NBA Predictions: Projecting Each Division Winner in the 2010-11 NBA Season
It seems the NBA season is almost upon us and this year there are so many more story lines and teams to watch. This off season has helped and in some cases, forced the teams to rebuild and find new ways to play without their star player.
How many teams stay on top and how many fall, well let's not waste any more time!
Atlantic Division (East): Celtics
2009-2010 Season Record: 50-32
The Big Four are back and they are ready to compete. The team that won the Finals in 2008 and got defeated in 2010 is now ready to win it all yet again.
Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett may be past their prime, but they can still show up and play every single night and if one of them gets hot, look out.
Their loss in 2010 was in large part due to them not being able to compete with the front court of the Lakers after Kendrick Perkins was injured.
To make sure that would not happen again, they added both Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal both of whom are past All Stars.
Another plus for them heading into next season is the improvement of Rajon Rondo who last season established himself as one of the top guards in the league.
This team is one to watch.
Central Division (East): Bulls
2009-2010 Record: 41-41
After breaking even this past season, the Chicago Bulls went into the off season looking to make some changes. Their main problem was the lack of offensive production as they found themselves in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference in points scored.
Well apparently they also knew their statistics as they went out and got all the talent they could find. The picked up Kyle Korver as a free agent in order to improve their three point shooting. They also stole Carlos Boozer away from the Jazz in order to add another quality big man.
Then they went out and got Ronnie Brewer who should be a solid bench producer and they also managed to get CJ Watson who is also a relatively skilled shooter.
They then picked up a new coach whose name is honestly a too hard too spell.
Nonetheless, they should see great improvement and finish as one of the top seeds in the East.
Saying Goodbye to: The Cleveland Cavaliers:
Considering what they have went to I will not say anything.
Southeast Division (East): Miami
2009-2010 Season Record: 47-35
Oh, if there was ever a team with as big a target on their back.
This team went into free agency and decided to go for broke. They acquired the two time defending MVP LeBron James, an All Star big man Chris Bosh, and one of the best players in the league Dwyane Wade. However, as we all know, it is very difficult to win a Championship with just three players.
So, what did the Heat do? Complete their ultimate team by adding the following:
Mike Miller who is one of the best three point shooters in the league.
The Energizer Bunny Eddie House.
The Big Z
As well as veteran Juwan Howard.
Add to that Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers and you have one hell of a team.
This team looks like they could go all the way and if their chemistry stays in tact, there should be no stopping them.
Saying Goodbye to: The Orlando Magic
They will still be one of the best teams in the league, just not better than Miami.
Northwest Division (West): Thunder
2009-2010 Season Record: 50-32
Unlike many teams on this list, the Thunder find themselves with an almost identical group of players. The difference? One more year of experience.
The Thunder boast what is a very young, but I do not see that setting them back. They should be very competitive next season, largely due to the man on your left, Kevin Durant.
Durant enters the season after becoming the youngest Scoring Champion in History and looking to pick up his first MVP Trophy, but most importantly, his first championship.
This guy wants to win, these is no denying that. The players around him should only get better and should come out firing on all cylinders looking for the trophy.
Saying Goodbye to: The Denver Nuggets:
Melo is still there, but for how long? Even with him, I think they will fall behind the Thunder.
Pacific Division (West): Lakers
2009-2010 Record: 57-25
Now I want you to welcome the 2010 NBA Champions The Los Angeles Lakers. I don't think I need any explanation about why they will be the Division Champs, but let me give a couple:
The addiction of Matt Barnes who is one of the leagues best all around defenders and also Steve Blake who should be a consistent point guard for LA.
Combine that with most of the roster used to win back to back championships and you have a great team competing for the title in the West.
Southwest Division (West): Dallas
2009-2010 Record: 55-27
Finally, there are the Mavs who should win out the Southwest title in a very close fashion against the Spurs.
They didn't go through many changes this off season except for acquiring Tyson Chandler. Nonetheless, they are still the best team in the division and they look to add that elusive NBA title to their belts.
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