- 09/29/2010, 09:58AM ET
maxwellinformed said 09/29, 09:58 AM
I have to say that the Dallas Mavericks look like the 2nd best team in the west this year. Dallas won 55 games last year and had the second best record behind the LA Lakers (55-27). This is after making a trade at the dead line bringing in 3 new players from Washington.
While Dallas did get stronger at important positions, other teams, outside of LA and, have gotten weaker. There is no Amare in Phoenix (3rd seed last year). There may be no Melo in Denver, but Kenyon and Birdman are fighting leg injuries (4th seed last year). There is no Boozer in Utah (5th seed). Once you get to the playoffs, anything can happen.
Hyped78 said 09/29, 10:56 AM
"Once you get to the playoffs, anything can happen"
Like Dallas losing to a low seed? :)
Dallas indeed looks like a strong team but you didn't even make a case for them.
On my part I am picking the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 2nd best team in the West, behind the Lakers, for next year.
The Thunder have been improving leaps and bounds and they are looking at the 2010-11 season with nothing but space to improve even further, with a young and healthy roster.
Bear in mind that they already finished 50-32 last season, just 5 games behind Dallas.
The trio of Durant, Westbrook and Green will become an elite trio in the NBA, with Durant as candidate to become NBA MVP and repeat as the top scorer in the league.
Behind that trio the team also possesses talent in the likes of Eric Maynor, James Harden and Serge Ibaka.
The Thunder didn't make significant off-season moves, but that only shows that they are happy with their current young roster and like their chances.
As for Dallas, let us remember that Kidd is 37, Chandler might not fit in, Marion is 32, Dirk is 32 and Terry is 33.
More to come.
maxwellinformed said 09/29, 11:38 AM
"The Thunder didn't make significant off-season moves, but that only shows that they are happy with their current young roster and like their chances." You just made my point for me thanks.
True OKC had a Cinderella year last year but it's midnight and the ball is over. A lot of people are ready to Crown Kevin Durant MVP but he's going to have win a lot of games to take that title from Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Derrick Rose, etc. OKC has not proven anything other than they had one good year. The other teams I've mentioned have been in the playoff dog fights year after year.
The San Antonio Spurs are not your typical first round match up for any team. But they are proof that youth does not beat experience.
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