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: Grantland. After news came down Wednesday that Cleveland Cavaliers big man Anderson Varejao will need surgery to repair a right knee injury that's kept him out for the past three weeks, and will miss as much as two more months, our pal Zach Lowe took a look at what's left for the 8-28 Cavs to play for this season. How does "the development of their last two lottery picks, and a third-straight shot at a No. 1 pick" grab you? (Like you won't still tune in just to watch Kyrie Irving, though.)
PF: The Champs Belt. You don't know nearly as much about the first "power forward" in NBA history (probably). Luckily, Fred Cervantez is here to help you step your Vern Mikkelsen game up.
SF: TrueHoop. The awesome "Killer Lineup" series kicks off a new season of deep dives with Kevin Arnovitz taking a close look at what makes the Los Angeles Clippers' second unit of Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Ronny Turiaf and Lamar Odom so fantastic.
PG: ProBasketballTalk and NBA247365. A pair of reads on the Heat-vanquishing Indiana Pacers — first D.J. Foster digs into how a team that's been this bad offensively has won 60 percent of its games, and then Stephen Coston considers the remarkable rise of Lance Stephenson from easily dismissed giver of choke-signs to legitimate contributor on a division leader.
6th: CNN.com. The cable news channel catches up with Rudy Fernandez, who's gone from stateside hoops after relatively disappointing runs with the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets, but once again comfortable, happy and successful in Spain with Real Madrid ... and, at just 27 years old, leaving the door open to an eventual NBA return.
7th: WarriorsWorld. Sure, you knew Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was a sharpshooter, but you might not have known that, at the moment, he's the second most accurate 3-point marksman in NBA history. Ethan Sherwood Strauss respects the shooter, and considers Steph's chances of maintaining this level of accuracy.
8th: Hardwood Paroxysm. Dynamite hoops historian Curtis Harris — who celebrated the careers of Mel Daniels and Chet Walker for us upon their induction this summer — breaks down and handicaps the nominees for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2013 class.
9th: Hickory High. Matt Swiman — who is 16 years old and, I suspect, will one day rule us all — talks with legendary college coach and vaunted NBA shot doctor Herb Magee about shooting form, how he helped Evan Turner start making 3-pointers and more.
10th: Facemath. James Harden is DeAngelo Hall with a beard. Your argument is invalid.
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