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Predicting the Top 10 NBA Offenses of 2014-15

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Predicting the Top 10 NBA Offenses of 2014-15

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The NBA is producing the most scoring and explosive offense that it ever has. Each and every team has guys who can jump out of the gym and guys who can shoot it from a different area code, but some have put those things together a bit more cohesively than others. These ten teams will be the best offenses in the 2014-15 season.

10. Washington Wizards

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10. Washington Wizards

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The Wizards ranked 16th in points per game last season, but the third year of the John Wall/Bradley Beal era should bear some delicious fruits. Wall and Beal are one of the most dynamic backcourt tandems in the league, and second-year player Otto Porter Jr. showed great signs of improvement in Summer League. Marcin Gortat and Nene are both back to anchor the frontline, so the Wizards should take the next step towards elite.

9. Chicago Bulls

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9. Chicago Bulls

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As with everything else going for the Bulls franchise, it all hinges on the health Derrick Rose. If Rose is healthy, the additions of Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott should lift the Bulls' poor offense to new heights. Joakim Noah's game has improved dramatically, and more minutes for Taj Gibson equals more production. If Chicago stays healthy, their ceiling is as high as anyone's.

8. Portland Trail Blazers

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8. Portland Trail Blazers

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As one of the most dynamic duos in the league, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard led the Blazers to being the fourth highest scoring team in the league last season. Robin Lopez is the perfect screen-setting, glass-eating center this team needs, and wings like Dorrell Wright and Wes Matthews provide the long distance shooting. Lillard is only getting better, and Aldridge is coming off a career year. It is going to be a huge season in Rip City.

7. Dallas Mavericks

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7. Dallas Mavericks

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Stealing Chandler Parsons from their in-state rival was one of the biggest moves of the offseason. Parsons brings a much-needed scoring punch from the wing. Monta Ellis had a career year last season and doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. Dirk Nowitzki has shown signs of decay, but he is still a seven-footer with an unstoppable fadeaway. Other offensive additions include Raymond Felton, Jameer Nelson, Richard Jefferson and Rashard Lewis.

6. Phoenix Suns

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6. Phoenix Suns

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The Suns averaged the seventh most points in the league last season and played incredibly fast each and every game. They have the deepest set of guards in the NBA, especially with the additions of Isaiah Thomas and rookie Tyler Ennis. If the Morris twins and Miles Plumlee continue to improve, the Suns will continue to score.

5. Golden State Warriors

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5. Golden State Warriors

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The Splash Brothers and their teammates averaged the tenth most points per game last season under head coach Mark Jackson. Now Jackson is out and Steve Kerr is in. Kerr played in Tex Winter and Phil Jackson's triangle offense with the Bulls, and if he can implement some of those strategies in Golden State, the Warriors' offense will become even more efficient.

4. San Antonio Spurs

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4. San Antonio Spurs

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Part of me thinks the Spurs are going to fall off a bit in 2015, but that same part of me said the same thing five years ago. The ageless trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan have been incredible for over a decade and are still greatly effective. The wing scoring of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green is the absolute perfect complement to the old trio's game. These guys are not done yet.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

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3. Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cavs have a chance to be the most explosive offense in the league if things mesh quickly. LeBron James is going to be LeBron James, and there is as much young talent on the Cavs as any roster in the league. If they acquire Kevin Love, the floor spacing will improve for James and Kyrie Irving. If they don't, Andrew Wiggins will be flying high in Cleveland all season long. The Cavs also added some shooters, namely Mike Miller.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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Bench scoring will still be a bit of an issue for the Thunder, but let's face it; a team with Durant and Westbrook will be atop the offensive rankings each and every season. Serge Ibaka's improving offensive game will be back again, and Steven Adams taking away some of Kendrick Perkins' minutes will be a welcomed sight for Thunder fans. Adams was very productive and efficient in his scarce minutes last season.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

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1. Los Angeles Clippers

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A roster that consists of the best point guard in the league, two high-flying athletic freak bigs and plenty of floor-spacing shooters will surely be the best and most exciting offense in the league yet again next season. Doc Rivers is a solid offensive coach, and the Clippers seemingly have the perfect mix of shot creators, pure shooters and role players. Lob City will be flying high once again in 2015.

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