So I plan on getting NBA league pass this year so I’ll have DVR access to every game. It shall be a blast. This preview I will go from division to division, starting with the team I think will do the worst in the division to the best.
To start us off, the Southeast!
5. Charlotte Bobcats
While the Bobcats have a strong candidate for ROY in Kemba Walker, they have done very little else to help themselves out. Michael Jordan the owner of the team, was one of the owners who had a very harsh stance in the lockout discussions, had good reasons for his opinions. His small market team is suffering [mostly his fault] & he wants mo’ money! Sorry MJ, go ahead and tank this season to get one more piece to go with Kemba & then you can start thinking about the playoffs.
4. Orlando Magic
Call me crazy, but here’s the two main reasons why I think the Magic will stink up the joint: A. If Dwight stays, he will be unmotivated. He clearly wants out, otherwise dude would have signed a damn extension already. B. He leaves, leaving the Magic with whatever crap the Nets or Lakers give them. Neither has much to offer.
3. Washington Wizards
The Wizards have a nice young squad. If it wasn’t for 3 amazing sportscenter highlights a night from a dude named Blake Griffin last year, the guy pictured above named John Wall would have been your rookie of the year. They have an amazing shot blocker in Javale McGee & the highlight reel himself, Nick Young. The Wiz had a nice draft, Jan Vesley, Shelvin Mack & Chris Singleton. Still they need some tweaks here and there & they will be a solid squad in the easy east by the end of next season.
2. Atlanta Hawks
I was a bit hesitant in picking the Hawks for the #2 spot in the division, considering the semi-big loss of lights out shooter- Jamal Crawford. BUT they still have The Game lookalike, Josh Smith & in my opinion, the most overpayed player in the league, Joe Johnson who’s making a cool $16.3 million dollars a year. An x factor for them will be the ability of the athlete formerly known as T-Mac. If he plays even half as good as he used to be in his days with the Raptors, Magic & Rockets, then that could push the Hawks over the edge.
1. Miami Heat
Here we go, the team I LOVED to root against last year. Only team I hated more was the Lakers & boy was it fun seeing them crash hard in the end, especially since I had money on the Mavs in 6. But this very well may be the year that Lebron finally gets it done. The year the self proclaimed “Chosen One” can finally shut all us haters up. Guess what, you can silence anyone Mr. James. It took you pairing up with the two of the top 15 players in the league to get it done. But it’s not all hate for the Heaters, my dude Dexter Pittman will finally get a chance to shine. Also a darkhorse pick for rookie of the year in Norris Cole will definitely light it up in south beach. While I’m not saying Miami’s a definite lock for Champs this year…definitely East champs.
5. Detroit Pistons
While the Pistons will be entertaining when it comes to dunks with Will Bynum, Jason Maxiell & Ben Wallace. Their record will be awful, Prince seems to give no fucks I don’t understand why they re-signed him. The young combo of Daye & Knight will be an intriguing item to watch. Knight seems to have the ability to produce big plays but then again that was against the Cavs. Another bright spot would be the forgotten Jonas brother, Jerebko, if he stays healthy. Detroit also just offered a huge contract to Rodney Stuckey that for some unexplainable reason he declined, accepting a shorter contract for less money. The Pistons, two steps forward and 8 steps back- their motto since they won the finals.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
I really wanted to say that the Cavs are my sleeper to do awesome this year, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. They are just too damn young. While that’s not an awful thing, it’s not a great thing. I honestly thought picking Kyrie #1 was a little much on Believeland’s part, he barely played at all in college, I just don’t understand the hype around him. Kemba, I thought, showed a lot more in college but I guess we will see how this pans out. I want the Cavs to succeed I really do (but then again, I don’t because I think Dan Gilbert is a piece of shit for the crap he pulled in the attempted CP3 to the LAkers trade & also the clear racism & immatureness he showed after The Decision) but it just ain’t happening this year.
3. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are a team that I thought was gonna tear it up last year for some reason but I definitely think they will do better this year. Long as Bogut doesn’t go and snap his arm (look up the video if you haven’t seen it, it’s filthy) & Jennings stays consistent. Young Brandon tore it up in Summer lockout games & looks to be ready to tear shit up foreal this time.
2. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are on pace to surprise the hell outta people this season. They got two awesome point guards in George Hill (hometown boy) and Darren Collison. They two of my favorite players when they were in college, Roy Hibbert & Psycho T. Paul George is a great young player. Indiana added David West who had the option of going to Boston, but he opted to sign with the Pacers, so he clearly sees the Boston Three Party’s boat is sinking. The Pacers are a team built for a short season, young & tough. Just hope their youth doesn’t hurt them when they go against more experienced squads.
1. Chicago Bulls
I along with pretty much everyone else that watches basketball, am expecting the Bulls to win the division. The defending MVP is gonna be out to prove that his awesome season last year wasn’t a fluke & is determined to show that Chicago can go deeper into the playoffs. The Bulls got better by subtraction this offseason, every Bull fan I’ve seen online always loathed Keith Bogans, the Bulls listened got rid of him & added a good experienced vet in Rip Hamilton. Also The Basketball God, Brian Scalabrine became a legend overseas, so let’s hope he gets more playing time here in the States.
5. Toronto Raptors
The Raptors….well, they got DeMar DeRozan. But sorry, Canada, can’t really see much good happening for ya. Leandro Barbosa ain’t even happy the lockout is over. But I will say I think the Raptors got a good draft pick in Jonas Valanciunas, but there ain’t much to talk about because the dude still hasn’t even signed a contract yet. Sooooo…….
4. Boston Celtics
Sorry New Englanders. While I think the Celtics will do good at the beginning of the season, I think they will wither as the back-to-backs start to take effect on the old team. One person that I thought was going to be key to the Celtics success this year was Jeff Green. Sadly Green was found with “an aortic aneurysm, a ballooning of the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body” during a preseason physical. Thankfully it saved his life, but sadly takes away from the depth of Boston’s bench because he will not play the entire season. I thought the Celtics did well in the Big Baby for Brandon Bass trade, and also had a great draft getting the two standouts from Purdue in E’Twaun & JaJuan. Pierce is already having health issues & I’m sure it won’t be long till KG starts having his own. Also poor Rondo had to hear his name involved in trade rumor after trade rumor, most popular one was him being sent to Nawlins for CP3 & if I were Rajon I would give zero fucks about an organization that was ready to send my ass to that horrible situation.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
Call me crazy but I got high hopes for the 6ers. The team really hasn’t been much to talk about since good ol’ days of AI. The team is young & ready. Evan Turner seems ready to turn it up a notch. Jrue Holliday is a name you will be hearing a lot on Sportscenter, I guarantee that. Elton Brand is coming up on his 12th year in the league, if he plays solid he will help this team a lot. This team may make the playoffs, but again, inexperience may become an issue for guys not named Elton or Iggy.
2. New Jersey Nets
I have no idea why, but I think the soon to be Brooklyn team will actually do pretty damn well this year. Although things will get confusing when you have FOUR dudes on your team with the last name Williams, I think they’ll mesh well. They got one of the most underrated players in the draft in MarShon Brooks who I think will probably light it up. I believe Kris Kardashian Humphries will be ready to show the world he’s more than just a trophy husband & now that Deron has had time to mesh with soon to be superstar Brook Lopez.
1. New York Knicks
Well I’ve officially given into the great Big Apple hype. The Knicks addressed their need to have someone play this magical mythical thing called defense by picking up Tyson Chandler. I’m a huge fan Iman Shumpert their rookie. I suspect Baron Davis will thrive under the lights of the biggest stage in basketball and will mesh wonderfully with the two stars, Melo & ‘Mare. I actually liked the Knicks for some weird reason when I was growing up, Latrell was one of my favorites, but year after year the Knickerbockers as their fans know all too well, just find new ways to disappoint. So with hesitation, I’m picking them to go all the way to Eastern Finals, I hope they make it to the finals, but I don’t see any East team beating the Heat in a 7 games.