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2013 NBA Player Rankings: 40-31

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40: Monta Ellis (Mavericks) - Sure this is pretty high for Monta, but he'll be asked to shoot a lot and use his speed in Dallas. While being alongside Jennings in Milwaukee didn't work, a move to the Mavericks with Dirk might be just what Ellis needs. Or he could be the same old over-shooting Monta. We'll have to see.


39:  Greg Monroe (Pistons) - The success of Greg Monroe last year made it even weirder when Josh Smith was traded to the Pistons. Even with the crowded front court in Detroit, Monroe should still have very solid numbers and continue to be a growing star even with the move to PF due to the huge success of Andre Drummond.


38: Nikola Pekovic (Timberwolves) - While Kevin Love is the star in Minnesota, people forget how solid Pekovic is at the Center. A solid contributor on the glass and on the defensive end, Nikola was one of the brightest surprises. Now with a new deal, he will be expected to hold the fort down low for the T-Wolves as they try to make another run at the playoffs.


37: Zach Randolph (Grizzlies) - The Grizzlies value Randolph even more after last year. Zach put up at least 23 points in four straight games in their series vs. the Clippers and dominated Blake Griffin. Randolph will once again have big expectations from fans after Memphis made the Conference Finals, and hope to prove their title contenders.


36: David Lee (Warriors) - David Lee really does have the heart of a Warrior. After tearing his hip flexor last year in Game 1 vs. Denver, he came back and played through it to help Golden State get past the first round and give San Antonio a run for their money. Now that he's back and healthy, look for another double-double filled year from Lee.


35: Manu Ginobili (Spurs) - People were way too hard on Manu after the Finals last year. Even with the struggles, Ginobili was one of the biggest pieces to the Spurs success that nearly won them the title. Now another year older, Manu will have to contribute if San Antonio wants another run at the Finals and another title.


34: Mike Conley (Grizzlies) - One of the most underrated Point Guards in the league plays in Memphis. Conley held his own with Chris Paul and Tony Parker in the playoffs nearly getting the Grizzlies to the NBA Finals. With huge expectations and most West teams healthy and ready, Conley will need to play fast and solid for the Grizzlies to get back to the West Finals.


33: Tyson Chandler (Knicks) - People seem to forget Tyson was the key piece that stopped Miami from winning the title in 2011. Now the defensive anchor for the Knicks, Chandler is playing strong, yet New York has yet to get to the East Finals. This year will be a big test for the Knicks, and Chandler will be the key once again, this time to New York's success.


32: Luol Deng (Bulls) - Derrick Rose's return will be sure to help Luol Deng. With Rose out the whole year last year, Deng along with Nate Robinson and Joakim Noah helped the Bulls beat the Nets and win a game vs. the Heat in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how Deng plays with Rose back in the lineup after a full season of being out.


31: Deron Williams (Nets) - Deron sure got some new pieces to work with. Since being traded from Utah to the Nets now residing in Brooklyn, Williams has struggled to be the star many expected during his time on the Jazz. The expectations for Deron will be huge this year, especially with Nets fans expecting a title contending team this year.

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