The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content around the Internet.
For all the talk about Phil Jackson having outdated ideas of roster construction, he made some nice, logical moves on draft night. I still think the Knicks may regret passing on Emmanuel Mudiay, but Kristaps Porzingis was a smart selection for a team far away from contending and Phil did well to snag Jerian Grant for Tim Hardaway Jr. Seth Rosenthal digs in on Jackson’s willingness to respect the rebuilding process when so many people were sure that he’d screw up his first real draft.
So many people got caught up in Jahlil Okafor‘s perceived lack of defensive potential that they lost sight of his immense array of offensive talent. Jeff Feyerer breaks down Okafor’s generational low post abilities and makes a strong case for the necessity of his skill set. While it may seem like the modern NBA is moving away from post scoring centers, it’s far more due to a lack of talent than usefulness. Okafor could be the man to herald a revival.
At this point, Adrian Wojnarowski has become a mythical figures in NBA circles. He consistently spoils NBA Draft picks before they’re announced and his story breaks are so earth-shattering they’ve been lovingly dubbed “Woj Bombs.” Clay Skipper got a sitdown with Woj that offers some rare insight about the always-working reporter. A must read for any avid follower of Wojnarowski’s reporting.
The situation in Sacramento has been a mess for quite awhile now. The latest drama surrounding George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon without a roster move. Sam Amick digs into the turbulent dynamic in Sactown and gives some good perspective on all parties involved.
The Pacers have made it pretty clear that they don’t want Roy Hibbert on their team anymore. They didn’t do anything to disavow those notions when they drafted center Myles Turner in the draft. Hibbert, however, correctly opted in for $15 million, leaving Indiana in a tough position. Bob Kravitz implores Hibbert to proves everyone wrong and show why the Pacers are foolish for giving up on him.