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 1/4/16

–  Jimmy Butler’s Record-Breaking Performance  (from Jessica Patton,  csnchicago):
Draymond Green’s Heroics Know No Bounds  (from Carl Steward,  mercurynews.com):
–  Bucks’ Interim Coach Prunty Got His NBA Coaching Start With the Spurs  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):
–  Zach Randolph:  A Bright Spot for Transitioning Grizzlies  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):
–  Grizzlies Not All on Same Page After Loss to Jazz (from Commercial Appeal):
–  Clippers: Just Wait Until Blake Griffin Returns  (from Robert Morales, Long Beach Press-Telegram):
–  Heat’s First Unit Finally in Plus Column  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):
–  Goran Dragic is Getting More Comfortable  (from Ethan J. Skolnick, Miami Herald):
–  Suns Problems Go Far Beyond Hornacek  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):
–  Orlando Magic Face Potential Crossroads  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):
–  Bobby Portis,  Lakers/Suns, Danny Green,  Will Barton  (from BBall Breakdown):
–  The Wolves’ Issues With Spacing  (from Lucas Seehafer,  canishoopus.com):
–  10-Day Contract Candidates  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):
–  Recapping Sunday’s Games  (from SBNation):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Cole Aldrich/Pablo Prigioni  (from LATimes):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-report-20160104-story.html
–  Rodney Hood  (from Tony Jones,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3371905-155/utah-jazz-hope-hoods-breakout-a
Gerald Henderson/Noah Vonleh  (from Mike Richman,  oregonllive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/01/vonleh_and_henderson.html

Today’s Best NBA reporting and Analysis

Zach Lowe’s NBA Conference Finals Preview  (from Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-nba-conference-finals-preview/

 

(Note:  As with all stories with playoff predictions, we link when they meet our “Four I” test – i.e. they are intelligent, informative, insightful and interesting – we do not necessarily concur with the predicted outcomes)

 

 

The Conference Finals: The Benches ( from  Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:   http://www.si.com/nba/2015/05/19/warriors-cavaliers-rockets-hawks-andre-iguodala-jr-smith-corey-brewer

 

 

 

Warriors’ Kerr builds his perfect staff  (from Tim Kawkami, mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://www.contracostatimes.com/tim-kawakami/ci_28141922/kawakami-warriors-kerr-builds-his-perfect-staff

 

 

 

–  Warriors will try to keep Harden off the line  (from Jeff Faraudo,  bayareanewsgroup.com):

Read it here:  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports/20150518/warriors-will-try-to-keep-harden-off-the-line

 

 

 

–  How the Warriors defense looks at the Rockets primary attack  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25189202/how-the-warriors-defense-looks-at-the-rockets-primary-attack

 

 

 

–  Is Barkley right about Rockets’ defense?  (from Alox Pattani,  ESPN):

” Back in February, Charles Barkley took various shots at the Rockets and GM Daryl Morey on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” Barkley said, “I’ve always believed analytics was crap” and “I never mention the Rockets as legitimate contenders ‘cause they’re not.”

In particular, Barkley criticized the Rockets’ defense, saying, “Just because you’ve got good stats doesn’t mean you’re a good team defensively. They’re not a good defensive team. They gave up 118 points. No good team gives up 118 points.”

Barkley’s comments sparked several responses from the analytics community, most of which attempted to show the value of analytics in the NBA in general. But now that the Rockets have made the Western Conference finals, let’s take a closer look at the actual basketball point Barkley was making:

Are the Rockets actually any good on defense?

The basic “points allowed” numbers that someone like Barkley looks at are misleading. Both teams playing at a fast or slow pace will make those numbers high or low, and by only looking at one game you may just be seeing an unusual moment. Looking at a whole season’s worth of games, and adjusting for number of possessions and quality of opposition played is a better predictor, and shows the Rockets have a top 10 defense.”

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/73116/is-barkley-right-about-rockets-defense

 

 

 

Warriors, Rockets poised for track meet in West finals  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/05/19/stephen-curry-james-harden-warriors-rockets-western-conference-finals-pace

 

 

 

Defending James Harden  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/warriors/crafty-harden-will-see-variety-warriors-defenders

 

 

 

–  There’s more to the Golden State Warriors than just 3-point shooting  (from Tom Ziller,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/5/19/8624489/golden-state-warriors-breakdown-three-point-defense

 

 

 

–  GSW Asst Jarron Collins on scouting the Rockets, and also on the Warriors’ coaching interplay  (from Tim kawakami,  mercurynews.com):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2015/05/18/jarron-collins-on-scouting-the-rockets-and-the-warriors-staff-relationships-a-lot-of-dynamic-personalities-involved/

 

 

 

Some Warriors/Rockets stats (from NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://stats.nba.com/featured/warriors_rockets_sportvu_wcf_preview_2015.html

 

 

 

The Importance of Iman Shumpert’s D in the Conference Finals (from James Fitzgerald,  yellowjackedup.com):

Read it here: http://yellowjackedup.com/2015/05/19/2015-nba-playoffs-iman-shumperts-defense-is-the-x-factor-in-the-eastern-conference-finals/

 

 

 

Some Cavs/Hawks stats (from NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://stats.nba.com/featured/hawks_cavaliers_sportvu_ecf_preview_2015.html

 

 

 

Stan Van Gundy Encouraged By Improvement Of Team, Organization; Monroe, Jennings Still Big Questions  (from Ashley Dunkak,  cbsdetroit):

Read it here:  http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/04/16/van-gundy-encouraged-by-improvement-of-team-organization-monroe-jennings-still-big-questions/

 

 

 

–  The Plight of No. 1: Leading Off NBA Draft Is an Honor, but Often a Curse Too  (from Howard Beck, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2469222-the-plight-of-no-1-leading-off-nba-draft-is-an-honor-and-often-a-curse-too

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

Al Horford:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/al-horford-savours-atlanta-hawks-conference-finals-cavs-breakthrough/meb05pkhdw21l9q3qhqkwn94

 

Matthew Dellavedova:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/05/cleveland_cavaliers_had_the_in.html

 

Omer Asik:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/5/19/8587735/2014-15-player-reviews-omer-asik-meets-expectations-fails-eye-test

 

Tiago Splitter:  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/05/19/2014-15-season-review-tiago-splitter/

 

Charlie Villanueva:  http://www.mavsoutsider.com/2015/05/19/post-mortem-charlie-villanueva-1415/

 

Steve Blake:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/5/19/8619285/steve-blake-not-quite-as-advertised

 

Marcin Gortat:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2015/05/19/marcin-gortat-says-personal-issues-plagued-his-season/

 

Amar’ e Stoudemire:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/19/8623361/reviewing-amare-stoudemires-potentially-short-stay-in-dallas

 

D.J. Augustin:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-report-card-grading-d.j.-augustins-2014-15-season/article/5420354?custom_click=rss

 

Renardo Sidney:  http://dleaguedigest.com/2015/05/18/renardo-sidney-is-fighting-for-a-chance-at-redemption/

 

Sergey Karasev:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2015/5/19/8624831/sergey-karasev-on-lionel-hollins-andrei-kirilenko-his-future-and-his

 

Kyle O’Quinn:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-evaluating-orlando-magic-kyle-oquinn-20150517-post.html

 

Larry Nance Sr & Jr:   http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2015/05/18/phoenix-suns-larry-nance-nba-draft/27557761/