The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
One of the biggest questions heading into the upcoming NBA season is how the Golden State Warriors will adjust to the addition of a high usage offensive player like Kevin Durant in the lineup. Considering back-to-back defending MVP Stephen Curry led the league in scoring last season, most assume he’ll have to relinquish some offensive responsibilities playing next to Durant, but he doesn’t think so. Curry says he isn’t going to “sacrifice anything” this upcoming season.
It happens every offseason. Sometimes it happens for more than one player. Just as Khris Middleton made heads turn in 2015, the summer of 2016 saw Kent Bazemore go from being considered a three-and-D rotational wing to one of the highest paid perimeter players in the league. Players like Middleton and Bazemore do a lot of the little things that are highly valued in today’s NBA, and it’s time to start figuring out who the next player to go from relatively unknown to incredibly coveted. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Conner has three candidates.
Considering this will be the first season without Dwyane Wade since 2002-03, and Chris Bosh might not be cleared to return to basketball action, the Miami Heat are going to look incredibly different this season. While a lot of the changes might be difficult for Heat fans to accept, one such change could be an improved Justise Winslow, as the second-year wing has reportedly been working on his jump shot this offseason. The tenth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Winslow shot 41.8-percent from three in his lone season at Duke, but struggled from deep as a rookie, converting just 27.6-percent of his 1.5 attempts per game.
With NBA teams finalizing their rosters as we get closer and closer to the 2016-17 season, there are still plenty of free agents hoping to catch on with a team. Not many of those free agents are as accomplished as Lance Stephenson, who after leading the NBA in triple doubles in the 2013-14 season, has played for three teams in two seasons, and has resembled an NBA player in Space Jam after the Monstars took their talents away. Only 26 years old, here’s a look at how things got so bad, so quickly for Stephenson.
The fine writers over at Hardwood Paroxysm are partaking in a fun/creative project this offseason, where they come up with their most fire takes. Today we share Ian Levy’s look at whether or not all-time greats like Karl Malone and Charles Barkley are remembered more fondly for not having won championships, as Levy points out how overrated the “ringz” argument is when debating legacies of such celebrated basketball players. While the column is satirical in nature, Levy still makes some great points about how these generational talents shouldn’t be overlooked because of a lack of jewelry.