In no particular order here are the top 10 challengers for the title this year.
1.Orlando Magic-Coming off ah strong Finals run last year and with experience,they will no doubt be a force in the East aswell as ah title contender.There potential starting 5.
2.Boston Celtics-The 2008 Champs will be looking to regain there crown,with the additions of Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels,they should be primed for another finals run.There potential starting 5.
3.Cleveland Cavaliers-Lebron and Shaq will be looking to bring ah title to Ohio,but with the lack of upgrading there pg,sg,and pf starters it will be tough,but they are still a contender.There potential starting lineup.
4.Washington Wizards-My sleeper team in the East,with the additions od Randy Foye and Mike Miller along with the return of the three all stars if Arenas,Butler,and Jamison,if healthy they are ah legit contender..There potential starting lineup.
pg.Foye-Averaged 17 points and 6 assists for the Timberwolves last year.
5.Detroit Pistons-With the additions of Ben Gordan,Villanueva,and Chris Wilcox along with there quick pgs.Stuckey/Bynum and sg.Richard Hamilton,they should contend in the East,they Pistons go 2 deep at every position only team in the NBA that can do that with solid/good players.There potential starting lineup and backups.
6.San Antonio Spurs-Will be looking to get back to Championship form and win a title,with the additions of Jefferson,McDyess,Blair,and Ratliff along with ah healthy Ginnoblli and all-stars Duncan and Parker they are primed for a title run.There potential starting lineup.
7.Denver Nuggets-With the addition of Billups last year the Nugs got there valuable playoff experience and are primed for ah run this year with basically there same team back up with upgrades as Afflallo replaces Jones and rookie Ty Lawson will run the backup pg role.Along with Melo taking his game to another level they are a top 3 team in the West.People should realize that Melo has been in the playoffs each and every year he has been in the NBA,something Lebron and Wade cannot say.There potential starting lineup.
8.Portland Trail Blazers-With the addition of pg.Andre Miller they know have ah legit top 6 pg in this league and will be ah tough out in the playoffs period.There potential starting lineup.
9.Dallas Mavericks-With the addition of Shawn Marion the Mavs ass another talented player to help Dirk and make ah run at another Finals apperance.There potential starting lineup.
10.Los Angeles Lakers-The defending champs will be looking to repeat,but with the loss of Ariza and potentially Odom it won't be easy.They will rely Kobe/Gasol and on Artest to keep his head screwed on tight and for Bynum to live up to his big potential aswell as his contract,if Artest some how gets suspended and Bynum gets injured again,look for them to try to make a trade by the all star break,good luck with that.Basically this season is going to rely heavily on Artest and Bynum if they play to there potential and stay healthy the Lakers will have ah chance to repeat if not it will be a long season in lala land.There potential starting lineup.
sf.Artest-If he get's suspended,who do they turn to?
c.Bynum-If he get's injured again wheo do they turn to?