Enes Kanter; Statement Games; Restricted Free Agents; 76ers

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Another three-fer today:

– From Ben Dowsett at Salt City Hoops:

“Enes Kanter: Ahead of the Curve” explores why Enes is one of the top prospects for his age in the Association.  Read it here: http://saltcityhoops.com/enes-kanter-ahead-of-the-curve/

– Danny Schayes at Sheridan Hoops explores (and mostly shatters) the “statement game” myth: “The NBA season is barely underway, and already there is talk of some statement games having taken place. Those are the games that match up two teams that possibly have implications for later playoff matchups”.  Read the rest of “statement games don’t really make a statement” here: http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2013/11/05/schayes-a-statement-about-statement-games/

– Grantland’s Zach Lowe on “The Murky Waters of restricted Free Agency”:  The NBA’s Halloween deadline for fourth-year players to receive contract extensions passed without deals for at least five promising guys: Gordon Hayward, Eric Bledsoe, Greg Monroe, Evan Turner, and Avery Bradley. Their teams, for particular reasons, did not deem them worthy of the big money other clubs showered upon DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Paul George, Derrick Favors, and LARRY SANDERS!.  Read Zach’s (as always) trenchant analysis here: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9928311/the-murky-waters-restricted-free-agency-their-way-2014

As a bonus, check out ZLowe’s take on how the Sixers got off to such a great start: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/81044/early-season-nba-surprises-shootaround-a-k-a-sixers-shootaround

(A warning though, stop reading after Zach’s part of this piece, especially before you get to the Simmons Celtics nonsense at the end.)

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