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Dan Devine
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Anthony Davis soars. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

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: TrueHoop. Good stuff from Kevin Arnovitz on how Dell Demps has built the New Orleans Pelicans roster, the leeway that landing a player like Anthony Davis affords you, and the danger of not properly taking advantage of it.

PF: Blazersedge. Thanks to the efforts of the venerable Portland Trail Blazers blog's readers (and the work of managing editor Dave Deckard), "more than a thousand kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend a Blazers game—plus their teachers, principals, counselors, foster parents, social workers, and coaches—will see the Blazers take on the Wizards" on March 20. Big up yourself, Blazersedge readers.

SF: Eye on Basketball. Steve Clifford talks about how he's gotten the Charlotte Bobcats to buy in on the defensive end in his first year on the job.

SG: NetsDaily. Brooklyn Nets big man Kevin Garnett might have lost a step and some lift as he nears age 38, but his craft on defense — his footwork, his closeouts, his help off the ball, his understanding of passing lanes, etc. — remains impeccable, as Reed Wallach shows.

PG: MinnPost. A cold cup of coffee, and a great read, from Britt Robson on the specific elements that have ailed the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team with a top-10 offense and a top-13 defense that still finds itself three games below .500 on the season.

6th: The Rotation. Colin McGowan on the Memphis Grizzlies, "the diner food of the NBA," and why their sameness is reassuring, and why its more-than-likely coming end is a bummer.

7th: Orlando Pinstriped Post. Evan Dunlap on how the Orlando Magic's big weekend, which featured thrilling wins over the Thunder and Pacers, offers proof that the franchise's post-Dwight Howard rebuild under general manager Rob Hennigan and head coach Jacque Vaughn has "laid a solid foundation on which Orlando can continue to build."

8th: Grantland. A few days late on this, and we're going to need to see an awful lot more (and, frankly, I'm going to need to learn an awful lot more) before we can speak too much to the project, but Kirk Goldsberry and company's attempt to quantify the way that individual actions (screens, drives, the decision to make this pass rather than that pass, etc.) impact the point value of individual possessions seems like a pretty massive analytic swing for the fences.

9th: Spurs Nation. Dan McCarney on how Patty Mills went from towel-waving curiosity to legitimate rotation player with Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs.

10th: National Post. Within Eric Koreen's piece on an ailing Amir Johnson, head coach Dwane Casey offers his expectations for how his Toronto Raptors will approach the coming All-Star break: "We have five days of rehab coming up and not in the sun or in the club." (Best of luck with that, Coach.)

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