The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
This piece is a good reminder of how big the loss of Kyrie Irving is for the Cavs. Freeman correctly suggests that even if they lost Game 1, Irving having played so well would’ve been enough of a positive to believe that the Cavs still had a chance in the series. He’s now out 3-4 months, and LeBron James and the Cavs have little hope in beating the Warriors. Who would’ve thought that Kevin Love (averages 62 games per season for his career) and Irving (64 games per season) would’ve sustained serious injuries?
The SB Nation Wizards blog takes a look at how things could’ve been different had the Wizards drafted a bit differently. They focus on exactly who the Wizards took with their draft picks instead of specific players on the Warriors roster, and some of it is pretty bad. For example, they traded the fifth overall pick in 2009 for Mike Miller and Randy Foye, with Stephen Curry going eighth. They drafted Jan Vesely with the sixth pick in the 2011 draft, while Klay Thompson went 11th. The Wizards aren’t the only team that passed on those players, but it’s still depressing for Washington fans.
Tony Parker is 33 years old, has won championships and is one of the best point guards in the NBA, but he came up small in the San Antonio Spurs’ opening round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. As Kenyon notes in this article, he averaged just 10.9 points on 36.3 percent shooting. From knocking down jumpers to working the pick-and-roll, this article does a good job breaking down how the Spurs can move forward with Parker while still acknowledging that this is now Kawhi Leonard’s team.
It’s been assumed that the Lakers are taking either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor, depending on who’s still on the board, with the second pick in the draft this summer. But Emmanuel Mudiay has scheduled a workout with the Lakers on Saturday and is supposedly under serious consideration. The article goes on to discuss the plans for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the No. 1 pick, and how Mudiay is supposedly being considered there as well. The draft is only three weeks away, so we’ll know more soon enough.
Take the opinion of former Chicago Bulls guard Jalen Rose with a grain of salt, but when asked what he thinks will happen with Portland’s unrestricted free agent duo of Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge, he said something surprising; he thinks Matthews is headed to Chicago to play alongside Jimmy Butler, and he thinks it would work in Fred Hoiberg’s offense. While I agree it would work in Hoiberg’s offense, I disagree that he ends up in Chicago. The Bulls essentially have no cap space, so it’s kind of hard to envision. But it would probably be a good move for them, if they could swing it.