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: SB Nation. In the course of going over what he remembered about Greg Oden and how he felt about the former No. 1 overall pick's slow-but-coming-along comeback with the Miami Heat, David Roth realized he "barely remembered what it felt like to watch Greg Oden play basketball," which is something I identified with. Maybe you will, too.
PF: Detroit Bad Boys. "Josh Smith is on a collision course with the wrong kind of history. He's on pace to turn in the worst 3-point shooting season in NBA history."
SF: Deadline Detroit. Speaking of those Detroit Pistons, losers of seven of their last 10, Joey Yashinsky wonders where Tom Gores is as his shiny new ship takes on more and more water, putting Detroit in danger of sinking out of the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
SG: The Brooklyn Game. Devin Kharpertian digs into how a "longball" lineup featuring a resurgent Kevin Garnett at the five and an in-form Shaun Livingston running the show has made the Brooklyn Nets a significantly improved team on both ends of the floor in 2014.
PG: Sactown Royalty. Greg Wissinger offers a very scientific and analytical shot-by-shot breakdown of Rudy Gay's monster 41-points-on-21-shots performance in the Sacramento Kings' 114-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
6th: The Classical. I liked this Steve McPherson thinker on how coaches determining their teams' styles of play is sort of like writers finding their voice in prose, and how that lines up with the analytics movement: "In terms of maximizing impact and minimizing wanton lassitude with crisp execution, Hemingway is like the Miami Heat of writing. But I don’t want to read Hemingway all the time."
7th: Bourbon Street Shots. I'm looking forward to the forthcoming series from this New Orleans Pelicans blog on the NBA trade market, trying to understand why general managers make the decisions they do, thinking hard about matters like roster flexibility and opportunity cost, and more. It can be really easy to get swept up in kneejerk "who won the trade?" reactions to deals without considering the broader context in which the swaps were made; framing such debates from a more removed perspective seems like a really good idea.
8th: Bleacher Report and Hardwood Paroxysm. Speaking of those Pelicans and that trade market, Ian Levy considers what market there might be for the services of Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon and the injury-related limitations to his game that have reduced both his production and value ... and, in a companion piece for HP, talks about why that bums him out.
9th: The Triangle. Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown tells Zach Lowe about, among other things, his philosophy for coaching a young, inexperienced team: "You take young players, or players that are asking for a chance, I think you need to wind them up — to be in attack mode. If you start trying to move the ball side-to-side, and play afraid — no, we’re gonna go the whole other way. I want to try to play with pace, and to play with space, and to take that aggression and create something."
10th: numberFire. Russell Peddle uses the stat site's "nERD" efficiency rankings to fill out an Eastern Conference All-Star squad without pesky subjective stuff like fan votes and coach's decisions. Does the numbers-only approach pass your eye (or smell) test?
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