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With three years left on his rookie contract, Krstic is the best value among centers. The 7-footer averaged 18.3 points in the Nets' opening-round playoff loss to Shaq and the Heat. He could be especially important in the postseason, coming off the bench to score in the half-court on those (rare) nights when the transition game isn't working.
C-PF ANTONIO MCDYESS
The 31-year-old McDyess is the type of veteran (see Finley, Michael) that the Spurs covet: high on talent, low on maintenance and salary. Despite a painful run of knee injuries, he's still rugged enough to defend fours and fives, he can score in the post, and he accepts any role as long as he's contending for titles.
Only 19, he already blocks shots and rebounds like a veteran. He still needs to improve with his back to the basket, but he is destined to become a dominant player--a big man who can score in transition and make plays in the post with equal skill. His talent, temperament and body type suggest the second coming of Duncan.
SF RON ARTEST
Deep down he's a team player who will happily accept coming off the bench as long as the starters are playing hard and the club is winning. On this squad he becomes a souped-up version of Bruce Bowen, able to clamp down on Ginobili while consistently scoring in double figures. Artest is, for all his problems, the classic Pat Riley player.