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: The Point Forward. Rob Mahoney sits down for an in-depth interview with Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee about what it's like to go from an All-Star whose performance was pivotal in securing a playoff berth to being considered an afterthought/albatross following an injury-spurred small-ball onslaught that buried the Denver Nuggets and pushed the San Antonio Spurs, and how the Dubs are trying to combine what worked before his injury with what worked after it (and the presence of Andre Iguodala) to reach new heights this season.
PF: WarriorsWorld. Speaking of Iguodala, his 7-for-11 performance from 3-point land in Golden State's Monday win over the Philadelphia 76ers probably won't earn him as much respect from downtown as teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson receive. As Jack Winter shows, though, Iguodala's early-season shooting — the kinds of shots he's getting, how they're coming and how he's converting them — suggest that playing alongside such floor-spacing threats could help him become more of one, too.
SF: Raptors Republic. As a rim-attacking finisher off the wing, DeMar DeRozan's never been considered an exceptionally gifted playmaker or facilitator for his teammates. But can he be? William Lou takes a closer look at the kinds of passes and plays the Toronto Raptors shooting guard can make, and comes away thinking that DeRozan's capable of being a better table-setter than he's shown to this point in his career.
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SG: Hardwood Paroxysm. Yes, we should all calm the hell down before considering the stats, occurrences and outcomes of a teeny-tiny four-game sample of NBA play to be predictive of what's going to happen over the course of the rest of the 2013-14 season. But, Andrew Lynch counters, can we also stop suggesting that the things that have actually, y'know, happened mean absolutely nothing?
PG: ESPN Insider ($). Amin Elhassan mines the rosters of expected also-ran teams looking for attractive "fire sale" candidates who could give prospective contenders a boost come the trade deadline.
6th: Grantland. Zach Lowe on restricted free agency under the new collective bargaining agreement, and how the league's still-developing post-lockout economy contributes to the lack of extensions for players like Gordon Hayward and Eric Bledsoe.
7th: The Score. Meanwhile, Andrew Unterberger considers the potential futures of those upcoming restricted free agents who didn't get extended and tries to find an ideal home for their talents for next season and beyond.
8th: SB Nation and Daily Dime. Tom Ziller considers the surprising up-tempo approach that has led to Chris Paul's early-season dominance, while Kevin Arnovitz explores the Los Angeles Clippers' defensive struggles, which has led to some tinkering and experimentation by head coach Doc Rivers.
9th: Blazer's Edge. Nestled within a thoughtful collection of responses to Portland Trail Blazers fans' comments on recent blog posts, Dave Deckard offers a really interesting perspective on how "extravagant homerism [by announcers] (cheerleading more than observing, riling instead of explaining, every call against your team is wrong, etc.) [can] rob us of a couple things already in short supply in our society."
10th: Hoopdata. We'll join the many today who are bidding a fond farewell to Hoopdata, which is closing up shop on Tuesday. (Well, kind of — the site will stay up, but it won't be updated anymore.) Joe Treutlein's work over the last four years (especially in areas like shot-location statistics) has done a lot to help advance the nuance with which writers and fans can see, understand and appreciate the game. Also, Joe's been nice the couple of times I've met him. Our thanks to Joe and "less public half of the site" Matt Nolan for their contributions, and best wishes in whatever they've got coming up next.
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