Person of Interest

NBA
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Heir to the throne

No young player could possibly better embody the Spurs' way of life than Kawhi Leonard. He'll be taking over this franchise, likely sooner rather than later.

NBA
3

The perfect fit

After a promising rookie season, it's clear that Bradley Beal is going to be a really good player in the NBA for a long time, and one whose game perfectly meshes with the Wizards' star.

NBA
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Rise of the Brow

From a player whose best scholarship offer came from Cleveland State to the No. 1 pick in the draft, Anthony Davis' progression has been meteoritic. What does he do to build on a promising, but...

Escaping from the shadows

8

Tobias Harris could always play, but the trick was convincing his teams of that fact. But after a midseason trade sent him to Orlando, life changed for Harris. Now, he's one of the league's rising...

NBA
1

The future of Memphis' heartbeat

Tony Allen's strengths -- and his faults -- continue to define the Memphis Grizzlies. But can he keep up his act into his mid-30s?

NBA
3

Wade must evolve

Dwyane Wade saw NBA mortality flash before his eyes in the 2013 NBA Finals, where he struggled with injuries and the Spurs' sagging defenses. If he wants to stay among the NBA's elite, he must...

NBA
9

Linsanity is long gone

The glow of Linsanity is in the rearview mirror. Now, Jeremy Lin's just another semi-young player trying to fit in with the Rockets' two franchise cornerstones.

NBA
4

What happened to MKG?

An underwhelming rookie season has many worried about the former Kentucky star, but there's still a loooong way to go in his development.

NBA
1

Monta's second act

After seeing his reputation as one of the league's top scoring guards crumble in Milwaukee, Monta Ellis hitched his wagon to the Mavericks. Can his reputation bounce back?

Teague's complicated future

2

Jeff Teague got a long-term contract this summer, but after the Hawks treated him like an afterthought and potentially drafted his long-term replacement, his future could go in many different...

NBA
3

Kanter's time in the spotlight begins now

After two years behind established NBA players, Enes Kanter, still just 21 years old, has a chance to show that his production in limited minutes can translate.

NBA
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An asset that must be used

The Bucks shielded John Henson from heavy duty in his rookie season, but desperately needing to develop their young talent, they can't do so again this year.

What will Lillard do for an encore?

2

After one of the most impressive rookie seasons in recent memory, what's next in Damian Lillard's development? Have we really seen something close to the best he can provide?

What now for Granger?

1

The Pacers' former star is back after the team advanced further than ever with him on the sidelines. He can't be the same vocal point he once was with Paul George emerging, so what role can he play?

Time to step up

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The centerpiece of the controversial James Harden trade was able to essentially redshirt last year, but with Kevin Martin gone, Jeremy Lamb needs to show some of the promise that made Sam Presti...

The stereotypes were wrong

2

It's only been one year, but Andre Drummond is making his detractors during the 2012 NBA Draft look silly. How does he build on his highlight-filled rookie year?

More substance, same style

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We know Ricky Rubio has the court vision and passing creativity to be a fan favorite for a long time, but can he develop as a scorer to become a more complete player?

What's Tristan's future?

5

Tristan Thompson started to emerge as a quality big man late in his second NBA season ... and the Cavaliers responded by drafting Anthony Bennett and signing Andrew Bynum. Thompson's bold response:...

Time for JaVale to get serious

3

The athletic, but mercurial big man has been handed the starting center job for a good team. It's time for him to end the shenanigans and become an impact player.

This Hollywood story is just beginning

51

The No. 30 pick out of Marquette in 2011 came out of nowhere to give the Bulls a new dimension last year. Now his continued growth may provide their best hope to emerge from the pack of Eastern...

The right fit

5

Greivis Vasquez may have his faults, but he's the imperfect point guard the Sacramento Kings need.

The star Toronto needs

2

Given the promise he showed in the last calendar year, Jonas Valanciunas may very well be on the path to stardom. It could happen as soon as this year.

A new chapter begins

2

After a two-year internship with Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe will finally have his chance to show what he's learned.

Last chance

3

Three years into his career, it's looking like Evan Turner is a draft bust. This is his final opportunity to show the 76ers and the rest of the NBA that he can be useful.

NBA
5

The next stage of Pau's career

With Dwight Howard gone, Pau Gasol will be freed from the burden of playing away from the basket as a power forward. Will that extend his career like it did for many others that came before him?

NBA
9

No pressure, Andrea

While the Miami Heat's other rivals made big moves, the Knicks ... traded for Andrea Bargnani. Can the Raptors' washout turn his career around on one of the league's biggest stages?

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