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The 10-man rotation, starring Jose Calderon’s Spanish class

Dan Devine
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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 Dallas Mavericks' YouTube channel. It's been a few years since high school, but I'm pretty sure Jose Calderon's giving his teammates a bum steer here. (Sound work, as usual, by the Dallas Mavericks' video team.)

PF: Blazersedge. Dane Carbaugh highlights the still-scorching Portland Trail Blazers' predilection toward "hockey assists" — the pass that leads to the pass that creates an open shot — and how the willingness to make the extra pass has helped propel Portland to the top of the offensive efficiency charts (110.3 points scored per 100 possessions, a full two points-per-100 better than the second-place Miami Heat, according to NBA.com's stat tool).

SF: Boston Globe. Interesting stuff from Baxter Holmes on Rajon Rondo's plan to become a coach after his playing days are up, insights into the Boston Celtics point guard's mathematical mind and perspectives on what it's like to coach Rondo offered by those who've done so at the high school, college and NBA levels.

SG: The Oklahoman. Darnell Mayberry digs into how dangerous the Oklahoma City Thunder have been at home this season: a perfect 12-0, shooting 48 percent from the floor as a team, averaging just under 20 fast-break points per game and outscoring opponents by 12 points per 100 possessions. Scary stuff.

PG: Regressing. I highlighted a post on how NBA coaches draw up "ATO" (after timeout) plays in Friday's 10-man, and this stat dive by Kyle Wagner (with an assist from Bloomberg Sports) aims to go a step further and identify which teams perform best, both offensively and defensively, when it comes to scoring and preventing points on possessions directly following timeouts. I'm not entirely sure how applicable or revelatory this is — the author acknowledges some potential problems with the data set, including the fact that it accounts for just the opening portion of this season — but it's interesting nonetheless, with some surprising information about some of the league's reputed top play designers.

6th: TrueHoop. Kevin Arnovitz on the Milwaukee Bucks' unintentional trip to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, marked by the irony that one of the few franchises professing to prefer a playoff berth than a plethora of ping-pong balls finds itself in ever-improving draft position with every injury-fueled defeat.

7th: Bucksketball. Elsewhere in Bucks chatter, Jeremy Schmidt takes a closer look at the work John Henson (one of Milwaukee's few bright spots this season) has been doing in the post. He like what he's seeing, but also wishes Henson would show, like, a little bit of effort as a screener.

8th: CelticsHub. As rumors continue to swirl about Omer Asik trade possibilities, Michael Pina (who also blogs about the Houston Rockets at Red94) discusses a recently reported link to the Boston Celtics and whether the former Chicago Bulls big man would be a good fit for Brad Stevens' team at this stage in its development.

9th: SB Nation. Mike Prada on Roy Hibbert, "verticality" and how "the interpretation of a single NBA rule" could determine whether or not the Indiana Pacers reach the NBA finals this year.

10th: Akron Beacon Journal. Top overall pick Anthony Bennett has reportedly dropped between 12 and 15 pounds since the Cleveland Cavaliers broke training camp, which is nice, but has yet to translate into meaningful on-court improvement; the rookie's apparently been watching film of his work at UNLV to try to get off the schneid (“I was playing with a smile on my face. It was fun, carefree, running up and down a lot").

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