The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
1. “The Washington Wizards: Fast Point Guard, Stagnant Team” – Vivek Jacob of BBALLBREAKDOWN
After Russell Westbrook, John Wall is probably the most athletic point guard in the league. He’s also very skilled, especially as a finisher and passer. Unfortunately, there has been very little cultural stability around him during his six years in the league.
The Wizards’ 0-3 start is not very encouraging, but the team is dealing with a new coach in Scott Brooks. As Jacob writes, it will be up to Brooks to cultivate some chemistry around Wall, their leader and a winning culture built around a style that gets the most out of the team’s key players.
2. “Which NBA teams have the most championship experience” – HoopsHype
Experience is an underrated component in a roster. It’s easy to judge a team simply on talent, coaching and chemistry but ignore the amount of experience it has. Said experience helps teams keep their composure in important games and nail-biting finishes.
HoopsHype digs up some very interesting data regarding how much championship experience each team has, including titles from the NBA, Olympics, World Championships, Euroleague and the NCAA. There’s only one squad in the entire league without at least one of those championships. Read the piece to find out!
3. “Key changes that are helping the Utah Jazz make sweet music” – Jordan Cummings of SLC Dunk
The Jazz are off to a decent start. They’re 3-2 despite a challenging schedule and injuries to a few players, which is really all you can ask for from the up-and-coming darlings of the Western Conference, given the circumstances.
Cummings’ piece doesn’t really have one specific focus here, but it does a nice job summing up the state of the team in Utah. There’s definitely still a lot of potential for the Jazz (wait for it) if they stay healthy.
4. “NBA AM: Russell on Consistency, Leadership and Lakers’ Future” – Ben Dowsett of Basketball Insiders
Through five games, D’Angelo Russell hasn’t exactly shown that he’s a much better player than he was last season. His raw numbers are up, but his efficiency is down because of some cold shooting and iffy decision-making.
However, the potential is still evident in D-Lo’s game, and the youngster seems to have a good perspective on everything regarding his personal improvement and the team’s development as a whole. Dowsett gets some good quotes from him and sums up his situation in Los Angeles well.
5. “Ben Simmons’ new documentary exposes the NCAA’s one-and-done system” – Tom Ziller of SB Nation
There’s a documentary on Ben Simmons airing Friday, and it’ll highlight Simmons’ many problems with the NBA’s one-and-done policy that caused him to attend college halfheartedly for a year at LSU.
The current system has some problems, and there’s definitely an argument for the league to go back to the former system where high school players could leap straight to the NBA. Ziller points out that Simmons’ best option now, given his negative feelings toward everything he had to do last season, is to use his voice to make a change in the policy.