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NBA debate: Contender or Pretender?

Updated: January 4, 2013, 10:49 AM ET
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Which teams will celebrate the same success -- or lack thereof -- in the new year that they had to start 2012-13? Our panel makes the call on five teams that have made a mark already this season, one way or another.

1. Contenders or Pretenders: New York Knicks.

Kalen Deremo, Roundball Mining Co.: Contenders, especially if Amar'e Stoudemire can find his niche in the lineup. The Knicks have all the pieces to contend for a title: size, a superstar, deadly 3-point shooters, ...

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