1. Which player will take the biggest step forward this season?
Israel Gutierrez, ESPN.com: Evan Turner, Sixers. With last year's leader, Andre Iguodala, and last year's designated chucker, Lou Williams, both gone, either Turner or Jrue Holiday should rise and be this team's premier perimeter threat to complement Andrew Bynum. Given their career numbers and Holiday's nice playoff performance last spring, Turner has more room to climb, and he should make a third-year leap.
5. Which East playoff team will move to elite status?
Stein: If you read the first edition of ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings, you'll know that I see the Sixers with the potential to make that sort of move, all because they traded for a franchise center while helping to rid the East of Howard in the same deal. Some 72 hours after the rankings published, Philly was announcing that Bynum would have to be rested for the first three weeks of his Sixers career as a precautionary measure after his latest knee surgery. Which would suggest that the ol' Power Rankings jinx is still a force that trumps my powers of prognostication.