MVP LEBRON JAMES,
Cavaliers For him to become youngest MVP in history (at 22), Cleveland must
improve on its 50 wins of last season. It will.
MORRISON (left), Bobcats Sweet-shooting Gonzaga alum will lead class in
scoring--and survive a challenge from Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas.
SLOAN, Jazz When Utah surges, finest coach in pro sports gets honor he should
have won long ago (and more than once).
BEN WALLACE, Bulls He's hungry to prove Detroit's defensive collapse last year
wasn't his fault.
SIXTH MAN BONZI
WELLS, Rockets Last-minute free- agent signee will provide instant offense at
shooting guard or small forward while helping turn Houston into a
SHAUN LIVINGSTON (right), Clippers Expect a breakout year from this 6'7"
playmaker, Chris Paul's rival to become league's premier young point guard.
DAWSON, Rockets Despite having no cap space and few tradable assets,
retirement-bound G.M. has turned Houston around by dealing for Shane Battier
and signing Wells.
C YAO MING,
Rockets Shaquille O'Neal is no longer the game's top pivot.