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RoboHicks
10-01-2006, 12:00 PM
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Eindar
10-01-2006, 12:37 PM
This isn't the worst power ranking ever, but it's not far off. Jazz, Warriors, and Hornets are too high.Celtics, Raps, and Knicks are too low.

BlueNGold
10-01-2006, 12:48 PM
Bottom half, huh? If we continue having chemistry and health problems, that might be a good guess. But, both of those issues are not likely to be repeated next season. Goodness gracious, we had a nightmare season where half of our team was out most of the year, had horrific chemistry, and still went .500. We might find that this team pounds on some of the teams it struggled against last year.

rexnom
10-01-2006, 01:51 PM
Marc Stein is taking the Reggie Miller approach here...he's going with what's proven. We officially have to prove that we are better and can gel. Until then...we aren't anything special...yet...

Los Angeles
10-01-2006, 01:59 PM
1 (6) Heat 52-30 Why wouldn't my Heat get the same treatment every defending champ gets from the committee (of one)? They start on top and shame on you for suspecting otherwise.

2 (3) Mavericks 60-22 On paper, Mavs are even deeper than they were. But they still have to keep Nowitzki fresh, cope with the brutal West and prove they can get over their Finals heartache.

3 (2) Spurs 63-19 Tell me you're not buying this Spurs Are Slipping stuff. Don't forget they won 63 games last season playing more small ball than they've ever played before.

4 (4) Suns 54-28 If we knew what to expect from Amare -- and if it's good news -- Suns would be my pick to win it all. They still might be, but I'll need October to scout it out.

5 (1) Pistons 64-18 Wrenching as it was to lose Darko and Big Ben in a five-month span, Detroit still ranks no worse than No. 2 in a weakened (at the top) East in spite of that No. 11 summer.

6 (12) Bulls 41-41 Skeptics will say Bulls haven't even won a playoff series yet. My counter: Chicago played Miami tougher than anyone in the East and just added Ben, P.J. and more.

7 (8) Cavaliers 50-32 Cavs have proven they're East top-four material. But Bulls look stronger from here unless Hughes makes a splashy return or LBJ can carry even more of the load.

8 (13) Clippers 47-35 Clips came within one win of the West finals and bring back almost the exact same team. Still trying to work out which of those developments is more extraordinary.

9 (23) Rockets 34-48 Signing a desperate Bonzi on the cheap? Had to do it. Now can T-Mac and Yao stay healthy? Had to ask . . . no matter how much better their supporting cast looks.

10 (19) Hornets 38-44 What stuns me even more than Hornets' first-ever summer splash are all the negative reactions. Would another summer of non-spending have been better?

11 (5) Nets 49-33 A year ago, Rod Thorn said J-Kidd's Nets were deeper than ever. No one's even pretending to say so now about a small, thin crew at risk for exiting the East elite.

12 (10) Lakers 45-37 Remember how we picked Lakers to make the playoffs just because Phil was back? In this West, Phil and Kobe might have to have better years just to keep them there.

13 (22) Warriors 38-44 Still not totally sure which seven West teams will finish below Warriors. But that's Nellie's problem. I only made the playoff guarantee; it's his job to live up to it.

14 (14) Nuggets 44-38 The roster looks better and so does 'Melo, but the concerns haven't changed: Nuggets need shooters and (uh-oh) need Furious George and K-Mart to co-exist somehow.

15 (16) Jazz 41-41 If Jazz miss the playoffs again, that would be four straight trips to the lottery. Tough to imagine Jerry Sloan going out that way, but the West could well be that brutal.

16 (18) Pacers 41-41 Clutch as it was to snare Harrington, starting fast would be one of our man Carlisle's best tricks yet, given that Pacers have to work in, oh, about 10 new faces.

17 (17) Bucks 40-42 Praise for the Charlie V. trade was nearly unanimous. But Stotts' seat is warming, as he'll be expected to do more with a more mobile frontcourt.

18 (15) Wizards 42-40 No one expects tiny Wiz to challenge Miami for the division title. But we do demand a big rebound from Arenas after his FT playoff nightmare and Team USA snip.

19 (9) Magic 36-46 Funny thing about all that great press Magic received last April. Now Dwight and Darko -- Dwight especially after talking Orlando up even louder -- have to live up to it.

20 (25) Timberwolves 33-49 Last season's 33-49 slog was Wolves' worst season since KG's rookie mark of 26-56. But he was on the rise back then. Now even KG admits: "Clock is ticking, man."

21 (11) Kings 44-38 There will be questions -- lots -- about Muss and Artest, but the bigger red flags to me remain (A) replacing Bonzi with Salmons and (B) the absence of further tweaks.

22 (24) Celtics 33-49 Can this really be Ainge's fourth season in charge? Perhaps it's not just Ainge's coach and all his kiddies who are due to pick it up a notch.

23 (7) Grizzlies 49-33 Grizz nearly went for 50 wins last time they were confronted with doomsday projections in October. Of course, they weren't facing months without Pau last October.

24 (26) Raptors 27-55 The two questions being asked in many languages: How long will it take for all these worldly newcomers to settle and mesh? And how long will Sam get to coach them?

25 (29) Knicks 23-59 Coach and GM are on the same page at last and, like I said, Knicks Nation can't lose. Either Isiah's coaching results in a drastic improvement . . . or his dismissal.

26 (21) SuperSonics 35-47 They're not a lottery lock like their neighbors (for now) in Portland, but Sonics need another everything-goes-right season (like '04-05) just to finish eighth out West.

27 (28) Hawks 26-56 Hawks are still my favorite bad team to watch, but that's strictly because of the on-the-rise lefty (Josh) and Joe. (Yes, Marvin, that's us trying to get a rise out of you.)

28 (27) Bobcats 26-56 We haven't heard a Bobcats-related peep out of His Airness since he went for Morrison on draft day. Sorry, MJ, but that won't fly once the season starts.

29 (20) 76ers 38-44 Jokes are already starting about Spain being a perfect camp site for Philly's Ole! defense. The mood is that dark for a team that finished 8-16 and changed so little.

30 (30) Trail Blazers 21-61 There is one consolation when you're the only team eliminated from West playoff consideration on media day. It does put Blazers up there in the Oden Sweepstakes.

grace
10-01-2006, 02:01 PM
6 (12) Bulls 41-41 Skeptics will say Bulls haven't even won a playoff series yet. My counter: Chicago played Miami tougher than anyone in the East and just added Ben, P.J. and more.


:whistle:

FrenchConnection
10-01-2006, 02:25 PM
Why even bother to make power rankings before even a single preseason game is played?

JayRedd
10-01-2006, 02:47 PM
Warriors at 13?!??! Better than the Kings and Nuggets? Lakers too?

Marc Stein done lost his mind.

Ultimate Frisbee
10-02-2006, 03:05 AM
Warriors at 13?!??! Better than the Kings and Nuggets? Lakers too?

Marc Stein done lost his mind.

Yeah... I agree... What is with that? What could he possibly be thinking? Did he see something that I didn't either last year or this offseason?

Hornets at 10 is a joke and the second half is just rubbish.

rexnom
10-02-2006, 07:42 AM
Warriors at 13?!??! Better than the Kings and Nuggets? Lakers too?

Marc Stein done lost his mind.
He's a HUGE fan of the Don Nelson move. Can you blame him? The Warriors were universally picked to do well last year but didn't due to some horrible coaching. Now they've got a competent coach that will play to their strengths.

Despite this, I'd still do Nets, Lakers, Nuggets, Hornets, Warriors.

This doesn't even address the fact that next up is Utah and then us.

Calgary Jazz
10-02-2006, 07:45 AM
Pretty bad job by Mark Stein. Warriors will be one of bottom dwellers and not a playoff guarantee. Nellie is not know for defense and their defense was atrocious last year.
Jazz will be better than Hornets ( 10 overall:confused: man he lost his mind:-o )and Nuggets, and Pacers are way to low as well IMHO.
And Rockets? what a joke, no way they are going to be that good. I would be very surpised if they even make a playoffs.

Beowulfas
10-02-2006, 07:47 AM
He's a HUGE fan of the Don Nelson move. Can you blame him? The Warriors were universally picked to do well last year but didn't due to some horrible coaching. Now they've got a competent coach that will play to their strengths.

Despite this, I'd still do Nets, Lakers, Nuggets, Hornets, Warriors.

This doesn't even address the fact that next up is Utah and then us.

Hornets above Pacers is the biggest joke.

Eindar
10-02-2006, 09:27 AM
Hornets above Pacers is the biggest joke.


I understand the (very bad) reasoning. He figures Chris Paul will be that much better this year, they have a fierce (though gimpy) rebounder in Chandler, and a lights out shooter in Peja. Meanwhile, we've essentially got a question mark at PG, Center, and possibly SG. The problem I see is that Paul is now the only guy on that entire team who really gives a crap night in and night out. We've seen what Peja's idea of team play is, and I think we all know what Chandler's work ethic and back history is like. The Hornets, to me, are like a house of cards. One thing goes wrong, and they're in the lottery again.

JayRedd
10-02-2006, 11:25 AM
He's a HUGE fan of the Don Nelson move. Can you blame him? The Warriors were universally picked to do well last year but didn't due to some horrible coaching. Now they've got a competent coach that will play to their strengths.

JRich is overrated, Baron doesn't play, Troy is soft, Dunleavy is bad, Pietrus and Diogu are still all UPside.

Sure, Nellie will emphasize scoring over defense...but isn't that exactly what they did last year when they were shooting 34% on 22 threes (!?!?!)taken per game. I mean, their best 3-pt shooter is Derek Fisher. Nellie's running scheme will surely be better than Montgomery's, but they still can't play a lick of D and they still don't have very good players.

I just don't see it.

Isaac
10-02-2006, 11:31 AM
Guys this is a good thing. Remember where we were in the power rankings the last few years? And how did that turn out? I'm happy to see this, any kind of change is a good change especially if it means we're being doubted. Give us locker room material! Get these guys fired up!

Kestas
10-02-2006, 12:12 PM
Marc Stein is taking the Reggie Miller approach here...he's going with what's proven. We officially have to prove that we are better and can gel. Until then...we aren't anything special...yet...

agreed. Hornets have indeed proven they're in top-10.
:rolleyes:

Mourning
10-02-2006, 02:07 PM
Hey, I don't mind this at all. What I am much more worried about is our early season schedule, especially with a team as young as ours and as untested (as a team) as ours.

Regards,

Mourning :cool:

Calgary Jazz
10-03-2006, 01:03 AM
I mean, their best 3-pt shooter is Derek Fisher. I

Was, my friend ,was. They got Owens, Brown, and McClown for Fisher;)

JayRedd
10-03-2006, 12:51 PM
Was, my friend ,was. They got Owens, Brown, and McClown for Fisher;)

Right....still can't believe the conned the Jazz into taking Fish and his $26 million contract.

So GS's best 3-pt threat is Jason Richardson...Even better :rolleyes: