More Pau on the block, please. (Rocky Widner/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: Forum Blue and Gold. Darius Soriano hears you talking about Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman complimenting one another well on offense, about how both of them can post up and both of them can play outside, and he thinks that's all well and good. Now put Pau on the block, run the offense through him and figure out what to do with Kaman somewhere else, OK?
PF: Grantland, Half Court Press and SB Nation. Brett Koremenos looks at the Philadelphia 76ers' decision to hire longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown as a "great match for a young group." J.P. Pelosi talks with Australian league legend Darryl McDonald about what the Sixers can expect from Brown, for whom McDonald played with the NBL's North Melbourne Giants. Tom Ziller considers the possibility that Brown actually makes it through all four years of his contract.
SF: The New York Times. A bittersweet appreciation of Zander Hollander, whose Complete Handbooks series of comprehensive sports yearbooks "were almost holy objects to a certain type of sports-crazed youngster" in the years before Internet access leveled the information-gathering playing field, and whose work helped shape the work of some pretty darn good writers who followed.
SG: The Mikan Drill. Joshua Riddell looks at whether simply replacing J.J. Hickson with Robin Lopez will help the Portland Trail Blazers become a better defensive team against the pick-and-roll, or whether some schematic adjustments might be needed, as well.
PG: Mavs Moneyball. Working on the stats crew for an NBA game — the people who keep the official score of the game, operate the shot and game clocks, etc. — sounds like a pretty hectic situation.
6th: Grantland. More from Koremenos on the curious case of Omer Asik, and how the Houston Rockets' decision on how to deploy last year's starting center now that Dwight Howard's in the mix could prove to be the difference between title contention and also-ran status.
7th: Roundball Mining Company. After looking at the Denver Nuggets' offseason moves and the team's roster as it currently stands, Matt Cianfrone asks an interesting question about the best definition and true value of "depth" in the NBA: "After all, what good is having a bunch of good players if those players can’t translate into productive lineups? [...] Are the Nuggets deep or do they just have a collection of good players? Is there a difference?"
8th: Salt City Hoops. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter figure to be the primary beneficiaries of the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap from the Utah Jazz. But with offseason additions Rudy Gobert and Andris Biedrins filling out the frontcourt mix and a cluttered (if not awe-inspiring) wing rotation, is Dunk Contest/preseason standout Jeremy Evans again going to be the odd man out in Salt Lake City?
9th: The New York Times. A good read from Beckley Mason on something I touched on Friday — the lineup options that the signing of free-agent point guard Beno Udrih gives Mike Woodson and the chances that the New York Knicks head coach Woodson actually takes advantage of them.
10th: Knickerblogger. An argument for limiting Tyson Chandler's minutes during the regular season, even though to do so will weaken an already questionable Knicks defense.
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