Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/29/16

 

–  ATL 104, BOS 92  (from Jake Fischer,  Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/28/nba-playoffs-hawks-celtics-lebron-james-cavaliers-conference-semifinals-video   from Tim Cato,  SBNation:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/29/11534220/2016-nba-playoff-scores-celtics-hawks-series-loss-isaiah-thomas-shooting  and from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/hawks-beat-celtics-set-for-rematch-with-cavaliers/

–  Hawks Bounce Celtics; Earn Another Shot At Cavs  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25570632/hawks-bounce-boston-earn-another-shot-at-lebron-and-the-cavs

–  Numbers Preview:  Cavs vs Hawks  (from John Schuhmann,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/29/numbers-preview-cavs-hawks/

–  Mason Plumlee Emerges As Unlikely Playmaker (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read and view it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/04/29/nba-playoffs-portland-trail-blazers-mason-plumlee-damian-lillard

–  Terry Stotts Q & A  (from Mike Richman,  OregonLive):

Read it here: http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/04/trail_blazers_terry_stotts_on_defense_and_mason_pl.html

–  Beating The Blazers Will Be A Daunting Task For The Clippers  (from Kerry Eggers,  Portland Tribune):

Read it here:  http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/304426-182352-beat-blazers-in-portland-daunting-challenge-for-clipped-clippers

–  How Doc Rivers Stays Strong  (from Arash Markazi, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/8096/doc-rivers-stays-strong-in-eye-of-clippers-storm

–  How Hiring Steve Clifford Rescued The Hornets  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):  Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-steve-clifford-changed-the-program-in-charlotte-192931811.html

 The Hornets’ Depth  (from Jesus Gomez,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/4/28/11476806/charlotte-hornets-miami-heat-nba-playoffs-2016-game-5

–  Hornets Pulled Out All Their Tricks In Game 5  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15419858/the-heat-handle-hornets-bag-tricks

–  Dwane Casey Has Stepped Out Of His Comfort Zone  (from Eric Koreen,  sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/casey-steps-comfort-zone-raptors-finding-new-ways-win/

–  Should Frank Vogel Continue To Trust Pacers’ Bench  (from Ben Gibson, 8points9seconds):

Read it here:  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/04/29/indiana-pacers-frank-vogel-bench-toronto-raptors/

–  Spurs vs Thunder Preview  (from Dan Devine,  Yahoo Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bdl-s-2015-16-nba-playoff-previews–spurs-vs–thunder-041329386.html    from Jesus Gomez,  BBall Breakdown:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/04/28/spurs-vs-thunder-will-fun-unpredictable-ever/   and from Fred Katz, CNHI News:  http://www.enidnews.com/sports/thunder_nba/thunder-prepare-for-spurs-shut-down-defense/article_4962e4fb-82b8-56fd-bcad-e401075bb3ef.html

–  Numbers Preview:  Spurs vs Thunder  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2016/04/28/numbers-preview-spurs-thunder-2/

–  How Chip Engelland Helped Transform Kawhi Leonard’s Shooting  (from Mike Monroe,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2634107-how-an-nba-shot-whisperer-transformed-kawhi-leonard-into-a-3-point-fire-hazard

–  Rockets’ Post-Mortem (from Mika Honkasalo, HoopsHype):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2016/04/28/rockets-post-mortem-what-went-wrong-and-how-they-can-fix-it/

 Scott Brooks: Defense, Relationship Building, Player Development  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/04/28/its-not-who-scott-brooks-has-coached-but-how-that-matters-now-for-wizards/

–  Kenny Atkinson’s Journey From ‘Spunky” To Nets’ Coach (from Brian Lewis, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/04/28/kenny-atkinsons-global-journey-from-spunky-to-nets-coach/

–  Go To Moves: KD, IT, Z-Bo  (from Coach Nick, Adam Turner,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QenRTZsrCIk

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Kawhi Leonard  (from Nick Moyle, expressnews):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Leonard-next-step-on-NBA-evolutionary-7383706.php

–  Bismack Biyombo  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/28/hard-work-gets-results-bismack-biyombo-says

–  Draymond Green  (from Marc J. Spears, ESPN):  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/15420114/draymond-green-playoffs-diary-part-5

–  Stanley Johnson  (from David Mayo, MLive):  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/04/pistons_stanley_johnson_may_be.html

–  DeMarcus Cousins  (from Leo Beas, Cowbell Kingdom):  http://cowbellkingdom.com/the-harsh-reality-of-facing-reality/

–  Eric Griffin  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/29/11532064/eric-griffin-eyes-nba-opportunity

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting

–  Pistons quest to explore all areas for progress leads to hiring shooting coach Dave Hopla  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-quest-explore-all-areas-progress-leads-hiring-shooting-coach-dave-hopla

 

 

–  Top 5 players entering a make-or-break season  (from Ben Rohrbach,  Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/ball-don-t-five–top-5-players-entering-a-make-or-break-season-201447686.html

 

 

–   True Shooting Percentage  Explained (from Justin W,  Nylon Calculus):

” True-shooting percentage is a shooting efficiency statistic that acts like field-goal percentage but is adjusted for three-pointers and free throws.”

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/08/31/nylon-calculus-101-true-shooting-percentage/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Anthony Davis (from Oleh,  thebridwrites.com):  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/8/28/9221065/anthony-davis-erman-pelicans-defense-best-player-garnett

 

–  Mason Plumlee  (from   Jared Wright & Bryant Knox,  oregonsportsnews.com):  http://oregonsportsnews.com/team-news/portland-trail-blazers/portland-trail-blazers-roster-breakdown-mason-plumlee.html

 

Jonas Jerebko  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2015/08/30/jonas-jerebko-is-undervalued/

 

Robert Sacre  (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2015/08/30/canadas-robert-sacre-playing-vital-role

 

Ray McCallum:

– from Buck Harvey (expressnews.com):   http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/buck_harvey/article/Little-Ray-s-big-break-Dad-prepared-for-Pop-6473830.php

– from Kurt Helin (NBC Sports):  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/08/30/sneaky-good-summer-move-spurs-trade-for-ray-mccallum/

 

Willie Cauley-Stein (from Nathan Grubel,  hoopshabit.com):  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/08/31/expectations-willie-cauley-steins-rookie-season/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Nikola Mirotic interview  (from Jorge Sierra, Hoopshype.com):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/08/20/nikola-mirotic-the-best-mirotic-is-yet-to-come/

 

–  Examining the Washington Wizards and the smallball NBA craze  (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25275000/examining-the-washington-wizards-and-the-smallball-nba-craze

 

–  All of the Celtics’ (many) future  draft picks, ranked  (from Brian Robb,  boston.com):

Read it here:  http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/2015/08/20/all-the-celtics-many-draft-picks-ranked/g5E8Q08czjT98yp5wbxsTP/story.html

 

–  The Life of an NBA Trainer  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-the-life-of-an-nba-trainer/

 

As NBA Schedule-Maker Departs, He Takes with Him an Era League Won’t See Again  (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2552322-as-nba-schedule-maker-departs-he-takes-with-him-an-era-league-wont-see-again

 

–  Team USA Q&A: Stars weigh in on misperceptions, max deals and more  (from Ken berger,  CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/writer/ken-berger/25275559/team-usa-qa-stars-weigh-in-on-misperceptions-max-deals-and-more

 

–   6 NBA Players in Better Situations  (from Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/6-nba-players-in-better-situations/

 

The Blazers after losing Aldridge (form Michael Lee, Washington Post):

” The Trail Blazers’ new “model” – as Olshey likes to say – will involve providing opportunities for misused or underused young players and hoping that player development staff can unearth new gems.

Portland also has to be prepared to struggle during a season in which progress will now be measured by tangible improvement in individual players as opposed to wins and losses.

“I look at our roster and they’re going to play hard, they’re going to learn, they’re going to get better,” Stotts said. “That’s what coaching is, teaching and watching players improve. … It’s going to be fun, sorting things out.”

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/08/19/portland-trail-blazers-plummet-back-into-irrelevance-after-losing-lamarcus-aldridge/

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–   Zach LaVine, and the quest to become more than “just a dunker”  (from Tim Faklis,  awolfamongwolves):  http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2015/08/zach-lavine-and-the-quest-to-become-more-than-just-a-dunker/

 

–   The Good News And Bad News About Blazers Newcomer Mason Plumlee  (from evansclinchy,  blazersedge.com):  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/8/20/9185841/portland-trail-blazers-2015-16-mason-plumlee-offense-defense-stats

 

–   Warriors: The Kevon Looney Hip Chronicles   (from Angelo Mendoza,  goldengatesports.com):  http://goldengatesports.com/2015/08/20/golden-state-warriors-the-kevon-looney-hip-chronicles/

 

–  Stanley Johnson  (from  John Niyo, Detroit News):  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2015/08/20/niyo-pistons-stan-van-gundy-finds-another-sore-loser-in-stanley-johnson/32076987/

 

–  What Jimmy Butler is saying when he says he’s a point guard  (from Chris Manning,  Hardwood Paroxysm):   http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/08/19/what-jimmy-butler-is-saying-when-he-says-hes-a-point-guard/

 

–   Jonas Valanciunas’ development will make or break the Raptors’ season  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/7/28/9034791/raptors-jonas-valanciunas-highlights-stats-breakdown

 

Valanciunas: “I have to get better defensively” (from Doug Smith,  the star.com):  http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/08/20/raptors-sign-jonas-valanciunas-to-contract-extension.html

 

Kelly Oubre interview (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):   http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-08-20/kelly-oubre-new-orleans-hurricane-katrina-washington-wizards-rookie

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Educated Consumer’s Guide to Following the NBA Free Agency Rumor Madness  (from  Kyle Welch, waitingfornextyear.com):

Read it here:  http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2015/07/the-educated-consumers-guide-to-following-the-nba-free-agency-rumor-madness/

(NOTE: We would add: if you are offered a proposition over/under bet of 2% of free agency rumors proving out – take the under.)

 

 

–  Deeper look reveals dynamic under-the-radar free agents  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/06/29/under-the-radar-free-agents-2015/

 

 

– Sixers in tough spot with free agency, pending cap increase  (from John Gonzalez, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-tough-spot-free-agency-pending-cap-increase

 

 

Non-guaranteed contracts play a big role in trades (from  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/brendan-haywood-contract-trade-cleveland-cavaliers-non-guaranteed-deal-free-agencyl/10zcvzxosx0p218e033dz3n0uu

 

 

Thomas Robinson: Traveling Man  (from Jonathan Abrams, Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/thomas-robinson-nba-free-agency-philadelphia-76ers-portland-trail-blazers-houston-rockets-sacramento-kings-kansas-jayhawks/

 

 

Celtics: Youth Movement & Patience  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here: http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/1/8865557/a-lesson-learned-before-free-agency

 

 

–  Five Questions: Los Angeles Clippers  (from Jesse Blanchard,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/30/five-questions-los-angeles-clippers/

 

 

–  Summer League Can Be Valuable Experience  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-summer-league-can-be-valuable-experience/

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  2015 free-agent Big Board 2.0  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13170103/nba-2015-big-board-top-30-free-agents-20

 

 

 

Day 6 of our continuing coverage of 2015 draft selections:

 

3, Philadelphia, Jahlil Okafor:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150701_Sixers__Brett_Brown_envisions_big_things_for_draft_pick_Jahlil_Okafor.html

 

–  5, Orlando, Mario Hezonja:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/06/mario-hezonja-offers-the-orlando-magic-plenty-of-versatility-and-confidence/

 

16, Boston,  Terry Rozier:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/06/danny_ainge_compares_boston_ce.html

 

20, Toronto, Delon Wright:  http://probballreport.com/raptors-rookie-delon-wright-is-nba-ready-now/

 

23, Brooklyn,  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2511244-expectations-for-rondae-hollis-jeffersons-rookie-season-with-brooklyn-nets

 

38, Detroit, Darrun Hilliard:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-saw-something-hilliard-others-didnt-now-hes-out-prove-them-right

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Noah Vonleh:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/06/30/what-is-noah-vonleh-capable-of/

 

Al-Farouk Aminu:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/07/01/free-agent-al-farouq-aminu-portland-trail-blazers/

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/07/mason-plumlee-brings-a-new-facet-to-the-portland-trail-blazers/

 

James M ichael McAdoo:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/7/1/8875725/nba-and-d-league-champion-james-michael-mcadoo-discusses-keys-to-success

 

Enes Kanter:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/06/30/looking-enes-kanter-situation/

 

Dante Exum:  http://purpleandblues.com/2015/06/30/breakout-season-on-tap-for-dante-exum/

 

Nikola Jokic:  http://bsndenver.com/breaking-down-nikola-jokic-the-nuggets-newest-european-import/

 

Josh Selby:  https://www.thetournament.com/news/josh-selby-takes-another-shot-tbt

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

2015 NBA free agent rankings:   (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

” NBA free agency is a tangled mess of 30 teams and dozens of players deciding and pricing out their many, complicated interests. With the annual whirlwind period set to tip off July 1, SI.com is ranking the top 15 free agents in each of three modernized positional categories: ballhandlers, wings, and bigs.”

Wings:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/29/nba-free-agent-rankings-wings-lebron-james-kawhi-leonard-jimmy-butler

Ballhandlers:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/29/nba-free-agency-dwyane-wade-rajon-rondo-brandon-knight-heat-mavericks-suns

Bigs:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/29/nba-free-agency-marc-gasol-lamarcus-aldridge-kevin-love-tim-duncan

 

 

–  The Eight Biggest NBA Free-Agency Questions  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-eight-biggest-nba-free-agency-questions/

 

 

–  Michael Malone Q&A  (from Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/30/michael-malone-nuggets-emmanuel-mudiay-demarcus-cousins-vivek-ranadive

 

 

–  Pistons’ Summer League checklist  (from Keith Langlois,  pistons.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/summer-league-checklist-topped-gauging-stanley-johnsons-nba-readiness

 

 

The State of the Knicks Salary Cap Entering the 2015 Free Agent Season  (from Brian Cronin, knickerblogger. net):

Read it here:  http://knickerblogger.net/the-state-of-the-knicks-salary-cap-entering-the-2015-free-agent-season/

 

 

–  The final gift of the Carmelo Anthony trade for the Nuggets  (from Nate Timmons, denverstiffs.com):

Read it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/6/30/8866871/the-final-gift-of-the-camelo-anthony-trade-knicks-nuggets

 

 

–  Pelicans Likely Will Operate Over the Salary Cap  (from Jason Calmes,  bourbonstreetshots.com):

Read it here:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/06/30/new-orleans-pelicans-likely-will-operate-over-the-salary-cap/

 

 

Billy Donovan’s Assistant Coaches (from Royce Young,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/okc-thunder/post/_/id/562/donovans-thunder-staff-nba-ready

 

 

Bill Bayno Q & A (from Klawitter,  canishoopus.com):

Read it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/6/29/8864767/bill-bayno-q-a

 

 

 

Day Five of our continuing draft selection review:

 

12, Utah, Trey Lyles:  http://saltcityhoops.com/how-trey-lyles-fits-in-utah/

 

28, Boston,  R.J. Hunter:  http://bostonceltics.about.com/od/Columns/fl/Film-study-habits-set-RJ-Hunter-apart-from-the-typical-NBA-rookie.htm

 

33, Boston, Jordan Mickey :  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/06/jordan_mickey_boston_celtics.html

 

40, Miami, Josh Richardson:  http://www.nba.com/heat/newsrecap/potential-abound-josh-richardson

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Draymond Green:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VYTp1SwAAH8Vtawu/get-to-know-a-free-agent-draymond-green

 

Jimmy Butler:  http://www.businessinsider.com.au/chicago-bulls-jimmy-butler-leverage-free-agency-2015-6

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/06/liberated_mason_plumlee_brings_new_dimension_to_tr.html

 

Jordan McRae:  http://philadunkia.com/?p=13902&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-mcrae-headed-for-first-five

 

Tyler Haws:  http://www.vanquishthefoe.com/2015/6/30/8867529/tyler-haws-nba-summer-league-cleveland-cavaliers

 

Darrell Williams:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015-06-30/darrell-williams-wrong-conviction-innocence-project-chicago-bulls