The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the internet
1. Understanding the NBA shortage of wing players – Rob Mahoney, The Crossover
Big men have always ruled the NBA, but the scarcest position in the NBA is currently the wing. It’s the reason Chandler Parsons, who has a history of injuries, received a four-year maximum contract with the Memphis Grizzlies last summer. It’s also the reason Troy Williams’ situation is interesting. Williams has been impressive in the Las Vegas Summer League but, as money has been handed out to similarly sized players, Williams remains unsigned.
2. Luc Mbah a Moute agrees to sign one-year deal with Rockets – Kristian Winfield, SBNation
The Houston Rockets made a splash this summer, trading for Chris Paul to pair with James Harden. The Rockets have continued an impressive summer after inking Luc Mbah a Moute to a minimum deal for one year. Harden has his faults on defense but pairing him with four good defenders should help the Rockets’ woes on that end of the floor.
3. Stacking up winners and losers of NBA free agency – Sean Deveney, Sporting News
With the free agency period coming to a close, the way-too-early grades are available, according to Deveney. Some of the winners include Harden for getting to play with Paul, among others, and Sam Presti for acquiring Paul George despite lacking salary cap room. The losers include Dan Gilbert, for doing his best to drive LeBron James away from Cleveland, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, for entering the summer in hopes of a maximum contract and receiving a one-year deal instead.
4. A way-too-early 2017 NBA redraft – Jonathan Tjarks and Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer
Just a month after the draft, The Ringer redrafted the 2017 Draft. Dennis Smith Jr. has lived up to the expectations and has looked like one of the best players in the Las Vegas Summer League, and is why he was redrafted to the Boston Celtics with the third pick. One player that fell in the redraft was Josh Jackson, as his shooting has been a problem as most expected.
5. Preseason NBA predictions come home to roost – Miles Wray, The Step Back
Many writers give a list of predictions in the preseason, but few revisit those after the season like Wray did. While most of his predictions didn’t come true, he was on track with many of them. The first was Dewayne Dedmon will earn a $25 million contract. While this wasn’t the case, he was a significant player in San Antonio’s system. Another prediction was Joel Embiid would win Rookie of the Year. There was certainly a strong case for Embiid to win, and had he not been injured for a majority of the season he almost certainly would have won.