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Thread: New-look Raptors won't make playoffs

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    I've said it before, but I think Philly could go either way. They replaced Andre Iguodala, the best wing defender in the league except for possibly LeBron, with Jason Richardson, who is terrible on D and coming off the worst season of his career. They amnestied a solid defensive center (Brand), and replaced him with a very, very good two-way player (Bynum) whose knees are definite question marks. They've got a pretty good coach who has a history of clashing with players who won't follow orders, and they just acquired a star player who is notoriously bratty and disrespectful of coaches. Plus, Lou Williams was their microwave, and they let him walk. If Richardson doesn't have a big-time comeback year, where does the guard play that allows Bynum to not be constantly double-teamed come from?

    If everything clicks for them, they're gonna be dangerous, maybe even conference finalists. But there are a whole lotta ifs. If someone were to offer me even money on who's gonna finish with the better record between Philly and Toronto, I'd think hard about it, but I'd probably take Toronto.

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    the Locks:
    HEAT (Mario/wade/Ray/LBJ/Bosh/Lewis)
    CELTS (Rondo/JET/Truth/KG/Bass/Lee/**Bradley**) **even without him they have a healthy Jeff Green
    PACERS (DJ/George/Granger/West/Hibbz/HansB)

    next level:
    KNICKS (Felton/Smith/Anthony/Amare/Tyson/Camby)
    SIXERS (Holiday/JRich/Turner/T.Young/Bynum/NYoung)
    BULLS (Rose**Kirk/RIP/Deng/Booz/Noah/Gibson) ** they jump to a lock depending how soon rose gets back
    NETS (Dwill/JJ/Crash/Hump/Lopez/Brooks)

    on the bubble/in the mix:
    HAWKS (Teague/Sweet Lou/JSmoove/Big Al/ZaZa/Dharris/Korver)
    BUCKS (BJenn/Monta/Illy/Gooden/SammyD/LuckyLuc) + Carlos Delfino, Pryzbilla, MikeD
    RAPS (KLow/DD/Fields/Bargs/Vala/Caldé) + some potential in Ross/Ed & a healthy Amir
    WIZZ (Wall/Crawford/JanV/Nene/Oaka4/Beal) & the ghost of trevor Ariza
    DEEE-TROIT (Stucky/Daye/Prince/JJ/Monroe/Drummond) + Charie V, Maggette and a dead british artist named Richard Hamilton (according to googles fancy little top bar)
    CLEVELAND (KI/Waiters/Gee/TommyTdot/AndyV/Omri) and a man called boobie

    thanks for comin out:
    Bobcats
    Orlando

    It'll be tough. Hopefully the Hawks implode, Chicago gets mired in mediocrity and Boston runs out of time with KG.
    Last edited by minks77; Wed Oct 3rd, 2012 at 11:35 AM.
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    I would not consider the Knicks a lock. They were out of the playoffs before Linsansity hit last year. Amare/Melo don't fit well together, and they are relying on a resurgence from both Kidd and Felton at the PG position. Shumpert won't be back until December, and Fields even though he had a bad year for them, was great depth off the bench.

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    I was thinking the same thing about the Knicks, but J. Kidd has a way of bringing teams together and the combo of Camby and Chandler is ridiculous. Good luck trying to score in the post with those two manning the paint.

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    They were also playing D'Antonis ssol offense without a pg capable of playing it and a SF who doesn't play that way. They're a lock, last year was an abberation. Felton, Kidd and Pablo are upgrades, Sheed, Kurt and Camby bring leadership, defense and ovaltine.
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