Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/25/17

Potential Kyrie Irving Trades (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Second Generation NBA Players: Pros/Cons Of Following In Dads’ Footsteps (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Rookies To Watch  (from BBall Breakdown):
Realistic Expectations For Dubs’ Young Prospects (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report):
2016’s Salary Cap Spike’s Unintended Consequences (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):
Video Breakdown: Clint Capela (from Curt Low, houseofhouston.com):
Free Agency: 25 Players Who Are Still Available  (from James Herber, CBS Sports):
Past Summer League MVPs: Where Are They Now? (from Simon Orchard, 16 Wins):
TJ McConnell: Balancing Heart, Smarts & Limitations (from Christopher Kline, The Sixer Sense):
A Deep Dive On The Nuggets’ PG Situation (from DomP, Denver Stiffs):
Andrew Harrison Deserves Better (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):
JaMychal Green: Victim Of Circumstance  (from Joe Mullinax, Grizzly Bear Blues):
The Hidden Details Behind The Newest NBA Contracts (from Brandon Anderson, ARC):
Who Were The Most Efficient Offensive Players in 2016-17?  (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Navigating The NBA’s Changing Landscape  (from Abhijit Brahme, Nylon Calculus):
Rondo’s Knack For Making Things Easier (from Kumar, Bourbon Street Shots):

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 12/20/16

 The Jazz Are Quietly Disrupting The NBA  (from Karthik Narayanan, purpleandblues.com):

Read and watch it here:  http://purpleandblues.com/2016/12/19/utah-jazz-are-quietly-disrupting-the-nba/

Finney-Smith’s Journey To Mavs’ Starter Was Not Easy  (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/16/mavericks-rookie-dorian-finney-smith-makes-way-himself

From Doyle Rader, mavsmoneyball.com:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/16/mavericks-rookie-dorian-finney-smith-makes-way-himself

What Is The Statistical Impact Of Reggie Jackson’s Return To The Pistons’ Lineup? (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://fansided.com/2016/12/19/nylon-calculus-reggie-jackson-disrupting-pistons-offense/

–  After Pistons’ 3rd Straight Flop, SVG Promises Lineup Changes  (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/12/20/frustrated-detroit-pistons-hit-rock-bottom

–  How Kemba Walker Fixed His Shot And Became Elite  (from Michael Pina, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2682811-how-kemba-walker-has-taken-his-game-to-an-all-star-level

–  Cody Zeller’s Move To “5” Is Paying Dividends For Hornets  (from Steve reed, AP):

Read it here:  http://www.whig.com/article/20161219/AP/312199708#

Raja Bell Explains How D’Antoni Makes His Players So Good  (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):

Watch it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/watch-raja-bell-explains-how-rockets-mike-dantoni-makes-his-players-so-good/

–  How Far Can Harden, Rockets Take All These 3s?  (from Kevin Pelton,ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/18316192/how-far-james-harden-houston-rockets-take-all-3s-nba

High Time For The Kings To Dump Cousins  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):

Read it here:  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/12/20/basketball/nba/high-time-kings-dump-insufferable-cousins/#

–  Horford Showing A More Diverse Skill Set  (from Adam Himmeslbach, Boston Globe):

Read it here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/12/19/celtics-big-man-horford-showing-more-diverse-skill-set/Dz3Vi88ajdjNscy0XupsIK/story.html

–  It’s A Buyers’ Market For Teams Needing Big Men  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/the-nba-might-have-too-many-big-men-1a654d0b1dec#.7xzs3i971

Bryan Colangelo On Embiid:  “Its Incredible What He’s Been Able To Accomplish”  (from Brian Seltzer, sixers.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/game-preview-embiid-colangelo-sees-foundational-piece

 Patrick Beverley Brings Heart And Soul To Rockets  (from Calvin Watkins, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/3324/patrick-beverley-this-year-im-the-best-defender-in-the-league

–  NBA Scout Breaks Down Top Rookies From 2016 Draft (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/list/nba-rookie-scouting-reports-brandon-ingram-jaylen-brown-kris-dunn-buddy-hield/1ndexiim9w6f716h7y7h84j7rw/slide/1

 Brandon Ingram Gets A Shot At Point Guard (from Tania Ganguli, LA Times):

Read it here:  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-brandon-ingram-lakers-20161219-story.html

Rating The Contenders For The Final Playoff Spot In The West  (from Brandon Anderson, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  https://thecauldron.si.com/is-the-nbas-eighth-seed-out-west-totally-up-for-grabs-6aed036c3311#.ga74ppti2

Monday Recap  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/20/14020522/nba-scores-2016-denver-nuggets-dallas-mavericks-nikola-jokic

–  The Impact Of Griffin’s Surgery On The Clippers  (from Tom West, clipperholics.com):

Read it here:  http://clipperholics.com/2016/12/19/la-clippers-impact-blake-griffin-surgery/

–  How Serious Is Jrue Holiday’s Turf Toe Injury?  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/12/19/14003630/jrue-holiday-new-orleans-pelicans-key-standings-record-success-health-turf-toe-injury

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/16

–  Golden State’s Other Fresh Faces  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/golden-states-other-fresh-faces-7b8cb38fe922#.p611a931m

Nuggets On The Rise  (from Coach Nick/Dave DuFour, Bball Breakdown):

Watch and listen to it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=YQA3LTh6Vd8

–  Nuggets Banking On Young Stars, Healthy Vets  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2666184-denver-nuggets-banking-on-young-stars-healthy-vets-to-be-2016-17s-nba-sleeper

–  Clint Capela Determined To Become Elite  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-determined-to-become-an-elite-center-9515039.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=c418d92fc6438d9cbb

Otto Porter/Kelly Oubre, Jr  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/01/his-half-court-shots-falling-otto-porter-jr-turns-to-bigger-prize-in-wizards-camp/

Avery Bradley’s DPOY Goal  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view  it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/avery-bradleys-goal-of-winning-dpoy-isnt-unrealistic-but-its-unlikely/

 Analyzing The Pistons’ Roster  (from Cary Gahm,  Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/10/02/analyzing-detroit-pistons-roster/

 Pelicans’ Season Preview  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2665082-new-orleans-pelicans-complete-2016-17-preview

Grizz Coach Fizz Giving Troy Daniels The Green Light  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-coach-fizz-giving-daniels-the-green-light–3dd6a900-481f-5267-e053-0100007fea0c-395529181.html

 Is A Change In Scenery All That Harrison Barnes Needed?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/harrison-barnes-dallas-mavericks-second-chance-5ee9f7c46440#.sqx7c6nhe

–  Kevin Garnett Takes On A New Role: The Big Mentor  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-kevin-garnett-takes-on-a-new-role/

–  Peja Stojakovic Is Mentoring Willie Cauley-Stein  (from James Ham, csnbayara.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/stojakovic-embracing-role-mentor-kings-cauley-stein

–  Film Study: Fixing Marcus Smart’s Jump Shot  (from Jared Weiss, celticsblog.com):

Rean and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/2/13135364/marcus-smart-boston-celtics-jump-shot-three-pointer-fixed-broken

–  Ersan Ilyasova: The Art Of Drawing A Charge  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-ilyasova-could-be-take-charge-defender-for-thunder/article/5520641

–  Ty Lawson Eager To Put Poor Season, Legal Troubles Behind Him  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article105485791.html

–  Cavs’ Training Camp:  A Great Start  (from Terry Pluto,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/10/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_68.html

–  Ben Simmons Is Expected To Miss 3 Months  (from Marc Stein, SPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17686206/philadelphia-76ers-rookie-ben-simmons-surgery-foot-next-week

 The Mavs’ Versatile Young Playmakers (from Cole Mentzel,  Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/01/dallas-mavericks-athleticism-will-play-success-elite-teams/

–  The Struggles Of Getting To And Sticking In The NBA  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/01/nba-road-well-traveled/

–  Nets Putting In Long Days Under New Regime  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Reaed it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brooklyn-nets-putting-in-long-days-under-new-regime-1.12393757    and from Cory Wright, nets.com:  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/09/30/better-bodied-nets

–  Brandon Ingram/Julius Randle  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ingram-730818-randle-walton.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 9/1/16

–  What It’s Like To Return From Injury (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-what-its-like-to-return-from-injury

–  Al Horford Is A Perfect Fit For Brad Stevens  (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):

Read and view it here:  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/in-al-horford-brad-stevens-has-an-all-star-and-a-perfect-fit

–  Guess The Shot Chart  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/01/guess-shot-chart-part-1/

–  NBA’s International Presence  (from Ethan Skolnick, CBS Sports):

Read it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nbas-international-presence-on-the-rise-as-basketball-continues-to-grow-globally/

Monetary Player Valuation Model: Part One  (from Max Schimanski, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/01/nba-dollars-sense-player-monetary-value/

 Big Luxury Tax Hit Is Holding Up J.R. Smith Signing  (from Aaron Ferguson, King James Gospel):

Read it here:  http://kingjamesgospel.com/2016/08/31/greed-root-j-r-smiths-free-agency-justified/

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Monta Ellis  (from C.Cooper, Indy Cornrows):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2016/8/31/12556850/the-invincible-man-why-monta-ellis-durability-defies-logic

–  Justice Winslow/Josh Richardson  (from Nick Zapulla, RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/243228/Justise-Winslow-Josh-Richardson-As-Miamis-Present-Future

–  Kyle Anderson  (from Michael Rehome, Air Alamo):  http://airalamo.com/2016/08/31/kyle-anderson-looks-like-player-spurs-years-come/

Jordan Mickey  (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/mickey-has-prove-celtics-he-has-more-just-potential

Donatas Motiejunas  (from Rahat Huq, Red94.net):  http://www.red94.net/going-donatas-motiejunas/16465/

Jamal Murray/Malik Beasley/ Juan Hernangomez  (from Jordan Reid, Nugg Love);  http://nugglove.com/2016/09/01/denver-nuggets-look-rookie/

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/15/16

  •  R.C.Buford Interview  (from Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports):

Listen to it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vertical-pod-with-woj–r-c–buford-162451176.html

–  Brett Brown Has Reason To Smile  (from Paul Hudrick,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/sixers-head-coach-brett-brown-has-reason-smile-legitimate-nba-roster

–  Wizards’ Scott Brooks Bonds With Young Players  (from Jerry Brewer, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-new-foundation-begins-with-scott-brookss-bond-with-young-players/2016/0

–  Kenny Atkinson Fast Breaks Into Coaching Nets Summer League Team (from Robert Horne, Newsday):

Read it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/kenny-atkinson-fast-breaks-into-coaching-nets-summer-league-team-1.12045225

–  Las Vegas Day 7 Player Grades  (from Kevin Pelton, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/17080616/nba-las-vegas-summer-league-grades-day-7

–  Does Summer League Success Matter?  (from Joel Brigham,  Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/does-nba-summer-league-success-matter/

–  Remaining Unsigned FAs  (from Moke Hamilton, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/difference-making-free-agents-remain-unsigned/

–  Continuity At The Heart Of Raptors’ Off Season  (from Dave Zarum, sportsnet.ca):

Read it here:  http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/derozan-extension-proves-continuity-heart-raptors-off-season/

–  Do The Clippers Need More Facilitator Balance?  (from Maxwell Ogden, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/07/14/los-angeles-clippers-one-change-thatd-make-lac-true-contenders/

–  Is This The End Of Hack-A-Nonsense?  (from Matt Femrite, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/07/13/is-this-the-end-of-hack-a-shaq/

Mavs’ Off Season  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17080521/nba-dallas-mavericks-summer-league-buzz-harrison-barnes-front-center

–  What NBA Teams Want Changed In The Next CBA  (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/07/15/nba-teams-appear-to-be-preparing-for-a-lockout-heres-what-they-want-changed/?

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

 

 Towns/Wiggins  (from Jason Concepion, The Ringer):  https://theringer.com/brotherhood-of-the-wolf-e70e68b3889e#.ispiufel1

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Ryan Wolstat, National Post):  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/new-deal-done-demar-derozan-turns-his-attention-to-improving-his-game-and-taking-the-raptors-further

–  Buddy Hield  (from Renaldo Dorsett,  tribune242.com):  http://www.tribune242.com/news/2016/jul/14/buddys-shot-target-nba-summer-league-play/

Jose Calderon  (from Marc Berman,  NY Post):  http://nypost.com/2016/07/14/calderons-knicks-reflection-ive-needed-lesser-role-for-years/

–  Ramon Sessions  (from Ben Mehic,  wizofawes.com):  http://wizofawes.com/2016/07/14/washington-wizards-remembering-the-departing-free-agents-ramon-sessions/

Jared Sullinger (from Ryan Wolstat, slam.canoe.com):  http://slam.canoe.com/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2016/07/14/22651791.html

–  Dario Saric  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20160715_Cooney__Early_reviews_of_Saric_are_mixed.html

–  Jaylen Brown (from Brian Robb,  Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2651069-jaylen-brown-is-ready-for-the-nbas-space-and-boston-celtics-expectations

–  Kay Felder  (from Jason Lloyd,  ohio.com):  http://www.ohio.com/sports/cavs/cavaliers-rookie-point-guard-kay-felder-still-betting-on-himself-1.697324

–  Dragan Bender/Marquese Chriss (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):  https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/dragan-bender-and-marquese-chriss-are-raising-the-ceiling-in-phoenix

–  Terry Rozier  (from Danielle Hobeika , Celticslife.com):  http://www.celticslife.com/2016/07/danny-ainge-terry-rozier-winning-spot.html

 Terrence Ross (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/terrence-ross-working-hard-to-maximize-potential/

–  Cheick Diallo  (from Oleh Kosel, The Bird Writes):  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2016/7/14/12165282/summer-league-cheick-diallo-grade-chriss-maker-skal-poeltl-zubac

–  Georges Niang  (from Jared Wade,  8points9seconds.com):  http://8points9seconds.com/2016/07/15/georges-niang-indiana-pacers-film-study-draymond-green/

Richaun Holmes  (from Christopher Kline, thesixersense.com):  http://thesixersense.com/2016/07/14/richaun-holmes-winner-christian-wood-departure/

–  Tyus Jones (from John Meyer and David Naylor,  canishoopus):  http://www.canishoopus.com/2016/7/14/12193930/mr-survive-and-advance-tyus-jones-leads-wolves-to-quarterfinals-in

–  Larry Nance, Jr.  (from Broderick Turner, LA Times):  http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-larry-nance-hand-injury-20160714-snap-story.html

–  Christian Wood  (from Eric Laboisonniere,  Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/7/14/12190844/christian-wood-nba-summer-league-charlotte-hornets

–  Kyle Kuric/Timothe Luwawu (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2651944-international-nba-notebook-a-summer-league-ballers-showdown-with-death

–  Thon Maker  (from Jeff Siegel,  Hardwood Paroxysm):  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2016/07/15/thon-maker-bucks-summer-league-youtube-learning-quickly-raw/

–  Cody Zeller  (from Luke Spencer, swarmandsting.com):  http://swarmandsting.com/2016/07/15/charlotte-hornets-underappreciated-work-of-cody-zeller/

–  Troy Daniels  (from Mac Trammell, Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/7/15/12188554/troy-daniels-memphis-grizzlies-free-agency-nba

–  Stanley Johnson  (from Leighton Chappell,  pisotnpowered.com):  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/07/15/stanley-johnson-right-guy-detroit-pistons/

–  Tyler Ulis  (from Kyle Fleeger,  Valley Of The Suns):  http://valleyofthesuns.com/2016/07/15/short-look-tyler-ulis-big-potential/