predict this years standings from top to bottom for both the east and west.
if this topic was already created. my bad. mustve missed it.
I thought everyone assumed Charlotte would be the worst team in the league this year...I expect about 15 wins with that roster.
i dont think charlotte will be worse then the raptors or pistons. and them and the cavs seem pretty equal to me. but i think the raptors suck, as do the pistons...
I agree, the Raptors will be awful
But the Pistons won 30 games last year and only lost Rip. Not to mention they're getting Jerebko back from last year's injury, added another bench scorer in Knight and a year two Greg Monroe who I think will be a 16-18 ppg 9 rpg big man. I'd expect them to at least be the same if not a couple games better next season.
- New York
- New Jersey (i think something might happen there)
- Oklahoma City
- San Antonio
- Golden State
- New Orleans
Jazz # 15 in the west? T-wolves #7? Yikes
hm i guess so. i didnt even realize they had 30 wins last year.
i'm going to explain my reasoning. i think rubio is a true point guard. he's a leader to me. and i think as a rookie, he's gonna make that wolves a special team. plus another year under k.love's belt, and i saw a pic of him, and he lost mad weight, and turned it into muscle. i think hes gonna be a special player. another all star year for him. and i think this year is going to be beasleys break out year with rubio there. and then i actually like there bench... and add williams to that i like the wolves this year. call me crazy... and i think the jazz suck....
7. San Antonio
9. Golden State
15. New Orleans
4. New York
9. New Jersey
I don't see how the JV Big3 (NY) is gunna have a better record than the Bulls and Celtics.
Sorry I'm just a Jazz fan (like there isn't enough of us on this forum already). I also Like Minnesotta, but I believe they are a year or two away from making the playoffs. Rubio is not ready to be a big contributer in the NBA. I do really like there young core of players though.
really based out... you dont think melo and amare, with chandler in the middle is better then the celtics or bulls? they were a defensive presence away from beating the C's in a couple of those play off games last year.
Boston went 8-0 vs the Knicks last season, season and post season. Chandler won't change that.
1. Heat - No slow start due to chemsitry this season. Battier doesn't address big man issue, but he gives LeBron and Wade rest.
2. Bulls - Pacers and Bucks (if Bogut is healthy) will give Bulls more resistance in the Central, but Bulls on pace for another great season. Rose will be a better player this season than the last, which is scary.
3. Knicks - Anthony and Stoudemire can take over games offensively and now they have a great defensive anchor to make up for everybody else's mistakes and protect the paint.
4. Magic - Of course this depends on Howard.
5. Celtics - Old legs and bodies don't respond well to back to backs, plus Jeff Green's illness doesn't help depth.
6. Pacers - Youth and depth will get them through the regular season without problems. Will be an improved defensive team.
7. Hawks - Teague will take a step upwards, but the loss of Crawford hurts.
8. Bucks - They had some solid free-agent pickups. Jennings should have a bounce back season and IF Bogut is healthy, this will be a playoff team.
1. Thunder - They're primed to explode out of the gate and take the top spot in the West.
2. Dallas - The loss of Chandler hurts, but they have the depth to get through the West without problems. Odom will give them a different dimension at both ends.
3. Lakers - The loss of Odom hurts, but Kobe, Pau and Bynum are still there. Lakers roster looks old and just unappealing, but Kobe looks motivated and hungry. Mike Brown will make defense a strong emphasis again.
4. Spurs - Memphis was a bad matchup in the first round, but this team won 61 games last season. They won't just crumble away and disappear like people are thinking.
5. Blazers - Roy and Oden have brought instability, but one stable factor has always been Nate McMillian. This team has depth, they defend, plus they still have Aldridge who's about to explode this season.
6. Memphis - Arguably the best offensive front court in the league plus the return of Rudy Gay... My sleeper pick to represent the West in the Western Conference Finals.
7. Clippers - Great point guard play will make a HUGE difference, but this team is thin in the front court. Jordan is foul prone and Griffin doesn't have a decent backup.
8. Denver - No Kenyon Martin, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler or JR Smith but I think Gallinari and Lawson are ready to take a huge step up. Plus, there's still Nene who's a very good center.
I really hope that they miss the playoffs and get into the Top 5 picture...Can you Imagine that Team drafting Davis,Drummond,Sullinger or Jones III to play Pf next year(thus fazing out Elton Brand)...The Sixers could certainly use 1 more trip to the Lottery, however they have Too much young talent and veteran leadership(unless they Amnesty Brand) to miss the Playoffs...Either people are sleeping on The Sixers big time or I'm just a homer that can't accept the truth...either way I'll be cheering the wins and accepting the loses, as I know there are Pieces in the draft that help solve the Puzzle...
I had a tough time between the 76ers and Bucks, but I think if Bogut is healthy, they'll get in.