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Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:11 pm
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NBA 2010 Eastern Conference Preseason Rankings

The 2010 NBA season is just around the corner and boy oh boy did we have one heck of an offseason.

From LeBron taking his talents to South Beach, to Shaq joining the Boston Celtics , to Amare Stoudemire joining the Knickerbockers, to Joe Johnson signing the offseasons fattest contract, this historic offseason will surely be one that goes down in the record books.

But enough of who went where. Let’s get into NBA Primetime’s official Eastern Conference Preason Rankings.

1. Miami Heat - Last season record (47-35)

Is too much star-power a bad thing? Miami boasts three of the top players in the league on their roster. Doubters believe a mixture of ego and chemistry could crumble this three-head monster (LeBoshade), but until then they enter as the team to beat in the East.

2. Orlando Magic - Last season record (59-23)

Shifting Rashard Lewis to his natural small-forward position will allow forwards Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderon to showcase their unseen talents. Bass will inevitably emerge as a beast in the paint while Anderson will arise as one of the leagues top three-point shooters. Oh yea, Orlando also has a 24-year-old Dwight Howard and Vince Carter , who’s itching to prove his worth after a disappointing season.

3. Boston Celtics - Last season record (50-32)

It’s tough to ever rule out Boston, regardless of how many gray hairs Garnett, both O’Neal’s, and Allen would have if they weren’t bald. Injuries continue to be the teams biggest concern, but with enough depth at the four and five spot the Celtics should be in for another deep playoff run.

4. Chicago Bulls - Last season record (41-41)

After leading the league in RPG and ranking second in BPG (during the regular season) last year, the Bulls acquired Carlos Boozer this offseason to provide the team with a dominate power-forward. The Bulls are young, talented, and deep with a new head-coach. What more can you ask for?

5. Milwaukee Bucks - Last season record (46-36)

Milwaukee surprised us all last year, winning the most regular season games (46) since the 2000-01′ season. With young gun Brandon Jennings leading the way, along with John Salmons , Corey Maggette (currently injured), Andrew Bogut, and Drew Gooden , the Bucks have the talent to rise as a top 5 team in the East.

6. Atlanta Hawks - Last season record (53-29)

It’s funny how Atlanta gives $126 million to Joe Johnson and somehow they drop in rankings. The Hawks have the same core with virtually the same roster as last season. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford continues to seek an extension, so keep tabs on just how well he plays this season if he fails to get one.

7. New York Knicks - Last season record (29-53)

Even though New York failed to acquire LeBron, they made a few impressive offseason moves that should land them in the postseason since who knows when. Amare Stoudemire will easily adjust to his former coach’s run-and-gun offense, while newcomers Raymond Felton and Anthony Randolph should quickly begin to excel in it. Knick fans are pumped for the upcoming season and for once, they should be.

8. Philadelphia 76ers - Last season record (27-55)

Head-coach Doug Collins should be able to turn this Sixers team (that won only 27 games last season) around this year. Jrue Holiday will start at the point and should emerge as one of the league leaders in steals. Spencer Hawes will get his opportunity to shine in a new light and rookie Evan Turner could make a case for the Rookie of the Year Award.

9. Washington Wizards - Last season record (26-56)

With John Wall and Gilbert Arenas penciled in as Washington’s backcourt duo, it wouldn’t come to a surprise if this team quickly becomes a serious threat in the East. Height and depth will ultimately be the Wizards’ weakness and that solely could be the reason why they miss the postseason.

10. Charlotte Bobcats - Last season record (44-38)

After making it to the playoffs for the first team in team history, Charlotte decided to let go of both their starting point-guard and center this offseason. 33-year old Nazr Mohammed will most likely start at the five spot with D.J. Augustin assuming the point-guard duties. Unless Darius Miles gets signed to the roster and somehow becomes a top player in the league, this Bobcats team is in for a downfall.

11. New Jersey Nets - Last season record (12-70)

Anything the Nets do this season will be considered a success due to their horrific 12-70 record last year. Devin Harris , Troy Murphy , and Brooke Lopez sound like a great core on paper, and if Derrick Favors could unleash the beast the Nets could make a run for a playoff spot. Don’t forget, New Jersey is still in the race to acquire Carmelo Anthony .

12. Indiana Pacers - Last season record (32-50)

Indiana hit the jackpot acquiring point-guard Darren Collison this offseason. Throw him into the starting lineup with Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent core. It’ll take time before Indiana makes an appearance in the postseason, but they’re surely on the right path to success.

13. Detroit Pistons - Last season record (27-55)

Injuries plagued the Pistons last season and with Tracy McGrady on the roster, the injury bug could devastate this team once again. Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva will definitely improve after a terrible first year with Detroit and young guns Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe should be able to shine this season.

14. Toronto Raptors - Last season record (40-42)

Losing Chris Bosh will force this Raptors team to be entered in the draft lottery for years to come. Andrea Bargnani will lead the team in PPG, and Linas Kleiza is lined up to be in the race for the Most Improved Player Award. Aside from that, the Raptors will end the season near the bottom of the totem pole.

15. Cleveland Cavaliers - Last season record (61-21)

It’s truly crazy how one team could go from leading the league in wins (back-to-back seasons) to ranking dead last in their conference. LeBron James did it all for the Cavaliers and now being in a state of LeBron-less, this team is more likely to re-acquire James then make the postseason.


Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Fantasy NBA Q&A: Concerns Entering Training Camp

In this Fantasy NBA 2010 Edition, Brandon Ribak breaks down a few critical questions heading into training camp.

Last season Hedo Turkoglu turned out to be a complete bust playing for Toronto. Being surrounded by a new team in Phoenix, how early should Turk be drafted this season and will he return to his fantasy form?

Head-coach Alvin Gentry has discussed moving Steve Nash to the shooting-guard position (at certain times throughout the season) so that Turkoglu could lead the way for Phoenix.

Turkoglu has terrific court vision (standing 6’10″) and knows how to pass the ball (averaging 4.5 APG during the last three seasons).

Playing on a run-and-gun type of offense, everything seems to be in place for the Turkish forward to resurrect this season. Turkoglu could easily end up returning to his 07′-08′ form when he averaged 19.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 5.0 APG and won the Most Improved Player Award.

Turkoglu should be drafted no later than the middle rounds of your draft as he could turn out to be one of the biggest bounce-back fantasy players this season.

First it was Jose Calderon that was expected to be traded to Charlotte, then it was Devin Harris who was supposed to join the team and start at the point-guard position. Although it seems like the Bobcats can’t make up their mind, is drafting D.J. Augustin a safe choice this season?

CBS is reporting that Charlotte’s starting point-guard position is Augustin’s to lose. Although it’s tough to say whether or not a trade will be made before the February trade deadline, Augustin could emerge as a solid fantasy contributor with Raymond Felton out of the picture.

Augustin averaged 11.8 PPG during his rookie season when he logged just 26.5 minutes per contest. The 22-year-old out of Texas is a dynamic scorer when given the opportunity and could turn into one of Charlotte’s secret weapons during the upcoming season.

The 6’0″ guard has shot an outstanding 42.0 percent from beyond the three-point line and 85.2 percent from the charity strike during his first two seasons in the league. In categorical leagues Augustin will be able to contribute in virtually every category aside form blocks and rebounds.

Augustin should be available during the late rounds of your draft, making him a safe selection with tons of fantasy upside (for now).

There has been some talk about Linas Kleiza and his fantasy potential playing for theToronto Raptors this season. Is it simply hype or is Kleiza really worth drafting?

Mentioned in my “Don’t Sleep On Em” Edition, Kleiza is a lock to enter the upcoming season as Toronto’s starting small-forward.

The Lithuanian impressed many during the FIBA World Championship, leading his team to an 8-1 record while posting 19 PPG on 57.8 percent shooting from the field.

During his four year NBA career, Kleiza never logged more than 24 MPG (as the back-up forCarmelo Anthony in Denver).

Being the sure-fire small-forward for Toronto, Kleiza could quickly emerge as a fantasy threat.

Kleiza has shown flashes of brilliance when given ample playing time throughout his career and is definitely worth drafting right before you begin to select your bench reserves.

With starters minutes the small-forward has potential to become one of the top fantasy sleepers for the 2010-11 season.

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