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1. Hoop Dreams: A tryout with the Delaware 87ers – Jake Pavorsky, Liberty Ballers
It’s difficult to describe how difficult it is to make the NBA, and Jake Pavorsky attempts to do just that with a tryout with the Philadelphia 76ers’ D-League team, the Delaware 87ers. Pavorsky details his tryout, as well as a couple of his teammates who are trying to keep the dream alive.
2. Everyone would be better off without back-to-back preseason games – Derek James, Hardwood Paroxysm
After nearly four months without the NBA, preseason basketball is gobbled up by hardcore fans ready for another season. Unfortunately many fans don’t see their team’s star players, as organizations have decided to schedule back-to-backs in the preseason, forcing coaches to rightfully rest some of their most important players. Having a few games before the season starts is a necessity, but forcing players who already endure a grueling regular-season schedule to play two games in two days seems like overkill.
3. How to go all in (or not), according to Danny Ainge – Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer
The Celtics are one of the few teams in the NBA that are built for both the present and the future. After winning 48 games last season, they found themselves drafting in the top three, thanks to the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade to the Brooklyn Nets (they selected Jaylen Brown out of California). They have a mix of young and established talent, especially after inking Al Horford to a maximum contract, solidifying their interior for the foreseeable future. Most of this can be attributed to president Danny Ainge, as he has shown the ability to rebuild without completely gutting the team.
4. Josh Huestis: Do measurements make the man? – Marina Mangiaracina, Welcome to Loud City
Josh Huestis is best known (and probably only known) for being the first draft-and-stash in the D-League, eventually leading to a rookie contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. On paper, the similarities between him and teammate Andre Roberson are striking. From their vertical jump, to the agility test, to their height and wingspan, the players test remarkably similar. Unfortunately for Huestis, Roberson plays the same position, has already shown he can provide elite defense, and even though he was drafted a year earlier than Huestis, Roberson is only 15 days older than Huestis. Huestis might be a contributor for the Thunder, but he’s going to have to show that he can outperform Roberson to do so.
5. 2016-2017 NBA preview: Detroit Pistons – Justin Willard, Nylon Calculus
One of the darlings of the early NBA season are the Detroit Pistons, and Nylon Calculus provides a preview for their 2016-2017 season. While their young talent is enticing, Drummond’s shooting woes are concerning, and Reggie Jackson’s injury will hamper whatever expectations the team has currently. The Pistons should still be good enough to make the playoffs, but the possibility that they finish closer to the top of the playoff race will diminish with every Drummond missed free throw.