The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content around the Internet
Happy Father’s Day! Here’s an article about the many NCAA basketball players who have been coached by their pops. Sherman linked up with several such players and their fathers and did a fantastic group interview. There’s great insights into what it’s like growing up with a coach and ultimately being talented enough to play for him.
Allow Kevin O’Connor to explain to you why Mario Hezonja is soon to be your new favorite player. Hezonja is a 6’8″ wing who can do everything on the court and knows it better than anyone. He’s a big trash talker who has no qualms about “running up the score.” O’Connor goes through Hezonja’s strengths and how they should adapt to the NBA, but the best part of this article is the Lionel Messi-related anecdote at the end.
Lee Jenkins has earned his reputation as one of the NBA’s greatest storytellers; his scoring of LeBron James‘s homecoming story last summer was hardly a surprise to avid NBA readers. Here, Jenkins gets to take part in the Golden State Warriors’ joyously chaotic championship celebration. There’s some terrifically enjoyable stories from the night and behind-the-scenes bits and pieces you simply won’t find anywhere else.
FiveThirtyEight is known for its statistical modeling, and they come through here with detailed NBA Draft analysis. Paine and Bradshaw attempt to make their model more predictive than others by accounting for the likelihood that a player ever gets a chance to play significant minutes. Even with all the statistics available, they still find the opinions of scouts to matter most significantly. Great pre-draft reading for the numbers-oriented crowd.
Jesse continues BBALLBREAKDOWN’s offseason series by diving into the NBA’s model franchise. Of course, the biggest question mark for the Spurs is whether future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan decides to run it back one more time. Most agree that Timmy is likely to be back, but nothing’s set in stone. The Spurs also have to figure out how much Tony Parker has left in the tank and whether Kawhi Leonard is ready to be “the man” for a full season now.