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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: Daily Thunder. Amid talk of how Dwight Howard might make the Houston Rockets a title contender, or how Doc Rivers and a bunch of wing shooting depth might make the Los Angeles Clippers a title contender, or how Andre Iguodala might make the Golden State Warriors a title contender, Royce Young raises what seems like an important point: The Oklahoma City Thunder still are a title contender, regardless of whether an injury-fueled early playoff exit made us forget that fact.

PF: ESPN Los Angeles. And if the Clippers really want to be legitimate title contenders, they're going to need an awful lot of improvement from center DeAndre Jordan, especially on the defensive end, as Fred Katz writes.

SF: SB Nation and Sportsnet.ca. Canadian writers James Herbert and Holly MacKenzie both caught up with Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan at the USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas, with Herbert's piece focusing on the Compton, Calif., native's relationship to fellow L.A. products Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson and Paul George, and MacKenzie training in on how fatherhood and finding himself the second longest-tenured Raptor has changed DeRozan's personal and professional lives.

PG: SB Nation. Mike Prada ranks 61 rookies, drafted and otherwise, based on how they performed during the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League tournaments. It might not predict how much of an impact they'll have in the league, but Prada's got a sharp eye for where each of these prospects stands heading into training camps.

PG: Suns.com. Ben York argues that Las Vegas Summer League mattered more for the Phoenix Suns (who happened to go 6-1 and make it to the championship game) than it might for other teams because it represented the beginning of the installation of a new culture for downtrodden desert franchise.

6th: Hang Time. NBA.com's crew picks out a handful of summer signings that might be giving teams some feelings of buyer's remorse now that the most frenzied part of free agency has ended.

7th: Hickory High. Along the same lines, David Vertsberger takes a look at which teams — through the draft, free agency and retaining their incumbent players — seem to have created uncomfortable roster fits for themselves this summer.

8th: Pippen Ain't Easy. News that the Chicago Bulls waived 25-year-old forward Malcolm Thomas probably didn't raise an eyebrow among fans of the 29 other NBA teams. But as Caleb Nordgren writes, it's the kind of "choose short-term savings over a potential asset" move that Bulls fans have come to expect from ownership over the years.

9th: The Seattle Times. Though they were understandably disappointed by how the Hansen-Ballmer group's pursuit of the Sacramento Kings turned out, Seattleites eager for the return of the SuperSonics have apparently continued to make their voices heard by working for the re-election of the mayor who's supported the plan to build a new arena that would serve as the Sonics' new home.

10th: Pounding the Rock. After a quiet season and playoffs after his late January signing, followed by an up-and-down Summer League experience, Jesus Gomez finds himself wondering: Why did the San Antonio Spurs sign Aussie center Aron Baynes?

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