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: Upside and Motor. Bidding farewell to Anthony Randolph, a collection of athleticism and skills enticed the early positional revolutionaries and whose inability to put it all together consistently on the grand stage confounded the Internet and NBA lifers alike. He belongs to Russia now. Vaya con dios, Anthony.
SG: Salt City Hoops. Speaking of scouting reports, here's Dakota Schmidt with a video-heavy look at how Trey Burke stacked on both ends of the floor during his rookie season for the Utah Jazz and what the 2013 first-rounder needs to work on as he enters Year 2, which could see him pressed for time at the point by 2014 lottery selection Dante Exum.
PG: The Sporting News. Sean Deveney talks with former NBA guard Derek Anderson about his difficult journey, which saw him abandoned by his parents before he even hit high school, his efforts to try to find and help them later in life, and his decision to write about it all.
6th: Sportsnet. Dave Zarum and Matt Bonner talk about comedy — Andy Kaufman, improve, Internet videos, you name it — and why having a sense of humor is a really important part of being a member o the San Antonio Spurs.
7th: Eye on Basketball. Matt Moore goes in-depth on how the Phoenix Suns were able to completely surpass expectations last year and turn in a top-10 offense despite entering the season without a singular dominant scoring option and relatively few reliable expected contributors.
8th: Raptors Republic. Alex Wong and Blake Murphy chat about pressing issues facing the 2014-15 Toronto Raptors, like potential punchlines Drake might use to reference his KD tampering fine and the fallout from it ("“KD loves Toronto, he needs no reminding / I talked to Silver, I’m all about the linings.")
9th: HoopsHabit. Breaking down the Boston Celtics' options with Rajon Rondo, the prospective motivations behind their future course of action, and the likelihood that noted wheeler/dealer/negotiating nutcracker Danny Ainge just lets his All-Star point guard stay put.
10th: Hardwood Paroxysm. Steve McPherson wonders whether next season's Cleveland Cavaliers team will look more like the 2010-11 Miami Heat that struggled to find rhythm and ultimately fell to the Dallas Mavericks than the versions of Miami that hoisted the O'Brien the next two seasons.
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