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The Starting 5: Media Day Is Here

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

1. Avery Bradley at Celtics Media Day: “Long twos don’t make as much sense as a three-pointer” — Kevin O’Connor, CelticsBlog

Last year, Avery Bradley took more long twos than any other guard and the second-most in the NBA. Yet at Media Day on Friday, he acknowledged that shooting a three instead from a few feet further back is a much smarter choice. Kevin O’Connor analyzes the changing state of perspective on shot selection and specifically how Bradley has evolved his shooting tendencies. It’s a fun read, especially for fans of the Celtics or analytics.

2. Russell Westbrook, No. 7 — James Holas, BBALLBREAKDOWN

James Holas continues BBALLBREAKDOWN’s player rankings by profiling the #7 voted player, Russell Westbrook. Russ is one of the most polarizing figures among NBA fans, as some see him as the league’s best point guard and others are turned off by his style of play. Holas defends Westbrook’s game, making a strong case for why the electric point guard should perhaps be ranked even higher on the list.

3. LeBron James has owned the 2010s (thus far) — Tom Ziller, SB Nation

Tom Ziller covers SB Nation’s final All-Decade team with this decade’s stars. LeBron, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Marc Gasol and Stephen Curry make up the first team. Kobe and Tim Duncan slipped to third. All in all, a very entertaining and enlightening look back on the past several seasons —  some of the better the NBA has ever seen.

4. Doc Rivers and Mark Cuban are still fighting about DeAndre Jordan — Jesus Gomez, SB Nation

The DeAndre Jordan saga was by far the most interesting aspect of a wild free agency period, and neither Doc Rivers nor Mark Cuban appear ready to let it go. For some reason, the two traded barbs at each other through the media this week, questioning one another’s integrity. Jesus Gomez breaks down the digs and tries to read between the lines.

5. Happy and Healthy: Chris Bosh values life after near-death experience — Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated

Lee Jenkins profiles are always the best, and this one covers one of the NBA’s better people, Chris Bosh. Bosh nearly died last season when he developed blood clots in his lungs but was thankfully able to make a full recovery. The major medical scare has given the two-time champion some new perspective on life, and Lee Jenkins is the ideal journalist to capture it.

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