Rudy Gay's off to a 6-2 start with the Raptors. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
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: USA TODAY Sports. Sam Amick talks to Rudy Gay about his new life north of the border as the No. 1 option for the Toronto Raptors, the Memphis Grizzlies team he left behind and the circumstances leading to his departure, and much more.
PF: The Basketball Jones. Andrew Unterberger considers the differences between Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley at 50 years old — how we view them, how they view themselves and whether being the greatest of all time is worth not being able to be truly beloved as a person. This is a great read.
SF: SB Nation. Jon Bois, who is one of the funniest people alive, takes a kind-of serious, smart, fun look at the half-court shot, which only goes down about 1 percent of the time in the NBA, making it, in his view, "sports' greatest miracle."
SG: Hoop76. Eric Goldwein offers the definitive history of Andrew Bynum's knee injuries. Remember: This dude is 25 years old. Yikes-a-daisies.
PG: Bullets Forever. As I mentioned briefly in discussing the broiling Wale-Devlin beef this morning, John Wall had a pretty miserable night for the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Jordan Kahn revisits the nightmare, noting that it all started with some poor decisions in attacking the Toronto Raptors' pick-and-roll coverage.
6th: Knicks Now. Charlie Widdoes looks at the New York Knicks' five most effective lineup combinations during the first 50 games, looking for some clues on what makes a strong five-man unit and which kind of mix-and-match groupings coach Mike Woodson might rely on for the rest of the season, now that he's finally got everybody back at practice and faces a difficult 32-game schedule ahead.
7th: The Verge. A cool look at how the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center and networking giant Cisco have teamed up to give fans "instant access to live game footage from a handful of different angles, plus replays and stats from the game," all in the palm of their hands on their iOS or Android devices. The future's pretty rad.
8th: Pro Basketball Draft. Quiet as it's kept, former Rookie of the Year point guard Tyreke Evans — whose stock plummeted after disappointing second and third seasons &mash; has remade himself into a pretty solid wing for the Sacramento Kings. Ian Levy breaks down Evans' under-the-radar resurgence.
9th: Hoopshype. With Thursday's trade deadline looming, former BDL contributor Rod Benson explains what it feels like to be dealt: "It’s going to [happen to] guys with families and children and schools and lifestyles and friends and a comfort zone and it will hit them all at once that they really have absolutely no say in the grand scheme of things."
10th: SB Nation. Tom Ziller explains the repeater tax in the post-lockout collective bargaining agreement, how it could motivate trade-deadline dealing and how it could spell doom for teams who've long loved shopping for big-ticket items.
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