Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 3/17/16

 Nuggets Defense Crumbling Inside The Paint (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_29648416/paint-source-too-many-points-allowed-nuggets-defense

–   Pistons Defense: Coach Van Gundy Has No Answers  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/03/16/detroit-pistons-atlanta-hawks/81817630/

–  The T’wolves Best Offensive Lineup  (from Michael Rand,  startribune.com):

Read it here:  Timberwolves offense has taken off with Zach LaVine at shooting guard

–  Sixers’ First Round Draft Odds Are Much Better This Year  (from Bret Stuter,  The Sixer Sense):

Read it here:  https://thesixersense.com/2016/03/16/philadelphia-76ers-learned-harsh-lesson-in-2015-nba-draft/

Draymond Green’s Defense Keys Warriors’ Win  (from Rusty Simmons,  SFGate.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Draymond-Green-s-defense-shines-in-Warriors-6894967.php

–  The Spurs’ Ball Movement  (from Eli Horowitz/J.R. Wilco,  Pounding The Rock):

Read and view it here:  http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/3/17/11249760/spurs-clippers-passing-trust-anticipation

–  His Players Back/Respect Suns’ Coach Earl Watson  (from Craig Grialou,  arizonasports.com):

Read it here:  http://arizonasports.com/story/592667/players-back-earl-watson-respect-job-hes-done-as-phoenix-suns-head-coach/

–  Pacers’ Bench Is Becoming Effective  (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/pacers-bench-becoming-crowded-and-effective

–  Recapping  Wednesday’s Games  (from SBNation):

http://www.sbnation.com/nba-scores

Pistons’ Assistant Coach Charles Klask  Q & A  (from Aaron McMann,  mlive.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/03/detroit_pistons_qa_assistant_c.html

–  Sioux Falls Head Coach Dan Craig  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/14/11189210/sioux-falls-head-coach-dan-craig-shines-in-debut-season

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 Jabari Parker  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2624885-greek-freak-isnt-the-only-milwaukee-buck-flashing-superstar-potential

C.J. McCollum  (from AJ Neuharth-Keusch,  USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/03/17/cj-mccollum-improvement-trail-blazers-success-damian-lillard/81876440/    and from Eric Griffith, Blazers’ Edge:   http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/3/16/11191826/portland-trail-blazers-cj-mccollum-damian-lillard-stats-efficiency

–  Jonas Valanciunas/Bismack Biyombo  (from Joshua Priemski, Raptors Republic ):   http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2016/03/17/raptors-tandem-valanciunas-biyombo-luxury/

–  Hassan Whiteside  (from Dave Hyde,  sunsentinel.com):  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-hyde-column-0317-20160316-column.html

–  Jermaine O’Neal  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/03/16/golden-state-warriors-jermaine-oneal-stephe-curry-draymond-green

–  Jared Cunningham  (from Matt Velazquez,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/milwaukee-provides-latest-stop-for-jared-cunninghams-up-and-down-career-b99689066z1-372291871.html

–  Norman Powell (from Donnovan Bennett,  sportsnet.ca):  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-powell-im-ready-larger-role-playoff-run/

–  Alec Burks  (from Allthatamar, slcdunk.com):  http://www.slcdunk.com/2016/3/17/11243658/utah-jazz-alec-burks-rodney-hood-gordon-hayward-quin-snyder-shelvin-mack

–  Luis Montero/Cliff Alexander  (from Mike Richman,  Oregon Live):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/03/trail_blazers_luis_montero_cliff_alexander_shining.html

–  Deshaun Thomas  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):   http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/16/11216398/deshaun-thomas-stepping-up-for-spurs-in-2016

–  Sim Bhullar  (from Brian Rzeppa,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/3/15/11210444/sim-bhullar-showing-improvement-in-second-nbadl-season

Kris Dunn (from Ron Morris,  newsandobserver.com):  http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/unc/article66538222.html