The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
1. “Continued Clint Capela growth is key for upcoming season” — The Dream Shake
I must admit, I do have a bit of a man crush on the Houston Rockets’ Clint “The Swiss Pick and Roll” Capela. I truly believe the 21-year-old big man from Switzerland, once he hits his prime, has what it takes to become another DeAndre Jordan.
That prognostication may seem a bit lofty, but either way, Capela will get a bigger opportunity to show his skills in 2015-16. He should be Dwight Howard’s main backup, a role that could turn into something even more considering the veteran Houston center’s recent injury history.
2. “Power Ranking All 30 NBA Head Coaches Heading into Training Camp” — Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report
A coach ranking has to be one of the toughest sports-related pieces to write. The only objective measure you have to work with is the win column, and that’s heavily influenced by how much raw talent is on the roster.
Instead, you have to look for things like team chemistry, player development and how motivated the team plays.
Buckley does a fantastic job here in establishing a pecking order and defending his choices, resulting in a ranking that I personally have no major gripes with.
3. “Tiago Splitter’s Fresh Start in Atlanta” — Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders
When Tiago Splitter was traded from the Spurs to the Hawks for a second-round pick back in early July to make room for San Antonio to sign Aldridge, there was a “wink wink nudge nudge” aspect to it. It was a super beneficial move for both parties.
The Spurs are coached by Gregg Popovich and the Hawks are led by Mike Budenholzer, a trusted assistant of Coach Pop’s for nearly 20 years. The teams basically run the same offense and could almost be considered sister squads.
So naturally, as Green eloquently reports, Splitter is ready to thrive immediately as a rotation big man in Atlanta.
4. “Highly Plausible NBA Win Projections 2015-16” — Andrew Johnson of Nylon Calculus
It’s cool what statistics can do. Johnson uses the power of numbers alone to predict the NBA standings in 2014-15, and they don’t look that far off.
Some of the predictions are a little out there (the No. 3 seed for the Celtics and the Hornets above both the Heat and Bucks), but maybe not as off-base as you might have expected from a completely objective exercise.
Kudos to Johnson for constructing a formula that does a solid job of quantifying team strength.
5. “Every NBA Team’s 2015-16 Musical Anthem“— Michael Dunlap of Hoops Habit
Basketball is fun, so it’s fitting that we come across fun NBA-related articles from time to time.
Dunlap goes through all 30 teams and likens each squad’s current state of affairs to a song. The tunes span several decades and encompass everything from Tupac to Elvis Presley, which certainly reflects the author’s eclectic musical knowledge.
There were many enjoyable songs and descriptions to read through, but this Los Angeles Laker hater enjoyed the Lakers’ comparison to “Yesterday” by the Beatles the most.