What Rockets fans think?
I don't think the Nets will take a season to work things out. Think about the Celtics: they won the first year they were together. Not that the Nets are winning anything, but you know what I mean. Miami took more time because Wade and Lebron basically don't complement each other in any traditional way, so they had to adjust.
And with the Nets, don't forget about Gerald Wallace. He is very, very good. Like I said in the opening post, I think their starting lineup is the second best in the west. They have two multiple all-stars and two guys just under that level (Lopez and Wallace), and Humphries is an above average power forward. The main concern will be if they will play good defence.
Raptors will sneak in there with the 7th or 8th seed.
Raptors Are Stacked.
1- Heat (note the space because there is a HUGE drop off after them)
2-Celtics (by default)
3- Chicago (people seem to forget how well theyve plated without Rose .. plus hell be back half way thru)
4 - Pacers
5- Brooklyn (talent wise could be higher .. but some growing pains will occur for sure)
6- Knicks (people hating on the NYK - while they arent great .. they are a playoff team 100% for sure)
9- Bucks (ellis and jennings entertaining .. but not productive)
11- Wizards (not buyin the hype .. this is best case for them)
14- Magic (even if DH12 stays .. he will sit out most of the season .. why rush back?? .. he gets a max contract whether he plays a game or not .. )
Celtics lost Ray and Steisma but they added Terry, Lee, and Green. They do have a hole at backup C (not sold on Sullinger or Melo as rookies) but I think their coaching, veteran players coming to camp in shape, and Rondo will give them an edge over Brooklyn or New York. C's will win Atlantic.
Ppl are very optimistic,that's good,but let's be serious.
Team has improved,but not enough 2 make the playoff's in the east and honestly I don't care if they just make the playoffs,I think fans want contender.
Yes I realize that every franchise in T.O has not been in playoff's in eternity,but do u want 2 just make it and get blown out buy maimi,exactly.
With this roster I don't think they make the playoff's,unless they get rid of Calderon,Bargnani and Klieza pkg for allstar calliber sf and pf with grit and defensive minded..ie(Charles Oakley kinda player)protect the kid,Jonas V.
Jonas V is rook,ref's will be all over this kid,fouls,fouls,fouls,kid needs protection...and Andrea Bargnani well that's just another story I could go into,but I wont.
That's my thought,I want the raptors 2 be good,but I don't see it.
Like the Leafs and Blue Jays..there are missing that piece,franchise player.
I'm fine with just making the playoffs, as long as the team is on the way up and not the way down. I admit my own view of the Raptors is optimistic, but I do have reasons backing up my optimism: I think the Raptors will be better at every single position this year (well, possibly not at shooting guard). It depends on how well Lowry, Bargnani, Val, and Derozan play, but there's every reason to think that we can make the playoffs.