The 2007-2008 NBA Basketball Season is just around the corner. The teams are already back at training camp, and it is just a matter of time before pre-season games are wrapping up and people are dunking, shooting and traveling all over the basketball court.
So is this year’s favorite? What team is the sheik pick of the year? Well, I’ll let you take what you can from the first of this season’s NBA Power Rankings. Here are the teams, 10-12:
10. Boston Celtics (24-58)
I have never seen so much hype for a team that was in contention for the #1 draft pick just a few months ago. ESPN has them ranked #2 on their power rankings! I find that kind of absurd. You’re talking about 3 players who have some of the worse playoff success in history. Now don’t get me wrong. They are all talented individuals. However, they do have some firepower on offense, and with KG, Pierce and Allen more than likely to average 65+ points a game, there is no reason this team should not be averaging 100+ points a game. Although, I’m not quite sure where the other 35 points a game is going to come from. I’ll just assume that if the other players can put up 8-9 points a quarter, even though that is assuming a lot with that supporting cast. Nevertheless, the Celtics will be a playoff team in the east, but with no apparent signs of any kind of defense, I doubt they will win the East.
11. Houston Rockets (52-30)
Well, they have certainly accumulated the right pieces. They exiled Jeff van Gundy after he has solidified the team’s defensive prowess. Now they have an offensive coach in Rick Adelman, and that should make Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady an even more formidable duo. The additions of Bonzi Wells, Mike James and Steve Francis give this team several guard options off of the bench, and will allow Tracy to stay rested for the what is probably the first time in his career he will have such an opportunity. However, playing out in the West, this team will have to have a much a #1 or #2 seed to guarantee a trip to the second round of playoffs. Even then, given Yao and McGrady’s lack of defining dominate playoff performances, I’m not so sure they wouldn’t pull a Dallas Maverick if they got the #1 seed.
12. Utah Jazz (51-31)
Some may be surprised that I have them all they way down at 12 given their strong performance in the playoffs last year. However, they were apart of the Rocket’s choke-job, and they did play an 8th seed in the 2nd round. That said, they are an all-around shooting guard away from contending with San Antonio. Unfortunately, they did not get that 2-guard in the off-season, and their small forward apparently wants out of Utah. It’s not looking good on the “we’re a team” front for the Jazz, and that will probably relegate them to 2nd round playoff trip at best.