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    Lopez, with all his faults, is one of the elite postplayers, probably one of the top 2/3 low post players. Johnson might be perceived as not that good, but he is a multiple allstar for a reason and Williams is arguably the most complete pointguard in the league. I think this big three could be a very good match.
    I think this team could be elite in the future, but next season i see them going 6-8 seed. They need some time to build their chemstry and learn how to play together. this situation can compare to the Heat's first year with the big three (yes they did make the finals but there was countless flaws that were perfected last season)
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    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.

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    Raptors will sneak in there with the 7th or 8th seed.

    Raptors Are Stacked.

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    Quote malefax wrote: View Post
    Like I said in the opening post, I think their starting lineup is the second best in the west.
    Except they're in the East...

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    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)
    7- Philidelphia
    8-Raptors
    9- Bucks (ellis and jennings entertaining .. but not productive)
    10- Hawks
    11- Wizards (not buyin the hype .. this is best case for them)
    12- Cavaliers
    13- Pistons
    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 .. )
    15- Bobcats

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    Quote mountio wrote: View Post
    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)
    7- Philidelphia
    8-Raptors
    9- Bucks (ellis and jennings entertaining .. but not productive)
    10- Hawks
    11- Wizards (not buyin the hype .. this is best case for them)
    12- Cavaliers
    13- Pistons
    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 .. )
    15- Bobcats
    Rose is expected to be out till March. No Watson, Brewer, Korver, JLIII, and Asik (they guys that played really well when Rose was out).

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    Quote SuperRaptor wrote: View Post
    Raptors will sneak in there with the 7th or 8th seed.

    Raptors Are Stacked.
    lol, maybe we should use a different adjective here. I don't know if "stacked" is an accurate word to describe a team that barely squeaks into the playoffs

    If the Raptors are "stacked", what does that make Miami?
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    1. Heat
    2. Nets
    3. Knicks
    4. Boston
    5. Indiana
    6. Atlanta
    7. Washington
    8. Toronto
    9. Chicago
    10. Milwaukee
    11. Cleveland
    12. Philadelphia
    13. Magic
    14. Detroit
    15. Charlotte

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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    lol, maybe we should use a different adjective here. I don't know if "stacked" is an accurate word to describe a team that barely squeaks into the playoffs

    If the Raptors are "stacked", what does that make Miami?
    super stacked?

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    Quote TheGloveinRapsUniform wrote: View Post
    1. Heat
    2. Nets
    3. Knicks
    4. Boston
    5. Indiana
    6. Atlanta
    7. Washington
    8. Toronto
    9. Milwaukee
    10. Cleveland
    11. Philadelphia
    12. Magic
    13. Detroit
    14. Charlotte
    The Bulls have apparently forfeited the season without Rose, and have removed themselves from the standings
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    Quote TheGloveinRapsUniform wrote: View Post
    super stacked?
    Super hyper stacked to the max times infinity!!!
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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    The Bulls have apparently forfeited the season without Rose, and have removed themselves from the standings
    hahahaha i edited it!!!
    give me a break!!! its 9:16 and i havent had coffee yet!!!! hahahaha

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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    Super hyper stacked to the max times infinity!!!
    or CHEATERS in other words. hahaha

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Premature thread. Great one for October.

    But I'll play along:

    1. Heat
    2. Pacers
    3. Celtics
    4. Nets
    5. Knicks
    6. Bulls
    7. Hawks
    8. Raptors
    9. Bucks
    10. Sixers
    11. Wizards
    12. Pistons
    13. Cavs (injuries)
    14. Bobcats
    15. Magic
    how come you have the pacers at 2nd?
    and celtics third? without Ray, steisma

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    Quote TheGloveinRapsUniform wrote: View Post
    how come you have the pacers at 2nd?
    and celtics third? without Ray, steisma
    Pacers are in the Central which is (without Rose and loss of major role players) likely to be weakest conference in east (Chicago, Indiana, Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee). *EDIT* Actually if Dwight gets traded before season, Southeast likely to be just as weak.*End EDIT* Pacers will win Central.

    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.
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    Default Won't make the playoff's...

    Wow...
    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.

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    Bottom of the Atlantic (division)
    I can't see that happening. They're better than Philly and Toronto.
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    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.

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    Quote TheGloveinRapsUniform wrote: View Post
    1. Heat
    2. Nets
    3. Knicks
    4. Boston
    5. Indiana
    6. Atlanta
    7. Washington
    8. Toronto
    9. Chicago
    10. Milwaukee
    11. Cleveland
    12. Philadelphia
    13. Magic
    14. Detroit
    15. Charlotte
    with the exception of Washington I think this is the most realistic one so far
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