The Los Angeles Lakers trade for Pau Gasol in the middle of last season helped the team evolve from a contender to the favorite in the Western Conference. The Houston Rockets are hoping their offseason acquisition of Ron Artest has a similar impact.
The Utah Jazz are accustomed to getting off to quick starts. For the New York Knicks, a franchise that has been on the downturn in recent years, their record after five games is enough to spark some excitement.
Allen Iverson's debut with the Detroit Pistons wasn't the celebratory occasion the nine-time All-Star hoped it would be. His first game in Detroit as a member of the club figures to be another tough game.