08-01-2013, 11:51 PM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Re: NBA Draft 2013
Originally Posted by improbus
Assuming health, next year should be a banner year for the NBA. Look at all of the great teams/interesting stories:
In the East:
Miami: Going for Three in a Row. Can their role players/Wade continue to fight father time? Does that even matter when you have LeBron?
Chicago: How will Rose look next year? Can Jimmy Butler keep improving?
Brooklyn: Can the starting five survive a long season? It seems unlikely, but they would be tough to beat if they do.
New York: If they make their 3's, they can beat anyone. How will a potentially full season from Amar'e affect them?
Indiana: Can they continue to improve? Can Hibbert be as good in the regular season as he was in the playoffs? Can George become elite?
In the West:
San Antonio: Can they do it again? (We've asked that question for the last 5 seasons)
Oklahoma City: Can anyone in the West match their athleticism?
Memphis: Will they have enough shooting to open up their offense?
LA Clippers: This might be the ultimate test case on the importance of coaching. Their roster didn't change dramatically (they have a few better shooters), but can Griffin and Jordan make enough improvement on defense/FT shooting for them to become a true contender?
Houston: Who knows what to expect from them? Do we see Good Dwight or Mediocre Dwight? Can Harden play any defense? Can some of their unproven role players step up?
Golden State: Steph's Ankles...Bogut's everything...Lee's everything... Can they integrate Iggy? Can Barnes be more consistent (UNC fans probably say NO)?
LA Lakers: Can they.....Ha HA HAAAAA!!! No they can't.
Denver: What are they doing? Really, what is happening?
Other fun stories: Can the Cavs/Kyrie make the playoffs? Can the Wolves be who we think they can be? Can John Wall play a full season like he ended last season? Just how many dreadful teams will be at the bottom of the East (my guess is 7 or 8)?