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8TH SEED IN THE EAST

OK, we've established who is not going to make the playoffs. My question for everyone: Who is?

8th seed in the east. Feel free to chime in with west predictions as well. No one is ever a lock here. The East is going to be much more competative next year, as well as much different as far as the playoff picture is concerned. Who could drop down? Who could be in the hunt?

1) Philly - theirs to defend. They could move as high as 7 maybe, but 8 is still in their range. My feeling is they should still make the playoffs, but if they finish the regular season like they did last year they will not.

2) Bucks - I don't think they will get in, but they seem to always be the team that just misses out.

Sliders : Atlanta - If they keep it together and make the playoffs it will not be where they usually finish. New York- I actually think they could move up a few spots to 4th-6th, but lots of questions still Orlando - Not likely in the playoffs at all actually.

Challengers: New Jersey - a wild card for sure. Should make the playoffs. Could be a middle seed. Similar to New York. Likely higher than 8th Toronto - apart from NJ may be the most improved team in the east this year. Detroit - almost even to Toronto in my view. Both teams will have a fair chance.

Very Outside Chance: Washington / Cleveland - in no particualr order. Both have some great young pieces. Just not ready for the big time

Charlotte: LOL


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Washington aren't as young as

Washington aren't as young as people are making them out to be; Nene, Okafor and Ariza are all vets, and know how to play on winning teams. With that sort of veteran leadership and good health I think the Wizards are a real threat to make the 8th seed and surprise some people. They have a great mix of youth and experience right now.

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i agree..

yeah i think the bucks and philly will probably scrap it out but the wizards have a pretty nice line-up with Wall Beal Ariza Nene Okafor and some nice bench pieces in Crawford, Booker, Seraphin (who had some big games at the end of the year when he was getting more minutes) and Vesely.

I think the raptors have an outside shot but they have a lot riding on two rookies to fill starting roles, but we'll wait and see what they get in return for Calderon when they trade him

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Nets would be Higher than 8

Nets would be Higher than 8 if my expectations pan out, around 4 - 6 behind Celtics, Pacers, Heat and Knicks

the Sliders might be Chicago, Atlanta and Orlando with the injured Rose, and with Josh Smith doing wat he would want with the hawks, Also with Howard Leaving,

Philly might go up a bit like 7, and my guess the teams that would be competing for the playoff spot would be Atlanta, Detroit and the Cavs, Bucks

Atlanta - Gutted team with there Number 1 option at offense is at nets now, Josh Smith would be running that Team, best player would be Horford and Teague

Detroit - With TrainingCamp for Knight and the rest of the team, and with mix of young and Veteran Talent, i see them going Up and challenging teams for the 8th seed, hopefully Monroe and Knight develop and Pick and Pop play

Cavs - though Highly unlikely on how waiters have been showing in the summer league, but Zeller looks promising and with Varejao back and Thompson, not to mention if the trade would happened that would send Bynum to them, Scary Frontcourt. Hopefully the talents would mesh and have a good Point Guard and Center Combo, Bynum and Irving

Bucks - with a full training camp and some additions in the front court, with Jennings and Monta Ellis at the guard spot, Sanders, Udoh, Dalembert, henson, Gooden in the Forward-Center spot, and Ilysova spreading the floor with doron lamb and Mike Dunleavy, there roster is full of talent, it now depends on the coach on how he would utilize it,

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Uh Bobcats.. duh.

Uh Bobcats.. duh.

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Nets will be higher than 8.

Nets will be higher than 8.

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Nets would be Higher than 8

Nets would be Higher than 8 if my expectations pan out, around 4 - 6 behind Celtics, Pacers, Heat and Knicks

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Uh Bobcats.. duh.

Uh Bobcats.. duh.

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Charlotte: LOL

Charlotte: LOL

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Nets would be Higher than 8

Nets would be Higher than 8 if my expectations pan out, around 4 - 6 behind Celtics, Pacers, Heat and Knicks

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