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NBA MIDSEASON REPORT

A TRIBUTE DEAN SMITH1931--2015

The Unlikely Turnaround

KLAY THOMPSON'S WARRIORS

No 32

How, in just five years and without a pick higher than No. 6, did Golden State go from a joke franchise to one of the best in sports?

The Unlikely MVP

JAMES HARDEN

No 24

The Unlikely Breakout Star

JIMMY BUTLER

No 38

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SI HAS REGIONAL COVER THIS WEEK: BILL BAPTIST/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (THOMPSON)