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

Aaron Gordon’s Career Night And Optimal Role  (from Cole Zwicker, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/16/prospect-calibration-aaron-gordon-career-night-optimal-role/

–  Why Jeff Hornacek Is Succeeding With The Knicks  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-jeff-hornacek-is-succeeding-with-the-knicks-161454010.html

–  Walt Hazzard/Mahdi Abdul-Rahman: Struggle For Identity In The NBA  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/whats-in-a-name-walt-hazzards-struggle-with-islam-identity-in-the-nba/

–  The All-Redemption Team (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/15/the-nbas-all-redemption-team-through-one-quarter-of-2016-17-nick-young/

–  Weekly NBA Review  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18287165/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-marc-gasol-kawhi-leonard-more-nba

–  The Spurs’ Early-Game Issues (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/14/spurs-blame-early-game-issues/

Sean Kilpatrick Is The Real Deal  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2682108-overlooked-no-more-brooklyn-nets-sean-kilpatrick-is-the-real-deal

 Bucks Build Around Giannis (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/15/one-team-three-stats-milwaukee-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo

From Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/fantasy/basketball/story/_/id/18285732/greek-freak-playing-all-time-great-room-improve

 Andre Drummond: Still Finding His Place  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/andre-drummond-detroit-pistons-1b49f1ec9704#.pybk05z2u

–  Stanley Johnson: Back In Pistons’ Rotation (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/12/15/johnson-back-pistons-rotation/95503482/

From Aaron McMann, MLive:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/12/pistons_stanley_johnson_learni.html

–  Seven Things That Have Changed About The Warriors Since Last Sason’s Finals Game Seven  (from cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/12/seven_things_that_have_changed.html#0

– Justise Winslow: Hoping To Find His Rhythm  (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/12/15/justise-winslow-hoping-to-find-his-rhythm-will-continue-to-come-off-heat-bench/

–  Mike D’Antoni’s Magic Is Working Again  (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2682067-mike-dantonis-magic-is-working-again-with-the-houston-rockets

From Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-raja-bell-explains-how-rockets-mike-dantoni-makes-his-players-so-good/

5 Reasons The Rockets Are Contenders  (from Kareem Gantt, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/16/5-reasons-houston-rockets-championship-contenders/

–  Garrett Temple: A Wise Kings’ Free Agent Signing  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article121241488.html

–  Thursday Recap  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/16/13978490/nba-scores-2016-aggressive-anthony-davis-owns-pacers-pelicans

–  GSW 103, NYK 90  (from Adam Lauridsen, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/12/16/assisted-living-warriors-103-knicks-90/comment-page-1/

Players Of The Night: Anthony Davis/JaVale McGee (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/anthony-davis-dismantled-the-pacers-in-less-than-four-minutes-5b84c2ff0492#.889s0x1rn

–  Not All Back-To-Backs Are Created Equally  (from Nazr Mohammad, sportsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://nazrmohammed.sportsblog.com/posts/31020194/not-all-back-to-backs-are-created-equally.html

–  NBA Prospects On Display At The FIBA U18 European Championship (from heinnews, ridiculousupside.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/16/13979862/fibantilikinahartensteinnbau18

–  Fort Wayne Mad Ants GM Brian Levy Q & A (from Greg Rappaport, pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/mad-ants-gm-brian-levy-early-success-relationship-pacers

Briante Weber In The D-League  (from Ashley Docking, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/15/briante-weber-sioux-falls-dleague-nba/

D-League:  Cory Jefferson Is Morphing Into A Relaible Pick-And-Pop Option  (from Chris Reichert, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/16/cory-jefferson-dleague-shooter-austin/

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

–  Draymond Green Is Redefining NBA Stardom  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
–  Warriors’ GM Myers Evaluates First Half  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):
–   Never Underestimate Trade Deadline Chaos  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):    Lowe: Never underestimate trade deadline chaos
(Note:  This is the best story about potential trades that we’ve seen and one of the few that is actually worth reading.  And, as a bonus, it also includes interesting looks at Reggie Jackson’s and Nikola Vucevic’s offensive moves)
–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from 1500ESPN.com):
Wizards On The Brink At The Break  (from Kyle Wiedie,  Truth About It):
–  What’s Going Wrong In Houston  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
–  Dirk Nowitzki: Still Loving The Ride  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Before The Knicks:  This Is How Porzingis Was In Spain (from Jorge Sierra,  Hoops Hype):
–  Lakers’ Bryant:  Young Players’ Development Hinges More On Mentors Than College   (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Blazers’  Assistant Coach Jay Triano  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):
–  Looking Back At Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Promising Yet Suddenly Halted Return  (from Reinis Lacis,  At The Hive):
–  Scouting Report On Potential NBA Signees Coming From China:  Jordan Crawford, Jabari Brown, Jamaal Franklin  (from Marco Catanzaro,  Sheridan Hoops):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Chris Paul  (from Rowan Kavner,  Clippers.com):  http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/chris-paul-has-no-weakness
–  DeMar DeRozan (from Justin Rowan,  Hoops Habit):  Toronto Raptors Have Found A Star In DeMar Derozan

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/1/16

–  The Warriors Are As Motivated As Ever  (from Steve Popper,  Bergen Record):
–  Tyronn Lue’s Communication Skills Have Put The Cavaliers Back On Track  (from  Chris Haynes, cleveland.com):
–  Pau Gasol:  Bulls ‘Not Disciplined’  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):
–  Monta Ellis Fuels Pacers Past Nuggets In Overtime  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):
–  Blazers Keep Wins Rolling  (from Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune):
–  Jazz Are Taking And Making More Threes   (from allthatamar, slcdunk.com):
–  Hoiberg’s Lineups Killed The Bulls Again  (from thehungarianjordan,  blogabull.com):

 The Corner Three Isn’t So Easy   (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/why-the-nbas-most-valuable-shot-the-corner-3-isnt-so-easy/article/5475823

–  Top Western Conference Teams’ Schedule Is Backloaded  (from  Aaron Barzilai,  medium.com):
–  How Bad Is Rockets’ Defensive Rebounding?  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Khris Middleton:  Second Fiddle No Longer  (from Lori Nickel,  jsonline.com):   http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-khris-middleton-second-fiddle-no-more-b99660348z1-367127371.html
–  Stanley Johnson Doesn’t Back Down On Defense  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/31/pistons-johnson-back-defense/79618372/
 Breaking It Down:  Cory Joseph And Dual Screeners  (from Blake Murphy,  raptorsrepublic.com):  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/02/01/breaking-it-down-cory-joseph-and-dual-screeners/
 –  James Harden  Q & A  (from Rohan Nadkarni,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/01/james-harden-houston-rockets-golden-state-warriors-nba-finals

–  Video Breakdown: Al-Farouk Aminu’s Three Point Shot  (from Dane Carbaugh, blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/2/1/10866524/portland-trail-blazers-offense-three-pointer-al-farouq-aminu-video

–  Carmelo Anthony Takes A Shot At Leadership  (from Chris Herring,  Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/carmelo-anthony-takes-a-shot-at-leadership-1454271054
–  Timberwolves Need More From Andrew Wiggins  (from Key Dae,  canishoopus.com):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/2/1/10880850/the-timberwolves-need-to-start-getting-a-lot-more-from-andrew-wiggins
–  Rivers Trying To Find A Way To Keep Age From Catching Up With Paul Pierce  (from Dan Woike,  ocregister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pierce-702230-rivers-times.html
K. J. McDaniels  (from Curt Low,  spacecityscoop.com):  http://spacecityscoop.com/2016/02/01/man-buried-houston-rockets-bench-k-j-mcdaniels/

–  Quinn Cook  (from Chris Reichert,  Upside&Motor):  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/02/01/quinn-cook-canton-charge-cleveland-cavaliers-duke-blue-devils-national-champion/

–  Ryan Boatright Chooses Europe Over D-League (from Ethan Drigotas,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/1/30/10874392/boatright-ryan-europe-d-league-Grand-Rapids-Drive-Italy-Overseas

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 10/13/15

–  Bradley Beal is ready to follow the path of James Harden and Klay Thompson  (from Sporting News):

” Beal is determined to eliminate long 2-pointers from his game.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/bradley-beal-long-2s-breakout-season-wizards-harden-thompson/1hs1fdwl6azsh15sbmh8w6i08k

 

–  Billy Donovan is changing the way the Thunder approaches defending the 3-pointer  (from Newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-billy-donovan-is-changing-the-way-the-thunder-approaches-defending-the-3-pointer/article/5453125

 

–   Thunder Film Room: Three new ways to set up Serge Ibaka  (from  Marina Mangiaracina, welcome to loud city.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2015/10/12/9512743/film-room-three-new-ways-to-set-up-serge-ibaka

 

–  Denver Nuggets 2015-16 Offensive Playbook Preview  (from gibsonpyper,  denverstiffs.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/10/12/9487057/denver-nuggets-2015-16-offensive-playbook-preview

 

–  The Lakers are taking baby steps toward embracing modern basketball  (from Harrison Faigen, silverscreenandroll.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/12/9504595/la-lakers-byron-scott-coach-progress

 

–  The NBA’s Next Shooting Revolution Has Already Been Televised  (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland):

”  The basketball of the ’90s and early ’00s — the days of Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant — calls to mind a certain aesthetic. The defense was rougher, the fouls were harder, and the playmakers played hero ball. Of course, memory does funny things — that’s not exactly how things were. But the offensive game has certainly moved out of the paint and beyond the arc, and the best squads play pass-happy team basketball. And they have a very good reason to do so.”

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-nbas-next-shooting-revolution-has-already-been-televised/

 

–  Big men anchor Kings’ improving defense  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article38892948.html

 

–   Kings Continue to Build Chemistry  (from Kyle Ramos,  Kings.com):

Read “what the squad had to say following practice in Sacramento before their final two preseason games” here:  http://www.nba.com/kings/blog/practice-notes-kings-continue-build-chemistry

 

–  Former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell has a team full of promise in Minnesota Timberwolves  (from Eric Koreen,  nationalpost.com):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/former-toronto-raptors-coach-sam-mitchell-has-a-team-full-of-promise-in-minnesota-timberwolves-andrew-wiggins

 

–  Timberwolves Interim Coach Sam Mitchell Q & A (from Ryan McNeill,  hoopshabit.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsaddict.com/nba-audio-podcast/in-the-scrum-with-sam-mitchell/

 

–  Toronto Raptors: The curious case of starting Patrick Patterson  (from Quenton Albertie,  raptors rapture.com):

Read it here:  http://raptorsrapture.com/2015/10/12/curious-case-starting-patrick-patterson/

 

–   Hawks’ big lineup a work in progress  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):

” The early reviews are mixed.

The Hawks have used training camp and exhibition games to experiment with a “big” lineup with Tiago Splitter at center, Al Horford at power forward and Paul Millsap at small forward. The oversized frontcourt debuted early in Friday’s exhibition against the Pelicans.

Most agree it’s a work in progress.

“It’s something we are going to give a look and see if we can get comfortable with,” Budenholzer said Monday. “Obviously, we have a lot of good big guys. We are trying to figure out a way to play them together.”

Read it here:  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/hawks-big-lineup-a-work-in-progress/nnz6z/

 

–  Toronto Is Hedging Its Bets for Better Defense  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):

” Toronto’s attacking screen defense is in stark contrast to teams like the Bulls and Trail Blazers, who preferred to focus containment by dropping their bigs into the paint, or the Rockets and Warriors, who switch on roughly one out of every five screens. Switching on screens may take some of the pressure off backcourt defenders, making it harder for the offense to force rotations. Packing the paint with bigs puts a ton of pressure on backcourt players to recover from screens, opening up the middle of the floor where playmakers can do major damage.

Hedging brings its own set of defensive risks, however. It requires frontcourt players to have nimble feet and an ability to cover ground quickly. It also requires a great deal of communication between teammates in order to rotate correctly. Everyone needs to be able to time his rotations to compensate for contingencies like a big man getting completely hung out to dry beyond the three-point line or a team that gets wise and releases early on the roll. Toronto may not allow many points on the screen itself, but they can get punished later in plays as the ball finds its way around the horn.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhvXYh8AACAArrCS/toronto-is-hedging-its-bets-for-better-defense

 

–   Utah Jazz put in some extra work in Sunday’s long practice  (from Jody Gennessy, Deseret News):

” “We’ve got a young team”, said Gordon Hayward.  “Other teams are going to throw stuff at you that maybe we aren’t prepared for. We’ve got to stick to our habits and take care of the ball.”

Utah is averaging 20 turnovers a game this preseason. Hayward said the Jazz offense has counters in place to help give options when opponents take things away from them — such as perimeter passes — but it’s a matter of being on the same page with teammates.

“It’s just all reads. It’s all just being mentally sharp, mentally focused and that’s everybody,” Hayward said. “If you have one person who forgets what they need to do, it messes up the whole flow of the offense. We’ve all got to be sharp. When a team tries to deny you, take things away, you’ve just got to go to your counter.”

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638831/Utah-Jazz-put-in-some-extra-work-in-Sundays-long-practice.html?pg=all

 

–  Sixers 2016 draft choices: Picks, Pick Swaps, Protections  (from Michael Levin,  libertyballers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/10/13/9513755/sixers-2016-nba-draft-picks-pick-swaps-protections

 

–  Reading too much into preseason: Minnesota Timberwolves-Toronto Raptors  (from Derek James, hardwoodparoxysm.com):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/13/reading-too-much-into-preseason-minnesota-timberwolves-toronto-raptors/

 

–  International Prospects Bender and Gentile Impress in American Tour  (from Michael Wonsover,  todaysfastbreak.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/from-the-courts/nba-draft/bender-gentile-impress-american-tour/

 

– Potential Nirvana for Viewers:

When will TNT or ESPN or SOMEONE wise up and have the broadcasters for an NBA game be folks like this sharing their observations with each other while watching the game, as if they aren’t even aware they are on the air:  http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2015/10/13/thibodeau-and-sloan-catch-a-game-together/

 

 

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

–  How the NBA is doubling down on its love of the 3-pointer  (from Tom Haberstroh):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13873793/nba-how-nba-doubling-love-3-pointer

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Jahlil Okafor Q & A (form Scoop Jackson, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13869643/qa-philadelphia-76ers-jahlil-okafor

 

–  Richard Jefferson  Q & A (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13873785/qa-cleveland-cavaliers-richard-jefferson

 

–  Tyler Zeller’s calm demeanor belies his intensity  (from  Scott Souza,  Providence Journal):   http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151012/SPORTS/151019788/14007

 

–   Andrew Wiggins learning from a legend in Minnesota  (from Lori ewing, theglobeandmail.com):  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/timberwolves-andrew-wiggins-learning-from-a-legend-in-minnesota/article26775673/

 

–  Christian Wood makes case for roster spot in Sixers’ loss (from John Finger, csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/christian-wood-makes-case-roster-spot-sixers-loss

 

–   ‘A great sign’ for Mavs guard Wesley Matthews  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20151012-sefko-a-great-sign-for-mavs-guard-wesley-matthews.ece

 

–  Anthony Bennett embraces fresh start with Raptors  (from Josh Lewenberg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/bennett-embraces-fresh-start-with-raptors-1.376001

 

–   Be patient with Heat rookie Justise Winslow  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article38897172.html

 

–  Nets’ Karasev: How brutal injury made me a better player  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/12/nets-karasev-how-brutal-injury-made-me-a-better-player/

 

–  Rashad Vaughn Hopes To Contribute in Rookie Season for Bucks (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsolnline.com)  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/rashad-vaughn-hopes-to-contribute-in-his-rookie-season-with-bucks-b99594634z1-332270892.html

 

–  Phoenix Suns’ Cory Jefferson fighting for his spot  (from Zach Buchanan,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/12/phoenix-suns-cory-jefferson-fighting-roster-spot/73845124/

 

–   Chris Kaman emerges as a mentor for young Trail Blazers  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/chris_kaman.html

 

–   Lakers already feeling Roy Hibbert’s sizable impact  (from Anthony Irwin,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/10/13/9511423/la-lakers-roy-hibbert-presason-analysis

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Will the Clippers Make the Leap or Hit Reset?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-edge-of-glory-will-the-clippers-make-the-leap-or-hit-reset/

 

–   Lakers’ Byron Scott defends conditioning-heavy practices  (form Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151005/lakers-byron-scott-defends-conditioning-heavy-practices

 

–   Lakers, Kobe set to navigate this transition together  (from David Aldridge,  nba.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/10/05/morning-tip-kobe-bryant-future-with-los-angeles-lakers-milwaukee-bucks-look-to-build-on-success-qa-with-chicago-bulls-jimmy-butler/index.html

(Note:   DA’s weekly column also focuses on the Bucks and a Jimy Butler Q & A)

 

–   Celtics take science tests   (from Mark Murphy, Boston Herald):

” Physiologist to track workout, diet habits”

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/celtics_take_science_tests

 

–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Goes Down  (from Danny Chau, Grantland):

” This will be the third consecutive season in which Kidd-Gilchrist misses more games than the last. In his first three seasons, he’s missed an average of 17 games a season. If you like to connect dots, you might find yourself, like I did, relating MKG’s string of unfortunate events to his stylistic forebear and fellow Charlotte basketball great. Gerald Wallace, in his six full seasons in Charlotte, averaged 14 missed games per season, with injuries from concussions to broken ribs to partially collapsed lungs. Like Kidd-Gilchrist, Wallace’s distinct kind of brilliance had already been lost in the margins as a result of playing on awful teams in Charlotte. The succession of untimely injuries only added to his obscurity. Yet even though Wallace is widely considered to be the best player to play for the Charlotte franchise, he never had the monumental on/off impact that Kidd-Gilchrist has.”

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/dead-or-a-hive-michael-kidd-gilchrist-goes-down-and-the-hornets-go-with-him/

 

–  Five things to know about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shoulder injury  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328500/five-things-to-know-about-michael-kidd-gilchrists-shoulder-injury

 

–   Charlotte Hornets throw themselves into modern basketball with many 3s   (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25328764/charlotte-hornets-throw-themselves-into-modern-basketball-with-many-3s

 

–   Orlando Magic displaying new offense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/10/05/orlando-magic-displaying-new-offense/

 

–  Mirza Teletovic says “somebody’s gonna be open every time” in Phoenix Suns offense  (from Dave King,  brightsideofthesun.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/10/6/9461425/mirza-teletovic-says-somebodys-gonna-be-open-every-time-in-phoenix

 

–   Who will — or should — the Grizzlies start on the wing?  (from Chris Herrington,  commercialappeal.com):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Chris-Herringtons-Pick-and-Pop-Who-will—-or-should—-the-Grizzlies-start-on-the-wing-329726271.html

 

–  Ball-handling coach Johnny “Dribbles” Stephene adds new dimension during Mavs camp  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavs.com/ball-handling-coach-johnny-dribbles-stephene-adds-new-dimension-during-mavs-camp/

 

–  Using The System (And Drummond) To Understand Reggie Jackson’s Contract  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239417/Using-The-System-And-Drummond-To-Understand-Reggie-Jacksons-Contract

 

Why 3-pointers will matter for the Heat (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://blogs.herald.com/miami_heat/2015/10/three-years-of-threes-why-theyll-matter-for-heat.html

 

Celtics:  The “five quarterbacks” system  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/6/9421583/boston-celtics-read-and-react-five-quarterbacks

 

–  Huge opportunity, huge pressure for Donovan as OKC’s Billy Ball era begins  (form Ken Berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25329170/huge-opportunity-huge-pressure-for-donovan-as-billy-ball-era-starts-in-okc

 

–   How a Hawks regime fell  apart  (from Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13457071/nba-how-atlanta-hawks-regime-fell-apart

 

 Why This May Have Been Final NBA Offseason to Rebuild Through Free Agency  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2572072-why-this-may-have-been-final-nba-offseason-to-rebuild-through-free-agency

 

–  Players Who Can Veto Trades  (from Chuck Myron,  hoopsrumors.com):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/10/players-who-can-veto-trades-2.html

 

–   Player Rankings Are Silly  (from Seth Partnow, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/05/player-rankings-silly/

 

(NOTE:  We agree.  Player rankings are essentially a parlor game, at best triggering an opportunity to”chew the fat”.  From a serious analytic perspective, pretty much useless.  Of the multiplicity of “player rankings” that have been appearing recently, we have linked only to the ones from BBball Breakdown.  In that case, it wasn’t because of where players were “ranked” (who cares?) but because BBall Breakdown accompanied the rankings with well-informed analyses of each player’s games that are definitily worth reading.)

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  The Difference Between Chris Paul and Everyone Else  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VhPjyiIAACIAMwiW/the-difference-between-chris-paul-and-everyone-else

 

–  Beal: Goodbye long 2s; hello stepback 3s and All-Defense?  (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/beal-goodbye-long-2s-hello-stepback-3s-and-all-defense

 

–  Players buzzing about Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope  (from  Vince Ellis,  freep.com):  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/10/06/detroit-pistons-kentavious-caldwell-pope-improving/73419550/

More KCP (form Aaron McCann, mlive.com):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/10/pistons_kentavious_caldwell-po_3.html

 

–  At age 35, Bulls forward Pau Gasol is still at the top of his game  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/trainingcamp/2015/fine-wine

 

–   After a season of doing so much, Harden seeks more  (from Fran Blinebury,  NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/10/06/james-harden-houston-rockets-ready-to-show-more-in-2015-16/index.html

 

–  Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola:  Raptors under-the-radar signings could make big impact  (from Josh Lewenburg,  csn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-under-the-radar-signings-could-make-big-impact-1.372203

–  Terrence Ross looking like a new man with Raptors  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):  http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/10/05/terrence-ross-looking-like-a-new-man-with-raptors

 

–  Quincy Pondexter helping mentor teammates while working to get back on court  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):

http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/quincy-pondexter-helping-mentor-teammates-while-working-get-back-court

 

–   Zach LaVine wants to prove he’s a shooter, too  (from Marcus R. Fuller,  twincities.com):  http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_28926058/timberwolves-dunking-zach-lavine-wants-prove-hes-shooter

 

–   Rockets have more minutes in store for Capela  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-have-more-minutes-in-store-for-Capela-6552458.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=e276284c73438d9cbb

 

–  The Journey Back for Chris Bosh (from Michael Wallace, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13819384/chris-bosh-tough-journey-back

 

Could Kyrie Irving  stay healthy by making small changes to his game? (from Scott Rafferty,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-10-06/kyrie-irving-knee-injury-prevention-playoffs-cavaliers

–   Dragan Bender’s Rising NBA Draft Stock  (from Michael Scotto,  sheridanhoops.com):  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/10/05/scotto-dragan-benders-rising-nba-draft-stock/