Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 2/20/16


–   Lillard Time:  Recapping the Blazers Win Over The Dubs And All The Other Friday Games (from SBNation):

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More Re: Last Night’s Lillard Time  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):

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–  Re-Evaluating Last Season’s Deadline Deals  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):
–  Steph Curry Q & A  (from Marcel Mutoni,  slamonline):
–  Why The Kings Are In Chaos   (from Sam Amick, USA Today):
From Sean Marks, A Discussion Of Partnership, Culture And Vision (from Net Income,
–  Mostly Healthy, The Jazz Make Their Move  (from Dan Clayton, BBall Breakdown):
–  DeMar DeRozan’s Most Common Plays  (from Cooper Smither,  Raptors Republic):
Durant Returns To MVP Level (from Associated Press):
–  The Race For The Playoff Seeds’ Bottom Half  (from Brad Vermunt):
–  Deconstructing Real Plus Minus  (from Bo Schwartz Madsen,  Nylon Calculus):
 Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Tobias Harris  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

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,
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen,
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,
–  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,
–  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):
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):
Justin Anderson  (from


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/6/16

–  The Subtle Details of the Spurs’ Stifling Defense  (from Brett Koremenos,  RealGM):

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–  Draymond Green’s Uniqueness Makes the Warriors Who They Are  (from Jesus Gomez,  BBall breakdown):

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–  Bulls’ Offense Clicking On All Cylinders  (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

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–  The Heat’s ATOs (from Couper Moorhead,

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–  The Spurs’ Beautiful Game, Though Modified, Is Still Turning Heads  (from  Jeff McDonald,  News-Express):

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–  Hornets Are On A Stable Path  (form Ken Berger, CBS Sports):

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 Jazz Thinking Deep Thoughts With Big Men Out  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):

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–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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–  Explain One Odd Play:  Draymond Green Pass to Steph Curry  Layup  (from Ericapricot,  goldenstateofmind):

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–  Assists, Point Guards and Ball Movement  (from Brian McCormick,

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–  Colangelo Upbeat About Roster, Brett Brown, and Sixers’ Plan  (from Brian Seltzer,

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–  New Media Procedure Seeks to Improve Referee Accountability  (from Andy Larsen,

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 D-League Showcase Primer  (from Brian Kotloff,

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 D-League Showcase Day One Preview  (from Brian Kotloff,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jimmy Butler  (from Nick Friedell,  ESPN):

Justise Winslow  (from Tim Reynolds,  Associated Press):

–  CJ McCollum  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

–  Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh  (from  Barry Jackson,  Miami Herald):

 Dwyane Wade  (from Jason Lieser,  Palm Beach Post):

–  Steph Curry  (from  Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

–  Isaiah Thomas  (from Jay King,

–  Sean Kilpatrick  (from Chris Priczak,  Ridiculous Upside):

–  Anthony Davis  (from John Reid,

–  Richaun Holmes  (from Tom Moore,

–  Chris Kaman  (from Jason Quick,

–  Solomon Hill  (from Candace Buckner,

–  Jason Terry  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  Jason Terry gives Rockets what they need


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Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 9/30/15

–  NBA training camp storylines: Western Conference (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

” With training camps opening across the country, the official start of the 2015–16 NBA season is upon us. This is an uncertain time: optimism runs rampant, as it should, but every team faces ambiguities that could develop into serious problems. On Monday,’s Rob Mahoney previewed the top storylines facing all 15 Eastern Conference teams. Now, it’s time to take a look at the Western Conference landscape.”

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–  NBA training camp storylines: Eastern Conference  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

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How Tyreke, Jrue, and Gentry Can Help Anthony Davis (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland):

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–  The Value of Icing the pick-and-roll  (from John Schuhmann,

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–   Paul George and Frank Vogel Must Recreate Indiana’s Identity  (from Tim Donahue,

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–   Raptors to alter team philosophy  (from Josh Lewenberg,

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–  Kings looking at different options at power forward  (from Jason Jones,

” For most of the past seven seasons, Jason Thompson started at power forward for the Kings.

This season will be different. To revamp the position, the Kings traded Thompson, their longest-tenured player, to the Philadelphia 76ers over the summer. The 76ers dealt Thompson to the Golden State Warriors.

The Kings now have multiple options at power forward as complements to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Coach George Karl began examining the candidates Tuesday during the team’s first practice of training camp at UC San Diego.

The team has looked for a power forward with shooting range, or one who can contribute through effective defense if not an impact scorer.”

–  The rise of Brad Stevens and his starless Celtics  (from ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):


–   As camps begin, Thibodeau looking from outside view  (from Steve Aschburner,

” Out of a job for first time since 1991, ex-Bulls coach on ‘sabbatical'”

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–  Basketball and Learning in Las Vegas: A trip to Pro Scout School  (from Jack Maloney, hardwoodparoxysm):

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(Note:  We have attended PSS each of the last two sessions and highly recommend it to evryone who wants to learn more about hoops.)


–   Dispatches from NESSIS 2015  (from Seth Partnow/ Will Schreefer,  Nylon Calculus):

” (The 2015 New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports was held this past weekend in Boston. Will Schreefer was there, and fills us in with this guest post. Will  lives in New Jersey, where he works and studies as a civil engineer. He does some college basketball stat work on the side1, and is always sure this is the the year Villanova makes it past the first weekend.)

This past Saturday, the biennial-since-2007 ‘New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports’ – or NESSIS – was held at Harvard University’s Science Center. The brainchild of Mark Glickman andScott Evans, distinguished New England-based academics with a passion for (and serious expertise in) the intersection between sports and statistics, the conference is characterized on the program as ‘a meeting of statisticians and quantitative analysts connected with sports teams, sports media, and universities to discuss common problems of interest in statistical modeling and analysis of sports data.’ Describing it, though, is as simple as ‘heaven.’ Heaven, at least, for that population slice who’d want to hear Jeremias Engelmann explain how to recreate Adjusted +/- and RAPM for a pickup basketball game and then take questions on his choice of ridge (Tikhonov) regression vs. ordinary least squares regression from an audience mostly composed of people who know exactly what the choice means.

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


BBall Breakdown’s Player Rankings:  James Harden, #5 (from Kelly Scaletta):


–   Pistons look for Ersan Ilyasova to bring ‘Turkish Thunder’ to backboards  (from David Mayo,


–   Entering his critical fourth season, Wizards’ Bradley Beal is still tweaking his game  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):


–  Monta Ellis wanted to be wanted  (from C.Cooper,


–  Alvin Gentry confident Omer Asik will adapt quickly to new offensive system  (from John Reid,




–  Rockets’ goal for Harden: more catch-and-shoot opportunities  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):


–  Film Room: Breaking Down Tobias Harris’ Offense  (from Josh Cohen,


Nik Stauskas (from Bob Cooney,


Channing  Frye: “I Have A Lot to Prove” (from John Denton.


Joe Young (from Mark Monteith.




–   Clippers’ Wes Johnson happy to get L.A. makeover  (from Janis Carr,


–   NORMAN POWELL IS NEVER SATISFIED  (from Steven Lebron, Vice Sports):


–  Otto Porter Could Emulate Trevor Ariza In Washington  (from Ben mehic,


–  Q&A: Jimmer Fredette  (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):


–   SVG’s reputation, freedom he allows big men helped lure Baynes to Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,


–  This is Isaiah Thomas’ Time to Shine  (from Alex Kennedy,  basketball Insiders):


–   Steve Blake OK with Pistons throwing different roles at him, including not playing  (from Aaron McMann,


–  Utah Jazz: Alec Burks or Rodney Hood? Two good options for one starting job  (from Tony Jones,


–   Meet 17-Year-Old European Dragan Bender, Who Could Be 2016’s Kristaps Porzingis  (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   30 QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE 2015-2016 NBA SCHEDULE  (from Matt Zemek,  Crossover Chronicles):

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–  Why LaMarcus Aldridge addition may mean big changes to Spurs identity  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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–  Hiding Greg Monroe: Why The Milwaukee Bucks Defense WIll Be Fine  (from Jeff Hermann,

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–  Roundtable: What rule change would you like to see adopted in the NBA?  (from Sports Illustrated staff):

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–  Process vs. Results: Why It’s So Hard to Evaluate General Managers  (from Willy Raedy,

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–  Steph Curry Explains How Steve Kerr ‘Inspires’ The Warriors In Our Interview About Coaching  (from Jamie Cooper, Dime Magazine):

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–  Raptors’ Roster Versatility  (from Reuben Dongalen,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Catching up with Erick Green (from Matt Costello,


– Shedding Light on Nik Stauskas  (from C. Smith,


–  Chased by disaster, Oubres make it to NBA with unrelenting determination  (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):


–  Miami Heat rotation: What will Josh McRoberts’ role be?  (from David Ramil,


–   Jimmer Fredette’s Hoop Dream Gone Wrong: ‘Every Day Could Be Your Last   (from Andy Bailey, Bleacher Report):


–  Cory Joseph Is Primed To Surprise At Home With The Raptors  (from Stephen Brotherston,  Pro Baball Report):


Jameer Nelson Q & A (from