This list is choosing an X-Factor for every team in the NBA. The teams are listed in alphabetical order.
In early January, Horford suffered a season-ending pectoral tear. He returned to action in Game 4 of the first round, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks were knocked out of the playoffs. He needs to lock down the paint and provide a post presence like he has in the past. see more on Al Horford
The motor that keeps the Celtics running will once again be a big part of what the Celtics do. He really proved in last year's playoffs that he can score when called upon, even recording a 44 point game. He needs to back up his comments that he is the league's best PG. see more on Rajon Rondo
After coming over in a trade with the Hawks, big things are expected of him and Deron Williams. He needs to help the Nets gain more fans as they move into a new city and arena. see more on Joe Johnson