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, pistons.com):
–  The Tobias Harris Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo Sports):
–  Film Room:  Ilyasova’s Strengths  (from Josh Cohen, magic.com):
–  The Courtney Lee Deal  (from Bobby Marks,  Yahoo.com):
–  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,  thunder.com):
–  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):  http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20160216/larry-nance-jrs-frustration-with-injuries-may-end-soon
–  P.J. Hairston  (from Chip Williams,  Jr,  Grizzly Bear Blues):  http://www.grizzlybearblues.com/2016/2/17/11027706/pj-hairston-memphis-grizzlies-trade-deadline-analysis
–  Bobby Portis  (from Tyler Pleiss,  Blogabull):  http://www.blogabull.com/2016/2/16/10989918/growing-pains-bobby-portis
Justin Anderson  (from mavs.com):  http://www.mavs.com/mavs-tribune-justin-anderson/

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 1/5/16

Offensive Rebounding/Transition Defense (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read and view it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14505051/transition-defense-left-offensive-rebounds-cutting-room-floor

–  Bulls Getting Contributions Throughout Roster During Win Streak  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-bulls-rotation-depth-jimmy-butler-spt-0105-20160104-story.html

–  LBJ on Lack of Playing Time for Some  (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2016/01/lebron_james_on_a_lack_of_minu.html

–  Can Heat Go From Good To Great?  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

Read it here:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/04/dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-hassan-whiteside-erik-spoelstra-heat-lebron-james/78271386/

–  How the Clippers Are Doing It Without Blake Griffin;  Elfrid Payton Q & A  (from David Aldridge, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/david_aldridge/01/04/morning-tip-los-angeles-clippers-find-a-better-bench-chris-paul-blake-griffin-j-j-redick-austin-rivers-jamal-crawford-questions-for-2016-qa-with-orlando-magic-elfrid-payton/index.html

–  Brandon Jennings Busts Loose, Hopes to Stay With Pistons  (from Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press):

Read it here:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2016/01/04/detroit-pistons-orlando-magic/78249168/

–  This Season’s Most Improved Jump Shooters  (from Mika Honkasalo, Vantage Sports):

Read it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoquZR8AAPC2SV6Y

–  Kings’ Assistant Vance Walberg on the Dribble Drive Motion Offense  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ialg8Wq7DO0

–  The Wizards’ Injury Woes  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/shorthanded-wizards-hope-to-heal-before-time-runs-out-on-their-plans/2016/01/04/5dcdd902-b327-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

–  Bucks’ Future Remains Bright  (from Ian Thomsen,  NBA.com):

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/01/05/milwaukee-bucks-bright-future-in-lost-season-giannis-antetokounmpo-michael-carter-williams-greg-monroe-john-henson/index.html

–  Rajon Rondo Q & A Re: Days with the Mavs  (from Tim McMahon,  ESPN):

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4705961/rajon-rondo-i-have-nothing-but-love-for-mavericks

 The Case for Flip Saunders as Executive of the Year  (from Britt Robson,  minnpost.com):

Read it here:  https://www.minnpost.com/sports/2016/01/why-flip-saunders-should-be-nba-executive-year

–  Pelicans Still Working on Picking Up the Pace  (from Brett Dawson, The Advocate):

Read it here:  http://theadvocate.com/sports/pelicans/14476252-128/pelicans-still-work-on-picking-up-the-pace

–  Tyreke Evans Having Difficulty Adjusting to Gentry’s Offensive System  (from John Reid,  NOLA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2016/01/tyreke_evans_1.html

–  Recapping Monday’s Games  (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2016/1/4/10712540/nba-monday-pacers-hope-to-down-heat

–  Where Are They Now:  Amnestied Players  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoops Rumors):

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2016/01/where-are-they-now-amnestied-players.html

And for those with access to ESPN insider:

–  What the Warriors are Teaching the Hornets (from Kevin Pelton):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/14500756/the-charlotte-hornets-showing-how-teams-learn-golden-state-warriors-nba

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Draymond Green  (from Sam Amick, USA Today):  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2016/01/03/draymond-green-magic-johnson-warriors-draymagic/78237606/

–  DeMar DeRozan  (from Josh Lewenberg,  tsn.ca):   http://www.tsn.ca/derozan-deserves-more-credit-for-career-best-stretch-1.418150

–  TJ Warren/Devin Booker/Alex Len  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  RealGM):  http://basketball.realgm.com/article/240329/Going-Back-To-McDonoughs-Original-Plan-In-The-Suns-Lost-Season

–  Jonathon Simmons  (from Tim McMahon,  Express-News):  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Simmons-gives-Spurs-juice-to-blow-by-Bucks-6736840.php?t=871d385940927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

–  DeMarre Carroll  (from Ryan Wolstat,  Toronto Sun):  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/04/raptors-lose-carroll-for-game-in-cleveland–and-likely-for-some-time

–  Ish Smith (from Jason Patt,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2016/1/5/10715482/ish-smith-philadelphia-76ers-highlights-stats

–  Montrezl Harrell  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2016/01/rockets-rookie-montrezl-harrell-ready-to-play-with-donatas-motiejunas-out/

–  John Wall  (from Abdullah Sharif,  hoopdistrict.com):   http://hoopdistrict.net/how-john-wall-destroyed-december-in-spite-of-inadequate-supporting-cast/

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Harrison Faigen,  silverscreenandroll.com):  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/1/5/10712886/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-nba-draft-2015

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis 12/29/15

 Sorting Through the Drama in Phoenix  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14451352/the-suns-belief-competitive-building-future-taken-toll

–  Posting, Floating and the Future of the Grizzlies  (from Jordan M. Foley, Vantage Sports):

Read it here: http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoGQpR8AAEpfEsOd

–  Recapping Last Night’s Games (from SBNation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/29/10682168/2015-nba-scores-stephen-curry-highlights-triple-double

–  Beyond the Box Score:  Mavericks’ Games 21-31  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.mavs.com/behind-the-box-score-games-21-31/

–  Will Noel’s Rebirth End When Okafor Returns?  (from Keith Pompey,  philly.com):

Read it here:  http://mobile.philly.com/beta?wss=/philly/sports/sixers&id=363687641

–  Ish Smith is Helping to Change the Sixers’ Identity  (from John Coon,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/despite-loss-jazz-grittier-attitude-changing-sixers-identity

–  Secrets of Steph Curry’s Shooting  Hidden in Data (from Charles Babcock, Information Week):

Read it here:  http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/secrets-of-nba-stephen-currys-shooting-hidden-in-data/a/d-id/1323709

Long-Distance Relationship:  Dell and Steph Curry  (from Ken Babb,  Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/long-distance-relationship-steph-and-dell-curry-forged-bond-beyond-the-arc/2015/12/22/e27911c8-a8f3-11e5-bff5-905b92f5f94b_story.html

–  How Clint Capela Has Changed the Tone of the Rockets’ Season  (from Aaron Mah,  Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2015/12/27/clint-capela-changed-tone-rockets-season/

–  Mirotic at the 3 is Not Good  (from The Hungarian Jordan, blogabull.com):

Read and view it here:http://www.blogabull.com/2015/12/29/10669468/niko-at-the-3-is-still-a-disaster

Dragic Still Searching for his Own Lane in Heat Lineup  (from Rohan Nadkarni,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/12/29/goran-dragic-heat-suns-rockets-dwyane-wade-chris-bosh-pat-riley

–  Death to All-Bench Units, Revisited  (from Blake Murphy,  Raptors Republic):

Read it here:  http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/12/29/redux-death-to-all-bench-units/

Mavs 103, Bucks 93  (from Jonathan Tjarks,  Pattern of Basketball):

Read it here:  http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2015/12/mavs-vs-bucks.html

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Cameron Payne  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):  http://newsok.com/article/5469244

–  Cole Aldrich  (from Dan Woike,  ocregister):  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/need-697763-ocregister-wizards.html

–  Omri Casspi  (from Tom Ziller,  SBNation):  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/12/29/10682936/omri-casspi-kings-shooter-stephen-curry-duel

–  Jared Dudley  (from Kyle Weidie,  truthaboutit.net):  http://www.truthaboutit.net/2015/12/jared-dudley-on-blessings-disguised-as-clipper-departures.html

–  Solomon Hill  (from Tom Lewis,  indycornrows.com):  http://www.indycornrows.com/2015/12/29/10684002/solomon-hill-stays-ready-to-deliver-for-pacers

–  Ryan Kelly  (from Hannah Kulik, lakeshowlife.com): http://lakeshowlife.com/2015/12/29/lakers-lakers-give-ryan-kelly-another-shot/

–  Darion Atkins  (from Keith Schlosser,  Ridiculous Upside): http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/28/10676962/knicks-darion-atkins-nba-d-league-ridiculous-upside-top-prospect-december

–  Terran Petteway  (from Lee Barfknecht,  nptelegraph.com):  http://www.nptelegraph.com/sports/husker_sports/petteway-shining-in-d-league/article_1c1eab84-4aa5-57a0-8f2a-efcbecd2da68.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey on Losing LaMarcus Aldridge and the Future of the Team  (from Zach Lowe,  Grantland):

Listen to this podcast here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-lowe-post-podcast-trail-blazers-gm-neil-olshey-on-losing-lamarcus-aldridge-and-the-future-of-the-team/

 

–  How August Stretch Provision Use Helped Teams  (from Chuck Myron,  Hoopsrumors.com):

” A key offseason date is approaching, as Monday is the final day that teams can waive players using the stretch provision to reduce the costs of their obligations for the coming season. The stretch provision is still useful after the end of August, but salaries for 2015/16 would remain the same for any player waived and stretched beginning Tuesday.

Last year, teams used the stretch provision on four players at the end of August, and their individual cases highlight many of the details involved with this salary cap tool. We’ll look at all four of them here”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/08/how-late-august-stretch-provision-use-helped-teams.html

 

–  How Can C.J. McCollum Improve His Game In Year 3?  (from evansclinchy,  balzersedge.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/8/27/9218725/portland-trail-blazers-cj-mccollum-2015-16-improvement

 

Omri Casspi Q & A (from James Herbert,  CBS Sports):

Read it here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25282140/qa-omri-casspi-on-his-israel-trip-kings-future-reviving-his-career

 

–  Houston’s acquisition of Ty Lawson is one of the biggest trades of the summer  (from Jordan M. Foley,  Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:   http://www.vantagesports.com/story/Vd8zAiAAAAsWWnXQ/hand-over-the-keys-to-the-rocketdrivers-ed-with-ty-lawson

 

–   Mavs are preparing first-round pick Justin Anderson for steep learning curve in Year 1  (from Earl K. Sneed,  mavs.com):

Read it here:   http://www.mavs.com/mavs-are-preparing-first-round-pick-justin-anderson-for-steep-learning-curve-in-year-1/

 

 

We dedicate today’s BI to Darryl Dawkins, who passed away yesterday at the far too young age of 58:

From 1988:

MANCHILD IN THE NBA (from Dave Wohl, Sports Illustrated):   http://www.si.com/vault/1988/04/11/117466/manchild-in-the-nba-did-darryl-dawkins-sir-slam-fail-to-live-up-to-the-great-expectations-of-his-fans-and-his-nba-coaches-a-former-coach-searches-for-the-answer

 

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

Otto Porter took the next step in his development in Game 2 vs. Hawks  (from Iake Whitacre, bulletsforever.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/5/6/8559197/otto-porter-washington-wizards-vs-atlanta-hawks-game-2-nba-playoffs-2015

 

 

 

–  Paul Pierce, the new old model for stretch fours  (from William Bohl,  hardwoodparoxysm.com):

Read it here:  http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2015/05/07/paul-pierce-the-new-old-model-for-stretch-fours/

 

 

 

Wizards’ Wall has multiple fractures in wrist and hand; status in doubt  (from Jorge Castillo,  Washington Post):

Read it here:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/wizards-wall-has-multiple-fractures-in-wrist-and-hand-status-in-doubt/2015/05/07/9585fe60-f4f5-11e4-84a6-6d7c67c50db0_story.html

 

 

 

–  How the Wizards can cope with Wall’s injury  (from Umair Khan, bulletsforever.com):

Read and view it here:   http://www.bulletsforever.com/2015/5/7/8569089/how-the-wizards-can-cope-with-walls-injury-in-these-playoffs

 

 

 

–   HOW THE BULLS CAN ADJUST FOR GAME 3  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/samsmith/playoffs/how-bulls-can-adjust-game-3

 

 

 

–  Shots were still Available for the Bulls in Game Two, But For The Wrong Players  (from Chris terzic,  blogabiull.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.blogabull.com/2015/5/7/8565017/chicago-bulls-cleveland-cavaliers-game-two-analysis

 

 

 

–  Tristan Thompson is a matchup problem for the Bulls  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/5/7/8564947/tristan-thompson-stats-breakdown-cavs-vs-bulls-nba-playoffs

 

 

 

 

Tristan  Thompson just ‘fits in’ with Cavaliers  (from Dave McMenamin,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12819331/tristan-thompson-fits-cleveland-cavaliers

 

 

 

–  Understanding Chris Paul’s Hamstring Strain & the Issues Moving Forward   (from Jeff Stotts,  instreetclothes.com):

Read it here:  http://instreetclothes.com/2015/05/03/understanding-chris-pauls-hamstring-strain-the-issues-moving-forward/

 

 

 

–  How the Rockets stopped Blake Griffin by going small  (from Jesus Gomez,  sbnation.com):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/5/7/8566049/rockets-clippers-blake-griffin-defense-fourth-quarter

 

 

 

–  Grizzlies frustrating, disrupting Warriors in 1-1 series  (frm Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25177472/nothing-easy-how-memphis-disrupted-frustrated-the-warriors-in-game-2

 

 

 

–  The Playoffs in a Make or Miss League – What IS A “Good” Shot  (from Seth Partnow,  nyloncalculus.com):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/05/06/the-playoffs-in-a-make-or-miss-league-what-is-a-good-shot/

 

 

 

–   Stretch-4s: How Rockets’ Coach Rudy Tomjanovich  radically changed NBA offenses  (from Adam Kilgore, Washington Post):

Read it here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/05/08/stretch-4s-how-rudy-tomjanovic-and-robert-horry-radically-changed-nba-offenses/

 

 

 

–  Gimmicky fouls: fundamentally flawed  (from J.A. Adande,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12842752/nba-gimmicky-fouls-hackneyed-philosophy

 

 

 

–  Raptors have had similar ugly finishes and should avoid repeating past mistakes  (from Eric Koreen,  nationalpost.com):

Read it here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/nba/toronto-raptors-have-had-similar-ugly-finishes-and-should-avoid-repeating-past-mistakes-here-are-five-lessons

 

 

 

–  Oklahoma City Thunder: Familiar faces could join Billy Donovan’s staff  (from Anthony Slater,  newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-familiar-faces-could-join-billy-donovans-staff/article/5417128/

 

 

 

–  An Open Letter to the NBA Draft Class  (from Patrick Patterson,  theplayerstribune.com):

Read it here:  http://www.theplayerstribune.com/patrick-patterson-nba-draft-letter/

 

 

 

 

–  Pelicans offense reaches top-10 status  (from David Fisher,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/5/7/8549723/shooting-for-success-pelicans-offense-ranking-top-10-status

 

 

 

–  Pelicans improved on defense   (from David Fisher,  thebirdwrites.com):

Read it here:  http://www.thebirdwrites.com/2015/5/6/8558287/new-orleans-pelicans-improved-on-defense-omer-asik-anthony-davis

 

 

 

And for those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  Blake Griffin’s postseason breakout  (from Kevin Pelton)

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/12845469/why-blake-griffin-early-postseason-mvp-nba-playoffs

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes,Updates, Profiles:

 

Bradley Beal/Otto Porter:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/wizards-missouri-duo-take-different-roads-to-stardom/14py29bkcrat017tkk6b63q1d8

 

Andrew Bogut:   http://www.slamonline.com/nba/qa-andrew-bogut/?#HedIORx3wDQ7Oul8.97

 

Jimmy Butler:  http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/jon-greenberg/post/_/id/866/latest-accolade-just-another-tracking-point-on-butlers-upward-trajectory

 

Courtney Lee:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/5/8/8572969/courtney-lee-profile-memphis-grizzlies-nba

 

Zach Randolph:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-the-evolution-of-zach-randolph/

 

DeMar DeRozan:  http://www.raptorshq.com/2015/5/4/8509807/demar-derozan-torontos-most-puzzling-piece

 

Ryan Anderson:  http://www.bourbonstreetshots.com/2015/05/08/new-orleans-pelicans-season-in-review-ryan-anderson/

 

Chis Kaman:  http://www.csnnw.com/blazers/season-review-chris-kaman

 

Avery Bradley:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/5/7/8564299/heres-whats-next-for-the-development-of-boston-celtics-guard-avery

 

Dwight Powell:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/5/7/8557719/player-review-dwight-powell-dallas-mavericks-rondo-trade

 

Bruno Caboclo:  http://www.nba.com/raptors/day-rookie-life-bruno-caboclo

 

Quincy Pondexter:  http://pelicandebrief.com/2015/05/08/2014-2015-new-orleans-pelicans-season-reviews-the-3-and-d-quincy-pondexter/

 

Omri Casspi:  http://cowbellkingdom.com/2014-15-season-in-review-omri-casspi/

 

Elfrid Payton:  http://www.nba.com/magic/news/2014-15-season-review-elfrid-payton

 

 

QOTD (from David Blatt on why Hack-a-foul doesn;t exist in Europe):

. “It’s considered unsportsmanlike.

“We have fouled players who are poor foul shooters, but in a legal and tactical fashion. There’s no such thing as Hack-A-Shaq. That’s one of the reasons I believe they can and should change the rule. … You can’t foul a guy with no relation to the game whatsoever. And the referees are educated enough to understand when it’s a basketball play and when you’re grabbing a guy at the other end of the court who’s not involved in the play so as to purposely on the line. …

“That’s one of those rules overseas that I think is better than what we have here.”