Mr. King's Top Five NBA Power Rankings
The 2008-2009 season has been over for quite a while now, but it seems the interest in who will win the title next season has peaked interest in certain teams off-seasons.
Some teams have gotten worse and some teams have just plain gotten better.
While some may disagree, I have put together what I think are the NBA's strongest teams in order from best to maybe...
1. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have the best team in the NBA once again. Letting Ariza go and bringing in Ron Artest have made this team even better than last season.
The Lakers are big, they are defensively talented, and they are offensive juggernauts. They will make another strong push to the finals in the coming season and may even repeat.
The Black Mamba isn't done yet. He is as vicious as ever on the court and will continue is cold-blooded venomous attack on any challengers. Bringing back Odom doesn't hurt either. He will help that bench remain as effective as always.
2. Orlando Magic
The Magic are once again the most scrutinized, and unappreciated team in the NBA once again. With Turkoglu in Toronto now, nobody thinks that they are Finals worthy anymore.
Seeing that the Magic offered Turk a $45 million deal he took $5 million more to go to Toronto and play with a team that is inferior to the Magic. Instead the Magic traded for Vince Carter, acquired Brandon Bass, Matt Barnes, and Retained rising big man Marcin Gortat.
Bringing in Carter gives the Magic a replacement for Turk, a much more talented replacement who can make his own plays and doesn't rely on the pick and roll.
Brandon Bass gives Dwight much needed help on weak side defense, where well Dwight was weak.
Matt Barnes brings fire off the bench, and they have returning All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson. The Magic will make a strong push for the finals, and may even have a rematch with L.A..
3. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics fell below expectations last season mainly because of the injury to Kevin Garnett, and the uprising of the Orlando Magic.
With Garnett back, Rasheed Wallace added to this roster and Ray Allen still playing pretty well, we can see the BIG FOUR instead of the Big Three.
Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Rasheed Wallace; this is a pretty formidable squad. These boys will be back with a vengeance next season looking to redeem themselves for the disappointing end to the season.
This is probably going to be the last chance these guys have at getting another title so look for them to be in rare form all over again.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
After finishing the regular season with the leagues best record and cruising through the first two rounds of the playoffs the Cleveland Cavaliers were all but solidified as the NBA champions; that is until they were very, very seriously exposed against the Orlando Magic.
The Cavs have addressed those holes successfully during the off season by acquiring Shaquille O'Neal, Anthony Parker, and are reportedly shopping for another big man.
But the problem for the Cavs is the other beasts in the east have stacked up too, in anticipation of Cleveland upping their arsenal, so in turn Cleveland will be another solid contender but, may have problems once again.
The Cavs were a below-.500 team against the elites last season, unless they can turn that around they will have another disappointing season. But, all in all, this team is much much better on paper than last season's team so it might just work out.
5. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs may be old but they still got some game. After getting Richard Jefferson and making their front court probably the best in the league, they upped the ante and got Theo Ratliff and steepened their grip in the defensive ranks.
Besides having the best PF in the league, they now have probably the best D in the league now. The Spurs will be making a strong push for the finals next season, and may be able to actually dethrone the Lakers.