7 NBA Stars Approaching a Do-or-Die Season

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7 NBA Stars Approaching a Do-or-Die Season
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The NBA is as fickle a league as any professional sport. Star players can fade as quickly as they rise and even once one joins the elite they face stratospheric expectations.

No matter how many points a player scores, dimes they drop or rebounds they snag, there is always another obstacle to overcome out on the court.

For a number of players, the 2012-2013 season will be instrumental in defining their basketball legacies. From promising young guards to veteran big men, these seven players are looking at what will likely be the most important year of their careers.

It's never fun to have your back against the wall, but these players will have to come out swinging from next season's tipoff in order to silence critics and live up to their potential.

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