Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/24/16

Video Breakdown: Clippers/Blazers game 3  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):
–  Blazers 96, Clippers 88 (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):
–  OKC 119, DAL 108  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illsutrated):
–  The Celtics Aren’t Dead Yet  (from Paul Flannery,  SBNation):
–  Ty Lue Is Holding His Own In Cavs/Pistons Series  (from David Zavac,  Fear The Sword):
–  Pacers’ Psychologist Chris Carr  (from Nate Taylor,  indystar.com):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jonas Jerebko  (from Kevin O’Connor,  celticsblog.com):  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/4/23/11493502/jonas-jerebko-versatile-defense-integral-to-boston-celtics-game-3-atlanta-hawks-nba-playoffs

–  Steph Curry  (from Henry Algert, The Sports Quotient):  http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2016/4/18/why-steph-curry-is-still-underrated-defensively

We apologize for our delayed and abbreviated Sunday posting:  this was a travel day for BI.  We will resume normal publication on Monday.

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Heat Check: Is Pat Riley’s Rebuilt Squad the Most Intriguing Team in the NBA?  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/heat-check-is-pat-rileys-rebuilt-squad-the-most-intriguing-team-in-the-nba/

 

–   An Analysis of the Celtics and the NBA’s Changing Positions  (from Michael Hilperts,  Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/08/31/an-analysis-of-the-celtics-and-the-nbas-changing-positions/

 

– The Best Defensive Team Analytics Can Buy  (from Peter Newmann,  sheridanhoops.com):
” Analytics can tell you a lot of lot of things about a lot of players.

Today, I am taking a look at the five players whose defensive analytics are at the top of the charts.

Draymond Green was the easiest selection. His ranks and metrics show that he should have won the Defensive Player of the Year award. While DeAndre Jordan finished third in the voting, Rudy Gobert is the choice at the stopper in the middle. Kawhi Leonard’s advanced tools are phenomenal as well. Tony Allen still is a defensive rock star, and the in-season progress of Marcus Smart cannot be overlooked.
Read it here:  http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/08/31/the-best-defensive-team-analytics-can-buy/

 

–  Andre Drummond, Stanley Johnson will be new Pistons shooting coach Hopla’s top priorities (from Keith Langlois, pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/drummond-johnson-will-be-new-pistons-shooting-coach-hoplas-top-priorities

 

–  Bobby Ray Parks Jr.’s quest to become the first born-and-raised Filipino to make the NBA and live up to his late father’s basketball legacy  (from Rafe Bartholomew. Grantland):

Read it here:   http://grantland.com/features/ray-parks-bobby-parks-nba-summer-league-philippine-basketball-association-uaap-national-university-georgia-tech-acc/

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

George Hill ( from Zach Grinslade, vavel.com):  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/534181-george-hill-is-still-the-right-choice-as-pacers-starting-point-guard.html

 

Andre Drummond  (from Sporting News):  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/andre-drummond-moses-malone-rebounding-miss-pistons/qg2hp13qouht1cax5qme8r32l

 

DeMarre Carroll  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25286013/why-demarre-carroll-adding-more-pick-and-roll-is-a-good-idea

 

Frank Kaminsky (from Dwayne Cherry & David Harris, atthehive.com)  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/8/31/9229879/frank-kaminskys-footwork-in-the-post-could-make-him-a-factor-in-his

 

–  Sir’Dominic Pointer   (from Scott Recker, feartthesword.com):  http://www.fearthesword.com/2015/9/1/9237393/the-sir-dominic-pointer-project

 

Anthony Bennett  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):  http://www.tsn.ca/talent/bennett-s-road-to-redemption-leads-to-fiba-americas-1.353845

 

Chris Paul  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):  http://clipperholics.com/2015/08/30/why-clippers-chris-paul-is-the-nbas-best-mid-range-shooter/

 

Chuck Hayes (from Cameron Stewart, hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/01/los-angeles-clippers-chuck-hayes-signing-means/

 

Bryce Cotton  (from Ben Dowsett, saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/organic-cotton-how-bryce-might-be-utahs-best-fit-at-pg/

 

David Andersen  (from Tom Hersz,  downtownball.net):   http://downtownball.net/2015/08/secret-life-david-andersen/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Blazers pick-and-roll defense may evolve with changing roster  (from David MacKay,  ripcityproject.com):

Read it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/08/01/trail-blazers-pick-and-roll-defense-may-evolve-with-changing-roster/

 

 

–  Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments  (from  Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

” Before there was Billy Donovan the iconic coach or Billy The Kid bombing 3s at Providence College there was Billy the kid, a Long Island youth addicted to basketball.”

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/new-okc-thunder-coach-billy-donovan-honed-his-game-and-made-his-name-in-the-toughest-of-basketball-environments/article/5437702

 

 

– Utah’s Internal Improvement  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):

” (T)he team that improved the most summer may have been the team that spent the least. The Utah Jazz stayed out of free agency, shelling out a little over $4 million, in large part because they didn’t have to. They have a very impressive young core that started to come together in the 2nd half of the season and they are trying to fill every hole in their roster internally. In the process, they could be showing the blueprint for building an elite team in the modern NBA. Draft size and speed at every position, emphasize tools over NCAA production and assemble a group whose games fit well together. Most important of all, be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Utah started putting this core together in 2010 and they are only starting to reap the rewards in 2015. ”

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/238927/Utahs-Internal-Improvement

 

 

–  The life of the non-guaranteed NBA player  (from Bobby Marks,  HoopsHype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/08/02/the-life-of-the-non-guaranteed-player/

 

 

– Stan Van Gundy: Drummond, Monroe weren’t best fit on Pistons  (from Perry Farrell,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/08/01/3676188_stan-van-gundy-drummond-monroe.html

 

 

–  NBA players with biggest shoes to fill in 2015-16  (from Ben Leibowitz, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/07/30/otto-porter-jr-rajon-rondo-brandon-knight-thabo-sefolosha-nba-big-shoes

 

 

–  The right medicine: Cavs doctor’s difficult task  (from Timothy Magaw,    crainscleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20150802/NEWS/308029994/the-right-medicine-cavs-doctors-difficult-task-is-made-more-hectic

 

 

Kauffman was bright spot on early Buffalo Braves teams (from Milt Northrup, buffalonews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/nba/kauffman-was-bright-spot-on-early-braves-teams-20150801

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  Scouting says Karl-Anthony Towns, Frank Kaminsky most NBA-ready rookies  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13346878/nba-karl-anthony-towns-frank-kaminsky-look-most-nba-ready-rookies

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

T. J. Warren:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/238890/Finding-Minutes-For-The-Unorthodox-Game-Of-TJ-Warren

 

Josh Huestis:  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/521165-oklahoma-city-thunder-sign-josh-huestis-after-unbelievably-long-delay-analysis.html

 

Ricky Rubio:  http://twolvesblog.com/uncategorized/the-ricky-rubio-files-revisitado.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

 

– The DeAndre Jordan fiasco exposed a loophole that’s going to completely change NBA free agency  (from Tony Manfred,  businessinsider.com):

Read it here : http://www.businessinsider.com/deandre-jordan-fiasco-exposes-nba-free-agency-loophole-2015-7

 

 

–  Expect changes to NBA moratorium rule in wake of DeAndre Jordan decision  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

Read it here:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/09/expect-changes-to-nba-moratorium-rule-in-wake-of-deandre-jordan-decision/

 

 

–  What a bigger Clippers role looks like for DeAndre Jordan  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/07/09/what-a-bigger-clippers-role-looks-like-for-deandre-jordan/

 

 

–  Above all else, the Spurs Way is one of flexibility   (from Dan McCarney,  mysanantonio.com):

Read it here:   http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/07/09/above-all-else-the-spurs-way-is-about-flexibility/?#33999101=0

 

 

–  C.J. Miles on the Pacers’ new style, West, Hibbert, Ellis, more  (from Candace Buckner,  Indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/07/08/cj-miles-pacers-new-style-west-hibbert-ellis/29885485/

 

 

–  Brandon Jennings and Reggie Jackson: Why they can play together  (from Ben Quagliata, detroitbadboys.com):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/7/9/8919713/brandon-jennings-reggie-jackson-why-they-can-play-together

 

 

–  Wizards got almost everything they needed this offseason   (from Neil Greenberg,  Washingotn Post):

Read it here:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/07/09/wizards-got-almost-everything-they-needed-this-offseason/

 

 

–  Knicks may actually know what they’re doing  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/07/07/surprise-the-knicks-may-actually-know-what-theyre-doing/

 

 

Back of the envelope guide to Vegas Summer League (from D. J. Foster,  ESPN):

Read it here:   East:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13222035/las-vegas-summer-league-east-preview   and  West:   http://espn.go.com/losangeles/nba/story/_/id/13222734/las-vegas-summer-league-west-preview

 

 

–  NBA to chart ‘hustle stats’ during Summer League  (from Tim Reynolds,  Associated Press):

” Diving for loose balls, getting a hand in passing lanes for a deflection, being close enough to contest a shot, or sacrificing the body and taking a charge.

For years, they’ve been called intangibles.

The NBA is about to try to make them tangible.

All 67 games in the NBA Summer League at Las Vegas will have so-called “hustle stats” officially tracked, a nod to the league’s evolving reliance on analytics and all the things besides scoring that help decide the outcome of games. A trained crew will chart 2-pointers contested, 3-pointers contested, deflections, loose balls recovered and charges taken.”

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/07/09/nba-to-track-hustle-stats-during-summer-league-in-las-vegas.ap/index.html

 

 

How to become an NBA scout — or at least get tips from them  (from Adi Joseph, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-07-09/tpg-scout-school-las-vegas-nba-summer-league

 

(BI Note:  Pro Scout School is a great program.  We will be attending next week for the second time.)

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, profiles:

 

Greg Monroe:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2517956-how-greg-monroe-can-thrive-at-center-of-milwaukee-bucks-attack

 

Josh Huestis:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-a-year-later-thunder-draft-prospect-josh-huestis-has-no-regrets-about-becoming-the-nbas-first-ever-domestic-draft-and-stash/article/5432514

 

Keith Bogans:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/07/keith_bogans_feels_like_a_kid_again_as_he_fights_f.html

 

Myles Turner:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/its-turners-time-already-in-indy/gvghtytdjvee1qf0slxn88zrl   and   http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2015/07/08/its-turners-time-already-in-indy/

 

Joshua Smith:  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/360-pound-heat-center-trying-to-prove-he-has-nba-t/nmtpF/

 

Frank Kaminsky:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/ewing-to-kaminsky-big-man-evolution/18uv70yg3zsc61wp28qn0ovf1w   and   http://hoopshabit.com/2015/07/09/charlotte-hornets-examining-frank-kaminskys-fit-future/

 

Gary Harris:  http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_28454715/gary-harris-prepping-important-summer-league-nuggets

 

Stanley Johnson:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/07/stanley_johnson_got_challenged.html

 

Dante Exum:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/in-year-two-exum-expects-to-be-in-attack-mode/1axwec9gxm4721cd726r7g0lc8

 

Mo Williams:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/mo-williams-cavaliers-full-circle/   and   http://kingjamesgospel.com/2015/07/09/how-does-he-fit-mo-williams-returns-to-the-cavaliers/

 

Satnam Singh:  http://www.firstpost.com/sports/satnam-singh-will-make-nba-not-just-marketing-pick-dallas-mavs-co-owner-2335358.html

 

He Tianju:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/7/9/8920525/2015-summer-league-pelicans-he-tianju-luke-babbitt-backup-plan

 

Rajon Rondo:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2517416-sacramento-kings-could-struggle-to-maximize-rajon-rondo-in-george-karls-system

 

Brandan Wright:  http://www.3sob.com/2015/july-2015/straight-from-the-mavericks-mouth-getting-our-mind-right-on-brandan-wright/22445/

 

Jeremy Lin:  http://queencityhoops.com/blog/qch-baseline-buzz-3-on-3-analyzing-jeremy-lin-signing/

 

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  NBA Free Agency, Day 2: Sacramento’s Crazy Salary Dump and Greg Monroe’s Milwaukee Move  (from Zach Lowe,  Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nba-free-agency-day-2-sacramentos-crazy-salary-dump-and-greg-monroes-milwaukee-move/

 

 

–  Week In Review  (from Eddie Scarito,  hoopsrumors.com):

” The NBA’s free agent signing period is underway and there have already been a flurry of deals agreed upon, though, these pacts cannot become official until after the moratorium is lifted on July 9th. Before the next wave of wheeling and dealing begins, here’s a look back at the week that was.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/07/week-in-review-62815-7415.html

 

 

–  Tracking the Journeys of Free Agents and Traded Players  (from Jessica Camerato, Basketball Insiders):

” In the opening days of NBA free agency, players have shuffled around the league. Add this to a handful of trades, and there will be new faces in new places next season. Basketball is a business, though, and these players have been through this before. See just how many organizations those in the news this week have played for over the years.”

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/tracking-the-journeys-of-free-agents-and-traded-players/

 

 

Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:   http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-fred-hoiberg-q-a-bulls-spt-0705-20150704-story.html#page=1

 

 

–  Five to watch at Orlando Summer League  (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13195564/nba-five-players-watch-orlando-summer-league

 

 

–  Talents to watch in Orlando Summer League  (from Brett David Roberts,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/07/04/talents-to-watch-in-orlando-magic-summer-league/

 

 

–  D-League alums to watch at the Orlando Summer League  (from Chris Reichert, upsidemotor.com):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2015/07/04/orlando-summer-league-players-to-watch-d-league-craft-reed-birch/

 

 

–  NBA Summer League 2015: Rosters for Orlando and Vegas Teams  (from Alec nathan, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2513407-nba-summer-league-2015-rosters-for-orlando-and-vegas-teams

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

DeAndre Jordan:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13194922/deandre-jordan-looks-step-los-angeles-clippers-stars-shadows

 

Robin Lopez:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/knicks-bring-in-robin-lopez–continue-to-build-toward-a-new-normal-165821385.html   and   http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/7/3/8889185/why-robin-lopez-fits-the-knicks-nba-free-agency-2015

 

Tiago Splitter:  http://corporateknowledge.org/2015/07/02/sorry-you-had-to-split-tiago-splitter-to-the-hawks/

 

Hassan Whiteside:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article26423893.html

 

Greg Monroe:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13188142/nba-milwaukee-bucks-fill-their-biggest-need-signing-greg-monroe

 

Brandan Wright:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/07/01/nba-free-agency-grades-brandan-wright-memphis-grizzlies-three-years-18-million

 

Tobias Harris:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2514431-can-tobias-harris-push-orlando-magics-young-core-into-the-2016-nba-playoffs

 

Jae Crowder:  http://www.celticslife.com/2015/07/what-is-jae-crowders-ceiling.html

 

Wesley Matthews:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/7/4/8891717/blazers-edge-talks-wesley-matthews-monta-ellis-dallas-mavericks

 

Aaron Baynes:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/7/4/8888301/who-is-aron-baynes-detroit-pistons-nba-free-agency

 

Spencer Dinwiddie:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/07/pistons_spencer_dinwiddie_know.html

 

Bismack Biyombo:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/southeast/the-curious-case-of-bismack-biyombo/

 

Phil Pressey:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/07/phil_pressey_wants_celtics_to_notice

 

Aaron Craft:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/04/4821764_guard-aaron-craft-puts-medical.html

 

Jack Cooley:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631958/You-dont-know-Jack-Cooley-Get-to-know-Jazzs-witty-big-man.html?pg=all

 

Cliff Alexander:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/07/04/3637487/cliff-alexander-left-at-the-nba.html