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15. Vince Carter, SG, Dallas Mavericks
The artist formerly known as "Air Canada" has become old reliable, but he served as Dallas' stabilizing force during O.J. Mayo's fits of inconsistency and Dirk Nowitzki's rehab last season. Behind another streaky scorer in Monta Ellis, Carter will have as many minutes as his 36-year-old body can handle.
14. Ryan Anderson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
The first of two Pelicans to crack this list, Anderson's candidacy will be hurt by the arrival of a supersub to be named later. Still, the big man's shooting ability (38.4 career three-point percentage) and glass work (6.4 rebounds per game in 2012-13) will garner some support from the award voters.
13. Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago Bulls
You could argue that Gibson is a better fit than Carlos Boozer for Tom Thibodeau's opening lineup, but Boozer's $15.3 million salary would suggest otherwise. But don't expect Gibson's two-way contributions to go unnoticed, even on this championship-pedigree roster.
12. Lou Williams, SG, Atlanta Hawks
Two things keep Williams out of this top 10. For starters, the Hawks still aren't sure when he can come back from the torn ACL that ended his 2012-13 campaign. Secondly, the career reserve has a legitimate chance to crack Mike Budenholzer's starting lineup. Unless John Jenkins runs away with that role, Williams will attempt to carry his microwave scoring into the opening group.
11. Reggie Jackson, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
If not for the uncertainty surrounding Russell Westbrook's status, Jackson would have a higher rank on this list.
An electric scorer (13.6 points per 36 minutes on 45.8 percent shooting last year) and serviceable decision-maker (career 4.7 assists against 2.1 turnovers per 36 minutes), Jackson has the tools to be James Harden-lite for the Thunder.
But with questions surrounding Westbrook and a challenge for the sixth man spot from Jeremy Lamb, Jackson's 2013-14 forecast is as hard to predict as that of the Thunder.