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5 MINUTE GUIDE
IAN THOMSEN
October 27, 2008
A primer on the players, coaches, teams and issues to keep an eye on as the season begins (plus a little trade talk for when the February deadline nears)
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October 27, 2008

5 Minute Guide

A primer on the players, coaches, teams and issues to keep an eye on as the season begins (plus a little trade talk for when the February deadline nears)

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DERRICK ROSE, G, Bulls
His speed is stunning, but his decision-making must improve after just one year in college.

D.J. AUGUSTIN, G, Bobcats
He has the skills to be a steal at No. 9—provided he can survive Larry Brown's boot camp.

DONTÉ GREENE, F, Kings
Size, a vintage shooting stroke and three-point range offset his inexperience.

ANTHONY RANDOLPH, F, Warriors
He's skinny and raw, but his length and open-floor ability could make him a star.

KEVIN LOVE, F, Timberwolves
Kevin McHale coveted his skills, but Love must prove he can complement Al Jefferson.

JERRYD BAYLESS, G, Trail Blazers
He'll be the microwave for Portland's second unit.

ROBIN LOPEZ, C, Suns
His athleticism will enable him to make an impact more quickly than his twin, Brook.

MARIO CHALMERS, G, Heat
Just how important is the NBA's rookie seminar anyway?

6 CONTENDERS LOOKING FOR A GOOD BUY

CAVALIERS
Either of their big expiring contracts (Wally Szczerbiak, Eric Snow) is likely to be shopped for a costar to help LeBron James reach the Finals.

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