Re: Bynum for Chris Paul
posted at 12/9/2010 5:05 PM EST
West right now w/ my predictions:
1.) Spurs, will fade a bit down to 4 or 5 seed b/c of age, weak @ PF and no ability to make trades. They are Boston last year just with Bonner/McD over Sheed/Perk (Baby is Hill just diff. positions) and therefore worse.
2.) Dallas, they are here for long haul, w/ current lineup no worse than the 3 seed, contracts & the Beaubois talent allow them to make possible trade improvements, get 1 seed
3.) Utah, also in for long haul, no worse than 5 seed w/ current crew, scary club if they make long-rumored trade of AK47/Miles for a rejuvinated Prince and Rip Hamilton.
4.) LA, should get top seed still, but have some concerns but a major trade or Bynum return to an 18-9 should cement top seed
5.) OKC will get better, I have no idea if I'd give them the 1 seed, but its possible, they won't do worse than 5th thats for sure.
6./7.) New Orleans and Denver (tie) will prob both trade their superstar and drop out of playoffs or to at best the 8 seed. For now I just hope they both get a W vs. LA before they do:-)
8.) Phoenix, are a Hawks/Knicks talent but 8th in West, obv. going nowhere but Nash is always deadly, should get the 7 or 8 seed and bounced in 5
9.) Portland, if no more injuries of course they are also awaiting being bounced in 5 games, but could be the 6 seed
Who gets in over 1 or both of the Denver/NOH clubs? I guess if you say ONE of the 2 teams holds onto their star all year they'd get the 7 or 8 seed. Rumors in Jan/Feb prob create lethargy/losing streak and then the star staying makes them go on a run. So Portland gets it
If both CP3 and Melo leave, that leaves Houston or G-State to slip in.
G-State vs. OKC in rd 1 would be fun. LA/DAL or UTA would crush them tho.
Houston needs Yao to almost double his production while only going from 18-28 mins in order to turn that team around. Way to make age 30 look like 35 Shane and to only get 5 dimes a game Brooks... at least Martin/Scola are holding up their end.
They COULD be a scary 8 seed
Right now I don't see any West team better than Boston... but our injuries have killed that and w/o JON/DWest and with Rondo/Shaq dragging legs we are just in the same class as any of the 5 best West teams. Same with Miami, Orlando and (soon) Chicago.
The Wests 6-8 teams are as good as the East's 5-7 teams and their 9 and 10 teams better than whoever gets in as the 8th seed.