Since everyone's going without NBA for a while, let's chat a bit about the teams.
The majority of the best free agents are gone now, and barring a major trade (#WojBomb) out of nowhere, the rosters are pretty much set.
What do you think is going the biggest question for your team going forward into the '13-14 season? Post your response and how you think it's going to shake out.
I've got a few:
OKC: Where's the bench scoring going to come from?
That's a good one. While Reggie Jackson is looking good so far, what's going to keep teams from stacking the deck against him? Thunder fans are hoping that Lamb takes a step forward this season, but his summer league performance was very inefficient, although he did stuff the stat sheet.
Pistons: How is the Smith-Drummond-Monroe frontcourt going to work?
My best guess is that this is going to work based on seniority. Monroe is probably going to start at C, and Smith at PF. Drummond will be comming off the bench. They could use a stretch 4 though, that paint's going to get crowded.
Spurs: Will they finally drop off this year?
Lolno. Everyone already knows by now that Tim Duncan doesn't age.
Post yours in the comments below.
Klay or Barnes off the bench? Beverly or Lin?
I think Barnes will be the 6th man. You can see it if you want to but Barnes can play the 3 and 4 depending on the matchup and I personally think he is more useful and valuable off the bench depending on who they play.
I think even as a 6th man he will get 20+ starts and a good amount of minues as all the Warriors starters aside from Iggy will miss a few games. Thompson may be the 'classic' scoring 6th man a la Lou Williams, Jamal Crawford or Kevin (OKC version) Martin but I think they should keep him in the starting five as long as Barnes doesn't improve dramatically on defense or has a way more efficient season scoring wise than Thompson.
Prepare for at least one more or less major injury of Bogut or Lee and Barnes is in. Someone has to replace Landry coming of the bench to play the 3 and 4 and Barnes should be able to do this pretty well with a way better offense.
If Curry goes down they have a problem since Jack is gone who had a fantastic season last year and this is their biggest weakness to me even if Iggy should get his usual 5 assists per game as the primary ball handler.
Who starts? Lance Stephenson or Danny Granger?
And if Stephenson doesn't start, will that create some bad feelings and affect his free-agency decision next summer?
Will the Bucks finally commit to their young guys, or will they continue to trade away young assets in their quest for the 8 seed?
Nuggets: Will Brian Shaw try to run something other than the Run n Gun? Why do we have no consistent defender on the depth chart other than Arthur? Why did we pick up Hickson in the first place, and do we start him over Faried? Is Fournier better than Foye? Who do we trade at the 4? I know, I know.. A burning question.. but these all burn at me, I could probably go on.
As a Nuggets fan, I'm full of questions with little answers. Our team is built for the Run n Gun, but that strategy is just going to kill us more on defense. We don't have a single consistent defender other than Arthur. We have too many people at the 4, and Hickson is a better player in my opinion than Faried but either way neither of them can defend. I do see Mcgee having a great year if he finally gets his start, he averaged 2 blocks in just 18 minutes last year. We need to trade Miller and a PF for a SG in my opinion, Fournier probably isn't ready to start and Foye definitely isn't starter quality and is a low percentage shooter that only shoots. Wilson Chandler will get his time to shine with Gallo out, but can he be consistent? Oh shoot, I'm back to questions again.
How good will D Rose be?
Lakers: Can Kobe ever gracefully pass the torch? (this extends beyond this year, btw)
Bucks: What the crap is their rebuilding plan?
Pistons: Will the talent they've acquired ever find a way to fit together cohesively?
Pelicans: How will 'Reke and Holiday co-exist?
Dallas: Will they ever allow less than 110 points in a game?
how will greg oden do for the heat?!
Can John Wall lead the Wiz to the playoffs?
Can Jo Val average 15&10? Will Derozan finally put it all together???
Will Andrew Bynum even play 50 games, or get a decent hair cut?
- OKC's bench will have young guys who have potential in Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones, Daniel Orton. DeAndre Liggins, Hasheem Thabeet, and Steven Adams. They have veterans of Derrick Fisher, Nick Collison, and Ronnie Brewer. With all this being said I think that their bench will be good. A lot of potential sitting on there. Jackson and Lamb tore up the summer league and Fisher has a lot of experience and is a good guy in the locker room.
- The Pistons frontcourt of Smith, Drummond, and Monroe should be pretty good. I think They can bring Smith off the bench and give him 30 mins a night still with them all rotating. They can slide Monroe to the center spot when Smith is in, it wouldn't be a
bad thing with a lot of teams going to small ball now. They have shot blocking when either Drummond of Smith is on the floor. Their biggest weakness is spacing the floor, but look for them to try to make their own lob city with Drummond and Smith getting lobs from Jennings.
- I think the Spurs do drop off this year. I think Gary Neal leaving is bigger than most people think. Duncan is another year older and they just went to mid June because of their run to the finals. The west also should be tougher in the playoffs this year with Russell Westbrook back from injury to join the thunder. Golden State will only be better. Clippers added some key pieces this off season and the Rockets will be a good team as well. I don't think they have another run in them but Ive been wrong about them the past few years.
My question is will Lebron get better than he was this last year. Sounds crazy but he somehow improves every year. What can he do now? Another question is will Oden finally be healthy?
"I think the Spurs do drop off this year."
You're probably going to be wrong again :D
Smith did not go to Detroit to be brought off the bench.
Will Coach Carlisle be able to turn this bundle of random parts and journeyman into a working team, or will we blow out this season for draft picks?
Will Monta be able to get his head on straight and lose his superstar me first mentality, and maybe even become an All-star in a few years?
How will Nerlens look coming off of his knee injury? When and even if he will return to action this year?
Just how bad will this team be? Its hard to root against your team but if ever there was a year I could sit through Philly struggling it would be this one with the strong draft class of 2014.
Who is going to be the best pg this year? Who's gonna make the top-5?
And is Blake Griffin going to elevate his game to a superstar level, finally?
1. Chris Paul - West, D. Rose - East
1. How will look Boston Celtics with new young and ambitious coach and without Paul Pierce and KG (plus Rondo out for as much as the first half of the season)?. I'm not sure they'll tank even though it looks reasonable to do so.
2. How will Anthony Bennet fill in for the Cavs (starter or 6th man, SF or PF, performance/contribution etc.) ?
3. Palyoff battle in the WC - 12 teams battling for 8 spots (I dismiss Kings', Jazz' and Suns' chances )
4. Who's gonna be a champion in the West? - I don't see SAS and OKC getting any stronger not the same story with LAC,Rockets and especially GSW.
5. Who's gonna take the ROY award ? It's open race, my favourite si B-Mac but his SL struggles makes it verry interesting to see if he's gonna be a star or a bust. :)
Thanks for reading and answering (eventually).
The Spurs will drop off because they lost Gary Neal?
I donno about that...Did you watch the finals?
Do the Indiana Pacers or Chicago BUlls edge out Heat for tops in East?