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NBA teams are breathing a sigh of relief this off season after the hectic 66 game schedule that was. It has given players the chance to unwind and the ability to plan their way back into the season.
A full training camp will once again provide the platform for building chemistry and an extensive playbook for teams to fear.
Some teams will benefit more than others because it will be the first time new acquisitions such as Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams will receive a full training camp. Where plays can be specifically tailored around them to suit their teams needs.
With off season moves and training camp in mind here are the 5 teams that I predict will come out all guns blazing to kick off the NBA season.
#1 Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have vastly improved their roster over free agency this summer.
You wouldn't have called them big spenders but somehow they've managed to bring in pieces like Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko and Chase Budinger.
With these guys all ready to partner with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio in training camp, this could be a nasty 3 point and alley oop type threat of a team.
You can definitely see this Twolves roster picking up the pace and realistically sitting in the top portion of the west early on.
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#2 New York Knicks
It's no surprise that this Knicks team has disappointed fans all over the world with their star potential not finding a way to gel.
A full training camp is exactly what the doctor ordered and having Hakeem Olajuwon in to train the likes of Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler certain can't hurt.
While Jeremy Lin has departed to the Houston Rockets your receiving a proven vetran in Jason Kidd to run the show. Kidd will provide some consistency to the point, something the Knicks haven't seen for a long time.
This full Knicks camp will be the first time that both Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony will be fully fit and healthy so now it's up to Mike Woodson and his coaching staff to get the chalkboard and the whistles out to get these guys into gear.
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#3 Brooklyn Nets
These guys are a no brainer to predict. It's all in their recent success with free agency that has this team featured by many to rise in the east.
Receiving star talent during the off season is so much easier to incorporate into the team rather than at the trade deadline.
The power of a training camp can be somewhat underrated and it only took one full training camp for Miami's big 3 to make it to the finals.
Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez should be battling Miami for the top of the conference as soon as this season gets underway.
A match up that is already a must see is the Nets vs Knicks on October 25 in the preseason.
That will be their first match up but their second is not long after that with it coming on Day 3 of the regular season, guaranteed to provide some fireworks.
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#4 Washington Wizards
Washington is poised to make large strides from their poor error riddled season that was 2012 with new talent like Nene, Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.
If anything they will take some of the defensive pressure off John Wall so that he can see a little more daylight when heading towards the basket. A better John Wall should see a better Washington Wizards.
Their chemistry or lack of has made them feature in the media several times. Their immaturity can be restructured with a training camp and their newly acquired veterans should lead the way.
Washington will most likely be an 8th seed contender but that is drastically better than last season.
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#5 Philadelphia 76ers
Only one side of the Dwight Howard trade has received publicity, one of the other parts though like Andrew Bynum's arrival in Philly has gone underrated.
What do you get when you replace Elton Brand with Andrew Bynum? A damn good team.
The large athletic wing players the 76ers boast will be a welcome change for Bynum as in Laker land for scoring they only go through him or Kobe.
Bynum can decide to leave after this season with the 76ers but I think he'll come around and recognise there is a really bright future ahead in Philly.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Doug Collins can draw up for Bynum as they try to incorporate his wing talents around him.
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There's 5 teams to watch out for come tip off, have I said to highly of the Washington Wizards? The Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs were near misses for this list.
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