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: ESPN.com. "The Big Man has taken Maurice Lucas from The Game. This time there was no scowl, no request to 'let me go a few minutes more.' Luke knew it was time to come out."
PF: Pacers Crate. Vitaly Potapenko talks about becoming a member of Jim O'Brien's coaching staff in Indiana, which is one of the best things, right up there alongside something called "Pacers Crate" actually existing.
SF: Basketball Prospectus. Five early season surprises, headlined by a man who wants badly to receive technical fouls for being excited about how badly he wants to play basketball.
SG: TBJ. "Deep Thoughts," by the Los Angeles Lakers.
PG: The Painted Area. Could shoddy defense derail the Oklahoma City Thunder?
6th. Bulls.com. Scottie Pippen has Chicago winning 50 this year, so he's 1/82nd more "bull"ish than Dwyer, and also I am the best at puns.
7th. Fox Sports Florida. Marcin Gortat(notes) Polish Hammers New York City: "... it's a dirty place and it smells bad."
8th. Denver Post. Why the Denver Nuggets have to move Carmelo Anthony(notes) as soon as possible, early season success be damned.
9th. Focus Taiwan. Jeremy Lin(notes), making history. Big up yourself, Jeremy Lin.
10th. The Dream Shake. "Halloween is over. Now it is time for the Rockets to shuck their TimberNetErs costumes and return to being the Houston Rockets, you know, a professional basketball team that wins at least more than half of its games."
- Vitaly Potapenko
- Maurice Lucas