New York Knicks
Last Year's Seeding: 6
Playoff Result: Lost in First Round
Despite an awful postseason showing last year, the Knicks still have a good core in place, and giving Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire more time together should result in home court advantage in the first round.
Chris Paul to NY seems to be a hot rumor right now, and if that were to happen I don't think it would change the Knicks' seeding too much in his first year in town.
If the Knicks acquired Paul, they would have a dominant offensive big three but even less defense and depth than they did last year.
For the first time in what seems like forever, the Knicks appear to be heading in the right direction. At least now the players receiving huge sums of money are actually elite players and not the likes of Jamal Crawford and Eddy Curry.
I also like the first-round selection of Iman Shumpert out of Georgia Tech. He may have been the best perimeter defender in the draft, and while he's not flashy and will take some grooming, I think he will help this team immensely.
Chris Paul or no Chris Paul, the Knicks will be a good but not great team this season.