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THE PICKS ARE IN
IAN THOMSEN
December 26, 2011
A new Western power will topple the champs, but the Heat is the team to beat
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December 26, 2011

The Picks Are In

A new Western power will topple the champs, but the Heat is the team to beat

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No rookie will have a better opportunity to put up numbers.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Tyson Chandler, Knicks

New York will grow defensively behind the leadership of their new man in the middle.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Neil Olshey, Clippers

He gave up a lot, but the Chris Paul deal transformed—and electrified—Los Angeles.

Five Most Pressing Issues

Kobe's happiness: How patient will he be for the Lakers to upgrade the roster after unloading Lamar Odom?

Howard's future: As the Magic seek the best offer, will his plight become this season's version of the Carmelo Anthony saga?

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