migya wrote:Utah will continue to be a very good team and even get better as they are still young.
Eh. That's what everybody said about the Hornets last year and look at them.
Injuries are a very real aspect of the NBA. The Jazz need to face the facts that they are built around 2 extremely injury-prone frontcourt players (Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko). Clearly, Boozer was the catalyst for the Jazz last year. None of their success would have been possible without him in the lineup all year.
Mehmet Okur has proven that he can by a Troy Murphy kind of 3rd option; providing 2nd option scoring when the lineup get thin, and Deron Williams is a stud... but if Boozer and AK combine to miss 40 games next season, I can't see the Jazz making the playoffs. Not in the West.
migya wrote:The Rockets were already a contender but now with Francis, if he gets back to normal, they are one of the favourites if not the favourite
The Rockets were a contender that couldn't get out of the first round?
The Rockets already had one of the league's deadliest duo. Nothing more, but it was still pretty devastating when it clicked. Francis and Yao had a thousand times better chemistry than TMac and Yao. The Rockets still need an answer on the wings. The Rockets still need a passing point guard. And the Rockets still better hope Yao or McGrady don't get hurt.
I think this next season is the last year the Rocket's management attempts to pair McGrady and Yao, who have clearly never clicked together. If the Rockets (with Francis) don't get out of the 1st round next year, look for Houston to put McGrady on the trade block in search of young studs and draft picks to stock pile around Yao.