Comfort, swagger and style. That's 'Big Daddy' for you. (Photo via iamamirjohnson on Instagram)
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: National Post. Amir Johnson is important, and valuable, and a great screen-setter and rebounder, and arguably the Toronto Raptors' most important player, and blah blah blah whatever. Amir Johnson has a burgundy robe with the nickname "BIG DADDY" on it and is wearing it around the locker room, and his teammates think it's awful, so that's what we're focusing on, thank you very much.
PF: Red94. Michael Pina takes a good look at how, just by running hard and making assertive moves to the rim, Dwight Howard creates space in the half-court for the rest of his Houston Rockets teammates.
SF: SB Nation. Tom Ziller, whose commitment to unlocking the mysteries of the value of shot creation and its value has been well established, takes a look at how NBA teams fare in generating looks from what he calls "the Green Triangle," or the three areas of the floor from which shots have been proven most efficient. A smart new way of evaluating an offense's health without being overly wonkish, and very cool stuff.
SG: Magic Basketball. After not showing this action much earlier in the preseason, the Orlando Magic went to Victor Oladipo in the post a fair amount against the San Antonio Spurs, and the rookie did a somewhat surprising amount of damage as a facilitator from there. Jack Winter takes a look at what Orlando did and whether it might be something that adds an interesting wrinkle to Oladipo's development as a point guard for the Magic.
PG: ESPN Los Angeles. Just days away from the start of the new season and a year removed from missing nearly 40 percent of his first year in Hollywood, Steve Nash's ongoing injury struggles are starting to make some members of the Los Angeles Lakers worry that he won't get back on the court at 100 percent at all this season.
7th: Cowbell Kingdom. So, outside of DeMarcus Cousins, who's starting for the Sacramento Kings this year? Not even head coach Mike Malone seems to know just yet: "On any given night you can make a case for Greivis (Vasquez) or Isaiah (Thomas), Marcus (Thornton) or Jimmer (Fredette), Travis (Outlaw) or John (Salmons) (and) Patrick (Patterson) or Jason (Thompson)."
8th: CelticsBlog. One Boston Celtics fan's internal monologue (made external so we can read it) about trying to balance the desire for wins with the desire to get worse now so you can be better later.
9th: Steven Lebron. Alex Wong on why Mario Chalmers is an elevator guy, which is not a compliment.
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