ICYMI: Suggested Basketball Reading From Across the Web

Back with more words about basketball for you to check out, here are today’s suggested readings.

Second Round, First Priority: Ricky Ledo and Exploiting the CBA’s Inefficiencies: By Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA)

A rather lengthy piece, but well worth the read as it comes from the brilliant Zach Lowe of Grantland. Using Ricky Ledo’s contract negotiations as a starting point, Lowe details the process of signing 2nd round draft picks and the issues that arise when teams try to get crafty in signing these players.

The Enigma That is Kyle Lowry: By Mohamed Mohamed (@moesquare)

This piece comes to us from Raptors HQ, the Toronto Raptors site on SB Nation. Mohamed “takes an in-depth look at the Raptors’ starting point guard using Synergy Sports.” Using examples from last season, Mohamed shows where Lowry can improve as the Raptors look to make a push for the playoffs with their revamped roster.


Apr 1, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (left) drives to the basket while being defended by Atlanta Hawks small forward DeShawn Stevenson (92) during the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Cavaliers Opponent Matchup: How Do The Cavs Stack Up Against The Atlanta Hawks: By Trevor Magniotti (@Tmagniotti)

Over at FanSided’s Cleveland Cavaliers site, Right Down Euclid, Trevor Magniotti has been looking at how the Cavs will contend with other teams in their tier. In this edition, he outlines the match-up between Cleveland and Atlanta by looking at the teams’ starting lineups, benches and schemes.

So Crazy It Just Might Work: The New-Look Detroit Pistons: By Jacob Smith (@jacobsmith22)

Over at the upstart blog Sports and Such, Jacob Smith takes a close look at the Detroit Pistons following their wild summer. He breaks down their offseason pickups and tries to predict what the season might hold for the Pistons.