Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/13/16

 

The Players No One Passed To This Season  (from Kyle Wagner,  fivethirtyeight.com):
–  Film Session:  Avery Bradley Defends  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Knicks Focus Is To Get Players Who Fit The System  (from Stefan Bondy,  NY Daily News):

–  Terry Stotts’ Playoff Guarantee Changed The Blazers’ Season  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/04/a_guarantee_from_terry_stotts_changed_trail_blazer.html

–  The Mavs Shouldn’t Have Made The Playoffs  –  But They Did  (from Tim Cato, Mavsmoneyball.com):
–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  NBA Releases Playoff Scenarios  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):
–  Kings’ Season Is Down To How Many Games They Can Lose  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Kevin Love  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/04/chat_with_tyronn_lue_has_ignit.html
George Hill (from Mark Monteith, pacers.com):  http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/hill-finds-and-fills-another-role
Jerian Grant  (from Ryan Weinkauf,  thelotterymafia.com):  http://thelotterymafia.com/article/time-to-shine-for-jerian-grant.html
–  Cody Zeller  (from Reinis Lacis,  atthehive.com):  http://www.atthehive.com/2016/4/13/11415430/cody-zeller-2016-nba-playoffs-preview
–  John Holland  (from Brian Rzeppa, Ridiculous Upside):  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2016/4/12/11396520/john-holland-coming-through-for-canton

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Ranking draft prospects from 1-60  (from Kevin O’Connor,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/6/23/8832521/nba-draft-rankings-2015-big-board-karl-towns

 

 

–  Celtics’ Austin Ainge Offers Inside Window into Boston’s Predraft Process  (from Brian Robb,  Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2503996-celtics-austin-ainge-offers-inside-window-into-bostons-pre-draft-process

 

 

–   How do the Pacers decide who to pick in the NBA draft?  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/06/23/pacers-decide-pick-nba-draft/29173885/

 

 

–  Steve Clifford Q&A: Lance reflections, Hornets’ draft process and more  (from Chris Mannix,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/24/steve-clifford-hornets-nba-draft-lance-stephenson-al-jefferson

 

 

– Analyzing the 2015 NBA Draft’s Top Fundamental Big Men’s Defense (from Kevin O’Connor, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VYibMSgAACgA-Prm/analyzing-the-2015-nba-drafts-top-fundamental-big-men

 

 

–  A Manifesto for the “Best Player Available” Approach  (from Layne Vashro,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/06/23/a-manifesto-for-the-best-player-available-approach/

 

 

–  Cuban: NBA should form youth club system  (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4705380/cuban-nba-should-form-youth-club-system

 

 

–  Should NCAA serve as NBA’s minor league?  (from Tim MacMahon, ESDPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13136578/should-ncaa-serve-nba-minor-league

 

 

The Obtuse Traingle  – Explaining the Triple-Post offense  (from Nicholas Dawidoff, NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/sports/basketball/phil-jackson-knicks-triangle-offense-nba.html

 

 

Harvey Pollack, RIP (from Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150624_Harvey_Pollack__76ers__legendary_stat_man__dies_at_93.html

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Willie Cauley-Stein:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/06/23/kentucky-willie-cauley-stein-dialed/cet0Fu624L0HiN2j0mKuRO/story.html

 

Trey Lyles:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/6/24/8836361/trey-lyles-kentucky-basketball-nba-draft-prospect

 

–  Mario Hezonja:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2502765-meet-nba-draft-prospect-mario-hezonja-europes-kobe-bryant-wannabe

 

Kristaps Porzingis:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/24/who-is-kristaps-porzingis-why-does-everyone-want-to-draft-him-we-break-down-his-game/

 

Emmanuel Mudiay:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/24/emmanuel-mudiay-nba-draft-congo-china-texas-smu-larry-brown

 

Pat Connaughton:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2500209-inside-pat-connaughtons-two-sport-dream-pro-pitcher-eying-nba-career-too

 

Norman Powell:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/06/prospect-norman-powell.html

 

Chris McCullough:   http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/nba-draft-chris-mccullough-long-and-winding-journey-062415

 

Bobby Portis:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2490872-after-tough-childhood-bobby-portis-has-become-drafts-most-intriguing-sleeper

 

Jordan Mickey:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/06/prospect-jordan-mickey.html

 

 

Today’s Top NBA Stories

– For Pacers and Raptors, last year is a distant memory (from Paul Flannery, SBNation):

Read it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/11/9/7180457/pacers-raptors-eastern-conference-nba-sunday-shootaround

– Golden State not satisfied with undefeated start (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

“We’re coming down and making plays that would make a sixth grader blush,” Kerr said. “It’s shocking to me. We have so much talent and these guys are such good players that if they would just make the easy play, then the game would be simpler and we’d be in great shape.

“But we’re making some of the dumbest passes I’ve ever seen in my life. We’re still winning and that’s good. But if we want to get where we want to be, then we have to value the ball and make the easy play. If we do that, the sky’s the limit.

“I think part of the problem is we have guys that are very, very gifted and skilled and so they believe they can do anything.”

Read it here: http://www.nba.com/2014/news/features/fran_blinebury/11/09/warriors-look-to-improve-on-undefeated-start/

– Pelicans try to copy Spurs’ blueprint for success (from Jimmy Smith, nola.com):

” The Pelicans, who took a giant step toward attaining equal footing in a 100-99 win over the defending NBA champion Spurs here in the AT&T Center on Saturday night, have taken the quest for imitation two steps further by hiring a general manager and a coach who came of age in the dynastic San Antonio system that benefitted from twice winning the lottery and drafting Robinson in 1987 and Duncan in 1997.

Arguably no one of the branches of Gregg Popovich’s coaching tree is more attached to the trunk than Pelicans’ coach Monty Williams, who played for the Spurs and Popovich for nearly three seasons beginning in 1996, the year Popovich was elevated to head coach from general manager to replace Bob Hill.”

Read it here: http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2014/11/pelicans_try_to_copy_spurs_blu.html

– As Detroit Pistons’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finds range, rejuvenated team flourishes (from David Mayo, Mlive.com):

“You know where confidence comes from? Confidence comes from work,” Van Gundy said. “I honestly believe that, in anything any of us does. If you’re prepared, you tend to be more confident, and that guy’s worked his butt off. He got ready, he had a great summer league, he continued to work the entire summer, he’s worked virtually every day with (assistant coach) Bob Beyer — every day. They watch film, they work on stuff, he works in the weight room.

“He knows he’s ready. It’s hard to be that confident if you haven’t prepared yourself, and he has, and I think that’s what leads to his confidence. If you’re shooting hundreds of shots every day, and you’re watching the ball go in, go in, go in, go in, yeah, it raises your confidence. If you don’t do that, I don’t know what you base your confidence on.”

Read it here: http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2014/11/kcp_like_1-2-3_as_detroit_pist.html

– Toronto Raptors Sizzling Start (from Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun):

” While it is not yet clear just what these Raptors are, here are a few things we have been able to gather early on”

Read it here: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/11/08/sizzling-raptors-have-plenty-of-room-to-improve

– Lakers need Kobe Bryant to take a step back (from Mike Bresnahan, LATimes):

“I’ve talked to a couple individuals about just being a little bit more assertive, not relying on Kobe as much,” Scott said. “You guys can ask Kobe this. I think he wants to get those guys to step up. He really does. Take shots when they have them. Not defer to him as much.”

“I’ve got to remind him not to chase the ball at times, to let those guys play because sometimes you’ve got to let guys make mistakes,” Scott said. “He tries to bail them out at times. That’s a habit that he has and he knows that he has to try to break that. That’s hard. He’s been playing this game and he’s one of those guys, ‘OK, if you guys are not doing it, give it to me and I’ll try to do it myself.’

Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-fyi-20141109-story.html

-Knicks’ Problem Is Chemistry, Not Geometry (from Harvey Araton, NYTimes):

” It is too early to argue that the Knicks cannot get a better grasp of the triangle offense. But it may be too late to acknowledge that the narrative of Phil Jackson’s first full season as the Knicks’ president and Derek Fisher’s as coach should not have been so much about the installation of a system not ideally suited for the habits and skills of too many players, several of whom will not be around beyond this season.”

(W)as it really necessary to force-feed the triangle to this particular group, carry it into town like a holy grail and have Anthony, especially, have to convert his long-established habits to it in essentially a heartbeat? Could it not have been a more gradual process, a period for Anthony and others to familiarize themselves with the concepts without making them wear it like a school uniform every single night?”

Read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/sports/basketball/its-elementary-knicks-problem-is-chemistry-not-geometry.html

Bazemore on why he chose Atlanta, learning from Coach Budenholzer, and playing in ‘controlled chaos’ (from Paul Garcia, projectspurs.com):

“It was a good mix, an up-and-coming team, myself, I’m an up-and-coming player,” said Bazemore. “The system is good, how the ball moves, a lot of pick-and-rolls stuff, those play to my strengths; how they play defensively, how active they are defensively

“The game is fun that way,” said Bazemore, “there’s not a time where a player comes down and handles the ball 14, or 15 times, or takes 25, 30 shots a night, so you always feel like you’re involved. You’re always touching the ball, whether it’s just for like one second – just swing it, the ball is in your hand and you’re always in a groove, and guys are always looking for that extra pass.”

“You have to know when to cut, you have to know when to screen your guys man to get your other guy a shot or make the extra pass,” continued Bazemore. “A lot of guys struggle with that, this is a system that requires you to be a student of the game. Playing basketball is great, but when you’re a student and you understand personnel – you know the player you’re playing with, the player you’re playing against, it really opens up this offense.”

Read it here: http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/bazemore-on-why-he-chose-atlanta-learning-from-coach-budenholzer-and-playing-in-controlled-chaos.html

– Ben Uzoh hopes for NBA return after mysterious ailment nearly derailed career (from Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ben-uzoh-hopes-for-nba-return-after-mysterious-ailment-nearly-derailed-career-005730372.html

– 76ers GM Hinkie using international leagues to stash talent (from Keith Pompey, Philadlephia Inquirer):

Read it here:  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/11/09/3963048_76ers-gm-hinkie-using-international.html

– Two deep-dive analytics pieces (from Krishna Narsu, vantage.com):

Read them here:

The Intersection of Shot Clock, Defense, and Location: http://www.vantagesports.com/#documents/VEKbDCYAACUAR_wF/the-intersection-of-shot-clock-defense-and-location

Everything You Need to Know about Shot Selection: http://www.vantagesports.com/#story/VEkOBCgAACcARDvz/everything-you-need-to-know-about-shot-selection

More player updates:

– Thomas Robinson: http://ripcityproject.com/2014/11/09/thomas-robinson-reclaims-rotation-spot/

– Wesley Matthews: http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/matthews-another-strong-start

– Ben McLemore: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article3674227.html

– Solomon Hill: http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/hill-growing-fast

– Aaron Brooks: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/20685/confidence-in-aaron-brooks-paying-off

– DeMar DeRozan: http://probballreport.com/the-evolution-of-the-raptors-demar-derozan/

– Lance Stephenson: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/qa-lance-stephenson-on-life-in-charlotte-his-rap-songs-and-video-bombs/

– Dennis Schroeder: http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2014/11/9/7179799/dennis-schroder-atlanta-hawks-shelvin-mack-point-guard

– Kawhi Leonard: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2014/11/09/leonard-says-right-eye-still-blurry/

– DeMarcus Cousins: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24792410/the-biggest-boogie-cousins-stat-this-year-is-a-zero

– Deron Williams: http://nypost.com/2014/11/08/this-is-the-deron-williams-the-nets-expected-to-see/

– Brook Lopez: http://nypost.com/2014/11/08/serbys-sunday-qa-with-brook-lopez/

– Evan Fournier: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-evan-fournier-arron-afflalo-1109-20141108-story.html

– Brandon Jennings: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/brandon-jennings-doesnt-dwell-on-past-with-bucks-b99386478z1-282007731.html