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Which team will do the worst this season?

New Jersey Nets
1
10%
Milwaukee Bucks
3
30%
Sacramento Kings
4
40%
Indiana Pacers
0
No votes
Minnesota Timberwolves
0
No votes
New York Knicks
0
No votes
Memphis Grizzles
0
No votes
LA Clippers
0
No votes
Golden State Warriors
2
20%
 
Total votes : 10

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:29 pm
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Fox Sport's Charley Rosen wrote:1. New Jersey Nets

Even though getting rid of Vince Carter will give the youngsters more time and space in which to grow, the Nets could easily be the worst team in the league. That's because their roster is clogged with too many useless players — Yi Jianlian, Tony Battie, the chronically injured Eduardo Najera and Bobby Simmons. Also because Devin Harris is their only proven go-to scorer.

With Rafer Alston's hometown pals living just across the Hudson River, it will take enormous discipline for him to accept being Harris' backup and to avoid being a troublesome malcontent.

Too many youngsters have to suddenly blossom for the Nets to escape the league's cellar — Brook Lopez, Chris Douglas-Roberts and blue-chip rookie Terrence Williams. In addition, Courtney Lee is still in shock after being evicted from Orlando's sunshine and winding up in the New Jersey swamplands.

What a mess!

2. Milwaukee Bucks

Michael Redd is a shoot-'em-up scorer and Andrew Bogut is one of the most unathletic centers in the league. Brandon Jennings is a brash, undisciplined rookie who's not at all ready for prime-time competition. The only defensive-minded players currently on the Bucks' roster are Kurt Thomas (who's rapidly approaching his 37th birthday), and Bruce Bowen (age 38).

The Bucks will lead the league in at least one category: Being on the short end of the most blowouts.

Indeed, the only realistic goal for the Bucks is to avoid finishing behind the Nets.

3. Sacramento Kings

The Kings feature a roster full of flawed players. Kevin Martin can score points by the dozen, but rarely passes and his version of playing defense is to outscore his opponent. Both Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson are still learning the pro game, but meanwhile, they're forever in foul trouble because of their serious shortcomings on defense. The two young bigs are also extremely turnover-prone.

Francisco Garcia can scoot-and-shoot. Tyreke Evans had better be good enough to move Beno Udrih back to the bench where he rightly belongs. If the oft-injured Andres Nocioni is the best two-way player on the team, it's highly doubtful that his ferocious intensity can keep the Kings from going belly-up by the All-Star break.

4. Indiana Pacers

Danny Granger's offense won't keep the Pacers out of the lottery. (Ron Hoskins / Getty Images)

The best athletes on the Pacers all have significant limitations: Dahntay Jones can't score. Ditto for Jeff Foster. T.J. Ford is among the most selfish point guards in the league. And Danny Granger can't defend.

Even worse, the level of athleticism possessed by Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy and Tyler Hansbrough is far below average.

Overall, there's not enough fluid offense and not enough defense of any description for the Pacers to avoid being a chump team.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

The T-Wolves have plenty of power in the paint, what with the scoring and rebounding of Al Jefferson complemented by Kevin Love's strong-handed retrieval of missed shots. Too bad neither of these guys can defend, and Jefferson is both a reluctant and abysmal passer. Ryan Gomes, however, is a solid performer at both ends of the floor and all points in-between.

That just about covers the T-Wolves' upside.

The team is still waiting for Corey Brewer to prove that he can be a capable NBA player. Unless he's traded again, a healthy Quentin Richardson is a veteran wing scorer.

Otherwise, the T-Wolves lack players who can make the opposition pay for doubling Jefferson in the low post.

If Ricky Rubio ever shows up in Minnesota, his game will be flashy but weak. Jonny Flynn just might be more NBA-ready.

Not enough perimeter scoring. Too much reliance on rookie point guards. An egregious shortage of defense. All of these factors will combine to make the T-Wolves' season long and frustrating.

6. New York Knicks

Forget about the numbers these guys will post, there are too many losers on the roster — Darko Milicic, Al Harrington, Larry Hughes and Eddy Curry. If knuckleheaded Nate Robinson decides to re-enlist, his name will be added to this list.

Also, Jared Jeffries is the only reliable defender. And there's absolutely no on- or off-court leadership.

With or without Robinson, David Lee, Andre Miller and/or Ramon Sessions the Knicks will still be a defenseless, dysfunctional outfit.

In the Big Apple, the Knicks remain a big story. But around the league, the doings of the Knicks are virtually meaningless.

Why, then, would the premier free-agents-to-be — like LeBron, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, et al — have even the slightest interest in signing with the Nix?

7. Memphis Grizzlies

O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay can score with just about any duo in the league. Zach Randolph will likewise fill up his stat line while clogging the lane and monopolizing the ball at every opportunity. And Hakim Warrick must absolutely be re-signed to provide a viable point-making option off the bench.

Otherwise, there's not much for Grizzlies' fans to boast about.

Marc Gasol possesses much less than half of his brother's athleticism. Hasheem Thabeet is a tall, long-armed stiff who won't be a consistent presence for at least three years, if ever. And the point guards are ordinary.

Not even the Grizzlies' talented scoring specialists will be able to overcome the ball club's atrocious defense.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:34 pm
LOL!............not in Warriors Ball for a reason huh?............that being we arent in this article! :wink:

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I will say the Bucks. They lost two of their three best players, leaving one that is always injured (Redd). They got basically squat back for them, and have since made no moves to boast about. I can see Jennings tearing this team apart with his ego, if not this year then at least coming into his contract year.

If the league does infact head towards collapse, I could see the Bucks as a franchise that either folds or moves. They will likely throw out drivel for at least a few years.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:48 pm
The Bucks suck. The others do, too, but not as much.





(Yeah, I don't feel like giving any reason. It's not like it's needed if you look at their roster).
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:35 pm
bigstrads wrote:LOL!............not in Warriors Ball for a reason huh?............that being we arent in this article! :wink:


fvck yeah! :)

I'd say the bottom 15 crowd goes like this:

30) the sacramento Rebuild 'ings - Kings had the worst record last year, and they traded out all their talent last trade dead line. Sacramento - were amazingly awful basketball happens

29) Bucks - Could be a serious title contender.... if they were in the WNBA.

28) The New Jersey Devin Harris' - need I say more

27) the Wolves of Timber (in Borat accent) - got a good front line but nothing else. I don't see Flynn wowing anyone in his first year with Minn's supporting cast

26) Pacers - What are they keeping pace with? sloths? slow, one man offense, little D, no upside, fvckin painfully boring to watch.

25) the New York Old Pants- beside maybe chandler (upside-wise), this is a sub-par starting lineup with no upside

24) Grizzles - Zbo and Gay Mayonnaise flavored Gasoline aren't going to mesh well if you ask me. still too much youth to be dangerous

23) Clippers - their front lines going to get injured ('cept for blake), 6'3" eric gordon is overrated, BD won't show up. I expect Thorton and Griffin to be studs, but that's about it. I smell another disastrous season coming on.

22) Thunder - really young, but lots of talent - from Westbrook, to harden, to Durant, to Green, all they need is a center and experience.

21) Bobcats - If they resign Felton, they will have a descent first team. but their bench is crap. WHEN Gerald Wallace, aka Crash, aka the east coast's Corey Maggette, inevitably goes down, don't expect much from his replacement, Vladamir Radmonovich. also I think they def downgraded from Okafor to injury issues Tyson Chandler.

20) Warriors - May again have chem issues with the vets (maggs, monta, and jack), but I rank them higher manly because the bench is so good. Turiaf, azu, morrow are pretty solid back-ups. add the possible upside of wright and Curry, and its one of the best second teams out there. They are never going to get out of the bottom 10 unless they D up though.

19) Suns - have a solid core of Nash, Amare, and Richardson - but beyond Barbosa, I don't know if they have the supporting cast to stay competitive (particularly with a 35 year old nash as the cornerstone of their team). I think we can seriously fight with these guys for second place in the pacific.

18) Wizards - I don't know why I like Mike Miller's game so much, but I do. between him, butler, and Jamison I think they can do some damage. add a healthy Agent 0, and Haywood, and they may be a serious playoff threat in the east. This team also has a solid second string.

17) Rockets - Yao Ming - Out. McGrady - Out (for half the season). Artest - Gone. Mutumbo - Gone.... Artest >>>>>> Ariza. they play good defense, and they at least HAD great chemistry in the last playoff run. I expect this team to sink though, As Artest was a big reason they got as far as they did in the playoffs.

16) Pistons - same deal as thunder only with more experience - Kwame Brown is their starting center. I expect them to do something about this before the season starts though (duh)

15) Raptors - Adding Hedo and DeRozan really improved their stock. at the end of last season they were probably = caliber to GSW, now they are way above
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:39 pm
Gerald Wallace = the east coast Corey Maggette???

injury prone, yes..but to belittle him to Maggs status is a bit far. I'd take Gwall everyday out of the year over Maggs...even on leap years.
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A truly digusting list indeed
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E-Man wrote:Gerald Wallace = the east coast Corey Maggette???

injury prone, yes..but to belittle him to Maggs status is a bit far. I'd take Gwall everyday out of the year over Maggs...even on leap years.


woah there e-man... I just meant they both have aggressive playing styles that make them both very injury prone (and they both don't LOOK very frail too). I know Wallace is a way better player.
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E-Man wrote:Gerald Wallace = the east coast Corey Maggette???

injury prone, yes..but to belittle him to Maggs status is a bit far. I'd take Gwall everyday out of the year over Maggs...even on leap years.


woah there e-man... I just meant they both have aggressive playing styles that make them both very injury prone (and they both don't LOOK very frail too). I know Wallace is a way better player.


gotcha.

I actually think the bobcats should be further on the list....when I have time, I'll post my list. But considering the fact that they traded Okafor for Chandler (which sucks for them this season and next), I think they might end up being a bottom 5 team.
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E-Man wrote:
first off wrote:
E-Man wrote:Gerald Wallace = the east coast Corey Maggette???

injury prone, yes..but to belittle him to Maggs status is a bit far. I'd take Gwall everyday out of the year over Maggs...even on leap years.


woah there e-man... I just meant they both have aggressive playing styles that make them both very injury prone (and they both don't LOOK very frail too). I know Wallace is a way better player.


gotcha.

I actually think the bobcats should be further on the list....when I have time, I'll post my list. But considering the fact that they traded Okafor for Chandler (which sucks for them this season and next), I think they might end up being a bottom 5 team.


Yeah, but Larry Brown will have them playing hard each game. They don't have top talent, but I wouldn't be surprised, if healthy, to see them making the playoffs like one of the last seeds of the east.

Don't think that will be the case, just that I wouldn't be shocked if it happens.
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E-Man wrote:
first off wrote:
E-Man wrote:Gerald Wallace = the east coast Corey Maggette???

injury prone, yes..but to belittle him to Maggs status is a bit far. I'd take Gwall everyday out of the year over Maggs...even on leap years.


woah there e-man... I just meant they both have aggressive playing styles that make them both very injury prone (and they both don't LOOK very frail too). I know Wallace is a way better player.


gotcha.

I actually think the bobcats should be further on the list....when I have time, I'll post my list. But considering the fact that they traded Okafor for Chandler (which sucks for them this season and next), I think they might end up being a bottom 5 team.


damn dude, bottom 5? I guess anythings possible. have if any of you are bored, throw up your bottom 15 (w/ explanations). I'd like to check 'em out. anything to take attention away from the George/Beli trade is a good thing :)
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30. Bucks- Traded one of their better players and let the other walk, and they were already a bad team.
29. Nets- I like the youth here, but they wont be a factor next year.
28. Kings- Meh. Kevin Martin should not be a team's focal point.
27. Grizzlies- I read today that the Grizzlies actually had their choice between Z-Bo and Carlos Boozer, and chose Randolph because his contract is longer. What?
26. Knicks- Does this team have any talent if they lose David Lee?
25. T'Wolves- Young team for the most part. Not going to be a factor, but they might have a future...maybe.
24. Pistons- Ben Gordon is streaky, Villanueva isn't anything special. Kwame Brown? Rodney Stuckey? At least one of Prince and Hamilton will probably be traded, but I keep hearing that it could be both.
23. Clippers- I may be the minority, but I don't think Blake Griffin is a franchise saver. If they can get a number of vets healthy and a top form again, though, they might be players for the 8th spot.
22. Bobcats- I am not big on Chandler without Chris Paul or a comparable PG, which the Bobcats don't have. I heard they might be looking to move Gerald Wallace's contract this offseason as well.
21. Pacers- Ford/Dun-dun/Granger/Murphy/Hibbert. Not bad, not scary. Just meh.
20. Thunder- I like this team for the future. I think they will take some major strides this year, but I don't think they are there yet. They need a good center.
19. Rockets- Losing Yao for the upcoming season hurts, but I still can see this team being right in the thick of it. I like Ariza as a defensive guy, and Scola/McGrady/Brooks are all average or above-average starters.
18. 76ers- This team has hardly made any real impact additions, unless you consider Kapono a franchise changer. Brand probably wont be healthy.
17. Heat- They need to add more players or I can see them slipping this coming season. Boozer is still a real possibility I guess.
16. Suns- They aren't contenders to me, but if they can get running again then I like this team to make the playoffs, especially if Amare has a good contract year (how dumb would we look, especially if Curry isn't a good/very good impact player).

Well, that's my list. Thanks for letting me kill a good half hour.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:56 pm
So Tarantism..............unless Im going blind, we are going to be the 15th best team in the league? :shock:

Essentially a playoff team huh?..............wow, I wish I had that kind of blind optimism bud. :wink:

Although, I would hate to be there with you when we end up in the early to mid 20's by the end of the season.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:55 am
no AR and we're top 3 on that list




oh and was this list done before or after yesterdays blockbuster?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:14 am
Tarantism wrote:Sure, I'll play.

30. Bucks- Traded one of their better players and let the other walk, and they were already a bad team.
29. Nets- I like the youth here, but they wont be a factor next year.
28. Kings- Meh. Kevin Martin should not be a team's focal point.
27. Grizzlies- I read today that the Grizzlies actually had their choice between Z-Bo and Carlos Boozer, and chose Randolph because his contract is longer. What?
26. Knicks- Does this team have any talent if they lose David Lee?
25. T'Wolves- Young team for the most part. Not going to be a factor, but they might have a future...maybe.
24. Pistons- Ben Gordon is streaky, Villanueva isn't anything special. Kwame Brown? Rodney Stuckey? At least one of Prince and Hamilton will probably be traded, but I keep hearing that it could be both.
23. Clippers- I may be the minority, but I don't think Blake Griffin is a franchise saver. If they can get a number of vets healthy and a top form again, though, they might be players for the 8th spot.
22. Bobcats- I am not big on Chandler without Chris Paul or a comparable PG, which the Bobcats don't have. I heard they might be looking to move Gerald Wallace's contract this offseason as well.
21. Pacers- Ford/Dun-dun/Granger/Murphy/Hibbert. Not bad, not scary. Just meh.
20. Thunder- I like this team for the future. I think they will take some major strides this year, but I don't think they are there yet. They need a good center.
19. Rockets- Losing Yao for the upcoming season hurts, but I still can see this team being right in the thick of it. I like Ariza as a defensive guy, and Scola/McGrady/Brooks are all average or above-average starters.
18. 76ers- This team has hardly made any real impact additions, unless you consider Kapono a franchise changer. Brand probably wont be healthy.
17. Heat- They need to add more players or I can see them slipping this coming season. Boozer is still a real possibility I guess.
16. Suns- They aren't contenders to me, but if they can get running again then I like this team to make the playoffs, especially if Amare has a good contract year (how dumb would we look, especially if Curry isn't a good/very good impact player).

Well, that's my list. Thanks for letting me kill a good half hour.


interesting, kudos for not just copying mine.

-ya really think the pistons are going to be that bad? they've always played really good D... and Stuckey, Hamilton, and Prince, while not superstars, definitely have chemistry. I agree gordon is streaky, but he can be really clutch at times (like in the boston series). if they do trade Hamilton and Prince, I think they are going to get something comparable in return not just expirers. also I don't think Kwame is going to be their starting center - didn't their owner say they were still looking for another FA? may be wrong but I thought that's what I heard

-I agree with you on Griffin - it's just a feeling I get. however, he could totally prove me wrong. guess we'll have to wait and c

Think you're giving Pacers too much credit. Ford/Dung backcourt (if thats even is the case).... one of the worst in the league?

didn't think about the 6ers but I guess you're right. did you hear Miller just signed with Portland? I missed most of the 6ers playoffs apperance, but didn't that rookie PF, "Young" I think his name is - really show up? may not need brands injured ass after all.

Healthy wade = playoff team. Heat could have 3 turds and a rock as his supporting cast, and somehow Wade would still manage to will his team into the playoffs.

and as bigs said.... Warriors are number 15? I hope, but I don't think so.
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