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The Starting 5: Preseason Disappointments

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

1. NBA PM: Who Disappointed in the Preseason? – Ben Dowsett, Basketball Insiders 

You can’t take too much from preseason basketball. It’s mainly to start moving players at game speed and to see how the new guys acclimate to the system. There are always those that explode in Summer League and preseason, but to use that as a foreshadowing of greatness is hazardous at best. That being said, read more on the busts of preseason basketball. One of the names is Jimmer Fredette, which is a shame since he could’ve used this preseason as leverage to jockey for a position on another team.

2. Tyreke Evans’ injury could derail the Pelicans – Jesus Gomez, SB Nation 

Some wonder what Tyreke Evans could bring to an offense. A player who’s ball dominant while shooting low percentages and one who has an abysmal three-point percentage? That looks like the formula of a player sure to be out of the league. However, Evans is one of those rare players who can get to the basket at will, an incredibly valuable trait. Not only can he beat his man, he literally collapses defenses to the point where even his missed shots are valuable – they provide easy opportunities for Anthony Davis to swoop in and clean up the misses. Read about why the 6-8 weeks that Evans will miss could be the downfall of the Pelicans’ playoff aspirations.

3. Keep it just below 100: in praise of new high jersey numbers – Miles Wray, Hardwood Paroxysm 

Everyone remembers their high school days, middle school days, even little league days of getting your uniform. You just hope that it’s your favorite number and it even shapes how you view numbers in your life. All of our favorite numbers seemed to be 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, etc. How odd now that some players’ favorite numbers are numbers like 81, 66. It seems to be a new trend, a trend that Wray loves and wants to see continue. Read more to see some of the best new high numbered jerseys.

4. Tristan Thompson and Separating Activity from Achievement – Seth Partnow, Nylon Calculus

The Tristan Thompson saga finally ended yesterday. We all thought TT had cost himself a fortune by holding out for a maximum deal, a deal he didn’t deserve, to be quite frank. Thompson does a lot of great things, but sometimes it seems he’s just benefiting from the situation he’s in and he wouldn’t be able to produce the same tangible results he has been via playing with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Read Partnow’s take on how valuable Thompson really is.

5. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers – Brett Koremenos, RealGM

RealGM continues its season preview series with the Los Angeles Lakers. To be honest, the Lakers might be one of the most watchable bad teams in the entire history of the league. There are so many intriguing storylines that the Lakers will provide at least some entertainment. Not all of it will be productive to the organization (imagine Nick Young doing Nick Young things), but in the end the Lakers will not be a playoff bound team in the Western Conference.

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