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: Hawks.com. "We couldn’t think of anything more impactful than this unique billboard," says Atlanta Hawks marketing VP Peter Sorckoff. Here's hoping that's not true for Atlanta-area drivers who find themselves gawking at a giant three-dimensional ad of Paul Millsap dunking.
PF: Raptors Republic. Good stuff from Blake Murphy on the Toronto Raptors' emergence as the league's best fourth-quarter team since the Rudy Gay trade, and how the never-say-die comeback culture surrounding coach Dwane Casey's club makes this edition of the Raps remarkably fun to support.
SF: Blazersedge. Dave Deckard goes deep, long and thoughtful on tanking talk and the surge of solutioneering that's surrounded it of late: "Major changes, such as altering the nature of the draft, must be considered in their systemic context, not just in response to a perceived problem ... however grave that problem may be."
SG: Ballerball. Finally, #viral Internet quizzes come to pro hoops fans. Which NBA head coach are you? The answer may shock you!
PG: The Point Forward. Jermaine O'Neal's free-throw form is A) illegal, B) hilarious and C) the subject of a Rob Mahoney super cut.
6th: Brew Hoop. Giannis Antetokounmpo is easily the most exciting piece of the Milwaukee Bucks' future as presently constituted, but even with Larry Drew's team playing out the string on a dead-end season, Dan Sinclair isn't sure it'd be beneficial for us to see an awful lot more of the Greek rookie over the final few weeks of the 2013-14 campaign.
7th: National Post and Sportsnet. Bruce Arthur and Michael Grange on the abrupt end of Andrew Wiggins' freshman year — and, most likely, the end of his college career — and what the past year and his present predicament might tell us about his future NBA prospect.
9th: The Hook. Ziller continues his crusade against the idea that star college players need to be in college at all, let alone for multiple years, and the result is an explosively good read.
10th: Wall Street Journal. Amid all the talk about whether new boss Phil Jackson will bring his Triangle offense to the New York Knicks, Chris Herring wonders what the "Zen Master" might have in store to fix the Knicks' leaky defense, which has largely "been a hot mess since Jeff Van Gundy stopped coaching the team back in 2001."
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