Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/19/16

(NOTE:  Again today our links are limited by the effects of the all-star break and trade deadline.  The good news is that this is probably the last disclaimer we will need.  Our expectation is that we will be back to our “old normal” this weekend.)
–   Pick-And-Roll Perfected:  Draymond Green And Steph Curry  (from Jeff Siegel, fansided):
–  Lockdown Defense Keeping Celtics Among East Elite  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):
SVG Explains Pistons’ Trade Process And How Little He Is Involved  (from Aaron McMann,
–  Bulls’ GM Gar Forman  Q & A  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):
–  George Karl Should Not Go Out Like This  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):
–  Every Trade Completed During The 2-15-16 Season  (from SBNation):

–  Trade Deadline Recap  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):
The Key Deadline Deals  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  10 Questions Following The Trade Deadline  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):
–  Recapping Thursday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  A Guide To The Buyout Season  (from Mika Honkasalo, Hoops Hype):
–  NBPA Mounting Crackdown On Agents’ Conflicts Of Interest  (from Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Brandon Jennings/Ersan Ilyasova  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
–  Dante Exum/Shelvin Mack  (from Dan Clayton,  Salt City Hoops):
–  Channing Frye  (from Luke Sicari,  King James Gospel):

–  Jon Horford  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside & Motor):  Jon Horford putting in the work to create his own path

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois,
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen,
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):
Justin Anderson  (from


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/22/15

The Wizards’ 3-point Defense (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):

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–  Sometimes Positions Matter  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

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Sixers’ Brett Brown’s 1st Priority is Player Development  (from Bob Cooney,

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–  Al Jefferson’s Return Will Be a Welcome Sight  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

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–  Andre Drummond’s Rebounding in Historical Context  (from Ian Levy,  Nylon Calculus):

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–  The Improved Eastern Conference  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

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–  Rajon Rondo is Good Enough to be Divisive Again  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

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–  Recapping Yesterday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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Kawhi Leonard  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

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–  Kawhi Leonard Forces Paul George Into Worst Career Shooting Night  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

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–  Marcin Gortat Exposes Drawbacks with Cousins   (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

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–  How It Happened:  Westbrook’s Clutch 3 Vs. the Clippers (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

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–  How the Warriors Crush Opponents Early  (from Grant Huhges,  Bleacher Report):

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–  The Evolution of Steph Curry  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):

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–  The Bulls’ Shaky Chemistry  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

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–  Examining the Pelicans’ Lineups:

     -From  Mason Ginsburg,  Bourbon Street Shots:

    – From David Fisher, The Bird Writes:

    – From Jim Eichenhofer,

–  What are Possessions and How Are They Calculated?  (from Justin W,  Nylon Calculus):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  CJ McCollum/Damian Lillard  (from Shaun Powell,

–  Tim Frazier  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw):

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):

–  Gerald Green  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):

–  Why Is  Ed Davis So Good at Rebounding?  (from Brandon Goldner,

–  Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):

–  Deron Williams  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):—made-me-question-if-i-even-wanted-to-play-basketball-161703309.html

–  Ersan Ilyasova  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

–  Danny Green  (from Jabari Young,

–  Mo Speights  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):

–  Dwight Powell  (form Joshua Kloke,

–  Nikola Vucevic   (from John Denton,


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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

Leandro Barbosa is the non-sensical Warriors player who makes all the sense in the world–if you follow along with Steve Kerr  (from Tim Kawakami,

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–  Why The Cavs Are Terrible With LeBron James On The Bench  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

“Coach Nick broke down every possession the Cleveland Cavaliers have had when LeBron James takes his incredibly infrequent rests. These are the moments that games are decided, and their offense has struggled mightily. It is possible there are some solutions for head coach David Blatt.”

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–  Andre and the Giant: How one veteran helped the Warriors turn the Finals  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):

” Andre Iguodala lay in bed after Game 2 of the NBA Finals and his fiancée, Christina Gutierrez, placed a hand on his stomach. “Your skin,” she said, “feels hot.” Several hours had passed since Iguodala left Oakland’s Oracle Arena, but he was still burning up, as if he had just sprinted off the court. He wasn’t sick, but he popped a Tylenol and set the thermostat in his house to a frosty 60°. When theWarriors forward returned home five days later from Cleveland, he found that his air-conditioning unit had broken, maddening because his Finals fever had not. He joked that he shaved his head in hopes of cooling down. Iguodala’s condition may sound implausible, but one league trainer claims it is common for stress hormones to rise in demanding situations, causing spikes in body temperature. “It’s like you’re a car,” Iguodala says, “and your engine is overheating.” Such is the strain required to survive 48-minute collisions with the turbo-powered tank known asLeBron James.

Iguodala is 11 months older, two inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter than the most punishing player in the world. He entered the NBA out of Arizona a year after James, drafted ninth by the 76ers in 2004, and immediately began composing a mental manual on how to halt him. The 6’ 6″, 215-pound Iguodala developed a similar guide for every small forward, but James was a particularly compelling subject, and they faced off regularly in the Eastern Conference. With each matchup Iguodala added another page, until he knew James’s tendencies as well as his own. “That book is crazy big now,” says Iguodala, 31. “What he does in the post, what he does when he goes left, what he does when he comes at me like this.” Iguodala wriggles his shoulders, miming James’s open-floor shimmy. He has spent more than a decade preparing for the assignment that will define his career. ”

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–  ‘Iggy’ makes LeBron’s shooting iffy  (from Micah Adams,  ESPN):

” Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has faced some tough defensive players as he’s ventured through the last two postseasons.

” Kawhi Leonard in the 2014 NBA Finals and Jimmy Butler in this year’s conference semifinals come to mind as among the toughest in the NBA.

But Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has done a better job guarding James than either of them, as you can see in the chart on the right. James is 18-of-54 against Iguodala in this series, and Iguodala’s defense has been particularly good the last two games.

We know Iguodala has been effective. How is he doing it?

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–  How Steph Curry And The Warriors Have Seized Control Of The NBA Finals  (from Jordan Schultz, Huffington Post):

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Cavs Will Need to Reduce Their (Getting) Beat Back on D Rate to Force a Game 7  (from Bob macKinnon,  Vantage Sports):

” As the series has progressed, the Warriors have utilized their depth and pushed the pace; Cleveland is now getting beat back on defense at a rate of 1.32 per 100 chances versus the Warriors’ rate of 0.83.

It is hard to guard mismatch and outnumbered situations; with the rise in Cleveland’s getting beat back on defense, the Warriors have scored over 100 points in their last two wins and have seen their Points per Shot average rise from below 1.00 to 1.10.”

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–  Cavaliers struggling to counter Warriors’ small ball lineups  (from Michael Lee, Washington Post):

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–  The Good and Bad of the LeBron Juggernaut  (from Zach Lowe,

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–  The heart, toughness and fight of Draymond Green has the Warriors on the verge of a championship  (from Marcus Thompson,

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Game 6: Will we see Hack-a-Iggy? (from Gerald Bourguet,

” It’s not basketball, but it is an unbearable tactic that slows games down to a grinding halt, making the entire essence of the game about free throws (the least fun part of basketball) and denying fans the chance to see greatness by accentuating the flaws of a few poor free throw shooters. It’s honestly baffling that it’s still allowed in 2015, and it’s a detestable practice I’ve been bashing since the first round.

But from Cleveland’s perspective, and the perspective of any team in this position, Hack-A-Shaq is currently still allowed. The Cavaliers would be foolish to not utilize it with their backs against the wall.”

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–  Warriors Using 2015 Finals to Offer Glimpse into the NBA’s Future  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

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– What coaching move has altered this series the most? (from Simon Legg,

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NICK U’REN: ALMOST FAMOUS  (from Mark Schwartz, ESPN):

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–  Remembering King James, Before and After His Crowning  (from Harvey Araton,  NYTimes):

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– Rudy Tomjanovich extols merits of imminent Bulls top assistant Jim Boylen  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

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New Nuggets head coach Michael Malone focused on efficiency (from

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–  The 2015 Orlando Magic: Final Evaluation  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,

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–  Lance Stephenson: Question or Answer?   (from Justin Russo,

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A different  view (from Seth Partnow, Bball Breakdown):




Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:


Omer Asik:


Royce White:


Ersan Ilyasova:


Lamar Patterson:


Antoine Mason: