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 12/31/15

–  Noel, Okafor Switch Roles (from Keith Pompey, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20151230_Sixers_coach_switches_roles_of_Noel__Okafor.html

–  Butler Says that he and Hoiberg are “Learning a Lot About Each Other”  (from Nick Friedell, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14471892/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-says-coach-fred-hoiberg-holding-accountable

–  Versatility Will Set the Grizzlies’ Course  (from Chris Herrington,  Commercial Appeal):

Read and view it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/pick-and-pop/Pick-and-Pop-Versatility-will-set-the-Grizzlies-course-363819901.html

Reggie Jackson Podcast Transcript (from Adrian Wojnarowski/ Darnell Mayberry):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/reggie-jackson-opens-up-about-his-thunder-days/article/5469638

–  Serge Ibaka  Q & A  (from Josh Martin,  Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2603720-serge-ibaka-on-state-of-the-oklahoma-city-thunder

–  Scott Skiles Has Pulled Another Great Defense Out of His Hat  (from Yaron Weitzman,  SBNation):

Read and view it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/12/31/9836364/scott-skiles-magic-defense-improvement-victor-oladipo

–  HORNS Staggers is an Effective Play for Miami  (from Jay Ramos,  hothothoops.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.hothothoops.com/2015/12/30/10684596/hot-hot-plays-horns-staggers-effective-play-miami-heat-dwyane-wade

–  Why the Post-Up Will Never Die  (from Coach Nick,  BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/3-point-shooting-why-the-post-up-will-never-die/

–  Anatomy of a Game Winner:  Closer Look at Gasol’s Lob to Butler  (from Sam Smith,  bulls.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/gameday/samsmith/anatomy-game-winner

–  The NBA’s Best and Worst After Timeout Plays  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

Read and view it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/12/nba-after-timeouts/

–  How Robin Lopez Defended Drummond  (from Jonathan Schulman,  postingandtoasting.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/12/30/10688548/look-how-good-robin-lopez-was-against-detroit

Timberwolves Moving On Slowly Without Flip Saunders (from Steve Aschburner,  NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/steve_aschburner/12/30/life-after-flip-a-look-into-wolves-future/

–  Is There A Proper Time for an NBA Coach to Get a Technical Foul? (from Anthony Slater, newsok.com):

Read it here: http://newsok.com/is-there-a-proper-time-for-billy-donovan-or-any-nba-coach-to-get-a-technical-foul/article/5469686

–  Defensive Rookies of the Season’s First Quarter  (from Henry Steckel,   Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www1.vantagesports.com/Articles/article_view/VoQWdR8AAPFqIeKL

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  Oladipo Not Deterred By Criticism  (from Josh Robbins,  Orlando Sentinel):  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/magic-basketblog/os-mbb-victor-oladipo-criticism-offense-20151230-post.html

–  Kemba Walker’s Path to All-Star Efficiency  (from Tyler Davis,  Sporting News):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689555-kemba-walker-hornets-charlotte-all-star-efficiency-jeremy-lin-nicolas-batum

Jabari Parker’s Learning  Curve Hits a Dip  (from Charles F. Gardner,  jsonline.com):  http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/jabari-parkers-learning-curve-hits-a-dip-b99642815z1-363891591.html

Bosh’s Story is One of Perspective  (from Ethan J. Skolnick,  Miami Herald):  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ethan-j-skolnick/article52400520.html

–  Ty Lawson is Turning His Offense Around  (from Jonathan Feigen,  Houston Chronicle):  http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2015/12/ty-lawson-showing-signs-of-turning-his-offense-around/

–  CJ McCollum  (from Mike Richman,  oregonlive.com):  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2015/12/blazers_nuggets_cj_mccollum.html

–  Heat’s Chris Andersen Grows Into Veteran Leader  (from Adi Jospeh, Sporting news):  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba-news/4689660-chris-andersen-birdman-miami-heat-age-veteran-udonis-haslem-erik-spoelstra

–  Jae Crowder  (from A. Sherrod Blaekly,  csnne.com):  http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/kobe-bryant-praises-jae-crowder-development-with-celtics

–  Boban Marjanovic  (from Jeff McDonald,  mysanantonio.com):  http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2015/12/31/popovich-no-fan-of-boban-mania/

–  Mareese Speights  (from Diamond Leung,  Inside the Warriors):  http://www.ibabuzz.com/warriors/2015/12/30/warriors-marreese-speights-having-worst-most-frustrating-year-minutes-wise-but-hes-willing-to-sacrifice/

–  Jordan Mickey  (from Nicholas LeTourneau,  Ridiculous Upside);  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/12/31/10686156/celtics-assignee-jordan-mickey-continues-to-shine-for-maine-red-claws

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  NBA Free Agency, Day 2: Sacramento’s Crazy Salary Dump and Greg Monroe’s Milwaukee Move  (from Zach Lowe,  Grantland):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nba-free-agency-day-2-sacramentos-crazy-salary-dump-and-greg-monroes-milwaukee-move/

 

 

–  Week In Review  (from Eddie Scarito,  hoopsrumors.com):

” The NBA’s free agent signing period is underway and there have already been a flurry of deals agreed upon, though, these pacts cannot become official until after the moratorium is lifted on July 9th. Before the next wave of wheeling and dealing begins, here’s a look back at the week that was.”

Read it here:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/07/week-in-review-62815-7415.html

 

 

–  Tracking the Journeys of Free Agents and Traded Players  (from Jessica Camerato, Basketball Insiders):

” In the opening days of NBA free agency, players have shuffled around the league. Add this to a handful of trades, and there will be new faces in new places next season. Basketball is a business, though, and these players have been through this before. See just how many organizations those in the news this week have played for over the years.”

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/tracking-the-journeys-of-free-agents-and-traded-players/

 

 

Fred Hoiberg Q & A (from K.C. Johnson,  Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:   http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-fred-hoiberg-q-a-bulls-spt-0705-20150704-story.html#page=1

 

 

–  Five to watch at Orlando Summer League  (from Michael Wallace,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13195564/nba-five-players-watch-orlando-summer-league

 

 

–  Talents to watch in Orlando Summer League  (from Brett David Roberts,  orlandomagicdaily.com):

Read it here:  http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/07/04/talents-to-watch-in-orlando-magic-summer-league/

 

 

–  D-League alums to watch at the Orlando Summer League  (from Chris Reichert, upsidemotor.com):

Read it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2015/07/04/orlando-summer-league-players-to-watch-d-league-craft-reed-birch/

 

 

–  NBA Summer League 2015: Rosters for Orlando and Vegas Teams  (from Alec nathan, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2513407-nba-summer-league-2015-rosters-for-orlando-and-vegas-teams

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

DeAndre Jordan:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13194922/deandre-jordan-looks-step-los-angeles-clippers-stars-shadows

 

Robin Lopez:  http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/knicks-bring-in-robin-lopez–continue-to-build-toward-a-new-normal-165821385.html   and   http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2015/7/3/8889185/why-robin-lopez-fits-the-knicks-nba-free-agency-2015

 

Tiago Splitter:  http://corporateknowledge.org/2015/07/02/sorry-you-had-to-split-tiago-splitter-to-the-hawks/

 

Hassan Whiteside:  http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article26423893.html

 

Greg Monroe:  http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13188142/nba-milwaukee-bucks-fill-their-biggest-need-signing-greg-monroe

 

Brandan Wright:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/07/01/nba-free-agency-grades-brandan-wright-memphis-grizzlies-three-years-18-million

 

Tobias Harris:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2514431-can-tobias-harris-push-orlando-magics-young-core-into-the-2016-nba-playoffs

 

Jae Crowder:  http://www.celticslife.com/2015/07/what-is-jae-crowders-ceiling.html

 

Wesley Matthews:  http://www.mavsmoneyball.com/2015/7/4/8891717/blazers-edge-talks-wesley-matthews-monta-ellis-dallas-mavericks

 

Aaron Baynes:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2015/7/4/8888301/who-is-aron-baynes-detroit-pistons-nba-free-agency

 

Spencer Dinwiddie:  http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2015/07/pistons_spencer_dinwiddie_know.html

 

Bismack Biyombo:  http://www.todaysfastbreak.com/nba-east/southeast/the-curious-case-of-bismack-biyombo/

 

Phil Pressey:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2015/07/phil_pressey_wants_celtics_to_notice

 

Aaron Craft:  http://www.centredaily.com/2015/07/04/4821764_guard-aaron-craft-puts-medical.html

 

Jack Cooley:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631958/You-dont-know-Jack-Cooley-Get-to-know-Jazzs-witty-big-man.html?pg=all

 

Cliff Alexander:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/07/04/3637487/cliff-alexander-left-at-the-nba.html

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   The Educated Consumer’s Guide to Following the NBA Free Agency Rumor Madness  (from  Kyle Welch, waitingfornextyear.com):

Read it here:  http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/2015/07/the-educated-consumers-guide-to-following-the-nba-free-agency-rumor-madness/

(NOTE: We would add: if you are offered a proposition over/under bet of 2% of free agency rumors proving out – take the under.)

 

 

–  Deeper look reveals dynamic under-the-radar free agents  (from Fran Blinebury, NBA.com):

Read it here:   http://www.nba.com/2015/news/features/fran_blinebury/06/29/under-the-radar-free-agents-2015/

 

 

– Sixers in tough spot with free agency, pending cap increase  (from John Gonzalez, csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/sixers-tough-spot-free-agency-pending-cap-increase

 

 

Non-guaranteed contracts play a big role in trades (from  Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/brendan-haywood-contract-trade-cleveland-cavaliers-non-guaranteed-deal-free-agencyl/10zcvzxosx0p218e033dz3n0uu

 

 

Thomas Robinson: Traveling Man  (from Jonathan Abrams, Grantland.com):

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/features/thomas-robinson-nba-free-agency-philadelphia-76ers-portland-trail-blazers-houston-rockets-sacramento-kings-kansas-jayhawks/

 

 

Celtics: Youth Movement & Patience  (from wjsy, celticsblog.com):

Read it here: http://www.celticsblog.com/2015/7/1/8865557/a-lesson-learned-before-free-agency

 

 

–  Five Questions: Los Angeles Clippers  (from Jesse Blanchard,  Bball Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/30/five-questions-los-angeles-clippers/

 

 

–  Summer League Can Be Valuable Experience  (from Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-pm-summer-league-can-be-valuable-experience/

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  2015 free-agent Big Board 2.0  (from Amin Elhassan):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13170103/nba-2015-big-board-top-30-free-agents-20

 

 

 

Day 6 of our continuing coverage of 2015 draft selections:

 

3, Philadelphia, Jahlil Okafor:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150701_Sixers__Brett_Brown_envisions_big_things_for_draft_pick_Jahlil_Okafor.html

 

–  5, Orlando, Mario Hezonja:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/06/mario-hezonja-offers-the-orlando-magic-plenty-of-versatility-and-confidence/

 

16, Boston,  Terry Rozier:  http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2015/06/danny_ainge_compares_boston_ce.html

 

20, Toronto, Delon Wright:  http://probballreport.com/raptors-rookie-delon-wright-is-nba-ready-now/

 

23, Brooklyn,  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2511244-expectations-for-rondae-hollis-jeffersons-rookie-season-with-brooklyn-nets

 

38, Detroit, Darrun Hilliard:  http://www.nba.com/pistons/features/pistons-saw-something-hilliard-others-didnt-now-hes-out-prove-them-right

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Noah Vonleh:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/06/30/what-is-noah-vonleh-capable-of/

 

Al-Farouk Aminu:  http://ripcityproject.com/2015/07/01/free-agent-al-farouq-aminu-portland-trail-blazers/

 

Mason Plumlee:  http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2015/07/mason-plumlee-brings-a-new-facet-to-the-portland-trail-blazers/

 

James M ichael McAdoo:  http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2015/7/1/8875725/nba-and-d-league-champion-james-michael-mcadoo-discusses-keys-to-success

 

Enes Kanter:  http://thunderousintentions.com/2015/06/30/looking-enes-kanter-situation/

 

Dante Exum:  http://purpleandblues.com/2015/06/30/breakout-season-on-tap-for-dante-exum/

 

Nikola Jokic:  http://bsndenver.com/breaking-down-nikola-jokic-the-nuggets-newest-european-import/

 

Josh Selby:  https://www.thetournament.com/news/josh-selby-takes-another-shot-tbt

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  David Griffin Deserves Praise as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Overlooked Architect  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2500376-david-griffin-deserves-praise-as-cleveland-cavaliers-overlooked-architect

 

 

 

Lute  Olson knew Kerr would deliver  (from Bruce Pascoe, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/ncaab/ua/2015/06/18/arizona-wildcat-hunch-lute-olson-knew-steve-kerr-would-deliver/28955679/

 

 

 

–  The Warriors Secret Key To Beating LeBron James And The Cavs  (from Coach Nick,  Bball Breakdown):

” Coach Nick broke down the key After Time Out plays by both teams, and it revealed distinctly different methods of attack. The Cleveland Cavaliers squandered more of their opportunities to run good sets to get their players open for good shots, while the Warriors executed theirs to an elite level. These types of plays, in a close game, could mean the difference between winning and losing a championship.”

Watch it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/18/the-secret-key-to-the-warriors-beating-lebron-james-and-the-cavaliers-in-the-2015-nba-finals/

 

 

 

–  Isaiah Austin: A story of faith, courage, and the tenacity to overcome   (from Hoopshype.com):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2015/06/19/isaiah-austin-a-story-of-faith-courage-and-the-tenacity-to-overcome/

 

 

 

–  Karl Towns may very well be the next step in the revolution Kevin Garnett started  (from Key Dae, canishoopus.com):

Read and view it here:  http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/6/18/8652109/karl-towns-may-very-well-be-the-next-step-in-the-revolution-kevin

 

 

–  Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Jahlil Okafor: One man’s opinion  (from Zach Harper,  awolfamongwolves.com):

Read and view it here: http://www.awolfamongwolves.com/2015/06/karl-anthony-towns-vs-jahlil-okafor-one-mans-opinion/

 

 

 

–  ASK SAM | SAM SMITH OPENS HIS MAILBAG   (from Bulls.com):

” Sam Smith of Bulls.com opens his Ask Sam mailbag and responds to the latest round of emails from his readers”

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ask-sam-sam-smith-opens-his-mailbag-6.19.2015

 

 

San Antonio Spurs shuffle  (from Half Court Hoops):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz1pswj0uyQ  and see the options diagrammed here:  https://twitter.com/HalfCourtHoops/status/611800743813615617

 

 

–   Five Questions: San Antonio Spurs  (from Jesse Blanchard, BBall Breakdown):

Read it here:  http://bballbreakdown.com/2015/06/18/five-questions-san-antonio-spurs/

 

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Omer Asik/Roy Hibbert:  http://www.blazersedge.com/2015/6/17/8788901/portland-trail-blazers-free-agents-trade-center-roy-hibbert-omer-asik

 

Dante Cunningham:  http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.ssf/2015/06/offensive_shortcomings_could_p.html

 

Karl-Anthony Towns/Devin Booker:  http://vaughtsviews.com/sports/college/uk/basketball/positiionless-basketball-helped-both-karl-anthony-towns-and-devin-booker/article_77fb780c-1629-11e5-a844-bfed145eb954.html