this is the summed up version of what they said about each of these guys:
Corey Maggette-Slowly, but surely, he's showing the promise he showed us in college. He's got the athleticism and defense down pat. He's been working out all summer with Tim Grover (MJ's trainer), and the results are jaw dropping. Maggette is going to be THE option from the perimeter this season. It could lead to big, big things.
Lamar Odom-Loads of talent and a CBA brain have kept him from realizing his potential. He seems to be enamored with Pat Riley and Pat seems infatuated with Odom. That's a really good thing. If Riley gets him focused and in shape, he could be a monster on this team. The Heat need a little of everything, and Odom can give them that. He'll be a triple threat every night...if he sticks with the system.
Yao Ming-You may think he had his breakout season last year. Think again. With Jeff Van Gundy already under Francis' skin about giving the big guy A LOT more touches, Yao has the potential to turn into a 20 point a night scorer. Last season he was just dishing out the appetizer. With Van Gundy's inside out approach, it's time for the main course.
Eddy Curry-With Cartwright claiming that they want Curry to be option No. 1 on offense, it's not a stretch to claim that Curry may join Yao as one of the few centers in the league capable of averaging 20 ppg. He has a scintillating array of post moves, including a nice baby jump hook that's basically unstoppable. He lead the league in field goal percentage last season, so it only makes sense that the Bulls will try to ride that horse as far as he can take them. The challenge for Curry now? Perfecting his passing out of double teams that will surely come this season. He's struggled in that area in the past and will have to improve if he wants to stay the # 1 option.
Andrei Kirilenko-his stellar play at the European Championships underscores something that scouts have know for a while, the Jazz have been intentionally bringing Kirilenko along slowly. That's about to change. With their entire roster decimated by the loss of Malone and Stockton, there are no more reasons to hold Kirilenko back. He does just about everything well. He's a solid rebounder, shot blocker, assist man, defender and he proved this summer that he can be a dynamite scorer when given the ball. If he can make a Dirk like jump this season, the Jazz aren't as in bad a shape as we all think.
Mehmet Okur-There was a reason why Joe Dumars started slashing payroll this summer, to get under the cap next summer to save money. But it isn't because of greed. Okur becomes a restricted free agent next summer, and after watching him dominate at the European Championships for Turkey, the Pistons are pretty sure that Okur could emerge as the teams' starting center this season. With a dominating summer performance under his belt, expect him to get big minutes, become their 2nd leading rebounder and their best offensive threat in the low post.
Zach Randolph-his stellar play versus Dallas in the playoffs turned a lot of heads. With Rasheed increasingly staying out on the perimeter, the Blazers need a low post scorer in the worst way. The plan is to start Randolph at the 4 this year and move Wallace to the 3. Cheeks is already in Randolph's ear about becoming a leader on this rudderless team. If he steps up, 20 points a night won't be the only thing Randolph delivers to the Blazers. He'll also put them in a position to make the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season.
Tayshaun Prince-Brown loves him, and for good reason. Prince is everything people thought Mike Dunleavy Jr. was going to be. He's an excellent passer, good shooter and plays the game with unusual maturity for this only to be his 2nd year in the league. To make things sweeter, he uses those long arms to create havoc on the defensive end. Expect Brown to use Prince to initiate the offense at times in Detroit next season leading to increased production in points and assists for him.
Mike Dunleavy-new GM Chris Mullin dismantled the Warriors roster this summer just so Musselman had no choice but to play him. Dunleavy rebounded from an awful start last season to a decent finish. If NVE decides to take the year off, it's conceivable that he could end up being the number one option for the Warriors on offense this season. Now if he can just hold the guy he defends to under 40 points a night.
Jamal Crawford-Last season, he spent most of the year looking over his shoulder at Jay Williams. When the Bulls finally let him start, he did very well. He no longer has Williams to worry about and Hinrich looked 20 years away during the summer league. If he can ever pry away the ball from the clutches of Curry and Rose, he could be the guy who propels the Bulls back into the playoffs. He's the teams' best perimeter shooter and proved that he's capable of running the offense it Chicago.
Vladimir Radmanovic-This year, McMillan won't ask him to do so much offensively in the paint, the team is pretty sure that Lewis is a better option posting up his defender. But he'll have to start knocking down open shots and defending the post well to hold off Collison. Radmanovic is capable of being a star and his decision to stay in Seattle all summer have Sonics brass hoping that he turns this year a breakout year for them. If he does, the they could be eyeing that 7th or 8th playoff spot in the West.
Jamaal Magloire-He quietly emerged as one of the better defensive centers in the league last season. His rebounding and shot blocking abilities make him a key player in New Orleans. Will the offense ever come around as well? The early reports from his workouts are that he's got a much improved jump shot and has been working on some moves in the paint. If that translates into 15, 10, and 3, the Hornets will be mentioned in the same breath as the Nets and Pistons.
Marko Jaric-After watching Miller struggle and stumble through the season, Jaric is itching to prove that he was the guy all along who can lead the Clipps. He's a tough defender and a winner. He's versatile enough to play three positions and he has more championship experience than anyone else on the roster. If he develops into a true floor leader this year, the Clipps will be better than you think.