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Three Impact Players Who Could Be On The Move In-Season

Guest Post by Sam Stevens

The NBA regular season hasn’t even started yet, so it may be a little bit too early for people to look at possible trades. However, teams are always tinkering with their lineups in order to set things up just the right way. Based on contract situations and current team set ups, here is a look at 3 guys most likely to be traded who could make a pretty big impact.

Rajon Rondo

An injured hand is going to keep the point guard for the Boston Celtics out for about 2 months, but that will not stop the trade talks one bit. He is the most talented point guard available during the season, and it seems like it is only a matter of time before he is moved. The hardest part is finding a team willing to give up enough to land the talented point guard in the middle of his prime.

Some teams are scared off by Rondo’s questionable attitude and lack of shooting outside, but when he is playing for a contender, he is about as tough as they come at point guard. He is able to put up strong numbers in fantasy basketball as well, and he has a winner’s mentality that could push a contender over the edge.

Josh Smith

At some point this season, probably very early, Josh Smith is going to get on the nerves of new head coach Stan Van Gundy. The Detroit Pistons are trying to mold the team to his liking, and that probably does not leave much room for an athletic forward who can’t really shoot. In the right system, Smith can excel in fantasy basketball and add value to a team. He is not going to command as much attention as Rondo, but his skill set is enticing to say the least.

Nikola Pekovic

There are some people who view Nikola Pekovic as the most underrated player in the NBA right now. He has been a very productive player in fantasy basketball, and he is one of those rare true centers in the NBA who is not afraid to do the dirty work. However, he is limited a little bit, and that scares off some contending teams who would like to have him. It makes sense for Oklahoma City or another team like that to go after him, since they already have Serge Ibaka to handle the athletic portion of the game that Pekovic is lacking. Minnesota’s in rebuilding mode, so a trade is likely imminent.

2013-14 NBA Win Total Over/Unders

The season is approaching quick. Place your wages!

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins – Atlanta Hawks

Over / Under 39½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Boston Celtics

Over / Under 27½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Brooklyn Nets

Over / Under 52½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Charlotte Bobcats

Over / Under 26

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Chicago Bulls

Over / Under 56½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Cleveland Cavaliers

Over / Under 40

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Dallas Mavericks

Over / Under 43½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Denver Nuggets

Over / Under 46

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Detroit Pistons

Over / Under 40

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Golden State Warriors

Over / Under 51½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Houston Rockets

Over / Under 54½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Indiana Pacers

Over / Under 54½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Los Angeles Clippers

Over / Under 57

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Los Angeles Lakers

Over / Under 36½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Memphis Grizzlies

Over / Under 50½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Miami Heat

Over / Under 61½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Milwaukee Bucks

Over / Under 29

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Minnesota Timberwolves

Over / Under 41

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins – New York Knicks

Over / Under 49½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -New Orleans Pelicans

Over / Under 39

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Oklahoma City Thunder

Over / Under 51½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Orlando Magic

Over / Under 24

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Philadelphia 76ers

Over / Under 17

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Phoenix Suns

Over / Under 21

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Portland Trailblazers

Over / Under 38½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Sacramento Kings

Over / Under 31

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -San Antonio Spurs

Over / Under 55½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Toronto Raptors

Over / Under 35½

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Utah Jazz

Over / Under 25

 

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season Wins -Washington Wizards

Over / Under 39
If over/unders aren’t your thing, maybe fantasy basketball is worth a shot!

A Preview of the Top 5 NBA Teams

The NBA preseason officially kicked off for most teams over the weekend, which means actual games are less than a week away from starting. After last year’s late start to the season on Christmas Day, going back to the November start might catch casual fans by surprise. With a variety of new storylines coming into the season, as well as the champion Heat trying to defend their title, it is shaping up to be an exciting 2012-2013 season. So which teams are the top five contenders? Let’s take an early look.

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