The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
Andrew Johnson at Nylon Calculus writes on how Rudy Gobert can keep up his production from his sophomore season. Gobert took a leap in his NBA career last season, getting a big opportunity during the second half of the year and drastically improving. Seeing as Gobert’s ascension was so rapid, many wonder if he can keep up his production and become the defensive anchor that he showed the potential to be. Take a look at why you can expect Gobert to keep it up.
At this point, I’m sure we’ve all heard of Thon Maker. The 7-foot-1 center has been dominating in high school, and now he’s deciding what college to go to. How well will his high school success translate to the next level, and how does his skill set project to play in the NBA? Rafael Uehara from Upside Motor takes a look into the future of the highly skilled Maker. With his coordination, skill and athleticism, it’s easy to see why scouts are already so excited about this prospect. 7-foot centers don’t come along every day, much less those who are already as skilled as Thon.
Markieff Morris has had a rather drama filled summer, as his issues with the Suns have been well documented. At this point it looks like a return to Phoenix is highly unlikely. If you want to read a summary of what Markieff has gone through over the summer, read David King’s exposition at SB Nation.
The Sacramento Kings have become notorious as being a very dysfunctional organization, with a seemingly never-ending stream of coaches and an ever-changing play style. With George Karl at the helm, the seas seem to have calmed a bit. Then the whole DeMarcus Cousins debacle erupted and it was the Kings being the Kings. The waters have finally settled a bit, and the Kings look to become a functional team for once. Will they have enough to do it?
Not much needs to be said here. Read Marina Mangiaracina’s take on the worst draft picks in Thunder history.