Sam Hinkie stares into a phone that he has just traded for a 2019 second-round pick. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY …
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: SB Nation and Philadelphia Inquirer. Mark Deeks reviews the Philadelphia 76ers' trade-deadline wheeling and dealing, while Mike Sielski discusses Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie's ongoing attempts to "burn this village in order to save it."
PF: 8 Points, 9 Seconds and Hoop76. From the Indiana Pacers' side, Jon Washburn looks at how Evan Turner might contribute in ways that the no-longer-himself Danny Granger hadn't been; from the Sixers' side, Wesley Share thinks an awful lot of people think Turner's better than he really is.
SF: Hang Time and Heat.com. John Schuhmann and Couper Moorhead dig into the tape of the Miami Heat's impressive Thursday night blowout to show how, after looking lackadaisical on defense at times for much of this season, Erik Spoelstra's team cranked up the intensity when it came to contesting Thunder shots.
SG: ESPN The Magazine. Pablo S. Torre's profile on how Paul George got this good this fast offers some sensational quotes, including Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel's (perhaps biased) analysis of George's defensive impact: "If Paul didn't score a point — a point — he'd still be a top-15 player in the game."
7th: The Oregonian. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich thinks the Portland Trail Blazers have the personnel to be a good defensive team. The stats say they've been the fifth-worst defense in the league since Christmas. What gives? Jason Quick goes in search of an answer.
8th: LA Weekly. Jeff Weiss on how Los Angeles Lakers fans could, if not necessarily should, cope with the worst purple-and-gold season in most of their lifetimes: "With cold-blooded confidence and low-level substance abuse, we will endure this gulch."
9th: Salt City Hoops. The Utah Jazz entered this season with high hopes that Enes Kanter would show he was worth receiving big-time minutes alongside Derrick Favors after veterans Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap left in free agency. The returns have ... not been great. Dakota Schmidt takes a look at Kanter's productivity in the context of other first-round frontcourt players of recent vintage, and comes away somewhat disconcerted by the 21-year-old Turk's stunted development.
10th: The Diss. Kevin Draper digs through the recently released Nielsen 2013 Year in Sports Media report in search of some NBA-related takeaways. Tops on the list? The NBA's regular season is a problem, but its key demographics represent a major opportunity.
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