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: VICE Sports. Andrew Wiggins thinks heading to the Minnesota Timberwolves might be the best thing for him, but could saying goodbye to All-Star power forward Kevin Love also be the best thing for stunted point guard Ricky Rubio? It sounds weird, but Ian Levy thinks so: "In a lot of ways Rubio was asked to develop more quickly than may have been fair […] Rubio has an opportunity that is rarely afforded to young players who were drafted high and have fallen short." (For a more skeptical look at Rubio's new opportunity, head over to The Reversal.)
PF: RealGM. Jonathan Tjarks explains why he thinks the Wolves have fallen into a "best of both worlds scenario," and why they're in a significantly better position after trading Love than they were after trading Kevin Garnett.
SF: The Triangle. Jason Concepcion on where the never-quite-came-to-fruition trade rumblings between the Wolves and Golden State Warriors fit into the NBA's "summer of unforeseen organizational forks in the road," and what the Dubs' decision to stand pat means for their young shooting guard: "No pressure, Klay Thompson, but you kinda have to be a soul-snatching backcourt murderer next season."
SG: Grantland. Jonathan Abrams checks in with Josh Howard as the former Dallas Mavericks All-Star tries to make his way back from controversy and leg injuries through the D-League and Summer League at age 34.
PG: CSN Washington. John Wall isn’t so sure he got a fair shake at making Team USA's roster for this month's 2014 FIBA World Cup: "I think [they] already had kind of in their mind what they wanted to do and what decisions they were going [to make]."
6th: Ball in Europe. Emmet Ryan argues that the absence of Kevin Durant is a bigger loss for the World Cup itself than it is for Team USA: "[James] Harden and [Derrick] Rose can carry the identity of a team. KD was the brand of the tournament."
9th: Posting and Toasting. "Going to Camp Pablo" sounds like a troubling euphemism, but in this case, it might be the only way for some of the New York Knicks' young perimeter defenders to make a positive impact on the defensive end for new head coach Derek Fisher.
10th: Statitudes. A stats-based tale of the tape comparing the career productivity of John Stockton and Isiah Thomas. Which Hall of Fame point guard did more to help his team win, based on the numbers?
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