Kobe Bryant Can't Win It Alone: New Year's Resolutions For Every NBA Team

Ross ColemanAnalyst IDecember 25, 2010

Kobe Bryant Can't Win It Alone: New Year's Resolutions For Every NBA Team

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball to the basket as Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers gets called for a blocking foul during the NBA game at Staples Center on December 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, Califor
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    Every NBA team has things they need to accomplish in the New Year, whether it be improve their defense, make a trade, or even keep doing what their doing.

    Here we break down all 30 NBA teams and what each of them need to commit to in the new year.

    Let us know what you think. Does your team have something else they need to make their resolution?

30. Washington Wizards

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07:  John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards blocks a shot by Derek Fisher (L) #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half at Staples Center on December 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Wizards 115-
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    Resolution: Win on the road

    How They Accomplish it: The Wizards are currently 0-13 outside of Washington. They need to get something going outside of the Verizon Center. With quite a few young players, they just have a need for repetition and finding a way to relish hostile crowds is something that good teams do. 

29. Sacramento Kings

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 13:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings drives ahead of Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their preseason game at the Thomas & Mack Center October 13, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers won 98-95. NOTE TO USER: U
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    Resolution: Find a point guard

    How They Accomplish it: The Kings drafted Tyreke Evans with the intention that he would play the point guard position. However, he is closer to Kobe Bryant than Derrick Rose. That isn't to say Evan's can't handle the ball, but with Beno Udrih the primary lead guard, the Kings have a long way up to go from him.

    Finding a new guard will probably not turn the Kings into immediate contenders, but it will at least stabilize a weak position for a young team.

28. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 15:  Daniel Gibson #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots a runner during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 15, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by dow
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    Resolution: Find an alpha dog

    How They Accomplish it: The departure of LeBron James left the Cavs without a true number one guy. I mean, don't get me wrong, Mo Williams is a good player and a solid point guard, but the Cavs do not have an elite player on the roster. There is no one who can be counted on to score 20 points a game.

    Obviously, alpha dog players are not easy to find, so the Cavs might have to wait for the draft, but they could target a guy like O.J. Mayo or Richard Hamilton who could stabilize the roster and score the ball.

27. Minnesota Timberwolves

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    ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 03:  Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves attempts a shot over Brandon Bass #30 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on November 3, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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    Resolution: Free Kevin Love

    How They Accomplish it: The Timberwolves made the right move this off-season trading Al Jefferson and sticking with Kevin Love. Now the T'Wolves need to really unleash Kevin Love. The third year player is leading the NBA in rebounding by nearly two rebounds a game.

    While Kurt Rambis is doing a good job at featuring Love, he could be doing more.

26. New Jersey Nets

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 22:  Brook Lopez #11 of the New Jersey Nets shoots the ball over Emeka Okafor #50 of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on December 22, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.    The Hornets defeated the Nets 105-91.   NOT
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    Resolution: Make a move

    How They Accomplish it: It's pretty simple for the Nets. The roster they have right now isn't very good. There have been rumors about the Nets trading for the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony, but it looks like a deal isn't going to get done.

    So what's the back-up plan?

    The only way to change the make up of the team would be to make every player on the roster available and to cast a wide net around the league. The Nets might miss on Melo, but they could land O.J. Mayo or one of the veterans from Detroit.

25. Los Angeles Clippers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 22:  Baron Davis #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers adjusts his head band during the game with the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on December 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  The Rockets won 97-92. NOTE TO USER: User express
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    Resolution: Get Baron Davis in shape

    How They Accomplish it: Coming into this season there was a lot of hope and promise that this was the Clippers team to make a leap. However, starting point guard  came into the season very out of shape and as a result, the Clippers struggled.

    If the Clippers can get Baron in shape, they could make a big step forward in the west.

24. Charlotte Bobcats

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 21:  Teammates Matt Carroll #33, Stephen Jackson #1, Boris Diaw #32 and Gerald Wallace #3 of the Charlotte Bobcats sit on the bench during their 99-81 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 21, 20
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    Resolution: Trade for a scorer

    How They Accomplish it: The Bobcats have some guys that would be great pieces on championship teams. The problem is they don't have a consistent scorer to shoulder the load.

    Charlotte could package Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace for a big time player. The only question is how good a deal could they get from those two guys.

23. Golden State Warriors

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  David Lee #10 of the Golden State Warriors in action against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on December 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or usin
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    Resolution: Get healthy

    How They Accomplish it: The Warriors have been killed by injuries this year. David Lee has been struggling with an infection in his elbow ever since he had Wilson Chandler's tooth embedded in his elbow after a Nov. 10 game against the Knicks.

    Second year guard Stephen Curry has been slowed by an ankle injury for much of this season as well.

    If both of those guys were healthy, the Warriors could be challenging for a playoff spot. So the Warriors need to rest those guys until they are completely ready to go and injury free.

22. Toronto Raptors

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Amir Johnson #15 of  the Toronto Raptors dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 108-102.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    Resolution: Change up the defense

    How They Accomplish it: The Raptors have been scoring at will on the offensive side of the ball, however they haven't been able to stop anyone from scoring on them and because of that, they are losing. I'm not entirely sure what the answer is for the Raptors defensive woes, but they need to change something up.

    Maybe change up the types of defenses they run, hire a defensive assistant, or just force the players to watch film.

21. Memphis Grizzlies

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    PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 05:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    Resolution: Move O.J. Mayo

    How They Accomplish it: The Grizzlies have an asset that many other teams would pay a hefty price to get. Especially if Carmelo Anthony gets moved by the Nuggets, then O.J. Mayo will be in high demand.

    Memphis could ship Mayo to any number of teams in the league and get quite a bit in return and for a team with many holes, that could be more beneficial than holing onto Mayo.

20. Detroit Pistons

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26:  (L-R) Tayshaun Prince #22 and Richard Hamilton #32 of the Detroit Pistons sit on the bench in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Aub
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    Resolution: Move Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince

    How They Accomplish it: Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince were both key parts of the 2004 NBA Championship team in Detroit. However, with the Pistons in rebuilding mode, it is time to move the two veterans to teams that would pay a hefty price.

    Sure Hamilton and Prince could still be effective, but on the Pistons they would just be taking a roster spot from a guy that could develop in the future for Detroit.

19. Phoenix Suns

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 15:  Steve Nash #13 and head coach Alvin Gentry of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at US Airways Center on December 15, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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    Resolution: Move Steve Nash

    How They Accomplish it: Whether Phoenix wants to admit it or not, the Suns are in a time of rebuilding. The championship window is closed and if Steve Nash wants a ring, he needs to get it elsewhere.

    Moving Steve Nash could provide to be helpful for the franchise in the long run. They could acquire a back up point guard to learn the system behind Goran Dragic. They could also fill other holes on the roster.

18. Philadelphia 76ers

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers in action during the game against the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on October 27, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that
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    Resolution: Move Andre Iguodala

    How They Accomplish it: Andre Iguodala is a huge trade bait piece in the NBA right now. He has defensive prowess and can also score 20 points per game or more. The 76ers have started floating him out as a trade piece and there are plenty of teams that could use the wing.

    Moving Iguodala would help fill some holes on the roster and could potentially help Philadelphia in the long run.

17. Houston Rockets

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26:  Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets looks on during their opening night game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agre
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    Resolution: Replace Yao Ming

    How They Accomplish it: Yao Ming now has missed huge portions of the past few years of his career with foot and lower leg injuries. I guess moving around a 7-foot-6-inch body isn't that easy to do. But then again, neither is finding a center.

    The Rockets are going to have a tough time replacing Yao, but that is the same as any team that loses it's central piece.

16. Milwaukee Bucks

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 21:  John Salmons #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives past Matt Barnes  #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on December 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Bucks defeated the Lakers 98-79. NO
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    Resolution: Find a shooting guard

    How They Accomplish it: Michael Redd has been gone for some time due to injury. Instead of hoping the former Ohio State player can come back, the Bucks need to find someone else to be their go to scorer.

    I don't know if the Bucks have enough pieces to pry O.J. Mayo out of Memphis, but he would be a great back court mate with Brandon Jennings.

15. Portland Trailblazers

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    DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 15:  Guard Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers at American Airlines Center on December 15, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User
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    Resolution: Shut down Brandon Roy

    How They Accomplish it: Face it Blazers' fans, Brandon Roy just isn't the same player since his knee surgery a few years ago. Sure, it was courageous, but now that the Blazers' franchise player has been so badly damaged, it brings the entire future of the franchise to a clouded place.

    Roy might just be getting his legs back under him, but I think the Blazers need to shut down Roy until his knee is fully healthy, which might never happen.

14. Indiana Pacers

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 11:  Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photogra
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    Resolution: Keep improving

    How They Accomplish it: It might sound like a simple resolution, just keep doing what you're doing, but that is all Indiana needs to do. Darren Collison and T.J. Ford has formed a good one-two punch at the point guard position. Danny Granger is a scoring machine. Even Roy Hibbert has become a solid center.

    All the Pacers have to do is keep getting better at being a professional basketball team and they will find themselves not only in the playoffs, but also capable of winning a round.

13. New Orleans Hornets

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 22:  Chris Paul #3  of the New Orleans Hornets calls a play during the game against the New Jersey Nets at the New Orleans Arena on December 22, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated the Nets 105-91.   NOTE TO US
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    Resolution: Keep Chris Paul Fresh

    How They Accomplish it: Chris Paul is another guy that has been struggling with coming back from injury. The giant knee brace he is forced to wear looks uncomfortable and it looks like it might be impeding his movement.

    The Hornets traded away their insurance when the shipped Darren Collison to Indiana. Now they need to by relying on Jarret Jack to spell Paul.

12. New York Knicks

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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 22:  Ronny Turiaf #14 of the New York Knicks in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden on December 22, 2010 in New York, New York.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    Resolution: Find a scoring wing

    How They Accomplish it: The Knicks missed out on LeBron James this off-season and it left a hole in the New York lineup. If the Knicks made a move for Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala or O.J. Mayo it would help turn them into one of the powers in the Eastern Conference.

    It will take a bit of work to get Carmelo into a Knicks jersey, but I think he ends up in New York via free agency if he doesn't get traded there.

11. Denver Nuggets

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets watches on against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Resolution: Move Carmelo Anthony

    How They Accomplish it: Quite a few teams have been rumored as trade destinations for Carmelo Anthony if  the Nuggets decided to shop the forward. Whether Denver trades him or not, they will be losing Anthony at some point in the near future.

    They would be smart to get something in return for the former Syracuse star rather than letting him walk for nothing in free agency.

10. Orlando Magic

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    ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 18:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic attempts a shot during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Arena on December 18, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downl
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    Resolution: Figure out player rotations

    How They Accomplish it: The Magic gave their roster a big face lift this week by acquiring Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark via trade.

    The moves obviously changed a lot of the roster, but now the Magic have to figure out how the new players fit on their roster.

9. Oklahom City Thunder

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27:  (L-R) Russell Westbrook #0 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder sit on the bench late in the fourth quarter while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 20
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    Resolution: Share the ball

    How They Accomplish it: The Thunder might be one of the young up and coming teams in the league, but they among the worst teams in the league sharing the ball. Now it could be just how the team plays, but teams are at their best when the play unselfishly.

    The Thunders' two young starters Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant play well together but they are also both shoot first players.

8. Atlanta Hawks

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 11:  Mike Bibby #10 of the Atlanta Hawks against the Indiana Pacers at Philips Arena on December 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph,
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    Resolution: Put Mike Bibby to bed

    How They Accomplish it: Mike Bibby has started all 31 games for the Hawks this year but he averages just 10.5 points per game and just four assists. I understand that Jamal Crawford is probably at his best for the Hawks coming off the bench and he isn't really a point guard.

    The Hawks need to find someone who can run the point for Atlanta that isn't Mike Bibby.

7. Utah Jazz

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    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 8:  Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz shoots the ball during a game against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA game December 8, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Heat beat the Jazz 111-9
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    Resolution: Rebound the ball

    How They Accomplish it: The Jazz have a solid front court, however they have struggled rebounding the ball. Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap can be good rebounders if they make a concerted effort to it.

    The one area that could end up killing the Jazz is the rebounding department. If they can turn that around they could end up being a contender in the West.

6. Chicago Bulls

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 10: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives against the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on December 10, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 88-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    Resolution: Remain balanced

    How They Accomplish it: Derrick Rose has to be leading in MVP consideration. He has turned the Bulls into contenders in the East despite the lack of an elite shooting guard. Now the Bulls could target someone like Andre Iguodala, but what they really need to do is remain balanced.

    With Rose at the helm and head coach Tom Thibodeau pulling the strings, I think the Bulls are headed in the right direction.

5. Dallas Mavericks

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    MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 20:  Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 20, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadi
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    Resolution: Find a successor for Jason Kidd

    How They Accomplish it: While there has been a lot of excitement surrounding Rodrigue Beaubois, he isn't really the point guard needed for the Mavs. Dallas needs to find a plan for who is the next point guard is and whether he is on the roster right now.

    If their next point guard isn't on the team, they need to figure out where he is.

4. Miami Heat

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 23:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat puts up a shot over Jared Dudley #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Heat defeated the Suns 95-83.  NOTE TO USER: User expr
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    Resolution: Find an identity

    How They Accomplish it: The biggest problem with this Miami Heat team is that they don't currently have an identity. Are they a team that is best when running? Are they at their best in the half court? Who is the alpha dog? What about player rotations?

    Obviously, those are all problems that the Heat have been trying to figure out, but that is still the first thing Miami needs to address in order to improve.

3. San Antonio Spurs

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs pauses with the ball in front of DeAndre Jordan #9 of the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on December 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackn
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    Resolution: Stay fresh

    How They Accomplish it: The Spurs have a chance to contend in the Western Conference. They currently have the best record in the NBA. With a veteran team that has , the biggest thing they need to work on is staying fresh.

    The best chance the Spurs have at getting through the West is by worrying most about the playoffs and not about getting the top overall seed. If they are fresh for the playoffs, they have a chance against the Lakers.

2. Boston Celtics

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    BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 16:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics celebrates a basket as Jason Collins #34 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts in the second half on December 16, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Hawks 102-90
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    Resolution: Get healthy

    How They Accomplish it: The Celtics have had a few tough injuries this year. Rajon Rondo has been fighting an ankle injury, Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal have both been dinged up, and Kendrick Perkins is yet to play this year due to a knee injury.

    Boston is one of the deepest teams in the NBA and if they are healthy, they are the best team in basketball.

1. Los Angeles Lakers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 21:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at Staples Center on December 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Bucks defeated the Lakers 98-79. NOTE TO USER: Use
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    Resolution: Commit to defense

    How They Accomplish it: The Lakers are the two-time defending NBA Champs, there isn't a lot that they need to change about the team or the roster, but they have struggled recently on the defensive side of the ball.

    The Lakers need to make a commitment to playing tough defense for a full 48 minutes game in and game out if they hope to win in 2011.

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