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NBA's five most intriguing players for 2020-21, including Kevin Durant

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KD, Kyrie shine in first half as Nets win preseason opener (2:19)

Kyrie Irving scores 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Kevin Durant adds 15 of his own in their first game together in Brooklyn. (2:19)

It's time for one NBA preseason tradition: My six most intriguing players of the season, only there are five here. Blame the supercompressed offseason. As always, we steer away from rookies and sophomores.

Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago Bulls

Carter and Markkanen felt a connection the first time they took the court together in practice. They linked up on high-lows, and they had an innate sense in screening actions for who should roll and who should pop.

It translated to games right away: