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Thread: Where the Raptors will finish in the east

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    Default Where the Raptors will finish in the east

    Since the rosters seem mostly settled, it's plausible (if maybe a little premature, still) to start forecasting how the east playoff race might look, and have an idea of where the Raptors are going to fit into it. Here's my take, with some comments:

    1. Heat -- will be even better than last year. Runaway number 1. +8
    2. Nets -- Have a pretty firm ceiling, but the team will have good synergy and has definitely the 2nd best set of starters in the east. +5

    3. Celtics -- Lee and Terry will be an upgrade over Allen. They have huge downside if Garnett has knee troubles. +3.5
    4. Pacers -- Could easily finish ahead of the Celtics, but I don't think they will catch the nets. Gap between them and the next bunch. +3.5

    5. Magic -- This is assuming Howard plays for them, at his usual level. If they trade him in the summer, they go to mid-lottery probably, and whoever gets him (hopefully in the west) shoots way up.+2

    6. Raptors -- This is assuming Lowry plays very very well, Valanciunas plays as an above-average centre, and that Bargnani continues to play at the level he did before his injuries last year. But it's also assuming DeRozan continues to not be very good. It has more downside than upside potential. +1.5

    7. Bulls -- This is assuming Rose has basically no impact on the regular season. I wouldn't be very surprised if they finished better than the Raptors or Magic. +0.5
    8. Knicks -- I wouldn't actually be very surprised if they're worse than this. This is assuming Carmelo and Stoudemire can play together at an above average level, which I actually doubt. +0

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    9. Hawks -- Losing Johnson for nothing will hurt a lot. -.5
    10. Bucks -- Still very average. Will be better if Waiters is actually a stud in his first year, but I think he will shoot bad.-.5
    11. Wizards -- This is assuming Wall continues to suck. If he starts to be good, they could make the playoffs. -1
    12. 76ers -- Lost brand, have a terrible, terrible frontcourt. Upside is if Hawes plays like he did at the beginning of last season. -2
    13. Pistons -- I don't like anybody on their team aside from Monroe. -4
    14. Cavaliers -- At least they'll get another good draft pick. -6
    15. Bobcats -- Their team is still unbelievably awful. -10

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    1. Heat
    2. Pacers
    3. Celtics
    4. Knicks
    5. Nets
    6. Sixers
    7. Bulls
    8. Hawks
    9. Bucks
    10. Wizards
    11. Raptors
    12. Cavaliers
    13. Pistons
    14. Magic (obviously I'm going with Dwight being gone)
    15. Bobcats

    Don't get me wrong I think Raptors will improve, but they're still not a playoff team and they'll probably miss out on playoffs by about 4 or 5 games, and 10-13 in East could be as close as 2 or 3 games.

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    1.Heat (better than last year)
    2.Celtics (assuming everyone stays healthy)
    3.Nets
    4.Pacers
    5.Knicks
    6.Sixers
    7.Raptors
    8.Bulls (rose comes back in march)

    We are better than the rest of the east as Washinton will take time to acclimate (nene and okafor play same position), atlanta has no scoring, orlando will lose dwight, clevland has no scoring other than kyrie (waiters is combo guard who will struggle in rookie year)

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    1. Heat
    2. Celtics
    3. Pacers
    4. Magic (with Howard)
    5. Knicks
    6. Nets
    7. Sixers
    8. Bucks
    9. Raptors
    10. Bulls
    11. Hawks
    12. Wizards
    13. Cavs
    14. Bobcats
    15. Pistons

    Will probably get a lot of crap for my #10, but this is just my opinion. Also, losing Ben Gordon is a huge blow to the Pistons, which is why they recieved a last-place finish from me.
    Last edited by isaacthompson; Tue Jul 24th, 2012 at 12:03 PM.
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    Quote isaacthompson wrote: View Post
    1. Heat
    2. Celtics
    3. Pacers
    4. Magic (with Howard)
    5. Knicks
    6. Nets
    7. Sixers
    8. Bucks
    9. Raptors
    10. Bulls
    11. Hawks
    12. Wizards
    13. Cavs
    14. Bobcats
    15. Pistons

    Will prbably get a lot of crap for my #10, but this is just my opinion
    Bucks wont make playoffs - they have no center and 3 powerforwards with limited offensive games and 2 point guards who score and hog the ball