tHe_pEsTiLeNcE wrote:Chicago - Big Ben Wallace is not going to make them contenders, He's declining and fast
Detroit - Big ben was the heart and soul of that team, they're not going to be close to what they were before
These two sound odd together.
Big Ben was the heart & soul of Detroit; without him they're going to decline a lot... and, yet, when you add him to Chicago, they won't improve a lot? I think Detroit is still dangerous (they lost Ben, but they can now slide Sheed to center and play McDysse at PF... getting into the new small ball fad in the NBA) and Chicago will become a huge threat in the East. Neither team is overrated, really.
tHe_pEsTiLeNcE wrote:Cleveland - Lebron is going to be spectacular, but it might not be enough even in an east that took a huge step back this offseason.
I dunno about that. LeBron made (pretty much) everyone around him better... and they ran into a brick wall (the Pistons) in the 2nd round. I see it like when Michael's Bulls got eliminated by the Pistons & Celtics in the early 90's and late 80's. When LeBron takes over the league (which could very well be this season), the Cav's will be contenders purely because he's on the roster.
tHe_pEsTiLeNcE wrote:Phoenix - They are overrated purely becuase of the fact that people are discounting amare's impending injury.
Houston - Yao and Tmac's injuries aren't ones that just go away
I agree... but there's always an asterisk next to how far these teams go (always citing Amare and TMac's injuries).
San Antonio - If I were making the odds, I'd say san antonio has the best chance of winning it all next year, even though they're not improving
How do you figure? Duncan's numbers have declined 3 seasons in a row, Ginobli has proved to be horribly overrated, Parker's solid (but he's no franchise)... and the rest of the roster is reaching their expiration date. Finley, Van Exel, and Horry suddenly all look too old to be effective. Plus, they lost Nesterovic! They've only gotten worse this offseason.
tHe_pEsTiLeNcE wrote:Sacto - some people are talking about them not making the playoffs, I think they'll have an outside shot at a top four seed
Not if Artest blows up midway through the season. Musselman had problems with a melo guy like JRich. Imagine how players like Artest (and Bonzi, if he returns) will react to this guy.
tHe_pEsTiLeNcE wrote:Clips - Shaun livingston looks like he's finally becoming a quality player.
The Clippers are underrated... but not because of Shaun Livingston.
tHe_pEsTiLeNcE wrote:Orlando - I think that they'll make the second round next year; darko, dwight, jameer, are all underrated
I agree... but the second round is probably a stretch. I'm betting they'll take it to a 7-game in the first, but lose.
tHe_pEsTiLeNcE wrote:Charlotte - they won't make the playoffs, but I think they could win in the mid thirties with all the talent they've been stockpiling.
Charlotte is a long-term powerhouse. In 5 years, this team could own the East. Okafor, Morrison, May, Felton, Brezec, and Wallace are all young, talented, and have good roles on their team. Imagine if (while Morrison is adjusting to the NBA) Okafor and Knight all get injured next season and enter the NBA lotto again... can you imagine the current Charlotte roster with a Top 8 pick in the '07 Draft?! Sounds scary to me.