Here at Other League, we know we aren’t the only site delivering quality sportswriting to the web. We love reading the articles that other sites come up with, especially when it features quality writing with excellent analysis. In this new column, we’re going to highlight the best sportswriting of the week. Every time one of us comes across an article that we wish we had written, it’s going to end up in this column.
This week is a bit basketball heavy, but considering the NBA draft took place on Thursday, that’s no surprise. So without further ado, read on for the best sportswriting of the week from June 23 through June 29.
By Bill Simmons – Grantland
Which brings me to a bigger point: You know how you make an NBA general manager miserable? Stick him in a loaded lottery. It’s one thing to play the guessing game with Otto Porter, Alex Len, Ben McLemore and a one-legged Nerlens Noel; none of those guys will haunt you. But if you’re picking between Wiggins, Parker, Embiid and Exum, or you have your choice of Vonleh, Smart, Gordon and Randle? Now that’s a nightmare.
By Mike Petriello – FanGraphs
But that’s the problem really: no one understands it, and I guarantee that if you could get some umpires on the record, they’d all say something different as well. The lack of consistency means that what we have now isn’t working, and I’m starting to wonder what this might all lead to.
By Marc Spears – Yahoo Sports
Parsons, 25, averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists while shooting 37 percent from 3-point range for the Rockets last season. Versatile at 6-foot-9, Parsons could be the best small forward available in free agency after LeBron James and Anthony. He also can play power forward in small lineups.
By Mark Heisler – Forbes
After the 2012 draft, no one congratulated Portland on taking Damian Lillard at No. 6 (after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and Dion Waiters). That didn’t start until he tore up the Las Vegas summer league, then the NBA as if it was the same thing.