A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. That’s for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: The Brooklyn Game, twice. Ryan Carbain looks at how Lionel Hollins’ offensive and defensive systems line up with the personnel he inherits with the Brooklyn Nets, and how things might need to change as Hollins gets comfortable in Barclays Center.
PF: Nylon Calculus. Jacob Rosen makes the statistical argument for Kevin Garnett being one of the more transformative offensive players in recent NBA history.
SF: The Cauldron. Jim Cavan looks at the lack of interest in Greg Monroe in restricted free agency — similar to the quiet surrounding fellow RFA Eric Bledsoe — and sees a deep and depressing connection with the Detroit Pistons’ big man’s adopted city: “Like the broken gray Gotham he represents, Greg Monroe’s game was built to last, until somehow it suddenly wasn’t.”
SG: Bucksketball. The Milwaukee Bucks could have thrown a big-time offer sheet at Bledsoe, but it appears they won’t. Should they have, though? Jeremy Schmidt and K.L. Chouinard consider what kind of difference the explosive two-way guard might have made for new head coach Jason Kidd.
PG: Sports Illustrated. With Kevin Love trade talk continuing to percolate, Rob Mahoney revisits a handful of recent trades involving superstars to remind us all of the inescapable risk that comes along with engineering the exit of an elite talent.
6th: Upside and Motor. It seems unlikely that Harrison Barnes will ever live up to the “next LeBron James” or “next Kobe Bryant” hype that attended him going out of high school and briefy at North Carolina. But Sam Vecenie wonders: Could he become the next Joe Johnson?
7th: Memphis Commercial Appeal. Chris Herrington’s always great Pick-and-Pop column takes a look at which teams in the West are trending up, trending down or standing pat (which, in a conference this brutal, tends to mean you’re trending down).
8th: NBA.com. David Aldridge looks at how Canada Basketball has grown over the years, and how the rise of talents like back-to-back No. 1 draft picks Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins have Canada expecting big things in upcoming international competitions.
9th: Wall Street Journal. Ben Cohen and Andrew Beaton on how the relationship between LeBron James and David Blatt might be just as beneficial for the four-time MVP as it is for the new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach: “Everything he learned overseas, his former players and colleagues say, gives Blatt an edge in today’s NBA and fits James’s game in particular.”
10th: Salt City Hoops. Clint Johnson poses an interesting question: With all the talk about how the Utah Jazz want to emulate the San Antonio Spurs’ roster-building and management model, doesn’t maxing out to max Gordon Hayward’s offer sheet mark a fairly significantly divergence from that path?
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