Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/24/16

 

–  Inside Warriors Practices  (from Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated):

–  Recapping Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  Video Breakdown:  Hoiberg’s BLOB Sets (from Tyler Pleiss,  blogabull.com):
–  Nuggets’ “Horns Rip” Set  (from Gibson Pyper,  denverstiffs.com):
–  Low Assist Numbers Aren’t Damning For Raptors  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):
–  Raptors’ Casey Not Concerned About #1 Seed  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Nate Timmons,  bsndenver):  http://bsndenver.com/denver-nuggets-point-guard-emmanuel-mudiays-evolution-off-ball/
–  Chris Paul  (from Fred Katz,  BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/03/23/chris-paul-forgotten-feared/

 

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 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/15/15

–  Last Year’s Hawks Were Not a Fluke  (form Paul Flannery,  SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/15/9734278/hawks-fluke-kyle-korver-kent-bazemore

Gregg Popovich on Brett Brown  (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sixerville/Popovich-on-76ers-Brett-Brown-He-loves-coaching-that-team.html

–  The Jazz’ Three-wing alignment  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3174938-155/utah-jazz-team-going-on-a

–  Jazz’ Pace is Slow and That’s OK With Coach Snider  from Mike Sorensen,  Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865641558/Jazz-among-NBAs-slowest-teams-but-thats-OK-with-coach.html

–  Trey Burke’s Move to the Bench Has Jazz Moving in Positive Direction  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25372491/trey-burkes-move-to-bench-has-jazz-headed-in-promising-direction

Knicks Know They Have to Rely Less on Carmelo Late in Games  (form Ian Begley,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/newyork/knicks/post/_/id/63504/knicks-know-they-have-to-rely-less-on-carmelo-anthony-late-in-games

–  Pelicans: Ravaged by Injuries  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25374000/ravaged-by-injuries-pelicans-look-for-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel

Rockets: Is it Time to Panic?  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/1387/rockets-lose-again-is-it-time-to-panic

How Are the New Guards Out West ( Rondo, Matthews, D. Williams, L. Williams, Lawson) Doing?  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vkgxsx4AAJVcIzQQ/how-are-the-new-guards-out-west-performing

Recapping Saturday’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/14/9736294/nba-scores-schedule-clippers-pistons-rockets-mavericks

Explaining the Play:  Iguodala’s Last Gasp 3 Saves the Dubs  (from EricApricot, goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:   http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/11/15/9737678/warriors-vs-nets-2015-highlight-video-andre-iguodala-three

New Pacers System Brings Out the Best in Paul George  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here:  http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/11/14/insider-new-pacers-system-brings-out-best-paul-george/75712738/

–  The Blazers’ Rebounding Problems  (from Steven Dewald, ripcityproject.com):

Read and view it here:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/11/15/rebounding-dooms-blazers/

Thunder Reducing Their Turnovers  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-thunder-flipping-its-early-season-turnover-woes/article/5460523

Will Pau Gasol Thrive Under Coach Hoiberg?  (from K. C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/nba/article44941341.html

Intense Wizard Practices Yield Simplified Defense  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2015/11/15/intense-wizards-practices-yield-simplified-defense-win-over-magic-saturday/

Danny Ainge Develops D-League Strategy  (from Gary Washburn, Bosotn Globe):

Read it here:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/11/15/danny-ainge-develops-strategy-for-nbadl/iwxgvbfo8G1GCmlOQDBlpN/story.html

Celtics’ Defense Earning Respect  (from Joshua Bateman,  Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/11/15/boston-celtics-defense-has-earned-respect/

Good News and Bad News from the Sixers’ Loss to Spurs  (from Sean O’Connor,  LibertyBallers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/11/15/9738164/sixers-spurs-92-83-tenth-loss

–  Sam Mitchell Says NBA’s New Scheduling Policy Is Working (from Jerry Zgoda, startribune.com ):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/mitchell-says-nba-schedule-policy-is-working/349222321/

What the NBA is Doing About the Nuggets’ Home Scheduling Advantage  (from Christopher Dempsey,   Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/dempsey/ci_29118550/league-is-no-fan-nuggets-home-court-edge

Cavs, Heat Trending in Opposite Salary Directions  (from Jason Lloyd,  Ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-cavs-heat-trending-in-opposite-salary-directions-1.640579

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Rajon Rondo is Leading By Example  (from James Ham,  csnbayarea.com):  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/amid-chaos-rondo-leading-example-getting-kings-buy

Tyler Zeller (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4720985/tyler-zeller-has-set-standard-for-bostons-overcrowded-frontcourt

Marco Belinelli Adapting to Life After Spurs  (from Ailene Voisin,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article44970567.html

Valunciunas Is Growing into a Star  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/14/valanciunas-growing-into-a-star

–  Meyers Leonard’s Status/ Allen Crabbe’s Emergence  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/11/trail_blazers_notes_meyers_leonards_status_allen_c.html

Nowitzki Is Silencing Doubters  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25374162/dirk-nowitzki-silencing-doubters-on-pace-for-historic-37-year-old-season

The Mavs All Love Raymond Felton  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4705780/on-the-mavs-everybody-loves-raymond-felton

–  Pablo Prigioni  On Shooting  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=RBijs932Ito

–  The Situational Changes for D’Angelo Russell  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239860/The-Situatonal-Changes-For-DAngelo-Russell

–  Tyler Johnson  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article44217984.html

–  Lance Stephenson Plays Less Than 2 Minutes  (from Justin Verrier,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/losangeles/clippers/post/_/id/8042/lance-stephenson-limited-to-under-two-minutes-in-clippers-win

Varejao:  Expensive Insurance for Cavs (from Marla Ridenour,  ohio.com):  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/marla-ridenour-minutes-dwindling-anderson-varejao-becomes-expensive-insurance-for-cavs-1.639534

–  Pelicans’  Ish Smith Is Making the Most of His Opportunities  (from John Reid, NOLA.com):  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/11/new_orleans_pelicans_guard_ish.html

Batum has Made Quick Impact With Hornets  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):  http://www.heraldonline.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article44900457.html

Suns’ Brandan Knight Shifts Defense to Off-Guards  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/11/14/suns-guard-brandon-knight-shifts-defense-off-guards/75805004/

Thabo Sefolosha Getting Back On Track  (form Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):   Gary Washburn | Sunday Basketball Notes: After ordeal with police, Thabo Sefolosha getting back on track – The Boston Globe

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/4/15

– Cavaliers’ roster is set. What does it mean for the future? (from Nate Duncan, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:http://www.si.com/thecauldron/2015/11/03/cleveland-cavaliers-future-roster-salary-cap-luxury-tax-trade-exceptions

Okafor pledges to improve on defensive boards (from  Matt Breen, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151104_Okafor_pledges_to_improve_on_defensive_boards.html

Heat Coach Spoelstra pushes for drills that more closely resemble games (from Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com):

Read it here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-erik-spoelstra-s110315-story.html

Uptempo Wizards are good: here’s how they can be better (from Seth Partnow, Washingotn Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/11/03/the-up-tempo-wizards-are-good-but-heres-how-they-could-be-better/

Spurs Offer a Model to Wizards (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):

Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-home-school-lesson-spurs-offer-a-model-to-wizards-in-verizon-visit/2015/11/03/e443af06-8286-11e5-8ba6-cec48b74b2a7_story.html

– Film Study: Brook Lopez is playing great, but he can’t do it alone (from Reed  Wallach,  netsdaily.com): 

Read and view it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/11/3/9661028/film-study-brook-lopez-all-star-brooklyn-nets-struggle-offense

– T.J. McConnell playing his way into Sixers’ starting point-guard spot (from Bob Cooney,  philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151104_T_J__McConnell_playing_his_way_into_Sixers__starting_point-guard_spot.html

Stat Stabilization: When do Net Ratings Become Reliable (from Johannes Becker, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/11/04/confidence-intervals-is-it-too-early-to-say-that-your-team-sucks/

– As Kawhi Leonard’s offensive game emerges, he hasn’t forgotten to bring ‘D’ (from Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express- News):  

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/As-Leonard-s-offensive-game-emerges-he-6608181.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=20b3c6feed927fc3fb

–  Leonard’s transition to bigger role remains work in progress  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Jimmy Butler: Bulls Haven’t Been Playing Defense (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/22444/jimmy-butler-bulls-havent-been-playing-defense

Jimmy Butler Q & A (from Vincent Goodwill, csnchicago):

Read it here:  http://www.csnchicago.com/bulls/bulls-insider-vincent-goodwill-goes-1-1-jimmy-butler

Bucks’ New Owners are Smart:  They Leave The Basketball Decisions to the Basketball People  (from Mitch Lawrence, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4660150-bucks-milwaukee-future-giannis-antetokounmpo-jabari-parker

Pistons’ Stan Van Gundy vows to ‘rethink’ bench rotation  (from David Mayo, MLive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/11/pistons_stan_van_gundy_vows_to.html

The Nets: A Model of Inefficiency  (from Sean Woodley, Crossover Chronicles)

Read and view it here:  http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/the-brooklyn-nets-a-model-of-inefficiency.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Andre Iguodala  (from Motez Bishara and Junko Ogara, CNN):  http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/04/sport/andre-iguodala-golden-state-nba-basketball-olympics/index.html

Nikola Mirotic Continues to Impress (from Sam Smith,  Bulls.com):  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/nikola-mirotic-continues-impress

Rockets Need More from Ariza  (from Henry Steckel, Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vjo62iMAACQA0WUD/rockets-need-more-rise-from-ariza

Dwight Howard is Pushing Himself carefully  (form Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Vital-to-Rockets-Howard-pushing-himself-carefully-6609082.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=882162c326438d9cbb

Hassan Whiteside (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14048886/hassan-whiteside-showing-signs-miami-heat-rely-him

Tyler Zeller on struggles: ‘I have to work my way out of it’ (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/zeller-struggles-i-have-work-my-way-out-it

Sulllinger is Pulling His Weight for Celts (from Gary Washburn, Boston Globe):  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/11/04/cnotes/5c8QC7tan7F27SFaghOBIP/story.html

– Horford on pace to set career best in 3-pointers in only 10 games  (from Chris Vivlamore,   myajc.com):  http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/horford-on-pace-to-set-career-best-in-3-pointers-i/npFhq/

Gordon Hayward (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3131663-155/utah-jazz-now-fully-developed-gordon

Caron Butler can make impact in limited minutes (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee);  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article42859200.html

Thomas Robinson hopes to silence critics (from Alex Kennedy,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-thomas-robinson-gambles-on-himself-nets-playoffs-free-agency/

New Position Not the Issues says Andrew Wiggins (from Marcus R. Fuller,  Pioneer Press):  http://www.twincities.com/timberwolves/ci_29066479/timberwolves-new-position-not-issue-says-andrew-wiggins

Dennis Schroder (from Mika Honkasalo,  Vantage Sports):  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VjhYbR0AAJoAqtkj/dennis-schroder-is-inching-toward-starters-minutes

Glenn Robinson III  (from Rod Beard,  Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/11/03/glenn-robinson-seizes-chance-jump-start-nba-career-pacers/75103276/