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Updated 2013-14 NBA Power Rankings, Pre-Training Camp Edition

Are the Miami Heat still at the top of the heap?<p>Which teams are the leading contenders for the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes?<p>Should you expect the Los Angeles Lakers to make the playoffs?<p>Will the Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks own The Big Apple in 2013-14?<p>Which team will emerge at the top of the …

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Jeremy Lin Must Improve Defense in Second Season with Rockets

After young point guard Patrick Beverley's emergence last season, Jeremy Lin must show that he can play defense if he wants to stay with the Houston Rockets beyond his three-year contract.<p>Opposing point guards registered a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 16.9 against Lin last season, while …

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7 Things the Lakers Need to Figure Out Before 2013-14 NBA Season Begins

Eight weeks may seem like an eternity to you and me, but to the Los Angeles Lakers, the current chronological chasm that stands between now and the start of the 2013-14 NBA season looks more like a time crunch.<p>The Lakers have plenty with which to concern themselves over the next two months. Mike …

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Biggest Challenges Jason Kidd Will Have First Year Coaching Brooklyn Nets

First year head coaches often find themselves commandeering mediocre ball clubs, but Jason Kidd has himself a championship contender, and balancing expectations with on-the-job training could be his biggest challenge.<p>Let's take a look at some of the adversity Jason Kidd will need to lead the …

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Pre-Training Camp Player Power Rankings for Charlotte Bobcats

As the Charlotte Bobcats prepare for the 2013-14 NBA regular season, they do so with one of their more balanced rosters in recent memory.<p>While building around point guard Kemba Walker, the 'Cats inked Al Jefferson and re-signed Gerald Henderson. Rookie Cody Zeller will expect to make an impact and …

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How Jrue Holiday Can Turn Anthony Davis into a Superstar This Season

Anthony Davis has the skills and athletic ability to take his game to another level this season, but it's the addition of Jrue Holiday that could have the biggest impact on his progress.<p>Davis has fallen slightly under the national radar as a result of next year's draft hysteria and Damian Lillard's …

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Immediate Hurdles the Indiana Pacers Will Face This Season

Just what are the immediate hurdles the Indiana Pacers will face this season?<p>In spite of Danny Granger's impending return and the additions of Chris Copeland, Luis Scola and C.J. Watson, the Pacers have several hurdles they must overcome.<p>The defending champions Miami Heat, for one.<p>You can be sure …

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7 NBA Teams Who Are Still a Few Years Away from Being Legit Threats to the Title

The start of every season brings with it a new sense of hope for fans of the 30 NBA teams. In reality, though, only a handful of teams have a legitimate shot at winning a championship each year, while everyone else is playing catch-up.<p>The latter group is comprised of three tiers. There are the …

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Why It's Time for Kyrie Irving to Lead Cleveland Cavaliers to Playoffs

The 2013-14 campaign will provide Kyrie Irving with an opportunity to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers to the playoffs for the very first time.<p>After posting a combined winning percentage of .304 over the last two seasons, Cleveland will now have pieces around Irving capable of helping his Cavs compete …

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What Kind of Team Do Boston Celtics Need to Build Around Rajon Rondo

The NBA's Trail Blazers hail from Portland, but if the Boston Celtics are going to have any future success, they will have to adopt that pioneering phrase from another corner of the U.S. and build a team around Rajon Rondo.<p>Rondo would be a puzzling piece to any hoop architect. While Celtics …

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Immediate Hurdles the Detroit Pistons Will Face This Season

In one offseason, the Detroit Pistons went from Eastern Conference afterthought to one of the NBA's most exciting teams.<p>They made two of the summer's most intriguing moves, acquiring Josh Smith in free agency and Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. Both are talented …

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What Shawne Williams Will Bring to LA Lakers in Mike D'Antoni's Offense

More than two months into the offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers have finally given Mike D'Antoni what he needs.<p>The additions of Wesley Johnson and Nick Young (and even Jordan Farmar) were nice; Dwight Howard's departure was even better. But more than D'Antoni needed athleticism, immodest shooters …

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One Move That Every Budding NBA Star Needs in His Arsenal

When it comes to expanding and improving their games, the best never rest in the NBA.<p>Kobe Bryant picked Tim Duncan's brain about the art of the bank shot during the All-Star break some years ago. LeBron James was already a two-time league MVP when he decided to beef up his post game. Dwight Howard …

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Spotlighting and Breaking Down Miami Heat's Small Forward Position

There are positions of strength, and then there's the Miami Heat's collection of small forwards.<p>Hard as it was to imagine the organization parting ways with Mike Miller after his sporadic but invaluable contributions during back-to-back titles, two things made it possible to waive the 33-year-old …

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Dark Horse Rookies Who Could Win 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year Award

Behind the group of front-runners for 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year honors is a cast of dark horse candidates aiming to steal the award.<p>The rookie class is wide open and lacks an elite group of thoroughbreds, so if there was ever a time for an under-the-radar performer to emerge, it's …

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Los Angeles Lakers Sign Veteran Shawne Williams to 1-Year Contract

The Los Angeles Lakers have found a stretch forward.<p>General manager Mitch Kupchak announced that the team has signed free agent Shawne Williams, per NBA.com. According to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin, his contract will be for one year at the veteran's minimum.<p>Williams has bounced around the NBA …

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Biggest Roadblocks in NY Knicks' Championship Pursuit for 2013-14 Season

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks face 2013-14 with a little more talent and a lot less room for error. This year, the slightest missteps in the most tightly contested Eastern Conference of the century so far will be especially costly to New York’s championship pursuit.<p>In 2012-13, the Knicks …

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How Kyrie Irving Can Help Dion Waiters Become NBA's Next Great Shooting Guard

Confidence clearly won't be an issue for Dion Waiters in reaching his NBA goals.<p>In an interview with Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy, Waiters said he feels like he has what it takes to become the best off-guard in the league:<p>Without a doubt, I really believe that [I'll eventually be the best shooting …

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NBA Players Who Will Become Stars This Season

Every year, a few NBA players tend to blossom and take that next step into stardom. Sometimes, a player will put together a few monster games in a row, and the world will take notice. Other times, someone will show steady improvement throughout the season, but nobody really becomes aware of it …

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Ranking the NBA's Best Super Subs

Each of the NBA's best super subs will have an opportunity to win Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2013-14.<p>Three of the super subs highlighted on this list finished among the top three in Sixth Man of the Year voting a season ago. Others are transitioning from a starting role in which they made a …

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NY Knicks Sleepers to Watch This Preseason

The New York Knicks' roster is solidified for the most part, so let's take a look at who could be the 15th man and which under-the-radar players can emerge as the preseason nears.<p><b>Toure Murry</b><p>With Ivan Johnson agreeing to play in China, Murry looks like the most logical fit for the Knicks' 15th …

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Miami Heat Sleepers to Watch This Preseason

The idea of the Miami Heat having "sleepers" might seem strange at first, considering the amount of media coverage the team gets.<p>However, buried behind the future Hall of Famers and well-known names, there are some less heralded players who will impact Heat basketball this year. Eyes need to be …

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Spotlighting and Breaking Down Cleveland Cavaliers' SF Position

As strong and deep as the power forward position appears to be for the Cleveland Cavaliers, small forward may be just the opposite.<p>Less than two months until the season starts, it's still unclear who the starter will be for the Cavs at their overall weakest position.<p>Alonzo Gee has manned the spot …

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Boston Celtics Sleepers to Watch This Preseason

There are plenty of household names on this year's iteration of the Boston Celtics, but it's the less heralded players who will make or break the team's season.<p>Headlines have traditionally been awarded to big-money signings and splashy names, and the Celtics certainly moved a few of those this …

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Houston Rockets Sleepers to Watch This Preseason

The Houston Rockets made a flurry of transactions this offseason, including the biggest one of them all—signing Dwight Howard. It will be the smaller signings that build a championship team, though, and the preseason will be where those sleeper candidates make a crack at the final roster.<p>Aside from …

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Immediate Hurdles the Minnesota Timberwolves Will Face This Season

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have to deal with a challenge they haven’t had for quite some time: high expectations.<p>They had it a little last year after people saw what happens when you put Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love on the court together, but it gets magnified with the big contract given to …

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New York Knicks: Why J.R. Smith Should Have Kept His Mouth Shut

The New York Knicks haven't had a loud offseason like their in-state rivals the Brooklyn Nets, but J.R. Smith just took care of that by opening his mouth.<p>According to Marc Berman of the <i>New York Post</i>, Smith is quoted as saying he is 100 percent sure the Knicks will win an NBA championship this …

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Spotlighting and Breaking Down Boston Celtics' SF Position

For the first time in 15 years, the distribution of minutes at small forward is a real concern for the Boston Celtics. With Paul Pierce pacing the floors of TD Garden for the past decade-and-a-half, the 3 was always a position that the C’s never had to worry much about.<p>However, now that Pierce has …

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