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, 25-27:
25. Sacramento Kings (33-49)
The Kings made a big run to get to the playoffs during the 2005-2006 season, and Ron Artest was the catalyst for that. However, the magic did not carry over into the 2006-2007 NBA season, and the team finished with one of its worse seasons in years. Coming into the 2007-2008 season, the team is not expected to do much more, and their catalyst, Ron Artest, is still the focus of trade talks and rumors. I don’t see much in the way of a future for this team, and looks as if the road to rebuilding this franchise is long and windy.
26. Philadelphia 76ers (35-47)
After trading Allen Iverson, the 76ers were left for dead. However, after a long readjustment period, the 76ers began to gel at the end of the season and put together a string of winning stretches. Going into the 2007 season, the 76ers have a lot of role players in their lineup. With Andre Miller, Kyle Korver, Andre Iguodala, and Samuel Dalembert, the team has all the pieces you need to win except for a proven franchise player. There’s no go to guy on this team. Iguodala is streaky and scores most of his points in transition. And Kyle Korver can light it up fro the outside, but he is no Michael Redd or Ray Allen when it comes to creating that outside shot for himself.
27. Portland Trailblazers (32-50)
The drafting of Greg Oden was such a welcomed surprise for this franchise. The injury to their newly acquired franchise player was not. Oden, who is more than likely out for the season, is now going to have to wait a year to get back on the court. However, it is more likely that he does not recover from his microfracture knee surgery until the 2009-2010 season. So it won’t be until then that we start to know what Greg Oden is all about. As for this year’s squad, they do return Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, two second year men expected to be major contributors to the franchise this year. The addition of Channing Frye might prove to be worth buying out Steve Francis if he can play and progress from the 2005-2006 NBA season instead of what he did last year with the New York Knicks.