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: Sports Illustrated. Ian Thomsen's new article for the magazine quotes Carmelo as saying he "doesn't want to do it the way LeBron did it," though he might be failing at that aspect. Nate Silver, writing for the New York Times, points out that the efficiency-based shooting percentages of Carmelo's teammates make him a model team player throughout the years as they shoot expertly, though pointing out that the "team player" designation doesn't really do much for the idea that Carmelo might not be rebounding, defending, or even passing to the great shooters who are getting better with age. Kevin Pelton points out that Carmelo's stroke of good-teammate'ism might be overshot by Silver, whom he respects, and Michael Grange respects the whole way Carmelo is dealing with this mess. George Karl, however, thinks Carmelo was "very distracted" at practice today.
PF: WFNY. Antawn Jamison(notes) has taken to the idea of being a veteran leader amongst scamps.
SF: The 700 Level. Elton Brand(notes), a model of consistency.
SG: Off the Dribble. The NBA's best five-man units, and how we may never see any of them again.
PG: Orange County Register. Are the Western threats to the Lakers "merely mirages?"
6th: The Works. Eric Freeman: "Republicans read Tweets, too."
7th: Salt Lake Tribune. Scoring is up, individual scoring is down.
8th: Sports Illustrated. Lee Jenkins' very good piece on Tyson Chandler(notes).
9th: Tauntr. The Blake Griffin(notes)/Ron Artest connection. Not at all creepy.
10th: SI.com. The midseason power rankings, and team MVPs.
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