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 Diss. Kevin Draper on how the period after the Finals, before the draft and through the first two weeks of free agency — "basketball’s silly season" — leaves basketball fans completely awash in a sea of nonsense, and just how exhausting swimming through all the rumors can be.
PF: Orlando Pinstriped Post. Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said an awful lot of nothing in his pre-draft media availability, but this answer, on whether Orlando has seen the full medical reports on injured big man Joel Embiid, is pretty special: "I'm not gonna comment on what information we have, but I will say we do have information, and we're analyzing it, and we'll continue to look to gather more information leading to tomorrow night." Spoken like a true press conference champion.
SF: Waiting for Next Year. Whether the Cleveland Cavaliers' ownership and front office are "united" behind a particular prospect or not, Kirk Lammers is certain of one thing: he does not want to see the Cavs trade the No. 1 pick to move down and collect assets.
SG: TrueHoop. Robert Attenweiler on Cavs fans preparing for the worst, and hoping for something better, especially in the aftermath of the hire of new head coach David Blatt and his smooth, Princeton-inspired offense: "Even if consistent success is still some work away, basketball that does not come at the eyes like Oedipus wielding a broach will do."
PG: Bleacher Report. Three high-school players declared themselves eligible for the 1996 NBA draft. Two of them, Kobe Bryant and Jermaine O'Neal, went on to multiple All-Star berths and millions upon millions of dollars. The third, Taj "Red" McDavid, didn't. Jeff Pearlman found him, and the result is a great story.
6th: Boston Globe. A great read from Baxter Holmes, who has been on fire recently, about Dan Trant — whom the Boston Celtics drafted 30 years ago, who never played in the NBA and who died in the World Trade Center during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — as his sons remember him.
7th: The Triangle. Ryen Russillo chats with NBA scouts to get scouting reports on all-but-certain lottery picks Dante Exum, Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon.
8th: The Classical. An introduction to Li Muhao, who could become the first Chinese player chosen in the NBA draft since 2007, but who still receives a chilly reception in his native land.
9th: ProBasketballTalk. Dan Feldman reads the tea leaves of Stan Van Gundy's comments on what the Detroit Pistons plan to do if another team makes a heavy offer for restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe, and he thinks the Georgetown product's probably going to wind up staying in the Motor City … for now, at least.
10th: The Oklahoman. An interesting look at how growing up in small-town Marlow, Okla. — population 4,662, as of the 2010 Census — helped turn Sam Hinkie into somebody who would one day become the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.
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