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In a busy NBA offseason that included a referee gambling scandal, a successful sexual harassment suit against Knicks coach Isiah Thomas and a bevy of trade requests from marquee players, the Celtics had no complaints. In a little more than a month, Boston went from rebuilding afterthought to Eastern Conference contender. Sports Illustrated's NBA Preview issue (Oct. 29) explores how Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge pulled off megadeals for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that reinvigorated a franchise that has won only three playoff series since Larry Bird's retirement in 1992. After their blockbuster summer, how will the Celtics perform on the court? SI examines that pressing question and many more with its team-by-team scouting reports from our staff writers. Click on each team below to get the scoop.

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1 Boston Celtics 1
2 New York Knicks 6
3 Toronto Raptors 8
4 New Jersey Nets 9
5 Philadelphia 76ers 15
1 Dallas Mavericks 1
2 San Antonio Spurs 2
3 Houston Rockets 5
4 N.O. Hornets 8
5 Memphis Grizzlies 11
1 Miami Heat 4
2 Wash. Wizards 7
3 Orlando Magic 10
4 Atlanta Hawks 13
5 Charlotte Bobcats 14
1 Denver Nuggets 4
2 Utah Jazz 6
3 Port. Trail Blazers 13
4 Seattle SuperSonics 14
5 Minn. Timberwolves 15
1 Detroit Pistons 2
2 Chicago Bulls 3
3 Cleveland Cavaliers 5
4 Milwaukee Bucks 11
5 Indiana Pacers 12
1 Phoenix Suns 3
2 G.S. Warriors 7
3 L.A. Lakers 9
4 L.A. Clippers 10
5 Sacramento Kings 12
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