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: 1500 ESPN. Kevin Love and Kevin Martin are combining for 51 points per game thus far this season, both ranking among the league's top five scorers and giving the Minnesota Timberwolves an efficient, effective one-two punch that's helped make them one of the NBA's top teams through the season's first two weeks. Zach Harper looks at how the power forward and shooting guard are playing off one another, helping create openings and opportunities for one another, and how coach Rick Adelman's having fun letting his two Kevins run wild on opposing defenses.
PF: CelticsHub and ESPN Boston. Tom Westerholm on Jordan Crawford's strong play as a starting point guard (which he's done before) and Chris Forsberg on Gerald Wallace's solid work coming off the bench, which are two major contributing factors in the four-game winning streak that has the Boston Celtics tied with the Philadelphia 76ers atop the Atlantic Division.
SF: Portland Roundball Society. Lindsay Mills wanted to buy some new NBA gear, so she headed to the league's online store and found ... lace thongs, frisky tank-tops, hair extensions and furry boots. Whoops, NBA.
SG: Grantland. Zach Lowe reviews some developing early-season trends, including the Phoenix Suns' strong start, the Brooklyn Nets' mediocrity and more.
PG: SB Nation. Paul Flannery highlights some of the NBA season's early pleasant surprises, led by New Orleans Pelicans monster forward Anthony Davis.
6th: The Classical. Speaking of Davis, here's Michael Pina on the breathtaking collection of physical feats behind the sophomore's 21.7 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game: "This is why people go to horror movies, incidentally. It’s fun to be scared like this."
8th: SB Nation. That's, in part, because Houston's defensive problems go well beyond Harden, according to Mike Prada.
9th: Hang Time. A good running-dialogue email-exchange recap of John Schuhmann and Brent Barry watching Monday's Denver Nuggets-Utah Jazz game, identifying the shortcomings that have led to Utah's 0-8 start ("It’s tough to score with no penetration and no shooting") and a glimmer of hope that coach Brian Shaw knows what to do with this Nuggets team ("Denver looked good when they went to last year’s formula of dribble penetration from the point guards and crashing the glass").
10th: The Brooklyn Game. Justin DeFeo offers a nice look at how the Brooklyn Nets "ICE" pick-and-rolls on defense — a quality explainer for a defensive concept used by a lot of teams throughout the NBA.
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