LeBron James leads list of Eastern Conference players who must perform

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The crazy offseason and end to last season has left everyone waiting on the beginning of the next NBA campaign. These five players also can not wait until next season because they have so much to prove. 

Lebron James - Cleveland Cavaliers

After his decision that shocked the world this offseason, LeBron James definitely has a lot to prove. He has said openly that he does not believe the Cavs are ready to win a championship yet, but that will not stop the pressure that is now on his shoulders. Anything less than a championship will be considered a failure for LeBron and his Cavs. 

Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls

Coming off of two knee injuries, Rose has to show that he can still compete at or close to his former MVP level. This Bulls team has been plagued with injuries and short playoff runs, and they are now looking for a push for a championship. All of that, however, lies on the shoulders of the still young Derrick Rose. Look for him to put on a show in the FIBA World Cup this summer as well. 

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Carmelo Anthony - New York Knicks

Carmelo made news this offseason by not leaving the New York Knicks, and has chosen to take his chances at winning a title in the city where he has always been criticized for failing to do exactly that. Not that this season he is expected to bring a championship to New York, but anything less than the second round of the playoffs would be a serious disappointment and would put pressure on Anthony. 

Jabari Parker- Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the most promising teams in the Eastern Conference, and with a new coach and second overall pick, they are looking for a turnaround. Jabari Parker will be at the center of attention for the Bucks this season, and if he can't carry his team into the playoffs, then he may not be who the Bucks thought he was. 

Roy Hibbert- Indiana Pacers

Roy Hibbert had an absolutely awful 2014 postseason, but he also made the All Star team. Now, the Indiana Pacers, who lost Lance Stephenson this offseason, will rely more on Hibbert's production so he can take some of the weight off of Paul George's shoulders. If the Pacers do not reach the Eastern Conference Finals again next year, then it will be clear that they need more than just Hibbert and George.

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