The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
1. “Spurs sign journeyman Fredette to training-camp deal” — Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News
The San Antonio Spurs signed Jimmer Fredette to a training-camp deal Wednesday, per Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. It was an intriguing move for the Western titan, which loves shooters on the wings, and Jimmer has one of purest strokes in the world.
Unfortunately, it’s been the lack of skill outside of three-point shooting that’s doomed the former lottery pick’s career thus far.
McDonald dives further into Fredette’s situation by talking to his agent and providing some perspective on the signing.
2. “The Spurs’ great offseason had a hidden cost” — Satchel Price of SB Nation
Price’s article was published before the Spurs added another (potential) depth piece in Jimmer, but it remains valid nonetheless.
While many writers have focused on all the goodness that can come from LaMarcus Aldridge‘s move to the Spurs, fewer have focused on what it cost the team: depth, which has been key through the team’s dynasty.
I don’t think the losses of Marco Belinelli (replaced by Kyle Anderson and Jonathon Simmons in the rotation) and Cory Joseph (replaced by Ray McCallum) will be huge, but the center issue could be a problem.
3. “Film study: The complete Ty Lawson scouting report” — Alykhan Bijani of The Dream Shake
Bijani deserves a round of applause for all the homework (and writing) he did on Ty Lawson‘s game here.
He gives an extremely in-depth look at the troubled point guard, what he’s shown throughout his career on the court and how he might fit in with the Houston Rockets. He’s even-handed in his analysis, not afraid to point out flaws in Lawson’s game along with his strengths.
Lawson gives the Rockets a legitimate shot at winning the title in 2016. They’ll be fun to watch.
4. “Bill Simmons to Join HBO, Going from Free Agency to Freedom” — Richard Sandomir of the New York Times
Okay, so Bill Simmons doesn’t play basketball, but he writes (wrote?) about it. And he just happens to be the United States’ (unofficial) most beloved NBA content producer.
After getting essentially fired by ESPN, Simmons is now heading to HBO to be a TV personality,
Sandomir gives the lowdown on what this move means for Simmons’s career and why it’s ultimately a better home for him than ESPN was.
5. “Setting Time Clock on the NBA’s Biggest Rebuilds” — Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report
Was your favorite NBA team a doormat in 2014-15? Buckley has some hope for you.
The Bleacher Report columnist goes through each squad that won fewer than 40 percent of its games in 2014-15 and looks at when they can realistically expect to challenge for a playoff spot. He takes an optimistic approach to the piece, assuming each team’s young pieces develop at a normal rate.
Buckley has an excellent knowledge of each squad and gives the regular NBA fan a nice look at how the league’s weaker teams are trying to claw toward respectability.