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The Starting 5 – Suns Short-Term Goals

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

1. It Is So Ordered – Seimone Augustus, The Player’s Tribune

Don’t worry, I’m not going to make this some sort of political statement, but Augustus provides an exceptional outlook on how she met her wife. The Player’s Tribune has provided a great amount of entertainment since its inception, and this piece is another gem.

2. 10 Things to Watch for (Already) in the 2015-2016 NBA Season – Jessica Camerato, Basketball Insiders

In a way-too-early discussion of what to expect next season, ten topics are introduced and discussed for the 2015-2016 season. Among a few of the topics is the absurdity of the Sacramento Kings for next season, what will happen to the Lakers after their surprisingly good off-season, who will challenge the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference (nobody), how good the Thunder will be healthy (very), how much Anthony Davis can improve in his fourth season and what emoji would best describe the Clippers’ season (something under the “Celebration” heading because I think they will improve on a productive season).

3. 5 Short-Term Goals for the Phoenix Suns – Scott Chasen, Valley of the Suns 

The Suns are loaded with young talent (Alex Len, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren and several others), and have added significant talent this summer with Tyson Chandler and Mirza Teletovic. With the expected absence of Portland and possibly Dallas from the playoffs, it’s seems likely that the Suns could take one of those two spots. But the most interesting piece of information from Chasen’s post is the technical fouls. According to Chasen, the Morris brothers were dealt with more technical fouls than 17 of 30 teams in the league. By themselves! Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker were also dealt their fair share of technicals, and Tyson Chandler isn’t exactly shy when it comes to talking to the referees. Jeff Hornacek may need to implement an even stronger technical foul policy.

4. #AskBBall Stats Mailbag – Seth Partnow, BBall Breakdown

It’s long, there is a tiny bit of math involved and if you don’t like looking at games as more than a final score, you won’t like what you read. This is a great introduction to numbers that aren’t easily visible at first glance, but is necessary when understanding the direction the game is going. This is required reading for those that want to learn more about the game (hint hint for later this week).

5. The rookie extension impact for 2016 – Bobby Marks, Hoops Hype

Marks has become the new follow on Twitter as he was the Nets’ assistant general manager from 2010-2015, and details of the salary cap are his forte. In this piece, Marks gives the impact on what rookie extensions will do for teams like Washington (Bradley Beal), Houston (Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones) and Golden State (Harrison Barnes). Beal’s situation could have a domino effect on the rest of the league as Oklahoma City and many others will be waiting to see what happens to the rookies eligible for an extension next season.

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