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: Sactown Royalty. Isaiah Thomas makes it very clear that he believes he is better than Darren Collison, the man signed to replace him as the point guard of the Sacramento Kings, and that he believes everyone associated with the Kings will soon think the same thing now that he's joined up with the Phoenix Suns: "They always say you don't know what you got until it's gone, and I feel like that's going to happen […] I tell everybody I love Sacramento, I always will love Sacramento, but when we play them I'm going to kill Sacramento."
PF: Mavs Moneyball. Jason Gallagher recalls the strange things that winning championships, one-click ordering and copious amounts of booze can do to a man.
SF: BSports. A deep-dive, SportVU-based statistical look into which teams passed the ball most frequently and most effectively, as measured by how often their passes led to assist opportunities, converted buckets, and so on.
SG: VICE Sports. Colin McGowan: "You will fail to utterly ignore DurantWatch 2016 and piffle like it because you're a person, and people are weak. But you should give it your best shot."
PG: Grantland. Jordan Ritter Conn talks to scouts, coaches, players and observers of all stripes in search of an answer to a question posed by many in the basketball world: When, and why, did New York City stop being "The Mecca?"
6th: Bulls.com. Good stuff from Sam Smith on Derrick Rose's looking-good-so-far return to the court for Team USA in Las Vegas, and how the Chicago Bulls point guard's approach to the comeback is different now than it was after his first season-ending knee injury.
7th: Pounding the Rock. Jesus Gomez explains why he doesn't think there's some grand conspiracy behind the San Antonio Spurs ruling Manu Ginobili out of competing for Argentina in the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
8th: espnW. Kate Fagan talks to Natalie Nakase about her groundbreaking stint as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers' Summer League squad, from how the opportunity came about to the importance of practicing how to practice.
10th: Hardwood Paroxysm. The people behind SlamBall want to bring back SlamBall. They have started a Kickstarter asking you for money to help them bring back SlamBall, presumably because, like me, many prospective big-money funders remember that horrific SlamBall ankle injury that I definitely will not link to but can definitely be found online if you've got an iron stomach. Best of luck raising money, devil-may-care wildfolk.
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