The Pelicans traded for Omer Asik to improve their already exciting defense in the frontcourt, but their fortunes seem more tied to the health they found elusive last season. Can they stay healthy and win?
Paul Pierce has stepped up his game with Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen out with injuries. He's averaging 23.4 points, 8.2 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 threes over his last five games and is the second ranked small forward on this week's meter.
Pau Gasol could have a big opening week with Kobe Bryant banged up and Andrew Bynum suspended. He averaged 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.6 block last year and is the top ranked power forward on this week's meter.