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  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 05:  Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates in the game against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Tonight is his first game this season .  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 05: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates in the game against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tonight is his first game this season . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it's time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2015-16.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are so firmly entrenched as East favorites that we ran a feature recently that didn't even contemplate that they could be challenged for the conference title. Unless Derrick Rose returns to superstardom or LeBron James suffers a cataclysmic injury, the Cavs face no clear competition this upcoming season and may only get a serious rival if the Washington Wizards manage to lure Kevin Durant to his hometown in free agency. A regional dynasty looms.

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  • Andrew Wiggins dunks on Andres Nocioni at FIBA Americas

    Expectations are high for reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins in 2015-16. With the Minnesota Timberwolves now employing the last three first-overall draft picks and several other promising young talents, the pressure is on Wiggins to develop into a superstar capable of leading this franchise back to contention (or at least its first playoff berth since 2004). For what it's worth, our Dan Devine has tabbed him as being fully capable of achieving that goal.

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    The early evidence suggests that Wiggins is on the right track. Former NBA-er Andres Nocioni of Argentina found out the hard way in Canada's FIBA Americas tournament opener on Tuesday as Wiggins finished off his second big poster dunk in just under a week of international duty:

    Wiggins went 5-of-9 from the field for 13 points and added six rebounds and three assists, but Argentina felled Canada 94-87 behind 35 points from Luis Scola, who will

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