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Rank the 16 best teams in the NBA

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  1. tlance

    tlance Kyrie Hater

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    Yeah,

    I don't get that either.

    Defintely top 8, but not anywhere near the second tier teams, IMO.

    I will play. And I like Wiggy's tier system:

    Tier 1:
    Golden State

    Tier 2:
    Boston
    Houston
    Philly (jumps to 2 with Kawhi)

    Tier 3:
    Pelicans
    Lakers
    Jazz
    Thunder
    TWolves
    Nuggets
    Spurs

    Tier 4
    Raptors
    Pacers
    Blazers
    Wizards
    Bucks

    Also, I will say I am literally in awe that so many have East Coast teams other than Philly and Boston in their top 8, let alone top 5.

    The non elite teams in the West are SOOOO much better than the nonelite teams in the East.
     



  2. flyerhawk

    flyerhawk Well-Known Member

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    I actually like what the Pacers have done this offseason and they were a darn good team last year. That's why I put them at 8. You put the Pacers in the West and I think are still a playoff caliber team.
     
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    What are you basing this on?

    The Pelicans after losing Rondo and Cousins are not better than the Raptors.

    The Spurs (without Kawhi) which is the assumption all of us are making are not better than the Raptors and Pacers at the moment.

    I also won't have Denver over Toronto either.

    I get Toronto folded as always when they see LBJ in the playoffs but he is gone now and they won 59 games last season and those young players will only get better....and oh yeah the crappy coach is gone
     
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    The Lakers are way too high.
     
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    1) Carmelo is gone

    2) PG should have a better year since they don't have to worry about always getting Melo is 12-15 shots

    3) Improved their bench by bringing Noel who will be motivated
     
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    For me, The East Teams will have Vetter records by virtue of playing in the weaker conference.

    I ranked teams by where I think they will finish, record wise.
     
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    He's not a 28-33mpg starter but I can see him being effective for 20-22mpg as a defender and rebounder.
     
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    Same here.
     
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    Cousins wasn't playing when the Pelicans played well ie the postseason.

    And they did a good job of replacing Rondo.
     
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    Who did they replace Rondo with? He was a pretty important piece.

    Elfrid Payton is a bust. Give me Rondo any day over him
     
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    .....only because it will take time to settle into roles, build chemistry.
     
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    1. Warriors
    2. Celtics
    3. 76ers
    4. Rockets
    5. Thunder
    6. Pacers
    7. Jazz
    8. Bucks
    9. Raptors
    10. Lakers
    11. Timberwolves
    12. Nuggets
    13. Wizards
    14. Trailblazers
    15. Heat
    16. Pelicans
     
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    Rockets at 4 and Lakers at 10 are eye popping for sure. Bucks at 8 seems very optimistic.
     
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    I'm actually high on the Bucks, too... and think 8 is fair/reasonable.

    With better coaching they could be a pretty good team. Their length is imposing... and they could win with a formula of defense + Giannis... (if they commit to the defense part).
     
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    They could be better, certainly. I guess if you think what they really needed was a couple of defensively suspect big men, then I could see why you would think they are going to make a big jump. But I remain dubious because I think Erid Bledsoe is washed.
     
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    ^ Fair points.
     
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    Scapegoat The iron never lies

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    They won't be horrible but so far that just aren't that different than last season. Utah handled them pretty easy. Upper 40's to lower 50's in wins and another first round exit.
     
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    All someone needs to do to make Roberson look bad when he's guarding them is hand him the ball.
     
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    See, I ranked them by how good they are.

    @bksballer89 I disagree.

    Holiday came into his own. Rondo was not the reason they were so good in the playoffs.

    Anthony Davis is a top 4 player in the league, Holiday is a legit 2 way star and I think Randle adds more than they lost with Rondo. Losing Cousins is a non-factor, because he wasn't participating in the playoffs, where, IMO they were 3rd best team in the West last year AND would have beaten Boston or Toronto. Possibly Cleveland too.