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October 23, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Halfway Home

Presenting the heroes and zeros of the 2006 season so far--and five of the major issues facing fantasy owners the rest of the way

By Gene Menez

Start 'Em


By David Sabino

Sit 'Em


5 Minute Fantasy

By Jeffri Chadiha

Ready for some hoops? Here are your baseline numbers for '06--07

Player Rankings

By David Sabino

SI Players: Life on and Off the Field

Middle Man

Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall uses an extensive training regimen that adheres to some core truths

By Bill Syken



Sofa So Good

A young Giant is feathering his nest

By Mathias Kiwanuka

The Pop Culture Grid

Caught Yapping

Even your momma knows you can't take it personally when players run their mouths

Air and Space

Boyz in Da Hoodie

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Who's Hot / Who's Not

The Questions with Rick Nash

Blue Jackets Left Wing


Touching 'Em All

The auto industry has taken a beating and, for the better part of the last two decades, so too has Detroit's baseball team, but Jim Leyland's Tigers have lit up the Motor City with their overpowering run to the World Series

By Tom Verducci

You 'Gado Believe

Last year Carlos Delgado carried a grudge against the Mets; this October he's carried their offense

By Michael Farber

The Party's in New Orleans

Led by first-year coach Sean Payton and a host of new players--from a no-name linebacking trio to flashy rookie Reggie Bush-- the Saints are 5--1 and sitting pretty in the Crescent City

BY Michael Silver

Hands Down

The nation's best receiver, without question, is Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, a remarkable blend of size, speed and athleticism who has everything but an outrageous TD celebration

By Austin Murphy

NBA PREVIEW 2006 - 2007

Generation Now

Having raised their profiles in the playoffs and world championships, three members of the draft class of 2003--Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James--are ready to lead the league into a new golden age

By Chris Ballard

The Lost Generation

The players who should be racking up rings and endorsements blew their chances

By Chris Ballard

Selling the NBA

Riding the shirttails of the world's tallest pitchmen, a once staid league became a marketing force andgrew the pro game worldwide


Bob Cousy and his speedyCeltics would love these guys--a wave of young quicksilver guardswho are changing the game by letting it fly

By Jack McCallum

5 Minute Guide

Who will have huge years, who will need a new job and which team might land the biggest prize in June (besides the title)

By Ian Thomsen

Scouting Reports

How They'll Finish


1 Miami HEAT

Even without reinforcements, the defending champs will still be tough

By Ben Reiter

2 New Jersey NETS

The bench has gotten much younger--and better--thanks to two UConn picks

By Chris Mannix

3 Cleveland CAVALIERS

The coach wants more movement to help keep You-Know-Who in the flow

By Marty Burns


4 Detroit PISTONS

Despite a sizable loss in the middle, they won't take a huge step backward

By Marty Burns

5 Chicago BULLS

The league's best defensive team has a new fearsome force in the frontcourt

By Marty Burns

6 Indiana PACERS

A familiar face is back at forward to help create a new, high-scoring look

By Marty Burns

7 Washington WIZARDS

Feeling slighted (again), their star guard is ready to ratchet up his game

By Ben Reiter

8 Orlando MAGIC

The No. 2 pick from 2003 finally has a chance to show what he's made of

By Ben Reiter

9 Milwaukee BUCKS

T.J. Ford is gone, but his underrated backup is more than ready to take over

By Marty Burns

10 Toronto RAPTORS

The time might have been right for the franchise player to find a new franchise

By Chris Mannix

11 Charlotte BOBCATS

In search of shining moments, the team turns to yet another NCAA star

By Ben Reiter

12 Philadelphia 76ers

A high-scoring 31-year-old guard is not the answer for this low-level club

By Chris Mannix

13 New York KNICKS

The new offense caters to the point guard, who's not so good at sharing

By Chris Mannix

14 Boston CELTICS

Their star can do it all--except lead the team into the playoffs by himself

By Chris Mannix

15 Atlanta HAWKS

When no one was watching, a young forward grew into a two-way threat

By Ben Reiter


The team's defense took center stage, thanks largely to a former lottery flop

By Andrew Lawrence

2 Phoenix SUNS

Their big man is up and running. If he stays healthy, there's no stopping them

By Arash Markazi

3 San Antonio SPURS

A summer without hoops may be just what their ailing superstar needed

By Andrew Lawrence

4 Utah JAZZ

After a strong finish, the All-Rookie point guard aims to make his name

By Richard Deitsch

5 Houston ROCKETS

As insurance for their top two scorers, they got Bonzi Wells at a bargain price

By Andrew Lawrence

6 Los Angeles CLIPPERS

After decades of futility, the franchise has the makings of a playoff perennial

By Arash Markazi

7 Los Angeles LAKERS

An off-season tragedy has made a key contributor even more determined

By Arash Markazi

8 Sacramento KINGS

The league's most volatile player says he's happy in his latest home

By Arash Markazi

9 Denver NUGGETS

A trade might have helped, but they could find no takers at a K-Mart sale

By Mark Bechtel

10 Golden State WARRIORS

No matter how committed they are, they'll be sitting at home in the spring

By Arash Markazi

11 New Orleans HORNETS

Will a change of pace (and place) help a defensive dynamo become a scorer?

By Chris Mannix

12 Memphis GRIZZLIES

Once scorned, Stromile Swift returns and will be counted on at both ends

By Andrew Lawrence


Can a new playmaker, who's a lot like the old one, steady this tumbling team?

By Bill Syken


To stay on the court, this floor general needs to step up his defensive intensity

By Mark Bechtel


Patience is the watchword for a team with an untested guard at the helm

By Bill Syken


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Jeffri Chadiha

Peter King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: Flailing Falcons

By Paul Zimmerman

College Football

By Phil Taylor


By Stewart Mandel


By George Dohrmann

Life of Reilly

Let the Buyer Beware

By Rick Reilly


The Sultan of Stat

By Bill Syken

Out of X-and-O Exile

Ten years after tarnishing his golden-boy reputation at Cal, Todd Bozeman is back, as Morgan State's coach

By Bill Syken

Leading Off


Flightless Birdman

Chris Andersen doesn't want to dispute the drug test that led to his suspension. He just wants to play in the NBA again

By L. Jon Wertheim

Miami Vice

Will the Hurricanes' coach take the fall for a football program that's become an embarrassment--again?

By Phil Taylor

For the Record

Marching Madness

Q & A: Mike Huckabee

The Arkansas governor, who has lost 110 pounds since 2003, will run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5.

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd