Five NBA Teams People Are Forgetting

Ryan VirginCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2010

Five NBA Teams People Are Forgetting

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    Each and every NBA season, there are always teams that we tend to forget about. Whether that be because we just don't care enough, or we see excuses or probable circumstances that would constitute a poor season.

    Whatever the case may be, there are five teams that you are forgetting about.

    These five teams are in position to have a very successful season and completely destroy their expectations.

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Houston Rockets

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    With or without Yao, the Rockets will be a better team than they were last season.

    Aaron Brooks is still a stud and so is Kevin Martin.

    The addition of Brad Miller at center will ease the pain if Yao isn't able to play night in and night out. Especially since the doctors around Yao said that he will be limited to playing 24 minutes a contest for the entire season (according to ESPN).

    Making Brad Miller's presence that much more important.

    The Rockets have a lot of talent, but ever since Yao went down with an injury, people have counted them out.

    I believe that is the wrong way to look at this particular roster.

    So the Rockets won a whopping 42 games last season. Yeah, they were average.

    But considering that they essentially went into the season half-baked, just losing their franchise player to a possible career ending injury, I have to say that 42 wins is pretty good.

    I mean, how would the Cavaliers have done if LeBron broke his foot in the offseason before last season?

    Not too good.

    The Rockets are in a very good position to surprise a few people next season and if all goes well, I think that they are a lock to do just that.

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Orlando Magic

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    The change in power throughout the Eastern Conference has really done a number to the Orlando Magic's expectations.

    Suddenly they go from a possible championship contender to an afterthought.

    Guess what? The Orlando Magic haven't done anything.

    They haven't made any moves in the offseason that will drastically impact their playing rotation, and if history is any indicator, keeping a good team the same doesn't negatively impact their record unless they are getting too old.

    The Magic are still young and still ready to compete.

    The only thing the Magic have done is give their roster another year to gel.

    If Vince Carter can give the Magic something through the regular season and do so consistently, the Magic will be a giant killer in the playoffs.

    And by giant killer, I mean Miami Heat killer.

    What I really don't get is how we can forget about the Magic.

    Dwight Howard is still the best true center in the NBA.

    Jameer Nelson is a consistently good playmaker and as clutch as they come.

    What you have this year is a team that is equally as good, if not better than last year's team.

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Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Blazers have had legitimate excuses to hide behind over the past few years.

    In 2008, the Blazers surprised everyone, winning 54 games and tying the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets for the second seed in the Western Conference. But they were young and inexperienced, sending them to a first round exit to the Houston Rockets.

    Last season was promising, but injuries to nearly every player on the roster kept them from making a statement. Both centers went down early in the season with knee injuries, forcing the team to start Juwan Howard and play two rookies significant minutes.

    It was an impressive feat for the Blazers to make the playoffs, let alone take a quality team like the Phoenix Suns to six games without Brandon Roy, the team's all-star.

    So what will the team's excuse be this year? There isn't one.

    The Blazers will be ready to take off from where they left off in the 2008-2009 season and anything but home court advantage would be a disappointment.

    So why do people continually dismiss their chances?

    Is it the small market?

    The recent string of injuries?

    The slow paced, half-court system?

    What is it?

    The Portland Trail Blazer's championship window is open, the Blazers have committed themselves to defense and the signing of Wesley Matthews will add a second lockdown defender to an already stout defensive unit.

    If Greg Oden can stay healthy and play in 60 games next season, the Blazers will be in position to make a run at the Lakers.

    So maybe Portland needs to pull out the underdog card, because by the way the national media have evaluated them, they could have the same situation as last season occur again, and still exceed ESPN's expectations.

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Boston Celtics

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    Don't we always forget about the Celtics?

    It always seems that the media has some reason that the Celtics won't be able to compete with the other elite teams in the NBA.

    I'm not going to fall into that trap again, the Celtics are getting older and that is going to be an issue in the long run.

    But if Boston has proven anything to us in the past two years, it is that they can continue to succeed and defy the odds despite their increasing age. Maybe I am running off of hope and dumb optimism, but I think it is time that we turn the tables.

    Let's let the Celtics prove to us that they are getting too old instead of making them prove that they still have it.

    Boston has earned respect by continually defying the odds.

    They still have the same basic roster, adding Jermaine O'Neal, Delonte West, Avery Bradley, and Shaquille O'Neal will give them new blood while not overhauling the playing rotation.

    Bradley could end up being a solid backup to Rondo and West might be able to add scoring off the bench if he doesn't become too much trouble.

    The Celtics are still a top three team in the Eastern Conference, but the questions surrounding their franchise will continue to be the story throughout the 2010-2011 NBA season.

    Chances are that the Celtics will exceed expectations yet again and bide another year for their imminent rebuilding.

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San Antonio

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    The Spurs have done a very good job of replacing old talent with young talent and I think that a portion of a recent article of mine sums it up very nicely:

    "Believe it or not, the San Antonio Spurs will be just fine when the time comes for Tim Duncan to retire.


    Because they have done things the right way.

    Unlike many teams you see go through up's and down's, high's and low's throughout certain time periods, the Spurs have been able to stay consistently good because they have planned for the future.

    Before Tim Duncan, it was David Robinson.

    And even though they struggled through the years before Robinson, they were able to slowly build a team that would end up being a perennial playoff contender for the next ten years.

    So what do Spurs fans have to look forward to now?

    George Hill, Alonzo Gee, DeJuan Blair, and now Tiago Splitter.

    That core of young talent may not sound like much on paper, but really that is what the Spurs are all about.

    Building a team, not a brand.

    Showing the rest of the NBA that a good system and a good coach will make the player, not the other way around.

    So, back to the reason we are here.

    Tiago Splitter.

    With the addition of the Brazilian center, the Spurs have given themselves a good shot at starting over from the point in which they will leave off from.

    Duncan will eventually retire and the Spurs will need players to replace him.

    If Splitter lives up to his potential, the Spurs will be just fine..."

    This was a portion of my article that talked about signings this offseason that will payout tenfold

    So, this leads me to my point.

    The Spurs will be just fine. They will slowly introduce George Hill, James Anderson, Alonzo Gee, DeJuan Blair, and Tiago Splitter into more prominent roles.

    It may not all happen this season, but the Spurs have done their work in prior years so that their organization can make a smooth transition from the Spurs of old, to a new era of San Antonio Basketball.

    But this season will be another example of why a good system and the right players can mean more than superstar talent.

    ESPN has the Spurs winning 48 games, but I would give or take a five game swing depending on how well Splitter plays in his first season.

    So I could easily see them winning 52 games again this season.

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