FOR SEPT. 23, 2013
The Ones to Watch
With NBA training camps set to open in two weeks—the season tips off on Oct. 29—SI.com ranks the Top 100 players for the 2013--14 season. Is Rockets center Dwight Howard still the league's best big man or is Spurs four-time champion Tim Duncan the guy you really want in the post? Will Kevin Durant finally be able to overtake LeBron James as the NBA's best player? Writers Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney answer these questions and more and also take a look at the most notable players not on the list. (Jeremy Lin, where are you?) Go to SI.com/nba
SI.com joins the celebration of Mariano Rivera(page 34) with a gallery of photos highlighting his farewell tour gifts, including a gold record of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" given to him by the Indians on May 13.
Tune in to TheMMQB.com each week to watch One on One with Peter King, presented by Windows, a new weekly series in which SI's NFL guru chats with some of the biggest names in the NFL. This week's guest: Texans linebacker Brian Cushing.
Sports Illustrated Pro Football NOW
So far the Chiefs look nothing like the team that tied for the worst record (2--14) in the NFL last season. They have a new coach (Andy Reid), a new quarterback (Alex Smith) and a shiny 2--0 record. Is K.C. for real? Can it go from worst to first in the AFC West? That and more will be discussed on SI.com's weekly live NFL talk show, Pro Football Now, presented by John Hancock and hosted by Maggie Gray and former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer. Watch Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. EST for NFL news and opinions from SI writers and players @ SI.com/profootballnow
SI Tablet Extra
Orioles slugger Chris Davis joined the 50-homer club last week and, with a 17-homer advantage over NL leader Pedro Alvarez, could deliver one of the biggest differentials between AL and NL home run champs. To look back at the most dominant sluggers, download SI's tablet app.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLE ZIGMONT
LAYNE MURDOCH/NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES; JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (2); BILL BAPTIST/NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES
JUSTIN K. ALLER/GETTY IMAGES (SMITH)
BRAD MANGIN FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (DAVIS)
TONY DEJAK/AP (RIVERA)