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22 Jul 2018 20:55:55
What do you think the most unpredictable teams are this year? Like the teams that be a top 4 see or could end up being out of the playoffs or teams that could be in the playoffs or they could be at the bottom of the standings.

Some of my candidates are the Bulls, Cavs Wizards, Lakers, Nuggets, and Grizzlies.

The Bulls clearly have a ton of offensive talent, but they're young, haven't been around winning, and they could end up being the worst defensive team in the league. Plus, Lavine and Parker are both injury risks until they can prove nothing else is going to happen for a few years. They could absolutely be in the bottom 3 in the league or the 8th seed.

Who knows what the Cavs will be post Lebron. Osman looks like he do a little of the creating that will be missing. Sexton looks like a guy who can get points and he seems like a worker that will continue to improve through the season. Both guys are to you to count on at this poiny though. Will the Cavs be getting Cleveland Love or with the offense being about him, will we see Minnesota Love. What can Hill give them? How done is JR and will he care at all? Can Thompson be the player he was in the playoffs for a full season? What can some of the other young guys give them. With how weak the East is, I wouldn't be shocked if they ended up at 6 to 8. I also wouldn't be surprised if the team was just ahead of only the Knicks, Magic and Hawks. If Love and Korver get traded they could be the worst team in the league.

The Wizards could turn ugly fast. They added Howard to a volatile locker room, the team seemed to hate each other last year. 3 of their best 4 players are also injury prone. That said maybe getting rid of Gortat fixes a lot of those problems. Howard had his best statistical year in a whole last year and maybe he can be even better on a contender and while feasting off Wall lobs. Porter has gotten better each year and could explode this year. Beal is finally healthy and that could lead to a big offseason for him. They also have a much improved bench. This team could miss the playoffs or end up coming out of the East.

The Lakers added Lebron and now the expectation is deep playoff run or bust. The best players they have outside of Lebron are really young and the additions they made don't complement the roster well. There is also the potential that this lockerroom could be a post apocalyptic nuclear waste land and we might be looking at a Cavs style blow it up at the deadline thing. That said, Magic and Lebron clearly have something planned here and maybe this can come together. They have some solid talent and the best player in the game. I don't think it's impossible that they miss the playoffs in a stacked West, but if things come together and the Warriors have some injuries, it's not impossible they some how scrape out a title.

The Nuggets have a ton of talent and should have been better last year, but there coach doesn't seem to want to play the style that best fits the team. If he let's them run and gun, play through Jokic, and can get them to play a little more defense along with the typical growth of young players, they could get to the 2nd round easily and maybe the 3rd round of lucky. On the flip side, if the team turns on their coach, they could end up worse than last year.

Memphis basically comes down to how good are Conley and Gasol at this point, how good can Jackson be his rookie season, and will the supporting cast give these guys anything? If Conley and Gasol are still allstar caliber players and Jackson can be a really good defender while shooting in the high 30s from 3 and the supporting cast can do anything. Getting to the 2nd round of the playoffs wouldn't be ridiculous. That said if Gasol is what we saw last year, Conley is diminishing, either guy misses significant time, the supporting cast is terrible and Jackson struggles, They could be looking at another top 5 pick.

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22 Jul 2018 20:35:34
Suns depth chart

Elile okobo/Brandon Knight/Shaq Harrison

Devin booker/Mikal Bridges/Troy Daniels

Josh Jackson/Trevor Ariza/Davon reed

Tj warren/dragan Bender/marquesses Chriss

Deandre Ayton/Tyson chandler/Richaun Holmes


They definitely need to trade a wing but where to and what for?

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22 Jul 2018 02:56:43
I've seen the talk about Wade possibly playing in China. I'm curious, how much do you think it would take a Chinese team offering to get a guy like Lebron or Durant to play a season over there?

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22 Jul 2018 05:59:02
Wouldn’t ever happen. China teams don’t have the money for it and it’s a definite no for LeBron. Highly unlikely for kd but a better chance than LeBron, would be when he gets older tho like Wade.

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22 Jul 2018 15:08:22
Assume some Billionaire buys a Chinese league and sees it as a toy and just wants the best player in the NBA at any cost. You don't think there's a number out there that would get them to do it?

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22 Jul 2018 01:17:04
I honestly want to know how in the world some of you think that OKC didn’t get better?
-They got rid of Melo, and they were better when he was on the bench.
-They got a major upgrade at the 6th man and backup point guard position
-They upgraded the backup center position
-They have a lot of young guys who will see growth and improve such as Roberson, Abrines, Ferguson, Grant, Adams, and Noel
-Westbrook and PG were better last year when Melo without Melo and they’re going to be even better this year.

This team in my opinion will finish as a top 4 seed and make the conference finals (unless they have to play the Warriors in the 2nd rd) but I think they can give the Warriors a run for their money better than anyone else can except for maybe the Celtics.

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22 Jul 2018 06:32:57
Because they’re still run through Westbrook, who I don’t think can lead a team.

I also don’t think much of Schroeder. He’s a young PG version of Melo. A chucker that doesn’t play defense.

And their role guys aren’t that good. Adams isn’t a third option. Abrines is average at best. Noel has little to no potential left.

They’re a solid team that is right in the middle of the pack. I think Utah is more dangerous.

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22 Jul 2018 14:55:04
Schroeder is not the same as Melo. Schroeder is actually willing to accept his role and he is ecstatic about being OKCs 6th man, Melo laughed at the idea. Huge difference.

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22 Jul 2018 15:12:40
They got better. Even just another year for PG and Russ to gel will make them better. Plus, Schroeder can be a guy that can score when Russ is off the court. Noel can be a decent back up and getting Roberson back will be big for them. Getting rid of Melo helps. They'll be better, but it's not like they moved into that elite tier of teams. They're still in that 2nd teir range.

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22 Jul 2018 01:17:02
The next all star break should get interesting with teams in a frenzy to compete or cut next year free agents hoping to salvage some picks

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21 Jul 2018 22:46:12
West standings

1-warriors
2-rockets
3-Nuggets
4-jazz
5-Thunder
6-lakers
7-blazers
8-spurs
9-Timberwolves
10-pelicans
11-clippers
12-grizzlies
13-kings
14-mavs
15-suns




East

1-Raptors
2-bucks
3-celtics
4-pacers
5-sixers
6-pistons
7-wizards
8-hornets
9-heat
10-bulls
11-cavs
12-Knicks
13-nets
14-magic
15-hawks

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22 Jul 2018 01:03:59
Thunder should be in front of nuggets and jazz. Thunder was in front of them two last year and thunder has gotten better. They got rid of Melo so know Westbrook and George can play off one another better without haveing to make sure Melo gets touches. And they have a better bench than last year. All jazz have done is added their rookie who can be good for them but I don't think he puts them in front of thunder. And while nuggets made moves I don't think they made enough to be in front of thunder, but I do believe the nuggets are being slept on when they shouldn't be, but not staying they will they Could fill that 4 spot but I believe Warriors, Thunder, Rockets in that order will be top 3.

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20 Jul 2018 23:50:40
So what are the odds that this Lakers team implodes? It really feels like Magic went out and built a team out of the most unpredictable personalities in the league. He was Howard (and Melo once he hits free agency) away from signing every free agent with huge warning flags in the league.

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21 Jul 2018 04:42:10
They’re all tough competitors though. Also has the potential to be the funniest locker room and team of all time.

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21 Jul 2018 07:15:30
As a Laker fan, i found it interesting.

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20 Jul 2018 15:56:12
Any decent center for the Lakers?? via trade or sign 1yr contract..

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20 Jul 2018 16:58:47
They’re looking to play small ball. No other center left is worth adding. Looks like they’re running with McGee at center with Wagner and Zubac behind him and some small ball LeBron at center.

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20 Jul 2018 17:00:49
They can have Tristan Thompson at the low low price of 16 million dollars and having the inevitable Ball/ Kardashian cross over episode.

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20 Jul 2018 20:36:16
They should have gone after Ed Davis. He can't score, but his contract is tiny and he's a great defender and rebounder.

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20 Jul 2018 22:26:08
they just signed pf M. Beasely for $3.5 million.

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20 Jul 2018 15:07:56
Raptors
pg. Lowry
sg. Green
sf. Leonard
pf. Ibaka
c. Valanciunas

Sixers
pg. Simmons
sg. Reddick
sf. Covington
pf. Saric
c. Embiid

Celtics
pg. Irving
sg. Brown
sf. Hayward
pf. Tatum
c. Horford

Bucks
pg. Bledsoe
sg. Middleton
sf. Antentekoumpko
pf. Illaysova
c. Lopez

Wizards
pg. Wall
sg. Beal
sf. Porter
pf. Oubre
c. Howard

Pacers
pg. Evans
sg. Oladipo
sf. McDermott
pf. Sabonis
c. Turner

Pistons
pg. Jackson
sg. Thomas
sf. Johnson
pf. Griffin
c. Drummond

Bulls
pg. Dunn
sg. LaVine
sf. Parker
pf. Carter Jr.
c. Markennen.

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20 Jul 2018 16:28:16
Top 8 in the East

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20 Jul 2018 17:13:58
Oubre starting over Markieff? McDermott over Bogdanovic?

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20 Jul 2018 19:02:29
I don't see the Bulls being that good. That defense is going to be so bad and they have some good young offensive player, but who knows what they'll be together on the court. I think Detroit will probably be the 8th seed. Who knows what you'll get out of Charlotte or the Cavs. They could both challenge for the 8th spot. The 8th spot could end up having less than 40 wins.

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20 Jul 2018 22:16:08
The Celtics line up is a hard one to predict those 5 are the most talented just not sure Tatum is starting 4.

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21 Jul 2018 04:15:51
I see Brown coming of the bench and Al at the 4 with Baynes at center.

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21 Jul 2018 05:12:59
heat will be 6-8 seed.

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20 Jul 2018 08:45:14
Melo should join the Wizards. He and Howard are both negatives that could turn into positives lol.

Wall/Rivers/Satoransky
Beal/Oubre/Meeks
Porter/Green/Robinson
Melo/Morris
Howard/Mahinmi/Smith

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20 Jul 2018 11:11:26
If that deal went through, Wizards coach Scott Brooks would toss himself off the Washington Monument after the first day of training camp.

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