The start to Williams' sophomore season has been painful.
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On the Spot
By John Schuhmann

Oct. 17: Baron Davis
Oct. 18: Kevin Garnett
Oct. 19: Stephon Marbury
Oct. 20: Kenyon Martin
Oct. 23: Tracy McGrady
Oct. 24: Darko Milicic
Oct. 25: Emeka Okafor
Oct. 26: Amare Stoudemire
Oct. 27: Sebastian Telfair
Oct. 30: Marvin Williams
You could call them question marks. Or maybe X-factors. Call them whatever you want. These guys have something to prove this season. gives you 10 players (in alphabetical order) who will be under the microscope in 2006-07. For various reasons, all eyes are on them.

We wrap up our feature with Marvin Williams.

Marvin Williams, F, Hawks

When he was drafted at No. 2 last year, we knew Marvin Williams was more potential than immediate impact, but when Chris Paul ran away with the Rookie of the Year award, many looked back at the draft and wondered what the Hawks were thinking. Williams improved every week as the season went on, showed signs this summer of breakout potential and earned a starting job in training camp.

Sebastian Telfair, G, Celtics

He wasn't as high a pick as Darko, but Sebastian Telfair has had all the hype: a book, a movie and a big shoe contract. But things didn't work out in Portland and the Celtics were willing to part with the No. 7 pick to get him this summer.

Amare Stoudemire, C, Suns

There's probably no player under a bigger microscope than Amare Stoudemire. Before his surgery, he showed the potential to be the best big man in the league ... sooner rather than later. Without him in '05-06, the Suns made another strong run in the Western Conference, but to get over the hump, they need STAT.

Emeka Okafor, F-C, Bobcats

When the Bobcats drafted Emeka Okafor at No. 2 two years ago, they made him the cornerstone of their new franchise. He did not disappoint in his rookie campaign, averaging 15.1 points and 10.9 boards and winning the Rookie of the Year award.

Darko Milicic, F-C, Magic

With Dwyane Wade and LeBron James arguably the two best players in the league right now and with Carmelo Anthony having a strong summer, the pressure increases on Darko Milicic to validate his No. 2 selection in the 2003 Draft. He certainly showed signs of life after last February's trade to Orlando and in this summer's World Championships.

Tracy McGrady, F-G, Rockets

Tracy McGrady has the talent to be one of the top five players in the league, but does he have the back? He played just 47 games last season, injuring his back on more than one occasion. Ask Larry Johnson or Larry Bird. Back problems can be debilitating and sometimes, they just never go away. But McGrady says he feels "extremely good," so we hope to see him back in 13-points-in-33-seconds form.

Kenyon Martin, F, Nuggets

K-Mart felt the affects of microfracture surgery for much of last year and believes that he should have waited until January to play at all. A playoff spat with George Karl and suspension led most to believe that his days in Denver were over. But he's still a Nugget and he says things will improve this year.

Stephon Marbury, G, Knicks

This one is a no-brainer. Like Baron Davis in Golden State, Stephon Marbury had some success when he first arrived in New York, but his return home has gone downhill from there. If Larry Brown is to blame for all of last year's woes, then it is now time for Steph to prove that he can still be one of the best point guards in the league, even if he's wearing $15 shoes.

Kevin Garnett, F, Timberwolves

This is a big year for Kevin Garnett.

After an MVP award and a trip to the Western Conference Finals, the Big Ticket and the Timberwolves have fallen on hard times, missing the playoffs for the last two years, including an ugly 33-49 finish last season. KG didn't demand a trade, but he made it known that he needed a better supporting cast and he inferred that if things don't get better soon, his patience might run out.

Baron Davis, G, Warriors

Baron Davis had a nice honeymoon in Oakland at the end of the '04-05 season, but raised expectations went unfulfilled as the point guard missed 28 games and the Warriors followed a solid start with a dreadful finish last season. Davis reportedly clashed with Mike Montgomery, perhaps contributing to Montgomery's parting ways with the team this summer.