Basketball Intelligence For 7/16/21

Today's Best NBA Reporting And Analysis

NBA FINALS

From Nekias Duncan, Basketball News: https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/five-questions-that-will-decide-the-nba-finals

From Chris Herring, Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/nba/2021/07/15/nba-finals-game-4-bucks-suns-instant-classic

From Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic: https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2021/07/15/monty-williams-powerful-postgame-talk-sets-stage-game-5-suns-bucks-nba-finals/7986734002/

From Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-bucks-and-suns-didnt-build-like-recent-nba-finalists/

From Trevor Booth, Bright Side Of The Sun: https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2021/7/15/22579469/chris-paul-nba-finals-game-4-phoenix-suns-turnovers-monty-williams-devin-booker  and  https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/2021/7/15/22578241/phoenix-suns-nba-finals-game-4-chris-paul-devin-booker-monty-williams-milwaukee-bucks

From Eric Nehm, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2708486/2021/07/15/bucks-team-effort-grinds-out-ugly-and-crucial-game-4-win-how-bad-do-you-really-want-it/

From AP: https://www.ocregister.com/2021/07/15/nba-finals-winning-without-giannis-scoring-40-gives-bucks-confidence-boost

From ESPN Panel: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/5on5-31820439/nba-finals-2021-answering-big-questions-heading-pivotal-game-5

From Ben Ladner, The Step Back: https://fansided.com/2021/07/16/bucks-nba-finals-unlocked-giannis/

From David Aldridge, The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/2708173/2021/07/16/figure-out-the-what-first-then-the-when-finals-adjustments-are-the-ultimate-risk-reward/

From Dalton Sell, Behind The Buck Pass: https://behindthebuckpass.com/2021/07/16/milwaukee-bucks-areas-improve-road-game-5-nba-finals/

From Jordan Treske, Behind The Buck Pass: https://behindthebuckpass.com/2021/07/15/milwaukee-bucks-khris-middleton-clutch-nba-finals/

From Jacob Maier, Behind The Buck Pass: https://behindthebuckpass.com/2021/07/16/giannis-antetokounmpos-postseason-defensive-performances

From NBA.com: https://www.nba.com/watch/video/20210715finalsfilmroomchrispaulstruggles

From Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: https://www.nba.com/news/5-things-we-learned-from-game-4-of-the-2021-finals

From Jake Weinbach, Hoops Habit: https://hoopshabit.com/2021/07/16/nba-finals-3-takeaways-suns-bucks-game-4/4/

From Brad Botkin, CBS Sports: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-chris-pauls-turnover-barrage-jrue-holidays-defense-and-a-legacy-that-should-not-be-at-stake/

From Adam Paris, Brew Hoop: https://www.brewhoop.com/2021/7/15/22578569/nba-finals-2021-bully-ball-on-the-boards-milwaukee-bucks-offensive-rebounding-revolution


PRE-OLYMPICS

From Brendan Tobin, Audacy: https://www.audacy.com/theticketmiami/sports/miami-heat/bam-adebayo-pop-and-i-hashed-it-out-over-previous-team-usa-cut

From Khobi Price, SunSentinel: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/fl-sp-miami-heat-thursday-20210715-v6a5xyr2tzbnxjd6s3yaqu55le-story.html

From Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nba/miami-heat/article252798938.html

From Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/kevin-durant-on-team-usa-struggles-the-stars-were-kind-of-aligned-for-us-to-lose-early-160621684.html


U19 FIBA WORLD CUP

- The Top International Prospects (from Eric Guilleminault, NBA Draft.net):

Read it here:  https://www.nbadraft.net/u19-fiba-world-cup-top-international-prospects/


2021 DRAFT:

- The Case For # 1 Pick (from Krysten Peek, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here: https://sports.yahoo.com/the-case-for-nba-draft-no-1-pick-cade-cunningham-is-favorite-but-2-others-are-intriguing-185546989.html

- Two-Round Mock (from Zach Harper, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/2709776/2021/07/16/2021-nba-draft-two-round-mock-zach-harper-sees-rockets-torn-between-jalens-at-no-2/

From Philip Rossman-Reich, Orlando Magic Daily: https://orlandomagicdaily.com/2021/07/15/orlando-magic-daily-2021-nba-draft-big-board-3-5-thinking-about-needs-with-talent/

- Profile: Jalen Suggs (from Kelly Iko/Seth Davis, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/2710492/2021/07/16/nba-draft-prospect-profiles-analyzing-gonzagas-jalen-suggs-with-college-hoops-expert-seth-davis/


NEWS AND NOTES

- Which Players Each Team Can & Won't Trade (from Bobby Marks, ESPN):

Read it here: https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/31806419/nba-roster-breakdown-which-players-every-team-trade-summer

- End Of An Era As Spalding Basketball Bounce Out Of The NBA (from Jesse Washington, The Undefeated):

Read it here: https://theundefeated.com/features/end-of-an-era-as-spalding-basketballs-bounce-out-of-the-nba/

- BKN: What The Nets Are Trying To Achieve This Offseason (from Alex Schffer/Sam Vecenie,The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/2708204/2021/07/15/free-agency-sign-and-trades-and-the-nba-draft-what-the-nets-are-trying-to-achieve-this-offseason/

- BOS: Marcus Smart's Future Is Most Important Question Of The Offseason (from Bobby Manning, Celtics Blog):

Read it here: https://www.celticsblog.com/2021/7/15/22561277/marcus-smarts-future-is-most-important-question-of-this-celtics-offseason-brad-stevens-ime-udoka

- CLE: The Sexton Dilemma (from Nick Trizzino, Fear The Sword):

Read it here: https://www.fearthesword.com/2021/7/15/22572745/collin-sexton-and-the-romance-of-a-rebuild

- DAL: The New GM & Coach: Introductory Press Conference (from Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News):

Read it here: https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/mavericks/2021/07/15/mavs-introduction-of-new-gm-coach-made-one-thing-clear-mark-cuban-is-still-in-charge-around-here/

From Brad Townsend, Dallas News: https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/mavericks/2021/07/15/watch-mavs-introduce-new-head-coach-jason-kidd-gm-nico-harrison/

From Tim MacMahon, ESPN: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31823727/jason-kidd-excited-potential-dallas-mavericks-luka-doncic-kristaps-porzingis

From Callie Caplan, Dallas News: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/new-mavs-coach-jason-kidd-s-plan-for-luka-doncic-poetry-in-motion-that-will-only-improve-with-age/ar-AAMcFoz

From Grant Afseth, Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/nba/mavericks/news/dallas-mavs-coach-jason-kidd-reveals-luka-doncic-strategy-news-nba

- HOU: Ryan Anderson Opens Up About His Struggles With The Rockets (from Matt Young, Huston Chronicle):

Read it here: https://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-Ryan-Anderson-Duncan-Robinson-podcast-Shot-16317150.php

- LAC: Expert Medical Analysis Of Kawhi's ACL Tear (from Gilbert McGregor/Dr. Michael George, NBA.com):

Read it here: https://ca.nba.com/news/kawhi-leonard-expert-medical-analysis-on-partial-acl-tear-surgery-and-recovery-for-la-clippers-superstar/1nmmany1pbb8b1d05t2volmalz

- LAC: Clips In "Serious Talks" To Add Brian Shaw As Asst. Coach (from Mirjam Swanson, OC Register):

Read it here: https://www.ocregister.com/2021/07/15/report-clippers-in-serious-talks-to-add-brian-shaw-as-assistant-coach/

- NOP: Doc Rivers Confident Willie Green Can Take Pels To Next Level (from Christian Clark, The Advocate):

Read it here: https://www.nola.com/sports/pelicans/article_35d14dd2-e5ab-11eb-981d-b7c308cc452b.html

- OKC: SGA Should Be Nearly Untouchable (from Nick Crain, Forbes):

Read it here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholascrain/2021/07/16/thunders-shai-gilgeous-alexander-should-be-nearly-untouchable-in-trade-discussion/?sh=5f70d4122581

- PHI: 5 Problems Daryl & Doc Should Have Seen Coming (from Dave Early, Liberty Ballers):

Read it here: https://www.libertyballers.com/2021/7/15/22551881/the-daryl-morey-doc-rivers-marriage-is-off-to-a-rocky-start-5-problems-they-should-have-seen-coming


FREE AGENCY

- Top 2021 Free Agents (from John Hollinger, The Athletic):

Read it here: https://theathletic.com/2708140/2021/07/15/2021-nba-free-agency-john-hollingers-top-20-free-agents-by-bord-projections-with-formula-tweaks/

From Tommy Beer, Basketball News: https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/2021-nba-free-agency-ranking-kawhi-leonard-chris-paul-and-the-top-10-offseason-players-on-market


WNBA

- Mystics Poised For Comeback (from Jon Bird, Winsidr):

Read it here: https://winsidr.com/2021/07/down-but-not-out-mystics-poised-for-comeback/amp/


CURATED STORY OF THE DAY

About that time by Henry Abbott on the rumblings that “Dame Time” in Portland might be over.

Key graf:

Lillard’s value is so high that, in weeks past, the word from well-placed sources has been that Lillard simply would not be traded for two reasons: 

  • He won’t be a free agent until 2024, so he has little leverage.

  • Having him on the roster helps the team valuation as Allen prepares to sell.