Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 4/12/16


 Olshey Shows GM Chops In Rebuilding Blazers On The Fly  (from Steve Aschburner,

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–  Flip Saunders’ Script: His Vision Remains Alive  (from Zach Harper, CBS Sports):

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Draft Rights On The Line In The Season’s Final Days  (from Danny Leroux, Sporting News):

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–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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–  Zach Lowe’s Awards Ballot  (from ESPN):

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–  Jazz Are In Playoff Mode – Just Not In Playoffs  (from Brad Rock, Deseret News):

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–  Spurs Offense Is Struggling  (from Michael Erler,  Poundng The Rock):

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–  Dwane Casey Q & A  (from Evan Rosser,

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Behind The Curtain Of The Pelicans’ Training Operations  (from Justin Verrier, ESPN):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:



DeMarre Carroll  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

–  Blake Griffin  (from Ben Bolch, LA Times):

–  Jeremy Lin  (from Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer):

–  Andre Drummond  (from Mike Brudenell,

Steph Curry  (from Sam Smith, Japan Times):

–  Tristan Thompson  (from Dave McMenamin, ESPN):    and from Craig Battle,

–  Tristan Thompson/Paul Millsap  (from David Zavac, Fear The Sword):

Marreese Speights  (from Vic Tafur,

 Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):

–  Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  OCRegister):

Al-Farouq Aminu  (from Dan Marang, Blazer’s Edge):  Should Al-Farouq Aminu be Considered an All-League Defender?

–  Wayne Ellington  (from The Players Tribune):

–  Stanley Johnson (from Keith Langlois,

Nick Minnerath  (from Keith Schlosser, Ridiculous Upside):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis – Part I – 3/15/16



–   Hawks’ Defense Doesn’t Rest  (from Chris Vivlamore,
–  What Nuggets Basketball Is To Coach Malone (from Christopher Dempsey,  Denver Post):
–  Damian Lillard; Hawks’ Cutting Edge Training; Vince Carter Q & A  (from David Aldridge,
–  Coach Snyder Says Season Won’t Be A Failure Even If Jazz Don’t Make Playoffs  (from Tony Jones and Aaron Falk,  Salt Lake Tribune):
–  Believe The Hype:  The Raptors  (from BBall Breakdown):
Mavericks Snap Losing Streak With Grinding Defensive Effort  (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Pachulia Not Concerned With Limited Playing Time (from Eddie Sefko,  Dallas Morning News):
–  Sloppy Play Ends For Durant, Westbrook  (from Berry Tramel,
–  Monday’s Roundup (from Grant Hughes,  Bleacher Report):
–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):
–  The Wizards Struggle In The Half-Court  (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):
–  Video Breakdown: Defending AD; Defending Steph  (from EricApricot, Golden State Of Mind):
–  Why Scouts Botched It So Bad On Steph Curry In The 2009 NBA Draft  (from Scott Rafferty, Sporting News):
–  Screen Usage And Refusal Rates  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
Giannis Antetokuonmpo  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

–  Garrett Temple  (from Bryant Frantz,  CBSDC):

–  Greg Monroe  (from Arman Bery,



–  Ben Simmons  (from Jonathan Givony,  Yahoo Sports):


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Q&A: NBA legend Jerry West’s winning formula  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

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–  Terry Stotts Discusses Blazers’ Moves  (from Sagar Trika,

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–   The Transition Game in Minnesota: LaVine Gets the Nod While Martin Takes a Seat  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

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–  Dwyane Wade schools Justise Winslow in art of the undersized post game  (from Ira Winderman,  Sun Sentinel):

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–   Billy Donovan’s Playbook: From University of Florida to Oklahoma City  (from Shawn Woods,

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–  Can Billy Donovan or Fred Hoiberg repeat Steve Kerr’s success?  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

” Has any first-year NBA head coach ever walked into a more “win now” situation than Billy Donovan?

The Oklahoma City Thunder are have been considered title contenders ever since they stepped on the court in the 2012 Finals. However, they have yet to return to that stage due to a combination of personnel moves and injuries. Next summer their superstar Kevin Durant is a free agent and he’s the kind of franchise-changing player who will draw 29 other suitors. If OKC is going to keep him they have to prove to Durant he can win it all without having to change addresses. It’s a lot to ask of a rookie NBA coach.

Maybe the guy who can best relate is Fred Holberg, who was brought in from Iowa State to take over a Chicago Bulls team that has not lived up to expectations the past several seasons. He takes over for an innovative coach, but with with a mandate from management to rest guys more, modernize the offense, and lift a team known for physically breaking down up to challenge Cleveland.

That’s setting the bar ridiculously high.

Donovan and Hoiberg can thank Steve Kerr for that — he cleared that bar his rookie season.”

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–   Look at these cool Thunder shot charts  (form Andrew Schlect,

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–  Thunder Film Room: Steve Novak takes Russell Westbrook to next level  (from Marina Mangiaracina,

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–   Grizzlies’ training camp invitees work to get noticed  (from  Ronald Tillery,

”  Sampson Carter, just like the four other training camp invitees, realizes making the Grizzlies’ roster is a long shot. However, these outsiders don’t see themselves as just live bodies to be props for the players with guaranteed contracts. The training camp invitees are performing for their basketball livelihood, hoping they’ll get noticed and eventually paid for their performances in preseason games.

“They’ve stayed within their own games,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said. “We’re not looking for anybody to come in and isolate them and feature them. All of those guys have been conscientious about doing the right thing and that makes camp better.”

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–  Battle For Roster Spots: Northwest Division  (from Chuck Myron,

”  Hoops Rumors will be taking a team-by-team look at the battles for regular season roster spots going on around the NBA this month, the last before rosters shrink from the offseason limit of 20 to the 15-man regular season maximum. First, we’ll check out the five Northwest Division franchises.”

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–  Wizards: Three Reasons They’ve Improved This Season  (from Osman Baig,

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Raptors: GM Masai Ujiri’s  Master Plan(s)  (from Michael Holian,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  Jahlil Okafor still getting comfortable in the post  (from Bob Cooney,

–  Jahlil Okafor out to prove he can cash in on free throws  (form John Finger,


–  Bucks’ Jabari Parker patiently waits return to full-time duty  (from Steve Aschburner,


–  Shane Larkin finally has the chance to equal draft hype  (from Tim Bontemps,  NYPost):


–   James Anderson quietly impresses Kings with steady play  (form Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):


–  Former Wizard Kevin Seraphin found a ‘real opportunity’ in New York  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):


–  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Injury Opens Up Last-Ditch Chances for Jeremy Lamb and P. J. Hairston  (from Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report):


–  Schroder sought counsel of Korver to improve jump shot  (from Chris Vivlamore,


–   Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey is waiting, teaching in preseason  (from Candace Buckner,


–  Less dribbling means more production for Avery Bradley  (from A Sherrod Blakely,


–   George Karl says he likes Cauley-Stein next to Cousins  (from Blake Ellington, Sactown Royalty):


– Aaron Gordon is trying to be productive during his recovery  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):


Mavs:  Sharpshooter John Jenkins, first-round pick Justin Anderson see opportunity for growth during preseason  (from Earl K. Sneed,


–  Jared Sullinger improves body, mind  (from Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald):


–  Alex Len’s 21-point game shows offseason improvement  (from Paul Coro,


–  Suns: Why Alex Len’s Breakout Season Could Come In A Bench Role  (from Gerald Bourguet,  valleyofthesuns):



Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Pelicans Injuries Could Create Ample Opportunites For Role Players  (form Michael McNamara,

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–  How Will Houston Rockets Make the Bold James Harden/Ty Lawson Experiment Work?  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Blear Report):

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–  Why now? Wizards slowed down for Pierce  (frm J. Michael,

” The logical question for the Wizards is if this smaller, fast-paced style is so much better, why didn’t coach Randy Wittman start using it sooner? The answer is pretty simple, and he said it many times without actually saying it in previous seasons: They’ve lacked the personnel — until now.”

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–   How Minnesota Should Use Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones  (from Wes Kosel,

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–   How Stephen Curry works on slowing the game down  (from Ethan Sherwood Strauss,  ESPN):

“How can Stephen Curry improve?”

It’s a question usually asked more with incredulity than curiosity. It would seem the 2015 NBA MVP has topped out, optimized as much as one can from a skinny frame and normal-person height. In theory, Curry has less upside to work with than the game’s athletic wings and burly bigs. His MVP award doesn’t come with a popular expectation that he’ll ever claim status as the NBA’s top player. After all, the 6-foot-3 guard won’t suddenly sprout as tall as Anthony Davis or jump as high as LeBron James.

Indeed, if Curry ever does claim that top-player status, it won’t be because he starts jumping over defenders or bullying foes in the post. The improvements will result from something internal — the slowing of time inside his mind. They will be the function of weaponized perception, a training of the brain to think quicker than your opponent can leap.

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–  How Marc Gasol’s Fellow Bigs Fit  (from Joe Mullinax, grizzlybearblues):

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–   Half Court Creators  (from Seth Partnow,  Nylon Calculus):

” Earlier this week, I looked at how good half court offense relies to some degree on a team having one or more creators. The common expression is “ability to break a defense down,” which in practical terms means forcing a second and possibly even third defender to guard the ball, leaving others open to make less demanding plays. Against modern exacting and drilled NBA defensive schemes, somebody or combination of bodies has to do something to break that initial shell.

So, while talk of “alpha dogs” and “true number one options” can be tedious, there is probably something to the notion that having someone1 to take the game by the scruff of the neck is if not essential, extremely useful to having a quality offense. As with many situationally good things, this can get taken too far, and this sort of “heroball” often becomes a goal in and of itself rather than an instrument to pry open a defense to allow the application of more refined approaches. Identifying that line is all but impossible in a vacuum, and plenty difficult even knowing the full context of a situation.”

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–  Rebounding Rates and the 2014/15 “J.J. Hickson All-Stars”  (from Mika Hokasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

” At first glance, the rebounding column in the box score seems like a relatively straightforward indicator of how good of a player’s rebounding ability. Increasingly, however, I’ve come to believe that how many rebounds a player gets has very little to do with how good of a rebounder they are. The difference between the top and bottom quartile of defensive rebounders among big men is only about two defensive rebounds per 36 minutes, and a lot of factors goes into whether or not you grab those two extra rebounds that has nothing to with providing value to a team. Stealing rebounds from teammates, or diligently boxing out and allowing your guards to pick up the rebound, can quite easily increase/decrease a player’s rebounding totals by an extra board or two without having any effect on the game. And chasing boards recklessly without boxing out can often be harmful to a team.”

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–  What teams will climb the rankings in offensive efficiency this season?  (from John Schumann,

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–  Dissecting Clipper Defense  (from   Larson Ishii and Caden Kinard,

” I’m not one to put too much stock into anything that happens in preseason basketball, especially the first two games. However, in watching the Clippersplay the Nuggets and Raptors, there was one meaningful thing that jumped out at me: the Clippers have completely changed how they defend the pick and roll.”

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Golden State Warriors: 2015-16 player profiles (from Amin Elhassan):

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–  Pacers:   Mahinmi Happy with Limited Role  (from Mark Monteith, :


–  Raptors’ James Johnson looking forward to playing time  (from Mike Ganter, Post Media Network):


–   Cauley-Stein impressing coaches, teammates with energy, effort  (from Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee):


–  Blazers’ Allen Crabbe playing with house money, cashes in  (from Peter Socotch,


–  Outspoken Enes Kanter has a complicated relationship with his home country of Turkey (from Anthony Slater,




–   Avery Bradley goes back to the future  (from Chris Forsberg,  ESPN):


–   Childhood finger injury helped motivate Heat guard Gerald Green to succeed  (from Linda Robertson, Miami Herald):


–   Film Room: The Lance Stephenson Exemplum – Part 2  (from Justin Russo,


–   Terrence Ross Is Ready To Bring More To The Raptors This Year  (from Stephen Brotherston,  Pro Bball Report):


–   LaMarcus Aldridge seeking balance between aggressive and selfless with Spurs  (from Sam Amick,  USA Today):


–  Reason to believe in Dion Waiters?  (from Luke McConnell,


–  Cleveland Cavaliers Player Previews: Richard Jefferson  (from Trevor Magnotti,


–   Robert Upshaw is focused on reaching his defensive potential with the Lakers  (from Drew Garrison, silverscreenandroll):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Kyle Korver and Steph Curry: Comparing NBA’s Most Elite 3-Point Snipers  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

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–  The Curious Case of Markieff Morris  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

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–  Pacers buy D-League’s Mad Ants to enhance player development  (from Candace Buckner,

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–   11 NBA teams are stuck without a D-League affiliate.  (from Satchel Price,  sbnation):

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–   Q&A with Pacers strength coach Windle (from Jeff Kasler,

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John Wall: Defensive Dynamo  (from Evan Gualberto):

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CBA Corner: Renegotiate and Extend  (from Nate Duncan,  Nylon Calculus):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Film Room: Elfrid Payton/Victor Oladipo (from Josh Cohen,


–  Why Trevor Booker Could Be Utah’s Small-Ball Alternative  (from Ben Dowsett,


–  Danilo Gallinari has been roasting the competition in Germany this summer  (from Mike Olson,


–  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope worked on ballhandling to diversify his offensive game over the summer  (from Keith Langlois,


–  Tarik Black is vying for a spot in the Lakers’ core  (from Apratim Ghosh,


–   How we have to measure Jordan Clarkson’s growth  (from Harrison Faigen,


–  Remaining 2015 free agents  (from Nick Borges,  ESPN):


–   Each team’s roster changes since opening night of the last season (from RealGM):