The Starting Five: Your guide to which players and coaches to keep an eye on

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm •  Published: October 27, 2008
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  • Terry Porter, Phoenix Suns: Expect to see a lot of the Detroit Pistons in Phoenix's play calling.
  • Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat: Did you know: he's the NBA's youngest coach and its first Filipino-American head coach.
  • Five rookies to watch

    • Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers: Yep, technically he's still a rookie after missing the 2007-08 season.
    • Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls: Playing at the Ford Center on March 18. Mark your calendars.
    • Michael Beasley, Miami Heat: Has future perennial All-Star written all over him.
    • O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies: Will make watching the Grizzlies bearable.
    • Eric Gordon, Los Angeles Clippers : Deadly scorer who can finish strong at the rim and shoot it from deep.
    Five best acquisitions

    • Elton Brand, Philadelphia 76ers: Makes the Sixers an instant contender in the East.
    • Baron Davis, Los Angeles Clippers: Clips could be better with Davis and Marcus Camby than with Brand.
    • Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavs now have championship expectations after adding their best point guard since Andre Miller in 2001-02.
    • James Posey, New Orleans Hornets: A big key to a deep playoff run in the Big Easy.
    • Ron Artest, Hoston Rockets: Could he be their missing piece to a title?
    Five worst acquisitions

    • Luke Ridnour, Milwaukee Bucks: Still could be a solid point guard but Bucks gave away Mo Williams for peanuts.
    • Jamaal Magloire, Miami Heat: Miami needs a center. Magloire's not him.
    • Kwame Brown, Detroit Pistons: Joe Dumars has earned the benefit of the doubt. But he's testing it.
    • Mickael Pietrus, Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard needs help down low, not more outside shooting.
    • Dahntay Jones, Denver Nuggets: Jones and Chris “Birdman” Anderson combined don't make up for losing Marcus Camby's defense.