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 will let you take what you can from the first of this season’s NBA Power Rankings. Here are the teams, 19-21:
19. Los Angeles Clippers (40-42)
This past season, the Clip-show was not quite what they were during the 2005-2006 season. The team struggled out of the gate and Sam Cassell just did not play enough to give them stability at the point guard position. Now they enter this season without their best player in Elton Brand, and so it looks as if they are going to return to the top of the NBA draft this year. It truly is unfortunate; the Clippers were on their way to becoming a decent franchise, and a near playoff appearance last year and an unfortunate injury this season could send them back to the bad days of just 3 years ago.
20. New Orleans Hornets (39-43)
The Hornets were looking like a playoff team before Chris Paul went down with his extended injury. With Paul running the point, the Hornets are always in the game. He is very much like Jason Kidd, with an even better ability to put the ball in the hoop himself. This is the Hornets’ first full season back in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, and there is a strong possibility that the basketball team could garner the support and admiration that the Saints got when they returned to the Superdome in 2006. If that is the case, the Hornets will be one of the better teams in the league at home. And with over half of the teams in the league getting into NBA playoffs, if the Hornets can dominate their home court, they are destined to play basketball in late April.
21. Milwaukee Bucks (28-54)
Without their franchise player in Michael Redd, the Bucks were a shell of their former selves. The Bucks could not even win 30 games with him sidelined, and so they decided to become a little less dependent on the all-star shooting guard this off-season. They went out and signed Desmond Mason and Royal Ivey. And of course they finally convinced their top draft pick Yi Jianlian to come play basketball in the Midwest. This team could be a serious contender for the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they have a lot of growing and gelling to do, and at the very least will be a tough out every night.