Final Standings Predicition
1. Boston Celtics
2. New Jersey Nets
3. Toronto Raptors
4. Philadelphia 76ers
5. New York Sexual Harrasors
Boston obviously is the most improved team in the NBA with their acquisitions of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Add to that a motivated and rested Paul Pierce, and you have the makings of an exciting team that will compete for the EC championship if not a World Championship in 2008. Also, don't sleep on James Posey who will be useful for locking down on the Lebron James, Dirk Nowitzkis, and Kobe Bryants of this world. Rondo and Perkins will both be improved support players of this team. Tony Allen and Leon Powe along with Old Dogs Scalabrine and Pollard will be significant contributors from time to time. The media is giving a lot of respect to the Celtics these days. That hasn't happened in years. The City is a Triple Crown threat. That ought to make Noo Yuk Red in the face. (Boston 57-25)
New Jersey Nets - They resigned Vince Carter and continued to add depth through the draft. I put them in 2nd place but they will finish well behind Boston. Kidd is an oldtimer, RJ was injured much of last year as well as Kristic. The Nets are solid in the EC but certainly not a contender.
(New Jersey 48-34)
Toronto - They did little in the off-season to build off last years success. Their disappointing result against New Jersey in the playoffs leads me to believe they have peaked. I know Chris Bosh is classy but I think Toronto is battling for a playoff spot this year.
Philadelphia - They came together after the Iverson trade last year but it is tough to improve in this league without a major impact player. They are basically flat-lining which makes me sad because I miss those Celtics - 76er classics of 25 years ago. Andre Igadoula(spelling is wrong) is a nice player but they will win less than they lose
New York - This sexual harassment affair going on New York is a real stain on them and the NBA. It couldn't happen to a nicer team. Credit them for dumping Stevie Franchisewrecker for Zachary Randolph (Good bargain PF fantasy pick BTW). It is too bad James Dolan can't wake up and fire Isiah and ship out the most overated PG in NBA history in Starbury.
(New York 18-64 and 5th pick in next years lottery).