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Enemy Lines: NBA scouts preview all 30 teams for 2013-14 season

NBA Enemy Lines

Sports Illustrated's NBA writers spoke with several scouts for our annual behind-the-scenes look at all 30 teams. Check out what the insiders think by clicking on the team names or "Read More" links below.

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Boston
Celtics
"They say they don't want to tank, but it might happen just by putting this roster out there. How many more changes will they [make]?" READ MORE
Brooklyn
Nets
"Everything has to go right for them, but they're not too old to win a championship. I've got that much faith in Kevin Garnett." READ MORE
New York
Knicks
"I don't think you can win the championship if Carmelo Anthony is your best player. ... I'm not really excited about their roster as a whole." READ MORE
Philadelphia
76ers
"It's going to be a miserable season. The building is going to be empty, but would you rather have it be full and booing?" READ MORE
Toronto
Raptors
"The Raptors may make a lot of changes, but [Jonas] Valanciunas is one of the guys to hold onto. He has oodles of potential." READ MORE
Central Division
Chicago
Bulls
"I'm guessing that [Derrick] Rose is going to be an All-Star again and that he's going to play with abandon and explosion." READ MORE
Cleveland
Cavaliers
"I don't know if [Kyrie Irving] has the ability to raise his teammates' level. But maybe that will change as he gets stronger teammates." READ MORE
Detroit
Pistons
"[Chauncey] Billups, in reality, is going to be the coach for this team because Mo Cheeks and his staff aren't strong." READ MORE
Indiana
Pacers
"When the pressure's on, can [Paul George] deliver? I don't think we've seen that enough yet." READ MORE
Milwaukee
Bucks
"They picked up a lot of pieces that were unimportant to other teams, so they just have a collection of parts right now." READ MORE
Southeast Division
Atlanta
Hawks
"[Rookie point guard Dennis Schröder] will be on the highlight reels once a week making some kind of crazy play." READ MORE
Charlotte
Bobcats
"[Al] Jefferson is a consistent low-post threat. They didn't have anything close to that last year." READ MORE
Miami
Heat
"The chemistry between LeBron and Wade has been great the last two years. I didn't think they had any chemistry in their first year." READ MORE
Orlando
Magic
"They have to let [rookie No. 2 pick Victor Oladipo] play through mistakes, because he is going to make a lot of them." READ MORE
Washington
Wizards
"[John] Wall is a beast pushing the ball. What makes him transcendent is his speed. It puts so much pressure on you." READ MORE
Western Conference
Northwest Division
Denver
Nuggets
"There's no way to paint their offseason in a positive light. There's no way this team is better today than it was a year ago." READ MORE
Minnesota
Timberwolves
"The last guy I saw with Ricky Rubio's passing ability and court vision was probably Jason Kidd." READ MORE
Oklahoma City
Thunder
"I don't think there's a player on LeBron James' level right now, but damned if [Kevin] Durant's not a hell of a No. 2." READ MORE
Portland
Trail Blazers
"To say [LaMarcus] Aldridge is your best player -- I don't know. But if you give me two or three guys like him, I'll take my chances." READ MORE
Utah
Jazz
"They have two cornerstone big men in Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, but they are pretty thin in other places." READ MORE
Pacific Division
Golden State
Warriors
"I don't know anyone I'd want defending a star player on the wing with the ball more than [Andre] Iguodala." READ MORE
Los Angeles
Clippers
"The top priority for new coach Doc Rivers has to be getting [Blake] Griffin and [DeAndre] Jordan to buy into what he wants to do." READ MORE
Los Angeles
Lakers
"If you don't throw the ball in to Pau [Gasol] in the post, you are wasting his time, and you should be fired." READ MORE
Phoenix
Suns
"It's going to be a very long year. ... There just aren't a lot of multidimensional players on this team." READ MORE
Sacramento
Kings
"The only way this works is if [DeMarcus] Cousins believes in the system new coach Mike Malone wants to run." READ MORE
Southwest Division
Dallas
Mavericks
"They have talent, but it's going to be hard to pull all of these veterans together. Every [new veteran addition] has some warts on him." READ MORE
Houston
Rockets
"The Rockets are one of the most overrated teams in the league. I don't think they're a championship contender." READ MORE
Memphis
Grizzlies
"If for some reason the Grizzlies called the Nets and said they'd trade [Mike] Conley for Deron Williams, the Nets would do it in a heartbeat." READ MORE
New Orleans
Pelicans
"Anthony Davis is a budding superstar. He reminds me of Tim Duncan. He's that same kind of calm leader." READ MORE
San Antonio
Spurs
"If I were picking a point guard to run a team this year, the only guys I'd take ahead of Tony Parker would be Chris Paul and Derrick Rose." READ MORE

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