NBA Power rankings Week 4

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NBA Power rankings and standings for week 4

Sad ending for week 3 of the young NBA season for both the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzles.


The swift announcement Monday morning that Derrick Rose is indeed out for the season after another major knee injury, even if you were expecting Rose’s surgery to produce such a dire diagnosis, hit the league hard. And seeing the Memphis Grizzlies lose Marc Gasol indefinitely to a knee injury of his own certainly didn’t help, even though Gasol’s will not require surgery.

The resulting hunt for something (anything) resembling a pick-me-up could take us only to Portland, where the Blazers have extended their improbable winning streak to a whopping 10 games, with three of the victories in a 4-0 week coming on the road.


The defending champs from Miami did nothing terribly wrong in the past seven days besides flirting Saturday night with a home loss to Orlando … but your NBA Power Rankings committee (of one), in the circumstances, couldn’t resist. The Blazers have been bumped up four spots to No. 3 in this week’s most significant move in the top 10 — one spot ahead of No. 4 Miami. This is partly a reward for giving us at least one upbeat headline to stack up against all the bad injury news, and also a result of the rampantly bad basketball coming from two-thirds of the Eastern Conference.


Meanwhile, the Grizzlies remain at No. 14 despite the loss of Gasol and the Bulls have tumbled to No. 18, as a result of the huge Derrick Rose loss. The Nuggets with their recent play jumped six spots to No. 11.


NBA Teams standings 1-30 with records and last week’s rankings in parenthesis are as followed:


1 San Antonio Spurs (13-1 LW: 2)- The Spurs continue to roll as Tim Duncan continues to put up less than average numbers and three of their wins have come against teams without winning records, but yet they sport the leagues only double-digit nightly average point margin.


2 Indiana Pacers (13-1 LW: 1)- Cleary the class of the East as of now and they are getting it done with defense as Paul George and Roy Hibbert who already has blocked at least five shots in seven of the 13 games this season are getting it done early.


3 Portland Trailblazers (13-2 LW: 7)- Jumping four spots in our top 10 are the Blazers who despite beating up on the sub-.500 teams to get to 13-2 on their 11-game win streak, let’s not forget six of the Blazers 10-straight wins were on the road.


4 Miami Heat (11-3 LW: 3)- With the only hiccup in the week being that they had to claw back from a 16-point deficit to the Orlando Magic and losses to Philly and Boston in the rear view mirror, they seem to be getting back to the team that we all know.

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5 Los Angeles Clippers (10-5 LW: 4)- The Clips survived a tough five-game stretch in which they lost a tough home game against the Grizzles and ended it by beating the Bulls by 39 points.


6 Oklahoma City Thunder (9-3 LW: 8)- The Thunder are just one of five teams that have not lost at home, joining Indy, San Antonio, Dallas and Chicago. Sitting down Russell Westbrook against the hapless Jazz was a good move in light of what the Thunder are asking him to do on a nightly basis.


7 Golden State Warriors (8-6 LW: 5)- Warriors are 8-2 when their complement of players are on the court, but they will be challenged as they get set to play seven of the next eight on the road.


8 Houston Rockets (10-5 LW: 9)- The Rockets let James Harden rest his nagging foot that has been a nuisance since Mid-October. The key when he gets back is letting Chandler Parsons get enough touches of the rock behind Dwight and Harden.


9 Dallas Mavericks (9-6 LW: 11)- Monta Ellis leads the Mavs in scoring to finally get the much needed help to Dirk Nowitski who has led Dallas in scoring every year since the 2000-01 season. A welcome relief finally.


10 Minnesota Timberwolves (8-8 LW: 6)- Beating Brooklyn helped the T’Wolves avoid going 0-4, however they were no match for the Pacers on the road on Monday night.


11 Denver Nuggets (7-6 LW: 17)- The recent Nuggets success can be attributed to winning at home again and Kenneth Faried scoring six double-doubles in seven games after having just one in his first five games.


12 Phoenix Suns (7-7, LW: 12)- Electric Eric Bledsoe has been slowed by a bruised shin, but responded with road wins in Charlotte and Orlando. The Suns did suffer a lopsided defeat in Miami on Monday night.


13 Atlanta Hawks (8-6 LW: 13)- Hawks are only one of three teams with a winning record in the East. They did lose a bad home game to the Celtics… but they are in the East and winning in a weak conference.


14 Memphis Grizzles (7-7 LW: 14)- The Grizzles were just starting to heat up sweeping all four of the California teams in a span of six days…. Then Marc Gasol goes down on Friday night with a knee sprain and news is no surgery required, but will be sidelined around 2 months.


15 Los Angeles Lakers (7-7 LW: 19)- The Lakers to this point have silenced the nay-sayers with their .500 record.. and all without Kobe Bryant who is expected to return soon. Pau Gasol is heating up in Kobe’s absence having racked up eight double-doubles.


16 New Orleans Pelicans (6-7 LW: 18)- Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is the only player close to Hibbert in terms of games (five) with at least five blocks. They were no match on the road Monday night against the Spurs.


17 Charlotte Bobcats (7-8)- The Bobcats are 4-3 on the road, which is good news considering they were 9-65 over the previous two seasons. Al Jefferson has been in and out of the lineup with ankle issues. The lost at home Monday night against Boston.


18 Chicago Bulls (6-7 LW: 10)- Just sad news all-around for the Chicago Bulls who now realize they will once again have to play the rest of the season without their star Derrick Rose who suffered a major knee injury at Portland. Sad, sad, sad.


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19 Toronto Raptors (6-7 LW: 22)- Liken the NFL’s NFC East, the NBA’s Atlantic Division is just the same…. Bad! One game under .500 and they are in first place. Go figure?


20 Philadelphia Sixers (6-9 LW: 16)- Still playing better then expected and despite their record… are in second place in the Atlantic Division at only one game back… huh?


21 Washington Wizards (5-8)- Still struggling early on… but G John Wall scored 30 points in consecutive games. It’s safe to say the Wizards go as John Wall goes.


22 Detroit Pistons (6-8 LW: 27)- Josh Smith… the new ‘face’ of the franchise is finding it difficult being ‘the man’ as he has been benched more then once and was booed on his return to Atlanta.


23 Orlando Magic (4-9 LW: 21)- Victor Oladipo has been inserted into the starting lineup… and as the face of the Magic future… seems like a good move.


24 Boston Celtics (6-10 LW: 25)- Celts halted their six-game skid at Atlanta and the good news is that the schedule will lighten up after facing Portland, San Antonio and Indiana in a space of a week.


25 Sacramento Kings (4-9)- With the ‘one-man show’ of DeMarcus Cousins not getting any support, talk around Kings camp is some possible moves coming up.


26 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-10 LW: 20)- Kyrie Irving is frustrated as the Cavs along with Andrew Bynum are underachieving in a weak Eastern Conference. LeBron will be making his return visit to Cleveland on Wednesday.


27 New York Knicks (3-10 LW: 24)- The Knicks just went winless at home in November with a relatively easy schedule, now must pack their bags and head West where it won’t get any easier as they already lost on Monday night in Portland.


28 Brooklyn Nets (3-10 LW: 23)- Just a horrible start to a Nets team that came in having great promise, but an ailing D. Williams is not helping.


29 Milwaukee Bucks (2-11 LW: 28)- If it weren’t for the Utah Jazz, the Bucks would be at the bottom… but an array of early season injuries isn’t helping their cause.


30 Utah Jazz (2-14 LW: 30)- As if losing Derrick Rose wasn’t bad enough… the Chicago Bulls lost to the Jazz on Monday night. Ouch!

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3


With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.


San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.


Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:


1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.


2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.


3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.


4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.


5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.


6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.


7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.


8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.


9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.


10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.


11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.


12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.


13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.


14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.


15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.


16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.


17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.


18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?


19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.


20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.


21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.


22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.


23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.


24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.


25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.


26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.


27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.


28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.


29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.


30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.





By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter




Pacers (8-0) roll past Griz to stay unbeaten

Pacers Remain Good

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INDIANAPOLIS – Eight straight wins aren’t sufficient for the right Pacers.

They have far larger plans.

The NBA’s last unbeaten group remained undaunted Monday night time, getting 23 points from Paul George and the primary triple-double of Lance Stephenson’s profession to run previous Memphis 95-79 and complete a brutal 5-sport in seven-day stretch with a sweep.

Indiana extended its franchise-best start to eight-0, becoming the seventh group to attain the feat since 2000 and the 18th workforce in league history to start a season eight-zero, in accordance with STATS.

“Everything we’re capturing for is attainable, but we have a long approach to go, loads of work to do,” coach Frank Vogel mentioned. “It was probably our most complete game.”

The Pacers made no secret of this season’s plan – dethroning two-time defending NBA champion Miami. One of the simplest ways to do that, they figured, was earning the No. 1 seed in the Japanese Conference and so far, nobody has been in a position to contact them. The Pacers have already got a 3½-game lead over Miami and Atlanta in the East.

Indiana is displaying no signal of slowing down, both.

Quite than look fatigued after again-to-again wins last Tuesday and Wednesday and two extra again-to-back wins Friday and Saturday, one thing Vogel stated he had never been part of beforehand, the Pacers appeared to get stronger Monday.

They once more dominated the glass, outrebounding Memphis 30-15 within the first half and ending with a 45-32 advantage. They again relied on suffocating protection, which held Memphis (3-4) to a season-low level whole and practically 20 factors below its season scoring average (98.5). And again they were content to share the honors.

George scored seven points throughout a key 9-3 stretch to close out the third quarter. That gave Indiana a seventy two-55 lead.

Stephenson, who’s taking part in the best basketball of his profession, completed with 13 points, 11 rebounds, a career-excessive 12 assists and only one turnover. Roy Hibbert added five more blocks to his league-main total (35), George Hill finished with thirteen points in his third sport again from a hip damage and Luis Scola added 12 factors off the bench.

Indiana may very well be making things even tougher for opponents soon, too. Vogel mentioned earlier than the sport that former All-Star Danny Granger, who once led the Pacers in scoring for five straight seasons, will start figuring out Tuesday and will return to practice as soon as Wednesday. Vogel didn’t say when Granger would return to the rotation. Granger has not played this season because of a strained left calf.

For now, although, fans seem content material with the way issues are going. During the final minutes, they even serenaded Pacers gamers with chants of “un-de-feat-ed.”

However the Pacers aren’t content with that.

“We’re not looking at this eight-0 start,” mentioned George, the NBA’s Most Improved Player last season. “We need to enjoy it, but we must let our strengths continue to guide us to victory. Everybody helps, everybody is doing their job.”

For Memphis, it was a tough night.

Marc Gasol, who showed his frustration at occasions in the course of the second half, finished with 15 factors and 6 rebounds. The one different Memphis players to succeed in double-figures were two guys with Hoosier State ties – Zach Randolph had 12 and Mike Conley added eleven.

The Grizzlies shot just 41 percent from the sphere and have been solely 6 of 19 from three-level vary, and after a 15-three run put Memphis in an 80-fifty five deficit just 83 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies never had an opportunity.

“They’re the very best defensive team in this league, they really compress the paint, it was arduous for any of us guards to get in there and make something happen,” Conley stated. “They have a whole lot of size, they’ve got great guards that play nice `D’ and so they made us take contested shots.”

The Pacers jumped to a thirteen-8 lead in the opening minutes, scored the ultimate six factors of the first quarter to make it 23-16 after which methodically pulled away in the second. Although Memphis closed to forty six-39 at halftime, the Pacers put it away with the spurt spurred by George and Stephenson that eventually made it eighty-55.

“Everybody’s on the same web page, everyone’s enjoying collectively and all people’s enjoying good,” Stephenson mentioned. “When we play like that, no one can cease us.”

Indiana now gets a three-day break before enjoying another back-to-back – hosting Milwaukee on Friday and visiting Chicago on Saturday.

Sport notes

Indiana led at halftime for only the second time this season… Memphis continued its trend, profitable all of its even-numbered video games and shedding all of its odd-numbered video games… The Pacers have received the last three on this collection and are now 14-3 all-time towards the Grizzlies in Indy… Grizzlies forward Quincy Poindexter left the sport within the second quarter with a fractured nose and did not return.


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Week 3 Power Rankings for the NBA


With Week 3 of the NBA starting on Tuesday night, let’s take a look at this week’s Power Rankings for all 30 teams.


1. Indiana Pacers (7-0)- Paul George is leading the Pacers to their best start in franchise history. The team to beat right now.


2. San Antonio Spurs (6-1)- With Philadelphia, Washington, Utah and Boston coming up, they can distance themselves from the pack.


3. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1)- With Russell Westbrook back in the fold, things are looking up.


4. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2)- Having a healthy Kevin Love does wonders for a team.


5. Miami Heat (4-3)- A sore back is slowing down LeBron as they work out their chemistry issues.


6. Phoenix Suns (5-2)- Eric Bledsoe is leading this week’s NBA’s surprise team as they have won all four of their home games.


7. Los Angeles Clippers (4-3)- Big road win at Houston as they are still trying to find their way under coach Doc Rivers.


8. Golden State Warriors (4-3)- Warriors have four different players averaging at least 15 points per game.


9. Memphis Grizzles (3-3)- Coming off a big home win against the Warriors may jump-start them.


10. Houston Rockets (4-3)- They hit the road after dropping their last three-games.


11. Dallas Mavericks (4-3)- Monte Ellis leads the team in scoring averaging 23 points a game.


12. Chicago Bulls (2-4)- Derrick Rose and the Bulls have a showdown with the Pacers this week as they look to get back to winning and avenge an earlier loss.


13. Portland Trailblazers (4-2)- Two of their four wins came against Sacramento with more winnable games coming up against the East.


14. Philadelphia 76ers (4-3)- Went 1-3 last week after starting 3-0… is the clock getting ready to strike midnight?


15. New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) Big win at home against the Lakers on Friday night, can they repeat that performance on Tuesday night in L.A.?


16. Charlotte Bobcats (3-3)- Another early surprise team in the NBA so far.


17. Atlanta Hawks (3-3)- Ronnie Millsap is off to a big year for the Hawks so far with 20.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.


18. Detroit Pistons (2-3)- Josh Smith is fitting in nicely with his new team leading them 18.8 points per game.


19. Los Angeles Lakers (3-5)- As Kobe Bryant is still working his way back, Steve Nash is suffering from back pain once again limiting his play.


20. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4)- Kyrie Irving is heating up having scored 25 or more in two of his last three games.


21. Brooklyn Nets (2-4)- Nets need more production from K.G who is only averaging six points per game and 6.7 rebounds a game.


22. Washington Wizards (2-4)- Still a better team them their record indicates but must finish games.


23. New York Knicks (2-4)- Can the return of J.R. Smith give them the shot in the arm they need?


24. Toronto Raptors (3-4)- Expect Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to get their shooting touch back after struggling in the early season.


25. Orlando Magic (3-4)- Center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double to begin the season with 15.7 points and 12.1 rebounds.


26. Boston Celtics (3-4)- The Celtics have won three straight including a win over the Miami Heat.


27. Milwaukee Bucks (2-3)- Their three losses have been by eight points or less.


28. Denver Nuggets (1-4)- Rough start under new head coach Brian Shaw as they are off to their worst start since 2004.


29. Sacramento Kings (1-5)- DeMarcus Cousins is a one-man show, but it will take more then that as they have dropped five in a row.


30. Utah Jazz (0-7)- Jazz are off to their worst start since going 0-11 in their first season in the league.




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter



NBA Power Rankings- Week 1

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NBA Power Rankings for Week 1 of the games


With the conclusion of Tuesday nights NBA games, let’s take a look at the Power Rankings going into the Week 2 with the Philadelphia 76ers 3-1 start shocking everyone who were expected to contend for the worst record in NBA history.


1. Indiana Pacers (4-0)- Guard Paul George is healthy and ready to lead the charge.


2. Houston Rockets (4-1)- So far the Dwight Howard and James Harden duo is working.


3. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-1)- A healthy Kevin Love (29.6 points 14.6 rebounds) can do wonders for a team.


4. Miami Heat (3-2)- LeBron James admits to maybe minor chemistry problems on the team… we shall see the effects.


5. Los Angeles Clippers (3-1)- Gave a beat down to the Rockets on Monday night.


6. San Antonio Spurs (3-1)- Welcome back Tim Duncan and a resurgent Manu Ginoboli.


7. Golden State Warriors (3-1)- It’s the Stephen Curry 3-point show on pace for 437 triples!


8. Dallas Mavericks (3-1)- Dirk Nowitski and Monte Ellis getting it done so far.


9. Oklahoma Thunder (2-1)- With PG Russell Westbrook back sooner then expected, expect them to start climbing up the rankings.


10. Philadelphia 76ers (3-1)- They were ranked last to start the season, but thanks to some quality wins, they deserve a Top 10 ranking for now.


11. Brooklyn Nets (2-2)- They need a Miami like performance every night if they want to contend for top billing in the East.


12. Chicago Bulls (1-2)- Derrick Rose will continue to improve but the Bulls need more scoring.


13. Memphis Grizzles (2-2)- Both road losses were on the road to San Antonio and Dallas.


14. Phoenix Suns (3-1)- Eric Bledsoe is shinning bright in the desert sun.


15. Portland Trailblazers (2-2)- Big home win against the Spurs with Tim Duncan back in the lineup, but spanked at home by the Rockets.


16. Detroit Pistons (2-2)- Brandon Jennings is back from his injury early and ready to lead.


17. Orlando Magic (2-2)- Young and ready to play with rookie Victor Oladipo.


18. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2)- Did we mention Andrew Bynum is playing this year?


19. Los Angeles Lakers (2-3)- Still young, still athletic, still Kobe-less. When Kobe, when? Xavier Henry looking great early.


20. Toronto Raptors (2-2)- It’s Rudy Gay’s team now.


21. Charlotte Bobcats (2-2)- Can Al Jefferson shake off his ankle problems?


22. Atlanta Hawks (2-2)- Safe to say the Hawks miss Josh Smith. PG Jeff Teague has been a bright spot.


23. New York Knicks (1-3)- The Knicks are hearing the boos already at home after Bobcats beat them.


24. Milwaukee Bucks (1-2)- Center Zaza Pachulia is averaging 13 points and 7.7 boards a game so far.


25. New Orleans Pelicans (1-3)- Second-year center Anthony Davis the lone bright spot with averages of 23.7 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks his first week.


26. Washington Wizards (0-3)- And to think everybody was talking a playoff team before the season. It’s early but win one first.


27. Sacramento Kings (1-3)- DeMarcus Cousins needs help and G Isaiah Thomas may be the answer averaging 19 points and 4.7 assists.


28.Denver Nuggets (0-3)- Not what we expected from a team that made the playoffs last year.


29. Utah Jazz (0-4)- Desperately need a point guard.


30. Boston Celtics (0-4)- Due to play the winless Jazz Wednesday night. 



Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14


With the 2013/14 NBA season upon us starting Tuesday night…. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings of all 30 teams to begin the season.


1. Miami Heat- The defending champion Heat will be looking to three-peat with Lebron James in the final year of his contract.


2. San Antonio Spurs- With all the pieces still intact, the Western Conference champs are still the team to beat out west.


3. Chicago Bulls- After sitting out all of last season… Derrick Rose is back and ready to lead his team to challenge the Heat.


4. Indiana Pacers- Last years team was good, now with Danny Granger back and the addition of Luis Scola… they will be even better.


5. Los Angeles Clippers- Can new coach Doc Rivers instill the mental and physical toughness that has been lacking with the Clippers in seasons past?


6. Houston Rockets- Can the tag team of Dwight Howard/James Harden co-exist and get them to the promise land?


7. Golden State Warriors- Will one more year of experience under their belt make up for the lack of depth at the point guard and center positions? Key addition with Andre Iguodala.


8. Oklahoma City Thunder- Still no Russell Westbrook until December… until then, can they keep it together?


9. Memphis Grizzles- The addition of Mike Miller should help with a team depleted with shooters.


10. Brooklyn Nets- Can an aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce be the difference that Deron Williams and new coach Jason Kidd need to contend?


11. New York Knicks- J.R Smith is still on the shelve and Amar’e and Kenyon Martin are not quite ready for back-to-backs yet.


12. Minnesota Timberwolves- A full year of a healthy Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio can finally make the Wolves a playoff contender after a drought of nine seasons.


13. Denver Nuggets- Andre Iguodala is now with Golden State and no Danilo Gallinari until at least December.


14. Washington Wizards- Key addition with Marcin Gortat to fill in a true center position and move Nene to his natural forward position.


15. New Orleans Pelicans- New team nickname and two nice additions will help the Pelicans improve… Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.


16. Dallas Mavericks- Monte Ellis was added to help give Dirk Nowitski an offensive boost… but it’s the defense I’m worried about.


17. Portland Trailblazers- LaMarcus Aldridge vows this years Blazers team will make the playoffs.


18. Detroit Pistons- Two big additions with the face of the franchise now Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.


19. Los Angeles Lakers- Much more athletic team then last year’s team, however their season still rides on the shoulders of Kobe Bryant’s return.


20. Cleveland Cavaliers- When will Andrew Bynum play? Oh yeah #1 pick Anthony Bennett has a sleeping disorder.


21. Atlanta Hawks- No Josh Smith… it’s Al Horford’s team now.


22. Toronto Raptors- Andrea Bargnani is now a Knick.


23. Charlotte Bobcats- Should improve in the win column with new center Al Jefferson.


24. Sacramento Kings- Will DeMarcus Cousins live up to hype of a max-contract deal.


25. Utah Jazz- Young talent is nice, but no quality point guard to dish the rock.


26. Milwaukee Bucks- Can new coach Larry Drew keep the rebuilding Bucks together?


27. Boston Celtics- New coach, new faces and no Rajon Rondo.


28. Orlando Magic- Another rebuilding year.. looking towards the 2014 NBA Draft.


29. Phoenix Suns- Traded away their best player Marcin Gortat.


30. Philadelphia 76ers- Many are predicting the Sixers to challenge for the all-time worst record of 9-73 (1972-73 Sixers).

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