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Who will shake things up in the new year?

The Lakers need more than Shaq and Kobe to turn their season around.

Updated: December 27, 2002, 3:37 PM ET
By Fred Carter | Special to ESPN.com

What's the first thing ESPN's Fred Carter does on NBA 2Night or SportsCenter? He points at you. So we've asked the former NBA player and coach to make some points for ESPN.com each week.

With the new year approaching, we asked Fred give us his top five potential standout performers of 2003:

1. Yao Ming Yao is an extremely talented center. Outside of Bill Walton, I would go so far to say he's probably the most talented center to ever play basketball. Yao can pass, shoot, ...

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