Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/21/18

Where Do The Raptors Rank In The Post-LBJ EC?  (from Jared Dubin, The Step Back):
Making Sense Of Ujiri’s Summer (from William Lou, Medium):
– Raptors’ New HC Nick Nurse Chases Perfection (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
It’s OK To Believe In Blake Griffin (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
Dwane Casey’s Goal For Blake Griffin: Best Passing PF In The Assn (from Detroit Bad Boys):
Knicks Should Develop Robinson Into Capela (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
OKC: Is Schroder Worth The Gamble?  (from Scott Rafferty, NBA.com):
Muscala: Sixers Got A Bargain (from Larry Mendte, Hoops Habit):
Gordon Hayward Gives Update On Recovery & Expectations (from Nicole Yang, Boston Globe):
Q & A: Antawn Jamison  (from Brendan Marks, Charlotte Observer):
Q & A: Shane Larkin (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Grizzlies: What SL Showed About JJJ (from Peter Edmiston, Commercial Appeal):
Podcast: Garrett Temple Discusses Being Traded & More (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
The OKC-ATL-PHI Deal (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Nuggets: MPJ & IT Are Risks Worth Taking (from Brandon Ewing, Mile High Sports):
Pistons Need Healthy Reggie Jackson (from Duncan Smith, Clutch Points):
Anunoby: Primed To Take Another Leap (from Alex Wong, slamonline.com):
Poeltl’s Fit On The Spurs (from Kendall Garriss, Air Alamo):
Georges Niang’s Big Break (from Ben Nadeau, Basketball Insiders):
Brandon Goodwin’s Hot SL Run (from Dana Caldwell, Naples Daily News):
The iPhone App Making The NBA Smarter With Artificial Intelligence (from Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/20/18

The ATL-OKC-PHI Trade:
What Happens Now In The EC? (from ESPN):
The Celtics Won Free Agency Without Doing Much (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):
Marcus Smart: Celtics Keep Their Heart And Soul (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
What’s Next For Each Team Before The Season Starts? (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
JJJ’s NBA Journey Began In The Backyard (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
The Raptors Are Playing With House Money (from Nekias Duncan, Give Me Sport):
Raptors: Greatest Threat To Dubs?  (from Jesse Blanchard, Clutch Points):
Kawhi Makes The Raptors Scary (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Spurs’ System Should Make DeRozan Feel At Home (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
The Spurs’ Offense Could Become A Traffic Jam (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
The Endless Potential Of The Nuggets’ Offense (from Eric Spyropolous, NBA Analysis Network):
Dubs:  DMC’s Stay Will Be Short But Might Be Very Rewarding For Both Sides (from Anthony Slater, The Athletic):
How Two-Way Contracts Have Changed The SL Scouting Process (from Matt Rybaltowski, Forbes):
Can Robert Upshaw Carve Out Another NBA Path? (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):
Q & A: Nuggets’ TV Analyst Scott Hastings, Part Three (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):
Watanabe Made Good Impression In Summer League (from Ed Odeven, Japan Times):
Q & A: Shane Heal (from Tom Hersz, nbl.com.au):
Blazers: Swanigan Showed Off New Facets Of His Game In SL (from Nate Mann, Rip City Project):

Special Edition: Reaction To The TOR-SAS Trade, Day Two

NOTE:  We have reviewed many of the 3 billion-plus stories that have been written about the trade and now present links to some of the best “day two” reactions.  (See Wednesday’s Basketball Intelligence for links to “Day One” reaction stories.)
What The Trade Means For Both Teams & The NBA (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):
Why The Other Kawhi Trades Never Happened (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):
A Win For Both Teams?  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):
Winners & Losers From The Trade (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
For The Raptors, A Risk Worth Taking (from Seerat Sohi, SBNation):
The Raptors Are Built For The Long Haul, No Matter What Kawhi Decides (from Jonathan Tjarks):
In Trading For Kawhi, Raptors Sent A Loud Message (from Tim Bontemps, Washington Post):
Ujiri’s Career-Defining Trade (from Michael Grange, Sportsnet.ca):
How Kawhi Fits On The Raptors (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):
How Kawhi Changes Raptors’ Defensive Identity (from Steven Loung, Sportsnet.ca.):
A Shallow Dive Into Kawhi’s Advanced Stats (from Colin Connors, Raptors Republic ):
What’s Next For The Spurs? (from Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated):
Popovich Looks Forward (from Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN):
Poeltl Could Be A Valuable Piece For Spurs (from Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock):
Spurs Finally Succumb To NBA’s Chaos (from Harvey Araton, NYTimes):
The Spurs Will Begin A Strange New Era (from Danny Chau, The Ringer):
DeRozan Wanted Help, Not An Escape (from Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports):
Podcast: Analyzing The Trade (from Alex Kennedy/FrankUrbina, Hoops Hype):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/18/18

The TOR-SAS Trade:
Summer Winners And Losers So Far (from Adam Spinella, The Box And One):
New Coach Kokoskov Brings Euro Offense To Suns (from Ryan Nguyen, Cleaning The Glass):
The Cavs Need The Wolves’ Kevin Love (from Mo Dakhil, The Jump Ball):
Sean Marks Discusses His Latest Deals (from Tom Dowd, nets.com):
Clippers Backcourt Of The Future Is A Calculated Gamble (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):
ORL: Building Something Familiar, But Still Different (from Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily):
Q & A: Shabazz Muhammad (from Bryan Kalbrosky, Hoops Hype):
Summer League Takeaways (from Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
Meet Warren LeGarie, The NBA’s King Of Summer (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):
3 Players Who Landed In Good Spots For Potential Rejuvenation (from Haley O’ Shaughnessy, The Ringer):
Grizzlies: The Other Side Of Grit And Grind (from Eric Spyropolous, Grizzly Bear Blues):
Mavs’ Director Of Player Personnel Tony Ronzone’s Incredible Basketball Journey (from Isaac Harris, mavs.com):
Jazz: No Move Was The Best Move (from hansenjames, SLCDunk):
Q & A: FredVanVleet (from Alex Kennedy, Hoops Hype):
Pistons, Arnie Kander Reunite To Address Injury Prevention (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):
Suns’ 2nd-Round Pick George King: Plotting Rare Lengthy NBA Career (from Jack Harris, Cronkite News):
Terrance Ferguson: Focused On Becoming A Well-Rounded Player (from Nick Gallo, Thunder.com):
Nuggets: Key Lineups For Next Season (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):
Q & A: Scott Hastings, Part One (from Mike Olson, Denver Stiffs):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 7/14/18 PART ONE

What Does Summer League Performance Mean? (from Coach Nick/Fran Fraschilla, BBall Breakdown):
Bamba & Isaac: The Magic’s Latest Hope (from Michael Lee, Yahoo.com):
Kevin Knox: Totally Different Player Than He Was At Kentucky  (from Mike Vorkunov, The Athletic):
Isaiah Thomas Has A Chance To Resurrect His Career (from Nick Kosmider, The Athletic):
Summer League Studs Becoming Dark Horse ROY Candidates (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):
At Summer League, Referees Are Also Chasing A Dream (from John Karalis, Boston.com):
Stop Comparing Trae Young To Steph (from Andrew Sharp/Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated):
With Demands Growing, NBA Coaches Game Plan For Better Health (from Steve Aschburner, NBA.com):
Otto Porter Remains Unappreciated – And It’s Time He Forces Change (from Ben Standig, The Sports Capitol):
Jack Cooley: Hungry To Prove He Belongs (from James Herbert, CBS Sports):
Notes On The Nuggets’ Transaction Timing (from Jeff Siegel, Early Bird Rights):
Nets’ Dawson Should Feel Right At Home In Brooklyn (from Stefan Bondy, NY Daily News):
The Suns Are Running Out Of PG Options (from Brendon Kleen, Valley Of The Suns):
Nuggets: Banking On Continuity (from Gina Mizell, Denver Post):
How Does Julius Randle Fit In New Orleans? (from Jake Paynting, Def Pen):
What The Nets, Nuggets & Hawks Got From Thursday Night’s Salary Swaps (from Sam Vecenie, The Athletic):
3 And D: The D Needs To Stand For Dimensions, Not Just Defense (from Will Muckian, Medium):
His H.S. Coach Explains What Kind  Of Player Celtics Are Getting In Robert Williams (from Nicole Yang, Boston.com):
Can Any Pacers SL Players Make An Immediate Impact?  (from Ben Pfeifer, 8 Points, 9 Seconds):
Free Agency: Behind The One-Year Deal Trend (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Josh Hart Might Be The Best Laker Fit Playing With LBJ (from Harrison Faigen, Silver Screen And Roll):
Anthony Carter: Still Scrapping For Heat; This Time In Coach Mode (from Ira  Winderman, SunSentinel):
How Does MIA Manage Its SG Glut? (from Ira Winderman, SunSentinel):
2017-18 Position Estimates: