Dalibor Bagaric 11, Center
Country, experience: Croatia, third season.
Comment: Worked hard in the off-season, but his skill hasn't matched his size. On injured list.
Lonny Baxter 35, Forward
College, experience: Maryland, rookie.
Comment: The second-round pick likely will be on the injured list. But he's fundamentally sound and had huge games in the preseason.
Corie Blount 43, Forward-center
College, experience: Cincinnati, 10th season.
Comment: A steady veteran presence who possesses an effective baseline jumper and will be one of the team's top rebounders per minute.
Rick Brunson 9, Guard
College, experience: Temple, sixth season.
Comment: The third point guard in a two-point-guard rotation. Will provide leadership in practice and hard-nosed defense once he's off the injured list.
Tyson Chandler 3, Forward-center
High school, experience: Dominguez (Calif.), second season.
Comment: His flashes of defensive dominance are still offset by foul trouble. But he added muscle and a larger offensive awareness this off-season.
Jamal Crawford 1, Guard
College, experience: Michigan, third season.
Comment: One of the team's best perimeter shooters and an improved defender. He'll have to handle splitting time with Jay Williams.
Eddy Curry 2, Center
High school, experience: Thornwood, second season.
Comment: Still needs to get tougher, especially on defense. But he has developed two go-to moves this off-season and had big games in the preseason.
Marcus Fizer 21, Forward
College, experience: Iowa State, third season.
Comment: Has flourished inand seems to have acceptedrole as go-to scorer off the bench. Needs to improve defensively.
Trenton Hassell 44, Guard-forward
College, experience: Austin Peay, second season.
Comment: Considered the team's best defender. Struggled offensively during the preseason.
Fred Hoiberg 20, Guard
College, experience: Iowa State, eighth season.
Comment: A steadying influence on offense, both for his ability to run the triangle and hit the open shot. Might not play much but won't make waves.
Donyell Marshall 42, Forward
College, experience: Connecticut, ninth season.
Comment: Averaged a double-double during the preseason and will be counted on to be a reliable force on the boards from either forward slot.
Roger Mason Jr. 31, Guard Height: 6-5.
College, experience: Virginia, rookie.
Comment: Out until January or February after separating his shoulder. Management is high on his ability to defend and play either guard.
Eddie Robinson 32, Forward
College, experience: Central Oklahoma, fourth season.
Comment: If he stays healthy, his athletic ability will be an asset. One of the team's best players in transition.
Jalen Rose 5, Guard-forward
College, experience: Michigan, ninth season.
Comment: As the team's captain, not much is expectedjust lead the team in scoring, provide leadership and hit the clutch shots.
Jay Williams 22, Guard
College, experience: Duke, rookie.
Comment: How a player who likes to penetrate and pass adjusts to the triangle will be a key to how his rookie season goes. He'll play a lot.