- 07/07/2012, 08:59PM ET
Bloggers Needed said 07/07, 08:59 PM
Team that made the playoffs last year that won't make it this year.
I'll go double or nothing
Philly and Orlando.
The Sixers actually DOWNGRADED this offseason, and with the knicks getting better, and the Nyets going to improve, not to mention the Bucks can compete.
The Magic are just screwed.
DJRoxalot said 07/08, 04:16 PM
The Utah Jazz.
They play in the always difficult West and they traded Devin Harris to Atlanta for Marvin Williams. They downgraded their PG position by re-acquiring Mo Williams who played for them in 2003-2004. He is more of a combo guard than a true PG who can create offense for other players. But, he can create his own shot and score, but they didn't make a huge upgrade imo. At most, it was an offsetting move. Neutral imo.
But, they had to win 9 of their last 13 games just to make the playoffs. As well as get help from the Suns who struggled down the stretch.
The Sixers look are going to re-sign Spencer Hawes and Amnesty Elton Brand to free up some money to improve their team. And they made an offer to Nick Young who is a more versatile player than Lou Williams.
Not to mention, they drafted a very talented young player in Moe Harkless out of St. Johns.
You say that Orlando is just screwed, but they will receive some talent in return for Dwight Howard when they finally pull the trigger on a trade for him. The Magic traded Ryan Anderson to the Hornets. That leads me to believe that they might be close to trading Howard.
Bloggers Needed said 07/09, 09:34 PM
ok, let's see, Duncans coming back, so the Spurs aint going anywhere.
Lakers just got better, Clips, Thunder are pretty solid on coming back.
So you have 2 playoff teams left. I think even without Kidd, the Mavs have enough to win 45 games. Keep in mind they still have an ARSELOAD of cap space, so when people start looking to dump salary, the Mavs can be buyers.
So we got 3 spots. Denver and the Grizz might make it, might not.
The Rockets aren't better, they have a buncha B+ players with no A talent or leadership.
The Suns were somehow able to trade Nash for 40 cents and a ticket upgrade on JetBlue.
Portland just bought an Iron Lung- smart move when they draft a Center.
The Jazz can do this. They have talent, they have experience, and Baron is an above average PG when he cares.
Who's your second team there?
DJRoxalot said 07/09, 10:08 PM
The Sixers will make the playoffs. It isn't like their team has been gutted like the Rockets in the West. They still have PG Jrue Holiday, SG/SF Andre Iguodala, SF Evan Turner, forward Thaddeus Young, and Hawes at center.
They need to round out their bench, but that shouldn't be a problem. They can pick up a backup PG and a few bench players to maker them 9 deep.
The Magic are going to be in rebuilding mode and just traded Ryan Anderson for a backup center. Not sure what the new GM is doing there.
I like the Wolves over the Jazz.
They have a solid nucleus in Love, Rubio, Williams and they added Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger to help strengthen the bench. They also have JJ Barea who gives them an experienced backup PG that has playoff experience. With a healthy Rubio they would have been fighting for a playoff spot.
Golden State is also better than Utah imo. They picked up a solid player in Harrison Barnes who will be a solid pro.
They have a lineup of:
That's a solid lineup and they could be a sleeper team in the West.
Bloggers Needed said 07/10, 09:16 PM
So you claim the Wolves and Warriors are better than the Jazz
The Grizz, Mavs and Jazz, I don't see the Wolves being that much better next year. I tink Rubio could be VERY good, but Love is already fustrated, and even though he stopped short of pullng a Howard, it might not be long before he does.
That being said- do the Wolves have ANY post players? Darko going to run either Gasol off the boards? Bynum, Duncan, Blake- heck Chris Kaman has a better low post game than Darko.
Far as the Warriors. I've seen Barnes JUST a little, and to be honest, I'm not betting the rent money on him leading a fat chick to a gingerbread house.
DJRoxalot said 07/11, 11:24 AM
are all going to be better than Utah as of right now. Unless a major free agent signing or trade happens before the season.
You don't see them being better? With a healthy Rubio, Minnesota was the 8th seed.
Without him, they went 5-19/
He is only going to get better. They added Brandon Roy who has been away from the game for a few years and went to Germany to get the same treatment Kobe did before last season. And Kobe had 1 of his better seasons in a long time in a shortened year.
The Wolves have post players.
Nikola Pekovic had a very nice season. He averaged 13.9ppg (56.4% shooting, he doesn't sit on the perimeter and jack up outside shots) and 7.4rpg for the Wolves and displaced Darko in the starting lineup. So, Darko won't be spending most of the game banging with Bynum, Duncan or Griffin.
Barnes will be a better professional than a college player. It suits him much better. Especially, the Warriors up tempo offense.
Nice TD, David.
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