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The Starting 5: NBA Draft Mania

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

1. 2015 NBA Draft Grades (in gifs) – Ian Levy, Hardwood Paroxysm

For those that watched the NBA Draft and have read all the analysis and have seen all the breakdowns, Levy is here to provide a fun outlet for the draft coverage. Levy matches a gif with every pick from the first round to depict how the fanbases feel about the pick, and they’re pretty comical. Do the gifs match how you feel about the picks? Take a look at the link above.

2. Draft Day Boos: A Brief History – Tim Healey, Sports on Earth

Healey writes a hilarious piece going over all the great ‘boos’ in draft history, namely when the crowd boos to voice their displeasure over a team’s pick. The funniest ones are the picks that ended up being top players, like when Philadelphia Eagles fans booed the second overall pick of Donovan McNabb. The video is just titled, “Eagles Fans are Smart.” Let’s not forget, especially for the picks themselves, that the boos are just overreactions.

3. The Great Garbage Fire on 34th Street – Nick Bond, The Classical

Bond writes on why the New York Knicks will continue to be terrible until someone in the organization realizes how much they have stunk since the beginning. Bond goes on to write about how Phil Jackson has made all the wrong moves, and how all the moves prior this draft have been catered towards quick fixes to the franchise. Finally, it looks like the Knicks are ready for a long, ‘five-year plan’ with the acquisition of Kristaps Porzingis.

4. Trail Blazers need to move on from LaMarcus Aldridge – John Canzano, The Oregonian

Canzano writes on the potential future of the Portland Trail Blazers. With reports stating that the Portland tenure for LMA is over, the search to stay relevant and competitive begins now. Canzano writes that Stotts has been dying to run a wide-open offense, with five players on the perimeter who shoot lots of threes, and he also writes about the unlikeliness of center Robin Lopez returning in a Blazers uniform.

5. Five Questions: Dallas Mavericks – Joshua Riddell, BBALLBREAKDOWN

Riddell takes a look at how the Mavericks will look coming into the upcoming season. With questions on how much Dirk has left in his tank, to who will replace the scoring punch of Monta Ellis, Riddell outlines why the Mavericks have a long, uphill climb to get back to being contenders in the Western Conference.

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