DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors’ 9th pick in the 2009 draft, but he didn’t even make Adam’s top 200 last year, and rightly so – he shot an abysmal 0.096 from beyond the arc in ’10-’11. A mascot with a fuzzy oversize head could throw beach balls underhanded and display higher accuracy than that.

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As you no doubt have heard, Andrew Bynum is the big cheesesteak in Philadelphia’s crusty roll. He just came off a career year with the Lakers and will only be 25 this season, so there are expectations that he will rise above and beyond what he has already done.

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The Thunder From Down Underlahoma signed Serge Ibaka to a four year deal. Baraka means “blessing” in Hebrew, and even though Ibaka is spelled differently than Baraka, the Thunder are hoping he is a blessing for them. The lad turns 23 in September, and thus far he has averaged .540 FG%, .695 FT%, 6.9 RPG and 2.4 BPG.

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Before you go drafting some National Basketball Association player like he’s going to win you a fantasy title, you may want to check to make sure the guy is still alive (sorry, Jason Collier). These are the guys who very likely won’t be ready when the season begins:

Avery Bradley (Boston) - He just had surgery on his shoulder last week.

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Jeremy Lin is making headlines again as he has switched teams, leaving New York to join Houston. The city of Houston was a ghost town in the 80s following the oil bust and other energy drops, and the Houston Rockets of today are looking to repeat history.

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As you should have heard, the City of Angels has acquired the services of one Mr. Stephen John Nash, the greatest Canadian basketball player since Shaquille O’Neal. What? He’s not French-Canadian? Huh. Anyway,  Steve Nash has a new team and the Lakers are as happy as a pedophile in a windowless van.

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The Philadelphia 76ers spent last season going up and down more often than a junkie on a see saw (happy belated father’s day, dad!). Even though they finished the year strong, questions swirled around the team like the Riddler was at point guard.

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As LeBron James penciled himself in for a trip to Disneyland after cementing himself as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, let’s ignore the dark cloud over Cleveland and take a look back at our NBA Finals predictions from a few weeks ago.

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During the last season, Blake Griffin scored 1,368 points with 717 rebounds, 54 steals and 48 blocks. Kevin Love scored 1,432 points with 734 rebounds, 47 steals and 28 blocks. Griffin threw in an extra 100 assists and Love provided an extra 100 three pointers, but essentially they were even in terms of production provided your math isn’t too precise.

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Does anyone find it odd that team physicians perform surgery? I mean, maybe that’s common, but I always feel like in other sports, the team doctor doesn’t operate on the players. “Okay, boys, clear out your jock straps, we need this massage table and Miss Michigan’s knife so I can repair this anterior cruciate ligament!” In any event, Bulls team doctor Brian Cole performed surgery on Derrick Rose three days ago, then held a press conference and told everyone the “surgery went really well.

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