No matter what, anytime the Michigan State Spartans' 2013-14 season potential is analyzed, two names will be mentioned: Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne.
Of course, Nix is no longer with the Tom Izzo-led Spartans; he's graduated and is in the process of moving on to the next phase of his life and basketball career.
In Michigan State's case, it's not so much about what it did with Nix, it's about what it'll do without him.
Not having Nix is a weakness.
Payne is a legitimate Player of the Year candidate. Having him, obviously, is a strength.
There are other factors that will dictate the Spartans' fortunes during this upcoming season, and we'll take a look at them in this handy slideshow.