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NBA 2014-2015 Season Schedule, News & Rumors: Top 5 Best Players

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With so much excitement going on with the NBA kickoff, we're pretty sure you've got a list of cagers you expect to dominate fans' conversations.

Here's our Top 5 list based on multiple reports.

LeBron James, small forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

We're pretty sure he's on everyone's list. He's called King James for a reason and, taking the lead role for the young Cavaliers, he's getting the spotlight.

James is expected to continue his on-court bludgeoning in the next season, the International Business Times said. The Cavs were ranked 17th in 2013-2014 in defense and if they are to improve on that this season, it will largely depend on James, Bleacher Report noted.

The Cavs will face the Knicks on Oct. 30.

Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks

He leads the NBA in terms of minutes last season because of his crucial role in offense, although he had sloppy defense. Hopefully, Phil Jackson will unlock his full potential with his triangle defense, the International Business Times said.

Newsday also reported about his motivation, quoting him as saying: "There are goals that I set from that standpoint as far as having the chance to win our division again, getting home court in the playoffs.''

The Knicks missed the playoffs for the first time last season, with 37-45, and are now better in terms of both leadership and skill, Newsday continued.

The New York Knicks will face The Chicago Bulls on October 29, 8:00 p.m. EDT, at the Madison Square Garden, New York, New York.

Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks

According to the International Business Times, Nowitzki, although nearing retirement, racked up 21.7 points per game in 2013-2014 and is a big headache for guards.

The Mavs may have lost to the San Antonio Spurs, but Nowitzki contributed 18 big points to their 100-101 match, reported ESPN Go. He even buried a jumper to give Dallas a 100-98 lead before Tony Parker did a 3-pointer in the dying seconds.

Dallas Mavericks will face Utah Jazz on Thursday, October 30, 8:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas.

Chris Bosh, PF, Miami Heat

Bosh is now the No. 1 man in the Heat, and can contribute on both sides of the ball, with few mistakes, the International Business Times said.

Although he isn't the talker, he told Miami Herald that he is working hard to change that. "I like spending time by myself ... [but] I'm trying to make sure I personally talk to guys all the time and just take pointers from other people and see how I can bring all that to the table."

Let's see if his efforts pay off when the Heat face the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. EDT at AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida

Jabari Parker, SF, Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks, who had 15 wins in the last season, have a powerful rookie in the 19-year-old Parker, the International Business Times said. Basing on his 15.1-points-per-game, the Bleacher Report said, he could lead all rookies in the 2014-2015 season.

The Bucks will face the Charlotte Hornets on October 29, 7:00 p.m. EDT at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

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