Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner and the rest of the 76ers are on top of the world. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty …
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: SB Nation, The 700 Level and The Triangle. Mike Prada, Andrew Unterberger and a coterie of Four-Letter ne'er-do-wells try to explain how the Philadelphia 76ers had the NBA's Best Week Ever, how potential star-in-the-making point guard Michael Carter-Williams became the first player since Shaquille O'Neal to win Player of the Week honors in his first week as a pro, and whether it can all last.
PF: SLAM. Adam Figman talks to a newly retired Allen Iverson about, among other things, whether reporting on and criticism of his life off the court has hurt him: "[...] a lot of other things that people say that’s not true — they hurt. The s*** hurt. People think that I’m some tough, renegade, black-hearted-being, evil, no-feeling-having m**********, but that ain’t me."
SF: Salt City Hoops. A nice look from Ben Dowsett at why the Utah Jazz front office, and the team's fans, are so high on 21-year-old center Enes Kanter, who's getting starter's minutes this year and doing something with them, averaging 16.7 points and 10 rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game thus far.
PG: Roundball Mining Company. Through two games, the Denver Nuggets are allowing opponents to shoot 51.2 percent from 3-point land, the worst mark in the NBA through the first week of the season. What's wrong with their defense? After going back through the game tape, Matt Cianfrone has an answer: "Just about everything."
6th: Deadspin. Kyle Wagner on the surprise Sunday return of Russell Westbrook, and what makes the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard so breathtaking to watch: "Westbrook makes helpers who get to their spots more or less on time look like they're standing still, nonessential to the play, telephone poles whipping by before you can notice them."
7th: Hang Time and New York Daily News. Neither Larry Sanders nor Mirza Teletovic are happy with the minutes they're seeing for the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets, respectively, in the early stages of the season.
8th: Wall Street Journal. The New York Knicks have struggled to score in their first three games; after two more, they'll welcome back suspended shooting guard J.R. Smith. Is the explosive scorer the cure for what ails the Knicks' sluggish offense? Chris Herring isn't so sure.
9th: New York Times. A nice read from Harvey Araton on another comeback attempt by Greg Oden, whose "progress will be measured by the tiniest drop steps" and whose return you don't have to be a Miami Heat fan to support
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