The Starting 5: A look at some of the best NBA content around the internet
1. It’s the little things Porzingis does that drop Bernard King’s jaw – Marc Berman, New York Post
Berman chatted with Bernard King, one of the NBA’s all-time purest scorers, about Kristaps Porzingis. King has been nothing but impressed with the unicorn — not just because of his height or his range, but also because of his basketball IQ and his instincts about how and when to use his advantages. Porzingis has also demonstrated an ability to see the court and find the right passes in situations where he’s guarded.
2. Tyreke Evans is back – Neil Pane, FiveThirtyEight
After winning Rookie of the Year, stardom seemed like a certainty for Tyreke Evans, but a series of injuries and awkward fits threw him off course. That, coupled with his lack of a 3-point shot that coincided with the rise of the shot in the NBA, made him an afterthought in this year’s offseason. The Memphis Grizzlies inked him for next to nothing at $3.3 million, but he has been the unequivocal leader of one of the NBA’s best benches and seems to be the early frontrunner for Sixth Man of the Year. David Fizdale and the Griz are bringing the best out of him.
3. Rockets’ Clint Capela continues to ascend, and the sky is the limit – Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle
Clint Capela is one of those guys who becomes a fan favorite, but for whatever reason doesn’t get attention beyond local coverage. Did you know, for instance, that he’s eighth in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating? Granted, a stat like that shouldn’t be used as a player ranking, but it’s still probably a surprise to most fans he’s that high. He has grown like an NBA weed since his first season, and he’s blossoming into a star… or at least he would be if people outside of Houston took notice.
4. Phoenix Suns: Marquese Chriss’ future is on defense – Lucas Johnson, Valley of the Suns
Don’t get confused by the title; this isn’t a puff piece by any stretch. The Suns’ defense is horrible, and Johnson isn’t trying to make it sound like Chriss will be the next Defensive Player of the Year. However, Chriss does have good defensive potential. Johnson does a good job of illustrating how Chriss can make the most of his NBA career by developing on that end of the court and stepping up his effort.
5. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics rookie, “comes alive” in the clutch, according to Jaylen Brown – Tom Westerholm, MassLive.com
One of the more intriguing young tandems in the NBA is Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, so when the second-year Brown raves about the rookie Tatum, it’s worth reading about. Also, Brown is right. Tatum has been huge down the stretch for a team that is continuing to win, even when its three biggest stars are sidelined.
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