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Whats instore for the eastern confernce at the top? With the Nets loading up, the Heat, Knicks, and Pacers in tack, and the Bulls getting the DRose back is anything going to change majorly at the top? Who are your top 5 teams in the east?
What’s up everyone? Thanks for stopping by and submitting your questions. Let’s get started.
As of right now, I’d say my top five teams in the East are the Miami HEAT, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. After that, there’s a pretty big drop off.
How far the can the Pistons and Cavs go this season? are they playoff teams?
That’s an excellent question. Both teams have the talent to make the playoffs. I think the final three seeds in the East will go to Atlanta, Detroit and Cleveland. Washington and Toronto will be in the mix as well, but I can’t see them finishing ahead of the Hawks, Pistons and Cavs.
Why people see the Knicks on 5th position (East) this year I know the East is way better than last year but they Won 54 games last season with that roster, they improved the roster this year!! Why 5th seed?.. I realy see them 2nd in the East again behind the Heat!
Brooklyn, Chicago and Indiana have improved significantly. That’s why New York has been moved down, in my opinion.
How good do you think the Portland Trail Blazers will be this year?
I love what the Blazers have done this summer and I think they can sneak into the playoffs as the seventh or eighth seed in the West. For more on what I think of the Blazers, check out the season preview that I wrote last night.
Is it the fall of the great big Lakers? Reports saying none of them believe they can get lebron, and now the heat just signed another star to be ,beasley. With wade and lebron in his side we might see him as the next james harden( star 6thman)… Now will the media stop saying lakers will never rebuild thru draft? Cause now they are forced too, nobody wants to play with old timer kobe…..
I read the report that said the Lakers don’t think they can get LeBron, but I don’t think that’s accurate. I know for a fact that there are members of the front office who are confident that they can steal LeBron from Miami. I wish I could say more, but just know that L.A. hasn’t given up on the LeBron sweepstakes. Personally, I don’t think LeBron will end up in L.A. but to say that nobody within the organization believes they can get him is false, from conversations I’ve had. With that said, I’m not worried about the Lakers. Even if they miss on LeBron, they’ll have plenty of cap room to rebuild next summer.
Also, calling Michael Beasley a “star-to-be” is just insane. The guy has been a failure at every stop, racked up the most fines of any player in HEAT history and has been a locker room cancer every season of his career. He may become a serviceable role player off of Miami’s bench, but “star-to-be” is crazy. Also, comparing him to James Harden is a huge insult to James Harden.
Would u believe me if i say kobe is about yo retire come all star weekend?
I can’t see Kobe Bryant retiring. He still has a lot of achievements he wants to check off before he walks away from the game. The only way he retires if he can’t return to the court due to his injury.
Any news on if Golden State will be bringing in another point guard? Douglas is not up to Jarret Jack’s standard and Curry has been injury plagued so far.
They certainly need to bring in another point guard. If I were the Warriors, I’d be looking at Roddy Beaubois. Like you said, Toney Douglas is a huge downgrade from Jarrett Jack and I can’t see him starting if Stephen Curry goes down. Beaubois has had plenty of injuries, but he has been very good when healthy. I’m surprised that he’s still a free agent.
Hey Alex big fan of your chats been reading them for awhile and im finally going to ask a question haha.
What young backcourt tandem do you think is the most promising? I really like Wall and Beal. I think Wall is primed for a breakout year and Beal should benefit from Wall being on the court. I also really like Curry and Thompson. Steph is one of the best shooters ever but hes got to stay healthy. Im a die hard Bulls fan and i think DRose is going to have a monster year and prove all the haters wrong. If Butler can develop into legit 2 then i think the Bulls are in for a big year. What are your thoughts? Thanks!
Thanks for reading! I really appreciate it.
There are so many promising backcourts that it’s hard to pick just one. John Wall and Brad Beal are going to be very good. Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler are going to be a lot of fun to watch. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are obviously up there and super exciting. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters may develop into a great tandem. Jeremy Lin/Patrick Beverley and James Harden could be very good. Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon are very promising as well. There are so many talented guards in today’s league.
Health aside what makes James Harden better than Eric Gordon? When healthy(not often) Gordon is as good as any SG in the league. His quickness, explosiveness and strength getting to rim is among the best in the NBA. Gordon hasn’t been healthy in a few years and it seems like everybody forgets just how good he is. I’ve always said other than not staying healthy and playing on losing teams there is no reason y Gordon can’t be on the same level as guys like rose and Westbrook. Gordon still has Super Star potential.
The pelicans could be fighting for the 7th or 8th seed and the All Star game is in New Orleans and I expect Gordon to make it
It’s hard to take health out of the equation. Eric Gordon has missed so many games in recent years and I think that has to be factored into the comparison. But health aside, I think James Harden is a better scorer, he’s more efficient and he’s excellent in the pick-and-roll.
You’re right though, people forget just how good Gordon is because he’s been sidelined for so long. He was one of my favorite players in the league a few years ago. Also, he’s only 24 years old so his best basketball is still ahead of him, assuming he can stay healthy. I really hope he can be at 100 percent this year and thrive alongside Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, etc.
What are the bucks plans with Ersan? Will they look to trade him? I think John Henson is ready to be a starter and that he has big time potential, I’m just not sure how he fits alongside sanders. Henson per 36 numbers last year were better than Anthony Davis. obviously he won’t be as good as Davis, but he can still be a star.
So will the bucks play him? can he beat out Ersan for the starting spot?
From what I’ve heard, the Bucks still plan to use Ersan a lot. Playing John Henson and Larry Sanders next to each other is tough because neither player is very good offensively. Putting Ersan next to Larry and then bringing John off of the bench makes more sense, in my opinion, unless Sanders or Henson can significantly develop on the offensive end. Sanders and Henson is definitely the Bucks’ frontcourt of the future, but I expect Ersan to play a big role while those players continue to expand their game.
Could you explain me the PF situation in Houston. Looks like they are counting on Donatas Monteiunas to log in 30 min per night. PPaterson was great for them.
They are going to try to play Omer Asik alongside Dwight Howard, but I doubt that works. At the end of the day, Donatas Motiejunas or Terrence Jones will likely end up playing big minutes at power forward, if the roster stays as currently constructed. Keep in mind, though, Daryl Morey is the master of midseason trades and he has some assets to work with. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeremy Lin, Asik or someone else was traded for a starting-caliber PF at some point before the trade deadline.
So amazing to have a chance to chat with you, Alex! Here comes my questions: B-easy has come back to Miami now, so what kind of role do you expect for him? How much help will he be to the Heat?
Thanks for stopping by and submitting a question! Always good to interact with readers.
I expect Michael Beasley to be a scorer off of the bench for Miami. When the team needs some instant offense, they’ll bring him in and let him create. With that said, he needs to be more efficient than in year’s past and accept this lesser role, otherwise he’ll get an ear full from the HEAT’s veterans and will probably get waived. This is going to be a humbling experience for Beasley, who has been the man all his life. I think it’ll be good for him.
The Rockets have 19 guaranteed or partial guaranteed contracts…who doesn’t make the roster? Do you see them making any deals between now and opening day and if so, what?
The Rockets did this because they wanted a lot of competition in training camp. They have their stars and core in place, now they’re looking for specialists and complementary pieces who can help them contend. It’s hard to say who is going to make the roster since the guys haven’t even taken the court yet, but the players with fully guaranteed contracts obviously have an advantage.
How great would a 2014 Playoffs 1st round 1-8 match-up between the Cavs and HEAT be? It’d have the fan-intensity of an ECF series. That would probably be the most hyped match-up for years to come.
I’d love it. I didn’t even think about that. My fingers are crossed.
Who’s a better overall fantasy option: Kyle Lowry or Jeff Teague? Thanks!!
Kyle Lowry. He was injured for much of last year, but he fills the stat sheet when he’s healthy. Also, he’ll have more weapons around him this year now that he has a full season of Rudy Gay, a much-improved Jonas Valanciunas and others. I’d go Lowry.
How do you play two promising,albeit with vastly different skill sets, 6’8″ forwards the minutes they need to progress and flourish on the same team? You can probably guess I’m talking Crazy Canucks Thompson and Bennett.
That’s an excellent question. I’m very curious to see what Mike Brown does with his rotation. I’m curious to see how he utilizes Andrew Bynum and Anderson Varejao too.
Alex, do you realistically see an impact free agent next year that is likely to be available and not on the decline (I don’t see LeBron or Melo moving, and the RFA are also likely to stay put). Thanks.
Chris Bosh, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce, Danny Granger and Andrew Bogut could all be available. They aren’t sexy names like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, but those are impact players who could really help a team. Between the 2014 draft class and free agency class, next summer should be interesting.
I really enjoy your articles and opinion.
It doesn’t seem like the Lakers are going to tank the season for Wiggins this year. If the Lakers lose out on LeBron/Melo, which players should they be chasing in 2014 Free Agency as a consolation prize?
Thanks for reading! I really appreciate it. I agree with you, it doesn’t make any sense for the Lakers to tank. They have too much talent. There’s no way they would finish with less wins than Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando, Sacramento, etc. The Lakers will try to win with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol for one more year, and then blow it up next summer. They’ll pursue every marquee free agent and hope to hit a home run.
If they miss out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, like I said, there are still other good players available. Paul George, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh, Zach Randolph, Luol Deng, Rudy Gay, Pau Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors, Greg Monroe, Paul Pierce, Danny Granger, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrew Bogut could all potentially be free agents. We’ll see what happens.
What do the Magic need to do to become contenders in a couple years? Love your work Alex, keep it up!
Thanks, Jake! That means a lot. I think they need to keep developing their young core and making smart moves in the draft. I don’t think they need to make a big free agent signing or blockbuster trade. They can build around their young assets and continue following the OKC model. Rob Hennigan has shown that he’s a great talent evaluator and I think he’ll have this team in contention in a few years, once this young group reaches their collective prime.
When is next week? Anxiously waiting for your article on the Jeremy Lin interview
Did you find any similarities between you and him?
The Jeremy Lin article will be up on Monday at 5 p.m. It’ll be part of the NBA PM. I’ll be sure to tweet it out too.
Jeremy and I actually have the same birthday, August 23, so there’s one similarity. He’s a great guy. I got to know him as he was going through the pre-draft process and developed a relationship with him while he was on the Golden State Warriors. The Linsanity craze completely caught me off guard, but I was so happy for Jeremy. He’s an amazing guy and deserves everything that has happened to him. Even though he has become a star and global icon, he’s still the same down-to-earth person and treats me exactly the same. I have nothing but positive things to say about Jeremy. I hope you enjoy the article!
Love your chats Alex. Do you think the Jazz have a future all star on their current roster and who? If they do have one. How many years do you think before they get a spot on the all star team? Since we can assume it will be a tough year and won’t happen come February
I think Derrick Favors has the best chance of becoming an All-Star. I can see Trey Burke and Enes Kanter becoming very good players, but I’m not sure if they have All-Star potential. Favors is just a freak of nature and I think he’s going to turn heads this year now that he’ll have an increased role and opportunity to shine.
This is going to be a tough year for the Jazz, but handing the reins to the young guys was the right move for the long-term. It’ll allow these players to further their development. It’s also the perfect year to lose a lot of games, since the 2014 draft class is loaded with talent. Imagine a young core of Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Andrew Wiggins, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. SCARY!
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