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: Oakley and Allen. COUNTERPROGRAMMING! Transport yourself back in time to 1997 and revisit how awesome young Steph + young KG + older Karl were, all while Nasir and G serenade you.
PF: The Basketball Jones. Trey Kerby breaks out the ol' Kübler-Ross model to walk us through the five stages of dealing with Dwight Howard's free-agent decision: "[...] I’m really counting on getting my Acceptance game on."
SF: All Ball. Lang Whitaker catches up with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall about, among other things, his goals for the upcoming season: "I’m not even trying to make predictions, but I have to get to the playoffs. This is my fourth year, and the point of being a franchise player or a leader, as a point guard, is you have to be known as a winner. I don’t want to be someone who didn’t get their team to the playoffs."
SG: A Wolf Among Wolves. In breaking down the Minnesota Timberwolves' decision to sign Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger at the expense of Andrei Kirilenko, I wondered who would wind up being Rick Adelman's best wing defender. Steve McPherson would very much like the answer to that question to be Philadelphia 76ers swingman Thaddeus Young.
PG: Posting and Toasting. While most of the attention paid to J.R. Smith's game in light of the four-year, $25 million he's about to receive has focused on his trick-or-treat offense, it's also worth considering his defense ... which, as Dylan Murphy shows, is actually better than you might think.
6th: The Star-Ledger. Dave D'Alessandro with a fantastic read on Chris Wright, whose battle with multiple sclerosis we've covered here before and who's looking to make the most of a Summer League invitation from the Brooklyn Nets.
7th: Sactown Royalty. Apparently, Sacramento Kings fans aren't all that thrilled about their squad's haul in the three-team deal that sent Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans. Greg Wissinger tries to speak in soothing, relaxing tones about what's transpired and what's to come.
8th: Roundball Mining Company. Matt Cianfrone offers a sobering analysis of what the Denver Nuggets lost when Andre Iguodala agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, and how severely his absence — and the absence of Masai Ujiri, and the absence of George Karl, and the absence of Kosta Koufos, and the continual "SMH" spiral of the Nuggets' offseason — will impact Denver going forward.
9th: Daily Thunder. Now that Kevin Martin has moved on to Minnesota, how do the Oklahoma City Thunder replace his scoring production and minutes at the two-guard spot? Royce Young considers the options facing Sam Presti, Scott Brooks and company.
10th: New York Post. Marcus Camby didn't seem too psyched about the prospect of going back up north to join the Toronto Raptors after being included in the trade that will make Andrea Bargnani a member of the New York Knicks; now come reports that the 39-year-old center is already looking for a buyout or a trade.
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