2012-13 NBA Pre RANT Rankings
2012-13 NBA Pre-Rankings
The NBA Season is just around the corner and with the Boston Celtics set to tip off the pre-season when they take on the Fenerbahce Ulker it's time to rank each team as they enter the 2012-13 Season. After having a condense season last year and a short training camp to begin last season each of the 30 teams are set and ready to go. With a full training camp and a full 82 game season who knows what to expect.
The Los Angeles Lakers have made a lot of people believe that they are the team to beat with new players like Steve Nash and Dwight Howard joining the team. The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to show everyone that they are still the team to beat out in the West while the Defending NBA Champions, Miami Heat, will look to continue to dominate the NBA with the best basketball player on the planet right now in LeBron James. The Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs will battle it out once again in the Southwest Division and the Celtics will be without their sharpshooter Ray Allen who left them to join the Heat.
Of course you have teams that everybody knows that will most likely be the team to have the #1 pick in next year's draft. Teams like the Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons and the Howard'less' Orlando Magic will all have a season that will result in being at the bottom of the standings.
Then you have the new look Brooklyn Nets who will try to become the number one team in New York City as they try to take that title away from the New York Knicks. One thing is for sure that it should be an exciting NBA Season with the Heat looking to repeat, the Lakers to add another ring to their collection and the Thunder looking to get back into the NBA Finals for the second straight year.
The New Laker
#1-- MIAMI HEAT (46-20)
Is there really a reason why the defending NBA Champions are ranked number one heading into this upcoming season? With additions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis the Heat have made their depth a whole lot deeper. There's no doubt that the Heat will be the favorites to win it all again in June.
#2-- OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (47-19)
The defending Western Conference Champions will come into the season as a underdog to the Los Angeles Lakers, but with Kevin Durant most likely a contender for the MVP the Thunder should still be the favorites to return to the Finals.
#3-- LOS ANGELES LAKERS (41-25)
There's no doubt that with Dwight Howard now that everyone is picking the Lakers to win it all, but lets wait after a few months before we put the Lakers as the favorites to win it all. The Heat are still a better team than the Lakers right now.
#4-- LOS ANGELS CLIPPERS (40-26)
The Lakers may have Dwight Howard, but the Clippers have improved too not by much, but with Lamar Odom returning to the team I expect him to return to the way he was before he played with the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers will be a championship contender this year and do not be surprise if they make it as far as the Western Finals.
#5-- BOSTON CELTICS (39-27)
They may have lost Ray Allen but signing Jason Terry the Celtics have filled up that spot that Allen left. He may not be Ray Allen, but Terry will be a unique type of basketball that the fans of Dallas were a custom to. The Celtics may be the only team in the East that will be able to dethrone the Miami Heat
#6-- BROOKLYN NETS (22-44)
It's going to be a brand new start for the franchise in a new city and new uniforms. They have improved with Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace, but we will have to wait and see if the hype lives up because right now the Heat and Celtics are a better team.
#7-- SAN ANTONIO SPURS (50-16)
The Spurs will enter the season as they do every year and that's be the quite team in the West. They may start slow, but we know how they finish and that's why the Spurs are in the top 10 of the rankings. They are still a dangerous team in the Western Conference.
#8-- DALLAS MAVERICKS (36-30)
There may be a little bias in putting the Mavs in the top ten, but the fact is that getting Darren Collison, Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, O.J. Mayo and Dahntay Jones they have made themselves a legit contender in their Division. They may not impress a lot of people in the NBA, but given the right circumstances the Mavs may take advantage like they did in 2011.
#9-- PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (35-31)
In my opinion, the 76ers have improved by acquiring Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. They still have pieces to put in place, but with Bynum the 76erse have made themselves a playoff contender once again and a better team then they had last season.
#10-- INDIANA PACERS (42-24)
The Pacers had a great run last season and this season should be the same despite losing Darren Collison to the Dallas Mavericks. With the Chicago Bulls being without Derrick Rose the Pacers should be able to win their Division.
The "Rose-less" Bulls
Writers from ESPN, Yahoo and other websites may be buying the hype of the New York Knicks, but not this writer. I believe that the chemistry on this team will collapse after December starting with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.
#12-- CHICAGO BULLS (50-16)
Without Derrick Rose the Bulls will have a roller coaster season. If Rose is able to come back before March then the Bulls will make a run for the Central Division Title. If Rose is not able to come back the Bulls could miss the post-season for the first time in five years.
#13-- DENVER NUGGETS (38-28)
The acquisition of Andre Iguodala from the Philadelphia 76ers the Nuggets have improved their team from last year which they finished as the 6th seed in the West. This year I expect the same despite having Iguodala. With the Lakers, Thunder, Spurs, Clippers and maybe the Mavs it will be hard for the Nuggets to get 1-5th seed.
#14-- MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (41-25)
The Grizzlies may be the one team in the West, in my opinion, who have not improved from last season. With the lost of O.J Mayo I believe the Grizzlies may miss the post-season this year.
#15-- TORONTO RAPTORS (23-43)
The Raptors may be the surprise team out in the East with new acquisition like Kyle Lowry, John Lucas III and Landry Fields to go along with Andrea Bargnani the Raptors may sneak in the post-season in the East.
#16-- UTAH JAZZ (36-30)
The Jazz will not be bad, but they will not be good either. They will be that West team that sneaks in the Western Playoffs as a 8th or 7th seed.
#17-- PHOENIX SUNS (33-33)
The Suns have cleaned up pretty nicely after losing Steve Nash to the Lakers. They have been able to get Michael Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal, Goran Dragic and Luis Scola to go along with Marcin Gortat and Shannon Brown the Suns are not too far away to compete in the West again. Not this year, however, which will be a 30-35 win season.
#18-- MINNESTOA TIMBERWOLVES (26-40)
The Timberwolves will be a better team than they were last year, but they may want to hurry and make this team at least a 8th seed contender. If they are not able to do that anytime soon then Kevin Love may become unhappy and demand to play elsewhere.
#19-- ATLANTA HAWKS (40-26)
This will be the first season in seven years to be without Joe Johnson who was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Which means that this will be the first time that the Hawks can actually build a team since they finally have cap room. This year they may be able to compete still, but I believe that some of their players will be part of trades before the trade deadline meaning that the Hawks will have a transition type year.
#20-- GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (23-43)
The Warriors have great talent on their team, but there's no way to see how this team will be under a second year head coach in Mark Jackson. With the West being so powerful right now I do not see the Warriors making the post-season this year, but they may get close.
The Last Place Bobcats
Another team that may be a surprise team in the East. With acquisitions of Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor to go along with Nene, John Wall and Jordan Crawford the Wizards have improved their team by at least 15-20 wins. It may take sometime for them to adjust to one another, but I believe that being in the East they may sneak into the post-season as an 8th seed.
#22-- MILWAUKEE BUCKS (31-35)
Last year the Bucks were only four games back and with pretty much the same team as last year they may have the same results. However, with the Orlando Magic no longer a playoff contender they will have a shot to make the post-season.
#23-- NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (21-45)
A new era for the Hornets in both Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. It will not be long before the Hornets become a threat in the Southwest Division and in the Western Conference and with Davis getting playing experience during this past Summer Olympics it may help the Hornets sneak into the Western Playoffs.
#24-- DETROIT PISTONS (25-41)
A team going through a rebuilding phase right now the Pistons aren't looking towards a post-season berth anytime soon.
#25-- HOUSTON ROCKETS (34-32)
Jeremy Lin does not make the Rockets a danger in the West, but they will be better than last. A playoff threat? Not a chance.
#26-- CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (21-45)
With LeBron James finally winning a NBA Title in Miami maybe the Cavs will look towards to rebuilding their team instead of worrying about other teams to take out their former star.
#27-- SACRAMENTO KINGS (22-44)
The fans in Sacramento are wanting their team to stay in their city, but if they do not have an impressive city they may be moving sooner than later.
#28-- PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (28-38)
They still have LaMarcus Aldridge, but with no support there's no question that the Blazers are going through a rebuilding stage right now. They are still dangerous at home though going 142-60 in the past five years.
#29-- ORLANDO MAGIC (37-29)
The no Dwight Howard era begins this season and the fans of the Orlando Magic will have a long miserable season. At least they won't be as bad as the team below them in this pre-ranking.
#30-- CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (7-59)
The only way the Bobcats can be worst than they were last year is to go 0-82, but that's not going to happen. However, the Bobcats may be at the bottom of the standings once again. It will be a shame to know that the best basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, could become the worst owner of all time.