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, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  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,  thunder.com):
–  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):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/29/15

 Sorting Through the Drama in Phoenix  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14451352/the-suns-belief-competitive-building-future-taken-toll

–  Posting, Floating and the Future of the Grizzlies  (from Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):

Read it here: http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoGQpR8AAEpfEsOd

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/29/10682168/2015-nba-scores-stephen-curry-highlights-triple-double

–  Beyond the Box Score:  Mavericks’ Games 21-31  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mavs.com/behind-the-box-score-games-21-31/

–  Will Noel’s Rebirth End When Okafor Returns?  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=363687641

–  Ish Smith is Helping to Change the Sixers’ Identity  (from John Coon,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/despite-loss-jazz-grittier-attitude-changing-sixers-identity

–  Secrets of Steph Curry’s Shooting  Hidden in Data (from Charles Babcock, Information Week):

Read it here:  http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/secrets-of-nba-stephen-currys-shooting-hidden-in-data/a/d-id/1323709

Long-Distance Relationship:  Dell and Steph Curry  (from Ken Babb,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/long-distance-relationship-steph-and-dell-curry-forged-bond-beyond-the-arc/2015/12/22/e27911c8-a8f3-11e5-bff5-905b92f5f94b_story.html

–  How Clint Capela Has Changed the Tone of the Rockets’ Season  (from Aaron Mah,  Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/27/clint-capela-changed-tone-rockets-season/

–  Mirotic at the 3 is Not Good  (from The Hungarian Jordan, blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:http://www.blogabull.com/2015/12/29/10669468/niko-at-the-3-is-still-a-disaster

Dragic Still Searching for his Own Lane in Heat Lineup  (from Rohan Nadkarni,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/29/goran-dragic-heat-suns-rockets-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-pat-riley

–  Death to All-Bench Units, Revisited  (from Blake Murphy,  Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/29/redux-death-to-all-bench-units/

Mavs 103, Bucks 93  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  Pattern of Basketball):

Read it here:  http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/12/mavs-vs-bucks.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Cameron Payne  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5469244

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  ocregister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/need-697763-ocregister-wizards.html

–  Omri Casspi  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/29/10682936/omri-casspi-kings-shooter-stephen-curry-duel

–  Jared Dudley  (from Kyle Weidie,  truthaboutit.net):  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/12/jared-dudley-on-blessings-disguised-as-clipper-departures.html

–  Solomon Hill  (from Tom Lewis,  indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2015/12/29/10684002/solomon-hill-stays-ready-to-deliver-for-pacers

–  Ryan Kelly  (from Hannah Kulik, lakeshowlife.com): http://lakeshowlife.com/2015/12/29/lakers-lakers-give-ryan-kelly-another-shot/

–  Darion Atkins  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside): http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/28/10676962/knicks-darion-atkins-nba-d-league-ridiculous-upside-top-prospect-december

–  Terran Petteway  (from Lee Barfknecht,  nptelegraph.com):  http://www.nptelegraph.com/sports/husker_sports/petteway-shining-in-d-league/article_1c1eab84-4aa5-57a0-8f2a-efcbecd2da68.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 11/21/15

Breaking Down the Clippers 100 Seconds of Doom Against the Warriors  (from  Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14175382/los-angeles-clippers-100-seconds-doom-loss-golden-state-warriors

–  Explain One Play:  Busted Elevator = Draymond Green Beats the Clippers  (from Apricot,  goldenstateofmind.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/11/20/9768166/warriors-vs-clippers-2015-highlight-video-draymond-green-laup-elevator-doors

–  Draymond Green’s Importance  (from Jesus Gomez, SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/20/9768674/draymond-green-highlights-stats-breakdown-warriors-stephen-curry

–  Wizards’ Small Ball: Further Adjustments needed  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4661627-randy-wittman-washington-wizards-small-ball-kris-humphries-marcin-gortat-nene

The End of the Shooting Guard  (from Chris Herring, Wall Street Journal):

” In the NBA, the Traditional Spot-Up Shooter Is Going Extinct; Ray Allen: Last of a Kind?”

Read it here:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-end-of-the-shooting-guard-1402354437

–  Celtics Building an Identity  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/11/boston_celtics_brooklyn_nets_4.html

–  Does Utah Need Big Man Help?  (from my_lo,  slcdunk.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slcdunk.com/2015/11/21/9774940/the-downbeat-1778-jazz-need-big-man-help

–  Building the Magic’s Culture Part 3  (from Philip Rossman-Reich, orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/11/21/building-the-orlando-magics-culture-part-3-playing-to-a-higher-standard/

–  Recapping Friday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/11/20/9773358/nba-scheduled-results-warriors-bulls-rockets-grizzlies

–  A Tiny Gadget Could Make or Break The Wizards Season  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-key-player-for-the-wizards-stands-88-millimeters-tall/2015/11/20/a1e5c902-8ef0-11e5-acff-673ae92ddd2b_story.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Mario Chalmers’ Impact on the Grizzlies  (from Peter Edmiston,  commercialappleal.com):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/Can-you-quantify-fun-In-Mario-Chalmers-case-absolutely-352306431.html

It’s Now a Mental Game for Dwyane Wade  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article45709071.html

–  Hassan Whiteside Emerges as Shot-Blocking King  (from Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post):  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/miami-heats-hassan-whiteside-emerges-as-nbas-shot-/npSBk/

–  Heat’s Tyler Johnson Is Earning His Dream  (from Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel):  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/sports/nba/article45736710.html

Nicolas Batum Breathing Life into Hornets’ Offense  (from Kenny Ducey,  Sports Illustrated):   http://www.si.com/nba/2015/11/20/nicolas-batum-charlotte-hornets-steve-clifford-blazers

Danny Green  Q & A  (from Michael C. Wright,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/135/danny-green-ive-got-to-take-the-shot

Kemba Walker  Q & A (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14177081/kemba-walker-legacy-rookie-year-dunking-dancing-big-al-jeans

–  Kobe Bryant  Q & A   (from Joey Ramirez,  lakers.com):   http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/151120_kobebryant

David Lee:  Making a case for More Minutes  (from Scott Souza, Providence Journal):   http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151120/SPORTS/151129828

Willie Cauley-Stein  (form Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article45711006.html

–  The Redemption of Jeremy Lin  (form Howard Megdal,  VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/the-redemption-of-jeremy-lin

–  Anderson Varejao:  Getting Used to New Role  (from Chris Fedor,  cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2015/11/anderson_varejao_getting_used.html

Jared Dudley (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-dudleys-impact-just-tip-iceberg-wizards

Markieff Morris’ Woeful Offense  (from deadpoolio,  brightsideofthesun.com):  http://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2015/11/21/9774330/phoenix-suns-markieff-morris-offense-has-been-woeful-this-season-but

–  Michael Carter-Williams  (from Andrew Snyder,  behindthebuckspass):  http://behindthebuckpass.com/2015/11/20/milwaukee-bucks-season-michael-carter-williams-breaks/

–  Jeff Ayres  Q & A   Part One  (from Nicholas Tozier,  hooptrends.com):   http://hooptrends.com/on-the-record-with-jeff-ayres-part-i/

–  Raptors Committed to Long-Term Growth of  Caboclo, Nogueira  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/talent/raptors-committed-to-long-term-growth-of-caboclo-nogueira-1.397151

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Today’s Top NBA Stories

–  ‘You’re never confident. You plan as well as you can’: A Q&A with Spurs’ GM R.C. Buford   (from Dan McCarney,   mysananotnio.com):

Read it here: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/07/10/youre-never-confident-you-plan-as-well-as-you-can-a-qa-with-r-c-buford/

 

 

–  Hidden Gems of the Utah Summer League  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

” Summer league play in the NBA has multiple points of emphasis. On the one hand are the elite prospects, typically soon-to-be rookies or second-year guys who were drafted highly and are generally expected to be among the better players in the tournament, particularly those in their second summer. Skill development and confidence as team leaders are the important takeaways for these guys, though they sometimes play so well early on that it’s no longer worth it to risk injury by playing them.

On the other end of the spectrum, though, summer play is a time for GMs and executives to identify and analyze talent they may not have seen much of up close. Many guys on summer rosters won’t ever amount to anything, but each year there are a handful who make a big impression and place themselves on the NBA radar.

With Utah Jazz Summer League completed Thursday night, who were a few of the hidden gems making a case for themselves?”

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/hidden-gems-of-the-utah-jazz-summer-league/

 

 

Becky Hammon in the moment (from Steve Bulpett,  Boston Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/07/becky_hammon_in_the_moment

 

 

– A quiet summer, but loud expectations from Heat going forward  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/11/4831214_a-quiet-summer-but-loud-expectations.html

 

 

Celtics Update  (from wsjy,  celticsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/11/8910895/boston-celtics-danny-ainge-brad-stevens-what-are-they-thinking

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Jared Dudley:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/the-wizards-paul-pierce-replacement-plan-lands-a-key-part-in-jared-dudley/2015/07/10/56a453ae-274a-11e5-b77f-eb13a215f593_story.html

 

Jerian Grant:  http://nypost.com/2015/07/10/triangle-savvy-jerian-grant-has-knicks-gushing-over-his-passing/

 

Aaron Gordon:  http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nba/512436-the-evolution-of-aaron-gordon.html

 

Dante Exum:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2516280-dante-exum-reminds-everyone-of-his-potential-at-utah-jazz-summer-league

 

Jason Thompson:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2015/7/11/8932551/jason-thompson-is-ready-for-a-new-start

 

Marcus Morris:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/7/11/8888491/marcus-morris-vs-everybody   and   http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/07/10/detroit-pistons-marcus-morris/29970089/

 

Jay Hook:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/7/11/8924119/2015-summer-league-pelicans-jay-hook-chance-tulane

 

Karl-Anthony Towns:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/7/11/8932207/karl-anthony-towns-nba-summer-league-debut-timberwolves

 

Julius Randle:  http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2015/07/10/metta-world-peace-impressed-with-julius-randles-strength/

 

Damien Inglis:  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/damien-inglis-satisfied-despite-brief-bucks-debut-b99535489z1-313511671.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

 

The value of the ‘three-and-D’ skill set (from Ben Leibowitz, Sports Illustrated):

” The primary objective of these prototypes is to spread the floor with three-point shooting while also playing tenacious and disciplined perimeter defense. They are often the perfect complements to alpha dog stars, because they don’t need the ball in their hands on every play to be impactful. Front office personnel around the league are realizing the importance of that skill set, and they’ve been willing to shell out a lot of money to bring those guys aboard.”

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/07/02/nba-free-agency-wings-demarre-carroll-danny-green-wesley-matthews

 

 

 

–  Transitioning into the new NBA Salary Cap Environment  (from Mason Ginsberg, bourbonstreetshots.com):

Read it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/07/02/transitioning-into-the-new-nba-salary-cap-environment/

 

 

–  Most intriguing prospects to watch in the 2015 NBA Summer Leagues  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:   http://www.si.com/nba/2015/07/03/nba-summer-league-prospects-preview-orlando-utah-las-vegas

 

 

Michael Malone’s Playbook: Ram Screens, Snap Screens and Emmanuel Mudiay (from Adam Mares,  denverstiffs.com):

” Part 2 in a series examining Nuggets head coach Michael Malone’s playbook in Sacramento. Today’s focus is on Malone’s use of ram and snap screen action; as well as a look at how Malone might look to use Emmanuel Mudiay’s skill set in the offense.”

Read it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/7/3/8882383/mike-malones-playbook-denver-nuggets-nba-emmanuel-mudiay

 

 

– How the Wizards’ smart use of traded-player exceptions netted Jared Dudley  (from J. Michael, csnwashington.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnwashington.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/how-smart-use-traded-player-exceptions-netted-dudley

 

 

Reviewing the Injury Totals for the 2014-15 NBA Season  (from Jeff Stotts,  instreetclothes.com):

Read it here:  http://instreetclothes.com/2015/06/30/reviewing-the-injury-totals-for-the-2014-15-nba-season/

 

 

–  Identifying Potential Health Risks in the 2015 NBA Draft  (from Jeff Stotts,  instreetclothes.com):

Read  it here:  http://instreetclothes.com/2015/06/23/identifying-potential-health-ricks-in-the-2015-nba-draft/

 

 

– Warriors steal blueprint from Spurs, not afraid to admit it  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/warriors-steal-blueprint-spurs-not-afraid-admit-it

 

 

–  Jazz don’t need to make a move in order to keep improving  (from allthatamar,  slcdunk.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slcdunk.com/nba-free-agency/2015/7/2/8886481/nba-free-agency-2015-utah-jazz-rumors-raul-neto-tibor-pleiss-joe-ingles

 

 

–  Nick Van Exel promises different demeanor (even nice to refs) as D-League Texas Legends head coach (from Eddie Sefko, dallasnews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/headlines/20150702-hot-headed-ex-mav-nick-van-exel-promises-different-demeanor-even-nice-to-refs-as-texas-legends-head-coach.ece

 

 

Day 8 of our continuing coverage of  2015 NBA draft selections:

 

9, Charlotte, Frank Kaminsky:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2512804-realistic-expectations-for-charlotte-hornets-rookie-frank-kaminsky

 

12, Utah, Trey Lyles:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2509481-realistic-expectations-for-trey-lyles-rookie-season-with-utah-jazz

 

16, Boston, Terry Rozier:  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/boston-celtics-top-pick-terry-rozier-out-to-silence-doubters

 

34, Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony Brown:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2513313-why-anthony-brown-can-help-fill-los-angeles-lakers-glaring-need-at-small-forward

 

36, Cleveland ( from Minnesota),  Rakeem Christmas:  http://www.news-herald.com/sports/20150702/cleveland-cavaliers-notes-second-rounder-rakeem-christmas-relishes-chance

 

– 48, Oklahoma City, Dakari Johnson:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/07/03/dont-sleep-dakari-johnson/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

David Lee:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/7/3/8888067/2014-15-season-review-david-lee-golden-state-warriors

 

Greg Monroe:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VYb9qywAAIEVwBDm/what-greg-monroe-brings-to-the-bucks

 

DeMarre Carroll:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/7/3/8888019/nba-free-agency-2015-toronto-raptors-demarre-carroll   and   http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/carroll-doesnt-just-bring-skill-toronto-brings-relevance.html   and   http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/07/02/demarre-carroll-heading-north/

 

Khris Middleton:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VYMS3SwAACwArHZr/bucks-get-value-by-re-signing-khris-middleton

 

Kyle Singler:  http://newsok.com/kyle-singler-wont-be-needed-until-he-is/article/5431390

 

Ed Davis:   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2513439-ed-davis-signing-latest-value-deal-for-rebuilding-portland-trail-blazers   and   http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/07/ed_davis_says_hes_going_to_grind_every_night_for_t.html

 

Richard Solomon:  http://upsidemotor.com/2015/07/03/richard-solomon-calfornia-d-league-thunder-summer-league-blue/

 

Kenyon Martin:  http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2015-07-03/kenyon-martin-cincinnati-college-retired-nba-draft-first-pick

 

Jamario Moon:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-jamario-moon-attempting-nba-comeback/

 

Robert Upshaw:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/7/3/8889011/la-lakers-robert-upshaw-nba-draft