SB Nation: NBA 2012-13 Preview Series

How much does Ray Allen move the needle?

The Miami Heat pulled off a stunning move in getting Ray Allen in free agency, but how much does the 37-year-old have left in the tank?

Lakers preview: Rebirth of a dynasty

The Lakers sure had an eventful offseason. But enough about Jordan Hill: let's talk about that new starting lineup!

Tim Duncan's team stays together

The San Antonio Spurs had an uneventful offseason, re-signing two role players and extending Tim Duncan's contract.

Did the Wizards overdo their culture change?

The Washington Wizards placed a huge emphasis on changing the culture of a team that became the laughingstock of the league, but did they overdo it and lock themselves into a mediocre squad?

The Wizards' strange new traditions

The Wizards have been bad for a while, but aren't going the route other teams have taken to improve. Instead, there are placing their faith in expensive non All-Stars and Randy Wittman. Good luck.

Anthony Davis' team is built the right way

The Hornets are in a good spot because they have Anthony Davis. They are in an even better spot because of general manager Dell Demps' banner offseason.

The Hornets aren't as bad as you think

Don't get us wrong: the Hornets are not going to be good. No, no, no, no, no. But New Orleans has some strong pieces right now and won't be completely awful. Woohoo!

The Magic's impure Presti Plan gambit

Has Orlando bottomed out enough to effectively rebuild from scratch? Here's our team preview.

Rudy Gay is still here

The Memphis Grizzlies could have traded Rudy Gay this summer. Instead, they kept him around and will make one more run for Western Conference supremacy before money issues kick in.

Rockets preview: What on Earth happened here?

The Houston Rockets lay somewhere between brilliant experiment in institutional fugue and (way) off Broadway basketball-based performance art. Closer to the performance art, I think.

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