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: MinnPost. “Wolves color commentator ‘Jim Pete’ may be NBA’s best for die-hard fans.” Could not agree more.
PF: BuzzFeed. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist adopts a puppy, is everyone’s new favorite player.
SF: Akron Beacon-Journal. Anderson Varejao’s All-Star season in a rebuilding team puts the Cavaliers in a quandary. An informative read and thoughtful work-through of the Cavs’ odd luxury from Jason Lloyd.
SG: HoopChalk. Jared Dubin with typically great work explaining just how Varejao’s game has grown.
PG: The Classical. Sean Highkin details the wonderful and awful and wonderful behind Omer Asik.
6th: Oregonian. The Blazers have two different teams on their roster. One is pretty good. The other is not.
7th: SB Nation Chicago. Ricky O’Donnell correct and on point about Kirk Hinrich’s terrible last few years and I’m totally not weeping alone in my kitchen at all, I promise.
8th: Grantland. Zach Lowe, he of the perfect memory and pinpoint touch, nails it with Vince Carter.
9th: Orlando Sentinel. The Magic don’t really care that Laker center Dwight Howard declined to shake hands after Sunday’s Orlando win over Los Angeles.
10th: ESPN. Five very smart people discuss the aftermath of the Gregg Popovich/David Stern fallout.
Got a link or tip for Ball Don’t Lie? Holler at me at kdonhoops (at) yahoo.com, or follow me on Twitter.