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

–  David Griffin Deserves Praise as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Overlooked Architect  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2500376-david-griffin-deserves-praise-as-cleveland-cavaliers-overlooked-architect

 

 

 

Lute  Olson knew Kerr would deliver  (from Bruce Pascoe, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/ncaab/ua/2015/06/18/arizona-wildcat-hunch-lute-olson-knew-steve-kerr-would-deliver/28955679/

 

 

 

–  The Warriors Secret Key To Beating LeBron James And The Cavs  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

” Coach Nick broke down the key After Time Out plays by both teams, and it revealed distinctly different methods of attack. The Cleveland Cavaliers squandered more of their opportunities to run good sets to get their players open for good shots, while the Warriors executed theirs to an elite level. These types of plays, in a close game, could mean the difference between winning and losing a championship.”

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/18/the-secret-key-to-the-warriors-beating-lebron-james-and-the-cavaliers-in-the-2015-nba-finals/

 

 

 

–  Isaiah Austin: A story of faith, courage, and the tenacity to overcome   (from Hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/06/19/isaiah-austin-a-story-of-faith-courage-and-the-tenacity-to-overcome/

 

 

 

–  Karl Towns may very well be the next step in the revolution Kevin Garnett started  (from Key Dae, canishoopus.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/6/18/8652109/karl-towns-may-very-well-be-the-next-step-in-the-revolution-kevin

 

 

–  Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Jahlil Okafor: One man’s opinion  (from Zach Harper,  awolfamongwolves.com):

Read and view it here: http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2015/06/karl-anthony-towns-vs-jahlil-okafor-one-mans-opinion/

 

 

 

–  ASK SAM | SAM SMITH OPENS HIS MAILBAG   (from Bulls.com):

” Sam Smith of Bulls.com opens his Ask Sam mailbag and responds to the latest round of emails from his readers”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-sam-smith-opens-his-mailbag-6.19.2015

 

 

San Antonio Spurs shuffle  (from Half Court Hoops):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz1pswj0uyQ  and see the options diagrammed here:  https://twitter.com/HalfCourtHoops/status/611800743813615617

 

 

–   Five Questions: San Antonio Spurs  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/18/five-questions-san-antonio-spurs/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Omer Asik/Roy Hibbert:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/6/17/8788901/portland-trail-blazers-free-agents-trade-center-roy-hibbert-omer-asik

 

Dante Cunningham:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/06/offensive_shortcomings_could_p.html

 

Karl-Anthony Towns/Devin Booker:  http://vaughtsviews.com/sports/college/uk/basketball/positiionless-basketball-helped-both-karl-anthony-towns-and-devin-booker/article_77fb780c-1629-11e5-a844-bfed145eb954.html