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: Dime. Scott Sargent on the storied and perennially unsuccessful search for a “LeBron Stopper.”
6th: The Athletic, twice ($). Mike O’Connor looks at how the Philadelphia 76ers tried to use dribble handoffs to get No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz loose on opening night, and Jason Lloyd explains why Tyronn Lue thinks pushing the pace could help the Cleveland Cavaliers mitigate problems with lineups short on 3-point shooting.
7th: The Guardian. Les Carpenter on the meaning of the moment: “Years later, we might look back at the 2017-18 NBA campaign as the one in which professional athletes finally found their political voice.”
8th: PistonPowered. Thomas Mackenzie on an encouraging start to the season by Reggie Jackson, from whom the Detroit Pistons need a big bounce-back year.
9th: Cleaning the Glass. Ben Falk — former vice president of basketball strategy for the Philadelphia 76ers and basketball analytics manager for the Portland Trail Blazers — looks at what pairings of skilled big men in New Orleans and San Antonio could mean for the ongoing evolution of the center position in the NBA.
10th: Deadspin. Matt Giles does yeoman’s work tracing the legend of Yi Jianlian’s workout against a chair back to its source … and finding nothing there.
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