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Contender No. 3: LeBron James
If Dwyane Wade's health wasn't so precarious, or the Miami Heat got more production from the center and point guard spots, LeBron James wouldn't be on this list.
But they need him to light up the scoreboard, and he will oblige.
There are just too many ways for him to break down opponents, as he can foil even the best defenders in the league. Whether it's a post-up, dribble pull-up or a slash to the rim, James finds a way to toss a favorable shot attempt.
A slew of stars will score within the 22-28 point range, including James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry. James will outscore them all in his quest for a three-peat.
Prediction: 27.5 points per game
Contender No. 2: Kobe Bryant
Once Kobe Bryant returns from his Achilles rehab, the Los Angeles Lakers will lean on him for heavy production as they fight for respectability.
Most of the roster is either too young or too old to pose a threat, so Kobe will be the one who consistently generates scoring chances. Steve Nash will facilitate superbly for a 39-year-old, and Pau Gasol will hold his own in the post, but they can't afford to let Kobe tally any less than 27 points per night.
And Bryant will have no problem meeting the quota.
Prediction: 27.9 points per game
Runner-up: Carmelo Anthony
The 2012-13 scoring champion will be near the top again, as Carmelo Anthony tries to carry the New York Knicks past their Eastern Conference adversaries.
No matter what team he's on, he'll always be a gunner, taking a high volume of shots from the wing and post in order to keep his club afloat.
His 2013-14 output should look similar to last season's, even with the addition of Andrea Bargnani and a filly-recovered Amar'e Stoudemire. Anthony will still hoist 20 or more shots per game.
Melo's fall to the No. 2 spot is less about himself and more about the resurgence of Kevin Durant.
Prediction: 28.8 points per game