1. 2016 X Factor- Cleveland Cavaliers

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    October 22, 2015 by Brandon Keller

    Jun 9, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) signals to the crowd during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game three of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

    As LeBron James goes, so goes the Cavs (and the rest of the NBA). He is the Cavs 2015-16 X-Factor.

  2. 2016 X Factor- Chicago Bulls

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    October 22, 2015 by Brandon Keller

    Joakim Noah is the Chicago Bulls 2015-16 x factor. If he has a big season they can be really good.

    Joakim Noah was not himself last year. If he can bring the passion and energy Chicago faithful have come to expect, the Bulls will be making noise come April.

  3. 2016 X Factor- Charlotte Hornets

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    October 9, 2015 by Brandon Keller


    Few flaunt the versatility of Nicolas Batum at his finest. Last season was far from Batum’s finest, but in order to get the Hornets to the playoffs they need him to fire on all cylinders.

  4. 2016 X Factor- Brooklyn Nets

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    September 17, 2015 by Brandon Keller

    BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 15:  (CHINA OUT) Jarrett Jack #0 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings as part of the 2014 NBA Global Games at the MasterCard Center on October 15, 2014 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

    If the Nets want to sniff the playoffs this season, they need the Jarrett Jack from the 2012-13 season with the Warriors to show up.

  5. 2016 X-Factor- Boston Celtics

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    August 20, 2015 by Brandon Keller

    Nov 30, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;   Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) grabs a rebound against Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and forward John Henson (31) in the 4th quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    If the Boston Celtics want to exceed expectations, they need a breakthrough season from a slimmed down Jared Sullinger.

  6. 2016 X-Factor- Atlanta Hawks

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    August 5, 2015 by Brandon Keller

    Make or Break 2015 NBA players Atlanta Hawks

    If the Atlanta Hawks want to exceed expectations, they need a breakthrough season from sparkplug Dennis Schröder.

  7. A Summer League Night’s Dream

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    July 15, 2015 by Brandon Keller


    The summer league can be a bit of a summer mirage, where the most nondescript player can look like a potential superstar.