The 10-man rotation, starring Anthony Davis, who’s here now and merits new words for ‘ridiculous’

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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: SLAM. Good stuff from Brian Boyles on Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans monster, who has progressed about as far in four years as a basketball player can.

PF: Bourbon Street Shots. Speaking of Davis' Pelicans, I dug this from Michael Pellissier (high-quality Nawlins-y name) about whether or not Ryan Anderson should move from sixth man to starting lineup, which included this simultaneously promotional and damning truism: "If you measure success in effort spent, then Jason Smith is cracking your All-NBA roster."

SF: 48 Minutes of Hell. Andrew McNeill on the early struggles of The Big Fundamental: "If the [San Antonio] Spurs want to get back to the Finals, they need the same Tim Duncan they had last season come playoff time and what we’re seeing now, in November, doesn’t bode well for May and June."

SG: SB Nation. Drew Garrison offers a brilliant breakdown of how well Andre Iguodala (when healthy, natch) has fit in with the Golden State Warriors on both sides of the ball.

PG: HoopChalk. Good stuff from Vytis Lasaitis on how Monta Ellis has gone from an efficiency maven's punchline to one of the premier pick-and-roll players in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks this season.

6th: Hang Time, Eye on Basketball and Roundball Mining Company. Jeff Caplan on Ty Lawson's brilliant early-season play, Matt Moore on the advancements that Brian Shaw's squad has made since their rough start and David Walker on an assortment of odds and ends that help explain how the Denver Nuggets now look like, y'know, a real thing.

7th: On one hand, you might scoff at Mike Dunlap offering a half-dozen schemes for covering the pick-and-roll because he got fired and is no longer an NBA head coach. On the other, HE WAS AN NBA HEAD COACH LAST YEAR, DUMMY, SO JUST GRAB THIS AND PUT IT ON YOUR CLIPBOARD.

8th: The Starters. Leigh Ellis shoots free throws for charity and is the best.

9th: ESPN Insider ($). Kevin Pelton finds mathematical evidence to support the eyeball suspicion that the Cleveland Cavaliers' lottery reaches have harmed the team in a pretty substantial way.

10th: Half Court Press. A good read from J.P. Pelosi on how measurables often trump honest-to-goodness basketball ability, whether in the NBA or abroad, for better or for worse.

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