The "Way Too Early" 2009-2010 NBA Season Preview

Taylor SmithAnalyst IJuly 15, 2009

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The summer of 2010 is expected to be one of the more wild and intriguing offseasons in the history of the NBA.

What most didn't expect was for the summer of 2009 to be wild and intriguing in itself.

All the shuffling of players through trades, free agency, and the draft looks to have made the good teams great and the bad teams worse.

Once all the moves and transactions appear to have settled, I will be going through the league team-by-team analyzing who has done what, who has improved, who has taken a step back, and who to look out for during the 2009-10 NBA season.

Until the dust settles, here's a way-too-early look at how I think the teams will finish in their respective divisions.

Atlantic Division

1. Boston Celtics

2. Philadelphia 76ers

3. Toronto Raptors

4. New Jersey Nets

5. New York Knicks

Central Division

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Chicago Bulls

3. Detroit Pistons

4. Indiana Pacers

5. Milwaukee Bucks

Southeast Division

1. Orlando Magic

2. Washington Wizards

3. Atlanta Hawks

4. Miami Heat

5. Charlotte Bobcats

Southwest Division

1. San Antonio Spurs

2. Dallas Mavericks

3. New Orleans Hornets

4. Houston Rockets

5. Memphis Grizzlies

Pacific Division

1. Los Angeles Lakers

2. Phoenix Suns

3. Golden State Warriors

4. Los Angeles Clippers

5. Sacramento Kings

Northwest Division

1. Portland Trail Blazers

2. Denver Nuggets

3. Utah Jazz

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

This is just a preliminary list based upon moves that have been made so far and how certain players and teams will improve while some may falter a bit. This is subject to change significantly the closer we get to the beginning of the regular season.


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