NBA Festivus

Tom Ziller previews all 30 NBA teams ahead of the 2012-13 season.

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!

Spurs preview: One more time?

The San Antonio Spurs reinvented themselves in 2011-12, and peeled off a 20-game winning streak and the No. 1 seed. Is that sustainable?

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.

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.

Grizzlies: the West's last bruisers

Memphis is rare among Western teams in being defense-first. Is that why everyone appears to be so afraid of them?

Things that could stop the Heat

The Miami Heat won the 2012 NBA championship, slaying all demons and removing all doubts as to their individual and collective talents in the process. Now they get to try to do it again. Here's...

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.

Instead of trying to win, the Bobcats should ...

The Charlotte Bobcats have little to no interest in competing this season. It's all a part of the plan. So what should the Bobcats do instead of fighting for wins? Explore the outer limits of what...

Mavericks preview: Whither Dirk?

The Dallas Mavericks rely so heavily on the genius of Dirk Nowitzki that the team's 2012-13 depends completely on the availability and efficacy of Dirk Nowitzki's genius.

Hawks preview: Facing life after Joe

The Hawks' offensive identity for the past seven years has been Joe Johnson-based. What now?

Will Utah's May-December brew work?

The Jazz have a number of veterans to augment a burgeoning kiddie corps. Will the combination get them back into the playoffs?

Is the Blazers' tailspin over?

The Blazers held a fire sale at the trade deadline, but kept some key pieces and added two promising rookies. Will the tailspin continue, or is it all up from here?

Will the Thunder roll?

The Hook notes that Oklahoma City didn't really improve this offseason, so it's counting on even greater play from its star to stay ahead of the Lakers and Spurs.

Nuggets preview: Weirdest team in America

There is nothing normal about a run-and-gun team that trades for an eight-figure stopper and gives eight figures to a guy like JaVale McGee. But despite being a sideshow, Denver is legit.

Rise of the Timberwolves, take two

The Wolves roared out of the gate in 2011-12, but fell apart when Ricky Rubio got injured. So the team added some more pieces and looks to end its lottery streak.

Bucks preview: Shots, shots, shots

Starring a backcourt with no basketball conscience whatsoever, Milwaukee should be exciting to watch at the very least. But so much depends on whether, without Andrew Bogut, the Bucks can...

Believe in the Pacers!

The Pacers made a huge leap last season and gave the eventual champions a tough series along the way. After retooling a couple of positions, is Indiana even better?

Pistons preview: Monroe, Stuckey and ... yikes

Greg Monroe is one of the best young centers in the NBA, and Rodney Stuckey is a darned nice piece. But the rest of Detroit's roster is full of question marks and curse words.

Cavs preview: Can Cleveland keep up with Kyrie?

The Cavaliers have a legitimate star in Kyrie Irving, but everything else ends with a question mark. The Hook considers whether Cleveland is rising or still praying.

Bulls preview: Chicago waits on Derrick Rose

The Bulls' fate is sitting outside of Derrick Rose's rehab gym, waiting to see whether this season will be lost completely or preserved incredibly. In either case, The Hook has a few things to say...

How do you root for the Kings?

The Sacramento Kings should be better this season, but it'll be hard to notice for fans, who have their eyes glued to the loading docks.

Suns preview: Finding an identity after Nash

The Phoenix Suns are finally without Steve Nash, and it's pretty evident that no one in the franchise knows what happens next. Except losing. Everyone knows that losing comes next.

Clippers preview: Did CP3, Blake get enough help?

The Hook runs the Clippers through the Festivus ringer and wonders if that defense will come around with the help of Lamar Odom.

Surely, this is the Warriors' year

We wonder if Andrew Bogut can turn the team's defense around all by himself while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shoot down everything that moves.

Raptors clawing toward respect

Toronto made a few key additions, but the health and progress of two longtime Raptors may matter just as much. The Hook previews the pride of Ontario.

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