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: The Triangle. Andrew Sharp argues that getting traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves might give Andrew Wiggins the best possible chance of becoming a monster: "You can only grow so much when you’re not given responsibility. It’s tough to become a franchise player if you never have to carry a franchise."
PF: MinnPost. Britt Robson covers the way things look for the rest of Minnesota's roster and front office: "Post-Love, the Wolves are banking on athletic youth. Under the circumstances it is a worthy gamble."
SF: NetsDaily. Reed Wallach goes to the videotape in search of evidence that Brook Lopez could be Lionel Hollins' new Marc Gasol on the offensive end, and comes away pleasantly surprised by the reportedly healthy big man's chances.
SG: SB Nation. Tom Ziller on the Hall of Fame induction of Mitch Richmond, which is "a celebration of Richmond's excellence, yes, but it's also a celebration for the heroic losers strung throughout NBA lore."
PG: Eye on College Basketball. College coaches don't like the NBA draft's age minimum as it stands, and they don't seem to like Commissioner Adam Silver's idea of bumping it up to 20 years old very much, either.
6th: The Nation. Dave Zirin on what the San Antonio Spurs' simultaneously historic and matter-of-fact hiring of Becky Hammon tells us about Gregg Popovich: "Coach Pop lives his life as the reality of Phil Jackson's image […] he looks for real ways to make his corner of the world a little more just."
7th: Silver Screen and Roll. Drew Garrison on the only thing that really matters for the Los Angeles Lakers this year: "[Byron] Scott's most important role for the Lakers this season is to make sure [Julius] Randle's rookie year is successful."
8th: Magic Basketball. Eddy Rivera remembers Jameer Nelson's 2008-09 season, a stretch where everything clicked for the Orlando Magic point guard before an injury derailed his rhythm.
9th: Hang Time. John Schuhmann on how Kevin Durant's decision not to play at the FIBA World Cup changes the U.S. squad's likely roster complexion and rotations, including the chance that it means more tick for Kenneth Faried, who "has broken the mold of what the U.S. looks for in a power forward, providing a combination of energy and athleticism that’s been impossible to ignore."
10th: HawksHoop. With KD and Paul George now gone, Bo Churney wonders if Team USA didn't make a mistake in jettisoning late addition — and seemingly tailor made international tweener forward — Paul Millsap in its first round of cuts.
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