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

–  Steve Kerr quickly fit into coaching to lead Warriors to top  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

” Golden State moves bodies and the ball. It looks like the Warriors took the old-school, three-man weave warm-up and concentrated it into 25 feet of half-court offense. More cuts, passes (half-court and upcourt) and pick-and-rolls break down defenses and set up the flow to better utilize the history-in-the-making backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Kerr has been studying for this coaching job for years, keeping a log of playbooks and rule books of other franchises that he admired over 12 years as a TNT analyst and three years with the Suns.

He made bold tweaks this season, decreasing the roles of former All-Stars David Lee and Andre Iguodala to get more from Green and Barnes. Green was clearly a difference-maker last season for his defensive versatility, which Kerr uses at center with the knowledge he is capable of handling a point guard on a switch.

Kerr also embraced his lack of experience and put (Alvin) Gentry and Ron Adams on each side of him on the bench as assistants.”

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/03/08/steve-kerr-quickly-fit-coaching-lead-warriors-top/24629523/

 

 

 

–  Warriors’ Supporting Cast Can Be X-Factor in 2015 Championship Run  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read and view it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2389695-golden-state-warriors-supporting-cast-can-be-x-factor-in-2015-championship-run

 

 

 

Frank  Vogel Worked His Way to the Top (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read the three-part series on the Pacers’ Head Coach here:

–  http://www.nba.com/pacers/vogel-worked-way-to-top-part-1

–  http://www.nba.com/pacers/vogel-worked-way-to-top-part-2

–  http://www.nba.com/pacers/vogel-worked-way-to-top-part-3

 

 

–  Pacers Think About Getting Better, Not About Paul George  (from Brian Mahoney, Associated Press):

” A playoff spot is within reach, with Paul George potentially available to help grab it.

Things are suddenly setting up nicely for the Indiana Pacers after they had it rough for so long. But since nothing has come easily this season, they aren’t counting on that changing now.

“Honestly, we’re not even thinking about Paul George right now,” coach Frank Vogel said. “Hopefully he can make it back this year and get in some games, but how effective is he going to be having not played in a year? This is a serious injury. He still has a lot of hurdles to pass before he’s even able to get back on the court.

“So our whole approach has been that he’s not going to play with us this year. Even right now, we’re trying to become the best possible team we can without him and if he gets back, that’s just going to be a bonus.””

Read it here:  http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/pacers-paul-george-29492632

 

 

 

–  Breaking Down Suns’  Recent Problems On Offense (from Gerald Bourguet,  valleyofthesuns.com):

” With a bottom-10 defense, the only reason the Phoenix Suns are even remotely competitive is their high-powered offense and pedal-to-the-metal tempo. They rank third in the NBA in points per game (105.3) and eighth in offensive rating (104.9 points per 100 possessions).

Staring at a two-game deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the West’s final playoff spot, Phoenix also faces the league’s toughest remaining schedule. Their only hope is to run teams out of the building, but if the last few weeks have been any indication, the Suns could be in trouble.

Since the All-Star break, the new-look Suns have posted an offensive rating of 99.7 points per 100 possessions — 20th in the league during that span. With their defensive rating also lingering in the bottom third of the NBA, it’s no wonder Phoenix has struggled.

In order to assess what needs to be changed, here’s a look at the various reasons behind Phoenix’s recent offensive struggles.”

Read it here:  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/03/09/suns-analysis-look-phoenixs-recent-problems-offense/

 

 

 

–  Globe-trotting Whiteside gets his chance to click in NBA  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

” After a long and winding basketball journey, big man Hassan Whiteside has found a role with the Miami Heat.”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/david_aldridge/03/09/morning-tip-rise-of-hassan-whiteside-miami-heat-taking-stock-of-advanced-stats-and-analytics-in-nba

 

 

 

– Gregg Popovich, the father of Resting Your Players  (from Buck Harvey, expressnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/buck_harvey/article/Pop-as-a-father-howanother-suffers-for-it-6121626.php?t=bd25745284927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

 

 

– Inside the Wizards’ Steep Decline  (from Aaron Fischman,  vantagesports.com):

” On January 27, the Washington Wizards stood at 31-15, sitting near the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a .674 winning percentage. Since, they’ve lost 13 of 17 games and are in danger of being passed by the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 5 seed. Let’s look at particular areas where the Wizards have declined the most over this period.”

Read it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VPy2KikAAN8tnM4p/inside-the-wizards-steep-decline

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

DeMarcus Cousins:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article13051646.html

 

Gigi Datome:  http://www.csnne.com/blog/celtics-talk/datome-makes-most-out-playing-time-vs-magic

 

Andrea Bargnani:  http://nypost.com/2015/03/08/knicks-thinking-unthinkable-with-excelling-bargnani-a-return/

 

Brandon Bass:  http://www.csnne.com/blog/celtics-talk/bass-stepping-celtics-sullingers-absence

 

Enes Kanter:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-enes-kanter-answers-the-call-helps-thunder-hold-off-toronto/article/5399700

 

Elfrid Payton:   http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/03/08/elfrid-paytons-continued-confidence-driving-success/

 

Jared Dudley:   http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jared-dudley-struggling-through-shooting-slump-b99457885z1-295558621.html

 

Victor Oladipo:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/oladipo-plays-extremely-high-basketball-iq

 

Dante Exum:   http://www.foxsports.com.au/more-sports/nba-wrap-dante-exum-responds-to-utah-jazz-teammates-criticism-patty-mills-stars-for-spurs/story-e6frf56c-1227254789836

 

Jamaal Franklin:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2389765-jamaal-franklin-making-impressive-case-to-join-los-angeles-lakers-next-season

 

Andre Miller:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/andre-miller-student-and-teacher-of-the-game/

 

Jason Richardson:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150309_Inside_the_Sixers___Veteran_Richardson_is_a_plus.html

 

Monta Ellis:  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4704808/welcome-back-monta-ellis

 

Nerlens Noel:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150309_Noel_and_Sixers_making_strides.html

 

Jarrell Eddie:  http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2015/3/9/8174717/jarell-eddie-scouting-report-atlanta-hawks

 

Isaiah Canaan/Will Barton/Mo Williams:   http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/03/09/making-the-most-of-it-three-players-whove-done-well-since-the-trade-deadline/

 

John Wall:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/john-wall-plays-through-the-pain-as-wizards-try-to-emerge-from-funk/2015/03/08/b067d704-c5ce-11e4-a199-6cb5e63819d2_story.html

 

Langston Galloway:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/09/undrafted-langston-galloway-making-mark-with-knicks-has-sights-set-even-higher/

 

Bobby Brown:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/03/wizards-interested-bobby.html

 

Danilo Gallinari:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/03/09/denver-nuggets-danilo-gallinari-returns-form/