Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/21/17

SAC/NOP Trade: Ripple Effects  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/demarcus-cousin-trade-effects-sixers-bulls-jimmy-butler-celtics-bc7e5af236ff#.s1erbqdwn

The Trade: Hard Not To Focus On The Optics  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/02/20/trading-demarcus-cousins-was-not-the-worst-move-in-nba-history/

Kings: The Headache Is Gone But The Disease Remains  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2017/02/20/for-the-kings-the-headache-of-demarcus-cousins-is-gone-but-the-disease-remains/

(NOTE: Links to the best first day coverage of the trade are in yesterday’s Basketball Intelligence:  http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/02/20/todays-best-nba-reporting-analysis-22017/ )

Questions Before The Trade Deadline (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18727231/zach-lowe-jimmy-butler-boston-celtics-latest-nba-trade-deadline-talk

Ending Contracts To Watch At Trade Deadline  (from Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-am-ending-contracts-to-watch-at-the-deadline/

What To Expect From Wade Baldwin And Deyonta Davis  (from emekab, Grizzly Bear Blues):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2017/2/21/14667284/memphis-grizzlies-rookies-wade-baldwin-deyonta-davis-nba-draft

Kyle O’Quinn Is Here To Save The Knicks…If They Let Him (from Jacob Eisenberg, Medium.com):

Read it here: https://medium.com/@Eisenberg43/kyle-oquinn-is-here-to-save-the-knicks-ca248e09ca1c#.i1vt7ktqj

John Wall: Unappreciated Star  (from Eric Spyropolous, 16 Wins A Ring):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/john-wall-the-unappreciated-star-1483b9cab543#.wod1dr88s

Video: Interview With Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey (from David James, kutv.com):

Watch it here:  http://kutv.com/sports/utah-jazz/utah-jazz-dennis-lindsey-part-2

David Lee is Back In Business  (from David Ramil, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/21/david-lee-spurs-warriors-home/

–  TJ MCConnell: Here To Stay  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2693385-whether-you-call-him-water-boy-or-paperboy-tj-mcconnell-is-here-to-stay

Will LBJ’s Workload Catch Up With Him This Season? (from Zach Kram, The Rinnger):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/will-lebrons-workload-finally-catch-up-to-him-this-season-1bf0a7f7e775#.jxfiq4yun

–  No Man’s Land: Charlotte Hornets  (from Brett Koremenos, Real GM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/244996/The-NBAs-No-Mans-Land-Charlotte-Hornets

The Status Of Scoring From The Low-Block  (from Frank Urbina, NBA Math):

Read it here: http://nbamath.com/the-last-of-the-nbas-post-up-scorers/

Jerry Stackhouse: Making Serious Inroads Toward Becoming NBA Coach  (from Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2017/02/14/jerry-stackhouse-improving-as-coach-nba-d-league-raptors-905

D-League: It’s Time For Axel Toupane To Return To The NBA (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here: http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/20/14669330/axel-toupane-nba-nbadl-toronto-raptors-raptors-905

Kyrie Wants More (Some? Any?) Defense In Future ASGs  (from Joe Vardon, cleveland.com):

Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2017/02/kyrie_irving_said_nba_all-star.html

–  Pro Basketball Writers  Awards Announced (from PBWA):

Read it here:  http://probasketballwriters.org/armstrong-ballard-powell-skolnick-win-2016-pbwa-blumenthal-memorial-writing-contest/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/20/17

The Winner Of The SAC/NOP Trade Isn’t Who You Think It Is  (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):

Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2693953-the-winner-of-the-demarcus-cousins-trade-isnt-who-you-think-it-is

Trade Signals Reboot For Kings  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/demarcus-cousins-trade-signals-reboot-for-kings-072616450.html

For Kings, DMC: Excuse Time Is Over  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/02/20/for-both-the-sacramento-kings-and-demarcus-cousins-the-time-for-excuses-is-over/?utm_term=.cb2094759002

How The SAC/NOP Trade Affects The SAC/PHI Pick Swap  (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: http://thesixersense.com/2017/02/20/nba-trade-rumors-how-the-kings-trade-impacts-philadelphia-76ers-pick-swap/

–  NBA Scouts Assess The Heat  (from Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article133702309.html

Leroy Richardson: A Day In The Life Of A Ref (from Ed Miller, Virginian-Pilot):

Read it here: http://pilotonline.com/sports/basketball/professional/a-ref-s-life-one-long-day-under-the-looking/article_e714c45c-fa6b-5f57-88fb-11c77fa5a15f.html

John Wall: Emerging As A Leader (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/02/19/as-john-wall-proves-he-belongs-among-nba-elite-his-eye-is-on-one-final-assist/?utm_term=.cae416330a32

Sean Marks: The First 367 Days (from Charles Maniego, The Brooklyn Game):

Read it here: http://thebrooklyngame.com/sean-marks-first-367-days/

Maybe The Sixers Should Have Traded For Marcus Smart After All (from Matty Breisch, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  http://thesixersense.com/2017/02/20/maybe-the-philadelphia-76ers-should-have-traded-for-marcus-smart-after-all/

On A Points-Per-Touch Basis, Harrison Barnes Is One Of The Most Efficient Scorers In The Assn. (from Bobby Karalla, Mavs.com):

Read it here: https://www.mavs.com/on-a-points-per-touch-basis-harrison-barnes-is-one-of-the-most-efficient-players-in-the-league/

Mixed Results From The Lakers’ Lineup Changes  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/2/20/14654608/la-lakers-starting-lineup-change-analysis-brandon-ingram-tarik-black

Steve Kerr: ASG Coaches May Just As Well Be Propped Up Dead Bodies (from Jordan Heck, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/all-star-game-2017-defense-steve-kerr-dead-bodies/mp505wfb3huy1dmbrt5wr25zb

Ben Gordon Is Attempting To Come Back (from K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-ben-gordon-comeback-bulls-spt-0221-20170220-story.html

–  Josh Maggette: From D-II To D-League All-Star  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2017/2/20/14656638/nba-dleague-josh-magette-nbadl-los-angeles-dfenders

Aleksandar Vezenkov Has Been Reborn As A Draft Prospect (from Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/02/20/aleksandar-vezenkov-nba-draft-prospect/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/26/17

Is DeMarcus Undoing The Kings Or Are The Kings Undoing DeMarcus?  (from Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/presents2/is-demarcus-cousins-sacramento-kings-real-problem

–  Brook Lopez Is Finding His Inner Unicorn  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/24/nylon-calculus-brook-lopez-inner-unicorn/

Otto Porter Fixed His Shot Without Fixing His Form (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/wizards-otto-porter-jr-breakout-season-shooting-182800da9510#.mb080cr82

D’Antoni’s New “21” Wrinkles  (from Zak Boisvert, Pickandpop.net):

Watch it here:  http://pickandpop.net/2017/01/dantonis-21-wrinkles/

–  Zach Lowe’s All-Star Starters And Reserves (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18546871

 Caris Levert: Intriguing Rookie Swingman (from Quentin Haynes, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch  it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/26/rookie-caris-levert-intriguing-brooklyn-nets/

Sefolosha’s Offensive Improvement (from Jeff Siegel, Soaring Down South):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2017/1/25/14380974/thabo-sefoloshas-offensive-improvement-atlanta-hawks

–  Determining Andre Drummond’s Role  (from Matthew Way, Piston Powered):

Read and watch it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2017/01/26/detroit-pistons-andre-drummonds-role/

 The Lakers’ Poor Rim Protection (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/1/26/14343956/la-lakers-poor-rim-protection-stats-worst-defense-in-franchise-history-analysis-mozgov

–  Cut Derrick Rose Some Slack  (from Simon Smith, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/26/time-cut-derrick-rose-slack/

Player Development: Kent Bazemore’s Brave New World  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/26/kent-bazemore-atlanta-hawks-jump-shot-the-craft

How Are The Raptors Scoring So Efficiently? (from Cooper Smither, Sports Illustrated):

Read and watch it here: https://thecauldron.si.com/xs-and-o-s-how-are-the-raptors-scoring-so-efficiently-74c35275ef31#.j7u2viou9

Under-Appreciated Patrick Patterson Is Back  (from Sean Woodley, RaptorsHQ):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2017/1/25/14390762/patrick-patterson-is-back-and-the-return-of-the-good-raptors-might-soon-follow

Video Highlights: Winning Out Of Bounds Plays For Durant And Thompson  (from Eric Apricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/1/26/14395386/nba-2017-video-highlights-warriors-hornets-out-of-bounds-plays-durant-kerr-thompson-curry

 The Resurgence Of Eric Gordon And Ryan Anderson  (from Jake Fischer, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/25/eric-gordon-rockets-pelicans-ryan-anderson-james-harden

–  The Emergence Of Sam Decker & Montrezl Harrell (from Eric Spryropolous, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2017/01/26/houston-rockets-emergence-sam-dekker-montrezl-harrell/

Sixers’ Newfound Poise (from Andrew Wagner, CSNPhilly):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/sixers-show-newfound-poise-down-stretch-win-over-bucks

–  Tyson Chandler Takes The Fight To Father Time (from Doug Haller, azcentral.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2017/01/25/phoenix-suns-tyson-chandler-takes-fight-father-time/97061260/

–  Film Study:  How The Wizards Defended Isaiah Thomas (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-wizards/film-study-how-wizards-diffused-celtics-sparkplug-isaiah-thomas

D-League: Celtics Taking Unique Approach With Abdel Nader  (from Chris Reichert, The Step Back):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2017/01/26/boston-celtics-nba-draft-dleague-abdel-nader-maine/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/21/16

–  Taj Gibson Q & A  (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/how-a-fight-on-a-new-york-train-laid-the-foundation-for-taj-gibsons-career/

–  Inside The Raptors’ Elite Offense  (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Read and watch it here: http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/20/the-coaching-spin-inside-toronto-raptors-elite-offense/

 Norman Powell Is Excelling In Every Role He Is Asked To Play  (from Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/12/21/norman-powell-excelling-every-role-raptors-ask-play/

–  Norman Powell Sees The Bigger Picture  (from David Ramil, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/21/norman-powell-sees-bigger-picture/

Six Creative Ways Teams Are Adapting The Pick-And-Roll (from Scott Rafferty, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/21/nba-pick-and-roll-variations-ways/

Video Breakdown:  Evan Turner’s Struggles  (from Dane Carbaugh, Blazers Edge):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/12/21/14035744/evan-turner-blazers-offense-2016-nba-free-agency-trade-video

Video Breakdown: Warriors’ Defense Gums Up Rudy Gobert  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/12/21/14037204/nba-2016-warriors-vs-jazz-video-analysis-highlights-warriors-team-defense-rudy-gobert

 Why Eric Gordon Has Been An Ideal Fit For Rockets  (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-eric-gordon-has-been-an-ideal-fit-with-the-rockets-183032599.html

Tuesday Recap  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/21/14036484/2016-nba-scores-lebron-james-giannis-antetokounmpo

From Inside Hoops/AP:  http://www.insidehoops.com/daily.shtml

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/21/three-things-we-learned-tuesday-once-again-were-sleeping-on-the-spurs/

Tuesday’s Top Performer: DeMarcus Cousins  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/demarcus-cousins-ejection-mouthpiece-55-points-c571b80d77e0#.ugl8jc27s

Hawks’ Sefolosha, Korver Are Thriving In New Roles  (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/sefolosha-korver-thriving-new-roles

 Tyronn Lue And The Art Of Igniting LeBron James  (from Kurt Streeter, ESPN):

Read it here;  http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/18318471/the-unique-dynamic-lebron-james-cavs-coach-tyronn-lue

 SVG’s Message To The Pistons: “Do Your Job”  (from Aaron McMann, Mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/12/amid_pistons_recent_turmoil_sv.html

From Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/12/20/detroit-pistons-stan-van-gundy-who-cares-do-your-job/95677598/

–  Ricky Rubio Adjusts To A New System  (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com)

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-ricky-rubio-tries-a-hands-off-approach/407689046/

–  Harrison Barnes Embraces Mavs’ Culture (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/harrison-barnes-dallas-mavericks-golden-state-warriors-midrange-shooting-dirk-nowitzki/1kp6lnxb25tr91onc1ehrdd5z4

–  Sixers Notebook: Noel, Saric, Embiid  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/seltzers-notebook-noel-summoned-sarics-story-embiids-availability

Podcast: Earl Watson Interview  (from arizonasports.com):

Listen to it here:  http://arizonasports.com/category/podcast_player/?a=327910&sid=1004&n=Doug+%26+Wolf

Pat Riley Promises A Quick Heat Rebuild  (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article122177399.html

 Garrett (Temple) And Andi: The Incredible Story Of How A Player-Fan Bond Changed Each Other’s Lives  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/garrett-and-andi-the-incredible-story-of-an-nba-player-fan-bond-that-changed-each-others-lives/

Taking A Chance On The Unknown (from Pascal Siakam, The Players Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/pascal-siakam-toronto-raptors-cameroon/

–  Why Justin Harper Should Be Back In The NBA  (from Dakpta Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/20/14020348/justin-harper-dleague-nbadl-nba

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/20/16

 The Jazz Are Quietly Disrupting The NBA  (from Karthik Narayanan, purpleandblues.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/12/19/utah-jazz-are-quietly-disrupting-the-nba/

Finney-Smith’s Journey To Mavs’ Starter Was Not Easy  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/16/mavericks-rookie-dorian-finney-smith-makes-way-himself

From Doyle Rader, mavsmoneyball.com:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/16/mavericks-rookie-dorian-finney-smith-makes-way-himself

What Is The Statistical Impact Of Reggie Jackson’s Return To The Pistons’ Lineup? (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/19/nylon-calculus-reggie-jackson-disrupting-pistons-offense/

–  After Pistons’ 3rd Straight Flop, SVG Promises Lineup Changes  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/20/frustrated-detroit-pistons-hit-rock-bottom

–  How Kemba Walker Fixed His Shot And Became Elite  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2682811-how-kemba-walker-has-taken-his-game-to-an-all-star-level

–  Cody Zeller’s Move To “5” Is Paying Dividends For Hornets  (from Steve reed, AP):

Read it here:  http://www.whig.com/article/20161219/AP/312199708#

Raja Bell Explains How D’Antoni Makes His Players So Good  (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):

Watch it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-raja-bell-explains-how-rockets-mike-dantoni-makes-his-players-so-good/

–  How Far Can Harden, Rockets Take All These 3s?  (from Kevin Pelton,ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/18316192/how-far-james-harden-houston-rockets-take-all-3s-nba

High Time For The Kings To Dump Cousins  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):

Read it here:  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/12/20/basketball/nba/high-time-kings-dump-insufferable-cousins/#

–  Horford Showing A More Diverse Skill Set  (from Adam Himmeslbach, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/12/19/celtics-big-man-horford-showing-more-diverse-skill-set/Dz3Vi88ajdjNscy0XupsIK/story.html

–  It’s A Buyers’ Market For Teams Needing Big Men  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/the-nba-might-have-too-many-big-men-1a654d0b1dec#.7xzs3i971

Bryan Colangelo On Embiid:  “Its Incredible What He’s Been Able To Accomplish”  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-embiid-colangelo-sees-foundational-piece

 Patrick Beverley Brings Heart And Soul To Rockets  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/3324/patrick-beverley-this-year-im-the-best-defender-in-the-league

–  NBA Scout Breaks Down Top Rookies From 2016 Draft (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/list/nba-rookie-scouting-reports-brandon-ingram-jaylen-brown-kris-dunn-buddy-hield/1ndexiim9w6f716h7y7h84j7rw/slide/1

 Brandon Ingram Gets A Shot At Point Guard (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-brandon-ingram-lakers-20161219-story.html

Rating The Contenders For The Final Playoff Spot In The West  (from Brandon Anderson, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://thecauldron.si.com/is-the-nbas-eighth-seed-out-west-totally-up-for-grabs-6aed036c3311#.ga74ppti2

Monday Recap  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/20/14020522/nba-scores-2016-denver-nuggets-dallas-mavericks-nikola-jokic

–  The Impact Of Griffin’s Surgery On The Clippers  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):

Read it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/12/19/la-clippers-impact-blake-griffin-surgery/

–  How Serious Is Jrue Holiday’s Turf Toe Injury?  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/12/19/14003630/jrue-holiday-new-orleans-pelicans-key-standings-record-success-health-turf-toe-injury