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October 29, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 18

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Dwight Howard Cover - Sports Illustrated October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
After finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2011, John Wall put up remarkably similar numbers in his second season. That wasn't the kind of progress expected of the man the Wizards were...

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE WIZARDS

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
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October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
It's hard to imagine what owner Michael Jordan was thinking as he watched his team lose more games last season than he did in his final three years with the Bulls—and set an NBA record for worst...

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE BOBCATS

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
-13.9

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
The next few months for new Magic general manager Rob Hennigan can hardly be worse than his first few. After taking over in June, he tried to persuade a disgruntled Dwight Howard to stay in...

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE MAGIC

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
9.7

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
Remember the Thunder? The reigning Western Conference champions almost got lost in the shuffle this summer, with the Lakers' acquisition of two future Hall of Famers. Rest assured that Kevin...

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE THUNDER

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
8.2

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
The Lakers' hopes of winning their third title in five seasons depend on two new stars a dozen years apart. They need 38-year-old Steve Nash to create easy baskets and revamp their half-court...

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE LAKERS

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
The core of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginóbili and Tony Parker—together for 10 seasons and counting—got some help last year from rookie forward Kawhi Leonard, a defensive stopper in the Bruce Bowen mold...

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE SPURS

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
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October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony might disagree, but George Karl isn't antistar. The Nuggets coach is antiselfish, which is why Andre Iguodala will be a perfect fit in Denver.

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE NUGGETS

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
6.7

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
Last season was a nightmare for Zach Randolph. A partially torn right MCL cost the power forward 38 games and subsequent conditioning problems limited his effectiveness in a first-round loss to...

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE GRIZZLIES

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
9.6

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
The Mavericks could not get the big-ticket item—free-agent point guard Deron Williams—at the top of their shopping list, but they did find some solid pieces on the clearance rack this summer. They...

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE MAVERICKS

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
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October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
In its first full season since the departures in February 2011 of longtime coach Jerry Sloan and All-Star point guard Deron Williams, the Jazz sneaked into the playoffs with a 36--30 record. This...

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE JAZZ

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
15.5

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
The pressure is on the Timberwolves, and it's being applied not just by fans frustrated with an eight-year playoff drought. After a 26--40 finish last season, franchise centerpiece and two-time...

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE TIMBERWOLVES

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Sam Amick
87.5

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
The thankless job of replacing point guard Steve Nash grew harder with the loss of Channing Frye, who was diagnosed with an enlarged heart in September and is expected to miss the season. The...

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE SUNS

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
79.6

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
It's a safe bet that for the 18th time in 19 seasons the Warriors aren't going to make the playoffs. Instead of harboring—and being disappointed by—unrealistic expectations, they should be focused...

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE WARRIORS

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
45.3

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
The Hornets solidified their future in June, when Saints owner Tom Benson bought the team for $338 million and the draft yielded stars-in-waiting Anthony Davis (the No. 1 pick from Kentucky) and...

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE HORNETS

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
9.0

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
The Kings have burned through five coaches in the seven seasons since Rick Adelman last led them to the playoffs. Who will emerge as the leader of this dysfunctional organization? Consider the...

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE KINGS

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
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October 29, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
Lance Armstrong toppled, the war on PEDs continues in a new direction with new alliances

October 29, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
In an effort to raise funding, the Voukefalas amateur soccer club in Larissa, Greece, has signed two local brothels as sponsors and is wearing their logos on pink practice jerseys.

October 29, 2012
HOT: VENUS FLIES BACK

October 29, 2012 | Tim Layden
With a victory at Ascot, Frankel wrapped up one of the greatest careers in racing

October 29, 2012
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October 29, 2012
Who is the most overrated player in the league?

October 29, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
GRACIA LEYDON MAHONEY

October 29, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
At 7'8", Igor Vovkovinskiy is the tallest person in the U.S. The Ukraine-born 30-year-old is also an avid Timberwolves fan who had to quit playing basketball in grade school when he couldn't find...

October 29, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
FORMER 49ERS FAN

October 29, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

October 29, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
Sixth-round rookie Alfred Morris, the latest discovery of run-game guru Mike Shanahan, is carrying the load and making life easier for RG3

October 29, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
With four events left in the 2012 Sprint Cup season, the Chase has come down to Brad Keselowski (left), who's atop the standings with a seven-point lead, and five-time champion Jimmie Johnson...

October 29, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
The 49ers have the fourth highest run-to-pass ratio in the NFL, which is great for Frank Gore and not too bad for his backup, Hunter, who's among the leaders in rushing yards for nonstarters...

October 29, 2012
OLD-SCHOOL GAME

October 29, 2012 | BEN REITER
If you want home runs, San Francisco isn't your team. But a lineup full of contact-crazy hitters can still run up the score

October 29, 2012 | Joe Sheehan
By avoiding strikeouts and pressuring the Tigers' shaky D, the Giants will take home another title

October 29, 2012 | Michael Rosenberg
HE CUTS MANY FIGURES—VOICE OF THE SUMMER, VOICE OF THE FALL, ENGAGING, POLARIZING—AND THAT'S BEFORE WE EVEN GET TO THE SHADOW OF HIS OLD MAN. BUT IN A CLIMACTIC MONTH WHEN JOE BUCK'S WORLDS ARE...

October 29, 2012 | Tim Layden
IN THE 42 YEARS SINCE TOM DEMPSEY KICKED THE LONGEST FIELD GOAL IN NFL HISTORY, HIS MARK HAS BEEN MATCHED THREE TIMES, BUT NEVER SURPASSED. NOW THE MOST MYSTERIOUSLY ENDURING RECORD IN SPORTS MAY...

October 29, 2012 | Tim Layden
Tim Layden and photographer Bill Frakes talk 63 with all four record-holders (including Akers, center) in a companion video journal, and SI.com's Chris Burke argues that the road to 64 (and...

October 29, 2012 | Lee Jenkins
AN UGLY EXIT FROM ORLANDO TURNED DWIGHT HOWARD FROM A LOVABLE MAN-CHILD INTO ONE OF THE LEAGUE'S MOST REVILED PLAYERS. BUT IN L.A. EVERYONE FROM HOTEL WORKERS TO HOWARD'S TEAMMATES IS DISCOVERING...

October 29, 2012 | Lee Jenkins
WHAT'S THE SUREST WAY TO THE NBA? LEARN THE SIMPLE—YET UNSTOPPABLE—STANDBY THAT TEAMS ARE RELYING ON MORE THAN EVER

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
IN THE 2012 FINALS, MIAMI LOOKED VERY MUCH LIKE A BUDDING DYNASTY. BUT THE THUNDER IS A YEAR WISER. AND THE LAKERS ONE-UPPED THE HEAT WITH A BIG FOUR. WHO'LL COME OUT ON TOP COME JUNE? ...

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
For complete coverage of the 2012--13 season—including extended Enemy Lines and the Point Forward blog, featuring insightful analysis of all things NBA—go to SI.com/mag

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
With no players to guide or scouting reports to digest, Erik Spoelstra spent last year's lockout studying the systems used by other NBA coaches. The lesson he learned: Play your best players...

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE HEAT

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
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October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
Carmelo Anthony is promising to shoot less and share more. Amar'e Stoudemire, following a summer at the back-to-the-basket private academy of Hakeem Olajuwon, vows to post up more. Can the two...

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE KNICKS

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
95.5

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
How long will it take for everyone to stop referring to them as the New Jersey Nets? Well, it should help that the team will have an entirely different identity, one that goes beyond its new...

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE NETS

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Ian Thomsen
33.5

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
Divesting themselves of Joe Johnson over the summer offered the Hawks a win before the season even tipped off. For as much as Johnson, who was traded to the Nets, was responsible for sending...

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE HAWKS

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
Best Case

October 29, 2012 | Paul Forrester
3.18

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
The paint was a friendly area for Milwaukee's opponents last season: The trade that sent 7-foot Andrew Bogut, who played in only 12 games before fracturing his left ankle, to Golden State last...

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE BUCKS

October 29, 2012 | Chris Mannix
Best Case