NBA 2013 Preseason Rankings

My first basketball article ever! Hopefully they’ll be more to come. Ranking the best teams in the league to start the season.  Spoiler alert: The Heat are number one.

  1. Miami Heat – Hey, to say I’m sure The Heat win it all this year would be a lie, but you can’t go against a team that’s made it to the finals 3 years in a row.
  2. Chicago Bulls – The Bulls were great without Rose last year, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they had the best record in the NBA.
  3. San Antonio Spurs – They’re always one of the top two in the West, I’ve just learned to accept that at this point.
  4. Los Angeles Clippers – If Doc Rivers is the coach everybody thinks he is, this team will take the next step.
  5. Golden State Warriors – One of the most exciting teams to watch last season, and now they added Andre Iguodala to sure up their D.
  6. Houston Rockets – I still think they need one more piece to be a true contender.  But in two weeks I could change my mind about that.
  7. Oklahoma City –I hate to say that it’s all because of James Harden, but they’re just not the same team without him, and with Westbrook injured for a few week’s they’re record will take a hit.
  8. Indiana Pacers – Paul George goes H.A.M. this year and an improved bench could help in the playoffs.  But there’s something about this team that makes me think they’ll take a slight step back this season.
  9. Brooklyn Nets – One of two things happen with the off season trade: They become the LA Dodgers and cruse once everything clicks, or they’re the Blue Jays with a bunch of overpaid big names.
  10. New York Knicks – If the Knicks couldn’t win it last year, I don’t think they can do it with Rose back and an improved Brooklyn team a few miles away.
  11. Memphis Grizzlies – They may have missed their window last season.  Everything seemed to be clicking and then they fell apart in the Conference Finals.
  12. Minnesota Timberwolves – Acquiring Kevin Martin was a good move, but the key here is health.  If Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio can play 75% of the year and down the stretch, there’s no way they don’t make the playoffs.
  13. Dallas Mavericks – Dirk’s got one good season left in him before the franchise turns the ball over to Monta Ellis.  That’s a scary though.
  14. Detroit Pistons – Made a lot of off-season noise, but Josh Smith might have brought the tradition of getting the 8 seed with him.
  15. Washington Wizards – If John Wall plays like he did in the second half this team could be interesting, but it was the Gortat trade put them in the playoffs for me.
  16. Cleveland Cavaliers – They’ll be close this year with Mike Brown returning, and Andrew Bynum was a nice low risk signing, but if thinks don’t start off like they expect, players could be on the move.
  17. Los Angeles Lakers – I can’t imagine them not making the playoffs, but D’Antoni might do that to them.
  18. Denver Nuggets – Sigh. They were so fun to watch last year.  Firing George Karl was bad, but losing Iguodala to free agency, and Danilo’s injury, probably took this team out of playoff contention.
  19. New Orleans Pelicans – Jrue Holiday might not be as big of an upgrade from Greivis Vasquez as people think.
  20. Sacramento Kings – I liked their offseason moves for the most part, and Cousins might actually take a step forward in becoming the face of this team.
  21. Portland Trail Blazers – It’s been LaMarcus Aldridge’s team for a while. Will he finally get some help this year?
  22. Boston Celtics – I think the Celtics try a lot harder than expected, and when Rondo comes back they’ll put some fear in contender’s eyes.
  23. Atlanta Hawks – Al Horford is good but this team won’t do much for it’s fans.
  24. Toronto Raptors – Just because Jonas Crist Superstar is the best nickname in the league doesn’t mean his team will be any good.
  25. Orlando Magic – Oladipo might have the greatest name ever chanted in an NBA arena.  Contrary to popular belief, they did show some promise last year.
  26. Milwaukee Bucks – They’re injured to start the year and lost their two best players in the offseason.
  27. Charlotte Bobcats – Cody Zeller is either going to be great or terrible this season.
  28. Utah Jazz – This is a young team with some questions, like: Do they have a point guard on their team?
  29. Philadelphia 76ers – Everyone seems to think they’ll win around 10 games, and with this roster it’s hard to argue, but I like their very slight upside of Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young.
  30. Phoenix Suns – Marcin Gortat was the only respectable player on this team last year, and he got traded right before the season.   Eric Bledsoe is now their lone playmaker.  More trades are to come.

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