emphasis by the new coach but is difficult to see how it won’t be a weakness again. And, with so many new players, it will take time to develop defensive cohesiveness.  Free Throw shooting was another weakness.  Expect some improvement there with the departure of Rondo; the addition of Afflalo, Tolliver, Lawson and Barnes; and a generally less dysfunctional milieu that will likely result in improvement in all phases of the game.  The loss of Darren Collison for an as yet undetermined number of games due to his domestic violence guilty plea seriously unsettles the team at point guard, where the best hope is that Ty Lawson can fill in if he is able to regain his pre-DUI ability of seasons past.  Rudy Gay is not happy with his role, is not a great fit next to Cousins and a trade would not surprise.
 
 
 

4. What are the goals for this team?

Once again, there is no clear answer to this question.  It seems that management’s top priority was to upgrade the roster enough to be presentable in the new state-of-the-art arena and to attempt to reduce some of the dysfunction so evident in recent seasons.  While that will be a difficult task, Joerger may be the right selection to begin the assignment.   35 wins seems a fair goal.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/7/16

–  CLE 121, ATL 108 (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580027/cavaliers-outclass-hawks-again-in-game-3-four-things-to-know    and from Kacy Sager, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/05/07/hawks-change-everything-but-the-outcome/

–  Channing Frye: Cavs’ Missing Piece?  (from Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today:

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/05/07/channing-frye-lebron-james-kyrie-irving-kevin-love-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-cavaliers-hawks-playoffs/84060442/

–  Tyronn Lue Has Thrust Cavs Into Company Of Warriors, Spurs  (from Chris Haynes.  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/05/tyronn_lues_messages_demeanor.html#incart_river_mobile_index

–  Raptors Could Benefit From Sharing The Ball (from Bruce Arthur, the star.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/06/raptors-might-need-to-embrace-a-pass-time-arthur.html

–  Valunciunas’ Growth   (from Chris O’Leary, thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/06/the-growth-of-raptors-valanciunas-comes-game-by-game.html

–  How Bosh’s Absence Has Impacted The Heat (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2638459-how-chris-boshs-absence-has-impacted-and-will-continue-to-impact-miami-heat

–  Blazers Need To Limit Draymond’s Impact  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/05/trail_blazers_react_to_stephen_currys_game_3_absen.html

–  Kawhi Lets HIs Game Do The Talking  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25580158/kawhi-leonard-lets-his-game-and-crucial-rebound-do-all-the-talking

–  How The Spurs Put Away OKC In Game Three (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/-it-s-all-about-the-details—how-the-spurs-put-away-okc-in-game-3-065140365.html

–  Leonard And Aldridge Make The Spurs Look Different, But The Results Stay The Same  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/5/7/11614332/spurs-thunder-playoffs-kawhi-leonard-lamarcus-aldridge-different-look

–  Spurs’  Big Man Trio Is Complementing The Stars  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/07/playoffs-thunder-spurs-kevin-durant-tim-duncan-game-3-video

–  Donovan, Thunder Depth Are Being Tested  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/06/okc-thunder-kevin-durant-russell-westbrook-billy-donovan-defense-rotation

–  Ian Clark Helping Fill Warriors’ Void  (from Courtney Cronin,  Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_29859867/no-stephen-curry-no-problem-ian-clark-helping

–  Should The Blazers Start Allen Crabbe?  (from McLayne Bertsch, ripcityproject.com):

Read it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2016/05/07/blazers-crabbe-start/

–  Grizzlies Fire Joerger  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources–grizzlies-fire-head-coach-dave-joerger-133415083.html

–  Q & A With Memphis GM Chris Wallace Re Coaching Change  (from grizzlies.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/grizzlies/news/grizzlies-q-a-chris-wallace-160507

–  Coaching Search Q & A With Headhunter Jed Hughes  (from Associated Press):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/05/06/sports/basketball/ap-bkn-search-firms.html

–  Rockets’ Fall Is No Reason To Bash Morey’s Anlaytics Focus  (from Ben Alamar, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/74347/whatever-daryl-moreys-fate-analytics-movements-foothold-strong-in-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Karl-Anthony Towns  (from Tom West, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://thecauldron.si.com/karl-anthony-towns-leading-the-nbas-new-generation-b601136723f2#.co4hwi1gn

–  Malcolm Delaney  (from Nikos Varlas, eurohoops.net):  http://www.eurohoops.net/interviews/238458/delaney-were-going-to-berlin-to-win-the-title

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/18/15

–  New-Look Rotation Could Help Bulls Reach Full Potential  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/17/fundamentals-bulls-fred-hoiberg-jimmy-butler-derrick-rose-pau-gasol

–  Grizzlies’ Grit-Grind May Be Done But All Hope is Not Lost  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25416522/are-the-grit-grind-grizzlies-really-gone-and-if-so-whats-next

–  Conley, Gasol Trying to Get Used to Griz’ Changes  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commerical Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/conley-gasol-inconsistent-amid-griz-changes-271ad438-3a33-1072-e053-0100007fd9db-362865321.html

–  Marc Gasol  Q & A  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14392337/marc-gasol-talks-grizzlies-how-game-changed-how-far-come

–  Hawks Turned to Hard Practice to End Losing Streak  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/this-time-hawks-turned-to-hard-practice-to-get-bac/npmgk/

–  Luol Deng at Power Forward Helps Heat Combat Small-Ball  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article50390180.html

–  Inside the Mind of Heat Defender Extraordinaire Luol Deng  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/inside-the-mind-of-miami-heat-defender-extraordina/npmqc/

–  Magic Now a Much Tougher and Resilient Team  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/magic-now-much-tougher-and-resilient-team

–  Wizards Have Lost Defensive Identity  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/washington-wizards-have-lost-defensive-identity-in-quest-for-offense/2015/12/17/6bb7662c-a504-11e5-ad3f-991ce3374e23_story.html

–  Wizards’ Transition into a Fast-Paced Team Has Gone Horribly Wrong  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/18/10405494/washington-wizards-struggles-pace-and-space-nba

–  Thunder Film Room:  Westbrook, Durant Create Scoring Options  (from J.A. Sherman,  welcometoloudcity):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/12/17/10434036/thunder-film-room-westbrook-durant-know-their-options-vs-trail-blazers

–  Thunder are Transitioning into Small- Ball Era  (from Jack Winter,  Dime Magazine):

Read and view it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/2015/12/oklahoma-city-thunder-small-ball-billy-donovan/

–  Film Room:  Clippers’ Chris Paul Finds His Scoring Ability Again  (from Justin Russo,  clipsnation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.clipsnation.com/2015/12/18/10482954/film-room-chris-paul-finds-scoring-ability-helps-sink-milwaukee-bucks-los-angeles-clippers

–  Reggie Jackson:  Starring for Pistons  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25417650/reggie-jackson-getting-used-to-his-dream-job-starring-for-the-pistons

–  Having Two Point Guards Back Not a Perfect Solution for Sixers  (frm Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=362729171

–  Why are There Four Versions of “Usage Rate”  (from Neil Paine,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-did-basketball-end-up-with-four-versions-and-counting-of-one-stat/

–  D-League Coach Scott Morrison Could Have Quick Rise to NBA  (form Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/celtics/2015/12/17/scott-morrison-celtics-d-league-maine-redclaws/77433676/

For Those With Access to ESPN Insider:

– Hack-a-Shaq Rates are Up and NBA Must Fix the Rules  (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14392150/nba-wrong-hack-shaq-change-rules

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Jon Leuer:  Suns’ Pleasant Surprise  (from Kevin Zimmerman,  arizonasports):  http://arizonasports.com/story/492234/amidst-highs-and-lows-jon-leuer-is-the-suns-pleasant-surprise/

–  Jazz’ Jefff Withey’s Role Expands with Gobert Shelved  (from Aaron Falk, Sal Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3321923-155/utah-jazz-jeff-withey-providing-insurance

–  Pacers’ Stuckey Flourishing in reserve Role  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/un-stuck-stuckey-flourishing-reserve-role

–  Blazers’ Meyers Leonard:  Fighting Through Slump  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/meyers_leonard_1.html%23incart_river_index

–  More on Meyers Leonard  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw):  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/tackling-meyers-leonard-issue-blazers-complicated-decision-start-noah-vonleh

–  Bulls’ McDermott Thriving Under Hoiberg  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):  Bulls’ Doug McDermott thriving under Fred Hoiberg

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/3/15

 Shooting-  How ZaZa Pachulia has Changed the Fates of Two NBA Teams  (from Mike Prada, sbnation.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/2/9837458/zaza-pachulia-mavericks-bucks-breakdown-stats

–  Griz Coach Dave Joerger Torn About Using Spurs-like rest Strategy  (from Ronald Tillery, commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-coach-dave-joerger-torn-about-using-spurs-like-rest-strategy-25f23fed-458b-3ebc-e053-0100007f5c-360217611.html

–  Derrick Favors Adapts to the New World of NBA Big Men  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/02/derrick-favors-utah-jazz-small-ball-quin-snyder

Steph Curry IS the Revolution  (from Benjamin Morris,  fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/stephen-curry-is-the-revolution/

How Steph Curry Wrecks Defenses Even Without the Ball  (form Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14269158/how-stephen-curry-wrecks-defenses-touching-ball

–  Why Draymond Green is an All-Star  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25398230/the-many-reasons-why-warriors-draymond-green-must-be-an-all-star

–  Thunder Film Room:  Breaking Down the Defensive Strengths and Weaknesses of the Small-Ball Lineup  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read and view it here:  http://newsok.com/thunder-film-room-breaking-down-the-defensive-strengths-and-weakness-of-okcs-small-ball-lineup/article/5464282

–  Billy Donovan Says the Move to the NBA Has Helped Him Grow (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article47682700.html

The Magic’s Improved Offensive Execution  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/240026/The-Improved-Offensive-Execution-Of-The-Magic

Celtics’ Three-Point game Is Not Analytically Sound  (from Henry Steckel,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/Vl85zR0AAOsNeODZ

–  Robert Covington’s Emergence Key for Sixers  (from Derek Bodnet,  phillymag.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/12/02/76ers-likes-and-dislikes-the-return-of-robert-covington/

–  Spurs’ Strong Start Fueled By NBA’s Best Defense  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/183/spurs-warriors-in-march-should-be-interesting

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:   http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Phil Jackson on Kristaps Porzingis  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/12/02/phil-jackson-breaks-silence-to-explain-kristaps-porzingis-magic/

Justice Winslow’s Defensehttp://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/21426/miami-heat-rookie-winslow-locked-in-for-durant-lebron-tasks

Dirk Nowitzki’s Shooting Touch is Aging Well  (from Brian Martin,  NBA.com):  http://stats.nba.com/featured/dirks_shooting_touch_is_aging_well_2015_12_02.html

(BI Note:  Meyers Leonard’s amazing  51-59-94 2014-15 season is not included in the charts due to not meeting the minutes played threshold)

 

Draymond Green Takes His Game to the Next Level  (from Marcus Thompson II,  mercurynews.com):  http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_29195245/thompson-warriors-draymond-green-takes-game-next-level

Andrew Bogut  Q & A  (from Seerat Sohi, Rolling Stone):  http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/features/andrew-bogut-on-the-warriors-critics-there-are-a-lot-of-dumb-people-out-there-20151202

–  Arron Afflalo Paces Knicks’ Backcourt  (from Sean Linhares, hoopshabit.com)  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/03/arron-afflalo-continues-pace-young-knicks-backcourt/

–  Raptors’ Nogueira Nails The Little Things in His 1st Extended Run  (from Balke Murphy,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/03/breaking-it-down-nogueira-nails-the-little-things-in-1st-extended-run/

Kyle Lowry’s Late Career Breakout  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation.com):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/3/9841712/kyle-lowry-highlights-raptors-hawks

–  What’s Going On With Terrence Ross  (from John Gaudes,  raptorshq.com):  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/12/3/9837418/whats-going-on-with-terrence-ross-toronto-raptors

–  Andrew Nicholson Emerging as Key Magic Reserve  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/nicholson-emerging-key-reserve-magic

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Q&A: NBA legend Jerry West’s winning formula  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

Read it here:   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13844207/qa-nba-legend-jerry-west-winning-formula

 

–  Terry Stotts Discusses Blazers’ Moves  (from Sagar Trika,  blazersedge.com):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/10/9/9490861/terry-stotts-jim-rome-show-portland-trail-blazers

 

–   The Transition Game in Minnesota: LaVine Gets the Nod While Martin Takes a Seat  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-transition-game-in-minnesota-lavine-gets-the-nod-while-martin-takes-a-seat/

 

–  Dwyane Wade schools Justise Winslow in art of the undersized post game  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/09/4960914_wade-schools-winslow-in-art-of.html

 

–   Billy Donovan’s Playbook: From University of Florida to Oklahoma City  (from Shawn Woods,  thunderousintentions.com):

Read and view it here:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/10/09/billy-donovans-playbook/

 

–  Can Billy Donovan or Fred Hoiberg repeat Steve Kerr’s success?  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

” Has any first-year NBA head coach ever walked into a more “win now” situation than Billy Donovan?

The Oklahoma City Thunder are have been considered title contenders ever since they stepped on the court in the 2012 Finals. However, they have yet to return to that stage due to a combination of personnel moves and injuries. Next summer their superstar Kevin Durant is a free agent and he’s the kind of franchise-changing player who will draw 29 other suitors. If OKC is going to keep him they have to prove to Durant he can win it all without having to change addresses. It’s a lot to ask of a rookie NBA coach.

Maybe the guy who can best relate is Fred Holberg, who was brought in from Iowa State to take over a Chicago Bulls team that has not lived up to expectations the past several seasons. He takes over for an innovative coach, but with with a mandate from management to rest guys more, modernize the offense, and lift a team known for physically breaking down up to challenge Cleveland.

That’s setting the bar ridiculously high.

Donovan and Hoiberg can thank Steve Kerr for that — he cleared that bar his rookie season.”

Read it here:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2015/10/09/51q-can-billy-donovan-or-fred-hoiberg-repeat-steve-kerrs-success/

 

–   Look at these cool Thunder shot charts  (form Andrew Schlect,  dailythunder.com):

Read and view it here:  http://dailythunder.com/2015/10/look-at-these-cool-thunder-shot-charts/

 

–  Thunder Film Room: Steve Novak takes Russell Westbrook to next level  (from Marina Mangiaracina, welcometoloudcity.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/10/8/9482145/thunder-film-room-novak-takes-westbrook-to-next-level

 

–  ASK SAM | SAM SMITH OPENS HIS MAILBAG  (from Bulls.com):

Read Sam’s answers to readers questions about the Bulls here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/mailbag/ask-sam-sam-smith-opens-his-mailbag-10.9.2015

 

–   Grizzlies’ training camp invitees work to get noticed  (from  Ronald Tillery, commercialappeal.com):

”  Sampson Carter, just like the four other training camp invitees, realizes making the Grizzlies’ roster is a long shot. However, these outsiders don’t see themselves as just live bodies to be props for the players with guaranteed contracts. The training camp invitees are performing for their basketball livelihood, hoping they’ll get noticed and eventually paid for their performances in preseason games.

“They’ve stayed within their own games,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said. “We’re not looking for anybody to come in and isolate them and feature them. All of those guys have been conscientious about doing the right thing and that makes camp better.”

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/grizzlies-training-camp-invitees-work-to-get-noticed-216232c1-1e7f-1eb6-e053-0100007ff006-331832551.html

 

–  Battle For Roster Spots: Northwest Division  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

”  Hoops Rumors will be taking a team-by-team look at the battles for regular season roster spots going on around the NBA this month, the last before rosters shrink from the offseason limit of 20 to the 15-man regular season maximum. First, we’ll check out the five Northwest Division franchises.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/battle-for-roster-spots-northwest-division.html

 

–  Wizards: Three Reasons They’ve Improved This Season  (from Osman Baig, wizofawes.com):

Read it here:  http://wizofawes.com/2015/10/10/washington-wizards-three-reasons-improvement-nba-rankings/

 

Raptors: GM Masai Ujiri’s  Master Plan(s)  (from Michael Holian,  raptorsrepublic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/10/10/best-of-both-worlds-featuring-masais-master-plans/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Jahlil Okafor still getting comfortable in the post  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151011_Jahlil_Okafor_still_getting_comfortable_in_the_post.html

–  Jahlil Okafor out to prove he can cash in on free throws  (form John Finger,  csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/jahlil-okafor-out-prove-he-can-cash-free-throws

 

–  Bucks’ Jabari Parker patiently waits return to full-time duty  (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/09/bucks-parker-being-patient-in-rehab-process/index.html

 

–  Shane Larkin finally has the chance to equal draft hype  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/09/shane-larkin-finally-has-the-chance-to-equal-draft-hype/

 

–   James Anderson quietly impresses Kings with steady play  (form Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article38550546.html

 

–  Former Wizard Kevin Seraphin found a ‘real opportunity’ in New York  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/former-wizard-kevin-seraphin-looked-for-and-found-a-real-opportunity-in-new-york/2015/10/09/b096fd98-6ed1-11e5-9bfe-e59f5e244f92_story.html

 

–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury Opens Up Last-Ditch Chances for Jeremy Lamb and P. J. Hairston  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2577527-michael-kidd-gilchrist-injury-opens-up-last-ditch-chance-for-two-failed-nba-pros

 

–  Schroder sought counsel of Korver to improve jump shot  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):   http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/schroder-sought-counsel-of-korver-to-improve-jump-/nnxyz/?icmp=ajc_internallink_referralbox_free-to-premium-referral

 

–   Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey is waiting, teaching in preseason  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/10/09/pacers-guard-rodney-stuckey-waiting-teaching-preseason/73669236/

 

–  Less dribbling means more production for Avery Bradley  (from A Sherrod Blakely,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/less-dribbling-means-more-production-for-boston-celtics-avery-bradley

 

–   George Karl says he likes Cauley-Stein next to Cousins  (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):  http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2015/10/9/9485943/george-karl-likes-cauley-stein-cousins

 

– Aaron Gordon is trying to be productive during his recovery  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-orlando-magic-aaron-gordon-1010-20151009-story.html

 

Mavs:  Sharpshooter John Jenkins, first-round pick Justin Anderson see opportunity for growth during preseason  (from Earl K. Sneed,  mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/sharpshooter-john-jenkins-first-round-pick-justin-anderson-see-opportunity-for-growth-during-preseason/

 

–  Jared Sullinger improves body, mind  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/jared_sullinger_improves_body_mind

 

–  Alex Len’s 21-point game shows offseason improvement  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/10/alex-lens-21-point-game-shows-offseason-improvement/73721772/

 

–  Suns: Why Alex Len’s Breakout Season Could Come In A Bench Role  (from Gerald Bourguet,  valleyofthesuns):  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/10/10/suns-alex-lens-breakout-season-come-bench-role/