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.
PF: The Deseret News. The Utah Jazz's search for a new head coach to replace the ousted Tyrone Corbin will include interviews of "much more than 20" candidates, but even the Jazz don't know who they're going to be just yet. Are exhaustive searches and exhausting searches the same thing? Asking for a franchise.
SF: TrueHoop. With the Jazz, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves — and potentially a few other clubs — in the market for a new head coach, Kevin Arnovitz once again surveys league executives and decision-makers to figure out which coaching prospects are considered most likely to make the leap to the head of an NBA bench in the near future.
SG: azcentral sports. Freshly minted Most Improved Player Goran Dragic on what he'd like to see the Phoenix Suns do this offseason: "If we can get LeBron, I would like to get him." This guy's going to make one hell of a GM when his playing days are finished.
PG: The Oregonian. Jason Quick reveals the moment that turned the tide for the Portland Trail Blazers, stemmed their late-season slide and got them back on track toward not only securing a postseason berth, but doing some serious damage once they got there. Turns out it wasn't all about Mo Williams ditching his Boosie fade.
6th: The Classical. A really good and touching read from Patrick Redford on Dirk Nowitzki, "Anna's Mavs" and appreciating the beautiful things in life while we have them.
7th: Detroit Bad Boys. A good breakdown of which teams will have cap space this summer, how much cap space they could have if they maxed out their flexibility, how much cap space they really have once you account for the guys they'd probably like to re-sign, and which are most likely to be aggressive bidders in the marketplace. Worth saving and coming back to once we get closer to free agency.
8th: Rufus on Fire. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a season-high 22 points on 9 for 13 shooting against the vaunted Miami Heat defense in the Charlotte Bobcats' Game 2 loss. Yes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The guy whose jumpshot has undergone a complete rebuild and still looks wonky. How the heck did he do that? Ben Swanson digs into the tape and finds that Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford might've figured out how to get MKG loose on the weak side.
9th: Hang Time. John Schuhmann takes a look at the SportVU shot-tracking data for the first-round matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors and finds something simple that could wind up making a pretty profound difference: Whichever team starts knocking down the open looks they're creating first could very well seize control of the best-of-seven series.
10th: TrueHoop. I really enjoyed Ethan Sherwood Strauss on the glaring stylistic differences between Chris Paul and Stephen Curry, the two elite point guards at the controls for the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
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