Mon Aug 9th, 2010, 03:46 PM
The west is actually moot this year - outside of Lakers, OKC, Portland or Utah, San Antonio pick the first 4-5 spots, any team in the West outside of Minnesota Timberwolves has a chance to make the playoffs due to the large exodus of stars from the West to the East in this years' free agency which has made the stronger Western Conference weak.
Mon Aug 9th, 2010, 03:49 PM
Raptors Republic Superstar
everytime i start feeling like maybe the raps are going to have a bad season next year, i remember the t-wolves... and i cheer right up
what a shit-show khan has going on there
Mon Aug 9th, 2010, 03:55 PM
I would throw Denver, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix in the mix of teams that should have a very good chance at making it. I think the balance of power is getting far more balanced but the West is still a tough place to play.
Mon Aug 9th, 2010, 03:59 PM
why do people think we are better than the nets ?
pg - harris
sg - lee
sf - t will
pf - favors
c - lopez
6 - outlaw
7 - morrow
8 - farmar
9 - boone
10 - petro
the top 8 is decent...
Mon Aug 9th, 2010, 04:00 PM
When I look at each position and compare this lineup with last years the biggest major difference is Bosh starting. I'm sorry but there is no way he makes a difference of more than 10 wins. Aren't some of the positions even stronger than last year just based on natural development that young players experience? I have to think coaching will also be improved this year with the additions made and Triano having another year under his belt.
I'm hoping they surprise and win more games than last year.
Mon Aug 9th, 2010, 04:04 PM
The Nets have Avery Johnson and Sam Mitchell coaching.....that should be a fun meltdown to witness
Mon Aug 9th, 2010, 04:06 PM
Exodus of stars...Who are you talking about other than Boozer and Amare? Two guys who are drastically overrated, primed for a major letdown season while simultaneously submarining thier teams chances of any success. Utah got significantly better letting Boozer leave and snagging Al Jefferson and while Phoenix has been running on fumes for a couple years now, the best non-decision they ever made was not inking Amare to a long term deal.
The west has nearly ever team vying for playoff spots because their entire conference got better over the off season, not worse. GS and Minny got worse and Denver and Phoenix made lateral moves, but everyone else has a shot at 50 games with Sacramento being a playoff dark horse.
It is going to take 50 wins minimum to get the 8th seed in the west where I see 38 wins getting the 8th seed. I think 2 and maybe even 3 teams in the East are going to make the playoffs with below .500 records. The East got bigger and more expensive, by no means did it get better.