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News » Ten players to keep an eye on during the new NBA season

Ten players to keep an eye on during the new NBA season

Ten players to keep an eye on during the new NBA season Some are new to the NBA, others are already stars in the league with perhaps something to prove or players rebounding from injuries. Here are 10 players worth watching this NBA season, which tips off Tuesday:

Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards:Once one of the league's most prolific scorers, three knee surgeries have limited Agent Zero to just 15 games over the past two seasons. A healthy Arenas will be key to helping the Wizards regain respectability after their 19-win 2008-09 season.

Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors : The Italian centre's confidence soared under the guidance of coach Jay Triano last season, and he finally showed signs of why the Raptors took him with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft. Armed with a lucrative contract extension, the seven-footer appears poised for a strong season.

Vince Carter, Orlando Magic: The eight-time all-star was Orlando's biggest off-season acquisition in one of the most significant NBA moves this past summer. Playing alongside the likes of Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis, and happy to be back home in Florida, Carter is dreaming of that NBA championship ring that has eluded him.

Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics: The all-star forward had barely missed a game throughout his career before knee surgery sidelined him for the final 25 regular-season games and the playoffs. The heartbreak of having to sit and watch as the Celtics lost to Orlando in the second round of the playoffs is still fresh in his mind and he's eager to make up for lost time.

Baron Davis, Los Angeles Clippers: The former Golden State point guard's first season in L.A. was a disaster, spending much of it out of shape and disinterested. The Clippers went on to win just 19 games. Looking to repair his tattered reputation, the veteran showed up to camp physically fit and with renewed motivation.

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers: The No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft will play in the spotlight all season long amid the inevitable debates around his worthiness as the top selection. Griffin already has the confidence of the league's GMs. He was picked most likely to win rookie of the year in their annual poll (79.3 per cent of the votes), and the rookie most likely to be the best player in five years (65.5 per cent).

Allen Iverson, Memphis Grizzlies: Coming off a 24-win season, fans are hoping Iverson really is The Answer. Will the 10-time all-star who's in a contract year show some veteran leadership to a young team or create havoc with team chemistry?

Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns: With Shaquille O'Neal long gone to the Cavaliers, and Robin Lopez recovering from surgery, the Suns turn to Frye as their starting centre. He averaged under 12 minutes a game last season with Portland, coming off the bench 62 times. He's eager to prove he belongs among the starting five in the Suns' quest to get back to the playoffs.

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: The 21-year-old Durant scored 25.3 points a night last year to rank sixth in the league, and the feeling is he's only getting going. The league's GMs picked the young star as the player most likely to have a breakout season in the NBA's annual poll (with 25.9 per cent of the votes).

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves: He led all rookies last year and ranked ninth in the NBA in rebounding with 9.1 a night. He suffered a setback recently though, fracturing a bone in a pre-season game. He's out for six weeks.

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