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The NBA season is finally back. And after a whirlwind free agency period and one league-altering trade, it's time to start settling things on the court. Here's our best guess at how the 30 NBA teams stack up going into the season.

30 Charlotte Bobcats
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Last season: 34-48

Rookies Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo are the only reasons to watch this punchless team.

29 Toronto Raptors
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Last season: 22-60

Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan and Jerryd Bayless aren't bad players, but rebounding and defense will be serious problems for Toronto.

28 Cleveland Cavaliers
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Last season: 19-63

Even with top draft picks Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, the post-LeBron Cavs don't have much talent.

27 New Orleans Hornets
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Last season: 46-36

Trading Chris Paul brought the Hornets Eric Gordon and other assets, but it'll be a while before they come to fruition in the Big Easy.

26 Detroit Pistons
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Last season: 30-52

Greg Monroe and rookie Brandon Knight have a ton of potential, but this team has too many mediocre veterans to succeed.

25 New Jersey Nets
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Last season: 24-58

Even with former Jazzmen Deron Williams, Kris Humphries and Memo Okur, the Nets will struggle, especially after a preseason injury to Brook Lopez.

24 Washington Wizards
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Last season: 23-59

John Wall is electrifying, but his frontcourt mates JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche consistently underachieve.

23 Sacramento Kings
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Last season: 24-58

The Kings have too many offensive players who need the ball in their hands, including Jimmer Fredette. They'll struggle defensively, too.

22 Phoenix Suns
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Last season: 40-42

Steve Nash and Grant Hill ain't getting any younger, and Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley and Channing Frye won't be enough to make the playoffs in the competitive West.

21 Golden State Warriors
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Last season: 36-46

As usual, the Warriors have tons of offensive firepower. But Steph Curry is too fragile and Monta Ellis too erratic to rely on for even a shortened season.

20 Utah Jazz
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Last season: 39-43

Is this a veteran team, led by Devin Harris and Al Jefferson? Or should young guns Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward take over? Tyrone Corbin will have to decide soon.

19 Milwaukee Bucks
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Last season: 35-47

With Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings on the roster, injuries will always be a factor. But the Bucks have the athleticism and grit to fight for the playoffs.

18 Minnesota Timberwolves
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Last season: 17-65

Kevin Love leads a young and talented crew, including Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio and speedster J.J. Barea. They'll be better than you think.

17 Houston Rockets
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Last season: 43-39

Almost landed Pau Gasol in the voided Chris Paul trade, but they'll make do with Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and a squad of overachievers.

16 Philadelphia 76ers
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Last season: 41-41

Is this the year that Andre Iguodala finally turns into a team leader? He'll have help from Elton Brand and others, but it may not be enough.

15 Portland Trail Blazers
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Last season: 48-34

Without Greg Oden (injured) and Brandon Roy (retired), Portland will try to gut its way to a playoff spot with LaMarcus Aldridge and a slew of talented guards, including former Jazzman Wesley Matthews.

14 Atlanta Hawks
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Last season: 44-38

They lost Jamal Crawford, but Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, Joe Johnson and Al Horford could still lead this team to the playoffs if all goes well. (That's a big "if.")

13 Indiana Pacers
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Last season: 37-45

If newly acquired forward David West can stay healthy, he joins a dangerous young core of Danny Granger, Darren Collison, Paul George and Roy Hibbert. Indiana's a dark horse in the East.

12 Orlando Magic
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Last season: 52-30

Hard to know what to make of this team while the Dwight Howard situation is still up in the air. As long as he's in Orlando, the Magic will compete. If he goes, they'll plummet.

11 Denver Nuggets
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Last season: 50-32

Denver surprised the league last season by performing better after trading Carmelo Anthony. They've got a young crew of athletes surrounding a re-signed and healthy Nene. Don't sleep on them.

10 New York Knicks
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Last season: 42-40

They signed Tyson Chandler away from Dallas to add much-needed defense to the Carmelo Anthony/Amare Stoudamire tandem. Point guard play remains a question.

9 Boston Celtics
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Last season: 56-26

Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are still an intimidating core, but the roster gets thin after that. Can the old fellas hang on for one more run?

8 Los Angeles Clippers
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Last season: 32-50

The Chris Paul trade makes the Clippers instant contenders. They'll struggle on defense, but the offensive core of Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will be so effective that it might not matter.

7 San Antonio Spurs
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Last season: 61-21

Like the Celtics, the Spurs have excellent starters but not much depth. If Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker gets hurt, they could be in a lot of trouble.

6 Memphis Grizzlies
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Last season: 46-36

There's plenty of talent in Memphis, as shown by last year's playoff defeat of the Spurs. Can they do it again with a healthy Rudy Gay in a deeper Western Conference?

5 Los Angeles Lakers
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Last season: 57-25

They were stymied in their attempts to nab Chris Paul, but Kobe, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum still have more than enough in the tank to make the playoffs. Will they beat Dallas or OKC once they get there? That's another story.

4 Dallas Mavericks
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Last season: 57-25

Owner Mark Cuban allowed Tyson Chandler to escape to New York. We'll see how effective the defending champs can be without his interior defense. Adding Lamar Odom will help.

3 Chicago Bulls
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Last season: 62-20

All the pieces are there: a dominant point guard in Derrick Rose and a versatile roster that can score (Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng) and defend (Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson). We'll see if it's enough to overcome LeBron and the Heat.

2 Oklahoma City Thunder
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Last season: 55-27

Underdogs no more, Kevin Durant and the Thunder are the popular choice to win the Western Conference. Their deep young roster is perfectly constructed to succeed in this shortened season. Anything less than the conference finals will be a letdown.

1 Miami Heat
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Last season: 58-24

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are back with a year together under their belts, and they've added crafty veteran Shane Battier and a (relatively) svelte Eddy Curry to the roster. Expectations have never been higher, but LeBron still has to prove he can win the big one.