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Will Boogie be traded this year? Is Harden going to make history?

From trade targets to MVP candidates, here are 10 fearless predictions for the new NBA season.

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2hKevin Pelton

Steph Curry might be the grittiest player in the NBA

When you think of grit in the NBA, you probably don't think of two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry draining 3-pointers from impossible range. But maybe you should.

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Who wins ROY? We have 10 names to watch

The race for ROY looks wide open this season, with Ben Simmons out. We have four rookies in the East and six in the West who can contend for the prize.

Durant shoots away in empty gym and yells at himself (0:24)
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Fantasy basketball Week 2 Insider cheat sheet

All of the best fantasy basketball advice and relevant information from our Insider experts in one place, including Chicago's backcourt, Jabari Parker, Jeff Teague and Philadelphia's rookies.

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Neil Paine

The Chris Paul Conundrum

Few point guards in NBA history have the résumé to go toe-to-toe with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. So how can it be that he's never played in the conference finals?

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg said everybody came out of the opener pretty good health-wise. Dwyane Wade didn't do much in Friday's practice but Hoiberg doesn't sound too concerned. Bulls face the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to the memory of winning a championship together, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says what he remembers most about former assistant Alvin Gentry is his "laugh, his jokes -- some of which are hilarious, some of which are horrible. He laughs at his own jokes, which I love. But he's missed around here. We all love him. He's just a wonderful human being."

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Kevin Durant on what he anticipates from Anthony Davis this season: "He can score from any area on the floor and he's probably going to lead the league in scoring easily."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook was asked about the 76er fan who apologized for flipping Westbrook off, but also said he said he was provoked. Westbrook's answer: "Uh, yeah man, I'm looking forward to tonight. Definitely will be a good home crowd."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr asked if 81-and-1 is doable. He quips, "I do. Although right now the way we're playing maybe 41-and-41 is more likely."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

JaVale McGee challenges self to make 3-point hook shot, can't extract reward for the feat


Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis said the Pelicans will try to run with the Warriors tonight (8:30 p.m. CT): "I think the only way to counter a running team is to run right back at them. That's what we'll try to do."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

In the Rockets season opener, James Harden took a measured approach to start the game before picking up the pace. In the first half, the Rockets had a pace of 106.68 per 48 minutes. Houston's second half pace slowed down to 99.82. In the loss to the Lakers, the Rockets scored just 18 fourth quarter points. "That's him feeling the game, he has to read the game," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I know what I would do as a point guard but he has to have his own pace and own rhythm and how he feels. We talked about it a lot and watch film, our offense right now is pretty good. It can get a lot better (and) he does a great job of running it."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on playing PG: "Coach said I'm going to have the ball in my hands 80, 90 percent of the game. It's up to me to make the right play."


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Nene is probable with a right thigh contusion.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki missed shootaround due to a stomach illness. "We think he's going to be OK to play tonight," Rick Carlisle said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks say that Ron Baker (sprained ankle) is questionable for Saturday's home opener. Sasha Vujacic is the third point guard at the moment, with Baker behind him.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

J.J. Barea on importance of making James Harden work on defense: "Whoever he's guarding has got to be aggressive."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes is ready to greet fans for his Dallas home debut.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue says that Iman Shumpert has been cleared from the concussion protocol. He'll be in the lineup Friday against Toronto. "He's ready to play," Lue said before shootaround. "That's a good thing for us."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Channing Frye did not travel with the Cavs to Toronto. He was excused to attend to a personal matter. He is considered doubtful to rejoin the team in time for the Raptors game Friday night.

Howard posts double-double in Hawks' win

Dwight Howard had a stellar debut with the Hawks, scoring 11 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in Atlanta's 114-99 win over the Wizards.


New team, newfound 3-point range

Dwyane Wade made just seven 3-pointers last season, but he had four Thursday night in his Bulls debut, including a clinching dagger late in the game against the Celtics.