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: Grantland. Jonathan Abrams on the life and death of Eddie Griffin, the sweet-shooting big man who was the seventh pick of the 2001 NBA draft and whose all-around gifts marked him as a sky-is-the-limit prospect ("Watching Anthony Davis reminds me a lot of Eddie Griffin," a former teammate says), but whose inability to find the right fit on and off the court — mostly off it — turned a promising life story into a tragic cautionary tale.
PF: Knickerblogger. Robert Silverman reacts with appropriate insanity to the news, as reported by CBSSports.com's Ken Berger this weekend, that the New York Knicks paid the Toronto Raptors $1.4 million — in addition to Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a 2016 first-round draft pick and a 2017 second-round pick — in exchange for Andrea Bargnani last summer. I would've thought it impossible to make that trade look even worse, but then, these are the Knicks we're talking about.
SF: Boston Globe. Danny Ainge offers an insight — not necessarily a tell-all, but some details and some broad strokes — into what he and his colleagues in the Boston Celtics' front office look for when they approach the annual NBA draft, how they evaluate prospects and how they try to figure out what other teams are looking for when they see that their draft board came out different from those of their competitors.
SG: The Triangle. Danny Chau on Australian guard Dante Exum, an international prospect who'd really prefer it if you stopped calling him a man of mystery, and "a player talented enough to dredge up memories of the NBA draft’s dark age — a time of misplaced optimism, nonexistent due diligence, and crippling regret." (Here's some interesting, albeit branded-content-heavy, stuff on the performance training Exum's been working through in the run-up to the 2014 NBA draft.)
PG: Liberty Ballers. Derek Bodner goes in-depth on Michael Carter-Williams' janky jump shot, and explains why he's not especially confident that the reigning Rookie of the Year will develop into a smooth, consistent, knock-down shooter.
6th: Eye on Basketball. Matt Moore argues for Chris Bosh keeping his options open this summer, especially if LeBron James decides to leave the Miami Heat, because he's versatile enough to fit into virtually any team's plans and might want to avoid getting stuck in a declining situation in Florida: "Bosh is at risk of chaining himself to [Dwyane] Wade's anchor as he descends into irrelevance. Bosh's talent deserves better than to go down with the ship."
9th: SB Nation. Mark Deeks on why Carmelo Anthony doesn't deserve blame if he leaves the Knicks in free agency, and why no player in his position merits scorn for turning down more money in pursuit of a better chance at winning a championship.
10th: Sports Illustrated. Jeremy Woo on a 2014 draft that could be a coming-out party for Canadian basketball, with as many as eight north-of-the-border prospects considered potential selections.
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