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Five players who will be eager to have big comeback seasons

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As with every NBA season, there are a number of players who always have a point to prove and usually come back with a chip on their shoulder and this upcoming campaign is no different.

For differing reasons, there are some players who are looking forward to next week's tip-off more than others so that they can show their worth, or silence a few critics after their struggles in the previous year.

Here are five players looking to have strong comeback seasons:

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

This pick is likely to divide opinion. Griffin is a five-time All-Star and is clearly one of the best players in the league.

However, his well-documented antics off the court saw him miss a large chunk of the campaign and despite returning for the playoffs, he didn't last very long as he suffered a recurrence of a quad injury in the first round.

With the 27-year-old entering free agency next summer, he will be keen to stay healthy and produce his best ever season to prove that he is worth a huge new contract, whether that's with the Clippers or elsewhere.

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But the fans in L.A. will feel he owes them and the we have seen Blake playing with a fire in his belly in pre-season. The trade rumours throughout last season and the summer will also have fuelled him, so expect to see a strong comeback from the dunking machine.

Joakim Noah, New York Knicks

After being an integral part of the Chicago Bulls for years after being drafted in 2007, Noah's role in the team diminished with the arrival of Fred Hoiberg last year.

The rookie coach decided to use the 31-year-old from the bench and handed his starting spot to Nikola Mirotic. This spelled the beginning of the end for him in the Windy City.

The campaign started off badly for Noah and things continued to go downhill from there as he endured multiple injuries, the last of which was a shoulder injury in January that ruled him out for the rest of the year and Bulls fans felt that it would be the last time they saw him in a Chicago uniform as he was entering free agency.

Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

An opportunity to return to his hometown of New York to play for the Knicks was one that the two-time All-Star couldn't pass up and he has to revive his career.

The former Defensive Player of the Year is a premier defender when he's at his best and he is likely to become a fan's favourite at Madison Square Garden with his energy and intensity and he could re-establish himself as a star.

Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks

It was apparent very early last season that Howard was not enjoying his basketball in Houston and it came as no surprise to anybody when he decided to bolt during free agency.

The Rockets were a dysfunctional unit and Dwight struggled to co-exist with the team's star player James Harden and took a lot of criticism for his performances.

Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

Like Noah, the center chose to join his hometown team and sign with the Atlanta Hawks. The eight-time All-Star is likely to get his wish and be a bigger part of the offence in ATL and he can also return to being one of the elite defenders in the league.

The 30-year-old is a three-time DPOY winner and under the system that Mike Budenholzer runs in Atlanta, he can re-establish himself as the best rim protector around and become an All-Star once again.

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Again, this can be up for debate and will raise some eyebrows but due to the numerous injuries he suffered last year and the amount of games he missed, Davis will be eager to fully recognise his potential and prove everybody right about his superstardom.

In July 2015 he signed a five year, $145 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans and he must get healthy and show that they were right to splash out on him.

Golden State Warriors v New Orleans Pelicans

Despite the injury issues last season, the Brow still had some big numbers and notable games, specifically becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score 59 points in a game.

His talent is unquestionable but on a personal level, he will be hungry to spend most of the year on the court and continue to put up huge numbers and make the Pelicans a competitive team once again.

With all that being said, he still averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks a game, so imagine what a fit Davis can do with 82 games under his belt?

Derrick Rose, New York Knicks

Because of some horrible injuries, D.Rose has failed to recapture the form that saw him become the league's youngest MVP in 2011 when he took the league by storm.

New York Knicks v Houston Rockets

A power struggle with Jimmy Butler meant he wasn't the go-to guy anymore for the Chicago Bulls and a summer trade to the Knicks proved that.

The move was good for both parties and the 28-year-old will have the chance to perform at an All-Star level once again with a little less pressure than playing in front of his hometown fans.

The point guard already looks rejuvenated after moving to the Big Apple and can finally lift the weight of Chicago off his shoulders and play his natural game, which made him the most explosive guards several years ago.

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