Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

–  Ranking draft prospects from 1-60  (from Kevin O’Connor,  sbnation):

Read it here:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/6/23/8832521/nba-draft-rankings-2015-big-board-karl-towns

 

 

–  Celtics’ Austin Ainge Offers Inside Window into Boston’s Predraft Process  (from Brian Robb,  Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2503996-celtics-austin-ainge-offers-inside-window-into-bostons-pre-draft-process

 

 

–   How do the Pacers decide who to pick in the NBA draft?  (from Candace Buckner,  indystar.com):

Read it here: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2015/06/23/pacers-decide-pick-nba-draft/29173885/

 

 

–  Steve Clifford Q&A: Lance reflections, Hornets’ draft process and more  (from Chris Mannix,  Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/24/steve-clifford-hornets-nba-draft-lance-stephenson-al-jefferson

 

 

– Analyzing the 2015 NBA Draft’s Top Fundamental Big Men’s Defense (from Kevin O’Connor, Vantage Sports):

Read and view it here:  http://www.vantagesports.com/story/VYibMSgAACgA-Prm/analyzing-the-2015-nba-drafts-top-fundamental-big-men

 

 

–  A Manifesto for the “Best Player Available” Approach  (from Layne Vashro,  Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2015/06/23/a-manifesto-for-the-best-player-available-approach/

 

 

–  Cuban: NBA should form youth club system  (from Tim MacMahon, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas-mavericks/post/_/id/4705380/cuban-nba-should-form-youth-club-system

 

 

–  Should NCAA serve as NBA’s minor league?  (from Tim MacMahon, ESDPN):

Read it here:  http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/13136578/should-ncaa-serve-nba-minor-league

 

 

The Obtuse Traingle  – Explaining the Triple-Post offense  (from Nicholas Dawidoff, NYTimes):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/sports/basketball/phil-jackson-knicks-triangle-offense-nba.html

 

 

Harvey Pollack, RIP (from Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20150624_Harvey_Pollack__76ers__legendary_stat_man__dies_at_93.html

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Willie Cauley-Stein:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/06/23/kentucky-willie-cauley-stein-dialed/cet0Fu624L0HiN2j0mKuRO/story.html

 

Trey Lyles:  http://www.sbnation.com/2015/6/24/8836361/trey-lyles-kentucky-basketball-nba-draft-prospect

 

–  Mario Hezonja:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2502765-meet-nba-draft-prospect-mario-hezonja-europes-kobe-bryant-wannabe

 

Kristaps Porzingis:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/24/who-is-kristaps-porzingis-why-does-everyone-want-to-draft-him-we-break-down-his-game/

 

Emmanuel Mudiay:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/24/emmanuel-mudiay-nba-draft-congo-china-texas-smu-larry-brown

 

Pat Connaughton:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2500209-inside-pat-connaughtons-two-sport-dream-pro-pitcher-eying-nba-career-too

 

Norman Powell:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/06/prospect-norman-powell.html

 

Chris McCullough:   http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/nba-draft-chris-mccullough-long-and-winding-journey-062415

 

Bobby Portis:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2490872-after-tough-childhood-bobby-portis-has-become-drafts-most-intriguing-sleeper

 

Jordan Mickey:  http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2015/06/prospect-jordan-mickey.html

 

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting and Analysis

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

Read it here:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-nba-finalists-how-to-make-a-sequel/

 

 

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

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2015/06/23/nba-draft-player-rankings-big-board-karl-anthony-towns-jahlil-okafor

 

 

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

” 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.”

Read it here:  http://www.startribune.com/talk-of-karl-anthony-towns-he-ll-go-to-the-wolves-at-no-1/309187721/

 

 

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

Part I:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/who-is-kristaps-porzingis/

Part II:  http://grantland.com/the-triangle/notalleuros-the-perfect-storm-behind-kristaps-porzingiss-rise/

 

 

 

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

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-long-term-effects-of-going-no-2-in-nba-draft/

 

 

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

Read it here:  http://www.denverstiffs.com/2015/6/23/8824561/melvin-hunt-reflects-on-his-time-with-the-denver-nuggets-nba-mavericks

 

 

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

Read it here:  http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2015/06/22/steve-nash-is-easy-to-find-if-youre-looking-arthur.html

 

 

–  The best Warriors quotes on coaching, teamwork  (form Coachad.com):

Read it here:  http://www.coachad.com/news/the-best-warriors-quotes-on-coaching-teamwork/

 

 

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.’

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/the-basketball-tournament-roundtable-qa/

 

 

For those with access to ESPN Insider:

 

–  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”

Read it here::  http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2015/insider/story/_/id/13081815/nba-draft-evaluating-nba-team-draft-stash-talent

 

 

Additional Player Notes, Updates, Profiles:

 

Danny Green:  http://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/Spurs-Green-exepected-to-be-hot-commodity-6342325.php?t=8125b7afdc927fc3fb&cmpid=twitter-premium

 

Willie Cauley-Stein:  http://www.espn.co.uk/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/106830/cauley-stein-brings-rare-defensive-versatility

 

Emmanuel Mudiay:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/06/23/on-emmanuel-mudiay-larry-brown-ponders-what-could-have-been-yet-is-still-excited-for-what-could-be/

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