Next Seasons Top Six NBA Teams

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Rory KingContributor IJuly 31, 2009

Next seasons elite will still be the elite as they have gotten even better. This article is not about who will win the championship, only merely pointing out the best.

 From Cleveland landing Shaq, Boston getting Wallace, LA getting Artest, and Orlando getting Carter and Bass; these teams still rank the best and  they have strengthened their stranglehold on the league. Here are my picks not in any particular order; you can set the order yourselves if you like...


 San Antonio is still a very dominant team, but their time is quickly running out as this team gets older. Their previous problems against the other elites is their age, they cannot run the floor as they used to. Tim Duncan is probably the most consistent PF in the NBA and will continue this. The acquisition of Richard Jefferson makes the Spurs front court much deeper than previous. And now after signing Theo Ratliff they have become a defensive powerhouse.


After getting beat in a grueling match-up with the Lakers the Nuggets have something to prove this upcoming season; that it wont happen again. Although in my beliefs the Lakers are the far superior team, the Denver Nuggets have the talent and the experience to beat the Lakers in a seven game series. The Nuggets roster will be pretty much the same next season with a few tweaks here and there. With the addition of Arron Affalo there are increased expectations in Denver, many believing that they can win the west, even over the likes of the Lakers.


 The Cavs had last seasons best record; although that proved to be worth absolutely nothing when it came time to face the Magic in the East Finals. The Cavs went out and got an aging big man, and Anthony Parker. Shaq still has game but I don't really think that will count for much this season against the other east powerhouses. Anthony Parker gives them a much needed capable back-up to LeBron James. The Cavs will be up and down in the power-rankings next season with the Magic, and Celtics. They will have a solid season, and are still very well in the championship contender mix.


 The Boston Celtics are another contender with a very short title contention life span. The acquisition of Rasheed Wallace will definitely toughen this group up even more so than in their championship season. Kevin Garnett is easily the best player in this franchise; the thing is; can he stay away from those dreaded injuries? Last seasons playoff loss to the magic was pretty much blamed on the absence of Garnett, but the Magic too were missing All-Star Jameer Nelson, and Courtney Lee for the first few games, and still beat this squad. The Celtics in my opinion are definitely tougher than the Cavs but are they stronger than the reigning Eastern Conference Champs?


 The reigning Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic are still on the short end of the stick. It seems that the naysayers are at it again, as if the Magic never even made it to the finals. What a Joke. This squad aside from Los Angeles is probably the best in the league right now. Orlando fans have come to love the master of panic and Gm Otis Smith. Yes, they lost Hedo. But they really didn't just let him go, they offered Hedo a $45 million 5 year deal to stay on a team pretty much guaranteed to make a return trip to the finals; however it seems that Turkoglu has more interest in Toronto mainly because of its large Turkish population. Instead of Turk they gained V. Carter a veteran go to scorer, Brandon Bass another beast to help Dwight on the weak side, Matt Barnes believed to bring some toughness, and Ryan Anderson a very capable PF to compliment the starters with above average scoring abilities.  Aside from the new additions the magic still have J. Nelson, Rashard Lewis, and Dwight Howard. This team is destined to be a strong competitor for next seasons NBA finals once Again.


 The reigning NBA champs are going to be in for another successful year, regardless whether they get Lamar Odom back or not. Kobe Bryant is in my opinion the closest thing to M. Jordan that the NBA has, and that says a lot. Aside from the fact that the Lakers probably could of made it to the finals without Kobe. The Zen Master had a very capable bunch in  Bryant, Farmar, Odom, Ariza, Bynum, Gasol, and Fischer. This season he still has the aces in the hole with Bryant, Artest, Gasol, Farmar, Morrison, Bynum, and Fischer. The Lakers are up for a chance at a repeat next season unless the Spurs, and the Nuggets can find a way to take these boys out.

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