The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
Seth Partnow turns in a nice roundup of some of the most intriguing action in Las Vegas for the NBA’s Summer League. The NBA tried tracking hustle stats this year, and Seth looks at how that could work going forward and some other apparent tweaks the NBA is trying out (like timeout clocks). While it’s only Summer League, there’s some good observations and notes on players who have showed some real positive signs.
Paul Flannery considers how compelling and exciting the NBA is at the moment in contrast to the looming possibility of a 2017 lockout. Flannery’s Sunday Shootarounds are an essential read for any NBA-junkie. This week, he also offers some thoughts (and small inside scoops) on the DeAndre Jordan saga, Summer League action and the Alvin Gentry-led Pelicans.
Jonathan Tjarks dives deep on Dante Exum‘s long-term outlook and how that affects the exciting up-and-coming Jazz. So many fans got caught up on Exum’s non-existent offensive output last season that they lost the forest for the trees. Exum was just 19 last year and had a far more positive impact on Utah’s success than fellow point guard Trey Burke. All of Exum’s physical tools point to a future star who fits in very nicely with Utah’s emerging core. Bonus link: I dove deep on Utah and Exum last month for BBALLBREAKDOWN.
Zach Lowe consistently gets the best out of every interview and this chat with new Nuggets coach Mike Malone is no different. Zach gets great information from Malone about the disaster in Sacramento (yes, Vivek did approach Malone about playing 4-on-5!), his plans for Denver and much more. Malone is refreshingly honest and certainly seems like the right choice to fix the Nuggets.
James Herbert (an excellent Twitter follow @outsidetheNBA) profiles Seth Curry, Steph’s oft-forgotten younger brother. Seth has stuck around the margins of the league as a guard who probably belonged on a roster but hadn’t found his spot yet. In the wake of his brother’s championship coronation, Seth has emerged as the most dominant player at Summer League. His talents are legit, and he’s done it this summer without relying on his genetically-great outside shooting. He seems like a lock to join Alvin Gentry in New Orleans next season. Bonus link: Herbert with another great piece, this one an interview with Karl Towns Sr., father of the top overall pick.