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The Brooklyn Nets enter Year 2 of their return to New York with a new, win-now look after the big offseason trade to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It did not take long for both the Nets and the Knicks to lay claim to the hearts and minds of all New Yorkers. Re-signed J.R. Smith insists that the Knicks have not lost any ground to the Nets. New Net Pierce says his hate for the Knicks "has grown a little" and that he's ready to have his new team take over his new city. Let the fireworks begin!


Better lineup?

The Nets added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to their starting lineup, while the Knicks' starters should be the same as last season.

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Which team will have the better starting lineup in 2013-14?

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Battle for New York?

Last year, New York and Brooklyn tied the season series with two wins each, but the Knicks won the Atlantic Division by five games over the Nets.

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The Knicks and Nets play four times in 2013-14. How will the series go?

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One more title?

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up to win a title with the Boston Celtics in the 2007-08 season, the only championship for both.

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Will Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett win an NBA title with the Nets?

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For the second consecutive year, ESPN Insiders David Thorpe and Kevin Pelton have ranked the best players in the NBA under the age of 25. Now it's your turn to rank them. We've picked the top 15 from Thorpe and Pelton's list below. Just click on the images to rank them. You must pick at least five for your vote to count.

Stats through Jan. 21, 2013.

Best Players Under 25

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Age 24
Oklahoma City Thunder
29.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 6.7 RPG

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Age 24
Oklahoma City Thunder
22.7 PPG, 8.3 APG, 5.3 RPG

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Age 23
Los Angeles Clippers
17.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.6 BPG

James Harden

James Harden

Age 23
Houston Rockets
25.8 PPG, 5.3 APG, 4.4 RPG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Age 24
Chicago Bulls
21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.4 RPG*
*2011-12 stats

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Age 20
Cleveland Cavaliers
23.1 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.6 RPG

Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka

Age 23
Oklahoma City Thunder
13.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.8 BPG

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Age 24
Minnesota Timberwolves
18.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 0.5 BPG

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

Age 24
Brooklyn Nets
18.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.1 BPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Age 24
Golden State Warriors
20.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, 4.1 RPG

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried

Age 23
Denver Nuggets
12.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 0.9 BPG

Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday

Age 22
Philadelphia 76ers
19.4 PPG, 9.0 APG, 4.2 RPG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Age 19
New Orleans Hornets
13.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.9 BPG

Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe

Age 22
Detroit Pistons
15.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 0.6 BPG

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Age 24
New Orleans Hornets
16.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 APG

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It seems unlikely the newest incarnation of Team USA will produce any NBA free-agent madness on par with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh hatching plans for a takeover. That is, unless you get worked up about the idea of Tyson Chandler and Eric Gordon joining forces with Danny Granger.

It's not quite the 1998 team of CBA rejects and European-based nobodies that somehow won bronze in place of NBA players otherwise occupied with a labor dispute, but the American side Mike Krzyzewski will lead in the FIBA World Championship doesn't look like dream material. We've got Kevin Durant, which might be enough all on its own, but Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade are among the high-profile players sitting out this round of international play.

With O.J. Mayo, Tyreke Evans, Gerald Wallace and JaVale McGee out of the picture, what would your final 12 look like out of the 15 remaining candidates?

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