East and West seeding predictions 2010 - 2011
as to why you chose them at the place you did?
-Nets at 7th seed is an ambitious prediction
-Kings under the T-Wolves minus Al Jefferson?
-N.O. over Suns w/ Nash and Hedo and Rockets w/ (hopefully) a healthy Yao
Things that I question ^
I don't think the Timberwolves are better than anyone this season.
Nets won't make the playoffs, I see them being 10th in the East at best 9th.
As a Knicks fan it would be great if Houston misses the playoffs but its doubtful to say the least.
Hornets better than the Rockets not at any position except PG.
Jazz the 3rd seed yeah if everything breaks right.
What's wrong with the Nets? Haha just kidding. Their record last year does not actually show how good they could be. Good PG, Good progressing Center and good role players. I think Avery Johnson puts them in good shape.
The T- wolves are a little better than the Kings. Beasley will be better than Jefferson, Love and JFlynn are coming back, and Brewer. The kings have a rookie of the year, Carl Landry, and Demarcus Cousins who hasn't played a game yet. I think they are just a awful and I don't see either doing well. It's not like i said the Timberwolves are going to be ahead by 5 games.
I think that the HOU PHX and NO race will be real close but i feel some edge for Paul, Thornton, Ariza, Okafor, and West. Also Peja and Poindexter off the bench. Houston is a bit overrated just like Yao Ming. Plus Yao will probably get Injured. I think Pheonix will struggle a little without Amare and barely lose the eight seed.
They look good(potentially) up front w/ Dalembert, J. Thompson, Whiteside and Cousins
But WOW they only have 5 guards total: Evans, Pooh Jeter, Fransisco Garcia, Udrih, and Antione Wright. It has to be tough filling minutes at the 1 and 2 w/ this roster.
Also, I have mentioned the Nets two or three times in one day.. I am officially jumping off my soapbox lol
N.O. could make some noise, West seems to fly under the radar. Okafor would have to have a great yr defending and rebounding in a tall western conference.
Heat vs Wizards- Heat in 5
Bulls vs Hawks- Bulls in 6
Magic vs Knicks- Magic in 7
Celtics vs Bucks- Celtics in 6
Lakers vs Grizzles- Lakers in 5
Spurs vs Jazz- Spurs in 7
Nuggets vs Trailblazers- Nuggets in 5
Thunder vs Mavericks- Thunder in 6
Heat vs Bulls- Heat in 6
Magic vs Celtics- Cetics in 6
Lakers vs Spurs- Lakers in 7
Nuggets vs Thunder- Nuggets in 7
Heat vs Celtics- Celtics in 7
Lakers vs Nuggets- Lakers in 7
Celtics vs Lakers- Celtics in 7
damn, rockets in 12th? Behind the kings? Even if yao doesnt play a single game they will be better then that. Luis scola and brad miller is not a bad center combo with hill, patterson and hayes also factoring in. The perimter is very strong. Buddinger looks like he can produce next year. Him with courtney lee and lowry coming off the bench. Brooks, martin and battier starting. That is a very solid team.
Kevin Martin is a 20 point scorer
Aaron Brooks and Kyle Lowery can handle the point
Battier at 3 and like 7 different solid bigs for the 4 and 5
4. Oklahoma City
6. San Antonio
Out playoffs ( Houston, Phoenix, New Orleans, Sacramento, Golden State, Sacramento)
7. New York
Out playoffs ( Bobcats, Wizards, 76ers, Pistons, Nets, Raptors, Cavaliers)
LA over Memphis ( 4-2)
Portland over Denver ( 4-1)
Dallas over San Antonio ( 4-3)
Oklahoma City over Utah (4-3)
LA over OKC (4-3)
Portland over San Antonio (4-2)
LA over Portland (4-3)
Miami over Indiana (4-0)
Orlando over New York (4-1)
Chicago over Atlanta (4-2)
Boston over Milwaukee (4-2)
Miami over Boston ( 4-2)
Chicago over Orlando (4-2)
Miami over Chicago (4-2)
Miami over LA (4-3)
- New Jersey
- New York
The Miami/Cleveland and Chicago/Boston series will be fun to watch.
- Los Angeles Lakers
- (Dallas/Phoenix/Denver/Utah/Portland/San Antonio/Oklahoma City/Houston) <--- Tied
- Everybody else.
The west is both too predictable and too unpredictable to call.
memphis isnt better then houston
the kings are improved but will still be one of the worst teams int he nba along with minny
the pacers are gonna be very interesting and will challenge for the 7th,8th seed
They could have: pg-Wall sg-Agent 0 sf- Butler pf-Jamison c- Haywood. not a bad lineup.
First of all, if the Wizards never blew up their team, they probably wouldn't have gotten the #1 overall pick and John Wall because if they still had Jamison, Butler, and Haywood, they probably would have finished with a better record than they had.
Second, when they had Butler, Jamison, and Haywood, they were in a cap mess. They would have been over the luxury tax. And now that they don' have them, they have some cap flexibility and plenty of money for next years free agency.
And third, this team needed to rebuild. They were kind of old before they made all the trades. And even with the veteran players you named, they were still terrible. When Gilbert, Jamison, Butler, and Haywood wee all playing together earlier in the season, they still had one of the worst records in the East. So they needed to make some changes and start rebuilding. And if we never made those trades, would probably would have never found out how good Blatche and McGee were. When those trades happened those two really flourished. And if we never made those trades, those two would have been rotting on the bench and their growth would have been stunted.
So you're WRONG!
76ers: Iggy, Turner and Holiday are all nice players who give 76ers fans something to hope for. But as a player who watched the Bulls all last year, a team w/ no shooters (Kapono is the only expection on the roster) wins will have to be fought for in a grind it out contest. Nocioni is a good sub, Hawes and Speights are interesting big man projects. Big question: what can they do w/ Brand's huge contract and injury prone body?
Toronto: Where to begin? Apparently no star player ever wants to play in Canada (Carter, Bosh, Hedo). They have Bargnani who is a really good player, but will have to play at C instead of his prefered position pf. Ed Davis can't be described as anything other than a project. Overpaid for Caleron and picked up Julian Wright (whoop-i-de-do). Big Question: Canada can still cheer for their nation hockey team right?
Detroit: Had the cap room and spent it a year early, that Ben Gordon contract is laughable. Time to trade Hamilton and Prince (the only assets that can get a good return) and start over. Greg Monroe was a good pick and Daye (last yrs pick) looks like he is developing well. Stuckey is a very good combo guard which is absolutly necessary when you have Gordon because he can't guard 2s. Big Question: What trades can they pull off this year?
Kings: Tyreke Evans is the real deal. Cousins looks like he is going to be too (not a garuntee but a good bet). They got a steal w/ the Whiteside project. Donte Greene looked sick in summer league (Yes I know it was just Summer League! but were talking about the bottom of the nba here). Casspi looks like he has a bright future. Big Question: Who is going to take back up pg and all the sg minutes with this roster?
T-Wolves: Flynn has a promising rookie year. Picked up Beasley for peanuts and then traded Jefferson away for peanuts. Kevin Love has a team USA look, should put up good numbers this season. Johnson and C Brewer provide long athletes on the wing while Ellington and Ridinor provide shooting. Big Question: Does Rubio ever wear a T-Wolves jersey?
Warriors: Curry proved he could play the lead guard position and is someone you can build around w/ his shooting and (underrated) passing. Monta Ellis can score for them. David Lee can finally play the 4 with Biedrins, Udoh and Gadzurich all able to play C. Big Question: Will Lee be worth the money?
Miami over LA??? LOL
Nuggets implode and just miss out.
Atlantic team X(Rapors/Nets/knicks)
one team from that division will surprise and make the playoffs, any of those teams could also have the number 1 pick next year.
So, the Nets win 12 games last year, they add a prohect rookie and Travis Outlaw, and suddenly people think they are going to make the playoffs in a tougher eastern conference?
8. New York
11. New Jersey
1. LA Lakers
4. Oklahoma City
7. San Antonio
8. New Orleans
13. LA Clippers
14. Golden State
East 1st round
Miami over New York
Orlando Over Indiana
Boston over Atlanta
Milwaukee over Chicago
West 1st round
LA Lakers over New Orleans
Portland over San Antonio
Dallas over Denver
Oklahoma City over Utah
East 2nd round
Miami over Milwaukee
Boston over Orlando
West 2nd rounf
LA Lakers over Oklahoma City
Portland over Dalls
Boston over Miami
LA Lakers over Portland
Boston over LA Lakers
Explain how Boston could defeat Miami for me.
I'm asking because I use to think they can but I don't see it now.
I actually think I would switch Utah and Denver. I really like what Denver did with picking up Al Harrington and the progression of Ty Lawson.
8. New York
9. New Jersey
East 1st. round:
Miami over NY
Orl over Was
Atlanta over Bos
Chi over Mil
LAL over Hou
Por over Den
Uth over SAS
Dal over OKC
Miami over Chi
Orl over Chi
LAL over Dal
Uth over Por
Miami over Orl
LAL over Uth
Finals: Miami over LAL
Chemistry is an over looked factor in the NBA. The Boston guys have been together for years, while the Miami guys just got thrown together. And I know some guys will say that was the same situation for Boston when they got together in 2007, but those were older guys who were willing to sacrifice stats in order to win. I wonder if this young Miami team is willing to do the same. Also, there is no KG type on Miami to keep all the ego in check. We have also seen that the older guys know how to keep themselves at cruise control during the regular season to turn it on during the playoffs. The younger guys are playing at full speed for 82 games and get burnt out come May.
Imagine how motivated Shaq would be to beat the Heat?
that was the best analysis of the west. the 2- 7 seeds were within a game or 2 of each others so it is hard to say who is def. better than the other. is a 50 win team better than a 52 win team?
1. Heat- enough said.
2. Magic- I feel like D. Howard is set to take his offensive game to the next level which will make the Magic that much better. He will force teams to help down, enabling 3 point shooters to get open which they made a lot of last season.
3. Bulls- Had a nice off-season adding Boozer, Korver, and Bogans. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah will only improve.
4. Celtics- I just don't see this team improving at all. They aren't getting any younger but still will be a threat to win the East. Added Avery Bradley and Shaq. Who knows what they will get out of Shaq. A lot of health concerns with this squad.
5. Hawks- Added Jordan Crawford and Josh Powell. I expect Jeff Teague to be a key contributor this year.
6. Bucks- This team suddenly has some solid depth. Jennings and Bogut will be the 2 stars, but a nice supporting cast of Salmons, Maggette, Redd, and Douglas-Roberts on the wing with guys like Gooden, Mbah a Moute, Brockman, L. Sanders, and Gallon to help inside. Number 6 will be the lowest they finish in the East if they stay healthy.
7. Wizards- I expect the Wiz to return to the upper echelon of the East starting this season. Wall at the point, Arenas, Hinrich, Josh Howard, Al Thornton in the back court, Blatche and Javale McGee the two young towers inside, with Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin, and Yi Jianlian to bring new faces to the 4 spot.
8. Knicks- Felton and Stoudemire were two big pick-ups. I think they will work well together, as I think Felton is an underrated/underappreciated PG. It will be interesting to see the kind of impact Anthony Randolph has for the Knicks. Gallinari is only improving. Wilson Chandler, Azubuike, etc.
9. Bobcats- Augustin is ready to take over the PG spot and I think he will be better than people think. G. Wallace, Diaw, Tyrus Thomas, Stephen Jackson, G. Henderson etc. will keep the Bobcats respectable.
1. Lakers- Enough said.
2. Thunder- I love the looks of this team. Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Maynor, Daequan Cook, Sefolosha, M. Peterson give them a variety of weapons on the perimeter. Durant is a rare breed and could win the MVP next season. If Cole Aldrich has an impact rookie season in the paint for the Thunder they will finish no. 2. Aldrich, J. Green, Ibaka, Krstic, BJ Mullens, Collison, Pleiss, and DJ White give them plenty of big men that can contribute.
3. Nuggets- Virtually the same team returns from last season. Lawson is only getting better. Melo is only getting better. This team has the potential to win the West if they can improve in the post.
4. Jazz- Added Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward, and Raja Bell to a nucleus that includes Deron Williams, Millsap, Kirilenko, CJ Miles, Okur, and Fesenko.
5. Mavericks- Added Tyson Chandler and Dominique Jones to Kidd, Nowitzki, Beaubois, Caron Butler, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion.
6. Trail Blazers- Greg Oden is reportedly back and healthy. They add Armon Johnson, Elliott Williams, Luke Babbitt and Wesley Matthews to the core of Roy, Aldridge, A. Miller, Bayless, Camby.
7. Spurs- This team's depth in the post scares me. If Tim Duncan gets hurt, they are screwed. They have Dejuan Blair, Matt Bonner, Antonio McDeyess, and Tiago Splitter as the only other post players on their roster. Tony Parker is no longer in his prime. Neither is Ginobili. Neither is Richard Jefferson. Neither is Tim Duncan. Will be interesting to see how George Hill develops and what kind of impact rookie James Anderson has.
8. Grizzles- Add Xavier Henry and Grevis Vasquez. Core group is very solid with Gay, Mayo, M. Gasol, and Z. Randolph. Will be interesting to see if Thabeet plays this year. Also, will Mike Conley pan out?
9. Rockets- If Yao is healthy all year they likely will finish higher than this, but to me, that is a big "if".
So you are saying you would rather not have Caron Butler on your team right now? He is only 1 mil more than Hinrich, so you didn't say any cap space there for the future and have a worse player for the same price. Plus Hinrich has 2 yrs left on his deal, Butler only have one. Wiz lost money there. Haywood's contract was expiring so that didn't matter to this years lux tax. Jamison's contract would probably be hard to swallow considering he is getting up there in age. I understand letting him to so that Blatche can flourish. The only way there is a garuntee they would not get John Wall is if they made the playoffs, and you already said they were struggling w/ those guys early so they wouldn't have made the playoffs reguardless. The team with the worst record almost never gets the top pick making the wizards a realistic location for Wall without giving up Butler and Haywood. This team could have been successful w/ Gilbert moving over into the scoring position and letting a real pg take over the lead duties.
I can agree w/ letting Jamison go, but letting Caron go was a mistake. Washigton already wasted that cap space. (I like Hinrich as a mentor to Wall, but would rather have Caron).
No, they didn't waste all that cap space because they have many expiring contracts next season. And if the Wizards find a way to trade Gilbert Arenas' contract, they would have all the cap space in the world. So if the Wizards just use some creative thinking, they can create a lot of cap space.
And why would the Wizards want to keep Butler? Butler is a good player, but isn't the youngest, especially for a team that's rebuilding. He will turn 31 later next season and the team is trying to get younger. They currently only have 3 players on their roster older then 26. That clearly shows that this team is trying to stay young.
With their current roster, the Wizards have a chance to make the playoffs, but they're not trying to be a great team. The owner has clearly said that they are trying to build through the draft like the Thunder did, so they didn't need to keep Butler. Butler has said even though he is not on the Wizards roster anymore, D.C. will still be permanent home and doesn't rule out coming back to the Wizards in the future, but I just think Butler doesn't fit in well with their future plans.