10. Indiana Pacers

2010-11 Record: 37-45 (Lost in 1st Round to Chicago 4-1)
Key Returning Players: Danny Granger, Tyler Hansbrough, Darren Collison, Roy Hibbert
Key Additions: David West, George Hill
Key Losses: Mike Dunleavy, T.J. Ford, Josh McRoberts
This Week: vs. Detroit, Monday (12/26); @ Toronto, Wednesday (12/28); vs. Cleveland, Friday (12/30); @ Detroit, Saturday (12/31)

If the Pacers hadn't turned a bunch of heads last year by making the playoffs, we'd call them this year's sleeper. But since they did make that last-season run last year, we'll just say this: Look out for this team. In a shortened season that'll feature several games every week for teams, the Pacers have the bodies and the fresh legs to run with just about anyone in the league. You already know that Danny Granger and David West are studs. But we also expect Paul George and Tyler Hansbrough to have breakout seasons this year and contribute in big ways to a very formidable lineup. So if you're still sleeping on this team, please stop immediately. Because they are not to be messed with this season. —Chris Yuscavage