We’re now officially under 20 days away from the NBA regular season tipping off. To help you get up-to-date and prepared for the big day, we’ve been sharing some of the best basketball writing. Today is no different. Here are today’s suggested readings from across the web.
Now that preseason games are upon us, we are getting a better picture of how NBA teams will shape up in this coming season. Over at Grantland, Zach Lowe brings us a monster piece in which he breaks all 30 teams into tiers, separating out the contenders, playoff teams, those with the lottery in their future and the blatant tankers. (SPOILER ALERT: The Heat are still on top.)
Video Breakdown – Why Can’t Thomas Robinson Finish?: By Wayne Washington Jr. (@WayneWash0)
Thomas Robinson’s strange NBA journey thus far has been well documented. Entering his second season in the league, Robinson is already with his third team. Over at Morning Pickup, Wayne Washington breaks down some video on Robinson, focusing on why the big man from Kansas has struggled to finish at the rim.
In another video breakdown piece for today, Umair Khan of SB Nation’s Bullets Forever brings us a close look at the Washington Wizards‘ triple baseline screen, or “loop” play. It’s a play we should expect to see more of this year, considering they usually run it with Wall in the game.