I'm really excited for this season, I can't believe it's a week away. I'm very excited to see how some of these new combinations of players gel together.
Sometimes a combination is greater than the sum of the parts and sometimes a combination just doesn't work out!
Look at Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant from last year. The power duo was split up and it ended up being the best thing for both players. Westbrook stopped playing second fiddle and scored himself a 200 million dollar contract. Durant teamed up with the Dubs and got himself a ring.
The Rockets have the team with a lineup closest resembling the firepower of the Golden State Warriors. I have found that team was very inconsistent in the past, but I think someone like Chris Paul should be a huge benefit to that offense in general.
Paul will facilitate the offense and let Harden be Harden. You double Harden, he flips to Paul who can then make a shot or dish it elsewhere.
Could be the best guard combo in the league.
The Celtics are a team that may have taken a step back. I only say that because they traded away Isaiah Thomas who single handedly won the Celtics game after game in the 4th quarter.
Isaiah Thomas was the spark on that team. Not to say that Kyrie couldn't play a comparable role but Kyrie needs to produce every night now. There's no Lebron to take the heat.
Gordon Hayward is a nice addition and he will likely play almost the exact role as in Utah. It just seems like there was too much turnover on the team. Hayward had never played with a player of Irvings caliber, interesting to see how they gel.
Al Horford, P- U-
Cleveland's bench improved tremendously. Their bench was the bane of my existence at times gambling on them last year.
When Lebron left the floor, the team took a nosedive. But adding Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, and Channing Crowder gives you 3 players that can produce against #2s.
Isaiah Thomas is a health concern, don't know what's going on there I've tuned out. He's a huge defensive liability but when he's hot, he's hitting back breaking 3 point shots. He's got a little Steph Curry in him in regards for going for the kill.
Love will be asked to carry more of the load and I think he's capable.
Candidates for best off-season, the addition of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony add firepower to an OKC team that already made the playoffs last year.
Carmelo Anthony will play a nice 3rd man role similar to Kevin Love in years past. The general idea is that as long as 2 of the 3 superstars puts up a big game, OKC has a chance to win.
I'm still suspicious as Anthony hasn't been an elite player in years but this team is more talented than any teams these 3 superstars played on last year.
We'll see how much winning motivates these guys.
The Timberwolves remind me of the Golden State Warriors before they broke out. They'll beat the best team in the league then lose to a garbage team the next night.
The talent is there just like it was in Golden State, it's just still very young. I'm not sold on Thibs being a great fit.
Defense is great but my focus would be on using all their young athletes to just score, score, score. The Warriors are the mold and with the addition of Jimmy Butler that team needs to start putting up points in bunches.
Team won 29 games last year, could have won 35+.
They should win 45 games, will probably win 38.