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The Starting 5: Warriors Set to Reach New Heights

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

1. Golden State Warriors Are Primed to Reach Historic Echelon Next Season – Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report

Golden State had many doubters last season, with many believing that the jump-shooting team couldn’t make it through the playoffs where the games slowed down. As newly crowned NBA champions, they still have doubters: many believe that there are a couple teams better than the Warriors, and that they only won the championship through fortuitous circumstances. Adam Fromal doesn’t think so, and he thinks the Warriors will actually get better next season.

2. Older Center Prospects Can Be The Exception To The Rule – Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM 

Tjarks discusses what it’s like to be a center with great size in college. Players over 7-feet tall are hard to find anywhere and chances to play against other 7-footers are rare. The NBA is a whole different story, as there are 7-footers on almost every team, and many centers aren’t ready to make that next step in development because they don’t know what it’s like to play against others that aren’t only as tall, but taller, stronger, faster. Read on why A.J. Hammons from Purdue will see his draft stock rise this season.

 

3. Why Oklahoma City Thunder Are the NBA’s Most Unsolvable Puzzle – Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report 

The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the most talented teams in the league. When you wield two of the top five players in the league (Russell Westbrook is controversial but can make a case any given night), the team will always have a shot to win. Surround that team with good role pieces, and you have yourself a title contender. With free agency looming for the best player the franchise has ever had – Kevin Durant – and a new coach, the OKC Thunder face a lot of questions. This is going to be a make-or-break season, and Hughes takes a look into the riddle that’s the OKC Thunder.

4. Evaluating the Portland Trail Blazers’ New Penetration-Based Offense – Dave Deckard, Blazer’s Edge 

Lillard, known for his trademark cat-like quickness, has shown his knack for breaking his man down and getting into the heart of the offense. Terry Stotts has taken note and built an offense predicated on the dribble-drive. Deckard takes a look at how the new acquisitions will fit into the Portland offense.

5. Battle for the soul of basketball: Meet the All-1970s NBA (and ABA) team – Tom Ziller, SB Nation

Tom Ziller looks into the players of the 1970s. It was a very turbulent time in the professional basketball landscape, as many players bounced from league to league, and many had trouble keeping track of who was playing for who. One thing that couldn’t be argued was the talent; there were many all-time greats who played in the ‘70s.

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