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

–  How LaMarcus Aldridge Will Fit in With the Spurs  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

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Spencer Haywood Q &A  and  Even Without Flip, Wolves Have Hope (from David Aldridge,

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–  Phoenix Suns: The Pros And Cons Of A Twin Towers Lineup  (from Gerald Bourguet,

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–  76ers’ Advanced analytics and technical scouting: Lance Pearson (from Bret Stuter,  the


Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


–   BBALLBREAKDOWN’s Top 50 NBA Players: 50-46  (from Dakota Schmidt, BBall Breakdown):


–   Bradley Beal  On FTs, Getting Shots  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):


–   Eric Gordon is happy, healthy and ready to make us remember  (from Nick Weldon,  sbnation):


–  Blazers’ CJ McCollum honed his point guard skills working with Steve Nash during offseason  (from Mike Richman,


–   Derrick Favors (from Lucas Falk,


–   A flaw in his delivery scrubbed, Reggie Jackson’s confidence in his 3-point shot blossoms  (from Keith Langlois,


–  DeMarcus Cousins’s League-Worst Fouls per Game Rate Is Misleading  (from Aaron Fischman, Vantage Sports):


–  How P.J. Tucker could solve the Phoenix Suns’ problem at power forward  (from Rollin J. Mason,


–  Taj Gibson played through ligament tear, nearing return  (from Vincent Goodwill,


–   Jazz content to let point guards battle after Exum injury  (from Aaron Falk, Tony Jones, Steve Luhm,


–   Small-Ball Can Make Al-Farouq Aminu Shine  (from Carlos Diaz,

Today’s Top NBA Stories

–  Exum Strategy: How One Injury Put a Crimp in Utah’s Plans and Raised More Questions About Offseason Games (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

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–  Why the NBA’s ‘Small Ball’ Revolution Isn’t What You Think It Is  (from Dan Favale,  Bleacher report):

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–  Jazz can still make the playoffs without the injured Dante Exum  (from Kevin Pelton,  ESPN):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Perry Jones:


Tyler Johnson:


Sonny Weems:


Aron Baynes:


Josh Smith:


Kristaps Porzingis:


Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  The NBA Finalists: How to Make a Sequel  (from Zach Lowe, Grantland):

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–  2015 NBA draft:  Top 60 prospects  (from Sports Illustrated):

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Karl-Anthony Towns will go to Wolves at No. 1  (from  Jerry Zgoda,

” Wolves Nation and NBA executives have fallen hard for Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns, smitten in recent weeks and months by a 19-year-old who can dribble it, pass it and shoot it from both near and far.

“I knew he had some perimeter skills, but I didn’t know he had the ability to shoot the ball as effortlessly and with as much range as he does,” Saunders said. “No question KG was the first player his size to do those things. He could guard out on the floor, run the floor, shoot the ball. There have been more who have come: [Anthony] Davis at New Orleans is similar and K.A.T. is along those lines. He’s able to do a lot of different things and be good at a lot of them. Sometimes players are good at a couple different things, but not a lot of them.”

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–   Who Is Kristaps Porzingis?   (from Danny Chau, Grantland):

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–  The Long-Term Effects of Going No. 2 in NBA Draft  (from Jessica Camerato, Basketball Insiders):

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–  Melvin Hunt reflects on his time with Denver Nuggets, how coaching interview process unfolded  (from Nate Timmons,

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–  The game Steve Nash and Mike D’Antoni pioneered in Phoenix is showing up on championship teams (from Bruce Arthur,

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–  The best Warriors quotes on coaching, teamwork  (form

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NB-  The Basketball Tournament: Roundtable Q&A  (from Alex Kennedy,  Basketball Insiders):

” The NBA season is over, which means diehard basketball fans must go without the game they love for quite some time. For a long time, summer league was the only option for a basketball fan craving some action featuring professionals. Now, there’s another alternative.

The Basketball Tournament is back for the second straight year, and it features a ton of former NBA players, old college teams reuniting, a $1 million prize and nationally televised games on ESPN and ESPN U. The opening round of TBT starts on July 10, and games will be played in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Games will be on ESPN, ESPN U and live-streamed onlinrent NBA players from playing in TBT, but former NBA players and free agents are free to participate.’

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–  Evaluating each NBA team’s draft-and-stash talent  (from Kevin Pelton):

” During the second round of next week’s NBA Draft, you’ll hear the names of plenty of players selected who won’t play for their teams in 2015-16. Instead, they’ll head — or stay — overseas to continue improving before potentially coming to the NBA down the line. This is the “draft-and-stash” method that has become a crucial part of drafting.

While many players never develop into NBA-caliber players or pass on the opportunity to come to the league because they can make more money overseas, patience with their picks allowed the Chicago Bulls to add Rookie of the Year runner-up Nikola Mirotic and the San Antonio Spurs to land Manu Ginobili andTiago Splitter, among others.

To evaluate the talent that might be headed to the NBA in the future, I used translated stats from the D-League, Euroleague, EuroCup, Adriatic League, Spanish ACB, French Pro A to project most players whose rights are held by teams. (A handful have not played in any of these leagues within the past three years.) Based on how stats have translated from these leagues to the NBA in the past, we can get a general sense of their value. These projections are expressed inmy per-minute win percentage, where .500 is an average player and .410 is approximately replacement level — the minimum threshold needed to add value to an NBA roster.

Let’s take a look at these ratings and the likelihood of players coming over on a team-by-team basis”

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Danny Green:


Willie Cauley-Stein:


Emmanuel Mudiay:

Today’s Top NBA Stories

–   Getting defensive about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ atypical bench  (from Kendon Luscher,

”  Every nationally televised game this season, the same thing happens. At some point in the game, the broadcast throws a graphic on the screen comparing the Cavs’ bench scoring to their opponent’s bench scoring. Sometimes multiple times a game. Most of the time, the other team has the higher point total.

The announcers will either talk about how the Cavs need to score more points or something more interesting will happen in the game, and they’ll talk about that. It’s the same routine over and over, but the blanket consensus of these telecasts is usually that the Cavs’ bench isn’t very good at scoring points.

I’m going to overreact now to that consensus because it’s equal parts true and irrelevant.

Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, and Matthew Dellavedova are the Cavs’ sixth through eighth men. Some James Jones gets thrown in there, too, but the heavy load of the bench minutes this season has been those three players. I’m not going to argue with anyone that they are scorers. They simply aren’t. But pointing out that those three aren’t good scorers misses the point.’

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Shot selection to blame for Raptors’ woes  (from Ryan Wolstat, Tornto Sun):

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–  Wall Likely to Continue Passing Wizardry so Long as Raptors Refuse to Stop Hedging in Screen Defense  (from Paul McGurie, Vantage Sports):

” Toronto led the NBA in Hedge% at 23.41 during the regular season, and they have used it more than ever against Washington. They have hedged on 27.71 percent of Washington’s on-ball screens, by far the most in the postseason. Cleveland has the second-highest Hedge% at 15.31 percent.

Hedging would make sense if Washington’s primary ball handler were a terrific shooter with mediocre ball-handling and passing skills. But John Wall is the exact opposite of that. He is by far the best passer of these NBA playoffs with an Assist+ per 100 Chances over 50 percent higher than anyone else’s. However, Wall is shooting an acceptable but not great 44.64 FG% for the series.

So when the Raptors try to hedge and trap a terrific passer like Wall on the screen-and-roll, the results are defensive breakdowns”

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– Are the Switch-Happy Rockets Ready for Semifinals Basketball?  (from Cameron Purn,  Vantage Sports):

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–   How a Generation of Aussie Ballers Established Themselves in the NBA  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

LaMarcus Aldridge:

Nick Calathes:


Otto Porter:


Solomon Hill:


Eric Bledsoe:


Alec Burks: