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, 22-24:
22. Charlotte Bobcats (33-49)
The Bobcats must have really wanted Jason Richardson if they were willing to mortgage their lottery pick for him. I’m not exactly sure how he fits in with Gerald Wallace, since both of them need to have the ball in their hands to be truly effective. J.R. can shoot it from three if he has to, but the Bobcats will not be happy paying him $11 million to just shoot from the perimeter. The addition of Jason Richardson also relegates Adam Morrison to the bench, which pretty much relegates Morrison to the bust category, at least for the foreseeable future. Their new head coach Sam Vincent has a lot of different things he can do with this line-up, and it will be interesting to see if Emeka Okafor can become the centerpiece of whatever Coach decides to do.
23. Memphis Grizzlies (22-60)
The Grizzlies had been a recurring playoff team for several years, which means a lot for a Western Conference team. Last year was the end of that gravy train, and the Grizzlies were relegated to playing for the lottery much of the latter half of the season. Their lottery pick was Mike Conley Jr., a point guard out of Ohio State. That was an interesting pick to me considering they already had PG Kyle Lowry, a first round pick from a year ago. He didn’t have the season the Grizzlies thought he would, but who did in a season with 60 losses? To give up on him so soon seems a little ludicrous. And to draft a starting point guard and back up point guard in two consecutive first rounds is even more ridiculous. However, they also made some acquisitions that were not so crazy. Signing Darko Milic was big, as was getting SG Juan Carlos Navarro. In addition, having Pau Gasol back healthy should be a spark in last year’s Southwest Division basement dweller.
24. Seattle Supersonics (31-51)
The Sonics have really put together the cornerstone of a franchise. Obviously, drafting Kevin Durant was a no brainer. But drafting Jeff Green gives them a duo for the future that could go on to become a great one. Adding Wally Szcerbiak and Kurt Thomas provide Sonics with two veterans that can lead their young stars and that can do a lot of different things on and off the court to take pressure of Durant and Green. Expect Durant to shine offensively at the shooting guard position. Him playing that position will take him away from rebounding duties, something he did so well college, but hopefully he will be able to mature much faster in a position where few guards will be able to match his size and strength.