Basketball Intelligence For 5/16/23


Anonymous scout, coach, exec pick Nuggets-Lakers, Celtics-Heat winners
Sam Amick/Darnell Mayberry/Josh Robbins, The Athletic

Can AD slow Jokic? Can Bam score more? And other important questions
Mike Shearer, Basketball Poetry

5 questions for the biggest stars in the NBA Conference Finals
Wes Goldberg, The Athletic

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from Adam Spinella, SBNation

from Jovan Buha, The Athletic

from Greg Brueck-Cassoli, High Off The Glass

from Harrison Wind, The DNVR

from Denver Post

from Jasmyn Wimbish, CBS Sports

from Sam Quinn, CBS Sports

from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports

Nuggets coach Michael Malone’s searing intensity spurs conference finals run
Mike Singer, Denver Post

How Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis revamped their games to lead a title contender
Jovan Buha, The Athletic

How Lakers’ trade deadline moves led to turnaround
Mark Medina, The Sporting Tribune

Lakers know what they’re facing in Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Broderick Turner, LA Times

How Bruce Brown’s Emergence Has the Nuggets on the Verge of the NBA Finals
Jackson Frank, The Analyst

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope brings needed traits to championship hopeful Nuggets
Peter Baugh, The Athletic

Nikola Jokic and LeBron James couldn’t more different as basketball players. But their secret sauce is the same
Mark Kiszla, Denver Post

James and Jokic are sorcerers who seem to have nothing in common except a brain capable of calculating in real time the angles and trajectories of sport that often seems to move at supersonic speed and defy gravity.

Maybe pro basketball isn’t rocket science. But Joker and James are masters of its universe. They pull strings nobody can see until the ball is already in the hoop and the crowd is on its feet, celebrating the magic.


from Jared Weiss, The Athletic

Celtics’ Offense
Gibson Pyper, Half Court Hoops

Celtics’ Defense
Gibson Pyper, Half Court Hoops

Heat Offense
Gibson Pyper, Half Court Hoops

Heat Defense
Gibson Pyper, Half Court Hoops

NBA scout explains what’s to be admired, appreciated with each of Heat’s key players
Barry Jackson, Miami Herald

10 Takeaways from Game 7
Keith Smith, Celtics Blog

How Joe Mazzulla helped Celtics keep perspective and season alive in clutch Game 7
Jay King, The Athletic

Inside the decade-long plan to bring Victor Wembanyama to NBA glory
Brian Windhorst/Jonathan Givony, ESPN

Where does Victor Wembanyama fit best?
The Athletic

How Victor Wembanyama would fit on each of the 14 lottery rosters
Shaun Powell, NBA.com

Scouting report: Taylor Hendricks
Christopher Kline, The Step Back

Draft’s Top 20 players, plus two sleepers
John Hollinger, The Athletic

The NBA Combine: What We’ve Learned and Who to Watch
Maxwell Baumbach, No Ceilings

Reece Beekman: The Draft’s Most NBA-Ready Point Guard
Chris Keesee, NBA Big Board

Draft prospects 2023: Ranking the top 60 players
Kyle Irving, Sporting News

BIG Board V.7
No Ceilings

Early Standouts and Takeaways From NBA Draft Combine Week
Kevin Sweeney, Sports Illustrated

GSW: The Two-Track Plan Divided the Warriors
Logan Murdock, The Athletic

MEM: The Grizzlies face a crucial offseason
Parker Fleming, SubTsak

MEM: Who does Ja Morant want to be?
Jerry Bembry, Andscape

MEM: All Ja Morant had to do was learn from his suspension. He didn’t. Now what?
Sam Amick, The Athletic

NYK: The Pros and Cons of Keeping Julius Randle
Tommy Beer, What’s On Tap

PHI: Sixers fire head coach Doc Rivers
Gina Mizell, The Inquirer

WAS: What questions should Wizards GM candidates ask owner Ted Leonsis?
Josh Robbins/David Aldridge, The Athletic

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