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: Detroit Bad Boys. He might not be long for Team USA, but when you combine an in-depth tape review of what Andre Drummond accomplished last year for the Detroit Pistons with the prospect of Detroit running, y'know, an actual offense under new boss Stan Van Gundy, it's hard not to get excited about the size of the step forward the still-developing big man might take next season.
SF: Pounding the Rock. Jesus Gomez looks at how the timing of a potential contract extension for NBA Finals MVP/noted celebration enthusiast Kawhi Leonard could depend in large part on when Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan decide to hang 'em up.
SG: VICE Sports. Howard Megdal considers 7-foot-5 giant Sim Bhullar's future prospects as an actual on-court contributor for the Sacramento Kings, rather than simply as a groundbreaking signee likely to help the Kings make in-roads in India.
PF: Triangle Offense. Beckley Mason on why LeBron James moving to the Cleveland Cavaliers will help make the NBA interesting again after what was, at times, a not-so-compelling 2013-14 season: "[…] this year, that inevitable offseason optimism that the NBA hierarchy might change feels justified. Things are going to be different. And different is novel. And novelty is fun. And fun is the reason for the whole thing."
8th: CeticsBlog. Jeff Clark puts on his thinking cap to try to figure out why the Boston Celtics haven't actually signed Evan Turner yet, weeks after reportedly coming to terms with the former Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers swingman.
9th: numberFire. A statistical exploration of how Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook perform offensively when they share the floor and when they're separated.
10th: Basketball-Reference. Hey, B-R has stats for a handful of the top European leagues now, going back at least a decade! Pretty neat.
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