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: Eye on Basketball. Matt Moore goes one-on-one with Nikola Jokic in a tremendous film session in which the Denver Nuggets’ sophomore center describes what he’s thinking, seeing and doing when he decides to attempt the remarkable passes that have made him one of the game’s rising stars.
PF: Prada’s Pictures. More Jokic goodness, as Mike Prada details what makes the Serbian pivot not just one of the sport’s best young big men, but the most versatile offensive center in the NBA right now.
SG: Sportsnet. Great stuff from Michael Grange on P.J. Tucker, who has built a career on “victory in increments” and making life harder for opposing scorers, and how he’s helped kickstart the Toronto Raptors’ post-All-Star-break defensive surge.
PG: The New York Times. Scott Cacciola on Chris Paul’s hands — the tools of his trade as one of the sport’s premier thieves, which, like many hard-used implements, have taken a beating over the years.
6th: The Sporting News. Scott Rafferty breaks down DeMar DeRozan’s post-up game, and how tireless work on really hard shots — plus plenty of study of Kobe Bryant — has helped turn the Toronto All-Star into one of the toughest players in the NBA to stop.
8th: The Ringer. Danny Chau on the Memphis Grizzlies’ ongoing push-and-pull between embracing modernity and hearkening back to their past.
9th: San Jose Mercury News. Anthony Slater digs into the tape to explore what makes Klay Thompson such a unique player on both ends of the floor, and the X-factor who can make the Golden State Warriors damn near unbeatable when he’s got it going.
10th: Bleacher Report. After writing a post earlier this season about his hectic trek to Madison Square Garden to make his NBA debut, I thought I’d never again care about how New York Knicks reserve center Marshall Plumlee commutes to work. Yaron Weitzman changed that for me.
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