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The 10-man rotation, starring Paul Arizin and Philly hoops

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Paul Arizin prepares to get rim (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: Pro Hoops History. Curtis Harris’ remarkable obsession with the genesis era of our favorite pro league leads him directly to an interview with Philadelphia product and one-time Paul Arizin teammate John Grauer.
PF: The Point Forward. Watching Al Horford and Josh Smith’s interior passing is one of the few redeeming qualities of an otherwise-dull Atlanta Hawks game. This cohesion, and the duo’s defensive roles, are what Rob Mahoney focuses on as he sits down to talk with Horford, and Al’s giant hands.
SF: CSN Boston. When the Boston Celtics traded Joe Johnson partway through his rookie year, it genuinely was a great trade for both sides – as the C’s rode Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers to the Eastern conference finals. Eleven years later, Jessica Camerato checks in with Johnson as he returns to Boston.
SG: HoopsAnalyst. Ed Weiland goes over his top 60 NBA draft prospects in the wake of a telling NCAA Tournament. Something to perhaps bookmark, NBA’niks.
PG: SportsNet. Months after a blogger roundtable that discussed the future and potential fortune of the Toronto Raptors, Holly MacKenzie reflects back on a 2012-13 season that may have brought up more questions than it did answers.

6th: Hickory High. He probably doesn’t have a litany of All-Star berths in his future, but don’t let that dissuade you from appreciating Derrick Favors’ subtle and in some ways significant growth in the low post.
7th: The Portland Roundball Society. Nearly done with the J.J. Hickson Era, the Trail Blazers are ready to attempt to splurge on an answer in the middle.
8th: Sports Illustrated. Ian Thomsen goes over the wearying fate of those that will not make the playoffs next week.
9th: SB Nation. Chris Copeland will start in the pivot for the injury-ridden New York Knicks. Flinder Boyd has all you need to know about the Knicks’ quick-thinking big man.
10th: Grantland. Jonathan Abrams with his typical must-read feature, this time on Ricky Davis and current Indiana Pacers game-changer Lance Stephenson.

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