Ranking Every NBA Team's X-Factor in 2012-13

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Ranking Every NBA Team's X-Factor in 2012-13
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With the exception of a few elite teams like the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers, every NBA team needs a player to elevate his game and push the squad to the next level. Even those elite contenders still wouldn't mind having a player like that. 

These are the x-factors, the guys who have the most volatility when it comes to impacting the team. By definition, the x-factor isn't the one who emerges from nowhere and becomes a key contributor, but rather the one with the biggest impact on the team's success. 

If that player breaks out, the team is going to make a leap into the next tier of NBA squads. 

As a note, though, rookies will not be eligible for these rankings, which rank all 30 x-factors from worst to best in terms of overall performance. First-year players are too unpredictable to be true x-factors, as we have no way of truly gauging their professional chops quite yet. 

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