I'm a subscriber to SiriusXM and I payed for the premium package so I can listen to the NBA channel.
So for those of you that don't know, Chicago is the favorite to win the division according to all the "experts" on that station. They cite Derek Rose as the main reason why and some how think that McBuckets and Mirotic are game changers, oh not to mention that Pau Gasol has turned back the clock and is now the dominant healthy nightmare of a match up in the post.
So Chicago is the #1 seed. Cool.
Cleveland is #2. LeBron is that good and I don't think anyone would argue that, however this team is terribly flawed. Kyrie is somehow a "superstar" even though his teams have averaged like 30 wins since he's been in the league oh and he's ball dominant and can't play off the ball (see the tiff between him and Waiters for confirmation of that) Thompson is good as a 6th man I guess but I don't think he moves the needle all that much, Varejao can't stay healthy so he's a non factor to me. Oh and they have a great coach in Blatt but, he's never coached in the NBA let alone a LeBron James and the egos of Kyrie and Waiters. They should be at the least very interesting.
Next on the experts list is Washington. Sweet Beal and Wall are great, Nene is good when healthy, Gortat is a freak and is probably on steroids so that's pretty good but then they lose Ariza and replace him with the corpse of Paul Pierce and somehow you're going to be better than you were last year??? I must be missing something. But I guess I'm being foolish because Otto Porter was really good in summer league and since that always translates directly the NBA they should be real excited.
I don't think I have to break down my view of Indiana but I suppose I will... Hibbert is um, well hes kinda not all that scary anymore. Paul George is good but he's no star, West is old but still serviceable, George hill is gonna have the ball a lot which is probably not that great and they lost their biggest nightmare/most important player in Lance Stephenson. Oh and they don't have anyone worth while coming off the bench unless you like Scola.
Now we're at our Raptors who they lump in with Charlotte, Brooklyn and the KNICKS!!!!! Hahahahahahaha
So there you have it the experts have us slated somewhere in the 5-8 seed with a chance of not making the playoffs.
I say, they can all shove it.