The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
1. 71 Reasons To Watch The NBA This Season – Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, Sports Illustrated
Today’s the day! You’ve waited four months (is that it?) for actual, meaningful NBA action, and the 2016-17 season tips off TONIGHT with the New York Knicks taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the San Antonio Spurs traveling to the Bay to take on the Golden State Warriors, who blew a…nevermind. Aside from tonight, Sports Illustrated has 71 reasons for you to watch the NBA this season.
2. NBA Offseason in 180 seconds – ESPN
Before you get excited about tonight and the following months of NBA action, make sure you’re all caught up on everything that went down this past summer leading into the season. We all know that Kevin Durant joined the Warriors (who blew a 3-1 lead…listen, this is the last day you can make that joke, so…), but ESPN put together a three-minute video highlighting everything you need to know to be hip to the 2016-17 season.
3. Once again, it’s the Warriors against the world – Michael Lee, The Vertical
Even though they blew a…alright, I hate that joke. Even though the Warriors weren’t NBA champions last season, they did manage to set the single-season wins record, and after signing Durant are unquestionably the team to beat in the NBA this season. The craziest thing is even if they didn’t sign Durant, we’re talking about a team that’s averaged 70 wins a season over the last two seasons and was about a minute away from repeating as NBA champions. The Vertical’s Michael Lee takes a look at why it’s still the Warriors league, and if this season will be even better than the last two historical seasons in Golden State.
4. Derrick Rose says he’s still an elite point guard – Marcel Mutoni, SLAM
If this season isn’t going to be all about the Warriors, then it will unquestionably be about the New York Knicks, at least according to Derrick Rose. The new Knicks point guard not only thinks his squad is a super team, but he thinks despite the last four year years proving otherwise, that he’s still one of the NBA’s ‘elite’ point guards. The sad thing is it doesn’t appear that even if Rose is healthy, he’ll be super impactful, as he posted the worst Value Over Replacement Player on the Chicago Bulls last season despite playing in 66 games (per Basketball Reference).
5. Report: Rockets management wanted Capela to get more minutes over Howard – Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports
Filed under “not surprising,” at the expense of Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets wanted to try and find more minutes for Clint Capela last season, which ultimately led to both Howard and interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff leaving the organization in the offseason. With Howard approaching free agency, as well as the emergence of Capela (who as a second-year player, averaged 11.8 points and 10 rebounds in the four games that he played 30-plus minutes in), Rockets’ management wanted to get a better look at the then 21-year old big man, who will be the starting five for the team this season. Howard of course signed with his hometown Atlanta Hawks.