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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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 12/22/15

The Wizards’ 3-point Defense (from Jake Whitacre,  Bullets Forever):

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–  Sometimes Positions Matter  (from Ian Levy,  Sporting News):

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Sixers’ Brett Brown’s 1st Priority is Player Development  (from Bob Cooney,

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–  Al Jefferson’s Return Will Be a Welcome Sight  (from Rick Bonnell,  Charlotte Observer):

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–  Andre Drummond’s Rebounding in Historical Context  (from Ian Levy,  Nylon Calculus):

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–  The Improved Eastern Conference  (from Jeff Zilgitt,  USA Today):

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–  Rajon Rondo is Good Enough to be Divisive Again  (from Andrew Cutler,  BBall Breakdown):

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–  Recapping Yesterday’s Games  (from SBNation):

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Kawhi Leonard  (from Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report):

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–  Kawhi Leonard Forces Paul George Into Worst Career Shooting Night  (from Zach Harper,  CBS Sports):

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–  Marcin Gortat Exposes Drawbacks with Cousins   (from J. Michael,  csnmidatlantic):

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–  How It Happened:  Westbrook’s Clutch 3 Vs. the Clippers (from Kevin Arnovitz,  ESPN):

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–  How the Warriors Crush Opponents Early  (from Grant Huhges,  Bleacher Report):

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–  The Evolution of Steph Curry  (from Chris Ballard,  Sports Illustrated):

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–  The Bulls’ Shaky Chemistry  (from Zach Lowe,  ESPN):

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–  Examining the Pelicans’ Lineups:

     -From  Mason Ginsburg,  Bourbon Street Shots:

    – From David Fisher, The Bird Writes:

    – From Jim Eichenhofer,

–  What are Possessions and How Are They Calculated?  (from Justin W,  Nylon Calculus):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

–  CJ McCollum/Damian Lillard  (from Shaun Powell,

–  Tim Frazier  (from Jason Quick,  csnnw):

–  Kent Bazemore  (from Cody Taylor,  Basketball Insiders):

–  Gerald Green  (from Manny Navarro,  Miami Herald):

–  Why Is  Ed Davis So Good at Rebounding?  (from Brandon Goldner,

–  Seth Curry  (from Jason Jones,  Sacramento Bee):

–  Deron Williams  (from Michael Lee,  Yahoo Sports):—made-me-question-if-i-even-wanted-to-play-basketball-161703309.html

–  Ersan Ilyasova  (from Vince Ellis,  Detroit Free Press):

–  Danny Green  (from Jabari Young,

–  Mo Speights  (from Monte Poole,  csnbayarea):

–  Dwight Powell  (form Joshua Kloke,

–  Nikola Vucevic   (from John Denton,


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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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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):

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–   How the NBA Has Changed in the Last Three Decades  (from Dave Deckard,

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–  Could Brad Stevens be the next head coach for Team USA?  (from Tyler Sullivan,

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–   The Rockets have a rebounding problem  (from NVP,

” There are no easy solutions for this particular problem. Rockets’ open floor style is inherently prone to give up offensive rebounds… (T)here are no real affordable alternatives to the current platoon next to Dwight Howard. James Harden and Trevor Ariza did an admirable job last season supporting the front court on the glass, but ultimately the battle is in the paint with the big players. There is still a bit of hope for the current players to improve, but to expect significant improvement is probably unlikely. Young players like Clint Capela and Montrezl Harrell may see themselves come into some unexpected minutes if they demonstrate the ability to be an impact rebounder, but that’s a lot of expectations on the young players. It may just be something Rockets have to live with this season.”

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–   Will the Blazers struggle more on offense or defense next year?   (from Matt Moore,  CBS Sports):

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The Incredible Journey of Seth Curry (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):


Derrick Favors’ development with the Jazz (from Adi Joseph, Sporting News):


–  Bulls Profile: Doug McDermott (from Jeremy Karll,  pippenainteasy):


–  What to expect from Norman Powell with the Toronto Raptors  (from Kevin Nimmock,


–  Ed Davis Will Help the Trail Blazers’ Offense  (from Carlos Diaz,


–   James Ennis Has to Earn His Roster Spot with the Heat  (from Wes Goldberg,


–   Sixers’ Saric, Aldemir, And Stauskas Shining On International Stage  (from Max Rapoport,


–  Eric Griffin tore up D-League last season. Now he wants to stick in the NBA  (from Seth Ferranti,


–   Tony Allen is known for his defense, but the Grizzlies should still value his offensive abilities  (form Jonah Jordan,

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

Mitch Kupchak Q & A (from Joey Ramirez,

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Lance Stephenson Q & A (from Jared Zwerling, Bleacher report):

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”  With T.J. and Archie, what I’m looking at is their team defense. Are they on the nail? Are they helping out? Are they getting back? Are they closing out hard? I’ve seen spurts of it, but we want to get that up to 95 percent of the time, not just 20 percent of the time.”

Booker got a more positive review from his new coach.

“He’s pretty solid all around,” Hornacek said of the rookie. “Obviously, he can stroke it. And defensively, when I look at him, most of the time he’s in the right position.”

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–  Suns: Playoffs Should Be The Expectation In 2015-16  (from Gerald Bourguet,

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 The Spurs’ great offseason had a hidden cost  (from Satchel Price,  sbnation):

” San Antonio has more stars than ever, but an active offseason created some new problems to solve on the bench.”

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 Pacers Changing Eras in Large Fashion  (from Dylan Hughes,

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– Guys Who Caught My Eye At Las Vegas Summer League  (from A J Mitnick,

” The Las Vegas Summer League not only gives fans their first impressions of this season’s top rookies but also provides a stage for young players on the cusp of NBA opportunity to showcase their development.

Approaching it from the outside in as I did, as an assistant coach for an overseas team, the Summer League is a great place to get impressions on the top American talent, all in one setting. With the talent pool spread across the D-League, Europe, Asia, South America and even the end of NBA benches, Las Vegas puts all these players together with the top rookies and recent draft picks to try to show their worth.

Some players can use Summer League to carve out a larger role with their current NBA team after spending most of last season on the bench. Some guys who were undrafted, overseas, or in the D-league last season can play themselves into an NBA contract. Lastly, with many of European basketball’s brightest minds in attendance, some guys may show that they can be top players at the European level and improve their status in that market.

Here is a look at who caught my eye out in Vegas

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–  WHY SMALL BALL IS SWEEPING THE NBA  (from Roland Lazenby, Vice Sports):

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–  The flexible franchise: Suns keep their options open with element of surprise  (from Rob Mahoney,  Sports Illustyrated):

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 5 Second-Round Picks Who Look Like Steals from the 2015 NBA Draft Class  (from Jonathan Wasserman,  Bleacher Report):

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(NOTE:  I’m sure we hate slideshows at least as much as you, but occasionally there is one worth checking out)



–  The difference on defense for Orlando Magic as seen in Summer League  (from Philip Rossman-Reich.

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–  Summer League Through the Eyes of European Scouts  (from Jason Concepion, Grantland):

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Players to watch in The Basketball Tournament (from John Templon, Big Apple Buckets):

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Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:


Nerlens Noel:


Jonathon Simmons:


Troy Daniels:


Terry Rozier:


Richard Jefferson:


Seth Curry/ Duje Dukan:


Seth Curry:  and


Ty Lawson:


Alec Burks/ Josh McRoberts/ Ricky Rubio:


Brandan Wright


Emmanuel Mudiay:


Scottie Wilbekin:


Romero Osby:


Kevon Looney: