Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/16/16

Aaron Gordon’s Career Night And Optimal Role  (from Cole Zwicker, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/16/prospect-calibration-aaron-gordon-career-night-optimal-role/

–  Why Jeff Hornacek Is Succeeding With The Knicks  (from Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-jeff-hornacek-is-succeeding-with-the-knicks-161454010.html

–  Walt Hazzard/Mahdi Abdul-Rahman: Struggle For Identity In The NBA  (from Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated):

Read it here:  http://theundefeated.com/features/whats-in-a-name-walt-hazzards-struggle-with-islam-identity-in-the-nba/

–  The All-Redemption Team (from Bryan Toporek, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/15/the-nbas-all-redemption-team-through-one-quarter-of-2016-17-nick-young/

–  Weekly NBA Review  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18287165/zach-lowe-10-things-like-featuring-marc-gasol-kawhi-leonard-more-nba

–  The Spurs’ Early-Game Issues (from Jesus Gomez, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2016/12/14/spurs-blame-early-game-issues/

Sean Kilpatrick Is The Real Deal  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2682108-overlooked-no-more-brooklyn-nets-sean-kilpatrick-is-the-real-deal

 Bucks Build Around Giannis (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/15/one-team-three-stats-milwaukee-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo

From Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN:  http://www.espn.com/fantasy/basketball/story/_/id/18285732/greek-freak-playing-all-time-great-room-improve

 Andre Drummond: Still Finding His Place  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/andre-drummond-detroit-pistons-1b49f1ec9704#.pybk05z2u

–  Stanley Johnson: Back In Pistons’ Rotation (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/12/15/johnson-back-pistons-rotation/95503482/

From Aaron McMann, MLive:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/12/pistons_stanley_johnson_learni.html

–  Seven Things That Have Changed About The Warriors Since Last Sason’s Finals Game Seven  (from cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/12/seven_things_that_have_changed.html#0

– Justise Winslow: Hoping To Find His Rhythm  (from Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post):

Read it here:  http://heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/12/15/justise-winslow-hoping-to-find-his-rhythm-will-continue-to-come-off-heat-bench/

–  Mike D’Antoni’s Magic Is Working Again  (from Maurice Bobb, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2682067-mike-dantonis-magic-is-working-again-with-the-houston-rockets

From Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-raja-bell-explains-how-rockets-mike-dantoni-makes-his-players-so-good/

5 Reasons The Rockets Are Contenders  (from Kareem Gantt, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/16/5-reasons-houston-rockets-championship-contenders/

–  Garrett Temple: A Wise Kings’ Free Agent Signing  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article121241488.html

–  Thursday Recap  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/12/16/13978490/nba-scores-2016-aggressive-anthony-davis-owns-pacers-pelicans

–  GSW 103, NYK 90  (from Adam Lauridsen, Mercury News):

Read it here:  http://blogs.mercurynews.com/warriors/2016/12/16/assisted-living-warriors-103-knicks-90/comment-page-1/

Players Of The Night: Anthony Davis/JaVale McGee (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/anthony-davis-dismantled-the-pacers-in-less-than-four-minutes-5b84c2ff0492#.889s0x1rn

–  Not All Back-To-Backs Are Created Equally  (from Nazr Mohammad, sportsblog.com):

Read it here:  http://nazrmohammed.sportsblog.com/posts/31020194/not-all-back-to-backs-are-created-equally.html

–  NBA Prospects On Display At The FIBA U18 European Championship (from heinnews, ridiculousupside.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/12/16/13979862/fibantilikinahartensteinnbau18

–  Fort Wayne Mad Ants GM Brian Levy Q & A (from Greg Rappaport, pacers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/mad-ants-gm-brian-levy-early-success-relationship-pacers

Briante Weber In The D-League  (from Ashley Docking, fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/15/briante-weber-sioux-falls-dleague-nba/

D-League:  Cory Jefferson Is Morphing Into A Relaible Pick-And-Pop Option  (from Chris Reichert, fansided.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/16/cory-jefferson-dleague-shooter-austin/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 11/19/16

 SVG’s Pistons’ Championship Blueprint (from Michael Scotto, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/stan-van-gundys-championship-blueprint-for-the-pistons/

Channing Frye And LeBron: The Perfect Marriage  (from Carter Rodriguez, Fear The Sword):

Read it here:  http://www.fearthesword.com/2016/11/16/13638524/cavaliers-analysis-channing-frye-and-lebron-james-are-a-perfect-marriage

From Jeff Schudel, News-Herald:  http://www.news-herald.com/sports/20161118/channing-frye-is-a-scoring-machine-for-cleveland-cavaliers-off-the-bench

–  Hawks And Hornets Are Bringing The East Back To Life  (from Tim Cato, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/11/19/13683104/2016-nba-scores-hawks-hornets-east-standings-best-teams

–  Andrew Wiggins Is Raising His Ceiling By Mastering 3-Point Shot  (from Kaleel Weatherly/Roey Hadar):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/11/18/13677016/andrew-wiggins-stats-highlights-3-point-shooting

–  Whiteside Is Earning Respect As His Game Evolves (from Manny Navarro, Miami Herald):

Read it here:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article115781403.html

–  Kings’ Coach Joerger: “I’ve Seen Enough, We’re Going To Play Small” (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article115872258.html

One Team, Three Stats: Sacramento Kings  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/11/18/one-team-three-stats-sacramento-kings-pace

–  Jrue Holiday’s Season Debut  (from James Varney, NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/pelicans/2016/11/18/jrue-holiday-season-debut-pelicans/94106976/

From Justin Verrier, ESPN:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/new-orleans-pelicans/post/_/id/770/jrue-holiday-makes-instant-impact-on-pelicans-in-season-debut

The Keys To The Clippers Hot Start (from Coach Nick/Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGwD0SaTVjo&feature=youtu.be&a=

–  Brook Lopez, Stretch 5; Rockets’ Offense; Randle’s Passing  (from Adam Mares, VICE Sports):

Read and watch it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/surprising-stretch-fives-and-houstons-unstoppable-offense-adam-mares-nba-wraparound

–  Warriors: Titles Are All That Matter  (from J.A. Adanded, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18079474/golden-state-warriors-look-boston-celtics-lore-future-success

Durant Has Been Everything Warriors Hoped For  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2676925-kevin-durant-has-been-everything-the-golden-state-warriors-hoped-for

–  Magic: Buying In On Defense  (from Philip Rossman-Reich (Orlando Magic Daily):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2016/11/19/orlando-magics-defense-becoming-habit/

7 Players Who Are Seizing Their Opportunity  (from Lang Greene, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-players-seizing-their-opportunity/

–  E’Twaun Moore:  Happy To Be In New Orleans (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/etwaun-moore-happy-in-new-orleans/

–  Pelicans: Diallo And Galloway Improving Working With Trainer Drew Hanlen  (from Brendon Kleen, Pelican DeBrief):

Read and watch it here:  http://pelicandebrief.com/2016/11/19/new-orleans-pelicans-cheick-diallo-langston-galloway-working-improving-drew-hanlen/

–  Doc Rivers Praises Assistant Coach John Welch’s Work With Players  (from Dan Woike, OC Register):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nba-735992-clippers-rivers.html

–  How The Bucks Are Dealing With Their Three Centers  (from Joe Kiemens, dairylandexpress.com):

Read it here: http://dairylandexpress.com/2016/11/19/milwaukee-bucks-giant-moosestake/

 

 

–  Raptors Must Improve At PF  (from Justin Rowan, Hoops Hait):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/11/19/toronto-raptors-must-improve-their-power-forward-position/

–  Karl-Anthony Towns And The Quest For Peak Efficiency  (from Dane Moore, canishoopus.com):

Read and watch it here: http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/11/19/13677472/karl-anthony-towns-wolves-efficiency-free-throws

–  Raptors Aim To Get Back To Basics On Defence  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

Read it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/18/raptors-aim-to-get-back-to-basics-on-defence

–  Is Playing Time What Anthony Bennett Needs  (from Net Income, Nets Daily):

Read it here:  http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/11/19/13685348/is-playing-time-what-anthony-bennett-needs

–  Kent Bazemore: From Undrafted to Critical Starter On A Contender  (from Howard Megdal, slamonline.com):

Read it here:  http://www.slamonline.com/nba/kent-bazemore-atlanta-hawks-interview/#fFBdRlf1uOesvOuu.97

–  Omri Casspi: Out Of The Kings’ Rotation (from Matt George, Cowbell Kingdom):

Read it here:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/omri-casspi-dave-joerger-havent-talked-since-preseason/

–  Coach Atkinson Has The Nets Playing Hard And With Pace  (from thejumpball.net):

Read and watch it here:  https://thejumpball.net/2016/11/13/the-brooklyn-nets-the-surprise-team-in-the-east/

–  Replacing Tim Duncan With Pau Gasol Is Complicated (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/11/17/for-the-spurs-replacing-tim-duncan-with-pau-gasol-is-a-complicated-equation/

–  Tony Parker Is Still Effective  (from Michael C. Wright, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/san-antonio-spurs/post/_/id/1140/tony-parker-proves-hes-still-effective-in-win-over-lakers

Managing Luol Deng’s Role In An Otherwise Young Front Court Is A Challenge For Luke Walton  (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):

Read and watch it here:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/11/18/13684260/la-lakers-luol-deng-power-forward-small-forward-stats-analysis-video-highlights-julius-randle

–  Bulls’ Jerian Grant Shines After Early-Season Inactivity  (from Vincent Goodwill,  csnchicago.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnchicago.com/node/488521

–  D-League: Is Anthony Brown Turning Into A Point Forward?  (from Dakota Schmidt, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/11/18/13636702/anthony-brown-dleague-erie-bayhawks

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 8/6/16

 The Knicks’ Offseason  (from Ian Begley,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-knicks/post/_/id/64978/the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-from-knicks-busy-offseason

–  Predicting The Best Defensive Teams For 2016-17 ( from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/predicting-the-best-defensive-teams-in-the-nba-for-2016-17-season/

–  Trail Blazers:  Optimism For 2016-17  (from Evans Clinchy, Blazers Edge):

Read it here:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/8/5/12385060/portland-trail-blazers-2016-17-optimism

–  Suns’ D-League Coach Ty Ellis (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/08/05/phoenix-suns-d-league-coach-ty-ellis/88284562/

 The Drew  (from Ian Blair, The New Yorker):

Read it here:  http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/summer-basketball-in-the-motherland

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

–  CJ McCollum  (from Joe Freeman,  Oregon Live):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/08/trail_blazers_cj_mccollum_pledges_to_continue_to_s.html

–  Noah Vonleh  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/08/04/trail-blazers-noah-vonleh-more-than-ready-to-take-next-step/index.html

 Alex Abrines  (from Bobby Chancellor, welcometoloudcity.com):  http://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2016/8/5/12373068/scouting-alex-abrines

 Amir Johnson  (from Liam O’Brien, Hardwood Houdini):   http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2016/08/05/amir-johnson-looks-celtics-unsung-hero/

–  Reggie Jackson  (from Brandon Marlow, pistonpowered.com):  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/08/05/will-reggie-jacksons-conditioning-impact-pistons/

–  Brandon Bass (from Rowan Kavner,  clippers.com);  http://www.nba.com/clippers/gallery/new-additions-brandon-bass/

 Abdel Nader  (from Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe):  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/08/05/adbel-nader-too-good-for-nba-league/6a3QLpKgL6LpiybSxpQaJN/story.html

–  Brian Roberts  (from Nicolas Piotrowicz, bcsn.tv):  http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/676700

–  Jeff Teague  (from Evan Morris, indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2016/8/6/12383182/assessing-new-indiana-pacers-jeff-teague

–  Randy Foye  (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nets/randy-foye-ready-build-new-culture-nets-article-1.2740876

QOTD (from Blazers’ GM Neil Olshey):
 
“We want guys to know that when they come here, when they perform, that when they buy into our culture, that they are valued. And we want to make sure that we keep the guys that want to be here. We’ve talked about that all summer. CJ wanted to be here. When Dame (signed an extension), Dame wanted to be here. That’s why you see the chemistry on the floor. We don’t have mercenaries here. We have guys that choose to be here, buy into Terry’s system, buy into our culture and how we do things. It’s why we’re very selective with the kind of guys we bring in, whether it’s via trade, draft or free agency. Because we do have a culture that we really think is imperative to success. We have one of the youngest teams in the league still. We were the youngest team in the playoffs last summer. We didn’t get any older this year. We need guys that, when they come in, they know that if they do the right things, we’re going to do right by them.
 
“Also, look, strategically, you want to know you have consistency. We don’t want guys playing in contract years if they don’t have to. I don’t want that hanging over anybody’s head. I want it to be pure and about winning basketball games and competing at the highest level and for the good of the team. We talk about this all the time; we’re a players-first organization. As evidence by things we do for our players. But in turn, the quid pro quo is, they become team-first guys. And I think if you ask Dame and you ask CJ, who are the leaders of this team, we don’t have any non team-first guys in the organization. If we did, they’d be gone. Because that’s the culture we’re building, it’s why we overachieved last year and it’s why we’ll probably overachieve relative to expectations this year.”

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/5/16

Free Agency:

–  How The Warriors Got Durant  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/07/04/kevin-durant-warriors-free-agent-thunder/86684632/

–  How Durant Will Fit With Warriors  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMJZ6CLrwcM    and from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/kevin-durant-warriors-scheme-offense-shots-curry-thompson-green-thunder/klh4d8bkusp41qc4gar7mbf7r

–  Q & A With Thunder GM Sam Presti  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/07/05/sam-presti-thunder-kevin-durant-warriors/86698372/

–  What Next For The Thunder? (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/whats-next-for-the-thunder-after-kevin-durants-shocking-departure/article/5508051

–  Trail Blazers Improve Despite Misses In Free Agency  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnnw.com/portland-trail-blazers/trail-blazers-2016-foray-free-agency-has-been-one-marked-misses-even-they

–  Al Horford Scouting Report  (from Tom Westerholm, masslive.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2016/07/al_horford_scouting_report_bos.html

 

–  Rondo Signing Signifies Lack Of Direction  (from Sean Highkin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2650109-rajon-rondo-signing-signifies-lack-of-direction-for-chicago-bulls

–  Hornets’ Deals With Sessions, Hibbert  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

Read it here:  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nba/charlotte-hornets/article87648117.html

–  Knicks Take Risk With Brandon Jennings As Backup PG  (from Marc Berman, NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/07/04/knicks-land-derrick-rose-backup-in-brandon-jennings/

–  Luke Walton’s Promise Of A Significant Role For Mozgov  (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160704/nba-free-agency-timofey-mozgovs-sold-on-luke-waltons-promise-of-a-significant-role

–  Day 4 Recap  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2650054-2016-nba-free-agency-everything-you-need-to-know-from-day-4

–  Chandler Parsons And The History Of Grizzlies Wings  (from Ian Levy,  fansided.com):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/07/05/chandler-parsons-perfect-for-memphis-grizzlies/

 Sergio Rodriguez  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/8-things-know-about-new-sixers-point-guard-sergio-rodriguez

–  CBA/Salary Cap Basics  (from Daniel Rowell/Philip Rossman-Reich/Jacob Rosen, Hardwood Paroxysm):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/07/05/kevin-durant-contract-cba-bird-rights-warriors-thunder-cap-holds/

Summer Leagues:

 

–  Utah Summer League, Day One  (from Ben Dowsett,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/utah-summer-league-day-1-roundup/

–  Five D-League Alums To Watch In Utah Summer League  (from Chris Priczak,  Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/4/12092986/five-d-league-alums-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-utah-summer-league

–  Ben Simmons Summer League Debut  (from Mike Sorensen, Deseret News):

Read it here:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865657434/Top-draft-pick-Simmons-impresses-with-his-passing-skills-in-summer-league-opener.html

–  Eight D-League Alums To Watch In Las Vegas Summer League  (from Nicholas LeTourneau, Ridiculous Upside):

Read it here:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/4/12091184/eight-d-league-alums-to-watch-at-las-vegas-summer-league

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/kings-blog/article87628167.html

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/07/04/johnson-showing-summer-league-growth-spurt/86691284/

–  Lorenzo Brown  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/07/04/detroit-pistons-orlando-magic-summer-league/86684790/   and from David Mayo,  mlive.com:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2016/07/pistons_notes_lorenzo_brown_co.html

–  Even NBA Stars Must Follow Drew League Protocol  (from Josh Martin, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2649779-with-drew-league-popularity-soaring-even-nba-stars-must-follow-protocol-to-join

–  Dean Tolson Writes The Story Of His Life  (from Dave Boling,  TheOlympian.com):

Read it here:  http://www.theolympian.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dave-boling/article87640177.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

–  Andrew Bogut  (from Ronaldinho, Golden State Of Mind):  http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2016/7/5/12093996/nba-trade-rumor-2016-andrew-bogut-golden-state-warriors-season-review

–  Tibor Pleiss  (from Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):  http://www.sltrib.com/sports/4080540-155/utah-jazz-german-center-tibor-pleiss?fullpage=1

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 5/31/16

–  Warriors Close Out Thunder  (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/05/31/warriors-okc-thunder-game7-stephen-curry-klay-thompson-finals-video

–  Key Game 7 Stats  (from ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/119123/golden-state-warriors-flip-the-switch-to-win-game-7

–  Game 7 Video Highlights  (from Dime Mag):

Watch it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/6/

–  OKC Might Have Won With Defensive Adjustment  (from Neil Greenberg, Washington Post):

Read and view it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2016/05/31/thunders-collapse-could-have-been-avoided-with-defensive-adjustment-rebounding/

–  A Deep Bench:  The One Thing OKC Is Missing  (from Jack Winter,  Dime Mag):

Read it here:  http://uproxx.com/dimemag/kevin-durant-amazing-warriors-beat-thunder-game-7/

 A Jump-Shooting Team Will Win The NBA Title  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/15848002/previewing-golden-state-warriors-vs-cleveland-cavaliers-nba-finals-matchup-kevin-pelton

–  Harry Edwards/Billy Donovan:  The NBA’s Little-Known Odd Couple  (from Marc J. Spears,  The Udefeated):

Read it here:  https://theundefeated.com/features/the-nbas-little-known-odd-couple/

–  Questions Await New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale  (from Ronald Tillery,  Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/From-Conleys-future-to-offensive-philosophy-questions-await-David-Fizdale-as-Grizzlies-coach-381307601.html

–  Hubie Brown On Jeff Hornacek  (from Marc Berman,  NYPost):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/05/31/ex-knicks-coach-jeff-hornacek-can-only-fix-so-much/

–  Raptors’ GM Craves Challenge To Top This Season  (from Doug Smith,  thestar.com):

Read it here:  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/30/raptors-gm-masai-ujiri-gives-end-of-season-press-conference.html

–  How Close Are We To Every NBA Team Having A D-League Affiliate?  (From Chris Reichert,  Upsaide & Motor):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/05/31/nba-adam-silver-d-league-affiliate/

–  Draft Picks By Team  (from Hoops Rumors):

 Draft Picks By Team:

  • Boston Celtics (8): 3rd, 16th, 23rd, 31st, 35th, 45th, 51st, 58th
  • Denver Nuggets (5): 7th, 15th, 19th, 53rd, 56th
  • Phoenix Suns (4): 4th, 13th, 28th, 34th
  • Utah Jazz (4): 12th, 42nd, 52nd, 60th
  • Philadelphia 76ers (3): 1st, 24th, 26th
  • New Orleans Pelicans (3): 6th, 39th, 40th
  • Milwaukee Bucks (3): 10th, 36th, 38th
  • Orlando Magic (3): 11th, 41st, 47th
  • Atlanta Hawks (3): 21st, 44th, 54th
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2): 2nd, 32nd
  • Sacramento Kings (2): 8th, 59th
  • Toronto Raptors (2): 9th, 27th
  • Chicago Bulls (2): 14th, 48th
  • Memphis Grizzlies (2): 17th, 57th
  • Detroit Pistons (2): 18th, 49th
  • Indiana Pacers (2): 20th, 50th
  • Los Angeles Clippers (2): 25th, 33rd
  • Houston Rockets (2): 37th, 43rd
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (1): 5th
  • Charlotte Hornets (1): 22nd
  • San Antonio Spurs (1): 29th
  • Golden State Warriors (1): 30th
  • Dallas Mavericks (1): 46th
  • Brooklyn Nets (1): 55th

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  DeMar DeRozan (from Bruce Arthur,  thestar.com):  https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2016/05/28/demar-derozan-driven-to-be-quintessential-toronto-raptor-arthur.html

–  Justin Anderson (from Matthew Postins, scout.com):  http://www.scout.com/nba/mavericks/story/1670955-what-do-the-mavs-need-from-justin-anderson