Mavs will most certainly not be the top team again, they're losing pieces to FA.
Knicks (until we get our 3rd star)
4.My High School Basketball team
Watch out for the Generals though, they're the favorite to land Lebron after his contract expires
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We're not there yet. We need a proven center and defense.
The Bulls need a SG to complete their team. The HEAT need a center.
IMO, we need to get Dalembert and J-Rich just to impede on Chicago and Miami's progress.
I'll go with:
Like stated above, we need a big man and to add defense to our team to be considered top 5...
I'm not sure what to make of the spurs, they did have the best record in the nba last season but they were knocked out right away and are 1 year older.
Miami - more of the same
OKC - I predict they'll make that jump next season
Chicago - still badass, but still flawed
Dallas - why not? if Chandler's still there, look out.
Lakers - the clock is ticking, and Mike Brown is a wild card. But it's still the Lakers.
The Grizzlies aren't there yet. If I owned stock in Zach Randolph Inc, I'd be selling NOW while it's at its peak. Never again will he look as good as he did in the 2011 Playoffs. Rudy Gay is coming back, but with my expectations of Randolph sliding, there will be a lot of roles being shuffled around.
I was very, very close to putting the Blazers ahead of the Lakers. We'll see if Felton can excite that offense. I don't think he'll have to speed things up, but rather add smart playmaking and offensive firepower to their natural halfcourt tendencies. But it's a nice option to have him running outlets with Gerald Wallace and Wes Matthews. Portland will be scary.
The Knicks are not a top 5 team next season, arguable if top 5 in the East....... right now, now if CP3 was in orange and blue right now......
Personally, I think Miami, Boston, Chicago, Orlando are better, right now.
Our coach don't believe in defense.
Now my top 5....
1)Chicago....a top 3 defense, whose weakness is Boozers & Noah's health & defense. I think the SG slot is good enough for what they do.
2)OKC...has the most complete team in the NBA, only flaw is lack of vet experience, but talent is vastly making up for that. They are a top 5 efficient offense, combined by a good defense.
3)HEAT...another top 3 defense, despite the perception that they need a center, they just need their top aces to play like it on the big stage. People seem to forget miami was two wins from winning it all with basically 3-4 legit players, and that was with their best player checking out of the series.
4)Dallas deserves this spot although, and I would have put them higher, but I just don't think their defense is championship quality.
5)Lakers....Kobe isn't done...and Mike Brown will have them play a level of defense that will always keep them within shot of winning any game.
How would the Knicks NOT be a top-5 team in the east? We finished 2 games behind the Hawks when we had huge roster changes mid-season...give us Carmelo and Amar'e and Billups together for an entire year and there's no way we finish any worse than 4th.
Unless of course CP3, D12 or Deron get dealt this summer to some other team (doubtful), in which case all bets are off.
We aren't top 5 without defense.
If that doesn't improve, we will still lose games that talent wise we should win.
And no, as of right now we aren't better than Miami, Chicago, Orlando, or Boston.
Atlanta is arguable, but I still think they are 5th, mainly because of their defense.
Atlanta is a fake threat. They're always the #4 or #5 seed, but can't get over the hump. Every year, people say they're going to make the jump and be a contender. They're going to make serious noise in the playoffs.
Then what happens? Nothing. Been the same old story for like 4 years now.
I will always be a doubter of this Hawks squad.
So I can see the Knicks getting to the 5th seed in the East. Maybe even #4 if Orlando falls apart. I just don't see them being any better than that until some fundamental changes are made; particularly, defensive post presence. That alone could make them top 5 NBA, but only if it comes with a better overall emphasis on defense.