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KG's NBA Pre-Season Ranking

Posted on: October 27, 2008 8:31 pm

Its preseason. Everyone is an expert. Here are my predictions from Worst to First entering the Playoffs in 09'.

Celtics aren't going to win it this year, neither are the Lakers and this is why:


#30 - Sacramento Kings - Worst in the league easy, Kevin Martin cannot do everything..

#29 - Indiana Pacers- as long as they have Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy, this team will be garbage

#28 - Memphis Grizzlies- Marc Gasol half of the size of his brother (is that even possible?) and half the player

#27 - New Jersey Nets- Lopez brother to start? I think Not.

#26 - Minnesota Timberwolves- Get over it, Kevin Garnett is on the Celtics and yes, he did win it with them. 

#25 - Derrick Rose is going to be a star, but this team led by Hinrich is taking small steps to get back to glory

#24 - New York Knicks- Hey - at least they aren't last on this pre-season poll

#23- Oklahoma City Thunder - 1st the Thunder take the Warrior's Mascot, but Kevin Durant needs to stay healthy

#23 - Milwakee Bucks - will they regret the trade of Yi this year? Maybe so.

#22 - Phoenix Suns- Shaq, Amare and Nash total age? Above 100 - this team is getting old, so are their chances of a Championship

#21 - Golden State Warriors - Magette is hurt, Monta needs to stay off Mopeds and Mullin might be out next year.  (what will Nelly do?)

#20 - Miami Heat - D-Wade is going to be good, really good this year, but Miami can take a big step from the cellar of last year

#19 - LA Clippers- Baron Davis has nobody to game with now that Magette is gone. The Clippers have another year or so...

#18 - Charlotte Bobcats- Okafor and Richardson combo is nasty, but do they have the bench to compete?

#17- Washington Wizards - this whole team rides on Agent 0 - it will get ugly quick if Arenas gets hurt

#16 - Atlanta Hawks-  Is Mike Bibby really player to get this team up and running? He will make them better, but how much better?

#15 - San Antonio Spurs- Duncan is old, Paker, and gang will get banged up, but might make the playoffs as lower seed. Injuries anyone?

#14 - Detroit Pistons - Maxiell and Stuckey are going to be SICK, Pistons are going to the playoffs, but how far?

#13 - Philadelphia 76ers - 4th best team in the East, #13 on my rankings.

#12 - Portland Trailblazers- Greg Oden and Brandon Roy. Portland going to compete in the West for sure.

#11- Houston Rockets- T-Mac is still T-Mac and the Rockets will compete, YAO gets hurt and Houston will suffer..

#10 - Utah Jazz - Boooooooooozer is strong and this team can rebound and bully smaller teams

#9- Cleveland Cavaliers - Until LeBron gets a wing-man, he will be without the league title.

#8 - Boston Celtics- If Garnett gets hurt, these guys can't rely on Pierce, can they? I dont see a repeat at all...

#7 - Dallas Mavericks - Dirk and Co. are in the West and will compete again, WOW - 2 years ago they were tops in the NBA...

#6 - Atlanta Hawks - surprised? Don't be - Joe Johnson and Josh Smith are going to be nasty....

#5 - Denver Nuggets-  still with Melo and AI - gonna to play dirty and Denver needs to go deep this year before the team is done for good...

#4 - New Orleans Hornets- CP3 and that young group are going to be around come playoff time...

#3- LA Lakers - Kobe is still Kobe and Bynum is healthy, the Lake-Show is dangerous as long as Kobe does his thing, MVP part dos?

#2 - Orlando Magic-  Any team that has Dwight "Superman" Howard is an instant winner, hands down - this cat's the real deal

#1 - Toronto Raptors - Chris Bosh is a savage, and wouldn't you know eh' - the Raptors have a bench




Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 4:10 pm

KG's NBA Pre-Season Ranking

well yes, the warriors were a way better team than the pacers last season, but still, to go from 9th in a conference to worst in that same conference by subtracting players that didn't play much and adding players that will almost certainly play a large role is questionable.  i'd like to know how dunleavy and murphy are "garbage".  they wouldn't be starting on this team if they were.  sure, they are probably overpaid, but so is half of the nba, and dunleavy especially earned his contract last season, and i expect just as much from him this year.  is he ever going to be the 'superstar' type player you expect from a number 3 pick?  no way.  but that still doesnt mean he is garbage.  he is a solid option at sg.  i think thats a big part of the reason why he struggled so much in GS and has been able to produce in IND.  in GS he was trying to be "that guy", worthy of a number 3 overall pick, whereas in IND, he is just trying to play up to his own expectations for himself.

i'm looking forward to the season as well.  and i'm glad you at least have some originality in your predictions and its not the same old thing of LA vs BOS again.  nice work.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 3:14 pm

KG's NBA Pre-Season Ranking

Nice points, but its sad to mention that your Pacers "almost made the playoffs." The East was a weaker conference as a whole. Shoot- the Warriors were +8 in the win column and were #9. Okay, I see that Danny Granger is going to be key. But Dunleavy and Murphy are still garbage. The East is getting better- in fact, it should compared to last season when teams with losing records made it to the playoffs.

Thanks for your feedback Cirknick. I def. can't wait for the season to start, and make a fool out of myself with these pre-season ranks!

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2008 3:10 pm

KG's NBA Pre-Season Ranking

Thrash - the Celtics are only as good as Kevin Garnett plays. Come on now! Without Garnett, the Celtics had a few losing streaks while he was injured. Paul Pierce is good, but not complete without Garnett. This team struggled without a star like that. The puzzle fit, but this year all the teams they face know what they are going up against.

And Thrash - #8 pre-rank isn't good enough? Its bad enough that we are on the West Coast and get no love....

As for the Suns, Steve Nash and Shaq are going to get injured, the team isn't going to make the playoffs. The west is still a strong division, with teams getting better such as Utah, even the Clippers. if the Suns make the playoffs I will be shocked.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 2:15 pm

KG's NBA Pre-Season Ranking

you're pretty far offbase with the pacers. i understand that as a warriors fan you are still bitter about dunleavy and murphy, because they didn't pan out for you. but lets face facts. mike dunleavy had a breakout year last year, averaging 19.1 points, 5.2 boards, and 3.5 assists. and this is while playing second fiddle to danny granger. with the arrival of t.j. ford, dunleavy won't even have to be the second option on the team. he can be a number 3 guy, and murphy is a solid number 4, especially when he is playing PF (unlike C, which he was forced to play when JO was in town. he averages something like 4 points a 2 boards higher when he plays PF instead of C, and with rasho nesterovic, jeff foster, and roy hibbert entrenched at the C spot, murphy won't have to play there much). remember, the pacers were one spot out of the playoffs last season, and have kept everyone from that team together who played significant minutes for the majority of the season. JO was hurt for most of the year, and ike diogu rarely played, and in return for those two (and our draft pick) we get tj ford, rasho nesterovic, jarrett jack, brandon rush, and roy hibbert. these players nicely compliment the guys we already have in danny granger, dunleavy, and murphy. they shore up our biggest weakness from last season (PG), and add depth and defense, as well as youth. sure, the rest of the east got better too, but the pacers are still right there in the mix of teams righting for those last few playoff spots.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2008 12:52 pm

KG's NBA Pre-Season Ranking

I have to disagree on the Celtics Kyle. I don't think you're giving them enough credit.

However, I like where you put the Warriors. They will take a step down from last year. It looks like there was progress being made but after Nellie and Mullin leave, we will be saddled with another 5+ years of ineptitude.

The Suns are old, but I think they will contend for a playoff spot. The Nuggets dirty play will lead to suspensions and cost them wins.

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