The Starting 5: A look at some of the best NBA content around the internet
1. Donovan Mitchell has emerged as a dynamic scorer – Paolo Uggetti, The Ringer
If you have not watched the Jazz, I beg you to do so. Donovan Mitchell is legitimate. He has a nose for the rim and so many creative ways of getting the ball around big men contesting shots. He is fun to watch. Mitchell can also hit the 3-ball with regularity. He doesn’t play like a rookie. He has a veteran’s polish, and Uggetti breaks a lot of that down here. It’s not just about the Jazz rookie’s numbers; it’s the experience of watching him play, which is why it’s great that there are many GIFs in this piece.
2. Raptors paying extra attention to rest – the NBA’s new PED – Michael Grange, SportsNet
Rest is the NBA’s newest performance-enhancing drug, and it’s entirely legal, says Grange, in this article focusing on how the Raptors are paying more attention to rest. To be clear, we’re not just talking about limiting minutes or practices. We’re talking about actual rest, as in sleeping at night. Toronto isn’t alone, but teams are tracking how much sleep their players get on a nightly basis. More sleep actually indicates better play.
3. Metrics 101: Assembling the NBA’s advanced analytics All-Stars – Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report
Fromal takes his protractor to the All-Star vote and evaluates who the All-Stars should be based on advanced stats. Little is controversial, but we are heading for an interesting choice in the Western Conference with the myriad choices at guard. James Harden is an easy choice, but who comes after that? Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler and Chris Paul are all still there.
4. NBA AM: A Day In The NBA’s G-League – Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders
The G-League keeps growing in size and importance. What does a day look like for a G-League coach? Well, it starts at 7:00 a.m. Kyler spent a day with the Northern Arizona Suns coaching staff, headed by Cody Toppert, to find out. Kyler sat in with coaches on film reviews and going over the game plan. Kyler then went to the practice with the players and their film session. Then he went to the warm-up and the game.
5. Steve Kerr told an amusing anecdote about how all NBA coaches steal plays from each other – Scott Davis, Business Insider
Look, I should have you at “Steve Kerr told an amusing anecdote.” Do you need any other reason to read this?
— Thanks as always to Basketball Intelligence, which has been an invaluable resource in this article. Follow and subscribe, and you’ll be glad you did.