– 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/