Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/3/16

–  Rodney Hood’s Decisions in the Pick-and-Roll Can Keep the Jazz Afloat  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25434886/rodney-hoods-decisions-in-the-pick-and-roll-can-keep-the-jazz-afloat

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games   (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/2/10702756/nba-schedule-results-cavaliers-magic-rockets-spurs

–  Wolves’ Coach Sam Mitchell’s Post Game Remarks  (from William Bohl,  awolfamongwolves.com):

Read it here: http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2016/01/candid-sam-mitchell-delivers-lengthy-postgame-remarks/

–  Jazz 92,  Grizzlies 87  (from David Locke,  Locked On Jazz):

Read it here:  http://weareutahjazz.com/lockedonjazz/2016/01/02/emptying-the-noggin-so-much-to-say-about-an-amazing-win/

–  Paul George Scores 21 Straight Pacers’ Points  (from ESPN):

Watch it here:  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14489038

–  Kings 142, Suns 119  (form Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/01/02/sacramento-kings-rout-defenseless-phoenix-suns/78216028/

–  Cavs’ Full Roster Means Cramped Rotations  (from Jason Lloyd,  ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/jason-lloyd-full-roster-means-cramped-rotation-worthy-players-left-out-in-cold-for-cavs-1.651755#

Celtics’ Big Man Logjam  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):  http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4721563/brad-stevens-curious-about-rookie-jordan-mickey-but-cs-have-bigger-frontcourt-issues

–  Explain One Play: Iguodala’s Thunderous Dunk (from Eric Apricot,  goldenstateofmind):

Read and view it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/1/3/10703632/warriors-vs-nuggets-2016-highlight-video-andre-iguodala-thunderous-slam-dunk

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Jeremy Lamb Q & A  (from Erik Horne,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-qa-former-guard-jeremy-lamb-reflects-on-his-days-in-okc-trade-to-hornets/article/5470277

–  JJ Redick’s Hot Shooting December  (form Jose DeLeon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/113031/decembers-shooting-star-j-j-redick-of-the-clippers

–  JJ Redick  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VolemB8AAL6OQYZx

–  Danny Green  (from Paul Garcia,  projectspurs.com):   http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/zooming-in-danny-greens-january-night-vs-the-rockets.html

–  Darrun Hilliard  (from, Keith Langlois, Pistons.com): http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/keen-observer-all-around-him-darrun-hilliard-learns-fast-he-bides-his-time-pistons-bench

–  Larry Nance/Julius Randle  (from LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/lakersnow/la-sp-lakers-report-20160103-story.html

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/01/02/kelly-oubre-jr-has-become-key-contributor-for-wizards/

–  Kelly Oubre, Jr/ Otto Porter   (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):   http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/morning-tip-wizards-figure-out-porter-oubre-combo-can-work

–  Luc Mbah a Moute  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=364045411

–  Solomon Hill/ Chase Budinger  (from Scott Agness,  Vigilant Sports):   http://vigilantsports.com/2016/01/02/budinger-odd-man-out-as-solomon-hill-earns-playing-time/

–  Richaun Holmes  (form Brian Seltzer,  sixers.com):  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-holmes-amidst-progress-ready-keep-grinding

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/27/15

–  Apppreciating Draymond Green  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washington Post):

Read and watch it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/12/16/mvp-of-the-golden-state-warriors-draymond-green/

–  Hornets’ Defense Anchored by Contesting Spot-up Jump Shots  (from Austin Peters, At The Hive):

Read and view it here:  http://www.atthehive.com/2015/12/27/10668692/charlotte-hornets-stat-of-the-week-spot-up-defense

–  Boris Diaw’s Shooting Efficiency  (from Paul Garcia,  Project Spurs):

Read it here:  http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/diaws-efficient-shots-through-32-games.html

–  Knicks Need a Spark from Backcourt  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2599826-knicks-desperately-need-a-spark-from-their-backcourt

–  Recapping Saturday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/26/10668346/nba-schedule-results-bulls-mavericks-magic-heat

–  Raptors’ Bench Puts on Clinic in Win Over Bucks  (from Doug Smith,  Tornto Star):

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/12/26/raptors-bench-puts-on-clinic-in-victory-over-bucks.html

–  Blazers 105, Cavs 76  (form Jason Lloyd,  Ohio.com):

Read it here:  http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/blazers-105-cavs-76-jason-lloyd-s-18-thoughts-on-hangovers-and-keister-kickings-1.650207

–  Coach Bickerstaff Calls Out Rockets’ Players for Misplaced Priorities  (from clutchfans.net):

Read it here:  http://rockets.clutchfans.net/9415/jb-bickerstaff-calls-out-houston-rockets/

–  How Kevin Durant Bulked Up to Become Complete Player  (from Anthony Slater,  The Oklahoman):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/how-kevin-durant-bulked-up-his-frame-and-became-one-of-the-nbas-most-complete-players/article/5469011

–  Eric Bledsoe Reaching New Heights  (form Jesse Blancarte,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-eric-bledsoe-reaching-new-heights/

–  Bledsoe Suffers Knee Injury  (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):   http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25427318

Wolves Focusing on Player Development  (from Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune):

Read it here:   http://www.startribune.com/former-timberwolf-budinger-returns-to-target-center-as-a-pacer/363570631/

–  Magic Not Surprised by Early Success  (from John Denton,  magic.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/fournier-magic-not-surprised-teams-early-success

–   NBA Scouts Step it Up During the Holidays  (from Jerry Zgoda,  Star Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/nba-scouts-step-it-up-during-holidays/363562281/

 Suns Hit Rock Bottom  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):

Read it here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/12/27/suns-lose-lowly-76ers-home/77925930/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Kelly Oubre/ Jarrell Eddie  (from J. Michael, csnmidatlantic): http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/rookies-reward-wittman-trusting-them-crunch-time

 JJ Barea  (from Dwain Price,  star-telegram):   http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article51742440.html

–  Ish Smith/Nerlens Noel  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=363527301     and  from Braxton Carr,  The Sports Quotient:    http://thesportsquotient.com/nba/2015/12/27/ish-smith-philadelphias-unsung-hero

–  Kelly Olynyk  (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/12/26/kelly-olynyk-play-leaps-into-higher-level/87yIpd5QsZxo5dy5PNLNhI/story.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/18/15

 

–  Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone demands defense  (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.dailycamera.com/nuggets-nba/ci_28985765/malone-demands-defense

 

–  Sam Hinkie And The 76ers’ Numbers Game  (from RealGM):

Read it here:   http://basketball.realgm.com/article/239551/Sam-Hinkie-And-The-76ers-Numbers-Game

 

–  Amir Johnson: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has rare ability to draw up plays  (from Jay King,  masslive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/10/amir_johnson_boston_celtics_co.html

 

–   Oubre’s Yin to Porter’s Yang — Washington at Philadelphia – Wizards Preseason  Game 4  (from Sean Fagan,  truthaboutit.net):

Read and view it here:  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/10/wizards-at-sixers-dc-council-preseason-game-4.html

 

–  Knicks should keep focus on young talent (from Derek James, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read and view it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/10/17/new-york-knicks-preseason/

 

–  Cameras, concussions and LeBron: The NBA’s ongoing effort to make courts safer  (from Jason Lloyd, Akron beacon Journal):

Read it here:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/18/4973106_cameras-concussions-and-lebron.html

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 T. J.  McConnell slugging away in 76ers’ point guard competition  (from Matt Breen,  philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151018_McConnell_slugging_away_in_76ers__point_guard_competition.html

 

–  Newest Hornet Damien Wilkins: ‘I’m not going to try to be MKG’  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39608961.html

 

–   How J.J. Barea’s unlikely success story continues to defy odds  (from Eddie Sefko,  dallasnews.com):  http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/20151017-sefko-how-j.j.-barea-s-unlikely-success-story-continues-to-defy-odds.ece

 

 Gkenn  Robinson III Brings Intrigue to Pacers Roster  (from Mark Monteith,  pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/robinson-iii-brings-intrigue-pacers-roster

 

–  Biyombo should add defensive depth to Raptors  (form Ryan Wolstat,  Tornto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/17/biyombo-should-add-defensive-depth-to-raptors

 

Sessions Settling in with Wizards  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/backup-point-guard-ramon-sessions-settling-in-with-washington-wizards/2015/10/17/ae4d913a-74f5-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

– Doug McDermott ‘completely fine’ with coming off the bench for Bulls  (form K.C> Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/10/17/4972297_doug-mcdermott-completely-fine.html
–  Rookie Bobby Portis making a name for himself early  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bulls/post/_/id/22381/rookie-bobby-portis-making-a-name-for-himself-early
–  Nerlens Noel developing mid-range game within offense’s flow  (from John Finger,  csnphilly.com):  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/nerlens-noel-developing-mid-range-game-within-flow-offense
–  Soaring Confidence is Driving  Hunter’s Progression  (from Taylor C.Snow,  celtics.com):  http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/101715-soaring-confidence-driving-Hunters-early-progression
–  DeJuan Blair predicts ‘great year’ ahead with Wizards  (from  J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic.com):  http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/basketball-washington-wizards/talk/dejuan-blair-predicts-great-year-ahead-wizards
–  Cleanthony Early starting to find some success at NBA level  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/18/second-year-knick-starting-to-find-some-success-at-nba-level/
–  How I’m adjusting to life as an NBA player (from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, NYPost):  http://nypost.com/2015/10/18/nets-rookie-how-im-adjusting-to-life-as-an-nba-player/
–  Terry Rozier outran a lot to get to the NBA (from Gary Washburn,  Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/10/17/terry-rozier-long-outside-shot/ZUT39O5obcrdFC4aAAZjEP/story.html
–  Raptors’ James Johnson must adapt to survive  (from Doug Smith,  the star.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/10/17/raptors-james-johnson-must-adapt-to-survive.html
Channing  Frye Appears More Agile and Aggressive to Start This Season  (from John Denton,  magic.com):  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/frye-appears-more-agile-and-aggressive-start-season

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Billy Donovan’s defense: Limit opponents’ 3-point attempts  (form Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/675/donovans-defense-limit-opponents-3-point-attempts

 

–   Trail Blazers’ defense  (from Joe Freeman,  oregonlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/10/trail_blazers_defense_is_something_they_have_to_ta.html

 

–  10 observations about the Hornets after 2 exhibitions in China  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article39297906.html

 

–  Jazz: Bench play could be a benchmark for team this season   (from Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3066850-155/utah-jazz-bench-play-could-be

 

–  The Chicago Bulls Offense Joins The Modern NBA  (from Coach Nick, BBallBreakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/the-chicago-bulls-offense-joins-the-modern-nba/

 

–  Warriors Vs. Thunder: The Ultimate Matchup Masterpiece  (from Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/239521/Why-Warriors-Thunder-Would-Be-The-Ultimate-Matchup-Masterpiece

 

 BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Early NBA Preseason Observations  (from BBallBreakdown staff):

Read it here:   http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/10/15/bballbreakdowns-early-nba-preseason-observations/

 

–  Warriors’ Interim Coach Luke Walton attempts to maintain normalcy  (form Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com):

” Champs hope to keep continuity until Kerr recovers from surgery”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/10/16/golden-state-warriors-luke-walton-trying-to-keep-team-afloat-during-steve-kerr-absence/

 

–  The Celtics are making art (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

” Over the last two years, the Celtics have quietly developed from within and targeted players in the draft, free agency, and trade. Finally, the future is becoming a little clearer in Boston and it’s beautiful.”

Read and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/10/16/9548607/the-boston-celtics-are-making-art

 

–  We Found Lopez in a Hopeless Place: Your 2015-16 Brooklyn Nets  (from Danny Chau,  Grantland):

Read and view it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/we-found-lopez-in-a-hopeless-place-your-2015-16-brooklyn-nets/

 

–   MindRight Pro: The Next Step in Performance Technology  (from Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/mindright-pro-the-next-step-in-performance-technology/

 

–  TRUMEDIA NETWORKS HIRES DEAN OLIVER:

Read it here:  http://www.trumedianetworks.com/analytics-news/2015/10/14/trumedia-networks-hires-dean-oliver

 

–  Q&A: Celtics Director of Basketball Analytics David Sparks  (from Brian Pollack,  dukechronicle.com):

Read it here:  http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2015/10/qa-boston-celtics-director-of-basketball-analytics-david-sparks

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  How Dirk Nowitzki fires on all cylinders  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13893319/how-dirk-nowitzki-prepares-fire-all-cylinders

 

–  Griz counting on Brandan Wright (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-counting-on-wright-dimension-paying-big-dividends-2212833d-6d1e-2661-e053-0100007fd58a-333121541.html

 

–  Emmanuel Mudiay will be a turnover machine, and it’s no big deal  (form Zach harper,  CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25340273/emmanuel-mudiay-will-be-a-turnover-machine-and-its-no-big-deal

 

–   Wolves’ Dieng expanding his range with corner three  (from Jerry Zgoda,  startribune.com):  http://www.startribune.com/wolves-dieng-expanding-his-range-with-corner-three/333150001/

 

 Suns’ Sonny Weems fast in transition  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral.com):  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/10/15/phoenix-suns-sonny-weems-fast-transition/74022056/

–  JJ Redick Q & A (from Kenny Ducey, Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/15/jj-redick-clippers-china-globa-games-deandre-jordan-chris-paul-blake-griffin

 

–  Mike Scott’s ball-handling development  (from Chris Vivlamore,  myajc.com):   http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/basketball/scotts-ball-handling-development-included-trip-to-/nn38Q/

 

–  Hassan Whiteside’s return gives Heat a tantalizing taste of what could be  (from Ethan Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article39372738.html

 

–  Jordan Clarkson And Julius Randle  (from Jabari A. Davis,  Lakers Nation):  http://www.lakersnation.com/sophomore-slumps-unlikely-for-jordan-clarkson-and-julius-randle/2015/10/15/

 

–  Kelly Oubre has plenty to learn, but his chance may come early (from Jorge Castillo, Washington Post):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/rookie-kelly-oubre-jr-has-plenty-to-learn-but-his-chance-may-come-early/2015/10/15/02b5d8ce-737d-11e5-9cbb-790369643cf9_story.html

–  Amir Johnson Developing Offensive Repertoire  (from Moke Hamilton,  Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/amir-johnson-developing-offensive-repertoire/

 

–   How John Jenkins is making his case for a Mavs’ rotation spot  (from Bobby Karalla,  mavs.com):   https://www.mavs.com/how-john-jenkins-is-making-his-case-for-a-rotation-spot/

 

–  Celtics want more form Olynyk (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/10/bulpett_celtics_want_more_from_kelly_olynyk

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   Dream Team to D-League: New FIBA schedule puts U.S. hoops in bind  (from Mark Woods,  ESPN):

” The U.S. men’s basketball team could go from Dream Team to D-League when it comes to qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

With a new qualifying schedule that will feature two of the four windows of play occurring during the NBA season, it is possible the men’s national team could be comprised of D-Leaguers.

It is an issue that will have to be resolved by 2017 when FIBA’s revamped international schedule goes into effect, with the path to future World Cups — and via those, the Olympics — running through a series of games to be held during calendar windows, similar to the system employed by FIFA in soccer.

Two will be in late June and early September, theoretically allowing NBA players of all nationalities to represent their country in the offseason. The other two will be in November and February. And while most leagues around the world will simply shut down for a 10-day period to accommodate FIBA play, that concept has been deemed a non-starter in the NBA — with an early idea of allowing an out to go on national duty during All-Star Weekend taken off the table.

Utilizing a single squad drafted in from the D-League, rather than dipping into the NCAA or bringing back U.S. exports from overseas, is now seen as the most viable alternative solution.”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/olympics/basketball/story/_/id/13666291/us-men-national-team-use-d-league-players-some-future-fiba-qualifiers

 

–  Lakers Trainer Q & A: Tim   DiFrancesco Reviews Summer Workouts  (from Mike Trudell, Lakers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/150915_summerworkouts

 

Hornets Coach Steve Clifford:  More Offensive Balance is the Goal  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article35362461.html

And from Spencer Percy, queencityhoops:  http://queencityhoops.com/blog/steve-clifford-pre-training-camp-press-conference-notes/

 

Film Room: Orlando Magic’s  Athleticism  (from Josh Cohen, Magic.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/film-room-magics-supreme-athleticism

 

–   Fred Hoiberg will likely want to move Pau Gasol away from the post, will it work out better than in L.A.?  (from thehungarianjordan, blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/9/16/9332019/fred-hoiberg-pau-gasol-mike-dantoni-chicago-bulls-los-angeles-lakers

 

–   How the Houston Rockets Got Here  (frm Austin Peters,  Hardwood Paroxysm):

”  The name of the game in building an NBA team nowadays is asset collection. Make sure you win every trade so that you can gather enough assets to make a home run in the draft or another trade in the future. Nobody has adhered to this philosophy better than the Houston Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey.

Morey is a pioneer and king of asset collecting, with his biggest trophy on the shelf being the James Harden trade in 2012. What people probably don’t realize is the depth and extent to which these assets were collected in order to make not only the Harden trade, but the several other moves Morey has made to build this roster since. Today, the Rockets have 14 guaranteed contracts on their books for the 2015-16 season. Of those 14, only 4 (Clint Capela, Dwight Howard, Marcus Thornton, Patrick Beverley) were acquired without giving up any “assets;” they were acquired via free agency or Houston’s own draft pick. That leaves the other ten players to essentially be “bought” with whatever Daryl Morey had at his disposal.

The roots of this roster are deep and tangled.”

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/09/14/houston-rockets-trades-free-agents-draft-daryl-morey/

 

–   Surprising On/Off Court Stars from 2014-2015  (from Mika Honkasalo, Nylon Calculus):

” One of the best exercises to find and assess trends of success and failure in the NBA is to look at on/off-court numbers, available for every team on the NBA stats page. To me it’s in many ways the first “feel” test to quickly give some degree of verification or confidence about the direction I’m taking when it comes to forming my evaluation (positive or negative) of a player’s performance, situation and impact on the court.

Generally I think on/off-court numbers really are the first place where you’re likely to see something interesting if anything interesting is to be found. Although you could argue that there are typically multiple factors that should decrease confidence in a piece of analysis heavily influenced by on/off numbers– such as small playing time, skill level of opposition (a player going against bench heavy units), teammate skill– the degree to which each of these factors effects on/off numbers tends to be overestimated.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/09/16/surprising-onoff-court-stars-2014-2015/

 

–   Steve Nash in talks to be a part-time consultant for Warriors  (from Mark Stein,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13664255/steve-nash-talks-part-consultant-golden-state-warriors

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Top 50 NBA Players: 45-41  (from Jesse Blanchard,  BBall Breakdown):  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/09/14/bballbreakdowns-top-50-nba-players-45-41/

 

Dissecting LaMarcus Aldridge’s Defense (from Shane Young, hoopshabit.com):

Read and view it here:   http://hoopshabit.com/2015/09/14/san-antonio-spurs-dissecting-lamarcus-aldridges-defense/

 

–  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Seeks a Smooth Transition to the NBA  (from Alex Raskin, Wall Street Journal):  http://www.wsj.com/articles/rondae-hollis-jefferson-seeks-a-smooth-transition-to-the-nba-1442343927

 

–  Can Clint Capela make good on Hakeem Olajuwon’s praise as Rockets’ next star?  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-09-15/clint-capela-rockets-playoffs-hakeem-olajuwon-dwight-howard-potential

 

–   Do Bulls Need Jimmy Butler’s Offense or Defense More?  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2566999-do-chicago-bulls-need-jimmy-butlers-offense-or-defense-more

 

–   Utah Jazz Ceilings and Floors, Part I: Guards and Wings  (from Ben Dowsett, saltcityhoops.com):  http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-ceilings-and-floors-part-i-guards-and-wings/

 

–   Quincy Pondexter’s career has been revived by returning to New Orleans,  where it all started  (from Rick Stone, pelicandebrief.com):  http://pelicandebrief.com/2015/09/15/new-orleans-pelicans-rank-quincy-pondexters-career-has-been-revived-by-returning-to-where-it-all-started/

 

–  Wesley Matthews (from Bobby Karalla, Mavs.com):   http://www.mavs.com/the-four-horsemen-wes-matthews/

 

–  John Wall (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25303044/why-wizards-john-wall-faces-most-important-season-of-his-career

 

–  Reggie  Jackson ready to reap benefits after growing pains that followed mid-season trade to Pistons  (from Keith Langlois, Pistons.com):  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/jackson-ready-reap-benefits-after-growing-pains-followed-mid-season-trade-pistons

–  Robert Sacre’s Defensive Positioning  (from Darius Soriano,  forumblueandgold.com):  http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2015/09/15/one-player-one-skill-robert-sacres-defensive-positioning/

 

–  Roy Hibbert wants to rediscover his game, not his fame, with the Lakers  (from Mike Bresnahan, LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-hibbert-20150916-story.html

 

–  Lakers made a smart gamble on defensive talent Robert Upshaw  (from Apratim Ghosh,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/9/15/9330121/la-lakers-robert-upshaw-analysis-defense-training-camp

 

–   What the Raptors need out of Jonas Valanciunas  (from Bradford Doolittle,  ESPN Insider):  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13657836/nba-toronto-raptors-need-jonas-valanciunas

 

–   Kelly Oubre’s potential (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2566961-kelly-oubre-is-next-washington-wizard-to-chase-his-own-potential

 

–  Justin Holiday/Chris Copeland (from KL Chouinard, Hawks.com):  http://www.nba.com/hawks/justin-holiday-ready

 

–   Suns: Can Sonny Weems Be The Next Gerald Green?  (from Gerald Bourguet,  valleyofthesuns.com):  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2015/09/16/phoenix-suns-can-sonny-weems-be-the-next-gerald-green/

 

–   Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson  (from Jim Eichenhofer, pelicans.com):  http://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/pelicans-forward-ryan-anderson-says-he-has-dropped-about-20-pounds-last-season