1. New York Knicks: They have one of the best scorers in the game, added with one of the defensive players in the game. Amare will mesh well with Felton and the flux of veterans creates a very deep bench that leads them to the division crown.
2. Brooklyn Nets: The Nets have a new City (or borough) and will enjoy that people will how up to their games today. They added Joe Johnson to make the best backcourt in the NBA and have one of the best benches in the NBA.
3. Boston Celtics: They replenished themselves in the offseason and resigned Kevin Garnett. They will miss the presence of Ray Allen and the strong game of Avery Bradley to start the season.
4. Philadelphia 76ers: The Sixers added one of the best centers in the league in Andrew Bynum. Bynum has a history of injury woes and did not address a need for scoring. Shadowed by Bynum’s contract talks, the will struggle to win.
5. Toronto Raptors: Oh, Raptors. You try to get Steve Nash to come back home and spend 35 million on Landry Fields to block the Knicks from getting Nash, but the Knicks did not get Nash, but neither did the Raptors. Now the Raptors have 35 million on an below average player. I do like the addition of Kyle Lowry.
1. Miami Heat: This is no question. Lebron is playing the best basketball of his life and if Wade or Bosh add just a little that will be enough to get to the Finals. Ray Allen adds another 3 point shooter as wells as Rasherd Lewis.
2. Atlanta Hawks: They added a few expiring contracts and got rid of that horrific Joe Johnson contract. Josh Smith will have a career year and the Hawks will be in trade talks all year.
3. Washington Wizards: This young Wizards team will surprise a few. They have a franchise player in John Wall and added a future all star in Bradley Beal. Nene will be the veteran leader on this team.
4. Orlando Magic: They got rid of Dwight Howard and got little in return. They will suffer through a long rebuild. Thankfully for them the Bobcats are in the division.
5. Charlotte Bobcats: They did not win the lottery and settled for second overall in Michael Kid Gilchrist. This team will suffer a little less then last year, but still they will not be good.
1. Indian Pacers: The Pacers got thinner on the bench but kept the big man in for another 4 years. They got a big break this year on Derrick Rose’s injury:
2. Chicago Bulls: Speaking of Derrick Rose, this team will not be the same without him. Some say he might miss the whole season, yikes of he does, they are in for tough times.
3. Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks got a very good scorer in Monta Ellis that will propel them into contention at the end of the year.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs have a nice flux of young players in the fold. If Kyrie can survive a sophomore slump then they will be an entertaining team to watch.
5. Detroit Pistons: Bad draft selections, with a bad front office is making this rebuild very very very long. Hopefully the change things up next offseason.
L.A. Lakers: The Lakers added the best big man in the league and a vetran but still very good PG in Steve Nash. With Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace this team automatically puts this into title contention. Notice that I did not have to mention Kobe here.
L.A. Clippers: The second year Clippers team will be as good as last year. I am still not sure if Chris Paul is committed to staying in LA but he should have an MVP caliber season.
3. Phoenix Suns: they quitley added a good player in Luis Scola that will add to the scoring that they need now without Steve Nash. They will have a short rebuild and already contend.
4. Golden State Warriors: I hate the trade they did with the Bucks that got them the very injury prone Andrew Bogut. Stephen Curry will be a free agent at years end and may leave.
5. Sacramento Kings: They have nice young guys there that really do not go fell together. Hopefully they will relocate at years end.
- Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder are as good as last season, they will win the division but the question is; will the Lakers dethrone them in the west?
- Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have a strong random at PG and a rising star in Danillo Gallanari. You can except them to make a deep playoff run if they are healthy.
- Minnesota Timberwolves: The team has a star in Kevin Love and a rising star in Ricky Rubio. They added some nice veterans in the offseason too.
- Portland Trail Blazers: The organization needs some stability on and off the court. Adding another scorer could really help this team.
- Utah Jazz: The Jazz will probably trade Paul Milsap and go back into another rebuild. The fans will have to be patient.
- San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs are as strong as last year. Again they will be quiet in the regular season but will be exposed in the playoffs.
- Dallas Mavericks: After missing out on Deron Williams they got some nice players in the fold. They lost Jason Kidd, that will be a mini blow.
- New Orleans Hornets: They got lucky in the draft and landed Robin Lopez and Ryan Anderson and kept Gordon. That was a short rebuild.
- Memphis Grizzlies: They lost OJ Mayo and did not really do anything. The rest of the division got better and they dd not improve.
- Houston Rockets: It looked like they were gonna get Dwight Howard. Instead they signed Jeremy Lin and Oma Asik r to huge contracts. They lost Luis Scola too, and that will be a big blow to the offense.
- Miami Heat
- New York Knicks
- Indiana Pacers
- Brooklyn Nets
- Atlanta Hawks
- Boston Celtics
- Chicago Bulls
- Milwaukee Bucks
- LA Lakers
- OKC Thunder
- San Antonio Spurs
- Denver Nuggets
- Dallas Mavericks
- LA Clippers
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- New Orleans Hornets