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The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard rally this offseason. Now, according to Bradford Doolittle's WARP-based calculations, the James Harden-led team also wins the title of best backcourt in the NBA. These rankings aren't without controversy, though; the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors didn't crack the top 10. Do you agree with the analytics? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Best NBA backcourts

Clippers

Clippers

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford

Heat

Heat

Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen

Lakers

Lakers

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris

Nets

Nets

Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson

Nuggets

Nuggets

Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson

Rockets

Rockets

James Harden, Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin

Spurs

Spurs

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green

Thunder

Thunder

Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Jose Juan Barea

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams

Warriors

Warriors

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas

Wizards

Wizards

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice Jr.

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NBA releases 2013-14 schedule

The bad news: The NBA doesn't start for nearly three months. The good news: We know where and when that -- and all the other regular-season games -- will happen, as the league released its 2013-14 schedule on Tuesday. Opening night features a couple of marquee matchups, with the presumably Derrick Rose-ified Chicago Bulls visiting the defending-champion Miami Heat, and the surging Los Angeles Clippers facing the scuffling Los Angeles Lakers. Also on the docket: a typically packed Christmas Day, along with big reunions between Dwight Howard and the Lakers (Nov. 7) and the return of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Boston (Jan. 26).

  • Which of these 2013-14 regular-season NBA games are you most looking forward to?

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  • The L.A. teams square off on opening night. How many times will the Clippers beat the Lakers this season?

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  • Which Christmas Day game are you most looking forward to?

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  • Do you feel bad about the Heat having to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas on the road?

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  • How many regular-season NBA games do you usually attend per year?

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  • Which NBA team will finish with the best record in 2013-14?

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Dwight Howard still deciding

Not so fast, Rockets fans. Just hours after news broke that Dwight Howard would be heading to Texas, sources now say Howard is 50-50 on whether to leave the Lakers. What happens next? Is Howard worth all this drama?

  • Which team will Dwight Howard choose?

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  • If you are a Rockets fan, do you still want Dwight Howard on your team after his claim he is 50-50 about leaving the Lakers?

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  • Should the Lakers try to bring Dwight Howard back, after all that happened Friday?

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  • If he wants to leave, should the Lakers sign-and-trade Dwight Howard?

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  • What do you think of Dwight Howard?

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  • Will Dwight Howard ever rehabilitate his image?

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Dwight Howard to the Rockets

It's happening after all: Star center Dwight Howard is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets. Which means we might have a new power team in the league. Teaming Howard with James Harden could create a three-way scrum for the title Best in the West. Will Houston get over the top?

  • How far will the Rockets go with Dwight Howard in 2013-14?

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  • Which team is the best in the Western Conference?

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  • Does Houston have the best front office in basketball?

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  • Will Dwight Howard win a championship with the Rockets?

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After pitches, pondering and a bizarre almost-turn of events on Friday evening, it now seems a done deal: Star center Dwight Howard is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets. Clearly, this puts Houston in a good position for 2013-14 and beyond. But what about the team Howard leaves behind? Just a year ago, things seemed so promising.


A lost season?

The Lakers won only 45 games last season despite 17.1 PPG and 12.4 RPG from Dwight Howard. And it's still uncertain when Kobe Bryant will return.

SportsNation

Will the Lakers make the playoffs without Dwight Howard?

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Hello, old friend?

Andrew Bynum's 2011-12 numbers were equally impressive with 18.7 PPG and 11.8 RPG. But a lost season in Philadelphia doesn't instill confidence.

SportsNation

Should the Lakers bring back Andrew Bynum?

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Panic button?

A championship just isn't happening this season, so should the Lakers start over and prepare early for next year's loaded draft and free-agency period?

SportsNation

What should the Lakers do now that Dwight Howard is gone?

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The blame game

Things looked bright a year ago. Then Mike Brown was fired. Then Mike D'Antoni got hired. Then Kobe Bryant got hurt. Then Dwight Howard left.

SportsNation

Who is more to blame for the Lakers being in the situation they are now?

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A new kind of rivalry

Perhaps the Lakers can take some comfort in knowing the archrival Celtics are also in for a long season without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

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Which teams will lose more games this upcoming season?

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Change of heart?

Bryant recently said the Spurs getting close to winning their fifth title hurt him a little. Bryant likely won't be creating any space this year.

SportsNation

Prior to Dwight Howard leaving the Lakers, Kobe Bryant said he wanted to play three more years. How many will he play now?

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