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2013-14 Team Previews

Previews of each NBA team before the start of the 2013-14 season.

Blazers 2013-14 Season Preview: Part 2

Dave Deckard and Chris Lucia of are back with the second half of their free-flowing, conversational approach to previewing the upcoming Trail Blazers season.

Blazers 2013-14 Season Preview: Part 1

Dave Deckard and Chris Lucia of take a free-flowing, conversational approach to previewing the upcoming Trail Blazers season.

Oklahoma City Thunder 2013-2014 Season Preview

Kevin Durant looks to shoulder the scoring burden for the Oklahoma City Thunder while point guard Russell Westbrook rehabs an injured knee. Can they sneak past the second round of the playoffs this season, considering their lack of depth?

Denver Nuggets 2013-2014 Season Preview

The Denver Nuggets lost their coach, GM and their best defensive players this offseason. Can new coach Brian Shaw keep the winning tradition alive behind point guard Ty Lawson, Kenneth "Manimal" Faried and the always-unpredictable JaVale McGee?

Utah Jazz 2013-2014 Season Preview

The Utah Jazz have a group of young and promising talent spearheaded by Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, but will their inexperience and youth lead them straight to the lottery?

Minnesota Timberwolves 2013-2014 Season Preview

The Minnesota Timberwolves have their sights set on the eighth playoff seed out West. Can Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic step up their defense enough to give the team a shot at the playoffs, or will they again come up short?

Phoenix Suns 2013-2014 Season Preview

The Phoenix Suns jettisoned many of their veterans this offseason in favor of a more youthful roster. Even as the losses add up, guards Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe will keep fans entertained while the young players gain valuable experience.

Sacramento Kings 2013-2014 Season Preview

The Sacramento Kings were able to stay in town after the possibility of a team move, now they just need their talented center DeMarcus Cousins to get his maturity level up to speed with his abilities in order to improve on a 28-win season.

Los Angeles Lakers 2013-2014 Season Preview

Can Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol maintain enough health to carry a depleted Los Angeles Lakers roster into the lower-rungs of the Western Conference playoff picture?

Golden State Warriors 2013-2014 Season Preview

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson can bury three-pointers like no other tandem in the league, but can the Golden State Warriors pin most of their defensive success on the health of center Andrew Bogut and still go deep in the playoffs?

Los Angeles Clippers 2013-2014 Season Preview

Los Angeles Clippers new coach Doc Rivers hopes to sharpen the focus of an athletically gifted and deep lineup that features All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

San Antonio Spurs 2013-2014 Season Preview

San Antonio Spurs mainstays Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are another year older, but Kawhi Leonard & Co. expect to keep them atop the heap in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

Memphis Grizzlies 2013-2014 Season Preview

The Memphis Grizzlies feature a blue-collar squad of elite defenders and low-post scorers. Can point guard Mike Conley and his teammates on the perimeter open things up and help space the floor for interior scorers Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph?

New Orleans Pelicans 2013-2014 Season Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans brought in Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday to form one of the most talented back courts in the NBA alongside Eric Gordon. How will coach Monty Williams distribute all those minutes?

Dallas Mavericks 2013-2014 Season Preview

Can a patchwork Dallas Mavericks team score enough points behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis to bounce back from a 41-41 season?

Houston Rockets 2013-2014 Season Preview

How will Houston Rockets superstars James Harden and Dwight Howard fit together with a talented lineup in a stacked Western Conference?

Indiana Pacers 2013-2014 Season Preview

How will Danny Granger reassert himself into an Indiana Pacers lineup that went deep into the playoffs and saw the emergence of Paul George last season?

Chicago Bulls 2013-2014 Season Preview

Derrick Rose returns to a Chicago Bulls lineup that again looks to feature one of the best defenses in the league.

Milwaukee Bucks 2013-2014 Season Preview

Will O.J. Mayo and Larry Sanders lead the Milwaukee Bucks out of mediocrity after GM John Hammond canned the trigger-happy backcourt combination of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis?

Detroit Pistons 2013-2014 Season Preview

New Detroit Pistons Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith join Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond to help form a potent starting lineup. Can coach Maurice Cheeks maximize the talent of this roster while masking its deficiencies?

Cleveland Cavaliers 2013-2014 Season Preview

Can Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers manage to stay out of the infirmary long enough to chase down a spot in the playoffs?

Washington Wizards 2013-2014 Season Preview

John Wall and the rest of the Washington Wizards are talking playoffs in 2014, and they may be able to back up their claims.

Atlanta Hawks 2013-2014 Season Preview

Can Jeff Teague, Al Horford and new addition Paul Millsap guide the Atlanta Hawks out of the middle ranks of the Eastern Conference?

Miami Heat 2013-2014 Season Preview

The Miami Heat look to win their third straight title behind the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Charlotte Bobcats 2013-2014 Season Preview

Is the addition of Al Jefferson enough to improve a Charlotte team that was among the worst in the NBA last season?

Orlando Magic 2013-2014 Season Preview

The youth movement is in full effect in Orlando, where GM Rob Hennigan has set up a young nucleus of Nikola Vucevic, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris.

Boston Celtics 2013-2014 Season Preview

Can Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo come back to his pre-injury form and help guide a young Celtics roster looking for a top pick in the 2014 NBA draft?

Philadelphia 76ers 2013-2014 Season Preview

With All-Star Jrue Holiday gone, rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and 2010 No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner should have all the touches they can handle for the new-look Philadelphia 76ers.

Toronto Raptors 2013-2014 Season Preview

Can Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan and co. take the next step in their progression and turn this inconsistent Raptors squad into a contender in a top-heavy Eastern Conference?

2013-2014 Brooklyn Nets Season Preview

Last year Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams averaged fewer assists than he has in years. Can he go back to playing more of a distributing role in order to maximize the influx of talent on this $102 million roster?

New York Knicks 2013-2014 Season Preview

Can the Knicks ride Carmelo Anthony and his improved outside shooting to another top spot in the Eastern Conference?