Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/17/16

–  Film Room All-Stars: The Twelve Best Role Players In The NBA This Season  (from Mike Prada,  SBNation):
–  Q & A:  Pistons GM On Tobias Harris   (from Keith Langlois,
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen,
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,
–  The One Area The Wizards Need To Improve To Make The Playoffs  (from Neil Greenberg,  Washington Post):
–  Video Breakdown:  The Blazers’ “Thumb Up” Set  (from Dane Carbaugh,  Blazers’ Edge):
 –  Anthony Davis, Chris Bosh And The Evolution of The NBA Big Man  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):
–  Sixers Players Were In Very Different Places A Year Ago  (from Jessica Camerato, csnphilly):
–  Thunder:  Daily Growth  (from Nick Gallo,
–  Suns’ Earl Watson Found Great Motivation To Coach  (from Paul Coro,  azcentral):
–  Review:  Basketball Without Borders Showcase  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):
Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:
–  Ricky Rubio  (from John Meyer,  Canis Hoopus):
–  Larry Nance, Jr   (from Mark Medina,  LA Daily News):
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):
Justin Anderson  (from


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/27/15

–  Thunder:  Ball Movement And The Importance Of Context  (from Positive Residual,  Nylon Calculus):

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–  Billy Donovan:  Connecting With Thunder Players  (from Scott Cacciola,  NY Times):

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–  Rookie/Vet:  Tyson Chandler/ Devin Booker  (from The Players’ Tribune):

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–  Brad Stevens:  The Wizard Of Boston  (from Jeff Siegel,

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Timberwolves Coach Mitchell Tries To Reach His Young Roster  (from Associated Press):

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–  Recapping Tuesday’s Games (from SBNation):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Carmelo Anthony  (from Troy Tauscher, BBall Breakdown):

–  Justise Winslow  (from Zach Buckley,  Bleacher Report):

–  Ian Mahinmi  (from Nate Taylor,

–  Emmanuel Mudiay  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

–  Lance Thomas  (from Jared Dubin,  Bleacher Report):

–  Nik Stauskas  (from  John Finger,

–  Willie Cauley-Stein  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

–  Jrue Holiday  (from Brett Dawson,  The Advocate):

–  D’Angelo Russell  (from Baxter Holmes, ESPN):

–  Meyers Leonard  (from Jason Quick,

Archie Goodwin  (from Paul Coro,

–  Erick Green  (from Randy Hollis,  Deseret News):

–  Ronald Roberts, Jr  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/15/15

–  While You Were Watching the Warriors, the Spurs Were Quietly Crushing Everyone  (from Tim Bontemps,  Washiington Post):

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 The Forever Changing,  Still-Winning Mavericks  (form Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

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–  Dwyane Wade’s Advice to Hassan Whiteside  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):

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–  Skiles Working His Defensive Magic in Orlando  (from Chris Bernucca,

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–  Now Kawhi Leonard is Elite on Offense, Too (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

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–  Blake Griffin’s MVP-Caliber Season Lost Among Clippers’ Mediocrity  (from Bryan Toporek,  BBall Breakdown):

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Recapping Last Night’s Games  (from Liam Boylan-Pett,  SBNation):

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–  5 Takeaways from Monday’s games  (from Kurt Helin,  NBC Sports):

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–  Pistons’ Overtime Heartbreaker : A Lesson For Andre Drummond  (from Jamie Delancey,

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–  The Ground-and-Pound Offense in the Samll Ball Era  (form Matt Lurie,  RealGM):

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–  Grizzlies Move Grit-and-Grind to the Bench  (from Matt Smith, Hardwood Paroxysm):

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The Hawks are OK – and That’s Not OK  (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):

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 Hoiberg, Colangelo, Reggie Jackson, more  (from David Aldridge,

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Hornets New 3-point Prowess Changing How teams Guard Them  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

Will Barton  (from Sean Deveney,  Sporting News):

What’s Up With Danny Green’s Jumper?  (from Mika Honkasalo,  Nylon Calculus):

Chandler Parsons Says That He Finally Felt Like Himself  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

–  Kevin Love Refelects on Shouder Injury  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

–  Brett Brown Wants Stauskas to Work on Defense  (from Bob Cooney,

 Olynyk Finding His Groove Shooting  (from  A.  Sherrod Blakely,

–  Luis Scola  (from Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun):

 C.J. McCollum  (from Chris Fedor,

–  Nicolas Batum is the Key to the Hornets’ Resurgence  (form Josh Planos,  Washington Post):

–  Evan Fournier’s Rise Doesn’t Surprise Scott Skiles (from Britt Robson, SBNation):

–  Clint Capela Providing Rockets With Hope  (from Dan Feldman,  NBC Sports):

–  Trey Burke (from Ben Dowsett,

–  Film Study:  Omer Asik Has Not Met Expectations  (from John Reid,


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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 10/24/15

–  Blazers Offense: Looking to Claim an Identity  (from Joel Viss,

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–  Trail Blazers forced to evolve without LaMarcus Aldridge  (from Wes Goldberg,  Hardwood Paroxusm):

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–  The Bulls’ complicated frontcourt puzzle has no clear solution  (from Tim Cato,

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–  Rose Returns: Bulls close preseason 4-4 with last second win over Dallas  (from Sam Smith,

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–  Derrick Rose can’t stop raving about the Bulls’ new offense under Fred Hoiberg  (from Ricky O’Donnell,

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–  The Thunder and the NBA are trying to be more careful about concussions  (form Anthony Slater,

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–  NBA tries to learn from painful injury lessons of last year   (from Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press):

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–  Flip Saunders will not return to coach Wolves this season  (from Jerry Zgoda,

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–  Gregg Popovich to succeed Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of USA Basketball  (from Tim Cato,

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–  The phone call that led to Gregg Popovich becoming Team USA’s coach  (from Adrian Wojnarowski,  Yahoo Sports):

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–  Every NBA Team’s Biggest Training-Camp Revelation so Far  (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):

” Training camp and preseason revelations do, in fact, have a place in the NBA.

Exhibition play is too often dismissed as meaningless, because the games do not count toward the standings and rotations league-wide are littered with players who won’t make the roster or get much regular-season burn.

But those caveats do not render the preseason worthless. To the contrary, the Assocation’s beta period is a time for learning, for figuring out what a team has to work with and for small- or large-scale epiphanies.

These realizations can be anything, on- or off-court related. Is a certain player prepared to make the leap? Does a rotation long shot now deserve regular-season playing time? Have any key team pieces fallen out of favor? Is one squad unexpectedly good at something? Is another shockingly bad at something else?

Nothing and no one is off-limits here, folks. Surprises, disappointments, random but meaningful observations and everything else you can possibly think of are all rolled into one as we search for what to watch ahead of opening night.”

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One player from each team who could break out in 2015  (from Scott Davis,

” In a sport that features shorter rotations and heavy minutes, it can be tough to have a breakout season in the NBA.

Nonetheless, every once in a while, an NBA coach puts their trust in a youngster and a hole in the rotation opens up just right to give a player a chance to shine.

Sometimes these are rookies who come into the NBA ready to play, sometimes they’re second-year players who are finally getting a crack, and sometimes they’re older players who are simply in a better position than in past seasons.

With the NBA season rapidly approaching, we broke down one player on each team who could have a breakout season in 2015.”

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–  Hornets preseason play is encouraging  (from Chris barnewall,

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–  Monta Ellis: ‘Basketball was my escape. I really didn’t have a childhood’  (from Candace Buckner,


–  Isaiah Canaan learning a balancing act at point guard  (from Bob Cooney,


Damian Lillard And Getting To The Line  (form Casey Holdahl,


–  Stauskas’ Potential  (form Andy Jasner,


–  Matt Barnes: At Home with the Grizzlies (from Shaun Powell,

Best NBA Reporting and Analysis – 9/30/15

–  NBA training camp storylines: Western Conference (from Ben Golliver,  Sports Illustrated):

” With training camps opening across the country, the official start of the 2015–16 NBA season is upon us. This is an uncertain time: optimism runs rampant, as it should, but every team faces ambiguities that could develop into serious problems. On Monday,’s Rob Mahoney previewed the top storylines facing all 15 Eastern Conference teams. Now, it’s time to take a look at the Western Conference landscape.”

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–  NBA training camp storylines: Eastern Conference  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

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How Tyreke, Jrue, and Gentry Can Help Anthony Davis (from Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland):

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–  The Value of Icing the pick-and-roll  (from John Schuhmann,

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–   Paul George and Frank Vogel Must Recreate Indiana’s Identity  (from Tim Donahue,

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–   Raptors to alter team philosophy  (from Josh Lewenberg,

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–  Kings looking at different options at power forward  (from Jason Jones,

” For most of the past seven seasons, Jason Thompson started at power forward for the Kings.

This season will be different. To revamp the position, the Kings traded Thompson, their longest-tenured player, to the Philadelphia 76ers over the summer. The 76ers dealt Thompson to the Golden State Warriors.

The Kings now have multiple options at power forward as complements to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Coach George Karl began examining the candidates Tuesday during the team’s first practice of training camp at UC San Diego.

The team has looked for a power forward with shooting range, or one who can contribute through effective defense if not an impact scorer.”

–  The rise of Brad Stevens and his starless Celtics  (from ben Rohrbach, Yahoo Sports):


–   As camps begin, Thibodeau looking from outside view  (from Steve Aschburner,

” Out of a job for first time since 1991, ex-Bulls coach on ‘sabbatical'”

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–  Basketball and Learning in Las Vegas: A trip to Pro Scout School  (from Jack Maloney, hardwoodparoxysm):

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(Note:  We have attended PSS each of the last two sessions and highly recommend it to evryone who wants to learn more about hoops.)


–   Dispatches from NESSIS 2015  (from Seth Partnow/ Will Schreefer,  Nylon Calculus):

” (The 2015 New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports was held this past weekend in Boston. Will Schreefer was there, and fills us in with this guest post. Will  lives in New Jersey, where he works and studies as a civil engineer. He does some college basketball stat work on the side1, and is always sure this is the the year Villanova makes it past the first weekend.)

This past Saturday, the biennial-since-2007 ‘New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports’ – or NESSIS – was held at Harvard University’s Science Center. The brainchild of Mark Glickman andScott Evans, distinguished New England-based academics with a passion for (and serious expertise in) the intersection between sports and statistics, the conference is characterized on the program as ‘a meeting of statisticians and quantitative analysts connected with sports teams, sports media, and universities to discuss common problems of interest in statistical modeling and analysis of sports data.’ Describing it, though, is as simple as ‘heaven.’ Heaven, at least, for that population slice who’d want to hear Jeremias Engelmann explain how to recreate Adjusted +/- and RAPM for a pickup basketball game and then take questions on his choice of ridge (Tikhonov) regression vs. ordinary least squares regression from an audience mostly composed of people who know exactly what the choice means.

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


BBall Breakdown’s Player Rankings:  James Harden, #5 (from Kelly Scaletta):


–   Pistons look for Ersan Ilyasova to bring ‘Turkish Thunder’ to backboards  (from David Mayo,


–   Entering his critical fourth season, Wizards’ Bradley Beal is still tweaking his game  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):


–  Monta Ellis wanted to be wanted  (from C.Cooper,


–  Alvin Gentry confident Omer Asik will adapt quickly to new offensive system  (from John Reid,




–  Rockets’ goal for Harden: more catch-and-shoot opportunities  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):


–  Film Room: Breaking Down Tobias Harris’ Offense  (from Josh Cohen,


Nik Stauskas (from Bob Cooney,


Channing  Frye: “I Have A Lot to Prove” (from John Denton.


Joe Young (from Mark Monteith.




–   Clippers’ Wes Johnson happy to get L.A. makeover  (from Janis Carr,


–   NORMAN POWELL IS NEVER SATISFIED  (from Steven Lebron, Vice Sports):


–  Otto Porter Could Emulate Trevor Ariza In Washington  (from Ben mehic,


–  Q&A: Jimmer Fredette  (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):


–   SVG’s reputation, freedom he allows big men helped lure Baynes to Pistons  (from Keith Langlois,


–  This is Isaiah Thomas’ Time to Shine  (from Alex Kennedy,  basketball Insiders):


–   Steve Blake OK with Pistons throwing different roles at him, including not playing  (from Aaron McMann,


–  Utah Jazz: Alec Burks or Rodney Hood? Two good options for one starting job  (from Tony Jones,


–   Meet 17-Year-Old European Dragan Bender, Who Could Be 2016’s Kristaps Porzingis  (from David Pick, Bleacher Report):