SG Mickael Pietrus, Warriors
PG Earl Boykins, Nuggets
PG Erick Strickland, Bucks
THE SONICS, led by All-Star Ray Allen, will be the league's top-scoring team yet win fewer games than the 52 they did last year.
THANKS TO being stronger, better conditioned and more mature--and to Amar� Stoudemire's injury-- Yao Ming will be the league's second-best center, behind Shaquille O'Neal.
NO COACH will be fired before the final month of the season, mainly because the supply of surefire replacements has been exhausted.
HEAT PRESIDENT Pat Riley will coach again--but he won't move to another franchise until after the season as he focuses on delivering a championship to Miami.
LATRELL SPREWELL, although still unsigned through Sunday, will nonetheless be able to feed his family.