Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/24/17

CLE 112, BOS 99 (from 16 Wins):
Stop Betting Against Isaiah Thomas (from Tom Ziller, SBNation):
The Marcus Smart Brand Is Mayhem (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
JR Smith’s Defense Is Upside Down (from Chris Herring, FiveThirtyEight):
What Makes The Warriors Different? (from Mike Prada, Ben Epstein, Chris Herring):
Popovich, Spurs Adapt & Endure (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
Dejounte Murray Has A Bright Future (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):
Which Flaws Some Of The Top Young Players Each Need To Work On This Summer (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):
Alvin Gentry Q & A (from Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com):
Juan Hernangomez Q & A (from Jorge Sierra, Hoops Hype):
Mis-Evaluating Coaches (from Ben Falk, Cleaning The Glass):
Byron Scott On His Two Seasons As Lakers’ Coach  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):
Analyzing Some Of The Top Draft Prospects (from Fran Fraschilla/Matt Mosley/Bobby Karalla, The PostUp/Mavs.com):
The 3-And-D Prospect Is A Must-Have Archetype In The Draft (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Orlando Magic Hire Jeff Weltman & John Hammond (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):
Meet Mo Bamba (from Ricky O’Donnell, SBNation):
Chris Boucher Has A Unique Skill Set And Story (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Jake Wiley’s Unusual Path Has Turned Him Into A Draft Sleeper (from Matt Norlander, CBS Sports):
Jeff Van Gundy’s Victory (from Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle):
Time For Bogdan Bogdanovic To Take NBA Plunge (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

CORRECTED: Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 3/17/17 PART TWO

High Praise For Kawhi  (from Nick Moyle, mysanantonio.com):

Read it here: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/article/Wizards-Scott-Brooks-has-high-praise-for-Kawhi-11007903.php

 

 

 

Solomon Hill’s Great Defense May Be Restricting His Offense (from Scott Kushner, The Advocate):

Read it here: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/pelicans/article_91916072-0a94-11e7-b3d5-3f961cf8ac97.html

Saric Has Been Good In Additional Ways Than Expected (from Josh Wilson, The Sixer Sense):

Read it here: https://thesixersense.com/2017/03/16/philadelphia-76ers-dario-saric-good-different-ways-expected-season/

Grizzlies Slowly Getting Defense Back In Gear (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/03/16/memphis-grizzlies-getting-defense-back-track-slowly-after-all-star-break

Film Room: Aaron Gordon Among The League’s Best Cutters (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/magic/es/news/film-room-aaron-gordon-among-nbas-best-cutting-to-basket-cohen-20170316

What Schroder Needs To Work On  (from Xavier Cooper, Soaring Down South):

Read and watch it here: http://soaringdownsouth.com/2017/03/16/atlanta-hawks-dennis-schroder-needs-work/

Nerlens Noel: High Praise From New Teammates (from Marc Narducci, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20170317_Nerlens_Noel_draws_high_praise_from_new_Mavericks_teammates.html

Randle Shows Nifty Counter To Pet Play (from Darius Soriano, Forum Blue And Gold):

Read and watch it here: http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2017/03/16/julius-randle-shows-nifty-counter-to-a-pet-play/

Spurs’ Greatest Vulnerability: Defending Opposing Guards (from Nick Moyle, mysanantonio.com):

Read it here: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/article/Damian-Lillard-exposed-Spurs-biggest-11007626.php

 Taj Gibson’s Range Is Expanding As A Starter  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/taj-gibsons-range-expanding-in-the-thunder-starting-lineup/article/5542157

Dion Waiter’s Ascent (from Zach Harper, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here: https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/heat/dion-waiters-revolution-televised-spectacular/

Breaking Down The COY Race (from Tom West, Fanrag Sports):

Read it here:  https://www.fanragsports.com/nba/breaking-nbas-loaded-coach-year-race/

Coach Vogel Says Magic Are Far Away From “Winning Habits” (from Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-sp-magic-frank-vogel-0318-story.html

Bucks’ Teletovic: Looking On The Plus Side (from Charles F. Gardner, jsonline.com):

Read it here: http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2017/03/17/bucks-mirza-teletovic-looking-plus-side/99296868/

Calderon Having Immediate Impact With Hawks (from KL Chouinard, hawks.com):

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/hawks/features/calderon-having-immediate-impact-hawks

Jeremy Lamb Has Been A Bright Spot For The Hornets This Season  (from Jerry Stephens, Swarm And Sting):

Read it here: http://swarmandsting.com/2017/03/17/charlotte-hornets-lack-individual-scorers-killed-season/

Hornets’ Briante Weber: Looking To Create his Own Kind Of “Havoc” (from David Scott, Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article139193918.html

Drawing Charges Is A Big Part Of Ilyasova’s Game (from Chris Vivlamore, ajs.com):

Read it here: http://www.ajc.com/sports/basketball/ilyasova-has-made-drawing-charges-big-part-his-game/GLVmjExr4fxL0JHjFtTFKP/

NOTE: This is PART TWO of today’s Basketball Intelligence.  Be sure to check out PART ONE here: http://basketballintelligence.net/2017/03/17/todays-best-nba-reporting-analaysis-31717-part-one/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 1/27/17

Jazz Blueprint (Draft, Develop, Retain) Is Paying Off (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
Daryl Morey Explains The Rockets’ Turnaround (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
The Week In Review (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
 The East’s Best Teams Can’t Get Stops (from Jared Dubin, Fansided):
Q & A: Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce  (from Tim McMahon, ESPN):
Prospect Calibration: Dejounte Murray  (from Cole Zwicker, Fansided):
–  Horford’s Value To The Celtics  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher report):
NBA Insiders On Embiid’s “Upside”  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):
–  The Joel Embiid Stats Bonanza  (from Miles Wray, Fansided):
Kawhi Leonard’s Ruthlessly Efficient Offense  (from Bruno Passos, Pounding The Rock):
How Much Does The Three Affect The Bucks’ Defense  (from Mitchell Maurer, Brew Hoop):
Jim Clibanoff, Nuggets’ Director Of Scouting  (from Mike Jensen, Philly.com):
Devin Booker Breaks Down His Fast Ascension (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA.com):
NBA No-Man’s Land: The Knicks  (from Brett Koremenos, RealGM):
Friendship Between Brad Stevens And Frank Vogel Started At Suburban Indy Park  (from John Denton, magic.com):
–  Will Barton: Grinder Since Day One  (from Matan Halzel, Nugg Love):
21-And-Under All-Stars (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):
Okaro White (from Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/23/16 PART ONE

–  Tragedy Made Steve Kerr See The World Beyond The Court  (from John Branch, NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/sports/basketball/steve-kerr-golden-state-warriors.html

Warriors’ Ball Movement Is At Historic Levels  (from Shane Young, 16winsaring):

Read and watch it here:  https://16winsaring.com/golden-state-warriors-ball-movement-at-historic-levels-231b3e12985#.bogmv890x

–  The Week In Review  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18334921/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-kyrie-irving-steven-adams-more-nba

Prospect Calibration:  Nikola Jokic’s Passing  (from Cole Zwicker, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/23/nikola-jokic-prospect-passing-nuggets/

–  Nuggets:  Mike Malone’s New Blueprint (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/denver-nuggets-nikola-jokic-ee030a895cd3#.ip2rctwc9

James Harden:  This Year’s Greatest Redemption Story  (from Duncan Smith, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here:  https://16winsaring.com/james-harden-is-this-years-greatest-redemption-story-698217ece175#.swor33x7e

Giannis Antetokuonmpo: Endless Ceiling  (from George Kondoleon, 16winsaring.com):

Read it here: https://16winsaring.com/giannis-antetokounmpo-has-the-whole-world-in-his-hands-970e5354f4d5#.ax1ilvk4e

–  Video Breakdown: How The Warriors Stopped Brook Lopez In The Second Half  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/12/23/14067750/nba-2016-warriors-vs-nets-video-analysis-highlights-defense-lassos-brook-lopez

–  Marcin Gortat Is Beating Regression  (from Nicholas Agar-Johnson, Hoops Habit):

Read and watch it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/12/23/washington-wizards-gortat-regression/

–  The NBA Needs To Figure Out Flagrant Foul Calls  (from Bobby Manning, celticsblog.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/12/21/14036456/nba-needs-to-figure-out-flagrant-foul-calls-celtics-grizzlies-isaiah-randolph-boston-memphis

–  Healthy Celtics Have Rediscovered Their Identity (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724751/healthy-celtics-have-rediscovered-their-identity

–  Thursday’s Takeaways  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2683417-chris-paul-proving-invaluable-for-la-clippers-and-other-thursday-nba-takeaways

From Kurt Helin, NBC Sports:  http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/12/23/three-things-we-learned-thursday-no-blake-griffin-no-problem-for-clippers-yet/

From Inside Hoops/AP:  http://www.insidehoops.com/daily.shtml

 The Pistons’ Double-Edged Development Sword (from Brett Koremenos, Real GM):

Read it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/244360/Figuring-Out-Detroits-Reggie-Jackson-Problem

–  Injuries Have Played A Big Part In Lakers’ Regression  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/22/one-team-three-stats-los-angeles-lakers-lineups

Thursday’s Top Performer: Justise Winslow  (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read and watch it here:  https://theringer.com/justise-winslows-organizing-principle-f63def0edac9#.n5lhhpx25

From Manny Navarro, Miami Herald:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/heat-check/article122629314.html

This Year’s Rookies: There’s Embiid And Then There’s Everyone Else (from Byran Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/22/barring-injury-the-nbas-rookie-of-the-year-race-is-already-over-76ers-embiid/

–  No Easy Answers For Blazers’ Leaky Defense  (from Andrew Cutler, Bball Breakdown):

Read t here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/22/the-portland-trail-blazers/

Sam Dekker: What A Difference A Year Makes  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/smith/article/Tis-the-season-for-Sam-Dekker-to-celebrate-10813795.php

 Jerami Grant’s Versatility  (from Susan Bible, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/jerami-grants-versatility-ideal-for-okc-thunder/

–  Scouting Grizzlies’ Draft Pick Rade Zagorac In Europe  (from Parker Fleming, Beale Street Bears):

Read and watch it here:  http://bealestreetbears.com/2016/12/23/memphis-grizzlies-overseas-rade-zagorac/

NOTE:  Stay tuned for PART TWO of Today’s BI, which we will publish later today.

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/9/16

Reggie Jackson Pivotal In Initiating Pistons’ Offense (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/08/pistons-will-miss-jacksons-starting-offense

–  Dirk Nowitzki Is The NBA’s Safe Place For Combo Guards  (from Jonny Auping,  Real GM):

Read and view it here:  http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/243545/Dirk-Nowitzki-Is-The-NBAs-Safe-Place-For-Combo-Guards

–  Joel Embiid: Off To A Strong Start (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-brett-brown-turning-76ers-over-to-joel-embiid/

–  Reggie Jackson Chooses Plasma Injection Treatment; Who Will Fill-In For Him? (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/10/08/pistons-jackson-chooses-plasma-injection-treat-knee/91789690/

–  In Ish We Trust?  (from Ashwin Ramnath,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/10/07/in-ish-we-trust/

–  Video: Steve Kerr Training Camp Interview (from NBA.com):

Watch it here:  http://www.nba.com/video/2016/10/08/20161008rtcgsw7

Trevor Booker Q & A  (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/trevor-booker-helps-build-nets-foundation/

–  Undrafted Sheldon McLellan On Track To Make Wizards’ Roster  (from Candace Buckner, Washingtn Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/08/undrafted-rookie-sheldon-mcclellan-on-track-to-earning-wizards-roster-spot/ from Mike Knapp, Bullets Forever:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2016/10/8/13214334/sheldon-mcclellan-washington-wizards-roster-analysis

–  DJ Stephens: Ready For The Next Step  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/10/8/13210864/dj-stephens-nba-dleague-memphis-grizzlies

–  Ask Sam Smith  (from Bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-mailbag-1072016

–  5 Reasons Why Tony Parker Isn’t Finished Yet  (from Jose Cruz, The Hardwood Nation):

Read it here:  https://thehardwoodnation.net/2016/10/08/5-reasons-why-tony-parker-isnt-finished-yet/

–  Lakers Want D’Angelo Russelll To Be Aggressive  (from Jovan Buha, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/43365/lakers-want-dangelo-russell-to-trust-his-feel-be-aggressive

–  Celtics:  Crowder And Brown Key To Small Ball (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/10/07/boston-celtics-crowder-and-brown-key-to-small-ball/

–  The Clippers’ Biometric Program  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/redick-731457-data-clippers.html

–  Steven Adams Striving To Be Leader Of Thunder’s Defense  (from Erik Horne, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-steven-adams-striving-to-be-the-new-leader-of-the-thunders-defense/article/5521657

–  Terrence Ross Could Be Raptors’ X-Factor  (from Ryan Wolstat, slam.canoe.com):

Read it here:  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/10/08/22673105.html

Cavs:  Chris Fedor’s 5 Observations (from cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/10/iman_shumperts_off-season_chan.html

JaVale McGee: Trying To Climb Into Warriors’ Rotation (from Monte Poole,  nbabayarea.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/csn/warriors/Eager_to_shed_reputation__McGee_trying_to_climb_into_Warriors__rotation-396422791.html

–  How Rick Carlisle Will Select Last Two Roster Players  (from Doyle Rader, mavsmoneyball.com):

Read it here:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2016/10/9/13200660/dallas-mavericks-preseason-final-roster

–  Clippers’ Offense Looks Even Better With Increased Movement  (from Mohammed Dahkil, clipperholics.com):

Read and view it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/10/09/la-clippers-offense-better-new-movement/

–  Should The Knicks Use Hernangomez And Plumlee As A Duo?  (from Maurice Moton, Empire Writes Back):

Read and view it here:  http://empirewritesback.com/2016/10/09/new-york-knicks-use-willy-hernangomez-marshall-plumlee-as-a-duo/