Everything's Bigger in Texas: Lone Star State loaded with NBA star power
The Texas road trip just got a lot more tough. Here are some of the biggest road blocks the rest of the NBA will now have to face when they visit the Lone Star State.
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James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets
All the attention is on the Spurs and Mavs this offseason, but the Rockets still have arguably the best player in the state of Texas. With least season's league MVP runner up in Harden, Houston will never go down without a fight -- even in a now-tougher Southwest Division.
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Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs
Ginobili wasn't going to miss out on all the excitment going on in San Antonio this offseason. After Tim Duncan said he was returning, Ginobili also announced he was coming back for at least one more season. At 37 years ago, he still has plenty left in the tank for add another ring to his collection.
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Wesley Matthews, SG, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks added another dangerous long-range shooter this offseason. Matthews leaves the Trail Blazers as the franchise's all-time career leader in three-pointers made with 826.
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David West, PF, San Antonio Spurs
West wants a ring, and it wasn't going to happen in Indiana. After seeing all the talent returning and coming to San Antonio this offseason, West took a huge paycut and declined bigger offers from other teams in hopes of winning a championship with the Spurs.
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Chandler Parsons, SF, Dallas Mavericks
Parsons has been a part of two Texas teams. In Houston, he was nearly unstoppable behind the 3-point line. In his first year with the Mavs last season, he was hampered by multiple injuries. But expect him to make a big impact when he returns for his second season in Dallas.
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Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs' Big Three era might be coming to an end soon, but Parker isn't going anywhere yet and could form a new dominant San Antonio trio with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The 2007 NBA Finals MVP can still make dazzling and upstoppable moves in the paint.
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Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs got Nowitzki more help this offseason. With the addition of fellow big man DeAndre Jordan and shooting guard Wesley Matthews, Dallas hopes to get Nowitzki at least a second championship before the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer retires.
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Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs
Many have called Leonard the future of the Spurs. The future appears to be even brighter in San Antonio with LaMarcus Aldridge joining. The soft-spoken Leonard is never afraid of the big stage as the 2014 NBA Finals MVP and the 2014-15 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, San Antonio Spurs
Aldridge is arguably the Spurs' biggest prize since taking Tim Duncan No. 1 overall in the 1997 NBA Draft. After being courted by many teams this offseason, Aldridge decided to come back to his home state and learn from the greatest power forward of all time.
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Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets
Howard left the Lakers two years ago in search of a championship in Houston. The Rockets won the Southwest Division and advanced to the Western Conference finals last season, but repeating last year's success will be much tougher with the other Texas teams reloading.
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Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs
Duncan decided to come back for at least one more year. He'll be 40 year old before the 2015-16 season is over, but he's still playing some the best basketball of his Hall of Fame career. He has a good shot at getting a sixth ring with LaMarcus Aldridge joining the Spurs this offseason.