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.
PG: Roundball Mining Company. David Walker joins Denver Nuggets fans in bidding farewell to Andre Miller, who hadn't been part of the Nuggets since New Year's, is now a member of the Washington Wizards, and whose legacy in Denver is marked by, in Walker's words, "impertinence towards everything."
6th: The Hook. Tom Ziller goes back through 15 years of win-loss data to test out whether the measures fought for by NBA owners in recent labor negotiations, allegedly aimed at "increasing competitive balance," have been successful. Spoiler alert: It doesn't look like it!
7th: Sactown Royalty. Rookie head coach Michael Malone has had a rough first year at the helm of the Sacramento Kings. Relive his frustration in slideshow format, and laugh at it.
8th: San Antonio Express-News. Jeff McDonald recently noticed that the San Antonio Spurs were experimenting with more zone defensive looks and that head coach Gregg Popovich was sticking with it despite some the team getting at least mildly toasted in the process, so he asked why. The explanation, from Pop and his players, offers a bit of insight into the value Pop places on eating even a couple of seconds off that ever-winding shot clock.
9th: Grantland. Jason Schwartz digs into the uptempo madness of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Daryl Morey's D-League science lab, where pace-pushing, 3-chucking and point-scoring are at all-time highs that might just signal the future of offensive basketball.
10th: The Oregonian. A good read from Jason Quick on why Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews has been playing with a heavy heart of late, and why the former Marquette standout feels like he can't ease off the gas, even while mourning, out of respect for the community in which he came up.
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