For all of the talk from the media that half the teams in the league are going to tank, a lot of teams seem to view this as their chance to make a run at the playoffs.
Right now I think Toronto is closer to bottom three in the east than they are to bottom 3 in the playoffs. Any injury to Gay, or in particular Lowry, would destroy the raptors as constructed. This is the main reason why I personally lean toward desiring a rebuild of sorts.
A lot of the "tank" teams have actually gotten better this offseason.
Detroit added Josh Smith.
Charlotte added Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller.
Cavs looks like a playoff team now.
Pelicans now have Holiday and Tyreke.
Kings got a very good young player in Mclemore. And they have IMO the best C in the game in Cousins.
Right now the teams that i project to battle for the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes are:
4. Boston(if they move Rondo).
Toronto is 2 injuries away from a total tank. IMO
When you look at how strong the west is, I still think Utah will wind up being the 2nd worst team in the conference. I think their trade with GS was a pretty strong sign that they don't intend to win this season.
Potentially Good Teams
- Trail Blazers
- Lakers (depends when Kobe returns)
- Mavericks (depends who else joins Dirk & Calderon)
I think the Kings will surprise a lot of people this year.
Gray starting, and Acy/novak first big off the bench is not gonna cut it. Julian stone as a starter is not gonna cut it. We have no depth besides the wings. Free agency is not over yet, but i don't see anyone that can be had for 5 mil that could start for 2 weeks. I think Ujiri is gonna decide what we want to do in january. If our record sucks in then, Rudy gay is gone to someone that's sniffing the playoffs.
As for the Rockets? all i have to say is, Houston we have a problem. As good as Howard is, i think he's a cancer. And i think he's going to be a problem in Houston.
My top 4 teams in the West:
Anyone think that this upcoming season is going to be the most competitive season in a long time? It seems like a lot of teams have benefited from the development of young talent... The West in particular is crazy.
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