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The Starting 5: Measuring Hustle and Grit

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The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet

1. How Do You Measure Hustle in the NBA? There’s a Stat for That – Jason Concepcion, Grantland

Jason Concepcion over at Grantland takes a look — a deep, analytical look — at measuring the players that get down and dirty. Since this is a new, prototypical mathematical model to measure the “hustle” of individual players, there are no stats nor leaders in the categories. However, the math has already been figured out (ex. Recovering a loose ball will equate into 0.5 Hustle Points), and once the data has been collected it’ll be another stat that can be used to measure and compare players. Would anyone be surprised to see Matthew Dellavedova leading the league in hustle points? The less glamourous side of basketball is getting exposure, and I’m certain there are players out there rejoicing now that they’ll have a tangible stat to use in contract negotiations.

2. Brandon Roy Could Cook – Ben Golliver, Blazer’s Edge 

In honor of Brandon Roy’s 31st birthday, linked is a great article reliving his career As a Portland native, I saw how much that player impacted the entire city; he was one of the most popular Oregon athletes ever and really helped cement the change from the Portland “Jailblazer” days into the new, proud basketball organization. One of the most underrated players ever, many (including myself) who saw him play are convinced he could’ve been one of the top 10 players in the league. So sad that his career had to be cut short due to chronic knee issues, but this article does a great job in helping keep the memory of one of the greatest to ever play in a Blazers uniform.

3. Roy Hibbert Has Perfect Chance to Salvage Career with Los Angeles Lakers – Stephen Babb, Bleacher Report

Stephen Babb at Bleacher Report discusses why he thinks the Lakers are the ideal situation to revive the career of the once premier big man. Hibbert really came into the spotlight in the playoff battles against LeBron’s Miami Heaet. How steep the career arc of Hibbert has been — going from being touted as one of the most elite rim protectors in the league to being compared to a trash can by Gilbert Arenas on Instagram, the Lakers might not just be his best chance to salvage his career, it might be his last.

4. The Standoff – Blake Griffin, The Players’ Tribune 

I really do love The Players’ Tribune. I literally cannot get enough. Reading things from the athlete’s point of view, the way they think, the way they write; it’s like having a conversation with one of the best athletes in the world. Only one thing compares to having an inside access like that, and 99 percent of the world doesn’t have that access. What a great platform to get their content across. Read Blake Griffin’s perspective of the entire DeAndre Jordan “hostage” situation, because I guarantee you’ll love it.

5. Ty Lawson And The Rockets’ Depth Of Talent In Their Prime – Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM

Tjarks at RealGM discusses on how the bevy of talent in Houston will force the Rockets to share time and sacrifice. With many of their players entering their primes or firmly in it, Morey has managed to assemble a title contender like the business man that he is. Agree with his methods or not, it is very hard to argue with results. With the addition of Ty Lawson, Houston has addressed its biggest issue with depth. Now, it will be interesting to see how the basketball will be shared between Lawson and Harden as ball dominant guards, and Dwight and Motiejunas down low, both ball dominant bigs.

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