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Starting lineup (cont.)

Posted: Monday October 29, 2007 2:16PM; Updated: Monday October 29, 2007 2:55PM
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11 - The NBA's surprise team a year ago, the Raptors added Jason Kapono and Carlos Delfino. If Andrea Bargnani can take the next step, and Jorge Garbajosa can return strong from his broken leg, there is no reason to think they can't be among the top East clubs once again.
12 - Last year they led the East at the All-Star break before injuries to Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison derailed their season. Now healthy again, they should pick up where they left off. But unless they improve defensively, they won't be serious contenders in the East.
13 - LeBron James is good enough to keep them afloat in the East, but the defending East champs made no significant offseason additions. If free agents Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic do not re-sign, it's hard to imagine them getting back to the Finals.
14 - After last season's dismal, injury-ravaged campaign, they made few significant roster additions other than Ricky Davis. Still, Dwyane Wade and a motivated Shaquille O'Neal should be enough to make them a contender in the East -- unless, of course, their aging roster breaks down again.
15 - Assuming they don't trade Kobe Bryant, they should be in the playoff hunt. Last year they were one of the surprise teams early before injuries caught up to them. If Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm and Luke Walton can stay healthy this time around, Bryant will get them there.
16 - After snapping the NBA's longest playoff drought and upsetting the Mavs in the playoffs, they have the Bay Area buzzing again. But Don Nelson will need to find a way to replace Jason Richardson's 20 points, and Baron Davis will need to stay healthy, if they are to make it back to the postseason.
17 - Michael Redd, Mo Williams, Desmond Mason, Charlie Villanueva, Andrew Bogut and Bobby Simmons provide plenty of firepower. If they can avoid the injury bug that bit them so badly a year ago and shore up the defense, they could get back into the playoffs.
18 - Like the Bucks, they are looking to bounce back after an injury-ravaged campaign a year ago. Chris Paul, David West and Tyson Chandler give them a shot, but Peja Stojakovic will need to make a full recovery from back surgery.
19 - Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry give them one of the NBA's most potent frontcourts, and Stephon Marbury could be in for a bounce-back season. But Isiah Thomas must find a way to get them to share the ball, and their team defense is a question mark.
20 - Mike Conley Jr., Darko Milicic and new coach Marc Iavaroni have brought fresh hope after last year's dismal season. They should combine with Pau Gasol, Mike Miller and Rudy Gay to make for a much-improved team that contends for a playoff spot in the West.

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